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40 bags

Still Working Toward 40 Bags Before Easter

I knew there was more junk stuffed in that craft room (and the overflow storage room next to it)!! I’m still cleaning and purging at home and adding to my rising total in the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.  By my latest count I believe I’m up to fourteen total boxes, bags and large items that have exited the house this Lenten season. Not even halfway to my goal, but every little bit, or lot, counts. My husband just commented that I might not have enough stuff to get to 40. . . but then we both had a good laugh!… Continue reading »

Putting the “Spring” in Small Talk with Design Changes

I just keep waiting for Spring to do its thing, but each time I think this quirky little season has arrived Winter fights back with some pretty harsh ammo. Such is life in the Midwest, I guess. I am so itching to get outdoors with my family and get my hands dirty in the yard, but at least I’m using the cooler days to get a few things done indoors. As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing a bit of redesigning here at Small Talk Mama and I apologize if you tried to visit while things were a bit wonky…. Continue reading »

craft room

Mother of all Messes — My Craft Room

Hello Tuesday, I’m happy you’re here. If you tried to find your way to this little blog during the weekend, you probably received a really ugly error message. . . and so goes the world of technology when I happen to click one wrong button. *sigh* As you can see, Small Talk Mama is up and running once again and I’ll try (but can’t promise) not to maim my little site anytime soon. So with my blog out of commission for a few days, I decided to concentrate on more of my Spring cleaning and attacked the mother of all… Continue reading »

air fryer

The Air Fryer — Product Review

Well I asked for it and I got it — yes, that super sweet and ever so romantic gift of an air fryer for Valentine’s day. Many of you know I’ve been trying to lose weight and a couple of gals at Weight Watchers were praising their own air fryers a few weeks ago, so I decided it was time to give it a go. Thus, I requested one from my sweetie and he so kindly obliged (No husband hating here ladies. I was tickled that he bought it. . . along with the beautiful flowers and homemade treats). Until… Continue reading »

gingerbread building

Tear-Free Gingerbread Building

Along with a new year came the fulfillment of a fun family tradition here at The Three-Acre Wood — the eating of the gingerbread! As my boys commenced with the destruction and consuming of a weeks old gingerbread house (good thing we have dental insurance) I couldn’t help but think I should have written this post sooner rather than later, but as I’ve poured through so many plights of gingerbread making sob stories across social media I decided late is better than never. Maybe you will find your way back here before you embark on your next gingerbread building adventure. We… Continue reading »

Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School was “Out of This World”

Oh my goodness, we had another great Vacation Bible School at church last week. I’m never sure who has more fun — me or the kids!! At any rate, we had sixty-one smiling faces come through our doors in five days and that was almost double the number we had last year. We also had over thirty teachers, helpers, and go-to girls and guys help us each day and that isn’t counting the folks behind the scenes praying, canvasing neighborhoods, decorating (and redecorating when items fell to the floor) and attending to all the little things that need to be… Continue reading »

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