These days, I often wake up in the wee hours of the night.
Sometimes I have something on my mind that needs prayer and quiet time, others I simply have to answer the call of nature. Whatever the reason may be, I usually end up finding a few interesting news stories before I head back into solemn slumber.
Here are the top ten articles and websites I’ve discovered recently:
1. 3 Day Potty Training: A dear friend turned me on to this and we are now on Day 2 of this method with Tres. Yesterday she had three accidents and five successes. Today she had seven successes and one accident. I think that’s progress! We’ll see how tomorrow goes.
2. Once A Month Mom: I’ve been toying with the idea of freezer cooking for awhile now. I haven’t committed to it, but the idea of spending one solid day cooking, then freezing food for a month is appealing to me. I like my crock pot… and I like the ease of throwing something frozen in the crock pot and ending up with a yummy meal a few hours later even more. This is the best organized website I’ve found so far in my research.
3. Blog Post Planner: This printable worksheet for scheduling your blog posts and writing came through my inbox today. I love it! (Although using it would require me to actually plan my posts. Hm…) It’s pretty, it’s free, what’s not to adore? The site has a bunch of printables for young kiddos, too.
4. Random Item Identification: Many times my words fail me and I end up calling things doo-hickies or thingy-ma-bobs. In fact, my Christmas present last year was the cord that connected my Mac laptop to the PC overhead projector in my classroom. I’m sure it had a name but I called it the “dongle” and dongle it has remained. Anyway, this article has the actual names of 25 items we never know what to call. And it’s an AWESOME use of five minutes to read!
5. How Men Feel About Working Mothers: This article explored the reasons workplaces may be hostile to working mothers. It was fascinating in and of itself, but reading the comments on the article was even more illuminating.
6. Timehop: Have you ever wondered how much life has changed in the past year? Timehop is a new website that accesses your Facebook status updates and Twitter tweets from one year ago and delivers them to your inbox each morning. I’ve been enjoying my blasts from the past, especially the quotes from the girls I’ve reported! Example, today’s was, “Dos: “Today was AWFUL! Because… because… Owen KISSED me!!!””
7. How to Help A Grieving Family: As a culture, our comfort level with death and grief is waning. This article gives practical advice on how you can really help a family that is going through a loss. There are enough suggestions there that something could fit your personal style… and it helps you avoid that helpless, “I care but I have no idea what to do!”-feeling.
8. Pregnancy Links: Two articles centered around the pregnancy and first months of a baby’s life: Does ‘on-demand’ breastfeeding boost IQ? and How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life. Again, these were just interesting reads!
9. 8 Uses for Yogurt Containers:If you’re like me, every container that comes in my house has to be carefully evaluated for alternative use. The individual coffee creamer cups? Stools for our pretend fairy friends invited to a tea. Pickle jars? Excellent storage for sourdough bread starter. I haven’t messed with yogurt cups for awhile… but after reading this – I will!
10. Get Rich Slowly: I subscribed to this blog several months ago and I like its practical approach to money, as well as the real-life stories the readers submit.
Hope you enjoy them – and if you have your own, share the love and post the links in the comments!