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One Community: January 2014

One Community: January 2014

This year I wanted to take part in a link-up project, but not one that required me to do something every day or even every week.  Lo and behold, I “met” Sarah and her blog, Beauty School Dropout via Missouri Women Bloggers. She is one of the hosts of the One Community link up.  I loved the concept: One Community is a monthly photo project in which participants photograph their homes and communities with a theme in … Read entire article »

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Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

Gifts that Feel Good #1: Petit Jean Meats Breakfast Box {review and giveaway}

I recently had the opportunity to hear the founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, speak.  On why he incorporated giving into his company, he said, “Giving feels really good. That in itself is a reason to do it.” This year I am featuring a series of posts about Gifts that Feel Good.   On Saturday morning I woke up to the smell of bacon and the sound of children laughing.  It made me immediately happy.  Petit Jean … Read entire article »

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100 Days of Summertime {giveaway}

100 Days of Summertime {giveaway}

Tomorrow is the big day for us – the kids’ last day of school.  Sort of.  Because they’ve both opted to go to summer school, which starts on Wednesday.  And I’m having mixed feelings about that, because on the one hand I’m glad that they love school and that my schedule will be free to help with the new business if needed, but on the other hand, it’s a whole month of summer that kind … Read entire article »

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I am a Kung Fu Master & Other Things to Avoid Saying When Applying for a Job

I am a Kung Fu Master & Other Things to Avoid Saying When Applying for a Job

Today’s guest blogger is Sarah from East 9th Street.  She’s a full time working mama living in the Chicago area – a perfect person to post on what is a cold, snowy day here at my house. It’s also a great day for some LOLs.  Thanks Sarah! For the last 15 years I have sifted through resume after resume looking for awesomesauce candidates to join my the various organizations I have worked for. The way applicants … Read entire article »

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Easter Craft: Tin Foil Easter Egg

Easter Craft: Tin Foil Easter Egg

This post is from Deirdre at JDaniel4′s Mom.  She is truly one of the sweetest bloggers I have ever met and is well known for her adorable crafts and incredibly creative lunches. I am so excited about guest posting here on Instead of the Dishes. I met Fawn last spring at the Type A Conference. We had both volunteered to help at the conference. I  had the best time talking about blogging and hearing about her … Read entire article »

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You CAN Make a Difference

I met Carrie because she invited  me to speak at the Arkansas Women in Agriculture conference one year. (Gosh, that seems odd to say.)  She is a true change maker, a force driver, a worker of words, and a do gooder.  I hope that her story will cause you to take a moment’s pause and think about how you can use your own special skill set to invoke change in your corner of the world. One of my favorite quotes is, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~Margaret Mead That quote has echoed in my mind over and over again over the last few years.  While we may not be changing the entire world, my hope … Read entire article »

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