Links to Awesome Stuff


It’s a Friday afternoon and I’ve dug up the coolest ish on the internet to share with you. Enjoy and Happy Friday!

A recent podcast by Freakonomics Radio (one of my favorite podcasts) compared the effects of alcohol and marijuana. Shocker, alcohol is more dangerous.

An Open Letter to American Girl – A must read article from a fellow blogger, Lisa, about the lack of dolls of color offered by American Girl. As a former American Girl lover (and proud owner of Samantha, Felicity, Kirsten, and Josefina), I’ve watched as the brand has become so much more than what it was when I was young. But as a future mother of half-Persian children (should we be so lucky), I’m disappointed to hear they are discontinuing several dolls of color.

Fellow Whovians, did you know that the Daleks invaded the Rugrats? There are so many Doctor Who references hiding in other shows, it’s crazy.

Daleks invade Rugrats

We know I’m not a fan of tattoos. But one of my favorite bloggers, Amber from Mr. Thomas and Me is. I still love her (it’s crazy, people can have different likes/dislikes/opinions/interests and still be friends). She wrote a fabulous article on what you absolutely need to know before you get that ink. Read it if you’ve ever even considered getting a tattoo.

Google recently published comprehensive gender and ethnic demographics for its staff. Only 30% of Google’s staff are women. Kind of makes me wish I got my degree in computer science.

Speaking of techy women – want to add beautiful detail to your blog design? Lisette showed us how to create a custom gravitar for WordPress comments. If you check out her blog, she’s paid close attention to all the little details and it’s just gorgeous. Which makes sense, she’s a designer. Guess whose redesign she’s working on next…?

A recent study found that (allegedly) cat people are smarter than dog people (insert eye roll here). In the study, 60% of people identified themselves as dog lovers while 11% of people identified as cat lovers. Archie and I stand by our feelings that we don’t trust people who don’t like dogs (and especially people who don’t like him). Dog people rule!


Apple’s biggest conference, WWDC, starts June 2nd. Traditionally, this is when we find out what awesome stuff Apple will be releasing over the next year. iPhone 6, Retina for the MacBook Air, wearables, and more. Here are 13 things to expect from Apple at WWDC 2014.

This is what happens when parents love their children unconditionally. I cried. What an incredible family.

I really enjoyed this post about blogging philosophies (frequency/quality vs. quantity) by Emily. I have the same conversations with myself sometimes. She was dead on with this, “Does the world really need another “this is what I did over the weekend” blog post or another Instagram photo of Starbucks? Not really.”

This TED talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy called Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are is eye-opening and insightful. Pose like you’re powerful, act like you’re confident and you’re more likely to become those things. I’ve been more conscious of my posture and body language since watching this.

After reading a review of bareSkin Liquid Foundation by bareMinerals by Lauren, I ran over to Ulta to try it out. The makeup artist tried every pale shade on me and none of them worked. They were all too dark! True life: I’m officially the whitest white girl. The makeup artist did say that they are getting a lot of negative feedback about the colors and wearability of the formula (it did make my skin look flawless, albeit a different color than my neck).

And finally, a subscription box I can get on board with. Chocolate delivery? Yes, Please.

Enjoy the weekend! Come back tomorrow for a Saturday Takeover by Emily from Emily Makes that you won’t want to miss!

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