“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”

-Sam Keen


  • Look Back at 2016
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    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 recap and I hope to see you again in the…

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    The Bats are Back

    When we first moved into our home four years ago we used to spy a few bats feasting in our backyard on a fairly regular basis, but somewhere along the way they seemed to move on to better living spaces or tastier places. This made me sad long before the rise of the Zika virus and the new suburban bat lovers who are suddenly embracing these mosquito-eating machines. So imagine my delight this week when I stepped out onto the deck and spied two bats speeding back and forth across our backyard with seemingly ravenous appetites. Maybe it was just coincidence, but this mosquito-magnet of a girl didn’t get a single bug bite while…

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    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 all this “success” came at the detriment of my Avon future.…