The Made Thing

A Day in an Online Business Owner’s Life

By August 27, 2014 Life
A Day in the Life of an Online Business Owner

Every once in a while someone asks me how I manage my time. Frankly, I don’t think I’m in a position to laud my system—I’m such a perfectionist that I always think “Um, I mess up my time management constantly! Why do you want to know what I stink at?” This is especially true when it comes to doing the task I think I should for marketing my own blogs. But I guess that I look like I’m pretty well put together most of the time. At least that’s what I hope!

I run a successful online business with a large number of clients, a personal blog, and still find the time to participate in lots of volunteer and hobby groups.

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Bacon Cheese Dip: Central Arkansas in a Bowl

By August 23, 2014 Arkansas, Food
Bacon Cheese Dip made with Petit Jean Meats Bacon. It's like Central Arkansas in a bowl!

This post is sponsored by Petit Jean Meats. They provided a Bacon Sampler Pack for the post and one for me to give to one lucky winner! All opinions are my own because, well, I just freaking love bacon from Petit Jean Meats. And their franks. And their ham slices. And well, all their products. You can buy some here, no matter where you are in the US!

There’s little more that speaks to what it means to live in central Arkansas than bacon and cheese dip. Cheese dip was invented here in the 1940s, don’t you know! Stoby’s in Conway is my favorite cheese dip but my favorite bacon comes from up the road in Morrilton from Petit Jean Meats.

In honor of International Bacon Day, the fantastic people at Petit Jean Meats and gave me a Bacon Sampler to create something that celebrates bacon and all things central Arkansas. And let me tell you, this is an amazing recipe you won’t want to pass up. Plus, I’m giving away a Bacon Sampler pack to one lucky winner!

Petit Jean Meats goes all out for Bacon and will be hosting the Bacon Bowl Saturday September 13, 2014 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bacon lovers, it’s your kind of thing. Think lots and lots of bacon and happy bacon faces.

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5 Secrets of Conway New Residents Need to Know

By August 22, 2014 Arkansas
One of my favorite things about Conway are the Roundabouts. What's your favorite thing about Conway, Arkansas?

I’ve lived in Conway off and on for the last eight years of my life. When I first moved here in 2006 to attend Hendrix College, it was a huge shock to my system. Not only was I away from home and in a new community, I was also in the South for the first time. Talk about cultural change!

After college, we moved to Fayetteville but always wanted to come back to Conway because it is a community of opportunity. Every year, it draws in new residents—and for a good reason.

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Cute, Affordable Notecards

By August 15, 2014 Home, Roundups

One of the things I enjoy the most is getting letters from friends. Sure, text messages and emails are faster but there’s just something joyous about receiving a hand-written note in the mail from a far-away friend. And boy, do I have a lot of friends who are spread out all over the world! That’s what happens, I guess, when you’ve lived in a foreign land and grew up in a different part of the country.

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