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A Little Link Love

I haven’t shared links with Family Resource readers and I don’t know why I haven’t! At least, not the links of some of my favorite blogs.

Ever wonder what happened to Jennifer Chait, my predecessor? You can find her at Tree Hugging Family (and that is only ONE of her many blogs!)

Do you love tea or coffee? Then you really need to head over to Kettle and Cup, the newest blog in my love list.

You’ve read my posts on thrift, but why not take a jaunt to Junk Creation. You will find some interesting ideas there.

Of course, one blog I visit each and every day is Freelance Writing Jobs.

And who doesn’t like to hunt ghosts? Wee Ghosties is a fun place to learn more about Ghosthunting!

Check them out and say you found them here!

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Family Resource Myspace!

Did you know that the Family Resource Blog has a Myspace page?

To add Family Resource Blog to your Myspace Friends, just visit:
Family Resource Blogger

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Wednesday Works

Looking For Jobs

So many parents are working at home these days. Thanks to the internet we can stay home, take care of the kids, or spend time with our partners without that daily nine to five grind. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge into working at home, I’m going to be linking to some opportunities here each Wednesday. Don’t think that staying home means lounging in your jammies and eating bon-bons, because here’s the honest truth…

If you are going to stay at home and work, be it freelance writing or sewing your own designer diaper line, you will have to work, work, work. Keeping up with clients, meeting deadlines, posting and selling product. You will probably work harder than you ever did outside of the home, but it can be the most satisfying feeling in the world to know you are working for yourself.

This week I offer some links to freelance writing jobs. Two links are to collections of jobs and two are to single postings I have found to be encouraging.


Deb Ng’s Freelance Job Blog

Telecommuting Jobs

Banks.Com Writing Job

A Blogging Contest

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Great Family Blogs

Here at the Family Resource blog I try to keep our readers up to date with all of the latest and greatest resources and news for families everywhere. I also know that there are many great blogs that are trying to do the same thing we do; day in and day out. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite family minded blogs with you. A great treat if you’re looking for some new cool family reads…

Karen at Thrifty Mommy delivers pretty much what you might expect based on the name of her blog – a heaping helping of great thrift-friendly tips for the family. A perfect read for families on a tight budget.

Cranky Fitness is perfect for families who are sick of common fitness advice. The cool blogger running this site is in fact, not very cranky. She actually pretty nice to her readers (who love her by the way). This blogger reviews scientific studies and health news so you don’t have to – with a dash of good humored opinions tossed in for flavoring. Check it out you’ll love it.

The Joyfully Rejoycing blog is very cool. Covering topics from alternative education to parenting with respect. Peaceful parenting is encourage and happy kids are the result. One of the best things about this blog is it’s super collection of links – that all connect you to more peaceful parenting resources.

Now at A Boy and His Blog is a momma with some unique but always insightful and funny views. Good for mom’s who need a nice break in their busy day.

Get Green Things: According to the mama who runs this blog, “Do Green Things. It is that easy. I do it, you should too.? This green mama homeschools and tries to keep everyone up to date on green issues that can make your home and world a better place.

Confessions of a Working Mom is a gem of a blog written by “Working Mom? and has been going for ages. “Mom? is a fun blogger who blogs honest and real issues regarding family life; both it’s ups and downs.

Do you need to get your family home (or office) in order? I sure as heck could use some help. At Declutter It, blogger Julie offers helpful hints and good solid advice for keeping your home running just a bit more smoothly. Visit now and you’ll be in good shape (well, your house will) in no time.

The Barenaked Family is one of my all time favorites on the web. This family sold all their stuff and hopped in an RV to travel the country. They’re basically shouting out to families everywhere that more time should be spent as a family. Very cool family, cool site, you’ll love them.

Days Like These is an interesting blog by a neat mom to a teenager and a toddler (and you thought you had it rough) this mom keeps her humor and is spontaneous, outspoken, and fun. If anything you have to see the cute pictures she’s got posted on her blog.

Don’t worry I’ve got a blog for you crafty families too. Yarns And Musings is another good mama blog – but this mama’s got it bad – for yarn, wool, crochet thread and other crafty items. If you’re into knitting you have to visit.

Calling all family travelers! The Family Travel blog covers kid friendly travel and where to go and what to do once you get there.

Expecting? Newly a parent? The Pregnancy & Baby blog has everything you need — tips, news, cool baby clothing, pregnancy nutrition, conception, baby names and way more. If it’s about babies, parenting, or pregnancy they’ve got it. A must visit for new, experienced, and everywhere in between parents.

Last but certainly not least, Dear Myrtle, otherwise known as “your friend in genealogy? The blogs tag line, “Practical, down-to-earth advice for family historians since 1995? and this blog means business. If genealogy is your thing or you wish it were visit and learn from years of experience. Perfect for any family planning a family tree or who want to learn more about their roots.

That’s a fairly big (but cool) round-up. This should give you enough new blogs for a good long while. Unless your a blog addict like me and then you should be good for oh, say about a week.

