A Real Mom’s Kitchen — Katie D. Claims Her Calm

Welcome to A Real Mom’s Kitchen. This is the first of a monthly series that will take us inside the kitchens of real women to see how they actually use their spaces to keep the family nourished, get the academics done, keep the creative juices flowing and maybe even run a business or two. It’s all about reality, functionality, dreams and getting dirty, and most of these moms actually volunteered to let me through the front door with all my questions and my camera. Oh, and be sure to try the recipe at the end of each post, which is a featured family favorite… Continue reading »

A Real Mom's Kitchen

Introducing A Real Mom’s Kitchen

I am super excited to introduce a new series happening here at Small Talk Mama. It’s called “A Real Mom’s Kitchen,” and each month I will highlight a different real life kitchen used by a living, breathing family. I posted a request with my local mom’s group, and couldn’t believe how quickly so many ladies raised their hands. So please know that these are volunteers and I have never even seen most of these kitchens, but I can’t wait to walk into the houses of these gracious gals each month and see the heart of their homes for the very first time…. Continue reading »


My Shock and Shame Gallery Wall

It’s so funny these days when I have a friend over that hasn’t been to my house in months. Without fail, and usually when they are putting on their coats and turning around to leave, each of my guests will stop, look, and exclaim, “You put pictures in your frames!” This sight to behold of which they speak is the gallery wall I finished in my hallway/living room. Apparently my frames hung empty for far too long, if it seems to be such an awe-inspiring revelation to so many of my friends. I did speak about it in last year’s resolution… Continue reading »


Ten Tips to “Avon Lady” Success

A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating Your Own Avon Business If you have thought about becoming an “Avon Lady” or you recently started your own business selling their products, I’m so glad you took the time to visit. I really want you to be successful in your new venture and hope that a few of these tips will help you avoid some pitfalls along the way. No, I’m not an Avon lady, but I once was. In my first year as a representative, I managed my own team, saw a net profit and even achieved President Club status (and I have the Mrs. Albee to prove it). Unfortunately… Continue reading »


A Crafty Week with My Sister

My sister drove up from Oklahoma this week (dodging snow storms along the way) to spend a few fun days with me, and we have certainly shopped and cropped our way through the week. Okay, so maybe there was a little more shopping being done, but a girl’s gotta stock up on that good crafty stuff, you know.  Sometimes I need a visit from my crafty sibling to get my scrapbook bottom on track, so it’s always nice to get a visit from my sis from time-to-time. Other than spending hours in craft stores and scrapbook shops, here is what we’ve been… Continue reading »

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Start Your Day With a Sausage Cheese Croissant

Saturday mornings are for family breakfast in our home. We like to sit down together and start our day with something yummy in our tummies. Of course, some weekend mornings there just isn’t a lot of time to make a huge meal (i.e. quilting morns with the church ladies), so something in a hurry fits the bill. This sausage cheese croissant recipe is one of my best go-to breakfast items and also one of my husband’s favorites. Mind you, these croissants are in no way low-cal and probably not too healthy, but if you add some fruit on the side you actually hit the… Continue reading »

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My Weight Loss, Week One

Well now, isn’t this embarrassing. I only lost a measly half a pound in week one of my weight loss journey, and now I have to tell the world. So let’s see where it all went wrong. . . First Mistake: my mindset. I figured if I only stopped eating crazy and making merry I would surely lose a pound or two. I ate so horribly for the last month and a half that I thought “better” would make a dent in my excess poundage. Wrong. Second Mistake:  one carefree night. I figured one night of indulgence out with my boys wouldn’t… Continue reading »

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