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Friday Finds: Toys!

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections – it’s all about toys!

OneWorld Futbol: A nearly indestructible soccer ball, that will stay inflated even if it’s punctured. The best part? If you buy one, they’ll give one to an organization that works with disadvantaged youth.

Homemade Toy Ideas: Lots of great ideas for toys you can DIY with household items you typically throw away!

GoldieBlox: Even back in the day when I was in college, engineering schools were desperately trying to get more female students to join their schools. Someone got smart and decided that it might be a good idea to start marketing to girls at a younger age who are interested in building. Check out this great commercial for GoldieBlox (and I also like how they took a Beastie Boys song and turned its lyrics into a more empowering message).

Melissa and Doug Toys: When Jenny told me about GoldieBlox, I got excited thinking about toys. I love the idea of giving girls lots of choices in playthings. Some of our favorite toys come from Melissa and Doug. These toys are often handmade of natural materials. I couldn’t find a specific sustainability statement from the company but I know these toys are durable and can entertain many children in their useful life. There’s one of those 4R’s I love – Reuse!

Green Toys for Kids: A more exhaustive search for eco-friendly toys brought me to the inhabitat.com 2012 green gift guide for kids. It looks like they publish their guide in early December so I hope we see an update in a few weeks but there are some great buys here that will teach the kiddos important lessons about environmental sustainability while they have a lot of holiday fun.

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Friday Finds: 11/1/13

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes: Not sure what to do with all those leftover peanut butter cups? (A problem I have never had.) You can make cupcakes like Joy the Baker.

Creepy Cocktail: This drink is at the top of the list for next year’s pumpkin carving party. Soo gross, but I love it.

Candy Cocktail Rimmers: For all you adults in the house, I suggest you stash some of your kid’s candy and save it for these fantastic candy-based cocktail rimmers. Cheers! (There are also some links at the bottom of this blogger’s post with candy bar cheesecake recipes.)

Sweets for Soldiers: This Halloween candy donation program is designed for kids with food allergies and soldiers on deployment. For many kiddos with food allergies, the end of a night of trick-or-treating means much of their haul goes in the trash. With the Sweets for Soldiers program those treats go to brighten the day of a service man or woman spending the holiday far from home. Oh, and the drop offs are dentist offices. Less candy = less cavities. Win-win-win!

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Friday Finds: 10/25/13

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Get Your Puzzle On and Crowd Source Some Science: Love history and puzzles? Check out this link to assist some scientists in piecing together some ancient monument. The site goes live today!

Greg Hoy discusses his peer review: It blows my mind that a CEO would discuss his shortcomings so openly and honestly and take accountability in such a direct way. It makes me want to work for this guy which is strange because it’s all about what he sucks at. It’s just so great that he bothered to have his peers review him at all and that he genuinely cares about what they have to say.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Donuts: I used this recipe to make mini donuts for our pumpkin carving party. They were a hit!

Baked Chicken Taquitos: I <3 Our Best Bites! This is my go-to recipe when I want to eat “junk food” without the guilt. Don’t tell anyone, but I actually prefer these over their fried cousin. I sub flour tortillas for corn and Greek yogurt cream cheese.

Apple Cider Margarita: Another party favorite. I came across a photo of this drink on Instagram and knew I had to make it. Cider and tequila…how can you go wrong?

Spicy Popcorn: Rob made this popcorn for the party and it smelled so good while it was cooking! It’s sour and spicy and I munched on the leftovers all weekend. You should try it.

The Top 13 Theme Park Haunted Mazes in the World: Count me out for all of these. For those of you who like to be scared, these look amazing!

Haunted House Reaction Photos: A Haunted House in Canada set up a camera to capture reactions to people encountering something frightening. The shots are hysterical!

The Island of the Dolls: What is creepier than an island filled with broken dolls? The legend behind the island. Check out one of Mexico’s creepiest sites – The Island of the Dolls.

Bizarre Sewing Patterns: Yesterday I suggested sewing your own Halloween trick-or-treat bag. However it is possible to take the Halloween sewing too far as evidenced by this collection of patterns from the 80s and 90s. These may very well have been the scariest part of Halloween. Friends don’t let friends dress as clowns!

