Graco’s Monthly Nod – July

Who needs a trashy summer beach novel when there’s all this good stuff on the web?!  (laptops are hard to take to the beach but it won’t stop me from trying next week!)  Here are our favorite summer reads for the month of July…

Lindsay Lebresco - Hope Revolution - “HopeNotes”
Last weekend, when I was at the BlogHer conference, I was in the bathroom and looked down to see a note that said, “You look beautiful.” I thought to myself- “Why thank you! Yeah, I am having a good hair night.” WAIT. Back up. Who am I talking to? Who wrote that note and how did they know I would look this good tonight? OK- clearly that note wasn’t just for me. (but for a quick second I thought it was and it made me happy) Hmmm… Fast-forward 2 hours and I meet Krystyn. Our conversation went a little like this… “You wrote that note??!! You write a lot of notes like that? And put them everywhere? For just anyone?” (she answered yes to all of these) I just LOVE this idea. Spread a little hope and love and goodness wherever you go. Anyone can do it. I should. I will. You should too!

Kim Lefko – A little pregnant – “Birth Plan”
With only days to go until the arrival of baby number 2, I have a new found appreciation for visualizing the “perfect” birth plan.
Fun read, especially for anyone contemplating a birth plan.

Amy Sleep – Cass Just Curious -”I simply can not do it.”
I ran across this blog when I wrote mine on summer memories and it brought back even more memories for me. How could I forget about riding my bike everywhere??!! I also like reading the comments that other’s posted with their memories – especially the one about watermelons and the one with adult summer memories. Ahhhhh.

Amy Trice – Beth Harbison – “Stop Licking the Wall!”
This made me laugh. I find myself saying things such as “Don’t put pretzels in your ears”, “Do not lick the screen door”, “Stop drawing on your tongue” and “Don’t let go of the handles when you are standing on your rocking horse”. It’s nice to know that other parents are saying things just as bizarre.

Erin McHugh – MomLogic – “Sunday Night Supper”
I absolutely love the idea of a big Sunday dinner. I remember when I was little my mom and I would always eat with my Grandparents on Sundays- we would all sit down in the dining room (as opposed to the kitchen) and have something great like a roast, homemade soup or Thanksgiving dinner in March! Now I have taken on the roll of providing big Sunday dinners for my hubby-to-be and I. No matter what the circumstances, my fiancé Patrick and I, sit down EVERY Sunday and have one of my latest cooking creations. A new recipe (which usually requires a fun afternoon of cooking) and great conversation while dining over a meal that I made myself – PERFECT. Since we are slowly becoming our own little family, I like to carry on all of the traditions that I feel made my family so special growing up. Since I am running out of new pages in my cookbook- I think I will try Mom Logic’s idea – Italian next Sunday and than the following Sunday, maybe a visit to Morocco!?

Melissa Parlaman – DC Metro Moms – “Stay-at-Home Moms: Here’s how to ensure those “daycare kids” never come to your parties
The title drew me in since I thought it was a “direct hit” against day care kids (which my child is). But as I read it, I realized that it was actually the opposite. I loved how the post sparked a lot of conversation since this is always a hot topic among moms of all types. I love a healthy debate!

Jen Callaghan – WorkitMom – “My husband is cleaning. Shouldn’t I be more psyched?”
I love this post because it talks about wanting to “do it all” and almost getting offended when someone helps clean the house! I don’t even have kids, but it’s a struggle for me sometimes to do my best at work, get to the gym, hang out with my friends, spend time with my husband, and keep the house somewhat together. Someone gave me advice recently on prioritizing. There will always be things on the to-do list, but the people you care about in your life are so important to make time for. This is a great post to help keep perspective!

Jason ArnoldKicks and Toys
My friend Sean Hamilton is a dad of many talents and even more ventures- Most recently he has been hipping the rest of us to what’s cool in the worlds of sneakers and toys. We aren’t talking Fisher- Price and See Kai Run here- but limited edition artist series vinyl, exclusive kicks, and where to find them.  SneakerDADS Rejoice!


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4 Responses to “Graco’s Monthly Nod – July”

  1. Adventures In Babywearing August 1, 2008 at 9:27 am #

    I am working on my birth plan right now. Even though I’m birthing at home, I think it’s still good to have one! Will be checking out that post!


  2. Cass August 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm #

    Thanks so much for the nod! I’ll be adding the badge to my site in the next few days – I don’t have an e-mail address for you Lindsay to reply to but if you drop me a note I will reply with my address. Thanks again I’m very flattered!

  3. Lylah August 1, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    Thank you for the nod — I’m honored (and so glad that you enjoyed the post)!

    – Lylah at Work It, Mom! and The 36-Hour Day

  4. Sammie Vogelpohl December 20, 2009 at 3:22 am #

    I tried to add your blog to my sidebar in Vista, but it keeps coming up with errors. I can do that with your feed, right?