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.

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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!