Remember how I told you my links folder was empty after last Saturday's post?
It's full again.
Homekeeping / Frugality:
- Love the practicality of this post: How Much Stuff Should You Own? The Answer is Simpler Than You Think by Kristen (The Frugal Girl).
- What to Do With an Old Dresser by Steph at Somewhat Simple. A roundup of some gorgeous ideas.
- I believe I've mentioned how much I love the Expedit in our living room. ('Cause I do.) You can imagine how much I liked this post: The World's Most Popular Bookcase: Best Uses of the IKEA Expedit.
- Encouragement and advice for those just starting out in frugality (or those who could use a refresher course): Tips for Managing a Small Grocery Budget by Jessica at Ramblings of a Wife and Mommy.
- Mirror, Mirror in My Kid - Reflecting All I Said and Did by Kim. So true and so easy to forget sometimes.
- Choosing Conviviality or Perpetuating a Pity Party? by Mystie. (Could go in the homeschooling category too, but I think it applies to all parents whether you homeschool or not).
- Missouri Family Takes in Orphaned Peruvian Siblings After Learning Email was No Scam. What an amazing story! Love this quote from the mom: “So we eat spaghetti a lot if we have to," she said. "So I don’t buy expensive jeans. Those are dumb reasons to not take these kids in.” May her tribe increase.
- Agreed: How to Unlock Creativity in Your Home from Steady Mom. Simple, practical advice that we somehow manage to forget far too often.
- Pretty sure every mom (or person who has dealings with children) can identify with this post: Most Embarrassing Mom Moment. Such wise advice to remember we aren't parenting for a crowd. (girltalk Blog)
- For fun, after all our talk about picky eaters recently: How to Get Your Toddler to Eat Anything by Five in Tow.
- 5 Tips for Creating Harmony Between Sisters by Tracey at Girls to Grow. We have four sisters in this house and a lot of harmony to encourage.
- Night Instruction by Nancy at the Femina blog. Nights should be for rest, not fretting.
- Great advice in this post: 10 Pieces of Advice for All Homeschoolers, New or Old by Sarah Small.
- Every Education Has Gaps and Other Truths I've Learned by Angie at Many Little Blessings.
- What I Learned from a One-Room Schoolhouse by Renae at Life Nurturing Education.
- Don't Let the Screen Strangle Your Soul by Kevin DeYoung. (A 2 parter but this is just the first part). This applies to any screen. I've had people tell me, "I don't spend much time on the computer" right before they whip out their smart phone. Come on. It's the same deal, folks.
- The Joneses are Overrated by Karen Ehman. Comparison can mean death to contentment and that is not a good trade.
- The Freedom of Being a Nobody by Stephen Altrogge.
- Love the balancing nature of this post: Jesus Doesn't Want Your Risk, He Wants Your Life another one by Stephen Altrogge.
- You might need this one if you are yet again housebound by the cold / ice /snow: Beating the Winter Blues by Glynnis Whitwer.
- Lovely post: Beauty is For Everyone by Sally Lloyd-Jones.
- I love this and the librarians who came up with it: A Doll's Magic, Free to Renew. There really is some magic in an American Girl doll, despite the price tag. (This reminds me that the whole "Toy Library" thing never really caught on and yet it really should have.)
- How to Avoid Being "That Guy" in Class. This was written for an academic setting but I laughed out loud because we have at least one "That Guy" in our Sunday School Class. Someone should really make a "Question and Comment Evaluation Chart" for other situations. It's the only hope some folks would have, since they don't seem to have filters between their brains and their mouths. (Yes, I'm feeling a bit testy this morning, why do you ask?)
- I'm always looking for new-to-me music so this post by Trevin Wax caught my eye: New and Notable Musical Offerings. The Gray Havens sound especially intriguing to me. Anyone heard them?
- Speaking of Music, some study claims to have determined The Most Relaxing Song Ever. What say you?
- Crazy stuff: The Crayola Fiction of the World, How We Gave Colors Names and It Messed With Our Brains. Whoa.
- Even wilder: For 40 Years This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of WWII from Smithsonian Mag.
- Interesting article about "Dr. Oz": The Operator. Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good? by Michael Specter
- These January Journal Pages by Sophie reminded me that I need to get my "Inspiration Book" out again. (And I just bought a new one with a Christmas gift card)
- Sherry at Semicolon shared a list of Days I'm Planning to Celebrate or Observe in February. I like this idea or making such a list before the month begins and I need to do something similar. (What if I hadn't known it was the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice last week? These things take planning.)
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And before I forget to say it: Happy Groundhog's Day! It's cold out there! (It's cold out there every day...)
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