Offically it's Monday, the antithesis of weekend. But in my house, I'm still in pjs, hoping my getup keeps me on the down-low, a non-official prescription to buoy my strength in preparation for all that this week holds. So, because I am never on the computer on the weekends these days (thinking I should probably put these posts together on Friday), here are this week's links of must reads/sees/downloads in case you too are celebrating Munturday (a new hybrid of Monday, Saturday, and Sunday)...
Owl Calendar: Just in time for the New Year, this site has a FREE downloadable calendar that you can customize yourself from dozens of original artists' designs. Also, free downloadable gift wrap and stationery! Since coming across a gorgeous owl on a family bike ride this fall, we've been obsessed with the little guy and we're pretty sure you are one click away from an obsession yourself!
Thousand Gifts app: I love this new app from Ann Voskamp! A handy app to digitally journal gratitude, you can post a simple line plus a photo and, in so doing, awaken to all the gifts around you everyday.
Foster the People: Anyone else out there a Rebekah St. James fan? As a teen, I loved her funky departure from the same ol' quiet church music most females were producing in those days and, when on bed rest during my fourth pregnancy, I had her newest cd on repeat while soaking up God promises imbedded (no pun intended) in the lyrics. Well, I found out this week that she finally married earlier this year and to Jacob Fink, bassist in the well-known indie band Foster the People. Huh, who knew?
Studio Amber: It's as if Glamour Shots of the 90s got a may-jah facelift, reconstructive surgery, and no doubt a new stylist. This photog studio in the Netherlands is for the fashion forward and unabashed design junkies who would love a chance to be styled and made up for what will truly be the most creative and original portrait among their friends, guaranteed. Crazy concepts and sometimes hilario to boot!
Geronimo Stilton: Thanks to this courageous little mouse, my kids have fallen in love with reading! What used to be a chore and seen strictly as schoolwork is now enjoyed undercover (and under covers!) past the bedtime hour. Huge kudos to my husband who introduced them on their frequent library trips together. With full page color pictures and highlighted words in color and fancy fonts sprinkled throughout the stories, these books include valuable character lessons based on family, friendship, work, and more.
Gift Ideas: For gifts that keep on giving, please pass on buying a goat in my name this Christmas. Call me crazy, or just straight-up selfish, but I love unwrapping gifts and wouldn't mind if there was something for me hidden underneath. I planned on putting together a gift guide for those of us who want to bless others while supporting good causes but when I saw this by Rage Against the Minivan, I knew my task had already been accomplished. Including my favorites, 31Bits and Compassion Int'l, there is plenty there for everyone on your Christmas list this year!