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#CAM2014

04/10/14

#CAM2014

Here's a new hashtag for you: #CAM2014. What is it, you ask? Well, it's the hashtag for Cesarean Awareness Month, of course! Cesarean Awareness Month began in an effort to bring awareness to the 1 in 3 women who give birth in the United States by cesarean delivery. Consider the fact that the World Health Organization recommends a c-section rate of no higher than 10-15%, yet our national average is 32.8% and the Oklahoma c-section rate is 34.7%. This means that more than half of the cesareans performed in our country and state are probably preventable! Many women do not anticipate complications during their labor and probably do not prepare for a cesarean delivery. The medical community and many people portray the surgery as minor, yet women who have experienced...

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A Heritage of Storytelling

03/21/14

A Heritage of Storytelling

Having grown up in Tulsa, I have been surrounded from a very young age by Native American storytelling. I remember as a Kindergartener at Carnegie Elementary listening to a storyteller share a story about how the stars got in the sky. It was fascinating.  In college, I took a Native American Music class and attended other storytelling events and have always been drawn to the magnetic way truly gifted storytellers share their stories. This week, I took my kids to Storytelling with MAHENWADOSE, at Helmerich Library. MAHENWADOSE, or Will Hill is a fantastic storyteller. He is animated and exciting, using sound effects, different voices for different characters and even plays Native American instruments and sings songs while he shares. A great storyteller not only...

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Fun with Tulsa 66rs

03/20/14

Fun with Tulsa 66rs

Let me paint you a picture. Imagine a Tulsa with no BOK Center, no Brady Arts District, no Pearl District and no reason to be Downtown unless you had tickets to a show at the PAC, wanted to go ice skating, or you worked there. Imagine a Tulsa where all there was in South Tulsa was neighborhoods, fields and a few chain restaurants. Imagine having to drive to Oklahoma City or out of state to see a headliner like the Eagles or Paul McCartney and just plan on spending a lot of time and money traveling to see a professional sports team. That's the Tulsa I grew up in, and it's very different than the Tulsa we now know in 2014. I lived in the Oklahoma City area back when we hosted the New Orleans Hornets after Hurricane Katrina, and it seemed like there might be hope for...

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Coffee for a Cause

03/19/14

Coffee for a Cause

Great things are happening in the Rose District of Broken Arrow. I recently posted about one of my new favorite eateries, Main Street Tavern, and now I've got to tell you about a fantastic java joint! I love coffee. I love good coffee. I drink it every day. I'm drinking it now.  I also adore coffee shops. Maybe it's because I spent my formative years in the 90's watching Friends. I mean, that was THE thing in high school. All of our favorite bands played at coffee shops, heck even my church youth group started its own coffee shop! Yours truly ran the snack counter. I'm pretty sure I spent more of my time in college in coffee shops than I did in class. There's just something about the atmosphere, the invitation to chat with others, the art and...

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Upscale Grub Right Under My Nose!

03/03/14

Upscale Grub Right Under My Nose!

My husband and I love brunch. In fact, the last time I blogged about Sunday Brunch I started it out with the exact same phrase, AND we were brunching with the same couple. Our dear friends, Mark and Dawn seem to have become our brunch friends. Whether we're cooking at the house or going out, they are the perfect brunch buddies.  Recently, I have discovered there is an amazing restaurant right under my nose on Main Street in Broken Arrow. Main Street Tavern is in the heart of The Rose District and though it isn't all that new, it's new to me. I met a friend there for lunch recently, and since then I've been back several times. It's officially the first place I think of when I don't want to cook or want to meet a friend for a drink. Labeled "An...

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Kid-friendly Contemporary Art

02/25/14

Kid-friendly Contemporary Art

I know what you're thinking when you hear the words contemporary art. You're thinking of abstract performance art and that play with the monologues about that body part we don't speak about in public (let alone in front of our children). I mean, give me some Jackson Pollock any day, but if you're not a connoisseur of art, it's sometimes difficult to differentiate between our kids' finger painting and true art. I am a very artsy person, but there can be things so contemporary and abstract that I just don't get it. Let's be honest too; sometimes contemporary art can have very adult themes and is not appropriate for our little people.  108 Contemporary's current exhibition, Beauty Unseen is refreshingly accessible for the the everyday non art...

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Real Live Date Night

02/19/14

Real Live Date Night

    #1 - When you are a busy old married lady with four kids, it's easy to forget to have dates with your husband.  #2 - When you are a busy old married lady with four kids, and you FINALLY remember to have a date with your husband, it's easy to go to the same old places you always go and do the same old stuff. #3 - When you are a busy old married lady with four kids, and you FINALLY remember to have a date with your husband and you also make a point to try some place new, it's worth blogging about! Last night, Marc and I had our pseudo Valentine's date. The last two Valentine's Days I've been at the hospital with a doula client, and my husband isn't usually particularly interested in fighting the crowds at fancy restaurants...

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My Kids Skipped School and I'm Not Sorry

02/10/14

My Kids Skipped School and I'm Not Sorry

I really try to do the right thing as a parent. I'm an information junkie and I've been known to research things to death. I can sometimes talk myself and others (especially my husband) silly questioning and asking advice. Although I'm a questioner and a bit of a rebel sometimes, I do tend to rely on the advice of experts. That is, until the advice of experts seems to go against my better judgement or common sense. I'm a firm believer that each of us gets to make the final call on parenting and we shouldn't have to answer to anyone else about decisions we alone have to live with. So, on the morning in question when the view out my front door looked like this: I decided my kids weren't going to school. Judging from a lifetime of living in...

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Tony Bennett Made Me Cry

01/23/14

Tony Bennett Made Me Cry

I didn't know I was going to cry all night. I just thought I was going to a lovely concert with my cute husband. I had no idea what I was in for.  Last Fall, my husband Marc had the opportunity to see one of his all time favorite artists. This wasn't just any artist; it was Tony Bennett. Not only did he get to see him perform from the best seats in the house, he was also given back stage passes to MEET Tony Bennett. Don't believe me? Yep, there he is, right there next to the legend himself. That's my cute husband, Marc on the left, Mr. Bennett, and our friend Clayton on the right.  At the time I didn't feel too terrible missing the concert. I was glad to let Marc go with his friend and experience something that was so important to him. I...

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Tulsa Youth Opera's Little Nemo in Slumberland

01/17/14

Tulsa Youth Opera's Little Nemo in Slumberland

Think opera's not your thing? Well, have you ever been to a youth opera? Did you know Tulsa has its own youth opera? I didn't until I got an email from my dad! My dad is so great about staying up on what's going on in the arts community in Tulsa, and often invites us to performances like The Nutcracker and many others. A couple of weeks ago, he sent me an email about Tulsa Youth Opera's performance of Little Nemo in Slumberland. He had put in the subject, "Wanna go? I'm buying." And, really, how can you say no to that? We got there as early as we could, but we still couldn't find seven seats next to each other, as the seats were general admission. The performance was in the John H. Williams theatre of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, the...

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Having always said that life shouldn't get in the way of living, Missy strives to find adventure with her children even when things get hairy. Missy and her husband, Marc, have four children. With busy schedules and a small business to run, Missy is not lacking for things to occupy her time. She understands the challenges of being a single parent and is learning to be a stepmom. A Tulsa native, this mama loves exploring fun activities locally and shares her experiences with you in her blog. Upfront and honest, she doesn't pull any punches about meltdowns in the mall or potty accidents at public events. She carries her unique perspective into every challenge she encounters, sharing insights with her readers along the way.

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