For Your Weekend | Olympic Fever Edition

For Your Weekend | Olympic Fever Edition

Sign of Olympic fever…snapping Olympic athletes!

When the Rio Olympics began over a week ago, I thought I would be able to resist the call of USA chants, worrying over athletes’ performances I never even knew until the tear jerking stories narrated by Bob Costas, and the over the top spectacles of the opening ceremonies. 

 I failed miserably and darn it, caught myself a full blown case of Olympic fever!

So, for all things Olympic, here’s amazing and funny links to help you through the final weekend of the Rio Olympics!

Usain Bolt is the fastest man on Earth, but these 15 amazing facts about him may surprise you!

For example, Usain Bolt has never run a full mile, ever.

Speaking of Usain Bolt’s amazing times, this gal has figured out how she can beat Bolt’s world record!  

Wonder just how hard those high tech swimsuits are to wear? Click here For the 411!

Forget Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Usain Bolt, this US athlete is the greatest athlete in the world you never heard of and won his second gold medal in the decathlon.

His name is Ashton Eaton | image via The Washington Post

And, my list would be incomplete without a mention of all the women’s athlete fashion!

First, can we talk about the women’s glorious hairstyles ?

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for the win representing her country’s colors!

I’m in love with all the braids, color dips and imaginative styles these fierce women athletes are rocking on the track and field. I marvel that these women can win gold medals and break world, Olympic and personal best records whilst sporting such intricate and seemingly heavy hairdos!  You go girl!!

Even though the track and field women have center stage for the most amazing hairstyles, don’t worry about the women in swim caps or utilitarian ponytails. 

The Olympic nail art game is strong with all the women athletes!!

Italy’s Silvia Di Pietro’s nails are winning!

Finally, Simone Biles’ sparkly patriotic eyeliner is insane!

So much sparkly USA goodness! | image via Cosmopolitan

Simone already sparkles but the extra eyeliner sends her over the top!  Again, my tears just well up thinking about glitter so close to her eyeballs and how she could compete!

What’s been your favorite moment or athlete from the Rio Olympics?  I’d love to hear about it!


For Your Weekend | First Official Weekend of Summer Edition

For Your Weekend | First Official Weekend of Summer Edition

Unexpected treasure discovered on a recent morning walk


Hello Summer (officially)!

Although we’ve been experiencing weather here in southern Kentucky more like the dog days of summer than the first bloom of summer, I’m still greeting it with a huge grin, because summer!   

I hope y’all are keeping cool and chill in your neck of the woods!  Here are some fab weekend links for you to peruse as you hangout poolside!

LOL for all Christians
 
The Babylon Bee
Oh my. I stumbled upon this website via Twitter this week and I believe it may be another means of grace!  As its tag line states “The Babylon Bee is Your Trusted Source for Christian News Satire”.  I laughed until I cried. I don’t know who’s behind this satirical website on all things Christian, but bravo, bravo #allthepraisehands !!
I heart QEII!!

Queen Elizabeth II Classed Up Twitter

I love all things British.  I love Queen Elizabeth II (QE II).  I love Twitter.  So I especially loved that QE II tweeted her first official tweet this week and as you might expect, her tweet was very proper and adorable!

I mean, digital messages! #slayed

A Mother’s Prayer for Teens

Parenting is hard.  Parenting a teen is not for the weak.  To help you in your teenage parenting journey, I give you Jen Hatmaker’s concise perfect prayer:

We pray in agreement, dear Lord…


Mary DeMuth’s article on Predators
Mary DeMuth’s article on 13 Traits of Predatory People should be required reading. Predators aren’t always child molesters or physical abusers.  Predators can be verbally and psychologically abusive as well. This list is insightful and spot on.  

I’d love to hear what’s making you laugh or think this week!  Join me in the comments to keep the conversation going!

For Your Weekend | School’s Out Edition

For Your Weekend | School’s Out Edition

Sweet Summer is upon us!
 
