I have found some really good websites, blogs, posts, and articles recently, and I want to share them with you.
Websites and Blogs
- The Simple Dollar - this entire blog is a wonderful resource for those seeking better ways to manage their money. I'll be adding this one to my Favorite Haunts and stopping by often!
- Hinds Feet on High Places - a mother of 10 children shares her reflections and her life
- Inspired Spaces - since I enjoy Antique Mommy's thought-provoking posts filled with wit and humor, I was excited when I stumbled across her new blog. I was even more excited, however, to realize that this is a completely different kind of blog, one devoted to interior design, and let me tell you, it is great! Apparently, Antique Mommy worked as an interior designer until she had her son. She loves designing and plans to return to it some day. "Until Sean is older, this space here will be my Inspired Spaces, where I will talk about interior design – how to get that high-end look on a low-end budget, your design dilemmas, getting a house ready for market, managing your relationship with your builder or contractor, inspired new products on the market for your house and all things related to home design. If you have a design question, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll answer it here!"
- Jan Brett.com - apparently, Jan Brett is a children's author. (and illustrator?) I am not familiar with her books, but her website offers "4,138 pages of free activities, coloring pages, and projects." Wow! What a find! My friend Karen of Little Fun; Little Learning introduced me to janbrett.com by way of her post, "Jan Brett's Word Family Charts." I cannot believe these absolutely beautiful charts are free! I am printing all of them off for Pookie Bear and plan to explore the rest of the site.
- Mamasource - this is a neat community devoted to moms. To join, you must live in the US, but if you are able to join, you will receive an area-specific daily digest containing questions from other moms in your area, updates on previously-answered situations, links to mom-owned businesses, and updates on new member perks being offered.
- Sarah Jane Studios - oh, but Sarah Jane is talented! Her business description says, "Illustrating Childhood," and she accomplishes that goal perfectly. Her illustrations are tenderly drawn and colored and make me think of the original Winnie-the-Pooh illustrations or the Beatrix Potter illustrations. They are so deliciously childish in the best kind of way. I like Sarah Jane's blog, too, and enjoy reading about her everyday life in between getting sneak peeks at new projects.
- Sheye Rosemeyer Photography - more than a gallery of absolutely beautiful photographs, Sheye's blog also chronicles her everyday life, including the tragic loss of her 3 year old daughter a year ago (Ava's memorial site is here) and her journey since then.
- "I Chose You" by Holly of Seeking Faithfulness not only sums up the feelings that prompted my post "Financially Irresponsible?" but also focuses on the love she has for her children rather than on the irritations found in others' responses to those children.
- Holly also wrote a series of posts addressing "The Art and Science of Managing Many Little Ones." As a mother of 8, her words come from experience. *smile* This a a 4-part series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.
- In my recent post, "Good Stewardship," I mentioned that global warming is a politically-driven cause, not a scientific one. I enjoyed reading Newsmax.com's article, "Global Warming? New Data Shows Ice Is Back."
- The Simple Dollar doesn't just talk about hard, cold cash or stocks and bonds. For example, the investing in yourself series talks about feeling good, socializing and networking, mental and spiritual health, exercise, and many more topics. The premise is that being a good steward involves more than just managing your money.
- [Oh, I can't believe I left this one out in my original version of this post!] I've always felt inadequate when speaking with people who have lost a loved one, but now I have a better idea of what to do and say. Tiffany at Snapshots of Life suffered the loss of her newborn daughter. From her experience, she shares 13 Things to Say or Do To Help a Grieving Parent. Her tips can be used to help anyone who has suffered a loss, not just a parent who has lost a child. She also wrote a Grief Wish List that speaks specifically to those attempting to comfort a parent who has lost a child.