We are up to week 10 of Link Love! I really enjoy putting these lists together, and I hope you enjoy it to. Let me know what you would like to see more of. Recipes, homeschooling, pop culture? What links do you love to check out?
March 8th was International Woman’s Day. A “global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” The Clinton Foundation, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, released a video entitled “We’re Not There Yet,” highlighting what the women’s rights movement still needs to achieve.
1. The U.S. is one of only nine countries that does not provide for paid maternity leave
2. One in four girls worldwide is married before the age of 18
3. Women now make up the majority of U.S. college graduates, but only occupy 5% of the CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies
4. Women in the U.S. make $0.78 to every man’s dollar
Along with International Womens’s Day, March is National Women’s History Month. Back before I was a mom of girls during my college days, I had a Women’s History Month folder in my curriculum file. I decided to build upon that and create a list of 100 women from around the world to study during Women’s History Month. 10 categories, 10 women in each category. This is by no means a complete list, but the results of my brainstorming and researching. The list is in no particular order and a brief description is added when needed.
Here is to 100 strong women.
Susan B. Anthony – suffragist
Rachel Carson – environmentalist
Jane Goodall – animal rights
Temple Grandin – autism rights
Helen Keller – disability rights
Aung San Suu Kyi – Burmese opposition activist
Nancy Wake – special operations executive
Malala Yousafzai – human rights
Bonnie Blair – speed skating
Mia Hamm – soceer
Jackie Joyner-Kerese – track and field
Billie Jean King – tennis
Lisa Leslie – basketball
Martina Navratilova – tennis
Rhonda Rousey – mixed martial arts
Wilma Rudolph – track and field
Serena Williams – tennis
Babe Didrikson Zaharias – golf, basketball, track
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mary Kay Ash – founder of Mary Kay comsmetics
Olive Ann Beech – aviation
Julia Child – chef
Ruth Handler – inventor of Barbie Doll
Ariana Huffington – co-founder of The Huffington Post
Rosabeth Moss Kanter – economics
Helena Rubinstein – cosmetics
Muriel Siebert – finance
Coco Chanel – designer
Audrey Hepburn – icon
Iman – model
Donna Karen – designer
Estee Lauder – beauty products
Claire McCardell – designer
Mary Quant – designer
Diane von Fürstenberg – designer
Diana Vreeland – columnist and editor
Anna Wintour – editor-in-chief of American Vogue
Catherine the Great
Joan of Arc
Queen Elizabeth I
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Jane Addams – pioneer of social work
Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross
Elizabeth Glaser – AIDS activist
Angelina Jolie – UN Ambassador
Rebeccca Lolosoli – woman’s rights
Juliette Gordon Low – founder of the Girl Scouts
Eunice Kennedy Shriver – Special Olympics
Madeline Albright – first female Secretary of State
Benazir Bhutto – former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Indira Gandhi – former Prime Minister of India
Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
Sandra Day O’Connor – former Supreme Court Justice
Frances Perkins – first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet
Condeleeza Rice – former Secretary of State
Margaret Thatcher – former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Dr. Virginia Apgar – obstetrics
Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.
Marie Curie – physicist and chemist
Gertrude Elion – biochemist and pharmacologist
Alice Hamilton – occupational health
Grace Hopper – computer science
Florence Nightingale – founder of modern nursing
Sally Ride – physicist and astronaut
Marie Stopes – pioneer in family planning
Flossie Wong-Staal – virologist and molecular biologist
I have been transferring and editing photos ever since I got our new MacBook. (Best purchase ever btw) FYI, don’t wait 9 years in-between computers. File transfer can be a bitch. Well, only if you are technologically challenged like myself. After much googling, reformatting, transferring, file sharing, and Aperture YouTube videos, I finally have a chuck of old photos on my new computer to organize. Believe it or not, organizing photos is totally Taking Care of Me. I haven’t done any scrapbooks for my girls, terrible I know, but at least I know the photos are there waiting for me when I am ready to get creative, organized by year and month
This was just yesterday right? It seems like it. But yet it doesn’t. I see other moms or bloggers juggling a toddler and a newborn and wonder, “How on earth did I ever do that?!?!” The current batch of photos I am going through is Bear’s first 6 months. That time really is a blur. Between breastfeeding, trying to entertain a toddler, adjusting to housewife life from working mom, and squeezing in a nap whenever possible, I’m not sure how I survived. But I did!!
FYI They haven’t sat this close to watch tv together since this photo was taken.