Yes!!! Students shouted all across schools in the US as they finally reach the last day.  

Help!!

Almost simultaneously yelled by parents everywhere upon the reality that school’s out for summer!

Don’t panic…here’s a great linkup to help ease both you and your kids into summertime!

Enjoy the blue skies!
And, most importantly this summer, eat the cake!!! 

There is a scrumptious German chocolate cake underneath the whipped cream!!
      For Your Weekend | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

      For Your Weekend | Memorial Day Weekend Edition

      Before we celebrate a three day weekend, let’s stop and remember why we have this upcoming Monday  holiday. 

      Many soldiers over our nation’s history have given their lives for our freedom. If you’re ever in Washington, DC, make time to visit Arlington National Cemetery.  There’s a Metro stop right at its entrance. 

      I’ve visited Arlington several times.  I’m never quite fully prepared for the physical sight of acres of white soldiers’ tombstones on gently rolling hills. 

      While often used as a set backdrop, these tombstones are real.  And more likely than not, you’ll come across a funeral in progress, a sobering reminder that soldiers are still dying for our freedom. 

      So pray for those families who have lost their family member. Give thanks for our freedom. 

      The Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery
      So enjoy our freedom and celebrate it.

      Here are your weekend links!

      Summer offically begins with a stack of awesome books!

      I religiously read Anne Bogel’s blog  Modern Mrs. Darcy.  Anne publishes a summer reading guide and I love her recommendations! 

      Grab your own copy of her 2016 Summer Reading Guide here.  

      Help Parenting Teenagers!  Last week I tipped y’all off to a new favorite podcast, The Lazy Genius, and I have to highlight an episode I listened to this week about parenting teens.

      Kendra chatted with Meg Duerksen for almost 90 minutes about dealing with a rebellious teen. I loved this real, encouraging conversation that parents need to hear! I’m so glad Kendra didn’t cut off the conversation at 30 minutes.  Just real honest advice from a mom of five who’s lived it and living through it still. 

      Coldplay’s on Snapchat!

      end of Coldplay’s concert in Barcelona

      I’m a Snapchat junkie, goofing with their silly filters more than a grown woman should be!

      Exhibit 1: My abuse of Snapchat !

      When I found out this week that Coldplay is on Snapchat and documenting their stadium concerts, I flipped out!  If you love Snapchat and Coldplay, you’ll flip too!
      Hope you have a great Memorial Day Weekend!

      For Your Weekend | Mid May Edition

      For Your Weekend | Mid May Edition

      Around here, it’s time for graduations!

      Graduation time again!
      So here a few quick

      links to help you between the end of year activities, recitals, concerts, graduations, proms and field days!

      Jen Hatmaker’s husband has written a new book!

      This book speaks to what your heart needs to hear!

      Brandon Hatmaker’s book A Mile Wide launches September 13th, but you can preorder it here.

      Ai Weiwei’s Instagram

      Ai Weiwei is a Chinese contemporary artist and political activist. I was first blown away by his work several years ago when I saw his exhibit “According to What?” At the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.

      Ai Weiwei’s art provokes strong emotions…

      I love following his Instagram. Lately, he’s been in Greece documenting the Syrian refugee crisis as well as his new exhibit..

      A riff on his famous photo of breaking a Ming vase

      Whether you agree with his political view is beside the point.  Ai Weiwei is genius for making his art make the viewer react and think. 

      The Lazy Genius Podcast

      So much fun!

      Podcasts are a must during drive/chore/exercise time and Kendra Adachi’s Lazy Genius makes all of these so much better!  I love her mantra “Be genius about the things that matter and lazy about the things that don’t.”

      What’s getting you through the last of school activities?

      For Your Weekend | Super Bowl Weekend Edition

      For Your Weekend | Super Bowl Weekend Edition

      Yes…it’s Super Bowl time again and it’s an epic matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  Here’s your cheat sheet before you hit the Super Bowl party.  

