Our favorite romantic restaurants in Northwest Arkansas


Remember a couple of years ago when I joined in a blog hop that shared our favorite restaurants? We’re at it again! Bloggers who are a member of the Social Fabric community (we’re in the US, UK and Canada) are teaming up to share our favorite romantic restaurants where we live.

We are all writing a blog that has our own favorite local romantic eating spots. Then on Feb. 2 I will publish another blog that gives you links to every single other blog that wrote a similar post about their area. Isn’t that fun?

Here’s what John and I chose for our favorite romantic restaurants and stay tuned to the end for a list of my friends’ best choices too!

Our favorite #NWARK romantic restaurants

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One word (OK, two words) for 2015

One Word

Yeah, I know. Mercy and Priorities are two words. Keep reading!


Anyone who knows me knows I don’t tend to like doing things just because everyone else is doing it. In fact, that’s pretty darn good way of getting me to not participate.

An exception would definitely be the One Word movement. The idea of One Word is choosing a word that is something you focus on for the year. People interpret their process in their own way, but most have some way of processing their One Word be it in an art project, blog or some other form of personal expression.  Continue Reading →

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Guest Post: Jessica Bauer ‘Mama, You’re Enough’

Welcome Jessica Bauer to Jamie’s Thots! Jessica gives her thots on being enough. 


In a world constantly pushing us to bigger, better, and faster than the next person, enough is a hard pill to swallow.

When I apply that word to motherhood, it often presents in the form of questions I can’t answer. Am I playing with her enough? Is he eating enough? Do I tell them I love them enough? Am I supporting, encouraging, listening, and focusing enough? I tick through these questions often, but I rarely find answers. Continue Reading →

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How 365 new days and Vitamin C will help me achieve my goals

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias and its advertiser. All thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone and should not be construed as medical advice. #24HourEsterC #CollectiveBias


I think I should start by confessing something. Last year, I managed to not accomplish any of my major goals. Ouch. That hurts to admit. I’ve evaluated what held me back last year and I think that with new business tools, a new mindset and supplements like Vitamin C from Ester-C, I will have a much better 2015. Continue Reading →

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Introducing the Heart to Home Conference

This blog entry is an a form of application in a contest sponsored by Family Christian for one blogger to attend the first ever Heart to Home Conference in Monroe, LA in February. Family Christian is one of the conference sponsors.

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I first heard of the Heart to Home I believe on Instagram of all places. I follow several of the Duck Dynasty Family and they are a big part of the conference. So what is it?

Heart to Home Ministry was founded by Dr. Joneal Kirby who just so happens to also be Korie Robertson’s aunt. I think Dr. Kirby’s own website describes the ministry perfectly in a nutshell: “Heart to Home Women’s Ministry is designed to develop closer relationships across generations among the women in the church and to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.”

There’s no marketing speak in that statement, ya’ll. It’s pretty clear!  Continue Reading →

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Chicken and Pecan Rice Casserole recipe

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I love it when we can figure out a new way to blend some of our favorite foods! That’s pretty much what we did with this casserole. It’s nothing groundbreaking but it sure is yummy!

It all started a few months ago, I attended the Arkansas Women Bloggers University bloggers conference and one of the main sponsors was Riceland Foods. We got tons of rice to try and a Riceland cookbook that gave some awesome ideas for using that rice. Fast forward a few months and we were looking for the perfect rice side dish to go with a tri-tip roast. We chose Riceland’s pecan rice and we fell in love!

We had leftovers of that and some leftovers of the Korean rice bowl and we both ended up eating the two together and realized how yummy it would be if we did it on purpose!

So that’s where Chicken and Pecan Rice Casserole was born. We added a couple ingredients and increased some of the ingredients in the pecan rice dish to balance out the flavors. Here’s how you can make it yourself (keep reading for a chance to link up your own recipe for some of the same ingredients): Continue Reading →

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What we love about living in Elkins (Arkansas)

Editor’s note: I wrote this originally for an online publication that decided to go a different direction with their main focus so they never used it. Blog fodder for me! Most of pictures were taken in August so be aware that the gas prices have gone down and the population has gone up (by eight people).

