Saturday, May 19, 2012

Weekend Links and The Winner Is...

Drumroll, please. The winner of the Thirty-One Gifts organizing utility tote is:
Which means that MacKenzie is the winner!

(Side note: That's amazing. I don't think I've ever seen #1 come up on these things.)

Congratulations! Please send an email to candiddiversions @ yahoo . com or you could message me on FB to confirm your address. I'll get it in the mail ASAP.

(For everyone else: remember that you can still score a great deal on the Thirty-One gifts products of your choice. You have until Monday, May 20th to make those orders. Thanks again to everyone who participated in this giveaway. I wish I had a tote bag for each and every one of you!)

And now, on to the links:

1. I enjoyed this review of A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, a book I finished a few months ago. I think this review is better than my own.

2. Assuming we ever move (things have been kind of discouraging on that front lately), I'll probably need to keep this post in mind: 7 Tips to Stay Motivated for House Projects.

3. Top 10 Military Schools in America. I had no idea there are more than ten. (Plus, due to my research into the Second World War, anything about Annapolis catches my eye.)

4. Why Poor Grammar and Spelling are Bad for Your Blog. And bad for my health, ahem. I'm convinced that seeing "your" when the author means "you're" shaves years off my life.

5. Know much about Ketchup? Now you do: Ketchup's Unsavory Secret History.

6. Encouraging thoughts for women: My Beauty-Full Post.

7. We have a Mulberry Tree in our yard. The berries are ripening now and the girls picked a bunch the other day. Then I spent an hour cutting off the little tiny stems that Philip insisted must be cut off. If only I had read this first: Collecting, Preserving, Using, Planting, and Growing Mulberries. (P.S. We made Mulberry cobbler with ours. Yum!)

8. I'm pretty sure some of you are going to want to watch this: PBS Plans Follow-Up to Downton Abbey. I've already seen the first four episodes and I can tell you it's a great show and, though it pains me to say so, in some ways it is quite a bit better than DA.

9. This year is Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. Which means you probably want to read about her amazing life. Need a book recommendation? Try this Top 10 Royal Books List.

10. This one will make your heart grow three sizes: The Value of a Life.

Bonus: Don't miss this post by my dad: Top 10 Myths About Bullies. (Side note: the formatting on my dad's blog is a little wonky so that post is easier to read in the Reader of your choice. Hint, hint.)

Pin of the week:
I loved this girls' room:

Several of the houses we've looked at had finished or finish-able attics.This type of room would be perfect for that type of space.

That's it for this week. Thanks again to Ginelle for making the giveaway possible and to all of you who entered, followed, & shared. It was so exciting to see Candid Diversions grow a little bit.

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ginellebaskin said...

Congrats to the winner! Hope you love your new tote! And Happy Birthday to Karen!

Pastor David Pitman said... (less wonky)

VanderbiltWife said...

We had a mulberry tree behind our rental house. Those stems are WAY too bothersome to deal with and edible, so I refused to cut them off! Last year I made mulberry freezer jam and it was a big hit!

Gram said...

Happy 2nd anniversary of your 29th birthday ~er~ BIRTHDAY! Let the party begin!

P.S. Dad is working on that "wonky" problem. Seems he only reads his blog in a reader also. ;)

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