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How is Hurricane Harvey Impacting Texas Cotton Farmers?

For days, I check on several friends each time I hop on social media. I have been watching to see how they are in dealing with Hurricane Harvey bearing down on them. First concerns are for the people, but I can’t help looking to see how the farms are doing. Hurricanes have ripped through friends’ […]

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Be That Aunt or Uncle…. Not Just to Your Siblings’ Kids

WAIT! Today is #auntsandunclesday?!?! So glad Auntie Anne’s alerted me to that on Twitter. I started celebrating early yesterday by being that aunt. Let me share a story that got a 140 character mention in my stream that became a Twitter conversation and now a blog post. While waiting at the mall to get a […]

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Tips for Surviving the Extreme Heat & Humidity

Heat advisories are popping up all over the U.S. and the last week or two, my hometown of St. Louis has hit some temperatures and humidity levels that are staggering. Being outside for hours everyday is the norm for lots of people (some farmers, roofers, lawn care folks, etc.), but it is far from my […]

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Son of a Witch Doctor Pairs Dad’s Skills with Science for Cotton

I have to say, it is unusual for me to listen to a podcast episode and immediately think that not only do I need to tweet out the link, but I need to go the extra mile and write a blog post. In fact, I can’t think of one but Saturday morning Twitter delivered me […]

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Learning About Bees & Conquering Fear (Video)

Lots of people are afraid of something and others just don’t get it. I have always been afraid, even terrified of bees. Growing up, I always heard that if dad got stung, we had to take him to the hospital, so when I got stung by honey bees and started swelling up like crazy, I […]

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Sometimes Father’s Day Means Memories Instead of Presents

I’m feeling pretty reflective this weekend with Father’s Day. There are a few reasons for it. One of the big ones I shared briefly on Instagram and will talk about more soon on the blog is our shared allergy to bee stings. The constant barrage of emails and ads trying to get me to buy […]

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My #HeyLetsGrow Container Garden is Really Late this Year

Last year by this time, not only had I shared a few posts about my container garden, I was enjoying some of the fruits of my labors according to the photos in my Facebook “on this day.” Those nudges make the reality seem all the harder. My garden is really behind schedule for a few […]

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What Education Needs is More Thought, Less Stress

The educational system is really in some bad places and for all the talk I hear from politicians, I haven’t heard many things that make me feel like we are getting on a better path. I really think all of us have a role in improving education — some of us directly impact the education […]

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My Lessons in Using a GoPro or FauxPro While Snorkeling

As I mentioned earlier, I bought my action camera (ie the Faux Pro as I call it), specifically with a snorkeling trip in mind. Reality is I bought it sort of last minute — just a couple of days before we left for the trip. I didn’t know what I was doing at all so […]

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Top 18 Farmers Sharing Their Passion & Farm Photos on Instagram

When folks ask about the social media channel that I enjoy the most, I tell them Instagram (if we aren’t already connected, I’m JPlovesCOTTON and as a sample, here’s a photo I took recently). I mean, afterall, I got my first job to fund my photography habit (I have never stopped buying cameras either! It is […]

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Buying a GoPro or in My Case a FauxPro

The products I mention here are things I found & purchased on my own. I am putting affiliate links in the post so that I may make a tiny commission on any sales generated from the post.  With friends who would be able to cover large acreages, drones make sense to scout crops and a […]

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First Time Snorkeling and I Had A Lot to Learn

Choosing activities on a short winter beach getaway, can be tough. Going to an all-inclusive for the first time, my sister and I knew we’d have a lot of pool and beach time, eventhough we never anticipated a stressful beach emergency! Before we got there though, I read up on the great Maya reef and […]

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What You Should Know Before Buying Sheets

Last week as I was attending a conference on the technical side of blogging, a friend (Michelle Miller of TheFarmBabe.com) sent me a message since I’m her go to on all things cotton. I answered as she sent another, another and then a deluge. You would have thought she was having a bit of a […]

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