Big Changes for Small Talk Mama

Small Talk Mama

In the next few weeks, you should be seeing some big changes coming to Small Talk Mama, and I’m super excited! The name will change, the design will change and the content will change. I’ll still be blogging, but I will be taking a more personal and less deliberate approach to writing each week as I spend more quality time with my family and other pursuits that make me happy.

During the last couple of years of blogging, I’ve discovered that the things I thought I would enjoy writing about most are not actually my favorite posts. It seems I most like to write about personal accomplishments, mama moments and life observations; and so I’ll be focusing on the things that actually fit into my real life instead of picking my daily doings to fit into a blog post. Yes, honey, you can thank me later.

All this being said, please know that I love writing, meeting new people, reading other blogs, learning new things and seeing what’s happening in other people’s worlds. Comments are welcomed here and conversations are encouraged. I hope my loyal readers will stick around and give the new blog a go.

Royal Blood in My Veins, Just Not in My Wardrobe


As I went about my business this day, it quickly became apparent that I was the without-a-doubt, absolutely-only human being in the Kansas City metro area not wearing a Royals shirt. From two to 90-something, I swear I saw it all — royal blue, baby blue, KC Royals logos, baseball jerseys, and hacks on the corners in tents. This town is totally over the top for the Kansas City Royals right now as the first game of the 2014 World Series begins in mere minutes.

I don’t blame them. The last time the Royals made it to the post season and beyond was in 1985. Hmm. . . I was in high school and that’s perspective enough. But don’t blame me, I just don’t own any Royals gear. If it’s not Razorback red, it’s just really not in my wardrobe.

But I’m as excited as most to watch the Series unfold this year, and so I’m embracing the game by making chili dogs for dinner, with a side of peanuts to go with. See, I’m doing my part (that and we just came off a whirlwind vacation and this seemed like an “easy out”). See, I just can’t help but “slide” in all that baseball lingo.

So here’s my vow, after I drop off junior at grandma’s house in the morn, I promise to pick up some semblance of Royal attire. Be it a cap, a shirt or even a pair of royal blue socks, I’ll pull it on and wear it proudly as I dispense KC Royals pride where e’er I go.

No-Sew Double-Sided Halloween Banner



Here’s a quick little project that requires no sewing and little time investment for such a cute finished product. A word of caution though, if you hate ironing as much as I do you’re probably just going to have to suck it up and iron through. With that warning in mind, let’s get going on the cute little Halloween banner.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Five types of coordinating Halloween fabric (you only need less than a third of a yard of each fabric for one banner, but if it’s a good price and you want to make more than one, you might want to get more)
  • Half a yard of coordinating fabric for back of banner pieces
  • Wonder Under, one yard (but you will probably have extra)
  • Bias Tape, .5″ wide and at least 1.5 yards long
  • Iron and Ironing Board
  • Rotary Cutter and Cutting Board  (scissors will do if you have a steady hand)
  • Fabric Glue
  • Banner Template — you can make your own out of cardstock, cardboard, newspaper or whatever. (my triangles are 6.75″ wide by 6.75″” tall)

Here’s what you do:

  1. Iron all your fabric pieces to get out any creases and wrinkles.
  2. Following the directions that came with your Wonder Under, iron it onto each of the coordinating fabric pieces, except the back fabric.
  3. Using your template cut out fabric pieces larger than the triangles will be.
  4. Peel off the Wonder Under backing and iron all the pieces to the back-side fabric.
  5. Now you can cut out the triangles to scale using the template. Doing it this way makes it easy to adhere the Wonder Under all the way to the edges and keeps the fabric from fraying.
  6. Lay out your finished triangles and cut your bias tape to length. I used approximately a yard and a half for my five triangle banners.
  7. Using your fabric glue, glue each of the triangles inside the fold of the bias tape. I glued one side of the tape, let it dry and then glued the other side of the tape.

That’s all there is to this fun project! There are so many great Halloween fabric choices at good prices right now, so have fun and be creative. Of course, you can apply this same technique to any fabrics for every occasion.

Secret Subject Swap — My Nobel Prize


Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week, 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My Secret Subject is:
You’ve won a Nobel Prize. Which? Why? What did you do to deserve the honor?
It was submitted by:

Hmm. . . this is a toughy. I guess I’ve never dreamed of winning a Nobel Prize. Why would I? I have too many other fish to fry just trying to raise a family, keep up with the laundry and keeping food in the fridge. Whew, just makes me tired thinking about it. But that being said, I do have dreams; and so

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Tastes Like (Hamburger Dill) Pickles!


This one is for all you Wednesday night Bible study ladies, because my homemade hamburger dills actually taste like pickles and I promised to post the recipe here at Small Talk Mama. Yes, my husband and I actually got the first taste of our maiden

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