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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...

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,...

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 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 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...

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Feeling pretty jazzed about Kansas City after attending Middle Of The Map Fest this week.  Cool, innovative, inspiring things are happening everywhere you turn in this city lately, thanks of course to all of the cool people who choose to call this place home.  It’s an exciting time to be living here....

5 Tips For Blogging Through “The Summer Slump”

Bloggers, it’s about that time again. Time when the weather warms up and people head outside to soak up every second of it.  Time when everyone taps into their inner Clark Griswold and plans epic summer vacations and campouts and family reunions and road trips and, well, any chance to get outta town....

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April in Movies: Three Festival Favorites To Kick Off Spring

I’ve spent the first quarter of the year watching a lot of movies. A lot. I went to Sundance in Park City; True/False in Columbia, Missouri; and SXSW in Austin. I don’t have an official count yet, but I think I’ve seen 85+ films since the beginning of 2015....

A Day In The Life

I’m a sucker for “day in the life” posts. I first became a fan of them way back in the early days of the blogosphere via Ali and Elise.  Then a few years ago, Rachel started doing a similar series profiling food bloggers.  And now occasionally when I’m bored, I’ll scroll through the...

April in Music: New Playlist For Spring

It’s spring! I’m working in a coffeehouse this morning, and the doors are all open. The sun is streaming in. The grass is getting green. Daffodils are everywhere. And all of a sudden, I’m out of winter hibernation mode and up for anything—including staying out late to see live music...

Where To Eat In Austin

When people ask what we did while living in Austin for the month of February, the first thing that comes to mind is simple: We ate. More accurately, we ate and ate and ate. In our 28 days there, the two of us food bloggers somehow managed to visit 40+ restaurants and...

10 Things I Learned In Austin

“I am a firm believer that every few years one needs to shake one’s life through a sieve, like a miner in the Yukon. The gold nuggets remain. The rest falls through like the soft earth it is.”  ~Amy Pohler, Yes, Please We actually did it. After years and...