Saturday, April 16, 2011

Look-Worthy Links 4/16/11 Edition

First things first, just in case she reads this: Happy Birthday, Aunt C! Hope it's a great one.

After a week's absence (last Saturday I was far too busy with my beautiful sister doing, um, nothing in particular, to put up a post), I've got lots of links to share, so let's get to it:

1. I vaguely remember making something like this globe light with my mother-in-law when I was a little girl. (Yes, I have known my in-laws since my early years. I'm not just using hyperbole here.) I think ours was multi-colored. And smaller. I'd love to try this version sometime. Plus, I have an IKEA within driving distance. I've been looking for an excuse to get up there...
2. I know my girls would be thrilled by this homemade sidewalk chalk. Next time they run out of chalk (As if...) we'll try this. (Side note: when I was kid we made do with a "chalk rock".)

3. I don't know if I've ever mentioned this, but I have a thing for window seats. I collect pictures of them (from magazines) for inspiration. This IKEA hacked window bench might be more likely than my "building my dream house" dream.

4. Posts about education: Scott Adams (of Dilbert Fame) talks about getting a real education. (Hint: it's more about learning to run a business than jumping through scholarly hoops.) Peter Thiel thinks we're in a Higher Education Bubble (language warning). You know what bubbles do, right? Yep. They burst. (Think Nasdaq crash or housing market bust) Definitely some food for thought between these two posts.
5. Speaking of food (how's that for a transition!), if anyone is keeping track of the cakes I would like for my birthday (someone is, right?), This Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake is a contender.

6. So is this Caramel Macadamia Nut Cheesecake. Prince Charming can make me this one. He makes a better cheesecake than anyone else I know.

7. I'm not a big fan of pancakes, but I'd like to try these Cinnamon Swirl Pancakes soon. They might change my opinion on the whole pancake thing.

8. Philip needs to read these posts: how to make your own bread crumbs and how to make homemade croutons. As I would like to not buy those things ever again.
9. These tiny polaroid magnets are so cute. Anyone that we give gifts to, please pretend you didn't see that link. You may have some of these in your future.

10. Parenting post: Have more kids. Pay less attention to them. I can honestly tell you that, except for logistics (as in: where will they sleep and how will we drive them from A to B), having four has been no harder than two. My oldest daughters are very helpful and love their baby sister. I love to listen to all four of them playing together (they try to include Lili in their playing. Sometimes she's The Baby. And sometimes she's The Queen - apparently the Bumbo seat makes a nice throne).

So, what have you stumbled on this week? I'm linking this post to Saturday Stumbles at Simply Staci.

(Pictures are of Lili this week. Sorry for the poor quality, I didn't have time to let Philip photoshop them. We're root-root-rooting for our home team!)