While you were being a good mom 9/2/2011

Ok, my friends. I have been sharing links and I can tell by the number of viewers that you are too busy or too uninterested to actually click on them. That’s cool. I understand. But this week, give them a try. I know you are probably overloaded with links and Facebook video shares, but I have some good stuff today. Here’s what I found while you were trying to do homework and housework.

the spooky power of mentos

If you only pick one link – This app on the Mentos Facebook page made me laugh and creeped me out a little. Maybe I am just out of the loop on apps and what they can do. I really didn’t want to link my Facebook to this app, but it was well worth going through the steps to see what Mentos was capable of doing with my information. You can always remove the app later. It was a fun toy to play with. The videos you see on the page are the apps that you customize for you or your friends.

Feminism is about choices, right? – This article exposes the double-talk of some feminists who claim to want freedom and choices for women. Read this and shake your head with me over comments like this one: “I think highly educated women have a moral obligation to take top positions, to set an example by their choices.” Suddenly they are fine with imposing their morals on other women. Hmmm….

Too cool for school – Here’s a list of six things you aren’t allowed to do in school that are actually beneficial for learning. This is great information if you homeschool or if you are battling with your kids about how they do their homework. You can’t change the rules at school, but you can rethink what you do at home.

More deep truth from Tim Hawkins – this is new from Tim. This bit shot right to the top of my favorites from him.

While you were being a good mom 8/26/2011

I have really enjoyed collecting links to share with everyone. Here’s a fresh batch I gathered up this week while you were wondering what that shaking was and getting back in the swing of things.

Earthquake humor – Did you feel it? I didn’t. I am sad that I missed it and happy to be able to joke about it. These are some funny tweets that went out after the earthquake.

Parental Guidance –  I think I was born a mom. While my friends were singing along to Grease, I was watching and thinking how wrong the whole ending was. I believe in the beauty of having a shared pop culture with your kids and watching classic movies can be a big part of that. Just be sure to do your job and point out some of the seriously flawed messages found in all the fun. Be sure to click on page two to see all the bad movie messages, some of which never occurred to me.

Half Aborted – This article is from Slate. If you are not familiar with Slate, it is the blog for the Washington Post. The folks at Slate are usually so openly liberal that I can barely stand to read their headlines. In an effort to stay informed from all sources, I read Slate from to time. This article shocked me with its candid coverage of the hypocrisy that surfaces when the topic of elective reduction abortions is discussed, even among staunchly pro-choice advocates. As the writer says, “It exposes the equality between the offspring we raise and the offspring we abort.”

Alexa Meade – In this age of instant press for any new idea, seeing something truly new is getting very rare. This artwork was entirely new to me and  I love that it was created with the same tools that were always available. All that was needed was the creativity  and skill to change things up in a big way.

While you were being a good mom 8/19/2011

This week was back-to-school time for most of us. Back-to-school for us means cracking down on the schedule and really trying to hit the books. We do school throughout the summer here but in a laid-back way. I have a 1st-grader, a 3rd-grader, a 6th-grader, and 10th-grader, and two in college. It didn’t seem daunting until I just typed that out. I managed to start school and find some great links this week. Here’s what I found while you were going back to school.

I hate tip lists – I am so tired of repetitive, uninspired lists of household tips that we have all read multiple times. I once read one that suggested using a different colored toothbrush for each member of the family! I ran to my husband right away with the news that we would no longer have to guess whose toothbrush was whose. So, I was impressed by this list with many ideas I had never seen before. They get really good around #19. Now, if I can just remember them when I need them.

Birth control pills and your love life – I have always been opposed to birth control pills for several personal reasons. Mostly, they make me feel like a crazy lady. This article brings up some problems I had never thought of and they are considerable. Now, I don’t believe in the strictly scientific approach to attraction and love between men and women found in this piece. I do think toying with hormones is a dangerous game. I have often wondered if the fruit on the forbidden tree was some sort of estrogen-based plant life. And to never have the um…great feelings that go along with ovulation once a month….no thank you.

Hand-written emails –  My handwriting is really not worth seeing but I love knowing that this is possible.

37 ways to Love One Another – this is a great list of the Bible verses about loving one another. Each one is daunting and humbling but Love is a command after all.

This kid’s got skills – I was sure this video would go viral on Facebook before I could share it, but I haven’t seen it out there yet. Even though I don’t recognize some of the songs, the mom in me is proud of his use of nerd skills that give him so much swagger while he plays. Watch him win over the cynical boys to the right of the screen.

While you were being a good mom 8/12/2011

My week has flown by. How about yours? I got a new (to me) laptop this week and it is great to be portable and modern. I spent more time online this week, which is great for the Friday link-sharing party! Here is what I found while you were molding and scolding the leaders of tomorrow.

Mosquitoes –   Between the extreme heat and the mosquitoes, summer is just not fun anymore. According to this article, the answer lies in the bottom of your clothes hamper.

Lamentations of the Father –as in the father of a household, but it works for mothers as well. I read this before there was a world wide web to share it. It is timeless and hilarious and I find myself thinking of its contents often. It is long but you can add it to Favorites and savor it on the days when the kids are really getting to you.

the problem with romance in films

Romantic pornography – This is a contradiction in terms at first glance but the writer is trying to warn us against the emotional porn found in romantic comedies and novels. I thought I was immune until I read this. Ridiculous romance is not limited to Fabio and his bodice-wearing babes.

Now for some laughs –  Please don’t let me offend you by laughing at this video. If the people in it were trying to spread the Gospel, I would never laugh at them, no matter how awkward they are. I have researched it and found that they are from a California cult that encourages New Age and positive thinking with a dangerous mix of church-speak. When I first saw it I thought, no wonder people are scared of Christians if they think this is what we are like at church! Sorry to all my Facebook friends who saw this long ago. For me, it never gets old.

While you were being a good mom 8/5/2011

Here’s this Friday’s link sharing party. I wondered if I could keep this up, but I have had no trouble running into weird and entertaining, challenging and point-making stuff on the Web this week. Here’s what I was doing while you were being awesome.

Too much time on her hands – this site blew my mind. Definitely look at everything in the From Scratch section and then check out the other works of art if you dare. One is called “Tooth and Nail” so consider that your warning. I loved the moth and the lightbulb also.



Tim Challies –  I read this blog every day. His blog provided the inspiration for this feature on my blog. This article shows us how our attitudes can be patterned after God’s when we are dealing with people who are set against us. God woos us back to Him, so we should also attempt to win those who hurt others because they are hurting.

Tim Hawkins! –  Honestly I stalk Tim Hawkins so badly that I thought I had run out of new things to see. I saw him live with a group of friends at the South Carolina Home School Convention. I thought I would never recover. Here is a new clip that cracked me up.

Netflix Relief Fund –  Ok, this one hurt a little.  I did a lot of griping when Netflix raised their prices so this video is directed at me. I’m trying to be a good sport and take a joke.