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    Jealous?

    You should be. March 23rd is National Chips & Dip Day. To clarify, when I think of chips and dip, I’m not talking about fried tortilla bits and runny garden smush (though that combo has a time and place, for sure!). I’m talking about crispy-thin slices of golden potato, lowered into a creamy blend of dairy and a particular selection of spices. Potato chips and French Onion dip. Specifically, Prairie Farms French Onion Dip. If you’ve had it, you know what I mean. Growing up, absolutely nothing else would do and everyone knew it. PF’s dip is distinct and far superior to any other brand, off-brand, or store-brand. It was…

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    Food Focus

      As I began searching for a theme for this year’s blogs, I remembered a fun little calendar that the good folks at Bite Squad sent me. Each month has a clever food pun and the food-related national holidays are listed in the squares. This seemed great, at first blush: I like food, I like blogging and I like Bite Squad. A Realtor, building a year’s worth of blogging on a foundation of obscure, foodie holidays? I could be on to something. Speaking of Bite Squad, have you used the service yet? They bring you food from restaurants that don’t deliver and you can do the whole thing online. If…

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    Stone Soup

    Welcome to 2019! This year’s theme is: STONE SOUP       We are off and running, in the new year, but I wanted to take a moment to pause and check in with you. This is the time of year when we’re trying to get our collective acts together in order to accomplish those Big, Audacious Goals we’ve been quietly planning.     It can be daunting, for sure. Have you summoned the nerve to say your goal out loud, yet? Remember, if it doesn’t scare you, it probably isn’t big enough!      When I first started planning goals for 2019, I was afraid mine were too small. I quickly realized that…

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    Need 3 Minutes to Yourself?

    I can’t promise much, but I can give your kids something to do for about 3 minutes. Use it wisely. May love and joy come to you Paper Christmas cards didn’t go out, this year. I’d like to tell you it’s because I’m very eco-conscious and didn’t want to waste trees. The reality is that I, like many of you, was overwhelmed by the additional requirements brought on by the holiday season and simply didn’t get to them. Nevertheless, I wanted to reach out with a note to express my gratitude for you all; friends, family and clients. If you’re reading this and feel that you don’t fall into one…

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    How to Fall

    Being a kid and growing up is such a cool part of life. -Devon Werkheiser Despite my valiant efforts to convince myself otherwise, Summer is gone and Fall has arrived. Even though it’s not my favorite, there is something really amazing about the changing of seasons. It’s going to happen, regardless of how much I’d rather it didn’t, so I might as well embrace it. Pumpkin Spice Everything!! Just kidding, that’s gross. But Bath & Body Works makes a candle called “Sweater Weather” and it is absolute Autumn perfection. It’s nice to be able to open the windows on the sunny days and cozy up with a blanket and a…

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    The Dog Days of Summer

    How many legs does a dog have, if you call his tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg. -Abraham Lincoln The dog days of summer have arrived. In preparing for this month’s blog post, I was looking up quotes that referenced the “Dog Days” and the above-quoted thought caught my attention. I mean, one of history’s greatest presidents bringing the sass to a conversation is entertaining enough, but I’d love to have been there for that chat.                     Beyond that, the widespread application for this little gem, is something of which to…

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    What Then is Freedom?

    What then is freedom? The power to live as one wishes.  -Cicero It’s July. This month is, like, peak summer and I am savoring every minute of it. It’s hot, there are fireworks, the pool water is finally warm enough to jump in, gardens are beginning to produce awesome tastiness and vacations are happening or creeping closer! Also? ‘Merica. This is the month where we celebrate our nation’s independence, so, let’s talk about freedom and living as you wish… Where and how do you live? Do you own, rent, couch surf? Are you a rolling stone with no designated landing point on which to grow moss? There are no wrong…

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    Three Great Places To Visit With Your Dog

    For the outdoor enthusiast, there is no shortage of parks, recreation and nature-filled activities in the Knoxville area. If you have a canine companion, you’ll be pleased to know that there are some great places for you and your pupper to enjoy, together! First on the list is PetSafe Downtown Dog Park, right in the heart of Knoxville! Depending on the time of day you visit, you may have to scramble for parking, but this location always seems to have an opportunity to make a new furry friend! There is a separate area for larger dogs and bags are provided to clean up after your pet. (Please do!) A little…

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    Something Other Than Valentines

    No kind action ever stops with itself. -Amelia Earhart It’s the shortest month of the year. We are that much closer to summertime. I know the easy path to take would be to focus on St. Valentine’s Day as a topic for this month’s blog post, but that’s been done. Better than some inward-focused Hallmark holiday, what if we took a moment to look around us? It just so happens that February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness day. Although it began as a late-summer event, specific to New Zealand, it has since become an international holiday, to celebrate each other and the goodness among us. Given the pervasive discontent,…

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