September 15, 2015

Bloggers From Omaha No. 4 – Erin Fairchild

Kim’s note: This is the fourth installment in a series introducing different voices from around Omaha. Each week Whenever I can, I’ll introduce a different Omaha blogger, what his or her blog is all about, and since I love getting recommendations as much as I love giving them, I’ve asked each person to share some Omaha tips. Erin Fairchild has been one of the driving forces behind the Omaha Bloggers community – she was the first to gather the troops for a meetup over two years ago. Hope you enjoy getting to know Omaha bloggers!

 

Her Heartland Soul

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Name: Erin Fairchild

Blog: Her Heartland Soul

Find @herheartlandsoul onInstagramTwitter, Facebook and Pinterest

 

Describe your blog in five words. Like a box of chocolates! (You never know what you’re going to get!)

Erin on the go

Erin visits a farm

 

What are the two most popular posts on your blog? What makes them so good?

7 Creative Cotton Gift Ideas for Your 2nd Wedding Anniversary 

The best cotton anniversary idea ever.

The best cotton anniversary idea ever.

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I think people like good pictures, fun topics, useful ideas, and post that show some heart.

 

 

What social media channel are you on the most and why?

It’s a tie between Twitter and Instagram. I love Twitter for the writing and Instagram for the photography!

 

You get one hour to spend on writing, where in Omaha do you go?

Definitely Culprit. The atmosphere is great and they brew their own Kombucha and have the best breakfast potatoes.

 

If friends visit from out of town, what three places would you take them to?

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Joslyn Art Museum (for the art), Market House (for the food), and Old Market (for the atmosphere).

 

What’s your favorite free thing to do in Omaha?

This is going to sound so weird but my husband and I love to run 5ks around Regency and point out our dream houses to each other as we exercise. We live in an apartment in downtown Omaha with our cat right now and while we love this season of our lives we like to daydream about the future with a house and kids.

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Erin’s cat!

 

More about Erin

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Erin is the blogger behind Her Heartland Soul, a lifestyle blog focused on the joys of putting down roots in the Midwest. Erin is a Marketing professional that lives with her husband and cat in Omaha, Neb. She loves to travel the world, eat good food, wear pretty dresses, work out, and make the most out of every day.

August 25, 2015

Bloggers From Omaha No. 3 – Christi Leupold

Kim’s note: This is the third installment in a series introducing different voices from around Omaha. Each week, I’ll introduce a different Omaha blogger, what his or her blog is all about, and since I love getting recommendations as much as I love giving them, I’ve asked each person to share some Omaha tips. 

 

Leupold Confidential

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Name: Christi Leupold

Blog: Leupold Confidential

Find her at: Twitter at @christileupold and Instagram at @christileupold. I know, I’m super creative! 🙂

Describe your blog in five words. Honest, adventurous, genuine, funny, insightful

 

 

What are the two most popular posts on your blog? What makes them so good?

 

I wrote one about my breastfeeding journey and one about my weight loss (?) journey. Both were gut wrenchingly honest. I didn’t sugar coat anything and it wasn’t all pretty. Neither made me look good or perfect but showed that I am a real person with real struggles – and I believe people can relate to that. My hope in sharing both stories was to help people feel normal if their experiences were less than perfect as well.

What social media channel are you on the most and why?

Instagram. It feels less cluttered and more streamlined. Facebook can get a little overwhelming with all the options for posting, sharing, playing games, etc. Instagram is a collection of photos and videos and that is it. Life is more visual for me that just 120 characters or an exhaustive Facebook update. Although, sometimes the hashtags get a little out of control for some people. I am a fan of the ironic hashtag.

You get one hour to spend on writing, where in Omaha do you go?

If this was ever an option for this working mom (I write on lunch breaks and after bedtime)… probably Lauritzen Gardens or an outdoor location. Hopefullym not in 90+ weather or rain!

If friends visit from out of town, what three places would you take them to?

We would start the day at Over Easy for breakfast (they have homemade pop tarts!), then we would take an adventure to Blackstone District to explore the newly restored area and hit up the byov (vinyl) happy hour at the Night Owl, and end the in the Old Market dining at The Boiler Room and exploring all the Market has to offer.

