Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Surf: Birthday surprise

Welcome to the Sunday Surf, a tour of the best blogposts I've read throughout the week.

I'd like to preface this with a big Thanks a lot for nothing to Blogger. They switched me over to the new editor, which I'd tried out before but despise. Everything took four times longer, and it messed up my formatting, and, to top it off, it lost all my changes! Lovely. 
Sam taught me a hack for getting back to the old editor (for now): Replace blogger.g in the URL with posts.g — booyah! 
Anyway, that's why Sunday Surf is so late today. I just had to go to sleep instead of trying to reconstruct at 3 in the morning. I think that was the wise course.

baby eating ice cream cone held by father
Alrik demonstrates proper ice cream cone enjoyment.
Yesterday the boys took me out to eat and to buy (SECRET) items for my (SURPRISE) birthday party. I don't know what they are AT ALL, except for all the things Mikko blabbed to me.

Four-year-olds love having secrets but are not as down with the keeping of them.

So, yes, tomorrow is my birthday. And our big plans this weekend include continuing to use birthday coupons I've amassed. Same as every birthday. But I like it, for I am easy. Also, a cheap date.

At some point I will be AMBUSHED by the fantastic surprises I don't at all know about. And much merriment will be had by all.

I've already started teaching Alrik some birthday signs in preparation.

Some reading for you:

Poetry of a Hobo Mama giveaway:

Read the reviews of my poetry book from six fabulous bloggers and enter the group giveaway to win one of SEVEN COPIES! I'm so excited to be sponsoring this giveaway. Please enter, and enjoy!

You can also check out the 5-star reviews I now have on Amazon! Yea!

See that cover at right? --> That's my side boob up on Amazon. Support nursing in public by purchasing your own endorsement — it fits nicely on your bookshelf!

Carnival news:

There's a Natural Parenting Blog Hop Linky on Frugal Living at I Thought I Knew Mama. Link up your posts TODAY, old or new, and enjoy the other participants' contributions!

Other upcoming carnivals that I know of:
Does anyone have any to add?

From Natural Parents Network:

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Find more giveaways at my Natural parenting giveaways linky! Add your own, and enter some good ones. Right now you can enter to win a $50 at Lunapads, a Lullaby Earth crib mattress, adorable stuffed animal hamper from Laslappie Crafts, Love Languages books for children, cloth wipes, and more!

Win me. Win me.

Surf with us:

Sunday Surf with Authentic Parenting and Hobo MamaWe love following along with fellow Sunday Surfers. If you have your own post of reading links to share, please link up your post on Hobo Mama or on Authentic Parenting. The linky will go live every Sunday, and you can link up any day that week. If Sunday doesn't work for you but you do a links list another day, feel free to play along. You only need to add your post to one of the sites, and the linky will automatically show up on both sites.

You can get the Sunday Surf button by Jenna Designs and some code to add to your post from my Sunday Surf page.

Check out previous editions for good reading, and you can find more shared items during the week at my Tumblr blog, Hobo Mama's Shared Items.

This linky list is now closed.


Dionna @ Code Name: Mama said...

Thanks for all of the TV posts - going to read now!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Lauren! I struggle with the TV issue and kids...thanks for the informative posts!!

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Olivia said...

Love the tv posts and our attitude towards it is similar to yours. Yes, there is a lot of tv, but we are not mindless zombies for it. And there is plenty of opportunity for other activities.

I Thought I Knew Mama said...

Great shares! The stay at home mom post by Melissa is especially thought provoking. I love all of the conversation in the comments of the post.

Hope you had a fun birthday!

melissa v. said...

Thanks for the link! Great ideas for tv time, too; I like the balanced approach!! =) We have a "30 minute per day" rule for our kids; they can watch tv, play Club Penguin on the computer, or play Wii for 30 minutes per day. I was thinking about changing it up for summertime and making it a bit more free yet actually reduce the overall hours: I figured maybe we would say "2 hours total per week, use at your discretion," type of idea... They can play or watch for 2 hours straight the first day or spread it out over the week, but two hours max. We'll see if it works out, but I must say the distratction approach is appealing because it is more gentle and requires less haggling...

Zoie @ TouchstoneZ said...

A is such a cutie, but how did he get so big??

Thank you for mentioning The Spank Out Day Carnival.

I am really looking forward to reading the posts about tv usage & kids. I've been considering the unlimited option because I think they might self regulate well and we'll have fewer arguments about it. My oldest often has meltdown when tv time is over, no matter how many gentle reminders he gets.

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