Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Stuff I'm Diggin'

Today's post is just a mish-mash of stuff that I am doing/reading/liking these days. No deep introspection, just sharing!

Blogs & Pages from people I don't know, but kinda wish I did
I currently have a blogcrush on  Siriously Delicious. Since Allie hasn't posted anything on Hyperbole and a Half since October 2011 (I know, she who lives in glass blog shouldn't throw stones), I needed a new blogcrush. Siriously Delicious is it. She's funny, she makes delicious food that makes me half think about cooking like a proper adult and she just finished a 3 day baking stint. Yum!

Parenting Illustrated with Crappy Pictures is also one of my new favorites. Every time I log onto this blog I find myself clicking through and nodding along with her posts because it is eerily similar to my life. I swear she lives in my head. I also find myself quoting "Kids wake-up with energy. Kids wake-up with loudness." quite frequently.

This year we're giving Square Foot Gardening a whirl. We shall see how that all goes. I have this worry that because we're actually trying to be knowledgeable about our garden and not just throwing seedlings in willy nilly, our garden will not grow this year. I am, however, super excited about my seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.

Blogs & Pages from moms I actually know:
Raising my Rainbow is a super awesome mom's adventures in raising her gender nonconforming son. She's witty and smart and deals with touchy, difficult situations in brutally honest, sometimes painful and often hilarious ways.

My friend Kristi not only has her wonderful blog Mommy Crib Notes, but has recently become the editor of Milkshake Kids which is a FABULOUS resource for parents. Lots of great advice, information and suggestions for all things kid related. It is also focused on giving back, which is totally rad!

Little Man's God-Mama, Wendy,  has an awesome online boutique called Petals and Panache where she sells her HANDMADE head wear. She somehow manages to produce beautiful work, market her product, sell in both on-line and in-store boutiques AND she does this whilst two adorable and energetic little girls are in her house. I'm not sure how she does it! Seriously, this stuff is GORGEOUS. I am quite in love this and have been for quite some time, but haven't had any fancy occasions which merited such delightful hair accoutrement.

Last, but certainly not least, is Joy's Teaspoon nummy teas, and I'm not even a tea drinker. I highly recommend Emporer's 7 Treasures. It is delish. Not only does the proprietor Naomi sell amazing teas and spices, but she does it with the Earth in mind. That is something I can get behind!

Books and Such
At any one given time, I am "reading" about 3-10 books. I love books, I'm " invariably interested in so many things" so I'm usually trying to consume everything I can all at once. In a combination of paper books and Kindle/Nook books, here's what I'm reading right now.

(Disclaimer: I am now an Amazon Affiliate, so if you click on these links & buy, I get a small kick-back. That isn't why I'm posting about them, but I want to make sure you know!)

The Backyard Homestead -- Because in my mind, we're going to become Suburban Agriculturalists who live off of our tiny (someday) yard and/or garden plot. It is actually really interesting and has me jazzed to learn the art of canning and preserving my garden bounty this year!

The Urban Homestead -- The authors actually live in Los Angeles, so that is pretty inspiring, considering its proximity to where we live.

Pat Welsh's Southern California Organic Gardening  -- it has been my go-to helper in the garden ever since I checked it out of the library last summer. Fret not, I returned that copy and bought one for my Kindle app.

Carrots Love Tomatoes: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening -- I have been pouring over this book, trying to get the layout of the garden just right. At one point I, frustratedly, likened companion planting to those horrible logic questions on the GRE that I was crap at. "If carrots like tomatoes and tomatoes like onions and broccoli likes onions, but not tomatoes and you have a broccoli plant smack-dab in the middle of your plot, where do you plant the tomatoes?"

1-2-3 Magic -- Dr. Phelan's fairly no-nonsense, no yelling, no hitting guide for disciplining your unruly beasts. Once we get through it, we're gonna be champs! (We have been watching the DVD and Dr. Phelan is actually pretty funny!)

It Looked Different on the Model  -- Laurie Notaro never fails to make me HOWL with laughter. I once made the mistake of reading one of her books on a plane and ended up looking like I was having convulsions whilst weeping because I was trying so hard to stifle my laughter.

I'm also simultaneously reading Sunset Magazine (this month is all about gardening) and Real Simple. Oh and I make time for the TV too... New Girl. You must watch it.

Okay, so that is what I'm diggin'...


  1. Because of this post I checked out the 1-2-3 Magic dvd from the library. Watched it Thursday, night implemented Friday night. Saturday had many tearful timeouts. At dinner Sky started sweeping rice on the ground. That's 1! "I no wanna timeout" and she stopped. Hooray!

    1. AWESOME!! I am glad to hear that it is working for you. I LOVE it and have found that a LOT of our issues can be solved with "that's 1."


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