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Searching for a place to call home—a place where you invest time, money and emotions can be a difficult task. But when you find that place that is perfect for your family like my husband and I found in Elkins, you discover bliss. It might be easy to think that a small town would not have that many amenities but I’m here to tell you about the treasures you will find around Elkins.

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Guest Post: Heather Davis ‘Enough IS Enough’

Welcome Heather Davis to Jamie’s Thots! Heather is sharing today her take on the idea of being enough.


Heather Davis is a momma, a writer and happily enough. She’s the author of the award-winning TMI Mom series and is a syndicated humorist. Her next book, Life With Extra Cheese: Being the Ham in the Sandwich Generation is due to be released in May 2015. She blogs at www.Minivan-Momma.com.

Enough is Enough by Heather Davis

All I ever have to be is what You’ve made me.

Any more or less would be a step out of Your plan.

As You daily recreate me, help me always keep in mind:
I only have to do what I can find.

All I ever have to be is what You’ve made me.

All I Ever Have To Be by Amy Grant


I’m not a runner, but I wish I could be one. I am not a race car driver, but I do like to drive fast. I am not a politician, but I do have distinct ideas on how to make the world a better place.

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Opening up the idea of being ‘enough’

I am Enough

This photo illustration is something I created from a photo of a necklace a friend gave me.



A couple of years ago, I delved into the idea of choosing “One Word” to represent my year. I chose the word “enough” and I set out to explore the idea of being “enough” in my various life roles. What I did was choose roles where I felt insecure or otherwise had the idea in my head that I wasn’t already enough.

I was determined to finish this study in a year (2013) but I didn’t come close. Then in 2014 I didn’t choose a “One Word” because I felt like I didn’t deserve to because I hadn’t finished studying the first word. Crazy, huh?

I became determined to finish the enough study this year but I’m even rethinking that idea. Yes, I have a plan to visit the roles that I haven’t blogged about yet. But I’m realizing several ideas. First of all, I didn’t necessarily fail by not finishing the series. Some of the roles were just not resolved enough in my head for me to write about them. Some still aren’t and there’s probably some “enough categories” that I’ll add to the list. It’s no longer a magic 12.

Another thing I decided with this series is that more stories need told. I know not feeling like you’re enough is common for most people, especially women. So I decided, really at the last minute, to open my blog for guest posts. I’ve written guest posts for other people but never invited them for my blog because I didn’t know how to handle it. After all, my blog is called Jamie’s Thots, right?

I really feel like my fellow writers need to have a platform to share their ideas about “enough” and I want to provide that space. If you’re interested in contributing, let me know! My only rules are that even if you disagree with my beliefs, you don’t mock them in your article. I also require a headshot, a short bio, and a blog post that is 300 to 1,500 words with at least one picture.

I invite readers to read through the enough category. When I get the chance, I will go back and update the previous ones with the new graphic I created that will accompany all new entries into the enough category.

Thank you for joining us on this journey!

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Review: Revisiting a childhood favorite with Berenstain Bears ‘God Shows the Way’

I was compensated with a gift certificate and a free copy of this book from Family Christian for this review. All opinions, photos and experiences are my own.

Berenstain Bears God Shows the Way
The Berenstain Bears family has been delighting children for five decades, myself included. I loved the stories that had a strong moral message that taught kids how to treat each other nicely, how to save money, and how to not be afraid…and so much more. These books help kids better understand and deal with experiences many kids share.

A new faith-based twist to a family classic

In the book God Shows the Way, the Berenstain family story takes on a new twist. This book, which can be purchased on the Family Christian website, is actually three books in one.

Unlike many Berenstain Bear books that are soft cover, this three-in-one is a hardback book that children can cherish forever.  These books are deemed “I Can Read Level 1“, which means it is for shared reading with an emergent reader.

So what’s the new twist? Instead of being books that are simply about being good, the three books found in this collection are part of the new Living Lights mini-series that have an overtly Christian message. Continue Reading →

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