weekend link love: february 21, 2014

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Is anybody else kind of relieved that it’s finally the weekend? It’s been a long week here with the weather generally ruining every plan I tried to make – which means another long week inside. Silver lining is that I have more great links to share with you guys this week.

Enjoy these links while we wait impatiently for Spring:

Your welcome.

Weekend Link Love: June 24, 2014

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Can I just say how grateful I am that it is finally Friday? This has been a long, trying week for me – stuck at home most of the time with a sprained foot and too much time on my hands, unable to really get much done. The upside to this is that I’ve read a lot of cool things online this week in between ice packs, pain killers and constantly trying to do too much too soon.

Here are some of the best things I’ve read this week:

Nursing home makes calendar of residents posing as iconic movie roles - this is kind of breath taking and really cool.

Stop the Mommy Wars: An empowering photo series – Do you think the “Mommy Wars” are still a thing?

Aerie gets real and stops photoshopping it’s models – Such a great, empowering first step towards giving young girls more realistic role models, though I think we still have a LONG way to go.

This interview with Harry Connick Jr. at EW is a perfect example of why I adore him so and why this season of American Idol is the best I’ve ever seen (so far). I think the simple statement that “I’ve been enjoying watching the audition shows for American idol and not deleting them immediately” really says it all.

59 Slang Phrases from the 1920′s that we should start using again – This article is just darb. I wonder what my local coffee shop would think of me if I went in and asked for some noodle juice? I’m guessing they’d think I was a pretty Dumb Dora!

The 7 Phases of Taking Kids out in the Snow – Per usual, Mommy Shorts pretty much nails this one. Funny and oh so true.

We’ve got a big road trip coming up this summer (I hope) – this printable travel game at The Art of Simple looks like a must have boredom buster!

Need more? How about 100 years of fashion in 100 seconds?

Lastly, there are no shortage of funny spoofs on Frozen, but this one found at *Very Clean* Funny Pics pretty much sums it all up perfectly:

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momma loves equality. and macklemore.

It’s a pretty big day for equality – today the Supreme Court issued rulings on both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8. For all the newsy stuff, check out NPR’s coverage on these rulings. They also have an article about What’s Next For Gay Married Couples.

I don’t really have anything of importance to say about all of this – other people will say it better. I’ll just be over here in my office listening to great music and being happy for the people I know who will be effected by these rulings. I am loving me some Macklemore lately – his whole album, The Heist is fantastic. If you haven’t heard it yet, I really recommend it.

Weekend Link Love: June 7, 2013

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Anybody else majorly ready for the weekend?

Before you slip into a weekend coma, here are some of the best things I’ve seen or read online in the past few weeks:

Why I Want to Choose the ‘Disadvantaged’ Local School (and Why I Might Not) by Motherlode @ The New York Times – Reminds me a lot of our local school.

Sign your kiddos up for the FREE Junie B. Jones Reading Club!

Why making parent friends is just like dating @ Neon Fresh (so funny and I can so relate!)

Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake @ The Pioneer Woman - I watched her make this on her Food Network show and it looks even better on tv than on the blog, if possible.

A Find Your Style Quiz @ KraftMaid Cabinetry - I am kind of obsessed with these click on pictures of pretty things and we’ll tell you all about yourself quizzes. According to this one I am “natural and warm” – how about you?

Jen Hatmaker says she’s the Worst End of School Year Mom Ever but I think she’s in good company. Anybody else feeling that End of School Year angst?  Raise your hand if your phoning it in at this point, too!

Lastly, enjoy these three videos and have a great weekend!

things momma loves: now on facebook!

If you’ve been wondering to yourself, “Self? How can I interact with Jen even more? She’s so awesome that I sometimes find myself wondering what things she loves when she isn’t blogging about them!” Well – your prayers have been answered!

When you aren’t busy reading my blog and leaving wonderful comments about how amazing I am, now you can also find me on Facebook and the fun never has to stop! Click on over and ‘like’ me for more insight into the momma behind Things Momma Loves. Learn about more of the things I love & tell me about the things YOU love! It’s gonna be a whole back and forth awesome kind of thing.

