31 August 2016

Fat Freak

Writer: Beth Hallman | Two years ago, I spent a blissful week of summer in St. Augustine, Florida. I’m gonna tell y’all a little story about what happened on a haunted pub crawl. A pub crawl is where you and a bunch of strangers pay money to go bar hopping together, but this one was […]
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30 August 2016

A Friend Request

 “Friend, I’m deactivating my personal Facebook account. Not deleting, just deactivating. All of the professional social media platforms associated with Beth Hallman- One Fabulous Mama will remain live and active. Nothing’s wrong. Nothing happened. For now, I’d simply like to remain in contact with my friends by phone, email, or (gasp!) regular, old mail. If you’d like for me to remain in touch with you as well, respond with your personal contact information. I value your friendship! Much love, Beth”
   That’s the message I send yesterday to over one hundred people on my friends’ list. I send something similar to folks whom I’ve made connections with on social media via blogger/writer/advocacy business. I become too exhausted to send any other messages to anyone else. I start planning how to hide on Facebook.

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22 August 2016

Soul Sisters

Writer: Beth Hallman | Once, in the middle of a perfectly ordinary day, a soul sister on mine knocked on the front door. She’d just finished having lunch with her husband, a perfectly ordinary thing for them to do. Halfway through their chicken salad sandwiches, her husband took a swallow of sweet tea, cleared his throat, and announced he was leaving her…
On the Plus Side is a blog, forum and community for Upper Plus Size women to come and join the conversation. On the Plus Side is hosted and sponsored by MiB. Our Forum is a safe space for you to come and discuss any and all topics you wish, and our blog is written by a collective of experts on topics including Plus Size Fashion to Body Positivity to Plus Size Travel and Lifestyle. We invite you to come and read our articles, share your thoughts, make a profile and dive into the conversation in our forums. This is a positive and supportive community for YOU!
22 August 2016

The one about boobs, Snapped, and the little-Little’s art {VIDEO!!!}

Hey, y’all! Video number three comin’ atcha tonight. I finally answer those boob questions a few of you had. I’ll show you a sketch by the little-Little and talk about the importance of decompressing. Just so you know, neither of those last two things are related to boobs.

I’m thinking of doing a live chat on Facebook! Would y’all be down for something like that? We could plan for this Friday night, August 26 at say, 9 pm EST? I can make an event page to remind y’all… I dunno. You can make comments and ask questions. I have no idea how ny of that works, so I might want to check that out before Friday. Holyshitballs, that makes me so nervous, but y’all are some of the most freakin’ amazing people I know. We got this.

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19 August 2016

The One About Tattoos, Boobs, and Words {Video!}

Thanks for all the support and love with the first vlog, y’all! I don’t know how often y’all want to hear me being goofy online. I answer some questions y’all asked me and probably touched my boobs too much in this second video, but here ya go! It’s a little longer than the first one, but I kinda get Jesus at the end about how writers write.

Right now, the flim flam connector is slow, so it takes four forevers to upload a video. My internet provider says I runnin’ at maximum speed. Ugh. Country livin’, y’all. I did this video last night before I started work. It took all night to upload. That’s why you’re gettin’ it today. 

I like how we can connect in this way while I’m writin’ the book. My words are important to me (and yeah, I obviously express myself better on paper than in person… cause…. um… um…. UM…), so I’ll find time to make posts happen as well. We’ll get a balance goin’ here over the next few months. Love and peace, B.

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16 August 2016

The one where I prattle about lipstick, my next book, and self love {VIDEO!!!}

Okay, y’all. I prattle. I misspeak. I talk a little about makeup, the second book, and forget to look in the camera lots. I thank you and remind you about this whole loving yourself thing I’m always on about.

Don’t get mad at me about the “for those of you who have children” remark. I was nervous. I meant, love yourself as you love a child… that is if you love children. If you don’t, just nix that whole concept and replace it with something you love and nurture… maybe your dog!

 I hope this is gonna work! I love, love, love you. Peace, B.

PS I say the eff word a couple of times. I can’t help it. That’s my favorite qualifier. I’ll work on not sayin’ it in the next video! Except some shit a’mightys and a couple of asshatmonkeyflippers though.

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9 August 2016

A Day in the Life

My mister’s mowing the lawn. Doesn’t “mowing the lawn” sound classier than “cuttin’ the grass?” We’re nothing if not classy around here. It’s more like he’s battling the first wave of summer’s neglected weedy overgrowth that’s threatening to eat our house and the neighbors’ houses too. I’m just sittin’ here on the carport with two fans pointed directly at me, writin’ a book that may swallow me whole.
The middle-Little leaves for college tomorrow. We have Operation UGA under control. The other two Littles are MIA. I take that back. The little-Little is dartin’ in and out of the house. She did a fish tail braid in my hair. Then, she came out to tell me she’s savin’ her money to go to San Diego next summer. No other details were forthcoming about about the trip. I’m sure I’ll be updated on a need to know basis. College Girl has gone the way of most older independent child. I don’t know where she is right now and I’ll never get used to that not knowin’ part of havin’ grownass children. We’re about to double the random moments of mama anxiety when we drive away from Athens tomorrow night sans the middle-Little.

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