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by Darla Lindauer Modified: April 19, 2013 at 10:25 am •  Published: April 19, 2013

1.  Hollywood Housewife

By: Laura Tremaine – “I am an Oklahoma girl somewhat misplaced in the City of Angels. I spent six years working in reality television, but my true passion is writing. I live in Hollywood with my toddler daughter, infant son, & my producer/director husband, who is nothing like you’d expect. I hope I bring a little southern grace to this crazy city.”

What blog is about – TV shows, music, books, life

Featured post – B.B. cream vs. Tinted Moisturizer – “I complimented two different people on their makeup and they both all but whispered, ‘bb cream!’ So then I knew I had to try it.”

I think I feel a makeup experiment of my own coming on. I have to admit when I read this headline it drew me in because I had not one clue what B.B. cream was. I loved the pictures that went with the post. I did not see much difference in the two either. I am very picky about my makeup, and I do not go with any one brand for anything. I also only buy cosmetic products that can be purchased at any store like Wal-Mart, CVS or Walgreen’s. I once heard someone say they spend $50 just for their foundation! Unless it does a trick on me and my face like when superman goes into a phone booth and comes out looking like superman, I will not be spending that kind of money on any makeup! But this post says the price is good for the NARS, so I will check it out. – Darla Lindauer


2. Ain’t No Mom Jeans

By: Looks like this blog is run by two moms, Shana and Molly. This post was written by Shana.

What blog is about – A fashion and lifestyle blog for moms who know motherhood is the coolest job out there and who like to look and feel their best doing it.

Featured post – Confession: I Hate Thrifting. (But I’m Trying To Change My Ways) – “I think I owned a dress like this in high school.  HEY!  I think this was my dress in high school!  Sigh. Needless to say, I left it there.”

Confession: I want to be a “Thrifter” but I can’t! OCD is a crazy thing. It forces me to be organized and sensible, which makes complete sense to shop at thrift stores, but the inability to handle chaos is too overwhelming and I choose department stores. But my desire to be thrifty got me to venture into one suggested to me by a friend. I took a deep breath and walked in. I touched nothing. I just simply walked around to see how it was organized. The children’s clothing was separated quite well by size and gender. I was impressed, and I bought some items for my girls. The adult clothing was too much. It really could have been there were just too much of it to be organized properly. Overall, I did not have a panic attack, and I did get some cute clothes. I will go back. The key is having time to really look. I would not say it smelled bad in there. I would suggest maybe finding a different store if you go into one that smells that badly. All businesses are as good as the owners and workers. One might not care about cleanliness, and the next make it a priority. I am lucky to have a mother who loves to go, so I do not really need to. - Darla Lindauer


3. 1000 Awesome Things

By: Neil Pasricha – Author of New York Times bestseller The Book of Awesome and 1000 Awesome Things blog. I tweet awesome thoughts & quotes plus one awesome thing a day.

What blog is about – Daily posts about the small joys in life.

Featured post – Putting potato chips on a sandwich – “When you crunch up your sandwich with some carefully inserted potato chips, you inject a spicy vial of Grade A Oomph.”

I had to start laughing when I read this. I am pretty sure they did not invent putting chips on a sandwich. I did! Any kind of chip will work in a pinch, but there is an art to this in my world. Depending on the kind of sandwich is what kind of chips you use. Hamburger goes best with BBQ or Jalapeno chips, Bologna goes great with Wavy Lays, and turkey goes well with any kind of Doritos. And, on all of them, the more the better! This is one of the two reasons I almost never buy a sandwich when I eat out. 1. It is no small task adding chips to my sandwich and eating with grace. It takes both hands to try and get it in my mouth and I am sure I resemble a prehistoric woman trying to eat. 2. I just can’t pay the prices given to a normal sandwich of two pieces of regular or fresh cooked bread, meat, cheese and some toppings. For the same price, I could feed my whole family a few meals. Hot sandwiches are different. Make it something I cannot whip up in a few minutes, and I might pay. Oh, and a great tip of mine to perfect the art of putting chips on a sandwich and not lose all the chips with the first bite: Squish down the bread in the middle and leave the crust tall, it acts as a guard wall to keep them in. You will still need two hands to eat though.Darla Lindauer


4. Blogcritics

By: This blog has a number of different contributors. This post was written by Matt Neputin

What blog is about – Many topics. This is about TV shows.

Featured post – Is Television Becoming Darker and More Refined? – “There was once a time when sitcoms and shallow soap-operas ruled television. But times have changed. There’s been a shift in what consumers demand.”

