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 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?