Five Minute Friday: Open

I haven’t done a Five Minute Friday post in a while but this prompt seemed to scream my name. Just as a reminder, Five Minute Friday posts are from a weekly prompt that bloggers from all over use and then link up their posts. The idea is to write on the topic for five minutes without stopping, without editing. I sorta follow those rules. You can read other posts on Open here.

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I’ve struggled the entire day of whether or not to write on this topic. To be honest, it comes from a place of hurt. I’m feeling misunderstood, undervalued, and in general just picked on and disrespected in life.

I keep having the feeling that I should retreat. Retreat from social media, retreat from my blog and retreat from contact with others. After all, when I’m open I get hurt, right? So it seems a little odd that I would be admitting all of this in a blog. You know, putting words on the Internet for all to see.

I’ve found that writing helps me process and when I learn something, I want to share it with others.  Continue Reading →

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Guest Post: Katharine Trauger “Love enough”

Here is another guest post for the “enough” series! This time my friend Katharine takes a different approach to “love enough.”

First, let’s meet Katharine: 

Katharine Trauger [https://plus.google.com/106698031607801064138/posts] is a retired educator and a women's counselor. She and her husband spent 25 years running a home and school for children who would otherwise have been homeless. She has worked 15 years as contributor and/or columnist for several small professional magazines, with more than 60 published articles [https://checkenglish.wordpress.com/katharine-trauger/] . She blogs about the rising popularity of “being at home” from a sun room on a wooded hilltop in the Deep South at: Home's Cool! [https://katharinetrauger.wordpress.com/] and The Conquering Mom [http://theconqueringmom.com/] and tweets at Katharine Trauger (@KathaTrau) [https://twitter.com/KathaTrau] . She is currently working on a self-help book entitled: Yes, It Hurts, But . . .

Katharine Trauger

 

Katharine Trauger is a retired educator and a women’s counselor. She and her husband spent 25 years running a home and school for children who would otherwise have been homeless. She has worked 15 years as contributor and/or columnist for several small professional magazines, with more than 60 published articles. She blogs about the rising popularity of “being at home” from a sun room on a wooded hilltop in the Deep South at: Home’s Cool! and The Conquering Mom  and tweets at Katharine Trauger @KathaTrau) . She is currently working on a self-help book entitled: Yes, It Hurts, But . . .

 

 

 

 

 

Now, let’s read what Katharine has to say about “Love Enough!”

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Our first #snowday of 2015

Snow Day collage

 

Last year, we had a snow storm every month but this season, we’ve had zilch. I have been wanting at least one decent snow and last night and this morning, we got it. Well, sort of. Most of Northwest Arkansas got about 2 inches to 5 inches of snow. We got less than that and in fact, you can still see the grass sticking up through the snow.

 

You could still see the grass through the snow but the Smith puppies still got a lot of tracks in the snow.

You could still see the grass through the snow but the Smith puppies still got a lot of tracks in the snow.

Beggars can’t be choosers, though so I decided to enjoy what I had! This was the first snow storm since my friend gave me her camera so I had fun playing with it a bit.  Continue Reading →

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How we learned to like sushi and some of our #NWARK favorites

 

All photos were taken in a restaurant or car with my cell phone. Please forgive the low quality and lighting.

 

Sushi collage

 

I’d tried sushi almost 10 years ago and hated it so bad I couldn’t swallow. I hated everything about it from the flavor to the texture. Even the rice bugged me. Over the years, I’ve been told I should try it again over the years and just didn’t have the stomach to try it.

As you can see from the pictures, we now love several types of sushi and I thought I’d share a few tips that we learned about trying sushi and a few places in Northwest Arkansas that are great places to try!  Continue Reading →

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Guest post: Tiffany Hathorn ‘When having enough isn’t enough’

I’m so pleased to introduce my friend Tiffany Hathorn who is talking today about her take on the word “enough.”

First, let’s meet Tiffany:

Tiffany is mommy to one awesome king/ninja named Christian. She is the blogger at Single Mommy Warrior. She works from home fulltime as a freelance writer and also operates a home-based health and wellness business. She spends her free time reading, binge-watching Netflix, and thinking random thoughts. If you profess to being a fellow Potterhead, Tolkienite, or Whovian, you are automatically her BFF- whether you like it or not.

Tiffany is mommy to one awesome king/ninja named Christian. She is the blogger at Single Mommy Warrior. She works from home fulltime as a freelance writer and also operates a home-based health and wellness business. She spends her free time reading, binge-watching Netflix, and thinking random thoughts. If you profess to being a fellow Potterhead, Tolkienite, or Whovian, you are automatically her BFF- whether you like it or not.

When having enough isn’t enough

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When Jamie shared that she was looking for guest posts to fit into her study of the idea of “enough,” I had several ideas. However the one that really resonated with me at the time was the difference between having “enough” and settling for “just enough.” Continue Reading →

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Review: ‘Mr. What’ not always realistic, but a great family movie (giveaway!)

I was provided with a free copy of this movie from FamilyChristian.com in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Photo courtesy of the Family Christian website

I’m always on the look-out for charming movies that are relatively clean but aren’t too cheesy. So when I got the opportunity to review Mr. What for Family Christian.com, I was pleased to take them up on that offer!  Continue Reading →

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Romantic Restaurants Across the United States

Remember the blog I wrote a couple days ago about our favorite romantic eating spots in Northwest Arkansas? Well here’s the follow up blog. Many of my friends here are not from #NWARK so my list won’t mean much to you. Check out this list and find restaurants in your area (or where you might be traveling!)

The rest of this blog is a script that you will find on most the roundups. Have fun!

Romantic Restaurants Across the United States

Romantic Restaurants

 

Members of Social Fabric have found places all across the United States that are romantic and perfect for a lovely date night! Just find your local area below and see what fabulous places it has to offer. You can make it a night to remember! #Dinner4Valentines Continue Reading →

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Our favorite romantic restaurants in Northwest Arkansas

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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. 

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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