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Twelve Favorite Photos And Instagram’s Best Nine

Today I’m sharing another year-end wrap up (yes, I’m milking 2016 for all it’s worth), but this has to be one of my favorites because it’s all about photography (just a little hobby of mine). If you are an Instagram user, you probably have seen several collages running across your feed with the hashtag #2016bestnine. I immediately thought the concept was super cool, but the idea of calculating the number of visits to every Instagram photo sounded completely exhausting (and more than slightly insane). Luckily I discovered a simple website (this may be old news to most of you) that will calculate your… Continue reading »

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Read the Bible or Bust: My Goal for the New Year

As the new year begins in earnest and we slowly come out of our evergreen scented, tinsel induced, confetti colored comas, most of us face the days ahead with a renewed hope and rosy glasses. These are the days that lead us to dream big, reinvent our ways and desire to take the world by storm (to some a rain shower, to others a tornado. . . but a storm nonetheless). We set goals, refine wishes and claim more resolutions than an invisible jet and really cool cuffs could ever hope to deliver in a mere 365 days (make that 361 if you’re… Continue reading »

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My Five Favorite Cards From 2016

As is tradition at the turn of the year, I took a look through all my creative card posts from the past year and I sadly discovered one big thing. . . I wasn’t anywhere nearly crafty enough! Yowzers, I barely had enough cards to create a five favorite cards list so I’m guessing that will be added to my 2017 resolutions — “Be more crafty.” Okay, duly noted (and what a burden this goal will be), but in the meantime I hope you enjoy a quick review of 2016’s crafty little cards. “Hello Sunshine” Card Challenge Creation   Red Hearts and Ribbon… Continue reading »

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A Look Back at 2016, Part 2

Okay, so I won’t keep you in excruciating suspense any longer. We’re continuing our look back at 2016 and below you will find the six most visited Small Talk Mama posts for the year. Enjoy reading and may you have a very happy and prosperous new year! #6 Saturday Sparks – Picnics Labor Day reminds me of family-friendly picnics full of summer sun, tasty treats and lots of fun. As a nod to this last bastion of summer, I’ve gathered a few ideas and inspiration to help you transform you own family get-together into a weekend to remember. #5 Thanks a Latte… Continue reading »

Look Back at 2016

A Look Back at 2016, According to the Stats

It’s always fun to revisit the past year and see how it all shaped up, because I’m always so surprised to see which posts were popular according to the stats that be. I can definitely say that most of the posts that are my favorite rarely rank high in terms of traffic, but those simple surprises make year-end tracking so interesting. So as the year comes to an end, I’m taking a look back at 2016 and Small Talk Mama’s top posts according to you, the readers. Interestingly enough, several of the posts making the list were not even written this year. I hope you enjoy the… Continue reading »

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Merry Christmas & Holiday Home Tour

Good morning and Merry Christmas! As usual, I’m the first body up on Christmas morning, but I don’t mind much if the boys sleep in for a bit. The coffee just finished brewing, the tree is twinkling and Santa has polished off most of his cookies and milk left out last night by one very eager six-year-old boy. I plan to use these few moments of quiet for a bit of . . . never mind, I hear a little voice. Let the fun begin! As a final way to celebrate this special day, I’m leaving you with a quick holiday home tour. Merry… Continue reading »

Year of Dates

A Year of Dates: The Gift and the Reality

Christmas is only three days away and thankfully most of my shopping is complete and under the tree; even the stocking stuffers are prepped and ready. Since yesterday was my son’s last day of school before the long holiday, I used it to complete all the wrapping and organizing that goes into prepping for Santa’s approaching visit. Whew, it was a busy day, but now it’s done. Since I’ve been in the Christmas gifting mood, a writing prompt from Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week really caught my eye. Although the idea was phrased as the “Best or worst gift… Continue reading »

December Saturday

A Snowy December Saturday

Our Christmas light looking was cut short last night due to the icy roads and we begged out of our friends annual Christmas party across town tonight due to snow, but all-in-all it was a beautiful day (especially since we hardly left the house). Between reading a new book, picking up the house a bit and snagging a nice long nap, I did manage to point my camera here and there. So as the day is winding down and my son is watching Merry Madagascar, I thought I would show you a few photos from our slow December Saturday (a bonus that rarely happens so close to Christmas). Thankfully… Continue reading »

 

 


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