I hope you're having a good week. I hope you haven't been affected by any of the hurricanes in the Pacific.
Here are fun things I've found for your reading and listening pleasure this week, so pull up a chair and grab a drink:
Okay, if you've ever owned a Barbie doll or harbor Barbie doll fantasies, you've gotta see this line of shoes.
Dress Your Home on the Cheap:
Home decor is not exactly my wheelhouse but when I do look for furnishings, I don't like to spend a lot of money. Here are 50 finds under $50
Recipes to Blow Your Taste Buds:
I'm Facebook friends with the lady who owns the preschool that Mr. 12 attended back in the day. She shared this recipe today and I can't wait to try it. I'm all about butternut squash, even more so if it involves cheese and pasta, which are two of the four essential food groups. 🙂
Are you childless by choice and tired of defending yourself? This should shut people up.
Beauty: (Technically, also a life skill)
This quiz about your ideal nail color isn't very scientific but take it anyway. I got "maroon" or "indigo." What color did you get?
Raise your hand if you had a crush on Rick Springfield back in the '80's. I did however I might have changed my tune if I had realized he was around my father's age. Anyhoo, Mr. Springfield turned 66 last week! And he also starred in the latest Meryl Streep movie, Ricki and the Flash. And apparently Mr. Springfield has been busy acting and writing bestselling books since the 80's. I always assume celebrities crawl into a closet where they sit on a shelf, covered in dust, waiting to be discovered again after their 15 minutes of fame evaporates.
How well do you speak cat? Even if you've had a lifetime of cat roomies, you may still be missing out on essential lingo. For example, the only time I lived without a cat was college and yet, I only scored a 58 percent in the How Well Do You Speak Cat quiz. [bctt tweet="I have Basic Cat Language Skills, which means I can order a coffee in a cat cafe."]
J.K. Rowling got a whole bunch of people reading again with her Harry Potter series. Here's a list of ideas for more books to read if you loved Harry Potter.
Do you have a blog? Do you know about Darren Rowse who created problogger.net? Well, he's created a podcast*, which is immensely helpful. I think he's on episode 39. I suggest you give it a listen. In most of the podcasts, Darren gives you a list of steps to take to improve your blog. The podcast is free. There's also a book, which I think has a fee.
Speaking of podcasts, are you using the native podcasts app on your iPhone or iPad? You really should be using an app like Overcast: Podcast Player*, which says it has features like as Smart Speed, Voice Boost, and Smarter Playlists to help you listen to more podcasts in more places, try new shows, and completely control your experience. I want to try Overcast because I enjoy podcasts but I often find them difficult to navigate or manage.
Tell me what stuff you've gotta share this week 🙂