Spark Metal Studio – Handmade in Raleigh

October 9, 2014

Tweet Raleigh, North Carolina is a bastion of creativity. Your ankles are lapped by creative juices on every corner of this town, be it an architect, textile artist, painter, writer, aerial acrobat, musician, chef, or jewelry maker. The local movement shouldn’t just be about food and farming. I want to celebrate local folks who are [...]

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10 Ways Having a Tween is Like Having a Toddler

October 8, 2014

Tweet Spontaneous combustion is highly possible, also known as a temper tantrum. There can be screaming and crying for (apparently) no reason. You still have to remind them to wash hands, brush teeth, and flush. At least one article of clothing is ruined on every play date. They use their sleeve as a napkin. It’s [...]

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You Spice Up My Life – 5:00 Fridays TM

October 3, 2014

Tweet Even at a young age I knew Debbie Boone was boring. I mean, really, is there anything more nauseatingly treacly than You Light Up My Life? It’s the perfect song to mock, and I have it tucked away for just when I need a karmic embarrassing moment  for tween payback. I vowed to never be boring. [...]

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Happy Birthday, Jimmy Carter! – Wordless Wednesday

October 1, 2014

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This Little Piggy Went to the Market – #FarmToPork

September 29, 2014

Tweet I am not a country girl. I don’t even like nature (I value it but I don’t want to loll about in it). I wouldn’t say I’m high maintenance as much as I suffer from a phobia of dirt and bad smells. This is also why I’m not a city girl. I’m what you [...]

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My Son Wants to Be Kim Kardashian When He Grows Up

September 25, 2014

Tweet My son asked me how Kim Kardashian got rich and famous. I didn’t really know what to say. The answer is both simple and complex. She has a raging mom who pushed her daughters into the limelight. The family searches to overcompensate for some sort of emotional cocktail of entitlement, insecurity, and narcissism. They [...]

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Would Facebook Ban This Nursing Baby Photo? – Wordless Wednesday

September 24, 2014

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Mom Counterpart – 15 Things I Wish My Middle Schooler Knew

September 20, 2014

Tweet I just turned 46. I was 10 years old when I started middle school. Those middle school years still taunt, tug, and tease me. I was a runt. I was smart, shy, and socially awkward. Oh, so awkward. Lord, I shudder at the thought of it. I was the ugly duckling who didn’t think [...]

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Bacon ‘n Bourbon – 5:00 Fridays TM

September 19, 2014

Tweet   One of the great things about bacon is that it’s seasonless. I live in North Carolina, where pork helps fuel our economy and makes taste buds dance. I’ve just returned from an NC hog farm tour. It was a remarkable experience that opened my eyes and gave me new perspective on our food [...]

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Carpool Karma – 5:00 Fridays TM

September 12, 2014

Tweet       I have a hate/hate relationship with carpool. I hate the parents who think the rules don’t apply to them. I hate how long the bus would take if my son rode it home. I don’t really mind the waiting in line myself. I view it as me time. I use those [...]

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