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Friday Finds: 10/18/13

Friday, October 18th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Help Davion Find His Family: WG Jenny shared this with me and ever since I read it I just can’t get this amazing Florida kid out of my mind. He makes me wish that I was emotionally and financially ready to parent a teenager. Someone out there will be the perfect parent(s) for Davion and I’m sharing the link to his story and Heart Gallery page in hopes that they find him sooner rather than later.

12 Uses for Disposable Chopsticks: My favorite? #2: Eat Cheetos without getting cheesy fingers. I love Flamin’ Hot Cheetos (guilty) but hate the red stains they leave behind. There will no longer be evidence of my Flamin’ Hot addiction!

Cher’s Signature Style: Recently, Jenny introduced me to Cher’s loony Twitter-ing. And lately, I can’t get enough of her! What a life she’s had. Always outspoken and fearless with fashion. I stumbled upon this article where she reminisces on many of her most infamous outfits.

Don’t Call Them Body Guards Anymore. Say “Protection Services”: While the whole pust is great, you MUST read the story she tells about Mat Hoffman about half-way down. I want to paste it up in places I can see it…everywhere.

Satiregram: Hysterical Instagram account made up of words depicting photos that we are guilty of posting on Instagram (mostly me).

Look at this Instagram: Started out as a lemon tart. Now it’s art. (Song parody.)

Bedtime: A recent study indicates that irregular bedtimes have a greater effect on kids’ behavior than how much sleep they get. Parents, here’s a compelling reason to stick to the bedtime routine!

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Friday Finds: 10/11/13

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

My vacation in a closed national park: Interesting account of trying to hike through a closed national park. They should have read my post on finding alternatives.

Find a Man Who Loves Pink: Laura, my favorite Hollywood Housewife wrote a lovely, honest recap of her sixth year married to The Gorilla.

15 Things Worth Knowing About Coffee: From my favorite comic site, this chart has some fun historical facts about coffee, including the origin of the “Americano.”

Hunger In Our Schools: October is Hunger Action Month and this infographic tells the story of hunger in US public schools.

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Friday Finds: 10/4/13

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Kitty CATure: Picture worth a thousand words.

The Chronicles of Lunchboxia: Calling all Mommas! And, Poppas too. I loved reading this article from Rebecca of Girls Gone Child about how she feeds her four unique kiddos. Mostly I loved this article because I often skip lunch simply because I can’t decide what to pack. You can bet that my lunches next week will probably look like they were packed for a first grader.

X-Wing Fighter from Office Supplies: Challenge accepted!

Illustrator Draws Faces, Lets 4 Year-Old Draw Bodies: The name of this article speaks for itself, and the end result is a cool and quirky piece of art. I think I might need to commission one of myself.

Ghoulishly Good Adult Halloween Party Ideas & Tips: Now that Octobers is finally here, I’m dreaming of a grown-up Halloween party.

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Friday Finds: 9/27/13

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Honey Launderers: A story of greed and honey. This terrified me in so many ways: the callous greed, the antibiotics snuck into my food and the slap on the hand for the soulless people who would treat our food so carelessly. I’m ready to run for my local honey stand at the farmer’s market this weekend.

Brooklyn Nine Nine: I know that everyone has their own taste in TV but I adore this show so much after just two episodes that I’m worried it will fall to the Fox ax. It’s quirky, funny and endearing right from the first episode. The only problem is that it may encourage my husband to wear a brightly colored speedo at this job.

Can We Gain Strength from Shame?: Are you listening to the TED Radio Hour? It’s a new addition to our local NPR station. I’m in love. I was blessed by this talk from Brene Brown. I hope you are too.

How to Read a Recipe: The holidays are just around the corner, and in my house, that means the baking season is about to begin! Joy the Baker (a blog I discovered thanks to fellow Wilderness Girl, and baker extraordinaire, Christie) lays out some basics on reading a recipe that will help you achieve success in your baking adventures.

DIY Crochet Rug With Yarn & Old T-Shirts: Ack! Someone save me from myself! I feel another craft project coming on!

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Friday Finds: 9/20/13

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Thirty Days of Honesty: Sometimes applying a good idea to fit into a business model is tough. Thirty Days of Honesty is being written by the co-founders of Dabble (dabble.co) who have a successful business in many ways except really the key one: profit. I love their idea, I love their honesty and I’m rooting for them.

