Today’s link round-up has ornaments, old-fashioned hot chocolate, gift ideas, and more.
Love from Ginger showed us how to make rocky road Christmas tree treats.
Martha Stewart shared some ideas for Christmas gifts kids can make for their parents.
Craftsaholic Anonymous taught us how to create wood slice ornaments for a rustic Christmas look.
View Along the Way has something to complement those ornaments above—a little rustic split log advent tree.
Fleece Fun showed us how to make a Santa hat.
Over the Big Moon has a three-ingredient, old-fashioned hot chocolate recipe to share.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make chevron flower Christmas ornaments.
Photo credit: Love from Ginger, Craftaholics Anonymous, and Over the Big Moon
Today’s link round-up is all about Christmas crafts and foods. There are paper stockings, a pillow, wreaths, and more.
Craftsaholics Anonymous taught us how to sew pom-pom pillows.
Martha Stewart showed us how to make paper stockings.
View Along the Way showed us how to make some super-easy DIY wreaths.
Fleece Fun taught us how to make easy pumpkin cheesecake.
Over the Big Moon shared several stocking stuffer ideas for kids.
The Ribbon Retreat shared a ribbon jewelry DIY that might work as a gift idea.
The Happy Housie taught us how to make easy feather ornaments.
Photo credit: Craftaholics Anonymous and Amazon
As I was reading this article on Cosmo the little Sesame Street ditty was on a continuous loop through my head, One of these things is not like the other… one of these things is not the same…
So apparently there are three kinds of porn and two are low-quality, time wasting, pieces of crap while the other is artistic, ethical, and worthy. Who knew?
According to Tristan Taormino, who is identified as a feminist pornographer among other things, it’s an important difference. While the low-budget porn filmmakers are churning out the same old, tired story lines (it has story lines?), the feminist porn industry is selectively releasing ethically produced, thought provoking films.
I probably should have stopped reading at this point since I have some rather strong views on pornography but it was like a train wreck. I had to keep reading to find out just how feminist porn was ethically different.
Ethically produced porn means that the performers are paid a fair wage for their work and are treated with care and respect. Everything is consented to, safety is a priority, and their talents and abilities are recognized and valued. Feminist porn seeks to empower the performers who make it and the people who watch it. Taormino says that this means that basically you are going to see real female orgasms.
I am skeptical on a lot of fronts, no pun intended. I get that they are using sex slaves, under-aged girls, or drug addicts but I don’t see how sex for money is ever a great choice when contemplating a career. Do any of these porn stars, ethical or otherwise, really decide that they want to be a star in the adult movie industry?
So, yeah, I was sitting in my Trig class taking notes when all of a sudden it hit me! I want to have sex with hundreds of different guys, some of them quite unattractive!
Do they have an Individualized Education Program for that?
I am glad that feminist porn is making the industry safer for everyone and that they are keeping health and well being in high priority. I just don’t agree that the women who do it love what they do. I don’t think porn is a career choice for women who are mentally and emotionally healthy.
I could be wrong.
I also have trouble believing that it is so vastly different from the regular, everyday, down and dirty stuff. Let’s be real, Meg Ryan proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that a woman’s orgasm was easy to fake anywhere and anytime. I happen to love that scene from When Harry Met Sally.
Realistically, no one who is watching the movie really cares whether or not the people on the screen are having real or faked orgasms. Besides, while I know that there are multi-orgasmic women, I don’t believe that you can make a sex film and have it happen every time throughout all of the takes.
There’s even a site that has only vegetarian and vegan stars in their movies — I’m not even sure how that relates let alone how you could prove it.
I am glad that adult film makers are cleaning things up and attempting to keep the industry safe. I am glad that society is recognizing that women are sexual creatures. I just happen to think that it’s an occupation that turns sex into something it wasn’t meant to be.
Besides, after cooking and shooting recipes all day, I often don’t want to eat. You have to wonder how these people feel about normal sex outside the workplace.
So you have a best friend and she is awesome. You count yourself lucky because we all know that grown women don’t easily find good friends. Whether it be because we are too busy raising children, just don’t have the time to care or we got a bad deal in the marriage lottery and our significant other is a grumpy old troll and is not suitable for public consumption; friends are hard to find.
No matter the reason, finding a girlfriend who you can truly connect with in adulthood is difficult at best. I’ve learned to not even try. It’s more likely that I will be struck by lightening than find a friend who I like, who our children get along and our husbands can tolerate one another.
I got all excited a few years ago, I found a great friend. She met all my criteria and I am assuming that I met hers because we moved forward into the next phase of our relationship, we let the children meet and they loved one another. Woohoo! This was exciting.
Now, all we had left was for the husbands to meet. I had met hers and he seemed amiable enough. She met mine and thought he was hilarious. I will admit that I was worried. I had my doubts but then it happened. Suddenly, the brakes were put on.
I knew it wasn’t us because, between you and me, we were tight as thieves. I loved that girl, would do anything for her. Loved her kids and she loved mine. My husband thought she was fantastic, so by using my keen mind and sense of deduction I figured out who was the wrench in this plan – her husband.
She would never admit it out of sheer mortification. I don’t blame her. But it became fairly obvious when we would invite the family to a function and she would show up on a tight schedule, making some ridiculous excuse for why he could not join us.
I let it all slide because I did not want to jeopardize the friendship, but let’s be clear about one thing, it hurt my feelings because he was going to kill the friendship. I could see it happening and helplessly, there was nothing I could do but wait for the friendship to come to a long and painful death. It was like cancer of the friendship; he was the tumor.
