Things I've been reading around the web recently:
1. I found a great Pinboard last week with fun crafty and educational activities to do with toddlers. Wait, what? You aren't on Pinterest yet???
2. Over at The Motherhood blog at the end of January there was a chat on Making Tech Work For You with Carley from Digitwirl. Even if you just read the summary notes like I did, there are great suggestions for very useful web and device apps for busy mamas (and non-mamas!). They list several that I use and love, including mint.com, HootSuite, and the Read It Later tool in Safari on iPhone, though I don't see Workflowy in their list!
3. I found this article on the Daily Beast about the new generation of homeschooling parents fascinating. I have more to say on this topic - look for a longer post about it soon.
4. I have terribly mixed feelings about letting Facebook too far into my life and data, but this is kind of a cool thing - an Etsy gift finder that mines your Facebook friend data and matches their preferences with products on Etsy. Cool or creepy? I can't decide.
5. Interesting article about Keeping Your Voice when blogging. I've been struggling with this. How do I write what is true to me while also making it universal? How do I grow my blog audience without falling into the trap of sounding just like everyone else?
6. On the heels of that musing, I found this e-workshop on Telling Your Story from the wonderful Jen Lee. I love this: "The Story You Are Telling With Your Life Is The Most Important Thing About You." Have any of you done this workshop? I'd love to hear about what you thought of it!
7. Because I'm not all deep thoughts all the time, here's a link to a beautiful little softie bird mobile. Individual birds would make great ornaments, too! I like the idea of making this for a baby's nursery.
8. And speaking of baby's rooms, check out this amazing, Montessori-inspired space from way back (2009) on the Sew Liberated blog. I love the bed on the floor. You can also see her interpretation of the bird/branch thing here.
10. Now making Instagram photos into magnets is the kind of craft more my speed, even making it DIY instead of using the StickyGram service linked here.
What have you been reading this week? I'd love to hear about it!