This post can make me talk for hours, but I will cut it down. The post makes a statement about TV shows going from just entertaining to making us ask deep questions about our lives and having complex plots with all television shows being a good thing. What happened to TV being just entertainment? I am not against change, but I, for one, hope it does not happen to all of them! I want to sit down and just be entertained when I get the chance, which is not often. I have a full-time job, for which I am very thankful, I am a full-time mommy, again very thankful, and the only time I get to watch television is after they are in bed and I lie down. The last thing I want to do is watch something that will keep my mind wondering all night and prevent me from sleeping! As far as children’s programming, I wish they would stop incorporating life’s painful lessons in the younger kids’ programming. I understand kids at younger ages now are dealing with a lot of issues, but do we need to subject all kids to the trauma of dealing with it? I might be more sensitive and overprotective when it comes to programs because my oldest daughter has Aspergers, and, simply put, she has no social skills unless taught what to do mostly. I have to watch closely what she is watching because she acts out TV shows to try and fit in. How about we make more TV shows for kids that teach the proper and moral way to dress and act in a social setting rather than teaching them how to kiss and cheat on each other and disrespect parents?Darla Lindauer


5. Serenity in the Garden

By: Jan Johnsen - I have been in the landscape design, planning and teaching profession for 40 years. I am an engaging and popular speaker and present PowerPoint talks often to professional groups, at meetings and to garden clubs.

What blog is about – A blog all about plants, gardens, landscape design, flowers and more. Current trends and age-old ideas about outdoor design are explored.

Featured post – What to Plant in a Children’s Vegetable Garden – “The soil preparation stage has to be where most kid’s gardens go astray.”

I was so excited to see the title on the post because I think it is the best place for me to start since the garden I had last year was an epic fail! There is good advice in here from the start, but then I got to the suggested vegetables. My thought process changed immediately. How in the world did they get their kids to eat any of this stuff, except maybe the carrots, but even those are different. So, I consulted a friend of mine, Amanda Thomas, who is the “greenest” person I know. She has given me her “Golden List,” as she calls it, for the things she has found easiest to grow in Oklahoma.  Her top five things to grow are tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, carrots, and beets. This list is much more kid-friendly in my opinion. The best advice she gave me was only plant what you will like to eat and look for the word “heirloom” on the package, which means no GMO. Thank you, Amanda!Darla Lindauer


6. Seth’s Blog

By: Seth Godin – “I am a writer, a speaker and an agent of change.”

What blog is about – Seth writes about his opinions, news and media on many different topics.

Featured post – The brand is a story. But it’s a story about you, not about the brand. – “More than ever, we express ourselves with what we buy and how we use what we buy. Extensions of our personality, totems of ourselves, reminders of who we are or would like to be.”

This very well might be true, but I tend to lean more toward peer pressure and wanting to fit in with the crowd on choosing brand names. I think it is ridiculous myself. I am not sure if this is part of my OCD of having to be practical and organized and making sense of all things as well as I can, but buying clothing for the brand name only is to me a big cop out and a loss of one’s own self. If you really like a piece of clothing and it fits you well and it is comfortable and it matches a pair of shoes, by all means buy it, but do not check to see who made it first. Checking a label is basically looking to see if others will approve of what you are wearing. Children are taught this at a very young age, I have heard a child tell my daughter “my shirt is an Abercrombie shirt.” The response back was, “And that makes you important why?” I had to laugh because that is my point. It does not make the person more important. It is a piece of clothing. I can only hope my daughter keeps this independent personality.  I will say that I have found some brands of clothing are better for children and adults because they last longer and have better wear. I would look at labels for that practical reason.Darla Lindauer

7. Monkey See

By: This blog has many different writers from NPR (National Public Radio). This post is written by Linda Holmes.

What blog is about – Pop-culture, news and analysis from NPR.

Featured post – Superheroines, Fighters, and Why Isn’t There a Wonder Woman Movie? – “Wonder Woman was a wartime invention, after all: She debuted in December 1941, the same month as Pearl Harbor.”

This was interesting. I did not know that the character of Wonder Woman was created in 1941. I always thought it was Lynda Carter who was the first. I am not much of a comic reader, but I do remember watching it as a young girl. I remember it being cheesy yet entertaining. I was a huge fan of the Bionic Woman, as well. I never knew there was such a controversy over how sexual the whip Wonder Woman used was. I just thought it was for getting the truth out of someone. I think after reading this I am not sure how they could make a movie without it being classified more as an adult film. My childhood memories of wanting to be Wonder Woman kind of just changed. Maybe it is better to let the young girls keep their image of how she is now portrayed. They do love dressing up as her on Halloween.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 for six years. During this time, she has been successful in developing and implementing multiple strategic operations leading to a...
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