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My Finds Friday – Great Finds from Around the Web

Oh yes! It’s Friday and that means it’s My Finds Friday time!

Hi everybody! I’m super excited to be here again, at Friday that is. 🙂 Weekends are always welcomed around here, but it was a pretty good week at work. The busyness continues, but I’m slowly but surely learning how to manage it without causing myself and unneeded level of stress. It feels great to get to this point!

Before I get into My Finds Friday, I wanted to tell you about our first Parent-Teacher Conference yesterday. I realize Emmett is only (almost) 18 months old, and P/T Conferences may seem unnecessary, but I really wanted to go and meet his teacher 1 on 1. Plus, I know they usually share the kid’s art work, and who doesn’t want to see that? It was so much fun! I got to meet his teacher (she’s so great), see his artwork, and she shared his portfolio checklist. This checklist is just something they use to gauge whether kids are developing as they should. There’s no super specific timeline, but it’s good to notice something that’s not occurring, so that you can intervene with help as needed. Anyway, I’m pleased to share that Emmett is doing excellent! He has already met, or surpassed almost every milestone for his age level and he just moved up to this room on January second. I’m such a proud momma!!!


Now, with a huge smile on my face, let’s get to My Finds Friday

  •  This week I came across a really odd (to me) post. This soon-to-be mother writes about how her doctor judged her for wanting to have sex while pregnant. At first glance, you’d likely agree that a doctor shouldn’t judge you for anything, but then as you read the article you find out that there is a health reason for why the woman was advised not to have sex while pregnant. I agree with the woman, in that I don’t think having a child should define you. You don’t have to JUST be a mother, but I disagree at putting your unborn child’s life at risk for any reason. Anyway, check it out – it’s a great read!
  • Next up is an interesting little article on rules that French children know, but American children do not. It gave me something to think about, and there are some really good ideas.
  • I follow Tony Posnanski on Facebook, he’s constantly posting things that make me think, or that are motivational to get my butt moving. Then he shared a link to an article he wrote in November and I was hooked! It’s titled, I Have the Disease Known as ‘Obesity,’ he shares his real-life struggle with obesity and how it never truly goes away. I really love the stuff he writes.
  • We’re still in January and a lot of us are still trying really hard to stick to our intentions. Our Three Peas has a great article on simple ways to keep your house organized.
  • 5 Things Health People Do Everyday Before Work – is a great article with ideas on a few things you can add into your daily morning routine to make you feel your best.

So, I think that about does it for this week’s My Finds Friday. Be sure to share your finds, and link them up below!

Baby Doodah

Your turn!

Share your blog full of finds, below. I’d love to see what you’ve found!


My Finds Friday

Hey everyone, it’s My Finds Friday, time!

Sorry I’ve been absent for a few days, this time of year gets so busy and by the time the evening rolls around, I’m pooped and ready for bed.

This week’s My Finds Friday will be a brief one, I’m really tired and all I can think about is my bed. Hopefully I’ll have time over the weekend to fill you in on all that has occurred with life lately.


My Finds Friday!

There you have it, my favorite Friday finds for this past week. I know it was a quick post, but I assure you I’m going to go pass out now. 🙂

Baby Doodah

Your turn!

What are some of your favorite Friday finds, from the past week?

Favorite way to cool off – {August NaBloPoMo}

I hate being hot, so knowing how to cool off is of prime importance in my world.

Being hot is one of my least favorite feelings in the world, feeling the sweat form and drip down my forehead and back just skeeves me out and makes me super uncomfortable. I accept it when I’m working out, it’s expected then, but when you’re just sitting outside, in the sun, trying to relax, I hate it!

I think my number 1 favorite way to cool off in the summer time is to jump in a great big pool or lake. When we were kids, my parents lived exactly 2 blocks from Lake Erie, so a huge portion of our summers were spent down at the beach and splashing in the lake. Our city also had a public pool that was pretty well kept (at the time) and offered swim lessons, most of our summer mornings were spent at the pool learning each new swim stroke. As a side note, it’s because of those lessons that I’m such a good swimmer today. Anyhow, while growing up we never had A/C so we would head to the swimming pool every chance we got. But when it was closed and STILL hot, we’d set up a sprinkler or a baby pool outside, that wasn’t the greatest but at least it allowed us to stay cool.

My sister also had a friend down the street that had an above ground pool, she was invited over often but on occasion I’d also be invited to join. I LOVED those days! It gave us more opportunity to be in a pool and keep cool and not need to deal with only having a sprinkler or baby pool.

Another favorite of mine, are ice cold beverages. Specifically, iced coffee and even more specifically, Starbucks iced venti coffee with vanilla and cream. Just sitting here thinking about that cool, delicious beverage trickling down my throat can illicit a chilly response. Pure love!

