Link Love!

love…straight from EZ’s hands this week

Jon Stewart nails it out of the park (again) on this Fox News Sunday segment. Brilliant + hilarious = awesomeness.

NPR came out with this interesting look at “the end of gender.” You can be sure I’ll have something to say about it. Until I get a chance to sit down and do that, take a gander at what they had to say!

Bamboo Magazine came out with their Summer issue this week and it’s got a bunch of interesting reads (including a small editorial written by me on page 75! at least, I hope mine is interesting…)

In case you need to brush up…check out this Bitches’ Guide to Etiquette. It’s okay. We all need a refresher now and then.

It may come as a surprise that I kind of dig Lady Gaga (or not, who knows what you folks out there in Internet land think of me). I also love people who cover her song, and this version with two men, one guitar playing Bad Romance, bluegrass style is totally the song that sings to me this week!

Where have you been wasting your time online this week? Feel free to leave some link love yourself in the comments!

Link Love!

A busy week leads to little link love…not because I don’t think there’s a bunch of fabulous stuff out there this week, but because I’ve been too busy to find it! If you’ve found something I just *have* to check out, please link to it in the comments…I could use a little distraction!

Love in photo form from my fabulous friend Abbe’s blog: Make.Do.See.Be

While I only have one kid and one cat, this illustrated description of nighttime more than accurately depicts some nights I’ve experienced (more than I care to remember…).

Samuel L. Jackson reads a wonderfully NSFW(or kid’s ears) bedtime story that gave me the giggles.

Stumbled across yet another fabulous positive body image website.

This week’s song that sings to me is well…it’s whatever you want it to be. This site lets you use YouTube videos to create your own masterpiece. I could waste hours here.

Link Love!

Strawberry love picked earlier this week

Loving this fabulous picture linked from Beauty Redefined about body hair. Ever since I begged my mother to let me shave my legs before heading off to summer sleep-away camp at the ripe old age of 11, I’ve gone through phases of removing/leaving be my body hair and while it’s certainly a personal choice, it always amazes me when people feel the need to chime in with their opinions.

I love to cook. I love to watch people cooking even more, hence my addiction to shows like Top Chef. Now I’ve discovered I also love to watch people cooking while drunk. Specifically this girl. Her YouTube vids are hilarious.

Oh, Jon Stewart. Thank you for making this former social studies teacher laugh. Also “Folksy Word Salad” = win.

Awesome pictures of awesome people hanging out together and generally being awesome? Yes, please.

This week’s song that sings to me is a classic by The Beatles. It’s the way that it’s sung that really grabs me.

Link Love!

Blurry, steamy love this week

Beauty Redefined is an excellent website that recognizes and rejects harmful media ideals about beauty and health. Much of what they post is both fascinating and frightening, but I was really interested in this piece about physically photoshopping ourselves out of reality.

Gender Across Borders ran a wonderful series on Masculinity this week that includes posts on a wide range of issues. There are a lot of them, but take the time to read through them – lots of food for thought!

Just when we decide to cut our HBO, True Blood decides to come back with season 4. Of course. No worries. I’m sure we’ll find ways to illegally stream watch it. Until then, sink your teeth (I know, I’m cringing too, but it had to be said) into this and this.

Last time I’ll mention this (probably not really), but I joined the 365 Project and am 3 days in. Feel free to follow me over there and see my year in photos.

Oh, look. I’m mentioning myself yet again. I’m probably committing a bunch of internet and blogging faux pas by doing so, but whatever. These peanut noodles were amazing, and the threat of a tornado caused me to make them. So, there you have it.

And finally…the song that sings to me this week is an old favorite by the Indigo Girls. No real reason, mostly because I feel like singing out loud and pretending I can harmonize. Come join me.

Link Love!

A little love straight from the chalk masterpieces we’ve been creating lately

Here’s where I’ve been spending my time this week…

Somehow we jumped right into summer in the last day or so here in New England, and if the forecast has anything to say about it, we’re looking at some more hot, humid, hazy days – perfect for jumping into the pool. Yup. Bathing suit season is officially upon us, and I can’t wait. I’ve read a few interesting pieces re: bikinis and feeling fierce in whatever swimwear you choose, and wanted to pass them on. I fully intend to rock my bikinis and tankinis this summer (and am glad I’ve come to a place where I can feel that way)!

My friend Abbe both inspires and amazes me. She’s crafty, creative, and just plain cool. You can read about her crafty adventures on her blog, Make.Do.See.Be. This summer she’ll be offering sewing classes for young kids, so if you live in the area  – check her out!

If you’re not following the Feminist Hulk on Twitter – you should be (and while you’re at it, follow me too!).

This week’s song that sings to me is a medley from the recent Billboard Music Awards. Cee-lo Green & his piano take performance to the next level.

* Raise your hand if you totally wanted to be Blossom in 1993. (I know I’m not the only one!) Now, beyond the amazing hats and flowing flowery dresses, actress Mayim Bialik has grown up and moved on to other awesome things… that still has me wanting to be Blossom. Check out this wonderful piece she wrote for Today on why women shouldn’t fear home birth.

And, finally… Beyonce came out with a new song/music video [Run the World (Girls)] and everyone has something to say about it. This fierce, articulate woman pretty much says it all for me.

Link Love!

Love in knit form. Found this reminder on a steel banister in town.
Knitting & random acts of awesomeness courtesy of Riot Prrl

My friend Ed started a new blog! There’s a whole lot of pretty to look at. So… go look!

