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Weekend Reading: July 12, 2014

Power Outage

From Instagram: One benefit of no power for 48 hours is my fridge and freezer are now sparkling clean! {Tip from my sister-in-law: river rocks make great ice packs because they get super cold and don’t sweat!}

The best laid plans, right? I made a list for the week with some projects I wanted to get done. Things were moving swimmingly along…until a storm rolled through our area on Tuesday evening. We lost power before it even reached our house, and Sean began ushering everybody down into the basement as we watched the trees bend almost perpendicularly to the ground.

All in all, it lasted less than 7 minutes, but when we came upstairs, we found that the wind had been so strong it had sucked our attic cover right out of the opening!

As I got on my phone to report the loss of power to our power company, I noticed that the map was covered in outages, with more popping up every few minutes. We were among more than a thousand separate outages affecting tens of thousands of customers, and the company estimated that “all customers will have power by 7/12/14 at 11:00 p.m.” Those aren’t encouraging words on Wednesday the 9th!

Thankfully, our power came back on Thursday evening {and then went out…and then came back on…and then went out…and then came back on}. We also had multiple offers of freezer space and were able to save most of our frozen food.

But as I type this, I’m so thankful for air-conditioning and outlets that work!

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading and what I’m pinning to see the other posts that make me stop and think (or, you know, drool…). You’ll find new posts all week long!

Life Your Way

  • When you are tightly wound. | Kate Baer
  • How to Plan Neglect: Saying No to Good Things So We Can Say Yes to the Best | A Holy Experience

Living Intentionally

  • I know what my “why” looks like. | K. Elizabeth Fleck

Living Creatively

  • oh, how happy I am when creativity wins | SortaCrunchy
  • Free-Range Phineas and Ferb | Free Range Kids

How She Does It

How She Does It

Despite the fact that her book recommendations and Kindle deals are costing me money (ha!), Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy continues to be one of my favorite bloggers.

While she’s quickly becoming known as the book blogger to follow, she also talks a lot about personality tests and work-sharing among couples.

In How She Does It, Anne shares the stories of 30 women who have found creative solutions to juggling work and family. From stay-at-home moms working at nap time to full-time entrepreneurs who have let go of the guilt, this ebook is packed full of innovative solutions, creative thinking and encouragement for every working mom!

Click here to get your Kindle copy today. {And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow it FREE!}

Have a great weekend!