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Linky Love

Again for another round of links that I love. I hope you find something interesting, encouraging, or that you enjoy as well.
  • As someone who is heavily involved in a mercy ministry at our church (Mercy Meals) I found this article on 100 Ways to Encourage New Moms so awesome and helpful.
  • The newest social media outlet craze in Pinterest, and here is an overview as to what pinning etiquette is (giving credit where credit is due) and what laws govern it. Very insightful read for everyone who pins! Thanks Julie, for the heads up.
  • Nebraska is one of the only two states in the US that bans midwives from attending home births. It's an exciting time as there have been huge rallies for the state to pass laws fixing this. But as my pediatrician friend says, there's reason to worry about safety, too.
  • One of my favorite new blogs. I'm starting to hone down my blog reading to once daily, and categorizing (and thinning) into major categories: food, inspiration, home school, humor. This one definitely falls into the last category. Adulting, how to behave when you're 18+. Put it in your reader, I'll wait.
  • I absolutely loved this post on 39 Ways to Use Playdoh. Some of them are so unique, my little dude will love putting together a play-doh maze!
  • I'm supposed to be getting a preview issue of Taproot in the mail (long story) and I can't wait to read it. I hope it comes today!
  • Downton Abbey online. I have 2 more episodes from season 2, and hopefully they'll be watched within the next 24 hours. They only last until March 6 people. Get a move on!
  • There have been so many amazing DIYs on A Beautiful Mess blog lately. Some of my favs have been : Victory Rolls, Making Stationary, and Cake Batter Milkshakes.
  • Loved this list of making Lent more meaningful. A good list of crafts, books, and activities to help your children learn the meaning behind Easter Sunday.
  • Good night I can not stop listening to my guurrl singing! Love her new album, Which Side Are You On? (And, no, for those of you who've heard it, I don't always agree with her politics, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy her creativity, either.) It is so so so so good.
  • The travel bug hits me--hard--about twice a year. I'm ready to get out of a dodge with a backpack and passport and this series called Mini Travel Guide helps me live vicariously when my responsibilities are not daydreaming, but help children go to the bathroom and keep themselves clean.
  • So close, yet so, so very far away. Metaphorically. Physically. Financially.
And what have you found, dear reader, that you can barely contain?


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