Fun with Painting your Pet

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More than a year ago I went to a Painting with a Twist party and discovered my artistic side. I kept meaning to go back and just never seemed to have the chance. That is, until last weekend and it was even more fun than the first time!

This trip was a Paint Your Pet party and instead of each person painting the same thing, we each submitted a picture of our pet ahead of time and painted a sketched version of the picture. Of course we have four pets so at first it was hard to decide which pet to paint. They are like our kids so it’s important to have pictures of them around.

We settled on Flower because of her incredibly unique coloring and we can’t find pictures or figurines that look like her. We’ve found several that look like Jazzy, Missy and Colby but nothing that looks like Flower. I’m glad we chose Flower because her unique coloring also made her a challenge to paint!

I took cell phone pictures throughout the process to document the fun.  Continue Reading →

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Review and Giveaway: On Calvary’s Hill repurposes Lucado’s content to create Easter (or any time) treat

I received a free copy of this book and an appreciation certificate from Family Christian in exchange for my honest review. All photos and opinions are my own.

 

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My first memories of Max Lucado’s work are from high school. I attended a Christian high school so a daily devotional in some classes was a very common thing. My freshman and sophomore English teacher would frequently open class with a short reading from a number of Max Lucado’s books.

I remember being enthralled by Lucado’s way of making the Bible stories come alive with his vivid word imagery. I was delighted to have the opportunity to read and review his book On Calvary’s Hill: 40 Readings for the Easter Season from Family Christian. This book does not disappoint. Continue Reading →

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School House Cafe in Goshen is a great find!

SchoolHouse Sign

 

A few months ago, we were traveling to Eureka Springs and drove through a tiny town called Goshen. I knew it existed but had no idea there were places to go there. Well, one place in particular. We saw the sign for the School House Cafe and decided to try it on our way home.

We were hooked.  Continue Reading →

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Guest Post: Courtney Schulist ‘When not enough is OK’

Please welcome Courtney to Jamie’s Thots! Courtney is another contributor to the ongoing Enough series. Here she talks about “when not enough is OK.” 

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As I was preparing dinner tonight I looked around my house and was disgusted with the state of it. Never mind I had been ill, febrile, and plastered to the couch for the past few days, all I could see was what needed to be done. The floor was covered in dog hair. The table was scattered with papers. My children needed bathed. Clothes laid around needing to be put up, and toys littered the floor. Not to mention, I would still have to do the dishes after dinner.

I realized that there was no way I was going to get everything done in the amount of time that I had pictured in my mind. I was annoyed with that thought, and kept saying to myself  “You should be doing more.” Then, a small voice in my head said “What you are doing is enough.” That moment, I was doing what was important – preparing dinner. I was taking care of my family’s needs. That was enough. Everything else was extra credit. Continue Reading →

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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 →