Will You Help? A Once-in-a-Lifetime International Ambassadorship

#Come2Germany Ambassador

I’m in the runnings to become an official social media ambassador for the German National Tourism Office, so I decided to start an Instagram campaign called ‪#‎29Reasons‬ to‪#‎Come2Germany‬ to remind you to cast your votes, and to inspire you to visit this beautiful country I get to call home! Each day … Continue reading

Smalltowngirl’s Family Grows

For more than a year now, I’ve known I’ve wanted to expand my little family. After much planning and preparation, I finally took the plunge yesterday, giving my entry-level Fuji DSRL camera a strong and might new sibling; a Nikon D7000. Continue reading

Crossing it off the Bucket List: The Gingerbread House (Part 1)

I’ve always wanted to build a gingerbread house, and this year I finally did it. Buying a gingerbread house kit would be the small town equivalent of saying “I want to build my own home” and then heading down the highway to buy your own prefab modular estate. There’s nothing … Continue reading

Three Websites You Should Read Today

When I happen upon good website content, it’s usually by accident or because a friend sends me a link.  Now it’s my turn to pass on three Missouri websites that I support: Off the Eaten Path STL A few months ago I met a food blogger in St. Louis named … Continue reading

Crown Valley’s Home Brewer’s Contest

Somewhere amidst the beautiful, rolling hillsides of rural Missouri in between Ste. Genevieve and Farmington is a tiny community called Kaufman. Kaufman used to have a school house, but that school house is now a brewery. That brewery held a home brewer’s contest on Saturday afternoon from noon to 4:00 … Continue reading

Small Town Girls Like Fords

Ford Bronco

This small town girl grew up in a Ford family. From my Dad’s Ford F350 work to my brother’s first sports car (a Ford Probe) to the Ford Aerostar that I learned to drive in, my family has always driven Fords. It’s been said that you can take the person … Continue reading

Mountain Biking Council Bluff Lake

Who knew that “one of the most beautiful mountain bike trails in the state of Missouri” (source) was right in my backyard in the Mark Twain National Forest? Council Bluff Lake Recreation Area offers a 440-acre lake – the largest in this particular forest – that’s surrounded by a twelve-mile … Continue reading

Spontaneous Tweetup STL

Last week I gave a mid-morning holler on twitter to see if anyone was interested in a spontaneous after-work tweet-up. My week wasn’t going great, and I wanted to surround myself with conversation and good company. At 5:30, twitter friends began trickling into Growler’s Pub on Lindbergh in Sunset Hills, Missouri (a … Continue reading

Go! St. Louis Halloween 10K

This morning was the Go!St. Louis Halloween 10K in St. Louis. Any road race that inspires runners to dress in costume is inherently more fun than the average road race, so I was thrilled to run today. While my own costume (I dressed as a bag of M&Ms) wasn’t terribly … Continue reading

Camping Food

While camping this weekend at Council Bluff Recreation Area in Iron County, Missouri, I noticed something. When the girls and I sat down for our lunch on Saturday, here’s what was on our side of the table: By contrast, here’s what was on the men’s side of the table: Have … Continue reading

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