What’s your favorite free thing to do in Omaha?

The Farmer’s Markets! There are so many different locations you can hit up on different days of the week. We really like the original location downtown on Saturday morning. This last weekend after purchasing produce and pastries – we hit up another free activity with our one year old at the Kaneko Art Gallery – their “Play” exhibit was fantastic and free.

More About Christi

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My name is Christi Leupold and I am the author of Leupold Confidential, a life blog. The idea of this blog stemmed from a guest blog my boss asked me to write for my law firm’s blog about being a new mother, titled “Little Toes, Big Changes.” After receiving positive feedback from family, friends and strangers alike, I decided that I would try my hand at a blog of my own.

As a new working mother, I craved an outlet for my creativity. I find that writing my blog allows me to be creative, but it also provides a place to vent and share my thoughts – like a public journal. My goal is to be as honest and genuine as I can with universal subject matter.

I am a working mother to a 1-year-old, with a devoted and supportive husband. I am the Marketing Director at Koenig|Dunne Divorce Law. I dabble in digital visual design work, freelancing the design of invitations and other self-print products. My free time is spent reading books for my book club, training for the next race, and eating fabulous foods!

August 18, 2015

Bloggers From Omaha #2 – Mardra Sikora

Kim’s note: This is the second installment in a series introducing different voices from around Omaha. Each week, I’ll introduce a different Omaha blogger, what his or her blog is all about, and since I love getting recommendations as much as I love giving them, I’ve asked each person to share some Omaha tips. Today’s blogger is Mardra Sikora, whom I introduced to you – kinda – before when I reviewed a children’s book by her son, Marcus, called “Black Day: The Monster Rock Band.” Here’s more about Mardra…

 

Grown Ups And Downs

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Name: Mardra Sikora

BlogsMardrasikora.com, GrownUpsAndDowns.com and BlackDayBook.com

Find her atGrown Ups and Downs on Facebook and on Twitter at @MardraSikora

 

Describe your blog in five words.

Marcus-stuff. Awesome-stuff. Life-stuff. (and) Down-syndrome-stuff.

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What are the two most popular posts on your blog? What makes them so good?

“Marcus’ Answer to The Daily Mail” (which was also published on the Huffington Post under the title: “What One Young Man with Down Syndrome Wants You to Understand”). While I struggled to find the words, struggled with how to reply to a very disturbing article that rocked our community, Marcus boiled it all down to one simple thing. And he was, as he often is, right.

The other most popular is: “Brushfield Spots – The Coolest Genetic Trait Ever” This gets consistent “hits’ every month and is a top “Google draw.” Although I stand by the title, and I love these stars in my son’s eyes, this is not my favorite post; it doesn’t even make the Top 10. So, I surmise no one else is talking about Brushfield spots and I did/am, so people keep coming to it. (Resounding endorsement, I know.)

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Macus’ eyes

 

What social media channel are you on the most and why? Well, right now I’m on the Facebook page a lot because of Marcus’ book (“Black Day: The Monster Rock Band”) and gaining new “followers” for Grown Ups and Downs. But normally, I love Twitter. I love the conversations and the information and the feeling a giant, secret algorithm doesn’t control it all.

 

You get one hour to spend on writing, where in Omaha do you go? My favorite place in Omaha to write is the Joslyn Art Museum. Their café area has Wi-Fi and if you go at lunchtime, you can get coffee or pop. (The food is great and affordable if you want the whole experience.) The thing is, you can’t beat the vibe of writing surrounded by so much inspiration. I love it!

 

If friends visit from out of town, what three places would you take them to? OK, I’m going to cheat and give two answers. If acquaintances or business associates come from out of town, then I will send them to the expected top hot spots of: The zoo, The Old Market, and out for a good steak, probably to The Drover. BUT, friends? That’s different entirely. First, still about steak, but we’d go to Johnny’s Café in South Omaha. Great steaks, a “campy” atmosphere that makes me smile, good wine, and I’ve never, ever, had bad service. Of course we’d got to the Joslyn Art Museum, we’d wander outside (if it’s summer), and inside whisper over all the things we see, don’t see, and love but don’t understand. And, truth be told, the top attraction my friends come to town for is “The Table of Laughter,” which is my dining room table that actually takes up my whole living room and is the best place to be for games, wine, dinner, chocolate and, as the title states, plenty of laughter. Sorry – it’s very exclusive.

