Reading Material: 168 Hours, Teaching Your Child Not to Interrupt, y Mas

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Each week, I compile a small collection of stuff I wrote, read, tried, watched, tasted, fell asleep on ( last two are mostly a joke).

Reading Material || SEMIPROPER

Reading Material || Neon Fresh

How to Teach Your Child Not to Interrupt over at An Everyday Story. This is a great post. We usually just tell the girls to say “Excuse me, Mommy” and wait, but I think I’m going to try out this tactic. I like how it’s lovely/respectful for all parties involved.

This is What Happened When I Drove My Mercedes to Pick Up Food Stamps by Darlena Cunha. I posted this on Facebook two nights ago, and y’all lit it up. Opinions were really across the board (check it here). I still think empathy is everything, though.

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderkam. On Tuesday, I told you that my goal is to go to bed by 10 every night this week. Last night I tucked myself in at 9:30, didn’t check my email (um, more than once, anyway) and read a couple chapters. So good. I’ve been a long-time Laura Vanderkam fan, and I was hooked when I heard her say in a podcast “Even if you work 50 hours a week and sleep 8 hours a night, you still have 62 hours in the week for other stuff.”

Glenn Beck is Bringing Aid to Young Refugees in Texas: ‘We Must Open Our Hearts’ over at Business Insider. His supporters are all riled up. I think he’s doing is incredible work, and it’s frustrating to see the backlash on social media. (Can we stop saying “Charity begins at home”? It doesn’t actually mean we should only help people in our country. That’s not what it means. It means, generosity begins at home so we can spread it out to people around us.)


Reading Material || Neon FreshOkay, maybe I wouldn’t go so far as to say that I love it, but I’ll just say that maybe…. just maybe, I spent about eight minutes on this site yesterday.



chest-bumpingOnce a week I’ give a little public football chest bump to some of the Semiproper partners that help keep this site rolling semi-smoothly. Minimal bumps. Minor fender damage, really.

There’s been a lot of direct-sales surrounding essential oils, and while I haven’t (and likely won’t ever) jump on that bandwagon, I have a friend who started his own brand selling 100% pure undiluted peppermint oil, single-sourced from his friend’s farm (in Utah). You can buy FRSH MNT right off the site, no obligation to buy a $300 pack of oils or whatever. He says you can put a drop in your coffee or tea or hot chocolate as well as using it for recipes. I also throw a few drops in a pan of boiling water to make the whole house smell amazing.


Reading Material || Neon FreshThe cast of School of Rock, all grown up. (Their 10 year reunion was last fall.) You’re not hardcore unless you live hardcore.

Catch you tomorrow for TIHIF!

PS. Scratch or Sniff, my site for parents of kids with allergies, asthma, + eczema, has a brand new look. Check it (please). (If you want.)

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  • Reply Missy G. July 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    What podcast are you referencing with the quote from Laura Vanderkam? I’ve tried reading 168 Hours, but I tend to put books down when there are tasks/homework at the end of each chapter.

    • Reply Roo July 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      It was one with Erik Fisher!

      I skip those tasks too, haha. :)

  • Reply Stephanie July 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I feel highly conflicted about most of this. “Well, good for you, Glenn Beck!” is not something I expected to think in my lifetime. Also, I’d like to find out what this pearl of parenting advice about interruptions is, but I think you may have broken the site with awesome traffic. Patience is not a thing for the internet! I’ll be watching bouncing cats for the rest of the day, I guess.

    • Reply Roo July 10, 2014 at 8:10 pm

      We may have broken it momentarily, but it’s up now! :)

  • Reply Alison July 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Okay, I’ve put 168 Hours on my to-read list!
    Thanks for sharing, Roo!

    • Reply Roo July 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Let me know how you like it!

  • Reply Vanessa Wittmer July 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    at the risk of sounding like a ten-year old, two things:

    my parents implemented the “hand on the wrist/shoulder” thing and it worked perfectly for both parties.
    aaaand i also spent 8 minutes on the cat-bounce. so. fun.

    • Reply Roo July 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I’m going to implement it this weekend. If it fails, I blame you, Vanessa. :)

  • Reply Caitlin @ {walker whimsy} July 11, 2014 at 2:02 am

    But the legend of the rent was way hardcore!

    … … …

    Boom! Big ol’ explosion…some like confetti comes down.
    Anyway, that’s all I got so far, it’s a work in progress.


  • Reply Christy July 11, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Thank you for cat-bounce.

    The entire office

  • Reply Jessica July 12, 2014 at 1:28 am

    I vividly remember my parents teaching my sisters and I that we needed to put our hand on their shoulder or wrist when we wanted to speak to them and they were talking with someone else. Worked like a charm on all three of us!

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