Still not enough? You can also ‘like’ the facebook page for my personal blog, Momma Blogs A Lot (it’s true, I do).

Why two blogs? Things Momma Loves was created and designed exclusively for reviews and babbling about my tv obsessions. It’s the materialistic, product sharing side of me.

Mommablogsalot.com is the mother side of me. It’s pictures of my kids and stories about my day – it’s also where you’ll find me participating in blog carnivals and memes. I found a need to keep those things separate and I’ve loved the end result – but if you want to know what books I’m reading and tv shows I’m watching and what my kids & I did over the weekend, you will want to follow both blogs (and / or Facebook pages).

I hope you’ll come find me on Facebook & join in the conversation there and in the comments section below!

Obligatory Post-Election Post

I voted!

Yesterday my three year old daughter stood outside in line for an hour with my husband and I so that we could vote in the presidential election. She got a cookie and sticker and some apple sauce out of the deal, so it wasn’t a total waste of time for her.

Here are some political-type things that made me happy yesterday, as well as thankful and proud:

  1. The people waiting in line with us were all very understanding of BB’s frequent outbursts and temper tantrums. She tried to be patient with us but it was a very long line and her parents kept asking her to wear mittens. Seriously.
  2. Free cookies from, I’m assuming, the staff at Meriter hospital. Just when we stepped inside and saw that there was still a pretty long line ahead of us indoors, we were greeted by a table of cookies that smelled and tasted delicious – and kept little BB happy for another ten minutes!
  3. We went to volunteer in my son’s classroom later that morning and his teacher was doing a mock election in the classroom. I supervised fifteen six and seven year olds as they elected their choice of president. I explained how their vote should be anonymous and “blind” as in, don’t tell me who you are voting for or ask me who you should vote for. Afterwards the teacher opened the ballot box and we counted the votes and marked each vote with a tally mark on a big sheet of paper. My son, MM, got to mark the tallies. So of the sixteen votes (the teacher let my daughter vote, too), fourteen kids voted for Barack Obama (or Oomabooma as my six year old sometimes calls him) and two voted for Romney. I found out later that both of those votes were my own children. Now being an Obama supporter you might think this would bother me, but one – I’m proud of my children for making their own choices and not being swayed by the few political decisions they have heard in the house this year. Two, my six year old’s reasoning was simply that Obama (Oomabooma) has already been president and he thinks someone else should get a turn now. How can I be upset with my son advocating sharing and taking turns? And three, my three year old cannot read and just drew a happy face next to one of the names – it happened to be Mitt Romney. I watched her do it and decided to let my ego go and embrace her right to free speech.
  4. I woke up this morning to the news that Mr. President had won the election and now has another four years to finish what he’s started (for better or worse some may say). Congratulations to Barack Obama and his family and administration – make us proud!
  5. I’d also like to congratulate Tammy Baldwin who was elected Wisconsin’s first openly gay senator. “I didn’t run to make history,” said Baldwin in her victory speech. “I ran to make a difference, a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills.” (quote from Yahoo News and Baldwin’s victory speech)
  6. Lastly, I am very thankful that (pretty soon) there will be an end to all of the political discussion. Now we can focus on more important things like the upcoming holidays, whether it’s snowing or not and who should win X-Factor this season!

This is likely the first post I’ve written on politics on this blog and the last one you should expect to see anytime in the foreseeable future, likely until the next major election. Happy Wednesday everyone!

my thoughts on politics – don’t make me say it again (Vote for Elmo!)

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
Gore Vidal

I hate talking about politics. Partly because the facts in each election, major or minor, get so skewed by the media that it’s hard to tell who is telling the truth at the end of the day when everyone writing has their own agenda. Partly because elections bring out the absolute worst in a candidate – I’m pretty sure that if Elmo ran for governor that I’d hate him by the time the election was over. By the time election time rolls around, the mud slinging gets so intense that the sound of a political ad on the tv or radio sickens me – the picket signs on all the lawns on my street irritate me beyond reason and the SNL parodies of political candidates become more compelling and well rounded than the candidates themselves.

