Weekly Tips for July 19, 2010

Posted on 18. Jul, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Wow — summer in full swing! The sun is out, the kids are having great days and very tired nights and everyone is healthy and happy.  Due to all the fun of summer, we thought of some random information, RockIt Mom could provide to you this week instead of our regular tips. Still posted a recipe under FOOD this week, just click on over.  

Remember when we asked what 3 Things Did You Personally Want to Accomplish This Summer?  Most comments were cleaning, organizing or doing some type of household chore.  While this is all good for the house, how about YOU??

Here is a list of great books to read this summer.  These are books that are smart, funny, stylish and easy reads.  Check out some of these reads and let us know what you thing about them.  RockIt Mom has read most of these personally and would love to here your thoughts.  Let us know on Facebook, www.facebook.com/RockItMom or here on the site.

1. Run Like A Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Shea.  This book is a replicate of the lively conversations good friends have when they’re out on a run: a mix of personal stories, hard-won, helpful advice, and crack-you-up anecdotes that cement a connection that goes well beyond the miles logged that day.

2. Food Rules by Michael Pollan.  This indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely, one per page accompanied by a concise explanation. The easy-to-use guide is great for any purse while at the store.

3. Among Pigeons by Dr. Lawrence A. Williams.  This is a journey with Roman, a homeless vet who at one time was a thriving member of society.  This story chronicles the author’s journey with Roman in the life of the homeless.

4. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner.  A fictional story about a political family in the midst of a cheating scandal – like that is new - but with humor. 

5. The Summer We Read Gatsby by Danielle Ganek.  A story of half-sisters who love to drive each other crazy, until they inherit a beach house and have a true bond for the first time.

6. Talking to Girls about Duran Duran by Rob Sheffield.  This memoir of a former Rolling Stone writer is all about love and music and how the band help him meet girls.

7. Plus by Veronica Chambers.  This is the unbelievable story of how the authoer went to college, gained twenty-five pounds, got dumped by her boyfriend, failed physics and became a worldfamous supermodel. 

8. The Egg Sisters by Alyson Gilmore and Brenda Sajewski.  This story is heartfelt and true.  It chronicles the extraordinary circumstances of how two women met, and needed one another to begin families.  Two stranger’s quest for a family led to an unexpected life-long bond and friendship.

MUSIC: What are you listening to right now?  Catch 100 Miles from Memphis by Sheryl Crow.  This a retro-soul and rock mix.  It only show that good can come from all your personal trials and tribulations.

Ideas for more summer fun FOR MOM because this is your break, too.

Co-op babysitting with a neighbor or grab a sitter and head to the beach/lake/pool for a few stolen hours with a few close friends and have a real conversation. 

Try taking a bartending class on a Saturday afternoon.  Then try your new art at the next get together. 

Start a compost. I have NO IDEA how to do this, but the kids are asking for it, so it is on my TO-DO list this summer. 

Find a concert, comedian or play you would love to see and invite your mom to go with you. Or make it a date night with your special someone.  Tickets are going on sale for the fall concert series for Kathleen Madigan, Kathy Griffin, Jeff Dunham and others.

Skip dinner-and-a-flick date and do something crazy or scary together, like a roller coaster or rock climbing. Trying something thrilling will  boosts dopamine, which increases your interest.

Act like a kid!  Think of an activity you loved to do in the summer when you were a kid and do it again.  Go bike riding, cruise a creek and look for frogs, play hide-n-seek. 

Grow something edible.  It can be herbs on a windowsill or fruit in your yard.  Try the easy ones first, basil, dill, carrots, cucumbers and lettuce.

Head over to the local beauty college and get a cheap cheap cheap manicure, pedicure or facial.  Keep it simple because they are still “in training”.

That is it for this week, just some random thoughts, ideas and information from all the reading.  Have a great week and keep up posted on your thoughts, ideas, interpretations and insights.

One Response to “Weekly Tips for July 19, 2010”

  1. Kerry 30 July 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Love all of these ideas. Thank you!

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