Amanda Moments
November 14, 2014

It’s Friday! Now only if I could plan on watching TGIF later. Alas, this has been a mostly good week, and next week I believe will be good as well! As a reminder, on Monday Kate and I will have the next installment of our Going Natural series, and Tuesday will be the first Tell Me About Your Town linkup! I do hope you come back for both:)

Now, on to some new business: I have an announcement! And no, it’s not quite as personal or exciting as Amberly’s announcement. I’ve teamed up with some other amazing bloggers for a fun project for other new wives out there. It is called The Married Life, and its purpose is to be a resource and a community for married ladies. All the credit is due to Lindsay from the Newlywed Notebook, as this was 100% her idea. There are SO many resources out there for women who are planning their wedding, but once they actually tie the knot, they’re often on their own. This is a place we hope to be able to inspire, inform and assist other newlyweds in their transition to married life.

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Though we hope to be able to eventually grow it into a full, dedicated website, for now we’re starting with a Pinterest site.

To learn more about The Married Life, please visit this post for the lineup of who’s involved and what you can do to help. But for now, I kindly ask that you give us a follow on our boards and check out what we’ve got going so far. And let any of us know if you have any comments or suggestions for this resource going forward. I hope you’re excited about this like we all are!

OK, on to our regularly scheduled programming and my favorite blog posts from the past 2 weeks.

-How to Be Skinny on Yes & Yes: It was the title that made me open this post, and I was pleasantly surprised that it was much more positive than I was anticipating. I really like this sort of approach – as an example, how to be skinny: Do something you love and that makes you laugh. Throw away all fashion/women’s magazines. Throw away your scale. Do a random act of kindness.

-Planning for the Future: Wills, Living Wills & Life Insurance on the So-Called Homemaker: My husband and I have talked about wanting to make wills for ourselves since before we even got married, but it always gets pushed to the back burner. Partly because it’s a sad, morbid thing to think about, but also because we have no clue where to start or what we want. This post was a nice nudge to finally get that crossed off our to-do lists, because anything can happen at any time and I like being prepared.

-The Truth About Interracial Relationships on The Grand Adventures of Me: This is an old post, but one that I just stumbled upon recently. I love bloggers tackling touchy, real subjects in such an open way, and I find this topic so intriguing. It may be my inner sociologist, but I find the subject of race super interesting and the dynamic it can have in social situations. That aside, confession: I find other races totally attractive, and while I married a white dude, I certainly have had past interests in non-white dudes, and I couldn’t help but wonder how my own family would have reacted if I brought someone else home. I think that both Nina and Tiffany have a great perspective on this whole topic, and I agree: look for the beauty inside an individual’s heart above all else.

-All the posts on adoption, including these from Girl on the Move Blog, The Lady Errant, Southern Komfort and Little Things Big Stuff. These posts have meant so much to me. Partly because I had no idea there even was an Adoption Month. Also because I do have a desire to adopt, and I haven’t shared much about that yet because it’s something I’m still working out in my own mind and because I wasn’t sure how it would be perceived. But as I said in my blogiversary post, I’m trying to be more open and vulnerable here, and this is something I do wish to share, so I’ll work in some posts about my reasons to want to adopt, and hopefully eventually I can use my blog to document the process when we get to that point. Anyway, these girls’ posts are giving me the courage to research more about adoption on my own and sort out my own plans without qualms about talking about it.

-Make Damn Sure on Alyssa Goes Bang: So many feels with this post. I love Alyssa’s openness with this touchy topic, and I’m proud that she’s taking a stance for her own self. Cutting toxic people out of your life is tough to begin with, but when it’s a family member, and you receive flack for standing up for yourself from other family members, it’s so much worse. I really feel for her, and without going into details, let’s just say that I understand.


All The Joys Friday Favorites
What are your fave posts this past week? Do you have awesome weekend plans?

13 responses to “Friday Faves + An Announcement”

  1. Amberly says:

    Thanks for spreading my news πŸ˜‰ I need to write my post for this Pinterest fun!! πŸ™‚

  2. Eeeek I’m so excited about this new gig ya’ll have going on! I’ll stop by on Pinterest to check it out, and at the post as well. I cannot begin to express how excited I am to hopefully share this adoption journey with you via blogland. It’s so scary and nerve wrecking and exciting and just emotional all at the same time, so to be able to share it together is awesome sauce πŸ™‚

    • Oh yay, that makes me happy! It should be really fun and really helpful…we hope!

      My mind is totally spinning from all those adoption posts. I have a list in progress to you with all sorts of follow up questions and thoughts. I’m so glad you’re being awesome and open about it. I love having you as a resource to talk about it! Thanks, friend!

  3. yay i’m so glad you posted this! i’ve been out of bloggy land while traveling so i can’t wait to catch up on your site and others you’ve listed!

    ps. super excited for our new pinterest board-hip hip hooray!

  4. So thankful you’ve agreed to partner up with me on this! I think it will be a lot of fun, and a really useful resource as well! Love when you share your favorites too – gives me so much to catch up on! Happy Friday girlie!

  5. Oh I’m excited for these marriage posts!!!! Those types are my favorite. I have so many written as drafts but for some reason, I never finish them! I should do that because marriage posts seem to be popular!

  6. natalie says:

    I would love to talk to you about adoption any time! πŸ™‚

  7. Meagan says:

    Ack these are all new to me! Thanks for linking up – looking forward to your natural post tomorrow AND the link up Tuesday, my post is all ready to go!

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