Featured Small Business: Bow Bracelets, Glitter and More by Katiebowhead

Today’s post is more than a review of a product; it’s a shout out to a small fashion and accessories boutique that’s more of a kinship between customers and the owner, Kaitlin Kendall of Florida, than it is a company.

I found Katiebowhead a little over a year ago through a contest that was being hosted by my favorite tulle skirt shop, Space 46 Boutique. Space 46 asked readers to list and tag their favorite shops on Instagram for a chance to win a skirt. I was browsing through people’s responses in hopes of finding a new place to shop – and I found a brand that I would ultimately fall in love with.

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Meet the Owner of DamiAnimation, a Visual Arts Blog

I knew of Damian Alexander, who also goes by Dami, before I really even met him. I found his blog, DamiAnimation, while I was searching for my university on the blogging platform Tumblr in the hashtag ‘WSU.’ I was unaware that Damian was a transfer student in my year. I just thought his artwork was beautiful, and I enjoyed his movie reviews.

Fast-forward two years, and I finally interacted with Damian in person. We both became members of the campus literary journal’s editorial board. I was the Fiction Editor and he was the Layout Editor. Soon after, we started taking a course together called The Freelancer, based on learning about freelance writing, editing and design work.

I had a chance to sit down with Damian in the art studios of Parenzo Hall, where he was finishing up some work in his sketchbook. I was able to look through a proof copy of his children’s book, which he is looking to get published, called I Want a Kid and I Don’t Care. It was wonderful to sit down and get a look inside this artist’s mind, especially from the perspective of having read his blog for several years now.

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Review: Minted Sugar’s Erin Condren Dashboards & Ways to Use Them

This week, I finally got my Minted Sugar dashboards/dividers for my Erin Condren planner! I was so happy to pick up the package the day before my birthday, because one of the dashboards I got was a custom version of this one: “Start each day like it’s your birthday.” What perfect timing, since my birthday was March 18.

With a gorgeous planner like Erin Condren, what is the purpose of a dashboard or a planner? In this review, I’m going to also discuss the uses I’ve found for these, and provide some further links to shops that sell adorable dashboards for you to look at.

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4 Things That Happen When You Lose a Parent Young (and How Art Can Help!)

I lost my mom when I was 11. It was August, and she had a seizure as a result of her back pain and depression medication. She was brought to the emergency room. Her death was sudden. It wasn’t expected, or part of a terminal illness like most people originally assume when they hear of how young I was. I’ve written about my mother’s death a lot – including this three part series (1, 2, 3) on Janice Beetle’s blog, and my memoir about losing my mom.

But I haven’t written about her in quite some time, and lately, I’ve been inspired to talk about this a little. Recently, I met up with one of my professors, a hilarious woman who, like me, lost a parent at a young age. And something she said about how it “shakes up your worldview” got me thinking about 4 Things That Happen When You Lose a Parent Young. I’m going to sprinkle this list with ways that art and writing projects have helped me to remember my mom and heal after losing her, because it is those projects that give me the strength and happiness that allow me to talk about it without breaking into tears.

Mothers Day

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