      The old quarterback (Bronco’s Peyton Manning vs. the new kid (Panther’s Cam Newton) makes it interesting. Who can deny big love for Peyton Manning….

       

      Peyton Manning in State Farm commercials
       
      …giving himself a pep talk to his bobblehead.  

      But the kid Cam can catch some attention himself… 

      Mr. Fancypants in nearly $900 Versace pants
       

      …it takes some guts and apparently a lot of extra cash to pull of this look!!  

      So, you may be able to make your pick based on these two factors alone.  But no…here’s the twist…Michael Oher, who’s life was depicted in The Blind Side plays for the Panthers and this….

      via US Weekly
       
      …basically Sandra Bullock’s son is playing in the Super Bowl!!! All the feels!!  

      I don’t know that I can pick a team to cheer for  but I know the game will be amazing. And if this happens… 

      Go follow @notkennyrogers now!

      …It would make me a happy crying mess!!  But  seriously, go follow Not Kenny Rogers .

      As a huge Coldplay fan, I’m so excited that they’re playing the halftime show!!!  I’ve been listening to their newest album, A Headful of Dreams, nonstop this week!

      And if Super Bowl’s 50th game doesn’t stir you, maybe this story of 5 friends who have attended every single Super Bowl game when tickets the first year cost $10 a piece.  

      Maybe the food is more your thing!  

      This skinny mozzarella sticks recipe from Skinnytaste would be a perfect snack or maybe or dare I suggest my own Super Easy Bowl chicken salad recipe here!

      Or maybe you’ll be watching it for the commercials!

      Hope you have a “super” weekend whatever you decide to do!!  Let me know in the comments!

      For Your Weekend | The Great Snow Melt Edition

      For Your Weekend | The Great Snow Melt Edition

      what a difference a week makes!

      Y’all, we survived Winter Storm Jonas which dumped over a foot of snow in 1 day  in southern Kentucky!  

       I give you Exhibit A for your consideration:

      Holy cow, that’s a lotta snow!!!
       

      If you notice footprints, you’re correct.  After last year’s blizzard, we parked our cars at the top of our driveway before the snow fell.  It was all very Little House on the Prarie.  Let’s just say I’m glad I didn’t live during pioneer days!!  

      But like those hardy pioneers, we have amazing neighbors on our country road who help dig each other’s cars out of the snow drifts or scrape the roads/drives with their tractor plows.  

      So while others may be still digging out or bracing for another snow storm, the great thing about Kentucky is that if you don’t like the weather, just wait a while!  Today it’s supposed to be sunny with a high of 65…degrees…Farenheit!!

      Whether thawing out  or hunkering down, here’s some interesting links for your weekend!

       

      Yes, you need this book!!
       
      1.  Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington is available now!  As part of the Breaking Busy launch team, I received an advance copy and so can I say this…it is a practical road map to help you break busy!  And…Alli has just released a Breaking Busy Digital Toolkit that’s full of great resources!  You can read my review here.  

      Yay!!! image via Coldplay

      2.  Coldplay announces their US tour concert dates! And tickets go on sale next Friday, February 5th!!!

      3. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and this looks like a great no sweet/chocolate idea by Ashley Hacksaw at her blog Lil Blue Blue, Make your own photo pillow.  So cute!!

       

      It’s like that old Reese’s peanut buttercup commercial, when two good things combine!!!!
       

      4. I love listening to podcasts whilst doing house chores and two of my favorite podcasts are The Simple Show hosted by Tsh Oxenrider and Happier hosted by Gretchen Rubin.  My happier quotient went through the roof when I listened to Tsh interview Gretchen on The Simple Show.  You can listen to it here or if you’re used to iTunes Podcast App…find it under The Simple Show.

      So there you go!  How’s your weekend shaping up?  What podcast do you enjoy listening to?  Let me know in the comments!


      For Your Weekend:  Pre-Christmas Links

      Advent Joy

      The Advent candle of Joy’s been lit and yet your in the middle of the…can I say it….grind of Christmas. 