 

What’s your favorite free thing to do in Omaha? (This will probably surprise you) I have to say the Joslyn, again. Because it is free, I don’t have to make a big deal of it. I can go for a half an hour by myself or I can go soak it in with a friend.

 

More About Mardra

Mardra Sikora is an author, speaker, & advocate who believes in the power of words and uses both fiction and non-fiction to advocate for and with her adult son, Marcus. Author of “Essay: Arguing Eugenics,” and The Future and Other Twists: A collection of short and super-short stories. Her work is also included in a variety of anthologies and national websites including The Huffington Post.  

From Mardra to you guys: I hope to not only help families who already love someone with Down syndrome, but also help anyone who looks to live their life open to possibilities. Marcus teaches me, helps me, and pushes me, like this short lesson from just the other day.

 

August 11, 2015

Bloggers From Omaha #1 – Heidi Woodard

Kim’s note: I’m starting a new series called “Writing in Omaha,” so I can introduce different voices from around Omaha. Each week, I’ll introduce a different blogger, what his or her blog is all about, and since I love getting recommendations as much as I love giving them, I’ve asked each person to share some Omaha tips. The first blogger I’m featuring is Heidi Woodard, who first made me laugh as one of the bloggers on Momaha, and now makes me think with her posts on GiveTheGameBack.com. Whether you’re kids are the star of the team or just starting out, she’s got some sound advice on keeping the game fun as kids progress through their favorite sport(s).
Enjoy!

GiveTheGameBack

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Name: Heidi Woodard

Blog: GiveTheGameBack.com

Find her at: @givethegameback on Twitter

 

Describe your blog in five words.
Xanax for youth sports parents.

 

What are the two most popular posts on your blog?
Prior to GiveTheGameBack, my all-time most popular post appeared on MaternalMedia:

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What makes them so good?
Readers feel as if they are reading their own thoughts. I am just lucky enough to be able to articulate them.
What social media channel are you on the most and why?
Facebook because I’m old. Twitter because I like to feel young.
You get one hour to spend on writing, where in Omaha do you go?
I’m a big fan of Kaneko although I’ve only been there once. (Side note: I developed my initial idea and business plan for GiveTheGameBack at the Lied Lodge in Nebraska City.)
If friends visit from out of town, what three places would you take them to?
A College World Series Game at TD Ameritrade Park, Creighton University’s campus, and Fontenelle Forest.

More about Heidi

 

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Heidi Woodard, the voice behind GiveTheGameBack

I launched MaternalMedia back in February 2012 — around the same time I left a company I had worked at for 14 years to accept a job at a new employer. I had been professionally blogging for momaha.com, the Omaha World-Herald’s parenting site for several years, and had been a regular guest on the Pat&JT Show on Q98.5 FM.

That meant, in 2012, I was freelance writing for a couple clients in addition to my 9-to-5 community outreach job, had a weekly blogging gig and radio segment, was building my personal (and uncompensated) MaternalMedia brand, and had two of my three kids in six total sports. I had a friend ask me how on earth I was able to do it all and challenged me to write down on paper each of my responsibilities.

When I stepped back and saw everything spelled out in a bulleted list in terms of what I was attempting to “balance,” it made complete sense as to why I was feeling pulled in too many different directions.

It was shortly thereafter I decided to voluntarily say goodbye to my paid blogging gig (ouch!) and further pursue what fueled me the most – making community connections, building an audience on both the radio and MaternalMedia, and diving headfirst into new challenges by rallying with parents much like myself.

I developed the GiveTheGameBack idea in the fall of 2014 and launched the movement to reclaim the game for developing athletes everywhere the following January. Through many hours on the sidelines watching pint-sized children compete, I saw the need to encourage parents and promoters of youth sports to get out of the way and let the kids play. This passion all began with a single moment between me and one of my sons.