There are the obvious ways to stay cool, sitting in a beautifully icy air conditioned room, or in front of a fan blowing wildly but my absolute favorite is sitting in a cool (unheated) pool. Sure you might jump in and be shocked by the coldness but once you’re in, you adjust and soon it just feels like heaven on earth.

Your turn!

What are your favorite ways to cool off?

If you’ve missed any of my previous August BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo posts, you can see them here.

Or if you want to join into the NaBloPoMo yourself, check out the August prompts here.

Hot Forever? {August NaBloPoMo}

Is someone hot forever once they’re labeled hot? Or is hotness fleeting?

Well, certainly not forever, but I don’t think hot is fleeting. Despite what I said in my post yesterday, I do believe just about anyone can be hot because it comes more from the person’s attitude than it does their actual features or clothes.

The thing that makes me laugh is that the individuals who think they are most hot, typically are those who have negative awful attitudes and come across as very superficial. Sure they may be hot, but do they have any more than that? Do people actually want to be friends with them? I wouldn’t, I’m more interested in being friends with someone who is honest and true, than someone who is attractive (that’s not to say my friends are ugly, they’re not).

I know it’s cliché, but in my opinion, age truly is just a number. There are older actresses who are absolutely beautiful, it has so much to do with their confidence. One of my favorite instances of an actress who was likely labeled as hot at a young age and continues to be today is Helen Mirren. She is stunning, then AND now! Just Google her and you’ll be overwhelmed with the number of gorgeous pictures that come up.

So, no, hotness is not fleeting. If you’re beautiful on the outside and as you age, continue to be beautiful on the inside your tag of hotness will remain. I can almost guarantee it.

Your turn to weigh-in, do you believe that someone is always considered hot or is it fleeting?

Would you want to be known as hot? {August NaBloPoMo}

Remember how I said I was joining into the festivities of BlogHer’s August NaBloPoMo?

BlogHer NaBloPoMo - August

August NaBloPoMo


Yeah, well I didn’t! I signed-up, was super excited about it (still am) and then the month of August proceeded to start and NaBloPoMo left my brain. I’m going to try and go back to catch-up on what I missed, but today I’m starting with August sixth’s prompt, (see them all here).

Would I like to be considered hot?


Yeah, I think I would. I’m sure it goes back to the good ole self-esteem, that I seem to lack so much of, all the time. It’s a pretty superficial judgement but we are taught and conditioned, by TV, movies or magazines on what is considered “hot.” When I look at the women (or men) who fall into this category, I always assume they have the life, that things just come easier for them, however I do realize that this is likely untrue. That many of the folks who are considered hot still probably had to work to get where they are.

I also associate hot with being thin or fit, and I so desperately want to be either. I know it doesn’t just happen and it takes hard work but I constantly like to imagine myself with a fitness instructor body and just magically waking up that way, it consumes almost every free second I have.

So if I were “hot” in my eyes, I’d be sexy, thin and fit, I’d have abs like those above. Well technically, I could have abs like those if I cut out the junk and worked hard. Now, I just need to work on motivation and find that HOT!

Question of the Day:

Would you like to be known as hot?

Are you joining NaBloPoMo, if so please share your posts and blogs below?

BlogHer NaBloPoMo: August

Readers! Guess what!? I’m going to be participating in BlogHer NaBloPoMo or National Blog Posting Month!

BlogHer NaBloPoMo - AugustWhat this means for you, is that most days I will use the prompts from this challenge to create my daily blog posts. I’m certainly not running out of ideas to write about, having a child pretty much gives you a new topic everyday but I want to become more involved in the blog community and this is a great way to do it.

If you’re not familiar with what BlogHer NaBloPoMo is all about, you can read about it on BlogHer’s website, but in short bloggers are given a list of prompts for each day of the month and then they take those prompts and interpret them how they choose and blog from that (if you want more details surrounding how NaBloPoMo began, you can check out this link on Wiki). BlogHer’s August Theme is “hot” and after looking down the list of prompts for the month, I’m really excited to write about most of them. It will help lead me in a direction I haven’t yet gone in on this blog and in a way that I was eventually hoping to go.

The blog won’t change, I will continue to write about family life, work life and my (poor) attempts and eating better and working out. I’m just adding this in because I really would like to spread my wings and expand into new territory, plus you’ll have the benefit of learning more about me (well, I think that’s a benefit anyway). 😉

So who’s with me? Who wants to join me in writing about what’s “hot” in August?

If you’re interested, follow the below links to add yourself to the blogroll, you have until August 5th to do so.

BlogHer NaBloPoMo August:




Hope to see you there!


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