I feel kind of Christopher Columbus-y saying I “discovered” these things, as if I was the first to unearth them. Of course I wasn’t. But in case you haven’t discovered them yet, I thought it would be rude not to share.
In no particular order, here are some of the best things I discovered on the web in 2014.
1)Homemade solution for cloth diaper wipes
I found this idea on Pinterest. In a totally out of character move, I tried the first thing I saw, as opposed to scrolling around and looking at DIY projects I’ll never create, recipes I’ll never fix, and haircuts that would never work for my curly hair and then wondering why I logged onto Pinterest in the first place. A spoonful of coconut oil dissolved in water with a few drops of tea tree oil (proportions do not have to be exact) is perfect for Lady Bug’s sensitive skin. The tea tree oil disinfects, and the coconut oil moisturizes. It’s also way easier to wipe her bottom quickly and effectively with this concoction than it is with a disposable wipe or a cloth wipe moistened with plain water.
2)Batch Processing Smoothie ingredients
This another amazing hack I found on Pinterest. I love this idea so much, I gave it its own blog post recently. Batch processing my smoothie ingredients makes my mornings go so much smoother. No pun intended.
I had no idea how easy it was to subscribe to and listen to podcasts until this summer. I don’t know why, but I was under the mistaken impression that podcasts were for tech geeks like my husband. So far, I have devoured Serial, I’m enjoying Beyond Your Blog, and I even got to be interviewed on Sarah Bagley’s podcast. Listening to a podcast while I do chores when the kids are in bed turns a boring task like folding laundry or loading the dishwasher into a treat.
4)The La Leche League website
I followed their advice when I was having oversupply problems with Lady Bug. My nipples were miniature fire hydrants. It was awful. I hated everything about breastfeeding until La Leche League saved the day. We are so lucky to have access to all kinds of information on the internet, for free. Note to self: Send them a donation.
I haven’t run more than about two painful miles since Thanksgiving, due to an injury. I miss running so much. I’ve been on my trainer in the basement, but it’s no substitute for running. Enter Blonde Ponytail’s website and her awesome You Tube videos where she takes you through workouts you can do at home. Her workouts require little or no equipment, they’re hard, and they’re efficient.
6)The Freckled Fox’s top knot tutorial
My hair isn’t long enough to do it exactly how she does, but I did a modification on her method to make it work for me. As long as my hair is long enough and I have five minutes, I will never have to endure a bad hair day ever again.
I’ve been on Goodreads for years, but I started using it in earnest this year. I love having all of the books I want to read, the books I’ve read, and the books my friends are reading consolidated in one place. I’m reading “Grain Brain” right now. What are you reading?