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Darla's Blog Picks - Oklahoma memories with Edmond Liberty Fest, faces in places, sci-fi book review, non GMO companies, Puerto Rican cuisines and more!

by Darla Lindauer Modified: June 21, 2013 at 9:10 am •  Published: June 21, 2013

1. Liberty Fest

By: Terry Lanham, City liaison to the Liberty Fest committee at the Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau.

What blog is about – The Edmond, Oklahoma Liberty Fest

Featured post – LibertyFest 2013 – “LibertyFest in Edmond, Oklahoma was selected as one of the top 10 places to be in America on July 4th by CNN & USA Today.”

Some of my favorite memories as a child are of my family spending time together in the summer. How can you resist this event, a car show and food, enough said – ha ha!  I love that this lasts for a whole week so it allows you to come and go at your leisure without everyone trying to be there at the same time. The main events I am sure will be quite busy, so plan ahead and drink water! Happy memory-making!!Darla Lindauer


2. Faces In Places

By: Jody – Compiles pictures of faces in everyday places.

What blog is about – Pictures of faces in strange places.

Featured post –Faces in Places – A Photographic collection of faces.

Can you tell the site does not have much written content? Funny thing is, I do this in real life! I will be walking with a friend and I have to stop and say “Do you see that?”  And no one ever does. This proves they are out there – ha ha! I was in the hospital in November, 2012 and I was not able to get out of bed, but I would sit on the side of the bed for a while at a time and when I did, I looked at the floor leaning on the bedside table and it hit me like crazy that the floor was supposedly random spots of all shapes and sizes all over and all I saw were faces all over it. I even took a picture to prove it to others who would just say I was on too many medications at the time. I am not sure if this makes me weird or just more perceptive. I do tend to notice things others do not usually, not like ghosts or invisible things, ha ha, but details.Darla Lindauer


3. Coffee and a Book CHICK

By: By day, Coffee and a Book Chick, also known as Natalie – I have a regular Corporate job requiring incessant amounts of travel. Finding myself with hours of airport or hotel, reading becomes the only source of excitement.

What blog is about – Book reviews

Featured post –Want to go Under the Dome? A Summer Readalong Begins May 25th – “Although the mini-series will premiere in exactly one month on CBS, our summer readalong starts now.”

With a full-time job and two lovely children, my time to read is cut back to possibly labels on a can of food, ha ha, but this caught my attention due to the fact that I have seen the trailer for the new show coming out “Under the Dome.” I think the concept is a neat one and the sci-fi geek in me is really excited about it. The show could be really good. I hope the writers are just as good. This post gives you all the details on how to participate in a readalong and add your own comments and just have some fun with it. I have always loved to read when I get the time, but I love even more discussing it with others.Darla Lindauer


4. Eclectically VINTAGE

By: Kelly – “I heart thrift shops, tarnished silver, cool collections, margaritas and vintage anything! Join me as I fill my 100 year old home with personality.”

What blog is about – vintage shopping, usage, yard sales, recipes.

Featured postVintage Suitcase Bar – “This suitcase, we go together likerama lama lama ke ding a de dinga a dongremembered for ever likeshoo bop shoo wadda wadda yipitty boom de boom.”

I love this idea. Even if you do not drink you can use it for something and I love the inset mirror. I have not ever been able to get into the vintage clothing craze due to the fact most of them are in a vintage clothing store or a thrift store. My OCD does not allow me the ability to search through clothes for what I like. I am not sure what is different about an antique store, they are OK. As I navigated my way through this blog I was taken back to my childhood and being with my grandma and grandpa, even my great-grandma. I saw a blue metal stool with steps that fold out and I remember being in my great-Grandma Watson’s house in the kitchen while family was cooking and I would sneak Rice Krispies treats. Love this site, thank you for the vintage trip back in time. There is an OKC Land Run Antique Show coming up on June 28 at the Cox Pavilion at the State Fair Park that I think could be quite interesting to see.Darla Lindauer


5. Crazy Jamie’s Blog

By: Looks like Jamie is the one running the blog, but looking at the pictures, her husband, Normando likes to jump in the pictures once in a while.

