Thankfulness Day 9

Today I am thankful for the internet. I know it sounds cheesy, but I am. I’m thankful for the many blogs I read that inspire me in my marriage, my mommyhood, and my cooking. I’m thankful for things like email and Facebook that make it so easy to stay in touch with friends and family. Pinterest is just fun. And Big Man and I really enjoy our Netflix subscription. I know there’s a lot of bad stuff out there on the internet, but there are good things too, and I’m very thankful for all those good parts of the internet.

Sample Saturday

Good Morning! Here’s this week’s post roundup!

Kisses and Kiddos

Are Boys Growing up Without Men? – To Love, Honor, and Vacuum takes a look at how an increasingly female-dominated society can be harmful to boys. There’s also some great commenting on this post and a couple links to additional posts on the subject.

Finding Time for Mom - I love this idea from The Confident Mom to have a go-to list of relaxing things to do and how to carve out a little mommy downtime during the day.

What Would it Take?- The Generous Wife has a really thought-provoking post about how to work through the more difficult parts of the marriage relationship.

Yumminess

Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Onions - This recipe from Add a Pinch looks like a great twist on the usual mayo-based side dish. Plus, it has bacon!

Peanut Butter Fudge Cake - I’m generally a bake-from-scratch girl, but sometimes I enjoy a “dressed up mix” recipe. This treat from The Cookbook Queen looks delicious.

French Onion Soup Sandwiches- Joy the Baker has taken this classic soup and turned it into a beautiful sandwich, a perfect recipe for a rainy spring day.

Milkshake Roundup - Check out That’s What We Said for this great list of yummy shakes and smoothies. The S’Mores Shake looks soooo good!

Just for Fun and Giggles

How to Paint a Faux Copper Patina- This is a really cool step-by-step lesson from EPBOT for all you crafty types out there on how to take an ordinary figurine and make it look all aged and interesting.

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Movie Music – The God, Guts, and Glory blog has a fun and geeky list of cool music from sci-fi and fantasy movies. It includes some of the all-time great scores (like LOTR) and also some individual tracks, which is nice if you are looking to round-out your playlist with sometime a little bit different.

And here’s a final giggle for you.

Enjoy your weekend!

Sample Saturday

Good Morning, and Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you have some fun things planned for your weekend (Big Man and I get to see Avengers today!). There was lots of bloggy goodness this week. (Yes, “bloggy” is a word. I added it to my dictionary to get rid of the squiggly red line.)   Here are some of my favorites.

Kisses and Kiddos

Lessons from Photography: See Beauty Differently- This lovely post is from a new-to-me blog, Lattes and Love. I really appreciated the reminder to seek out beauty in the everyday things and find a different way to view the world around me.

You Might be a Fundamentalist If – This is a “heavier” post than I usually include in Sample Saturday, but it was really challenging to me and covers an important subject. I definitely struggle with being a fundamentalist and this post was a good reminder to be more concerned with loving like Jesus did and less concerned with being right.

The Four F’s of Summer Parenting- The Confident Mom shares some practical tips for summer parenting when your kids are off school.

Changing Yourself – Excellent food for thought over at Assume Love about the right way to encourage your spouse to change.

Yumminess

Huevos Rancheros - Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with this classic breakfast treat, and check out the recipe and beautiful photos over at Annie’s Eats.

Bacon-Chipotle Guacamole - Bacon + Avocados + Chips = Snacktime WIN! Thanks to Pink Parsley for this amazing recipe.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Whoopie Pies - Cookies & Cups takes traditional whoopie pies to a whole new level with cookie dough filling.

Blackberry Sparklers - Check out this sweet, summery mocktail over at That’s What We Said.

Just for Fun and Giggles

Art Smiles - There’s a fun (and geeky) gallery of cool artwork over at the EPBOT blog.

The Judgment Olympics – What better way to prepare for this year’s summer games than to see a list of the medal-worthy events in the sport of judging people? This post is classic SCL: hilarious, but with a good bite of honest satire.

For those of you who enjoy reading flow-charts (I do), here’s one that is incredibly efficient

Source: Little White Lion, via Pinterest

And here’s a bonus funny, just because!

Enjoy your weekend!