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Weekend Reading: July 26, 2014

Summer for the Work-at-Home Mom

From Instagram: My schedule is so screwy because our summer has been so crazy! It goes like this: We do something fun during the day. Then I stay up late working. But I still get up early because I LOVE my morning hours. And then midmorning I am just DONE for the day…which means I’ll be up late working when my second wind kicks in. I need a caffeine IV!

I don’t really have much to add to that picture caption other than to say I am flat-out exhausted — physically and mentally. Honestly, it’s like my brain refuses to dump the stress because I feel like I’m still trying to hold onto and organize all of this information in my head, even though I’ve written everything down multiple times.

It goes a little like this:

“Soccer is starting. We need cleats. And socks. I think I have shin guards. Where are those shin guards? Wait, is that the weekend we’re going to my Dad’s? Does that interfere with soccer games? Can I move it to — nope, have an Essentials meeting that day. Oh! Peyton still needs a binder and school supplies. I wanted to take her shopping to make it special. Shoot — I also need to order our American Heritage Girls stuff. And get the uniforms out of the attic. September? How did we get this close to September already?”

Anyone else relate? (I know you do…)

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!

What I Want You to Know About Essential Oils

I love natural remedies, and it never ceases to amaze me how much goodness can be found in the plants that grow all around us. While our family uses essential oils, we use them with caution. These posts highlight some of the reasons why we approach them the way we do:

  • A Short PSA: Using Caution and Care with Essential Oils | SortaCrunchy
  • A Survivor’s Guide to the Essential Oil Craze | Madhupa Maypop

For Your Mama Heart

  • What You Probably Need to Hear the Most Right Now | Scissortail SILK

Social Media Gone Bad

  • A Diet of Distraction | Unfiltered
  • Scientists Link Selfies To Narcissism, Addiction & Mental Illness |Collective Evolution

Have a great weekend!