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(Slightly More Than) Weekly Link Round-up

by Sierra on January 30, 2010 · 7 comments

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OK, so I’ve been more than a little out of it on the professional aspects of blogging lately. Sure, I’ve been writing. I might even have done some good writing.

But I haven’t been quite up to snuff on the less-fascinating stuff like invoicing or sending out queries or rounding up my links at the end of the week. So here’s an onslaught of links from last time I did the round-up. Hot tip: that was before the holidays. This list is long. I put the recent goodies up top. Have fun!

Get Rich Slowly:

How to Talk With Your Spouse About Money: Talking about money is one of the great taboos of our culture. I know more about my friends’ sex lives than I do about their bank statements. Many of us find it hard to discuss finances under the best circumstances. When we’re stressed about money, we tend to clam up even more. If you’re married (or living with a partner), you don’t have that luxury. Financial success is not a private affair.

Babble:

The Pudding Lie: Have you ever made pudding at home? From scratch? Growing up, my family sometimes had pudding for dessert. We’d shake the pudding powder out of the box…At some point I found out that real pudding — the kind you could get in fancy restaurants — did not come from bright little boxes of pudding powder.

Best iPhone Apps For Kids: We gave you a list of apps for parents — now how about for your children? We’ve compiled 25 of the best kid-friendly apps to help them learn to read, do arithmetic, sing in the car, or just entertain themselves while you enjoy some quiet time. The best part? None of them cost more than $2.99.

Wise Bread:

How Low Can You Go?: The combination of the recession and increasing awareness of global warning has a lot of people looking to cool things down in their own homes this winter. I’d bet most of us aren’t ready to give up home heating altogether, but here are a few tricks we can learn from the hardcore heat resisters.

Talking to Your Spouse About Money: What’s your financial communication style? Formal meetings or swift chats on the fly? Are you happy with the way you and your spouse talk about money? Do you know enough about your finances to handle things alone if you had to? What would you like to do differently?

Strollerderby:

Snack Time All The Time: According to the New York Times, it is Snack Time All The Time these days for the soccer mom set. Jennifer Steinhauer describes a world in which she is constantly being asked to provide snacks for kids, and their parents, at all her children’s social events.

So What If Your Son Wears A Skirt: Is Gender Identity Disorder a real problem in children, or a ‘disorder’ trumped up by sexist experts intent on maintaining the status quo? Regardless of the answer to that question, how should we treat kids who are different from their peers when it comes to being a boy or a girl?

What Do We Really Need To Learn: A fun article has been making the rounds of my social media sphere this week. Things You Really Need To Know, by Stephen Downes, isn’t a brand-new essay or a new idea, but it seems to have found a new life in the new decade as we all take stock of where our lives – and our kids’ lives – are going.

Bad Touch: Canadian Hospital Use Stealth Pelvic Exams: Yesterday, Toronto’s Globe and Mail dropped a bomb on Canadian women: it’s standard practice in Canadian hospitals for women to be given unnecessary practice pelvic exams by medical students while they are unconcious under general anasthesia. Without their knowledge of consent.

They Say: We Watch What Our Kids Eat: Parents are no better than any other adult at choosing low-calorie meals for ourselves. We splurge when we think our skinny pants aren’t looking, swear we’ll do better next time and then sneak another cookie. But we’re doing better with our kids.

Looking to Save, Couples Cut Back on Babies: Birth rates fell in the United States last year for the first time in a decade, according to the New York Times. Why? It’s the economy, stupid.

Want to Be Wealthy and Wise? Talk to Your Spouse: Lou Scatigna, a.k.a. The Financial Physician, has a message for married couples: pay your bills together. Couples who can’t agree about money are doomed to divorce, says Scatigna, who has worked as a financial counselor since 1983. To save your pennies and your marriage, you need to have both partners involved in handling the family finances.

Working Wives Are Happier Wives: The New York Times gave all you working moms out there a gift this weekend: a juicy article detailing research that shows women who work are more likely to stay married. They’re also happier in their marriages than those who don’t.

UNICEF Settles Breast Vs. Bottle Debate For Haiti Donations: UNICEF has weighed in on the breastmilk vs. formula debate going on in the blogosphere about how best to help Haitian babies. The answer: do not send breastmilk or formula. Send money.

Massachusetts the Day After: I woke up with the worst politics-inspired hangover of my life today. Until yesterday, I thought I lived in the bluest of the blue bubbles, politically speaking. Massachusetts, home of gay marriage, universal health care (of sorts) and decriminalized pot. We’re like a suburb of Amsterdam. What happened here? It’s the question everyone around me is asking this morning.

Newbury and Caldecott Winners Announced: Forget the Golden Globes. The Newbury and Caldecott Awards for children’s literature were announced Monday.

Haitian Orphans in Urgent Need of Airplane: A group of orphans in Haiti were waiting to be adopted by American families when the quake hit. The children, and the two American women who care for them, survived the quake.

Sleep Apnea to be Diagnosed by Urine Test: Does your child snore? It could be a harmless (and cute) quirk, or it could be a sign of a dangerous illness. Sleep apnea can cause behavioral, metabolic and respiratory problems for kids. Up to 3% of kids suffer from this illness. In the past it’s been hard to diagnose.

Breastfeeding Leads To Better Mental Health: Remember just last week when a group of scientists announced that breastfeeding doesn’t necessarily make babies healthier? It may be that the benefits are more mental than physical.

MOTHERS Act Passes Senate: The MOTHERS act has become part of the Senate’s health reform bill. This law, if passed, provides for education and screening about post-partum depression and related mood disorders.

Tweeting Mom Blameless in Tot’s Death: Dear Jerks on the Internet Who Insist on Blaming A Mom for Her Child’s Death, Shut up. The police investigation into this tragedy has found Shellie Ross blameless in her two-year-old’s accidental drowning earlier this week.

Naked Christmas Card: Technology writer Robert X. Cringely has a wacky family tradition: every year, his family poses nude for their annual Christmas card. This year, a clerk at their local Kinko’s refused to print the cards. Her reason: she thinks they’re obscene.

Tweeting a Toddler’s Death: On Monday evening, a Florida family lost their two-year-old when the boy fell in a pool and quickly drowned. Rescuers tried and failed to save the boy, who was pronounced dead at a hospital. The baby’s mother, Shellie Ross, posted the tragedy to Twitter in real time, saying, “Please pray like never before, my 2 yr old fell in the pool” a few minutes after the accident.

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  • GimliGirl

    Hi Sierra! What are the measurements for the whipped cream? It just says cream, sugar and vanilla. Thank you!

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  • http://childwild.com Sierra

    It's just to taste, really. What you want is the texture; you can do a sugar-free whipped cream. I usually use 1/8 tsp vanilla and 2-4 tablespoons of sugar for a pint of cream. I think most people like their whipped cream sweeter than I do, so you may want to start with that and then taste it half-way through whipping and add more as needed.

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  • GimliGirl

    Oooh, thankee! :) I really appreciate it.

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  • GimliGirl

    Oooh, thankee! :) I really appreciate it.

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  • GimliGirl

    Hi Sierra! What are the measurements for the whipped cream? It just says cream, sugar and vanilla. Thank you!

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  • http://childwild.com Sierra

    It's just to taste, really. What you want is the texture; you can do a sugar-free whipped cream. I usually use 1/8 tsp vanilla and 2-4 tablespoons of sugar for a pint of cream. I think most people like their whipped cream sweeter than I do, so you may want to start with that and then taste it half-way through whipping and add more as needed.

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  • GimliGirl

    Oooh, thankee! :) I really appreciate it.

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