Annemarie’s Awesome Links

This UK ad of women getting sweaty is super motivating.

Bible verses where “you shall not” has been replaced with “can u not.” Hilarious.

Technology has not necessarily made us more stressed out.

How we can help young girls stay assertive.

Parenting lessons from tribes around the world. A really different perspective, and I absolutely want to read his book.

An interesting take on dealing with  sibling rivalry.

Eff dark chocolate. (Contains swears.)

The truth about your smile – my teeth feel a lot cleaner since I read this.

Put yourself into perspective.

To fall in love with anyone, do this. And here are the 36 questions – maybe try it for Valentine’s Day!

Have a great weekend!


This Week: Zumba with Karla

This week we will be shaking things up and getting our groove on up in the DINNING HALL. So dress in comfy clothes your not afraid to sweat in.

She will be starting at 9:45 sharp and can only stay to play until 10:30 so there will be time for snack and coffee afterwards.


Annemarie’s Awesome Links

Let’s start with something lovely, shall we? Here are 30 beautiful birth photos.

This is what the underside of an iceberg looks like.

I found this absolutely fascinating – the likely cause of addiction.

The proper mechanics of how to do squats. Then do them all the time.

If Hermione was the main character in Harry Potter – I actually almost prefer this to the original storyline.

People aren’t usually mean.

What babies can teach us.

24 diagrams for healthy eating.

11 words to teach your son (well, child) before he turns 6.

And finally, my issues with Goodnight Moon. I have read it nearly daily for five years so I laughed A LOT.

Have a glorious weekend in this lovely weather!

This Week at Bethel MOM’s: Simplicity Parenting

You’ve been asking for it for years, and it keeps coming up around the circle. Simplicity Parenting!

It’s not rocket science, but apparently with todays busy lifestyles, consumerism telling you more is better, and the turmoil of the world Kim John Payne decided to write a book.

A parenting book.

A parenting book about how less is more….

Ok so apparently this epiphany is rocket science.  LOLs

We are going to discuss the book and how it pertains to our life. The nice thing is you don’t have to have read the whole book (or any of the book) to join in on the conversation. The concepts are pretty simple so come enjoy the discussion, ideas and the coffee as we mull over the four realms for simplifying:

Environment: De-cluttering too much stuff at home.simparent

Rhythm: Increasing predictability by introducing rhythmic moments for connection and calm.

Scheduling: Soothing violent schedules brings moments for Being into all the Doing.

Unplugging: Reducing the influence of adult concerns, media and consumerism on children and families to increase resilience, social and emotional intelligence.

*taken straight from

Also, Leanne lent someone her Simplicity Parenting book and would love it back. If you have one and your not sure if it’s yours check the inside cover to see if her name is  there.

Lastly how have you simplified your life?


Annemarie’s Awesome Links

For the first time in 2015! Here we go.

When real life doesn’t look like a lifestyle blog – a nice reminder that there’s more to life than Pinterest/Instagram shots.

In case you missed it the last time it went around, why babies in Finland sleep in cardboard boxes.

My lovely wife in the psych ward – a sobering look at the reality of serious mental illness.

13 amazing life hacks. I cracked up hard.

A nice article on the reality of coparenting.

The risk of material parenting – this one is pretty eye-opening, if you tend to give material rewards or take things away as a form of discipline. Also super relevant to our simplicity parenting session.

21 parenting tips – there’s some good stuff in here, even if you’re no longer a n00b. And the link to the last roundup is great too.

Mommy, somebody needs you – sniffle.

You just had a baby.

What happens to your brain when you become a mom. Fascinating!

And finally, one model tried on 10 pairs of size 16 jeans. Spoiler alert: sizing is CRAZY BEYOND ALL REASON and here is the proof.


Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Coming Up: It’s Time!

Hello friends! Great news! We are starting up again on THURSDAY! Thank goodness we made it until now.

We’re going to do our usual registration and intro, but we’re also going to introduce a topic for next Thursday. For quite some time, people have been asking for us to do a session based on the book Simplicity Parenting., so we are going to do it next week. There are a few of us who own the book already. It’s available from the library here and Amazon here. (Chapters has it in stock, but McNally does not). Or you can skip reading it and join the conversation anyway, possibly giving yourself a nice flashback to all those times you wrote papers without having read the book. Good times!

I am so excited to get back to our Thursdays and I can’t wait to see all of you!