I think it’s a terrible shame that politics has become show business.
Sydney Pollack

Today my state is voting for governor. For months now we’ve been bombarded with “information” about Candidate A who hates kittens, runs an illegal honey badger prostitution ring out of his billion dollar vacation home in the Bermuda Triangle and wants to take all the money from the orphans and give it to Hitler using his time machine built by Skynet ; or Candidate B who flunked out of kindergarten and can’t spell his own name, is married to his pet donkey and thinks he can solve our states financial problems by playing Bingo at the Senior Center. Or something, I wasn’t really paying attention because I was too busy changing diapers and smoking bon bons while watching a Toddlers in Tiaras marathons.
Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.
Robert Byrne
In some elections you are lucky enough to know who you think the right candidate is. They say something in a debate that strikes a cord with you or they have a really cute butt or …something. Whatever the reason, you know without a doubt who you want to vote for. That’s awesome. Other times it feels like you are trying to decide which serial killer to give the keys to the city to. Neither candidate is remotely compelling or interesting or good looking and you are left voting for the one who either belongs to the politcal party you ascribe to at the end of the day or the one who you know probably hasn’t killed anyone. Or you like their name.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks.
Doug Larson
But the thing that irks me the most is that come election time, you cannot escape it. From the Facebook statuses of every friend and fremeny you know, to the Political Televegangelists who ring your doorbell every night at exactly the same time you are trying to put your baby down for a nap or feed your toddler dinner – to the signs on every street corner and the commercials running every fifteen minutes on the television and radio. It’s everywhere. Long after you’ve made up your mind about who to vote for (Elmo for Governor!) they continue to invade your space, making sure that you know that Candidate A wants to give you herpes and that Candidate B thinks you look fat in that dress. Awesome.
It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.
George MacDonald
And then election day finally rolls around and you think, “Awesome – now we can all stop talking about politics already.” But that’s never the case. There is always another election, another evil dictator that we need to get rid of or The Second Coming of Politicians that we need to rally behind and shove into office. No sooner than this governor election ends, we’ll all be talking about the presidential election instead. And no matter who gets elected, somebody is going to hate the pants off said politician and never shut up about it, ever.
We would all like to vote for the best man but he is never a candidate.
Kin Hubbard
Look, all I’m trying to say… is that although a little political debate and conversation can be fun and educational and thought provoking – that too much of anything, especially politics, is just not good for you – it’s not good for your soul, it drains all the good karma right out of your day and it will probably make you gain ten pounds when you drown your angst in a chocolate sheet cake while the kids are “napping.” And nobody wants that. So can we all agree to NOT talk about politics for like ten minutes tomorrow? Please?
There ain’t no answer. There ain’t gonna be any answer. There never has been an answer. That’s the answer.
Gertrude Stein
/ rant

Do You Even Know Who You Are?

According to The Internet (i.e., the experts, right?) we all have new Zodiac signs. This is rather disconcerting since our Zodiac signs determine so much of our personality. For twenty eight years now I have been a Capricorn, which means that I am was :

“melancholy and stern because [I] live by self-discipline and responsibility. [I] evaluate everything and [I] don’t take daring chances without weighing the advantages and disadvantages first.”

But apparently now I am a Sagittarius, which means that now I will

“crave adventure and excitement and welcome change with open arms. Sagittarius is the sign of the philosopher and the explorer, [I] will go as far as road will go and explore every corner thoroughly in [my] ever eternal search for wisdom. Freedom is so important to Sagittarius that [I] will actually make decisions based on the amount of freedom that is given by the choice [I] have made.”

That just seems like an awfully big change in personality for me to take on over night. Don’t get me wrong, being all adventurous and carefree sounds fun. And the lack of responsibility that comes with all that awesome freedom I’ll be chasing sounds like a nice cat nap after almost five years of motherhood. But, still…

When I was a Capricorn I was a born leader, steadfastly loyal and apparently infinitely patient (who knew?) if a bit melancholy. Now I am apparently a big flighty, anti-commitment chick (shhh, don’t tell my husband) and a bit unemotional to boot. I’m feeling a bit hesitant about embracing my new personality traits. I’m just not sure how to go about suddenly becoming this new person. Cause, well, it says here online that I’m not allowed to be emotional or moody anymore. I have to be an optimist with dreams of being a world traveler. And while the travel part sounds all well and good, I’ve been an emotional mess all my life and frankly I like committing to things until the bitter end. It’s just my way.

