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I enjoy reading great posts and learning from what other people have written online. Here is a collection of some of my favorite posts from this week. Hopefully, some of these posts will inspire you in some way.
How to Tell Whether you Can Afford to Retire early
. At least once a year, I use a retirement calculator to see how we are doing with our savings and if we are on track for an early retirement. I just used the calculator mentioned in this article and found out it’s still not going to happen. What a bummer.
What’s In your Deodorant?
I follow the blog 100 days of Real Food.
I learned from that blog that there are some things in my deodorant which might be dangerous for my body. Maybe I should try the “pit paste” mentioned in the article.
17 Parenting Comics that are your life
These are funny and so true. If you are offended easily, don’t look at the comics. #1 has happened in our house on a few occasions. I have quietly snuck toys out of the house. One time, I even snuck the toys outside and passed a bag to someone sitting in a car who was waiting to pay for them. I probably looked like I was selling drugs. #5 is what happens in my house on a daily basis. The bathroom sink will start off clean, but by night’s end, there is toothpaste everywhere. I am not doing these comics justice with my description. Go check it out. You will probably appreciate them if you are a parent.
“Helicopter” Parenting May Backfire at Doctor’s Office
I have been reading several books on the topic of “helicopter” parenting. I think this article is a good example of why one shouldn’t engage in this kind of parenting. We need to raise kids who can grow up to be adults without needing our help for every decision. The doctor’s office is a safe place for a teen to practice taking “ownership” of their health. The article states that only 10% of teens could fill out the medical history form independently. Even though my daughter is not yet a teenager, I am going to have her be more involved the next time she goes to the doctor’s office. If you want to read a great book on the topic of “helicopter” parenting and why we shouldn’t engage in this practice, read How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success
Infographic: Fascinating Facts about Eye Color
: I learned that the brown color of my eyes was the original eye color. I also learned that blue eyes are the newest eye color and are becoming rarer in the U.S. This infographic is detailed and easy to understand. And, the facts are fun. Check it out.
5 Lessons From My Grandfather’s Love Letters
. There are great lessons to be learned in these letters. The author, Deb Besinger, does a great job pulling the letters together to create one overriding lesson about love. I wonder if there are any letters written by my grandparents to each other. I would love to read them.
The 5 Habits that will make you happy, according to science
. This is a great article about instilling the habits of happiness into your life. For me, sleep is the habit that most affects my happiness. If I don’t get enough sleep, it’s best to stay away from me. I have been making more of an effort lately to get at least 6 hours of sleep.
The Best Way to Make Easy to Peel Eggs: Steam, Don’t Boil Them
. An entertaining video on Lifehacker explains the science behind why a steamed egg dropped in ice water is easier to peel. My family eats a lot of hard-boiled eggs. A couple of years ago, my father bought us an Egg Genie
, which steams your eggs. I never though I would use an “As Seen as on TV” product, but this gadget actually works. I use it all the time and I can peel a brand new batch of eggs easily. You can buy it on Amazon
Fun Things to Do with My Kids Over Break:
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