Web Time Wasters!

How was your week, guys? I had The Most Fun catching up with friends from New Zealand and introducing them to the wonders of Minnesota. This weekend, I’m in Wisconsin meeting up with a friend who moved to Chicago. When I found out that Wisconsin has a desert (!!!) I decided we obviously needed to see this place that also happened to be half way between our cities.

Enough about me. What about you, internet? 

I’ve got space for three month hook-up requests in August’s Network of Nice. What do you need help with that’s not Google-able?

I am so insanely jealous of Kyla’s new pet.

A little story about maintaining a friendship across time zones and international borders.

Yes! 5 epics ways to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

Cute! A DIY glitter mason jar.

Jordan relocated for the summer, away from her home and all her ‘stuff’ and is finding it surprisingly easy. I loved this post:

It feels good, and I didn’t expect it to. Kendrick turned to me in bed last night and said, “It’s weird; you seem so relaxed out here and I was expecting you to be so panicked.” I am. And it’s not because we’re “settled in”; I feel more relaxed than I did even before I found out we were moving. At home, it seems like my days so often get tangled up in a haze of plans and rushing and things I have to do and people I have to see and stuff.Here, all we have to do is be with each other, eat when we’re hungry and swim when we’re hot, work when it’s daytime and sleep when it’s night. There are no throw pillows on the bed, so it takes only moments to make in the morning. There are no plants that need watering, or pipes that need fixing, or rooms that need decorating. I don’t have different-sized bowls or specialty knives or a cheese grater, and so I make whatever food I can, and it’s easy and tastes pretty good and that’s all that any of us cares about.

Aren’t these time machine care packages a great idea? Such a good gift for a friend celebrating a big birthday.

Isn’t this clock adorable?

Carly’s been teaching at a school for special needs kids for five years and now she’s helping them raise money to buy a bus. By doing silly things on camera!

I can’t believe someone thought of this cookbook before I did.

Are these pants worth $168?

Is something more important because it can be measured?

YES. What I Instagrammed vs. What Is Really Happening.

Related: are we friends on Instagram?

Things to eat/bake/cook: frozen desserts, frozen raspberry champagne, braised radishes, fire shots.

I loved this story about people actually talking to strangers and how if affected their day.

Dr. Epley and Ms. Schroeder found that when one person took the initiative to speak to another in a waiting room, both people reported having a more positive experience. Far from annoying people by violating their personal bubbles, reaching out to strangers may improve their day, too.
I’ve heard such good things about this app – pity it’s Iphone only!
What do you think of these temporary tattoos?
I need this print for this winter. And a cheeky photo for any of your friends who are moving away.Such a cute phone case!


Nobody says, “Everybody has a pleasant laugh.” Nobody says, “Everyone is athletic to somebody.” Nobody says, “You are an amazing writer, whether you know it or not.”
Beauty is the only trait that everyone gets free access to. Why?
Because we have created a culture that values beauty above all other innate traits… for women, at least. Men are more often valued by their success, which is seen as a result of talent and hard work, despite how much it depends on luck and knowing the right people.


Girliest Nerd

Can I just say I loved the instagram article? I should be too old to fall for this stuff but still find myself feeling bad when I see those exact photos she described – like I'm doing the life thing wrong. I think we know that magazine images are fake and commercials aren't realistic but when it's 'normal' people taking photos like that you can't help but compare yourself to it because you think it's real… even when it's clearly not.


I too want to thank you for the instagram article. Seeing stuff like that ("perfect pictures" or "perfect moments") makes me feel bad, and Girliest Nerd, "…I'm doing the life thing wrong" is EXACTLY how stuff like that makes me feel.
Are people/we really that shallow?


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