1. Blog of the Week: Budget Bytes – So often I go in search of “food on a budget” blogs and websites, and I’m assaulted by a long list of ingredients comprised of mostly-processed food. Enter….budget bytes. Decent (real) food, cheap! Win!

2. Most Cool Hearing Loss Accommodating Gadget of the Week: A single-side ear bud headphone that puts sound into your ear in stereo (like hearing surround sound in one ear)? Uh, yes please. When Girl tried it out, her eyes got really big and said, “Wow. That sounds awesome.” She had never heard that way before. She LOVES it. Takes it everywhere. Bonus? If she’s at school trying to filter out the distractions around her, she plugs this in and is able to block out the bothersome noise.

For $19.95 = Win.

3. Viral Video of the Week…or Month as the Case May Be – Jennifer Livingston – Lots of talk around about this, and it’s probably a post unto itself, but I’ll just leave it at this: just because you THINK it, doesn’t mean you should send an e-mail to someone and TELL them. This “gentleman’s” difficulty accepting the fact that someone in a high profile job on tv is overweight is HIS problem, not hers. He even “offered” to help her lose weight. How generous. (note sarcasm)

Best post I’ve seen on this topic: Mom-101

4. Favorite Local Business of the Week: Queen Bee Creations. Can you stand the cute? Hand made, local, responsible…all the stuff I dig and awesome products, too. Local friends, their shop is on North Williams, and – BONUS! – some of their stuff is sold at the Oregon Zoo gift shop. (Zoo gift shop…highly underrated for cute stuff.)

5. Site Of The Week: Tune Find – Did you hear that song on that show and want desperately to know what it is, who it’s by, and how you can get your digital fingers on it? Enter…..TuneFind. For the music geek (me) in your life.

6. Submommy’s Kickass Download of the Week: The Temper Trap, Love Lost

Enjoy this live version. I always enjoy highlighting bands who can actually play their instruments and sing.

7. New Feature! Girl Child’s Book Of The Week. Girl Child is a reader, which rocks in a myriad of ways, and she has read some incredible books over the last year. For those of you with reader Tweenies, I thought I’d share some of the awesomeness we’ve stumbled on. When I’m reading it too, having to stay up late to keep up with her, it’s a good book.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a New York Times bestseller, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

(I’m an Amazon Associate. Help a sister out, eh?)

8. Picture of the Week: Kindergarten is awesome. Because, butterflies. Obviously. And a band aid he refuses to take off on his head.

Happy weekend, friends.

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