Worth Sharing

This is Eli, sharing his stuffed animals with you - just like I'm sharing links with you. I know, we're quite the generous family. 

The American family is making a comeback. At least in government conversation. Here's how politics are changing to give family matters more attention than they used to. While I don't agree with everything in the article, it's great food for thought and I'm happy to see a stable family unit recognized as valuable.

The vaccine debate. Doesn't matter which side you're on, this is worth a read. 

A lot of people ask me how I read so much. The truth is, I don't really read, I skim. Over the years I've become quite the speed reader, which means I get through a lot of content and can tell you the high points, but the details? Forget about it. I'm not saying I'm *that* busy, but I found I already do a lot of things this article highlights on how busy people make time to read - and you can too.

This commercial will make you cry. Baby's first birthday is a big deal for mom's too.

Remember in one of my New Mom Confessions I mentioned every day I go through a debate in my head about whether or not I should nap or have coffee during Eli's afternoon nap? But my ultimate dream was to do both? Well, apparently that was a really good idea. Enter: The Coffee Nap. Scientist are saying that a nap immediately following a cup of coffee is better for you than doing each one individually. Yesssss.

I know most of you are already married here, but I found this article that highlights a study about marriage and spending fascinating.  For example, spending 20k or more on the wedding or 2k or more on the engagement ring is significantly associated with a higher rate of divorce. Even the size of your wedding and whether or not you took a honeymoon can apparently play into your marriage success. The blogger breaks down what she believes the "why" behind the stats are, and I completely agree with her. My husband and I didn't set ourselves up for perfect success according to the article - but I do think our priorities are set in a way that does breed success. I would love to hear your thoughts on this one!

It's a child, not a toaster. Eli came way before I was planning, but I'm so glad he did. And now I wouldn't have it any other way. But I do get the feeling of wanting to "plan" for your kids and "wait until you're ready." That's exactly how I felt. And we've all heard, "If you wait until you're ready to have kids, you'll never have them." Which is true too. In a way. I think you can feel ready, but not be. You know? Here's a (somewhat snarky) article on why you shouldn't plan for your kids so much. I think I might have been annoyed by this pre-kids, but now, I'm all for it.

This is what a $23,000 flight looks like. Sign. Me. Up. The flight is a vacation in and of itself.

Are you all mourning Young House Love's news as much as I am? There's some interesting stuff happening in the blogosphere - the New York Times even wrote about it, using YHL as a case study. If you're interested in that type of stuff, here's a good follow up from Design Sponge.  For the record, I fully support YHL and their decisions. I love that they've never played into the rat-race blogging can be and have always stayed true to themselves.

A few weeks ago I shared my basil pesto recipe on Twin Cities Mom's Blog. I know it's a bit late in the season, so bookmark it for next year if you can - and if you can somehow still get your hands on a bit of fresh basil, make. it. now. Also, I'm over there today sharing my top 10 tips for pampering yourself while pregnant. Because you deserve a little extra somthin' special for feeling like a manatee for nine months. Amiright?


  1. Whoa, that coffee nap! I feel like that could be life-changing for me. I love coffee, I love naps. Seems like the coffee nap is the perfect combination. Just have to find the time...

    The study on marriage and wedding spending is quite fascinating, too.

    Thanks for all the links. And thanks to Eli for offering to share a stuffed animal :)

  2. Thanks Ann, glad you liked the links - and I'll tell Eli. ;)