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Your 2016 Guide for Gifts That Give Back {For Women} is amazing! Seriously, go covet every pick in good conscious. I LOVE The Good Trade.

 

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I’ve been giving myself a pep talk to craft some Christmas tree ornaments with the kids this year. Landee See Landee Do has a good round-up, including those Pom Pom Pinecones via One Little Project.

 

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I read a brief description of each of the 2016 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and wow, they are an inspiring bevy. Recipients included Elouise Cobell, Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross, Maya Lin, Bruce Springsteen, Margaret Hamilton, Robert Redford, Frank Gehry and 13 more! They all share at least two common traits: passion and determination. (image of Maya Lin and President Barack Obama via Cosmopolitan)

 

 

 

 

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Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess served Lentil Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce as the main course of their plant-based Friendsgiving. Yum. Photo by Amber Ulman and Emma Chapman.

 

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I just bought Holly Jolly Mad Libs, but there are plenty of free printables online like the one above by Small Stuff Counts.

 

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Can #FeministXmasSongs be an annual tradition? Because I’m really tired of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Image from Distractify.

 

 

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Rick Walton, children’s book author and teacher, recently passed away, much too soon. I came across this old picture of Alexandra and I with him on a post I wrote about his picture book workshop I attended five years ago. Here’s a great article about his influence. He had more than 90 books published.

 

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The most accurate map of the world! YES! You can even print a version that folds into a sphere!

 

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I hate Daylight Saving Time. It ends on Sunday, and I wish it would not resume in March. “We did it for the farmers” and 4 Other Myths About Daylight Saving Time. Why America will never get rid of Daylight Saving Time. Say it ain’t so. Above: Little Time Clock by Rafael Morgan.

 

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C.G.P. Grey Explains Elections. It’s a very helpful educational video series. These cool animals are hypothetical politicians.

 

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I’ll be wearing white to vote on Tuesday! STRONGER TOGETHER.

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Sending love to the Minnesota Lynx! The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 77-76 for the WNBA championship. It seems timely to bring up Maya Moore’s piece on increasing visibility for women’s basketball. And to say: #equalplayequalpay.

If my kids seem tense while they’re trying to fall asleep, I give them this 5-second energy sweep. I swear by it!

These clip lights are great for trick-or-treating, and for playing outside after dusk.

I’ve been coloring in Color at Home: A Young House Love Coloring Book while I watch TV in the evenings. I don’t find coloring to be especially relaxing, but I’m having fun with it! After nearly two hours, I’m almost done with the cover page. I listen to the YHL podcast while I’m cleaning and mowing the lawn, and it’s always delightful.

I have to start Christmas gift plans now, because everything craft-related takes me 10x longer than I think it will. I’m really excited about a couple of these Homemade Gift Ideas in Country Living.

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Every Friday, I gather up links to ideas, videos, articles and spaces I hope you’ll find interesting and relevant. Have a pretty weekend!

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The Thing All Women Do You Don’t Know About

Both internally and externally, we minimize it. We have to. To not shrug it off would put is in confrontation mode more often than most of us feel like dealing with. We learn at a young age how to do this. We didn’t put a name or label to it. We didn’t even consider that other girls were doing the same thing. But we were teaching ourselves, mastering the art of de-escalation.

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So much love for Decorating for Your Differently-Abled Child on Design*Sponge.

Emily Henderson’s advice on starting a creative career is so encouraging.

My mom just gave the kids Pumpkin Trouble, which popped up on Everyday Reading’s list of favorite Halloween books.

This might be the best presidential debate recap.

I got really into Jane the Virgin this summer (season 3 October 17!), and since then I have noticed Gina Rodriguez (who plays Jane) everywhere. Virtually. Not in real life, unfortunately. This week she was promoting her latest movie, Deepwater Horizon, on The Tonight Show, and her rapping was awesome.  Her passion is just as endearing in Women’s Health October 2016 interview where she said,

“People will say you are not skinny enough, not tall enough, not thick enough, not curvy enough, not white enough, not brown enough, not this enough. Well, I really hope you don’t feel that way about yourself, because then we’re all screwed. […] Stay in your lane, and do you.”