Weekend Links

Brohgan Dieker

Brohgan Dieker

Brohgan Dieker is dedicated to answering the "what's for dinner" question with healthy, quick recipes that can accommodate busy schedules. She is a devout Christian, a wife and mother, and a lover of words and books. She lives in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas and holds a degree in English from Kansas State University.
Brohgan Dieker

How is it Friday already? I think I’m in full denial about how quickly time passes. (My baby turns one next week. Sniff, wipe tear, smile.)

Here’s the best and brightest things I’ve found on the internet to brighten up your Friday. And, if you’re like me, hopefully this will help you feel a little braver in facing the upcoming week.

But seriously, how is it Friday already?!

  1. I made these Peanut Butter Valentine’s Cookies with my little almost-one-year-old (sob!) Valentine on Tuesday. Ok, he mostly watched. And forced me to hold him the entire time… ever try to pack brown sugar one handed? Not easy. And, we gave up after baking our first round and threw out half the dough. Nevertheless, I think our cookies turned out pretty great.
  2. This list of 17 books that Mindy Kailing has recommended on Instagram made me love her even more.  Is that possible?? You probably remember Mindy Kailing from The Office or The Mindy Project. No matter what, you can’t help but admire her simply because she’s out there doing her thing. Despite adversity. Get it. For the record, I would join a “What Mindy Read” book club…
  3. My sweet cousin, a WAHM for a Christian missions organization with two kids in diapers, had me doubled over belly laughing while reading her Real Life Valentine’s Day reflection. Her tags say it all: #relationshipgoals, Loving The Mess, Makin Memories, So Much Poop, Tuesdays, Valor. (She and I are each one half of one smart lady. Yep.)
  4. I have to admit that it took me several attempts before I found enough time to finish reading this: 6 Reasons You Seriously Have to Slow Down. Ouch.
  5. The Adventures of Mom Girl. With coffee in hand. Mom Girl is my spirit animal. (Wait, what are the rules on spirit animals again?  Is that allowed?)
  6. Why it’s important to read with your kids, and how to make it stick from the Washington Post. “One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them.” So important, especially for parents of older children who are already independent readers, this article says.
  7. How to Waste Your Life and Call It Beautiful, because “when we’re running hard toward our hoped-for life, we miss the sacred gifts of the right-now life.” I’ve given up a years worth of paychecks and wasted my education and potential by answering the call of who needs me most right now. It’s still a daily messy battle where I often feel wasted and am reminded of that often, yet it’s 100% worth it and so important.

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