Reading Material and Some Big Stuff

reading material

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 || Neon Fresh

If you’ve been following the news this week, you’ve seen that airlines have featured heavily for various reasons. A video of one flight attendant went viral, and I wrote about it here.

Also over on Adweek’s AdFreak: This video is super upsetting, but it gets the point across. (In fact, I’m searching for first aid courses in my area now.)

If you love TIHIF right here on Fridays, you might like the GIF series I’m doing on BabyCenter – all parenting related. This week’s installment heavily features Idina Menzel.

Reading Material || Neon Fresh

I met Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy on the www, and she is super smart and super savvy. She released a book on Amazon called How She Does It – nice and short, perfect Kindle length, full of great ideas for women who want to do the whole work/life thing well. Check it here.

Last year I hit the dance floor (more like city square) in Guatemala (celebrating their Independence Day!) with Jamie as a brief hiatus from our entire point of being there, which was working with World Vision. I’m doing something pretty big with her again this year (it doesn’t even feel real; I broke the news to family and friends today). I know a lot of you follow her as well, so let me link to her announcement here, and I’ll write about it more at length next week.

Reading Material || Neon Fresh

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, and I keep reaching for these shoes to toss into my carry-on. They’re only five ounces and they work well with jeans or  a casual dress or workout clothes, so I’ve been digging them. Reebok sent them to me for a campaign, but my contract’s up and all of my obligations have been fulfilled, so I’m just sharing this with you because I reeeaally like them, and I might buy another pair.

Reebok Skyscapes - NEON FRESH


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

Meet Tamara. She’s a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor, and her website is a great spot for women and moms. On a personal level, she’s super nice and easy to talk to, and that definitely reflects in her writing. Like, she hasn’t yelled at me to quit my Cheetos habit yet, so I’m feeling pretty good.

The Workout Mama

Reading Material || Neon FreshThis made me laugh so hard. If you’ve ever shaken your head at the king and queen’s parenting techniques in Frozen (poor Elsa and Anna!), this is a must watch.

Catch you tomorrow for TIHIF!

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  • Reply Rebecca April 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Big news like whoa! I just want to squeeze your hand and say “Things will be okay. you will become stronger, if you are not yet strong. Trust what is in your heart.” I have a friend that works towards alleviating trafficking in the U.S. (dealing with legislation and such). It’s such a difficult road to stay on without falling apart or becoming cynical. All the <3, for real.

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Oh I totally want the hand squeeze, Rebecca. Thank you!

  • Reply Kaylyn April 17, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    What an amazing opportunity! Jamie is right, in that there is SO MUCH to tell about trafficking. We just did a weeklong campaign on the campus I work on and focused on domestic trafficking – 100k-300k children in the US are trafficked. The average age of abduction is 12 in Baltimore and 8 (!!!!!!!!!!!) in Florida.

  • Reply Alicia April 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    That Frozen video was super awesome and hilarious! Disney kinda has the worst parents…and they always die.

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Every.single.time. :(

  • Reply Kirby April 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Holy Big news! Oh Roo, I wish you didn’t have to make this trip for anything other than going there for fun or to just see the world. I pray that no one has to make thos trips to fight to end this…..because it shouldn’t be happening. My heart breaks everytime I hear about Human Trafficking, Sex Slavery, I mean just two days ago I received an email from LOVE146 that they admitted their youngest victim yet, 4 yrs old! FOUR! I can’t even imagine. I’m praying for you and your group to have safe travels and wish you all the best of “luck” making this something people CAN’T ignore anymore, show them them the reality of it. Again, I wish it wasn’t something that had to be done, I wish it didn’t exist but people can’t live in their own little world anymore just ignoring it. It’s here (yes right here in The USofA too), it’s out there and we need to fight together to end it!

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you so much, Kirby! I saw that update from Love146 too and it just broke me. So devastating.

  • Reply Kelly {the Centsible Life} April 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    So proud of you for doing something so challenging and tough-knowing it will bring awareness to such an important cause. Sending all the love and prayers.

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      xoxoxo Thank you, Kelly!

  • Reply Juliana April 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    You’re right, that video was upsetting, but also got the point across. I have been CPR, AED and First Aid certified for 16 years (I renew every 2 years). I think about how often I am alone with my kids and how quickly something can go very wrong, but it’s not as scary when I remember that I have the basic skills to at least save their life until help arrives. Check your local fire department. If they don’t offer classes, they can at least tell you where to go.

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:57 pm

      I found some on the Red Cross site! Thanks, Juliana!

  • Reply Natasha April 17, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Um, you guys are going with DOOCE?!?! Whaaaat!!!!! Ok.
    That is amazing and heartbreaking, and as someone who has (or partner/family has) ties with Asian countries, it touches a nerve. I wish your group the best on this amazing/scary journey, and can not wait to read about everyone’s experience. Big hugs for the deep stuff, Roo xox

  • Reply Lauren @ Faith and Macaroni April 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Whoa. I follow all 4 of y’all and I am really intrigued to hear the 4 perspectives. It’s hard to know what to say because “Oh, Asia, cool!” sounds just so very wrong. But I’ll be praying for all of y’all – the opening of minds and hearts and talents when you return to write about it. Best wishes for a safe trip.

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Thank you so much, Lauren! (And cool but not surprising that you’re following Jamie/Kristen/Heather, too!)

  • Reply Britiney April 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    You AND Jamie AND Heather!!! >pow< *mind blown*

    Cannot wait to see what you girls do.

    • Reply Roo April 20, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      Ha! It’s true, I’m rollin’ there with some great people. :)

  • Reply Tamara @ The Workout Mama April 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Oh wow! That is pretty much all I can say in response to your trip. I know it will be heartbreaking and painful but at the same time I am sure you you will be able to give a voice to what is happening to those who are unaware.

    Love the shoes, love the alternative Frozen ending too! Thanks for the shout-out :). Happy Easter!

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