It brings back such a flood of memories as I go through all these photos. You forgot your head strong 6-year-old, used to be the littlest big sister ever. You forgot your ditzy 4-year-old, used to make the most funny faces as a baby. Once kids are out the baby and toddler phase, it’s easy to forget they are still little kids. We think because they can tell us what they want and do so many things independently but yet still need help with simple tasks and reasoning.
Each stage of parenthood presents us with different challenges. I know that first year with a baby and a toddler was tough, but I am having a hard time remembering specific hard times. I remember the sleepless nights and a baby screaming while I was trying to put Fofo to bed. But mostly I remember the good times. Fofo’s sweet little voice. Our trip to the zoo when she wanted to chase the peacock. The 80 degree October day at the pumpkin patch. Trick-or-treating. Visits to friends when Fofo got to ride a horse for the first time. Lilly’s first time meeting our friends’ children L and G. The way Fofo used to run.
At times it is hard to get through the day with kids. Other times its hard to get through the hour. Some days it is really, REALLY, hard to stay positive. But we only have this one day with our kids at this age. They grow a little each day and before you know it, a whole year has gone by and you are celebrating another birthday. Remember to make each trip around the sun a memorable one. Remember the good memories and learn from the hard times. Focus more on what you did, rather than what you didn’t. Remember to laugh or cry or scream on those hard days, but remember the end of the day always comes. And with it, a glass of wine
Happy Friday everyone! We had a good week around here The past couple of weeks were a little rough so it was nice to have a relatively easy week.
After the craziness last week, my husband took the girls out on Saturday to run errands with him. They stopped for a Starbucks treat on the way home. Papa’s little valentines Don’t worry, it’s hot chocolate. Although Papa did make them try his flat white. Shockingly, they didn’t care for it.
The major excitement of our week was homeschool bowling. A local homeschool mom set up a time for our homeschool group to bowl. They had a session last fall, but we didn’t participate thinking the girls would be too little. My friend Amy did participate and said it was a great time. I figured I would give it a chance during the spring session.
Nothing is as cute as a little 4 and 6-year-old in bowling shoes. Adorable! They had shoes that fit, but the bowling balls were a different story. They were a tad big for the girls. But that didn’t stop Fofo!!
She is a natural. She got three spares! She has a bit of Lebowski in her you could say.
She did this after every ball. Hysterical.
Lilly was a little more aloof about bowling. Well, she is pretty aloof about everything.
She did have a lot of fun though! She used more of a throw-the-ball-down-the-lane approach.
All four-year olds bowl in a tutu right?!
The girls were partners this week, but will change it up next week with some of the other younger kids aka bumper bowlers.
We had storytime on Wednesday which is awesome, because the girls don’t let me come in. It was a chance for me to start a new book!!
And we FINALLY finished the letter Z. We are DONE with our letter of the week unit and will move on word family units. Well, that’s the plan now. It may change
I have become a lazy reader in recent years. In order to get back into a reading routine and make myself more accountable, I challenged myself to read 40 books by the time I am 40. I am, ahem, 33 years old which only means about 5 books a year so it will probably be more, but 40 by 40 has a nice ring to it so I’m leaving it
It’s time for book number 17: “The Burn Palace” by Stephen Dobyns. I heard about this book from an Oprah Book Club email. Oprah started the whole book club movement years ago on her talk show. Or at least that is my earliest memory of book clubs I signed up for the book club when reading “East of Eden” over 10 years go. Even though she no longer has her talk show she does have Book Club 2.0 through her website, and I still get emails with book recommendations. “The Burn Palace” was listed as a “crazily compelling page-turner.” And that it is!!
“The Burn Palace” focuses on the sleepy little seaside town of Brewster, Rhode Island. Late one evening, a baby is stolen from the nursery of the local hospital. To make matters worse, the baby is replaced with a corn snake. Who in the small town could do something like this? State Trooper Detectives, including Woody Potter, are brought in to help solve the case. But what they find gets continually stranger as the thriller, with a hint of supernatural, plays out over the next 9 days.
I have come to the realization that I need to take notes as I read. Yes, I’m that person. Not only to keep track of characters but for memory retention. “The Burn Palace” has a fair share of characters and the point of view jumps around quite a bit. Due to the jumping around of people, places, and plot lines, I had quite a few notes and post-its marked in the book. It didn’t influence my feelings on the book at all. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written. The plot was fast paced and took many unexpected turns. I recommended this book to a fellow homeschool mom and got a few recommendations from her!
What have you been reading lately? What is your favorite book you were unable to put down?