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Friday Links

Here are a few of my favorite things in and around blogland that I wanted to share. I will be having a wonderful weekend strawberry picking at RocaBerry Farm on Saturday morning, and hanging out with the family for the rest of the weekend. I'll be back Monday!
* Can't wait to make myself one of these awesome DIY Feather Hair Accessories. I've always loved the look of them and this tutorial makes it look easy as pie!
* What am I going to do with all those strawberries you ask? Well, other than eat them on the way home, I'm going to make some strawberry fruit leather (healthy version of the fruit roll up)!
*Taking your kids to the beach this summer? Read this wonderful Simple Homeschool blog post, Stefani of BlueYonderRanch talks about how to unschool at the seaside.
*Some very wander-lustful pics of the Maine woods.
*One of the coolest new artists I've read/seen in a long time:Essimar . Excellent interview and photos here.
*Always need the daily reminder of patience. It's never pretty, but mommy time-outs never are.
*Love this lady's pictures. SO pretty.
*Listening on pandora: Alison Krauss and Nickel Creek. The bluegrass of my childhood never gets old.
* Last but not least, not gonna lie...just bought this book and this book from amazon and I can't wait to dig my nose into them. (I always check out everything at the library first, and 95% of the time don't think I need it. Craft books--are my weakness.)
Shameless self-promotion: While we're talking about links, I got linked up from Simple Mom! Woot!


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