What blog is about – Cooking

Featured post –Arroz con Pollo (Caribbean Rice with Chicken) – “Normando has explained to me when trying to find Puerto Rican recipes that I am to not look online! He told me what I need to know about Puerto Rican food is in this book.”

Yes, I am doing it again, reading food blogs while I am hungry. I think this would look amazing even if I was not hungry, though! I was talking to a friend, Miguel, who is Puerto Rican about the types of food they have in his culture and I realized that maybe I had never had any. I am not sure how I associated Mexican food with Puerto Rican food, but I did and I now see it was an uneducated conclusion on my part. In learning more about his culture, I decided to do some more research and I have found this post and will be attempting to make this on my own. I really need to expand my knowledge of other cultures’ cuisines. Miguel warned though, eating the Puerto Rican cuisine every day can add serious “muffin top” to you if your daily job is not physically challenging – ha ha! He said that “Puerto Rican food was designed to keep the island farmers in enough calories to work in the hot humid climate of Puerto Rico with a savory mix of fish, pork, chicken, rice and vegetables that’s often fried. Definitely great for an occasional change of pace, since it’s not for the sedentary, and definitely worth a try.” It looks very yummy!Darla Lindauer


6. GNOWFGLINS (God’s natural, organic, whole foods, grown locally, in season)

By: This site has a few contributors, but this post is by Jenny Cazzola

What blog is about – Gardening, “Raise, save, and prep “God’s natural, organic, whole foods, grown locally, in season”

Featured post –Our Experiences With Companion Planting – “We work very hard to use this strategy in our garden plan.”

I was very excited when I saw this post on companion planting, I first thought of everyone I know that has a garden and wondered if they do this. It is funny, when you have a black thumb in gardening, as I do, I read these things and think that is such an awesome idea and then I wonder who came up with this – ha ha! I am sure this is how it has been for a long time, but I am excited and I hope this helps someone out there with their garden. I did not get around to planting my garden this year, but I still continue to read about how to do it and tips. I never knew it was so complicated! I just thought you get a seed, you put it in the ground and it grows with water and sun. I think my best option is just to see if another family will adopt me and allow me to use their garden! But perhaps after all my research I will be ready for it next year. I hope. – Darla Lindauer


7. Natural Cures not Medicine

By: This site is maintained by a staff of contributors, so credit goes to Staff.

What blog is about –natural alternatives to medicine

Featured post –A List of Non-GMO Companies – “Please enjoy this GMO-free food list and share it.”

I really want to be that person who is self-sufficient, more health conscious, more “green”, doesn’t use any chemicals ever and brings my kids up that way too, but it is hard! The number one thing I hear from friends who practice this lifestyle is, read, do research. Well, I do a lot of research in my job and this is what I have found. You have to be superhuman to be able to do all this, at least to get it started. I am sure there are those who have done it for years and it is routine and not a lot of work. I say you are awesome! How does a person who works full time with kids get time to follow all the rules? I have asked a few friends where they get all their things and food from and their response is, some comes from ordering online and the rest comes from different shops all over the metro and some are even out of town a bit. Another issue is all of it costs more. I wish I had enough money to be healthy – ha ha. I do try. The other day my eight-year-old decided to heat some chocolate milk up in the microwave. I saw her pull it out and I noticed it was in a plastic cup. She put the cup to her mouth and I jumped and knocked it out of her hand and said “you can not heat up plastic in the microwave, it will give you cancer!” Then, I turn around and gave her chicken nuggets from McDonald’s. I am not sure which is worse, scaring my child to almost death or making a big mess. My OCD says the mess is the bigger of the two. I know one thing’s for sure – she will never heat up plastic again – ha ha! Hey, at least I thought of it. – Darla Lindauer


Compiled by Darla Lindauer. If you would like your or someone else’s blog to be considered for this column, email


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Darla Lindauer, Data Team Manager of the News and Information Center, has been with OPUBCO Communications Group since 2008. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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