      Maybe you’ve been stuck in horrible traffic, or the checkout lines have been waaaaay too long or the one perfect Christmas gift cannot be found and purchased.

      Take a deep breath….lower the bar (seriously, no one will die if you you don’t do ______this Christmas) and restore your JOY!

      • Alli Worthington’s new book, Breaking Busy, is available January 2016…but you can grab a FREE chapter on breaking busy with holidays here.  You’re welcomed!
      Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington available January 15, 2015!
      • Star Wars has opened and this is for all you Star Wars geeks!! Bill Murray perfectly captures the mood.
      • When crazy calls you up or shows up at your Christmas gathering!    Seriously, drama erupts at holidays and this article  from Psychology Today is a lifeline when family, friends or random strangers try to harsh your Christmas joy.  If you implement these strategies, you will be golden.

      Celebrating Advent joyfully while lowering the bar…how are you  keeping sane this Advent?

        

        For Your Weekend | October 10th Edition

        For Your Weekend | October 10th Edition

        Gorgeous October day…leaves not changing color yet in our woods!

        Here, in my neck of the woods, our leaves have not yet changed…but a temperature drop this weekend will probably trigger our woods’ Fall transformation. 

        Many friends and family are enjoying Fall break and I keep seeing lovely photos from sunny Florida!  So, if you’re enjoying your Fall Break or just a break in temperatures, I hope you also enjoy these weekend links!

        1.  So glad Rob Lowe’s back on TV in the new Fox sitcom The Grinder.  I #literally laughed out loud through the first 2 episodes!  What’s your favorite new fall TV show?

         

        Rob Lowe & Fred Savage…a winning legal combo!! (image via tv guide)
         

        2.  The world didn’t end on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 and the shall remain nameless fringe group is disappointed!  Here’s the thing, followers of Jesus, Jesus Himself told us that no one knows the date or time except God the Father. So, if your leader tells you he does know the date and time of the world’s end, he’s lying, a false prophet, and HAS NOT READ THE BIBLE!

         

        Followers of Jesus, please read Scripture!
         

        3.  Most helpful blog post I read this week…just this from Deidra Riggs guest posting at The Art of Simple.  Also, Deidra’s just released a new book Every Little Thing. Another book I’m adding to my “to read” list!

        image via bakerpublishinggroup.com

        4. Pray for the new House Speaker. Seriously. A few weeks ago I added both the Pope and the New Speaker to my prayer list, and apparently prayers are needed now more than ever!

         

        Keeping the prayers coming!
         

        How’s your weekend shaping up?  What are you into this week?  Let me know in the comments so we can keep the conversation going!!

        For Your Weekend | Fall Edition!

        For Your Weekend | Fall Edition!

        Fall arrives & this photo taken with my newly updated ios 9.01 iPhone update!

        Well, it’s officially Fall & I’m ready for cooler days, crisp apples, hot lattes (not necessarily PSL) and bonfires!  I’m not looking forward to the shorter days though.  

        So, while we still have daylight at 5 pm here in the Central time zone, I bring you the end of September’s links for your weekend enjoyment!
        1.  I love a good statistical chart, especially when it’s all about Anne Hathaway’s movie choices !

         

        via www.fivethirtyeight.com
         

        2. Sometimes we think we’re doing great if we get over something really quickly. Sarah Bessey’s post reminds us that a trauma is not a cocktail story because God’s purpose is for us to share our genuine pain and struggle to reveal Him.

          

        3. Hey y’all…Pope Francis is visiting in the USA and he wants us to pray for him.  So, I added him to my prayer list, along with whoever becomes the new House Speaker!

          

        4. Sunday-Monday night there will be a Blood moon, lunar eclipse and a super moon all at once!  Here’s the  411 on all things moon-related!  Hopefully my neck of the woods will have perfect viewing weather!

         

        via USA Today
         

        Hope you enjoy your first Fall weekend!!