I just cannot believe it’s Thursday already! This summer is just flying by, and while I’ve been enjoying it, I’m not too keen on how fast it’s going. Seriously, how are we already half way through July??
Anyway, for today’s Thursday Thoughts, I’ve compiled a number of links over the last few weeks that I’ve really enjoyed reading. They’re pretty random, but I hope you all will find them as interesting as I do!
1. Smitten by Britain is a new to me site, but I’m in love with it already. (I was so tempted to say I was smitten with it…) This particular article, Eat Your Way Around the U.K., was especially interesting. I think due to stereotypes, people in the States get a bad idea of food from the U.K. Not to say that things like haggis are totally stomach-able (in my world), but many of the other dishes listed sound downright delicious! It’s also a good list to bookmark/Pin for future trips. 🙂
2. About a week ago, Lillian wrote a great blog post on the dangers of the “un-clean” world we live in. She outlines things from food to household cleaners, and included some really helpful links. One was to the Environmental Working Group. Through the EWG’s site you can search by category (so, cosmetics or children’s products, for example) to see what “rating” the items you use every day get. I was appalled (and frankly, freaked out) to see that my make up gets horrible grades, as do most of my cleaning products. Even more frightening was the list of exactly what those harmful chemicals can do to you. I guess the biggest thing that struck me after reading Lillian’s article and looking through the EWG site was that being “clean” isn’t just good for the earth – it really impacts our own health.
3. All right, before I share this next link, just know that I’m not trying to get all righteous or political or whatever. I just found this graphic and the accompanying comments on “the Millenials” to be very interesting, and for the most part, truthful. I can’t help but wonder if people growing up in my generation or the next one feel some sort of guilt for simply being part of the times.
4. If you’re familiar with buzzfeed.com, you will know that many of the pages they post are funny, sarcastic, and sometimes crude. A lot of times, I’m totally ok with it, and laugh my head off (like with this cat attacks page I shared a while back). However, with 28 Favorite Books That Are a Huge Red Flag, I was not laughing. I’ve read a lot of the books in that list, and loved them, and I don’t think I’m off my rocker. And anyway, if people are reading, no matter what they are reading, it is a good thing. I still can’t tell whether or not the author was being serious. Or whether or not he actually read all of those books. Either way, I’m about ready to punch him.
5. Here is a response from Muggle Net to the above link. Pretty much sums up my thoughts, too.
6. Meghan shared this link a few days ago, but I’ve seen it elsewhere a few times, so I thought it would be worth sharing: 10 Things Americans Eat That Are Banned Elsewhere. It is just so scary to me to think of what we’re putting in our bodies, usually unknowingly. Not cool.
7. Finally, I’ll end on a funny note. If you’re a blogger, you’re probably very aware of the crazy search engine terms that bring people to your site. I haven’t ever done a post on it, but I know a lot of you have, and I love them all. Linda is an Irish expat living in Latvia, and she blogs over at Expat Eye on Latvia. So many of her posts are hilarious, and offer quite an amusing view into what it is like living there, but this one, Don’t Ask Google, Ask Me, had me laughing out loud the other day. While the terms themselves are funny (and actually a bit disturbing), her responses to them are the best. I highly suggest you check this out if you’re in need of a laugh.
Anyway, that’s all I have for you all right now! I’m going to be on vacation for the next week or so, but I have guest posts lined up, and I’ll know you’ll like them all!
Enjoy the rest of your week, and have a great weekend, everyone! 🙂