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What to Read in 2014: Nine for the New Year

As a writer and blogger, there is this constant struggle between the everyday things you must do – i.e. earn a living, feed your children consistently – and the things that you want to do, i.e. consume and generate content. I find that the more I consume, the more I generate – and that every…

Mario S. Nevado, or better known as Aégis, is an independent, freelance digital artist, art director and photographer from Murcia (Spain), focused on editorial illustration and in love with CD album cover artworks, of which have developed images for Unexpect, Ashent, The Last Relapse, Def Tactical, and many others. He actually runs his own studio and works as the Art Director of the international artistic collective Hysterical Minds, as he publishes advanced tutorials over at PSDTuts+.

The Redheaded Boy

As 2014 ambled into view in a good-natured manner with relatively balmy temperatures, the neighborhood kids gathered to compare Christmas notes and expend excess, pent-up energy from too much family time. They congregated in the alley, strolled along the sidewalk, bounced on the trampoline and climbed on an ancient, rusting metal swingset.  The girls sat…

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Tackling Fitness Like A Boss.

It’s no secret* that I am an enthusiastic fan of Fitbit, the little wireless fitness trackers that monitor your steps, sleep and activities.  My husband bought me my first one in 2010, and I’m now on *ahem* my fourth.  I like to think that the company and I have been growing up together rather than…

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Beth’s Arkansas Product & Gift List {2013}

I think local pride is just the coolest thing.  In fact, so much so that I compiled and published my first Arkansas Product List in 2010.  It remains the single most visited post on this site, and I’m pleased to have finally produced an updated list in time for the holiday season. I have always had…

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The Best Advent Calendar Ever

Y’all. I am ridiculously pleased with myself right now, so consider yourselves warned.  I’ve finally created an advent calendar that I am completely delighted with, and it’s ready to roll for December 1. I had done all the pining and pinning over advent calendars – in fact, you’ll find a rather overboard stock of advent…

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Little Passports – Holiday Gift Idea for Kids!

So, it’s no secret that I love food, travel and learning about foodie culture around the world.  In fact, there’s a post up over on The Food Adventuress today about Food Feasts Around the World. The content for that foodie post came from a program I discovered this year called Little Passports, which I enthusiastically endorse (and serve as an…

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Smartphones for Grandparents

This post is a bit of a departure from the norm – it’s a quick post about smartphones, and I’m obliged to tell you that it is part of a compensated post for the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® community so that you don’t wrongly get the impression that I’m trying to be sneaky and pull the…