Sundays are for Sharing: The Tragedy at Sandy Hook, Mayim Bialik on the Spirit of Hanukkah, Homemade Eggnog Recipe, and More!
I have fallen disastrously behind over the last month and our weekly Sundays are for Sharing feature has suffered greatly. It hasn’t even resembled being weekly; in fact, it has been more like monthly. I’m sorry, and I will try to do better moving forward.
If you’re wondering what Sundays are for Sharing is all about, you can read my introduction to Sundays are for Sharing, but here is the condensed version: as a blogger, supporting other bloggers and the great work that they are producing is one of the most important things you can do. So, I want to support you and what you are doing, and this is my way of doing just that. This space is for me to share some of my favorite blog posts of the week and invite you to do the same!
- On Friday, a mass shooting occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In the wake of this tragedy that left 20 children and six adults dead, we have collectively been doing what humans do in situations like this–attempting to understand and make sense of how something so horrific and ugly could happen in a world that has shown us how beautiful it can sometimes be. On our quest to understand, it seems as if everyone took to their social media accounts to declare their opinions about this event; on their political leanings, on where they stand on social justice issues, and what we should all be doing in order to make sure nothing like this ever happens again. Some of these comments, the anger and fear in them and the finger-pointing that happens with anything so delicate have been frustrating and even infuriating to read. I realized I was not alone in my frustration or my sadness when I read this poignant and thoughtful post on gun control, the mentally ill, and the right to bear arms. It is definitely worth a read. [Minnesota Girl in LA]
That is all I am going to write (and share) about the tragedy at Sandy Hook, so, on a much lighter note–the holidays.
- Author, neuroscientist, blogger, and The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik listed 8 things she learned from Hanukkah this season. [Kveller]
- For many, the best part of the holidays (also interchanged with the best way to survive the holidays without losing your cool) is to drink. Maybe to even drink a lot. If you have a soft spot for holiday eggnog, you know that there is nothing like having the real thing–real as in homemade, that is. Here is an excellent eggnog recipe that is guaranteed to be better than store-bought. [Southern Spark]
- Nothing makes drinking more fun than a little music, and it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit with this Christmas 2012 mix packed with immensely talented artists from the past and present, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Michael Buble, and even Fiona Apple. [Mighty Girl]
- If you have a little cowboy (or a big cowboy, for that matter) in your family and are feeling crafty, create the perfect country-themed receptacle for Santa’s goodies with this cowboy boot Christmas stocking pattern. [Dream a Little Bigger]
- I have been busy decorating our home for the holidays, and as I went about this process (while pretending I was an HGTV star hosting a holiday show) I looked to blogs for inspiration. What I found was something that made me sad my house doesn’t have a foyer. Check out this holiday foyer makeover, complete with a chic holiday wreath hanging from a mirror (would have never thought of that!), a balancing of textures with candlesticks, and shatterproof ornaments sitting pretty in a clear-jeweled bowl. Gorgeous! [Mom Spark]
- I am a huge fan of candles and using them as eye-catching decor items for around the house. Pottery Barn had a line of candles (they are currently no longer available) that were painted to look like natural birch trees, but I found one blogger who recreated the idea and came up with DIY birch candles using LED pillars from Dollar Tree. Not only are they easy to make, but they are also cheaper to make than what you would pay for them at Pottery Barn. [A Night Owl Blog]
- I have a lot of respect for people who can create beautiful nail art, but this miniature landscape nail art takes what we normally think of as nail art to a whole new level–a level that I never could have even imagined existed. Nails that look like they have an even, fuzzy coat of AstroTurf with miniature people standing on a fingertip that looks like an entire little world. Seriously, this is something you need to see. [Dear Crissy]
- If you love games like air hockey and have an iPad, Pressman Toy has come up with something so cool that you need to check out–iPieces. These small electronic games let you experience the thrill of hitting the puck with real iPieces strikers, on–you guessed it–your iPad. This review of the iPieces games shows just how much fun you can have with by yourself or with a partner competing in classic games on new technology. [Baby Gators Den]
Now that I have shared some of my favorite stories from the past week, I would love for you to do the same. Feel free to post links to whatever you’ve been writing (yes, this is a shameless self-promotion friendly space!), reading, and raving about this week in the comments.
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