How to Re-Make a Vintage Dress Using a Pattern: I only discovered this wonderful blog a few weeks before I started the sewing class I’m currently taking. So, I can’t wait for the day when I can actually use this tutorial to re-make one of my vintage dresses! I’ve got big plans for an eBay find that was poorly constructed using the most amazing fabric.

Samantha Lee’s Instagram: Bento art is starting to get more and more notoriety. Check out this mother’s Instagram site for a great example of this artform. She covers everything from London tourist attractions to Lady Gaga.

Who Died?: I love movies + I love infographics. This one shows which actors have racked up the most death scenes in their movies. What more can a gal ask for?

The Most Influential Sci-Fi Movies: Empire? The Fifth Element? In an infographic? LOVE!

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Friday Finds: 9/13/13

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Ever find something on your trip down the internet rabbit-hole that you just have to share with the world? The Wilderness Girls do! Every week we will link you to our favorite bits of the internet right here on Friday Finds. Click the links below to check out this week’s selections!

Origin of the Poodle Skirt: I’m currently having a re-obsession with cirlcle skirts and came across this fabulous interview with Juli Lynne Charlot the creator of the original poodle skirt.

Multitasking:There’s an App for That: Looking for an app (or 12) that will solve all your problems? I’m guilty. Jeff DeGraff makes a strong arguement to stop multitasking already!

Awkward Years Project: Remember those years between when you were a kid and your now awesome self? This site is a great reminder that we have all been awkward at one point, and it’s ok!

A Tiny House: This guy built a tiny house out of a dumpster. It has all the basic needs and some pretty crafty engineering. I’m not looking to move in, but it is pretty interesting.

More Tiny Houses: The dumpster house is one-of-a-kind but it is not the only one. Check out these beautiful teenie tiny houses.

And a few Tree Houses: Some big, some small, some short some tall – check out these fascinating tree houses from around the world. Many are constructed of recycled or reclaimed materials and have minimal impact on the trees so inhabitants can truly celebrate nature and keep their footprint light.

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Friday Finds: Football Party Snacks

Friday, September 6th, 2013

We don’t know about you, but for the Wilderness Girls, the best part of football season is the good eats! Today, we’re featuring links to a few healthy and not so healthy recipes that will keep you and your sports FANatics happy.

Baked Chili Cheese Fries: My mother used to make the best pan fried potatoes I’ve ever had in my life. She would make them a small batch at a time and dump them onto paper towels for us to quickly salt. Take it easy on yourself and bake these fries but keep maximum flavor with some chili and cheese.

Fried Guacamole: This is the most interesting use of guacamole I’ve ever seen. I’m convinced that Joy must be an evil genius.

Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing: Love the taste of buffalo wings but don’t want heavy fried food? Try this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Salad with homemade Blue Cheese Dressing. It’s crunchy, filling and has all the delicious flavors you get with an order of wings but not the stomach ache and guilt. This salad is so good that even Scott will make a meal out of it.

Restaurant Style Queso-Blanco: Who doesn’t love queso?

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos: These taquitos are always a hit in my house; I think they’re tastier than the fried version. And, they freeze great, so make up a big batch and easily feed your Monday Night Football guests for the next couple months.

Greek Seven-Layer Dip: One of my FAVORITE food bloggers, Sweet Peas & Pumpkins, came up with this twist on the classic seven-layer dip. Instead of the classic beans/salsa combo, she goes Greek with hummus, olives, and veggies. I made this for a happy hour and it was a huge hit. Pair it up with pita or pita chips, tortilla chips, or your favorite veggies. The best part? It’s incredibly simple and quick to put together.

Roasted Chickpeas: Want an alternative to roasted peanuts? This is the recipe for you. Roasted chickpeas have a great crispy texture and are super filling. This recipe features curry, but you can play up whatever seasonings you want, sweet or savory.

Classic Guacamole: My family’s favorite football party snack is guacamole. This quick stop motion video has a great recipe, even though I would skip the tomato.

Good Eats Swedish Meatballs: A recipe poem: Meatballs are perfect football food. Alton’s recipes sing to my inner nerd. For there’s real science behind his treats. That’s why his dishes are such Good Eats.

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