We all know you're waiting for your Words With Friends games to update while "watching" your precious little boos do roundhouse kicks/score goals/learn backstroke/learn the fine art of comedic timing at a kiddie improv class. Take the break and click over to five of my very favorite reads of the week. Trust me, your Saturday (or Sunday or wee-hours Monday) will be better for it.
How to perfect red lips - This step-by-step post went up last week on BostonMamas for the lady (or gent, whatevs, I don't judge) who wants the perfect crimson pucker, but I can't stop thinking about it. Perhaps it is because I was JUST with post author Christine Koh at BlissDom and she excused herself from the lunch table to go freshen up her pout. And she said it all definitively and without invitation to further discuss -- "I'm going to go up to my room and reapply my red lipstick so it keeps looking fabulous" or something similar. And you know what? She did it. She did it UP. So I highly recommend following her lead and these steps so your red-print isn't all over your chin/shirt/hand/teeth/random lady on the bus.
How to make lip scrub - Allison at PetitElefant is stunning. Stun.Ning. So basically, I do whatever it is her Joan-Jett-coiffed phenomenally accessorized self tells me what to do. Now that you're treating your kisser to scarlet lipstick, be sure you also give it a little scrub with this DIY concoction that will bring out the sweet, natural pink.
On hating The Notebook - When Tracey at Sweetney wrote that she saw the movie and hated it, I felt her (I mean, not the actual HER, but her words...good Lord, you know what I mean...stop it). Why all this feeling? Because I hated the book. I also detested Bridges of Madison County. So there. But Tracey does a lot better job explaining the back-and-forth of Ryan Gosling/hot duder love and celluloid hate. I invite you to feel her, too.
I am a mother. But first I was just me - Remember that moment of relief and and fear exhilaration when your whole identity shifted into motherhood? Meagan Francis goes back to the moments and years before that to find what she needs now and in the future - more of the not-mom self. Read, nod, reflect.
Holyohhell, Angry Birds crafts - If you actually carry these out with your kids, you are a much better mother than I. More power and Play-Doh to you. This mama, the delightful Sarah James of Whoorl, also has time to lie to Ryan Seacrest and make a commericals, so you know, maybe we should all be crafting app characters.