Friday, December 21, 2012


I have 5 gazilion links that I've bookmarked, so I'll take the time to share some.

|| I've been wanting to make an advent calendar for a couple years, and I'm glad I haven't! After reading about this idea I'm in love. Instead of opening a treat for the 24 days leading to Christmas, you do something nice for others! I love that you can modify it a little every year to keep it current and different. Now I just need to come up with some of my own ideas that apply to our life.

|| This series about living life in a 240 square foot apartment. Makes me appreciate my 600 square foot one!

|| After seeing a very young kid (maybe 10 or 11) with dyed hair the other day, Vince asked if we'd let our kid dye their hair young or have weird haircuts. At first I said probably not, but after reading this from Jada Smith (Willow Smith's mother) I don't know what I think. Plus, I dyed my hair pink, purple and blue for the first day of 7th grade and crazy colors for years after!

Me in 8th grade.
“A letter to a friend…This subject is old but I have never answered it in its entirety. And even with this post it will remain incomplete. The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women, girls are constantly reminded that they don’t belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain. Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair. It’s also a statement that claims that even little girls have the RIGHT to own themselves and should not be a slave to even their mother’s deepest insecurities, hopes and desires. Even little girls should not be a slave to the preconceived ideas of what a culture believes a little girl should be.”
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|| 43 People You Won't Believe Actually Exist

|| This mini kitchen for when I have a toddler.

|| Also, for when I have a toddler, I want to make a similar quiet book and felt car mat. I had a rug that was a car mat as a kid and loved it!

|| This recipe for Sweet Potato and Kale Gratin. I'd sub coconut milk for heavy cream and raw cheese for parmesan. Yum.

|| This blog that lists free e-books! One of the many ways I never pay for e-books.

|| A letter Amelia Earhart wrote to her fiancĂ© before their wedding.

|| Reminder: Email Sara some Christmas photos of your town!

|| 50 Reasons to Leave It Alone. Why you shouldn't circumcise your baby. I don't know where I stand on this viewpoint(I think more towards uncircumcision), but it was a good read.

|| Lastly, did you read about baby mice being born from stem cells? I read about it a few months ago and forgot about it until I went through my links. This is AMAZING.


  1. I love that advent calendar idea! I might have to borrow the premise in a few years!
    I am so excited about the tiny apartment series! I read the first few and decided to save them and read them slowly because I'm weird like that. =]
    I have always felt like I wouldn't let a daughter change anything about her appearance since I want her to instead focus on the things she does love about herself and learn to love the other parts... but now I don't know, that's a pretty important argument too!
    The circumcision and stem cell mice were super interesting... and thank you for sharing my reminder!! =]

    1. I couldn't help but read through the whole series in one sitting! There were so many great ideas and it was so inspiring. Now I want to get rid of a ton of stuff.

      Honestly, I think doing all the crazy things to my hair and clothes is what made me love myself! It made me SO much more confident in myself and outgoing. You kind of have to be when you have crazy hair.

    2. It's pretty possible that I had a crazy cleaning spree this morning and then read through the rest of the series in one sitting. I want to get rid of a ton of stuff too. Like all of it. I wanna start over with two plates, two bowls, two spoons, two forks, one pan, three pairs of clothes. Ha ha.
      I did do a few things to my hair in high school, and I think maybe early college, but I always felt weird about it and too lazy to keep going back/too cheap to keep paying someone to fix it. I can't really expect my daughter to feel the same way though, can I?!

    3. It's so hard to not read them all! haha I've been slowly getting rid of a lot of our dishes and keeping just the ones I love!

      I just dyed my hair at home so it was way cheap!

    4. Dishes are definitely a good place to start. I have a lot of random dishes for no real reason I could definitely get rid of... and clothes, ugh. I am always getting hand-me-downs but not always going through my clothes like I should! I went through and got rid of quite a few clothing items today though!

  2. I love the quote about hair! I used to loooove messing with my hair in high school. It was a fun way for me to express myself, and ain't nothin' wrong with that.