Worth Sharing

Let's start with the exciting stuff, shall we? The winner of the Dana Decal's giveaway is Jennifer Flynn. Jennifer please check your email to redeem your prize! And if you didn't win, I still have a treat for you - Dana's Decals was generous enough to give all Oakland Avenue readers 10 percent off their next purchase. Just use the coupon code, OAKLANDAVE10 at check out. It will work on both their website and their Etsy shop.

If you write a blog of any size, this post is a must-read on photo use. I used to assume it was perfectly legal to pull photos from anywhere on the internet as long as I attributed it and linked it to the original source. No. Not the case. Over the past year, I have been already working on trying to use all my own photography on the blog (a lot of work!), but this definitely motivates me to make sure everything is mine, or from a creative commons. So throughout the past few weeks, I've been going through three years of blog posts to make sure I don't land an unexpected bill in the mail some random day. If you're looking for free photos you can use, Flicker has a creative commons you can freely use, as long as you provide attribution.

You all know about my undying love for Ikea and every hack there ever was. Couldn't believe this was Ikea. Best. Hack. Ever.
Over the past couple of years, Mike and I have made a ton of progress in trying to eat a whole foods diet and I loved this Healthy + Whole series by A Couple Cooks. When trying to eat healthier, it's hard to know where to start, and to be honest, it has literally taken us four or five years to get where we are today. (Baby steps!) Scroll down to the bottom of that article to read the entire series. It's balanced, realistic and inspirational.

Loved this bloggers thoughts on only buying what I need, not what I want. Sometimes it's pretty tough for me to differentiate between the two.

Still looking for a 2014 calendar? It's okay, I'm late to the game too. Here's a pretty free one you can print.  Oh, and here are 14 more.  Options are always good.

This article, "Authenticity, Honesty and the Stay-At-Home Mother," was a good reminder for me. As the mommy wars continue to rage, it's less cool to be perfect and more cool to talk about the mess in the kitchen, the mess in the bathroom and the mess in our heads - because we're just "keepin' it real." But this article would say that sometimes, "It’s not “authentic”  — it’s unkind." 

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  1. LOVED the Gospel Coalition article on authenticity and LOVED the stay-at-home-mom version you shared. Moms glorifying their sin has been bothering me for a long time, and I could never figure out why it was getting on my nerves. These blog posts put wise words to a truth that all of us bloggers, friends, and sisters-in-Christ need to hear! It's a GOOD thing to build each other up and encourage each other towards good words and holiness. We don't need to flaunt our sin and have pride in our "realness". The heart of sharing sin isn't to "be real" so that people will like us, but should be a vehicle to point to our need for Jesus. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Agreed - I'm reading The Hole in our Holiness by DeYoung right now, and it's really hitting home with this topic. I think often people just use "realness" as an excuse for laziness - I know I have! But then again, there's a fine balance of knowing where to put your priorities on a day that's particularly busy or trying as a mom - play with Eli or scrub the dishes before Mike gets home? I feel like for me the pendulum swings back and forth - it's hard to keep it in the right spot!

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  2. I understand what The Christian Pundit is getting at with their article, however, their examples of the sinful mother/wife on the opposite ("lazy") side of the spectrum of perfection are ridiculous. Having a messy kitchen, letting guests come over without scrubbing your toilet, wearing your pajamas until noon and letting your husband see you in a dirty shirt? Perhaps the mommy wars continue to rage because there are people calling others "screwed up" and sinful for admitting to these things. We are all doing our best at an incredibly hard (albeit rewarding) job, and we need to stop the judgements and trust that we are all trying our best, which might look different from one mom to another. Most importantly we need to support and encourage each other, not cast judgement and shame.

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    1. Hi Sara - I think the idea behind the post is more that sometimes, being cool with having a dirty toilet or wearing p.j.'s all day is a source of pride - feeling like "I'm so comfortable, I don't have to pick up the house." While I think there are certainly days that it's near impossible to get dressed for a mom, we also can't let it be an excuse to be "lazy" in the long haul. I think it's a fine line, and I think I definitely cross it sometimes!

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