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Month: April 2016

Don’t Be That Chicken

Don’t Be That Chicken

I am not a planner. I claim to be type A, but that’s only so that I have an excuse for my compulsive vacuuming. I live in the moment, and tackle tasks as they knock on my door. I was the girl in the graphics lab at 3AM the morning of the senior show. I could probably make the highest hippie on the block break out into a nervous sweat with my ability to push it to the limit. This has…

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Weekly Whiteboard Viz: Cringe Worthy Comparisons

Weekly Whiteboard Viz: Cringe Worthy Comparisons

Last week’s episode of of What’s the Point had the following significant digit. 80 unlocksAverage number of times per day a user unlocks their iPhone, according to Apple. [The Verge] Of course, this immediately got me thinking about how much time I spend on my phone and whether or not it was more than Lynsey. I will admit it, my phone is attached to me everywhere I go. So much so, that I went ahead and got a wallet case so…

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Weekly Whiteboard Viz: Potty Training

Weekly Whiteboard Viz: Potty Training

This week’s data collection has reminding me of two things. First, many times in research we attempt to collect data and our hypothesis just doesn’t work out. These are often disappointing findings, but findings nonetheless. They hold value and significance. Secondly, I’m remembering, as hard as we may try as parents, our kids are independent agents and operate at their own will. This week I wanted to collect data on an attempt to potty train Gustave. He turns three next week and…

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Looking Local: Adventures in Downtown Dover

Looking Local: Adventures in Downtown Dover

One silver lining of closing down Dinos&Darlings this winter has been FAMILY SATURDAYS. The whole weekend feels different in fact. We are able to slow down because our entire weekend isn’t crammed into Sundays. However, we have learned that for the sake of the children, we need to deny our instinct to spend every free moment rebuilding our beloved home that has been neglected for 2 years. We’re talking a broken window, overgrown shrubbery, missing shingles…the usual angry neighbor fueling stuff. [I should…

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Ditch Your Facebook FOMO

Ditch Your Facebook FOMO

You may have noticed that one component of The Social Larsons is a tab called Main Street Social. This is where we share topics that relate to small business and social media. We plan to use this as a venue to feature tons of great tips and strategies for small businesses to build their following and engage their customers on social media. BUT FIRST, we’re talking about what you can do as a customer to optimize your social relationship with your…

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Weekly Whiteboard Viz: Homework

Weekly Whiteboard Viz: Homework

I am sure that for every parent who sends their first kid to school, there is an adjustment period for homework. Lynsey and I have never been able to get into a good homework routine. I figured that tracking data last week about Nola’s homework habits (er…our homework habits) would help us to improve our approach. Let me add that we are not taking a stand for or against homework. Nola loves it actually. She loves it so much that she develops each…

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Four Reasons Small Biz Owners Should be Excited About Facebook Live

Four Reasons Small Biz Owners Should be Excited About Facebook Live

By: Ashlene Larson ICYMI last Wednesday, Facebook rolled out Facebook Live, its live streaming video service to the masses. Initially available only to celebrities and verified sites, like news channels and journalists, Facebook Live now lets you broadcast everything from the sandwich you’re about to eat, to your backstage meet and greet with Taylor Swift. Unlike Periscope or Meerkat (which you’ve likely never even heard of), you actually have followers on Facebook. A built-in audience. Which is what makes Facebook Live such an exciting tool for…

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10 Signs It’s Time To Slow Your Roll

10 Signs It’s Time To Slow Your Roll

There’s been a lot of talk about slowing down here at the Larson house. You’d imagine that a regulation of pace would have come naturally after we closed the store, but it wasn’t so easy. We’ve had to make a much more conscious effort to declutter our schedules and quiet our minds than we had anticipated. This challenge has become central to our efforts in discovering what’s next for us. We learned a lot running a shop and following our dreams. The…

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Five Delaware Community Pages to FOLLOW

Five Delaware Community Pages to FOLLOW

As our blog evolves, one topic we hope to focus on is Social Media…for two reasons. First, we are building a business around the value of it. Second, we know it’s become your (and everyone else’s) first source for information on all sorts of topics and events. We’re highlighting the best Community Pages in Delaware (in our opinion). We are excluding our page, I Believe in Dover, although we think it’s pretty great so far. My Milford The folks running the My Milford page are on fire….

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Whiteboard Viz: Candy Consumption

Whiteboard Viz: Candy Consumption

Here we go with the second week of our white board visualization. Check out last week data viz if you missed it. Weekly Whiteboard Visualizations For the past week, Lynsey and I kept track of each time we gave in and let the kids have easter candy. The data does include a trip to Willy’s Farm and some candy was purchased. It also includes an end of the week free-for-all that happened just before I (Dan) got home from work (is that…

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