I quietly despised him and pretended not to notice, but I did and she did and we both knew it was coming. Yet, we wanted to make every minute count, like the dying do. Trying like mad to squeeze out every last morsel of living that we could and then we moved and still, we tried.
The point is this: you cannot maintain a friendship with a couple when one of the partners doesn’t want anything to do with the other couple. You see, she tried to maintain it on her own – secret meetings for coffee and play dates, mid afternoon rendezvous at the park – but she knew she was hiding something and so did I. It was this giant elephant in the room and on our chest, suffocating us and snuffing out the friendship.
She once told me that I was her only true friend, the others are business associates or wives of her husband’s business associates. It’s a sad state of affairs that she is not allowed to maintain one genuine friendship but what do you do?
When you get married you commit for better or worse. In the grand scheme of things a friendship may not seem like a big thing to sacrifice but when there is only that one, you have given up everything in spite of yourself.
Would you give up a genuine friendship if your husband didn’t like the friend?
Photo Source: Pfala
Today’s link round-up has delicious recipes, DIY gift and decoration ideas, and more.
A Delightful Home shared 10 easy body care products you can make at home. They may be the perfect Christmas gifts.
Lia Griffith showed us how to make paper poinsettias out of cocktail napkins.
Spoonful has a holiday craft the whole family can enjoy making.
Oh So Pretty shared a recipe that features spinach, chicken, and rice.
DIY Network shared a list of their 18 most popular DIY gifts from Pinterest.
Mind Body Green gave us a 3-bean salad recipe that’s got tons of protein and fiber.
Choosing Raw gave us a healthy recipe for the holidays—sweet potato and tempeh hash with kale.
Photo credit: lovelihood and Oh So Pretty
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times — the season of good will and running someone over with your cart in order to get the last Tickle-Me Elmo.
In a day when common courtesy isn’t common anymore, it’s more important than ever to model positive, mannerly behavior to our children.
The stores are hot and crowded. I’ve always thought that stores should have a coat check area so that you didn’t have to wear a bulky coat and sweat your way through the wall to wall people while flushed and overheated. It makes everyone cranky.
Eating out is almost a necessity during the holiday season. Like stores, restaurants are crowded with cranky people. Make an effort to be a haven of graciousness in a sea of seething anger.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
The holiday season can be full of cranky, busy people but one person who is polite and kind can make a huge difference in someone’s day. What are your pet peeves or suggestions for holiday etiquette?
Today’s link round-up has a wire holiday card holder, the best holiday gifts for kids 10 and up, snowman fruit pops, pineapple fried rice, and more.
Made in a Day showed us how to make a wire hanger holiday card holder.
Crafts Unleashed told us about some of the hottest crafty gifts for kids ages 10 and up.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make snowman fruit pops.
Crafts ‘n Coffee created a red and white deco mesh Christmas topiary.
Back for Seconds shared a recipe for triple chocolate parfaits.
A Beautiful Mess made easy pineapple fried rice and showed the how-to.
A Pair and a Spare showed us how to make macramé holiday wall hangings to liven up empty spots on the wall without spending a ton of money.
Photo credit: Made in a Day, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, and A Beautiful Mess
One thing that I have noticed over the years is how my friendships have become more or less sidelined because of family and work. The surprise is that I don’t mind at all.
I have never been one of those people that needs a lot of friends. I’ve always been happy with one or two close friends and a few years ago, during a major life change, I learned that the ones that I had really thought were besties were not the type to stick around when things got nasty. I also found out that some of my Internet friendships were stronger than my in real life friendships, something I hadn’t realized.
I used to feel pressured to have close friends. It always seemed to be presented as a necessity and left me feeling like there was something wrong with me if I didn’t. I have since learned that different people have different needs when it comes to friends.
I do well being able to vent to my online friends, meeting up with them once in awhile, and having a couple of good friends that live close by. I don’t even have to be in contact with them all the time. I don’t feel like a sociopath because of it anymore, either. I am an introvert and I know my own needs the best.
So, like parenting and other relationships, I have decided that different people have different styles and those differences should be respected. What is your friendship style? Do you like to have several close friends or are you happy with just a few scattered around the county.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a time to enjoy the company of family and friends along with some good food. Now we have the claws of Black Friday biting in to the day with what is being called “shopping creep.”
Holidays are certainly not what they use to be. I looked up the definition and I think they might have to update it. The current definition is “a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done.” Tell that to the workers at Kmart and Walmart who have to work this Thanksgiving.
In their quest to make more money, stores opening on Thanksgiving to offer a head start on Christmas shopping are messing with tradition. Thanksgiving is a day to spend with people and Black Friday is a day to start your Christmas shopping. Those who were willing to get up early and brave the crowds could expect to find some good deals.
Now as the two events blend, what do we have? For many, we will have less time with family and who knows what it means for Black Friday shopping.
Why Stores Are Open Thanksgiving
What has led to stores being open on Thanksgiving? According to Yahoo Finaces’s Rick Newman they are “merely responding to consumers who would be shopping online if they didn’t have the option to hit the stores.” He also suggests that stores that are doing well have made decisions to stay closed while those that plan to be open are underperforming.
That may be so, but stores opening for Thanksgiving also have an online presence. Why not just post Thanksgiving specials there, and let people who do want to shop do so from their Smart Phone or tablet and still have time to be with loved ones?
Somehow it seems like there is a bigger picture that’s not come into focus yet. What do you think?
Photo credits: jbhthescots