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Inspired by the Eaux Claires 2015 music festival! | gimmesomeoven.com

August in Music: Favorites from Eaux Claires 2015

Music festivals are hot, crowded, sweaty, exhausting…and utterly transformative. I spent July 17 and 18 hanging out with a few close friends (and 22,000 new ones) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, at the inaugral Eaux Claires music festival. Organized by Justin Vernon (the genius behind Bon Iver), the event brought...

Jacqueline Kim in Jennifer Phang's Advantageous. Photo by Jennifer Phang

August in Movies: Films Featuring Fascinating Females

Blockbuster season can be tough on us ladies. The big studios are still lightyears behind in gender equality, both in front of the camera and behind. A quick look at the current box office scores shows only one film in the top ten with female top billing (Trainwreck‘s Amy Schumer)....

August Dare: Plan Out Your Day The Night Before | gimmesomeoven.com

August Dare: Plan Out Your Day The Night Before

Happy August, friends!! So, I have kind of quietly been taking a bunch of time off this summer, which has been awesome.  But I realized that in doing so, I completely spaced off sharing our July dare.  Oops!  The dare that I had meant to post for the month was to “Crush On A...

July in Movies: Six Unique Flicks Not To Miss

July in Movies: Six Unique Flicks Not To Miss

It’s Fourth of July weekend, friends: we’ve hit full blockbuster saturation. I love this time of the year. You can both lose yourself in mindless CG spectacle and you can find a bunch of interesting alternatives at both the multiplex and art houses. Here are six festival favorites coming...

A chill summer playlist that's perfect for July | gimmesomeoven.com

July Playlist: Summer Chill

We’ve finally hit true summer temps in Kansas City, after suffering through a grey and rainy June. When the heat rises, I start to crave cooler beats. I want something that will make sway…but nothing that will make me sweat more than I already am. My criteria for this July...

The Nightingale Orchestra | gimmesomeoven.com

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Snapchatting all the things.  (Ok, mostly my dog.)  Come say hi at @gimmesomeoven! Still smiling after getting to play a concert with The Nightingale Orchestra this past weekend.  Highlight of my month. Reading this book, which is claimed to rival Gone Girl (doubtful, but we’ll see).  Followed soon by this book (followed by the movie...

June Playlist -- a Spotify playlist for summer wanderlust | gimmesomeoven.com

Music in June: Wonderful Wanderlust

I know I’m not the only person who gets a bad case of wanderlust the minute the calendar flips to Summer. There’s something about the longer days, warmer weather and childhood memories of three free months that make me want to leave everything behind for open windows and open...

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June in Movies: Blockbusters and beyond

I’ve got nothing against blockbuster movies. When done well, blockbusters can bring people together, capture a cultural moment and provide much-needed entertainment. I’ve got a few on my Favorite Movies of All Time list, including Jaws. Of course. But it’s easy to get stuck in the shade of all...

30 Days With No TV | gimmesomeoven.com

June Dare: 30 Days Of No TV

I know. Having just recently finished a 3-season House Of Cards marathon, watched the dramatic season finales of my favorite network shows, and (yes) gotten suckered once again into a new season of The Bachelorette, this month’s dare seemed a little dramatic to me.  But it’s happening, and I’m strangely excited about it,...

Madina in Andrew Berends's Madina's Dream

May in Movies: Two Indies To Seek Out

May is the beginning of summer blockbuster season, and it’s starting off big with Avengers: Age of Ultron. Which I will be seeing, of course. May also brings a big Reese Witherspoon comedy, Hot Pursuit; the Mad Max reboot, Fury Road; the highly anticipated a cappella comeback Pitch Perfect 2; Disney’s Bird-helmed, Lindelof-written and Clooney-starring Tomorrowland; and Cameron Crowe’s star-studded Aloha...

May Playlist -- a Spotify list celebrating spring and sunshine | gimmesomeoven.com

May in Music: Savor A Long Stretch In The Sunshine

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about rest. I’m not naturally a restful person. I’m a dreamer, schemer, planner, creator, do-er. Even in my baby pictures, I’ve got my eyes wide open and my fists clenched while my twin sis, Megan, is all carefree smiles. I’ve always been wound...

May Dare: Go Outside For 30 Minutes A Day | gimmesomeoven.com

May Dare: Go Outside (For At Least 30 Minutes A Day!)

In honor of the arrival of warm weather and all things “spring”, this month’s dare is a simple one: Go outside…for at least 30 minutes a day. For most of us, this dare will probably require no arm-twisting. Because really — who doesn’t love being outside in the springtime...