Healthy living (and really convenient shopping) is made simple with free health screenings at Sam’s Club

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I’ve been a Sam’s Club member since my early 20s and have never even once considered canceling my membership even though for the first 10 years I had one, I was single and now it’s only John and me. We shouldn’t need to buy in bulk, right? Sam’s Club is so much more than buying in large quantities and they have two awesome features that I know I didn’t know about before now so I want to share them with you. Did you realize Sam’s offers free monthly health screenings as well as an online health magazine that truly lives up to the slogan “healthy living made simple?”

Last week I was making my usual “Sam’s run” and stopped at their free health screenings to see what all was involved. Continue Reading →

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Guest post: Georgeanne Yehling ‘Cultivating the present is enough’

This is another entry of guests posts from friends who I asked to write about their take on “enough.” 

First, let’s meet Georgeanne

Georgeanne Yehling is not a Southern belle but a Southern bramble. An Arkansas transplant, Georgeanne spreads the gospel of Southern food and hospitality at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock. She is an emerging professional operatic soprano, amateur gardener, devoted kitchen wench, and crazed Oklahoma City Thunder fan. Find her at Southern Fried Soprano, where she writes about navigating the world of classical music and keeping it #arkansassy, no matter where she is.

Georgeanne Yehling is not a Southern belle but a Southern bramble. An Arkansas transplant, Georgeanne spreads the gospel of Southern food and hospitality at Eggshells Kitchen Co. in Little Rock. She is an emerging professional operatic soprano, amateur gardener, devoted kitchen wench, and crazed Oklahoma City Thunder fan. Find her at Southern Fried Soprano, where she writes about navigating the world of classical music and keeping it #arkansassy, no matter where she is.

 

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Warmer weather Nudges us outside with the #Smithpuppies

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The snow is gone and the sun is shining longer each day. I love warmer weather! I love being able to go outside more with our dogs and I love it when it’s better grilling weather. We’ve had a few good weekends with the #smithpuppies (yes, that’s their official hashtag) and I thought ya’ll might have fun seeing some of the photos. We also got to try some new Nudges Dog Treats that just came out. We tried the original Nudges last year and our dogs go nuts over them. The new Grillers and Sizzlers are even more amazing!

Check out what we’ve been up to and read a few of my tips for being prepared for more glorious outside time with your beloved woof baby.  Continue Reading →

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My reflections on ‘renew’ (Blogger of the Month for April)

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A few weeks ago, I was notified that I was selected as Blogger of the Month for Arkansas Women Bloggers. Each month, they choose a different member to feature and I was chosen for April 2015. We are asked to write an intro piece that talks about who we are then four blogs that can be on any topic we choose. We can (and most seem to) write with the organization’s theme for the month.

I decided it would be a challenge to try and write about the theme for April all month. Instead of posting a new blog every time, I’ll come back and add a link to the latest blog that I’ve written during the month here.

The theme for April is “Renew.”

4/1  My intro blog: Miss April 2015-Jamie Smith

4/6 First blog: What does Renew Really Mean?

4/13 Second blog: Rebranding as a form of renewal

4/20 Third blog:

4/27 Fourth blog:

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5 steps to greener severe weather season preparedness

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I love a good thunderstorm, don’t you? Not one that does a lot of damage and hurts people of course but one that gives some good thunder boomers and rain is simply a joy for this Kansas girl’s heart.

This is a screenshot from a local TV station of storms we had last week. Scary and exhilarating all at the same time!

This is a screenshot from a local TV station of storms we had last week. Scary and exhilarating all at the same time!

That said, growing up in Kansas and then living in Oklahoma and now Arkansas I’ve seen my fair share of really dangerous weather and know how vital it is to be prepared. I think that living in our country’s heartland has also shown me how important God’s creation is and I think it’s important to protect that. How cool is it that we now have ways to be prepared but also be a little bit more environmentally conscious at the same time?

Being prepared for storms isn’t just a mental state of mind. It’s about having the plans and supplies you might need in place so you don’t have to worry as much when the storm clouds start rolling in.

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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!

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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.

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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 →