Besides, why can’t I be the Ophiuchus instead? That name is simply nifty and I think if I’m going to take on a new personality overnight, I’d rather jump on the new fun Ophiuchus bandwagon instead.

Anyone else struggling with their new Zodiac sign? Let’s make fun of astrology together in the comments section below!

Who Will Be The Next American Idol JUDGE?

Has anyone else been following the crazy restructuring going on at American Idol? We all knew Simon was leaving and this left the show feeling a bit shaky with only Randy, Kara and Ellen left. I liked all three of them but none of them felt like Leader Material and I kind of think a leader of the judges is necessary, even it’s unofficial. My husband had basically decided to stop watching the show when he heard Simon was leaving.

Then Ellen left. Like just now basically, even though she’s apparently been set on the decision for awhile, they are really only just now announcing it – she’s gone. I love Ellen but I totally get that this wasn’t really her forte – she has no musical background and she’s so nice that it must have been tough to try and deliver any real criticism. Then just to add to the crazy, it looks like Kara is gone, too. And I was just starting to get used to her as a judge. So the only original judge left is Randy Yo Dawg Jackson.

I don’t know if anything is official yet but it sounds like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith fame and J Lo of Really She Needs No Introduction fame will be the new judges joining Randy. I’m on the fence about how I feel about this. I think my husband might say, “Good,” as I think he maybe likes Steven Tyler quite a bit and really at this point what harm could it do?

As for me? I don’t actually like Steven Tyler at all, but that’s for another post entirely. And as a judge I really can’t say anything about him at all except for “we’ll see.” He might make a very good Simon-esque Cranky Pants judge, but I’m just speculating. J Lo is perfectly capable of filling the Pretty Girl requirement (cause, hello she’s gorgeous) and her musical background is huge – she could be really good.

I don’t know. I’m not willing to write off the show entirely with this news. It might be the show’s ultimate downfall – one of many signs that it’s gone on a bit too long now and really needs to just end already. Or maybe in a long, convoluted way, this might be the smack of life the show needs to shake things up and save itself. Maybe all the new will revitalize the show and keep it fresh somehow? Maybe it will be awesome.

What do you think of the new potential judges and the ones who left? Will you be watching Season Ten?

I’d Like To Propose A Toast… State of the Union Drinking Game 2010

Stole this from McMommy. It’s been a long time since I got political here at the old bloggeroo. Don’t expect much more than this:

Huffington Post’s State Of The Union Drinking Game 2010

State Of The Union Drinking Game

NOTE: The Huffington Post in no way encourages binge drinking. This is the comedy section. If you actually drank as much as we suggested you would die, so do not do that.

Event Instructions
Obama says “let me be clear” Do one shot
Obama says “change isn’t easy” Do one shot
Obama says “make no mistake” Do one shot
Obama says “Let me be clear, change isn’t easy, make no mistake.” He’s screwing with you to get you drunk, so five shots
Joe Wilson yells something Do two shots
Obama yells back Finish the bottle
Obama says “jobs” Do one shot, two if you’re unemployed
Obama says “health care” Do not drink, you will not be given a replacement liver
Nancy Pelosi claps like a seal Do one shot
Nancy Pelosi becomes a seal STOP DRINKING FOR THE LOVE OF GOD
Obama mentions Bo Put beer in your dog’s water bowl
Michelle Obama wears a slinky dress Go immediately to the HuffPost Style page for close-ups
Joe Biden nods-off/laughs inappropriately/starts talking before the speech is over Do three shots
Obama uses the term “Congressional leadership” Do two shots carefully as all that laughing will make it difficult to swallow
Obama says he’s “fighting for you” Do one shot, two if you believe him
Obama mentions Haiti Text “Haiti” to the number 90999 and donate $10 to the Red Cross