Roseanne Barr is not only a hilarious comedienne, sitcom pioneer, and feminist, but she’s also a damn good writer. She recently wrote an editorial for New York Magazine, and it’s an interesting and detailed read about her struggles in Hollywood and more. Oh, and apparently she’s a macadamia nut farmer now as well.

Gender Across Borders has a post up this week that just set my mama heart a-fluttering. Please take the time to read this wonderfully written piece on The Misappropriation of Breastfeeding & the Shaming of Girls.

1. I was very surprised that there was such a thing as the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Super cool. 2. Not very surprised at their latest findings, however. 

I have a random obsession with mental hygiene videos from the ’40s, ’50s & ’60s that were shown to high school age kids in school. These videos usually were on anything from manners to drug use to dating/social norms. That might give you some insight as to why I’m fascinated with this clip of the documentary “Growing Up Female” from 1971 that’s currently making the rounds online.

This week’s song that sings to me is one that we’ve been singing around the house lately, thanks to EZ. I happen to prefer this John Denver/Muppet version, myself.

Link Love!

Love in the form of cake this week.
Vanilla cake w/strawberry butter cream frosting & strawberry filling = birthday cake for my dad!

If you want the recipe for the cake above, check it out here – it’s Martha, natch. I dolled it up with a homemade strawberry filling and strawberry buttercream frosting.

* Gender Across Borders ran a wonderful series this week on feminism and agriculture. While all of the posts were interesting, this photo essay of women and their farms in the US really pulled me in. Maybe it’s  because I have secret dreams of becoming a farmer and I could live vicariously through these pictures for a bit.

* This past weekend I finally got to try some cereal milk ice cream in the form of a milkshake from Momofuku Milk Bar. It was divine, and I’m currently plotting ways to make my own at home…

* My friend and old co-worker Jessica has a blog that’s always good for a chuckle. Calling herself The Poopie Queen, Jess writes about life with twin girls and a baby boy and…poop. There’s so much more, however, and you’ll find yourself laughing along and nodding your head in agreement reading her thoughts and observations.

I love books. I love to laugh. This website provides the best of both worlds.

If I was 15 again, I would so go to Girl’s Rock Camp and sing off key and be all bad ass.

The weather this week has been the kind where all you want to do is roll down your windows while you drive and belt out something fun, regardless of who stares. This week’s song that sings to me is just that kind of song. So, roll down those windows and sing along with the Carolina Chocolate Drops!

Link Love!

Link Love straight from my own garden
It’s Friday, which means time for some more link love…Here’s where I’ve been frittering away my time this week:

* More word clouds! This one focuses on words associated with animated male/female characters found in television shows that are aimed at kids.

My friend Sarah posted a thoughtful and inspiring piece over at HuffPo discussing assumptions, the reality of her family and the decision to talk about them (or not!) with strangers.

If you’re into conscious family living, check out Bamboo Magazine which launches this month! I’ve really loved what I’ve seen so far, and the aesthetic appeal of their visuals is super dreamy.

Because you can never get enough cookies…

This weekend I’ll be in NYC rocking out to the band, 100 Monkeys. So…this week’s song that sings to me is one of my favorites, 38 Special.

* Lastly, in honor of Mother’s Day, I would be remiss if I didn’t pass along this gem. It is a video of mothers and children set to the beautiful song, Your House Is Strong, from local band (and mamas!), The Nields. It’s also sponsored by the fabulous organization, MotherWoman. Check out both the video and MotherWoman, especially if you are a mama or know anyone who is!

Link Love!

In the vein of a few of my favorite sites (Gender Across Borders & Go Fug Yourself to name just two) I’ve decided to do a Friday link round up where I’ll share links to things I’ve been into the past week. I doubt there will be any sense of semblance or theme, but hopefully you’ll find something new and fun.

* Word clouds are awesome. Ones about the heavily gendered toy market are awesomely frightening, though sadly, not surprising.

* “Spring is finally here” is reason enough for me to attempt this cake in a jar recipe ASAP. Yes. You heard me right. Cake.In.A.Jar. But since I’m not a fan of food dye, I’m crossing fingers and toes that my local food coop will have a suitable substitute.

My friend Char started a new blog. She’s a bi-coastal gal that’s also a pop culture addict. Check out her snarky, yet funny observations at Char In Charge.

Oh how I wish I lived near any of the six cities on this tour. There is something so magical, nostalgic and yet so fresh about it. It seems like their tour diary will have to suffice for now.

With all the ridiculous hullabaloo re:President Obama’s birth certificate, I am extremely thankful for the funny folks at The Onion for providing a much needed laugh.

It’s no secret that I watch a lot of inane television. It doesn’t take much to get me hooked. However, I normally don’t go for those singing competitions. Yet, somehow I found myself really into The Voice. It’s refreshing to see a competition show that doesn’t allow people to make fools of themselves for entertainment’s sake, but rather celebrates and encourages talent in a unique way. While I don’t see myself watching this on the reg, I definitely will pop over to their site to view some vids.

* Oh, right…there’s a wedding today, no? While I might not have been up at 6AM to watch the wedding live,  you can be certain I’ll be checking in periodically to my fashion blog of choice, Tom & Lorenzo, where my two favorite queens will be dishing on the fashion and frivolity of the royal wedding!

Song that’s singing to me this week: The Decemberists – “June Hymn”

Do you have some link love to share? Leave it in the comments below, please!