And now that I’ve shared some great family blogs it’s your turn… Who do you like to read? Are there any blogs your family can’t live without?

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A Little Something if You’re Bored..

I have become addicted to checking out the Mammarazzi website at least a thousand times a day… The ladies over there have started out 2007 with a bang - but don’t let that stop you from indulging in their archives.  You’ll be sooooo pleased you did!

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ch ch ch changes….

Hold on.  I can’t concentrate.  This flitty, flirty “music” on NPR is making my nose bleed.  Gah.. Who’s the douche that picks this crap.  There is good classical music, for christ’s sake!  Need to change the channel.. NOW. freakin lame world… grumble grumble grumble…….. 

Ok.. There see. I just typed what I was thinking and did not alter anything to make me look like a better person than I am - not even the grumble grumble part.. When did I become this grousing grump of a person? WHEN!?!  It seems, these days, that this (”this” meaning my overwhelmingly and alarmingly worn out, tired, overwhelmed, sour demeanor) is the norm and I want it to stop. 

I am evaluating my habits.  Here’s what I have come up with.  I am not eating right.  I don’t drink enough water.  I don’t get enough exercise.  I don’t get enough sleep.  All of those things add up to a very icky me.   

Today I turn over a new leaf.  I start fresh.  I found a great website that I think any of you ladies, mothers or not, could benefit from.  Check out Dr. Weil - I have been an avid follower of his work since I was in high school, until recently.  He is a brilliant combination of homeopathic, natural healing as well as a trained modern day doc - it’s called integrative medicine and I think it is brilliant.  He talks a lot about proper eating and how to live up to your optimal health.  These are matters that I have always been passionate about and very interested in learning more about. With kids, it has become a bit harder to focus on myself and how my body is functioning - obviously not to positvie recults. He even has a section about how to age gracefully.  It’s never to early to start thinking about that.  And with all my grumpiness, the last thing I feel is graceful.  I think I could use a little help.

You can sign up for his newsletter and fill out a personal survey that will bring you personal helath advice every week - it is called his Optimal Health Program.  I’ll keep you posted on how I am progressing and what proves to work for me.

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Last day.. last.. day…

Last day of fall break.. Taking lots of deep breaths and counting to ten.. one hundred.. five thousand… How did I become so incapable of having both of my children home at once? good lord.

But. A little something that has eased my tension. Go to Pandora. Create your own radio station and play it. Play it loud. Dance around. Sing at the top of your lungs. It’s a killer site and has made at least part of our day much more chilled out. You can even create a seperate station that your kids can call their own.


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Intelligent Reading - For a Good Cause

My friend Jon clued me into this website.  You should all go check it out.  It has some very well written articles - everything from current political affairs to literature and art. 

The best part is if you subscribe 100% of your money goes to a charity of your choosing.  Word.  So far they have reached $142,000 with 7,133 subscribers.  Check it out. 

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Fun Free Time

If you ever have a few moments to piddle around on the internet check out It’s pretty hilarious. Lots of slangy terms that most of us aging gen Xers have cultivated through the last twenty years or so have made their way to this somewhat cultish website.

Another fun site - two actually - are blogs that I have become utterly addicted to reading every day. Two women, both mothers, set the record straight on a day to day basis regarding the fact that it is explicitly hard/hilarious to be an educated and “eclectic” person in the world of parenting and marriage. Right now, Lindsay of Suburban Turmoil, is in a heated discussion with the rather disturbing forces of glitz pageants for young girls. A good read through and through. Seriously. It’s funny stuff.


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Children’s Health - Five Easy Steps

I was tipped off about a really good website that give parents trying to maintain a standard of health and wellness for their kids a basic foundation on which to stand.  The Blue Butterfly Campaign, developed by the Children’s Health Environmental Coalition, is working in conjunction with science and government to develope and regulate health standards for kids. 

THE BLUE BUTTERFLY CAMPAIGN is an initiative to help spread the word about the 5 Easy Steps to a Healthier Home that everyone can easily follow to create a cleaner, healthier environment for their children.

The Children’s Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children’s health.

Our ultimate goal is to eliminate children’s exposure to man-made toxic substances by ensuring everyone’s right-to-know what is in their air, food, water and commercial products. We are working to achieve this goal through increased scientific research, government policies which are more protective of children, and educating and mobilizing individuals — like you — around the country. Visit the CHEC website:

CHEC’s MISSION is to educate parents and all those concerned with the welfare of children about preventable health and development problems caused by exposures to toxic substances in homes, schools and communities and to empower the public to take action to protect children against these toxic threats.

CHEC’s GOALS are to:

  • Create awareness of preventable, environmental risks to children’s health.
  • Help people learn about safer practices and products.
  • Encourage the public to adopt these safer products and practices.
  • Change government and corporate policies to protect children from environmental hazards.

Some of the information is basic, but at the very least, it gives parents something to stand behind and rely on when it comes to everyday decision making for their homes and families. 

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