Links we’ve loved #15

It’s been a while since we inundated you with links we’ve enjoyed. Here goes for a mega-episode of links we’ve loved…

We don’t know if this is a link we loved per se, but it did make us think. Floyd Mayweather clearly has more dollars than braincells. If we had squizillions of dollars would we do stuff like this, too? We like to think we’d be ethical, thoughtful, ‘non’ consumers no matter how much money we had but who knows? Gross amounts of money changes the way people think.

We really liked this post “Good bye Screen Time, Hello Awesome Kid“. It sort of echoes our experiences when removing large quantities of Little Fearse’s toys – a more settled, happier child.

So, this guy is practically father of the year. What a beautiful letter to his daughter – although it’s kind of important not to presume that there will be future husbands…

This very provocatively titled post really hits the nail on the head when it comes to judging parents.

We love this community cabinet idea, but are not sure if we’d want to host one. Would you do this in your front yard?

We have heard many parents say that they just couldn’t handle having to lie with their child for an hour or more each night to get them to sleep. We understand that sentiment so much, but this is what we have to do sometimes with Little Fearse. Not every night, but often enough. Sometimes this is harder than other times – sometimes Mama has work to do or Big Poppa has to go to TAFE. Generally though this is a time we have learnt to cherish. This post made Mama cry because she realised suddenly that Little Fearse won’t be Little Fearse all her life. One day she will be Medium Sized Fearse and one day she will be Big Fearse and then she won’t need us like she does now. *sob*

We’ve been feeling quite sad this week and it has made us realise that there is a real link between buying stuff and our emotions. There are two aspects to this – firstly, it is much harder to care about buying nothing new when we are emotionally ragged. Secondly, buying things (although they have all been second hand and mainly small toys) has given us enough of a happy buzz to be worthwhile to us. What a sad world, where we make ourselves feel better with stuff. This situation has made us realise just how happy we have been this year, which is a wonderful thing to realise, even when you’re feeling sad.  We just hope we can find a way to deal with sad times without needing to accumulate stuff. This article talks about the link between happiness and consumerism through advertising. A worthy read.

This video is weird, because it’s pretty much exactly what a day in BP’s life looks like.

BP has been listening to this song on repeat – a pretty nifty cover of Jackson Five’s I want you back. In the meantime Mama has been indoctrinating Little Fearse in the Beatles fan club. So far this video has been a favourite for both of them.

Joy of Joyfully Green has nominated us for a Liebster Award. We’re honoured! Stay tuned for our response soon, but in the meantime, check out the great list of like-minded blogs Joy nominates. We also highly recommend a trot into the archives of Joyfully Green itself.

Have a great week,

The Fearse Family

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Links we’ve loved #13

There is something really heart warming about these colourised photos. They made us both smile.

Speaking of photos, we love this idea. It takes such commitment.

Keitha combines reads books with her child and then THEMES HIS LUNCH TO THE BOOK. Seriously the best thing ever.

BP has been a little thrown by the revelation that Ben Affleck has been cast as the new Batman. But then again, Heath Ledger wasn’t a popular choice for Joker either.

This family is sharing a new experience every week for a year. Awesome.

Down to Earth Mother has the luckiest kids ever! This eco cubby is sourced entirely from recycled materials. Inspiring.

So, I suggested this to my brother, who is currently engaged. He wasn’t up for it. If BP and I had our wedding over again we’d totally have his Nan as a flower girl. She’d rock it.

BP’s long awaited album comes out next Sunday. We’ll be Fearsebrating.

Little Fearse broke out new moves when listening to Bob Marley this week.

Also, if Australian politics confuses you and you want to bone up before our Federal Election in two weeks time, this should clear things up a little (funny and true).

Have a great week,

The Fearses xoxo

Links we’ve loved #12

First cab off the rank we have some great ways to convert your closet space from House Logic.

Musically Mumma Fearse found this slowed down Dolly Parton gem and Lil Fearse has really been enjoying the original Batman Theme.

Big Poppa’s favourite has been this beautiful turn of the tables on the Big Banks

We have also been recently featured on The Buy Nothing New Blog.

BPF.

Links we’ve loved #10

We have really loved finding the perfect recipient for things we are decluttering. Sometimes it’s an item of clothing that would better suit a friend, sometimes a DVD we know someone will love or something we no longer need that someone else does (often a charity that is looking for something very specific). Liesl Clark’s post 365 Days of Giving is a lovely post that looks at giving from a new perspective.

This post about the first day of marriage equality in Minnesota made us envious. We wish Australia would get with the program.

Great short film. Watch.

We love Dads here at Fearse Industries – especially special Dads. Also, regular Dads. And wise, funny Dads. And cool Dads.

How do you feel about bear decapitation? We are fans.

We think this petition is worth signing.

Big Poppahumour.

We always like to follow when Vladimir Putin is in the news. Don’t you? He pretty much awes us and terrifies us in equal amounts.

The first time Little Fearse saw this she was completely awe struck (so were BP and Mama).

We’d love your recommendations for great links from the week. Hope your weekend was splendid.

Happy Sunday,

Mama, Big Poppa & Little Fearse xoxox

Links we’ve loved #9

Fun love.

This is awe inspiring.

Little Fearse has been getting real kick out of Pixar Shorts this week. Some of them are that perfect length to maintain a 15 month olds interest. Here is her favourite so far.

This article made us chuckle, but it hides an issue worth considering. Not buying stuff we do not need is only one consideration in a journey towards responsible citizenship. We really need to consider where our world is headed, what we can do to help it and what we will do if it gets to that sad place.

This article was linked in the comments of the previous article. It has us thinking differently about our own clothes washing habits already. Often something will be washed when it might just need an air. Any reading that can change our mindsets for the better is worthy reading.

Little Fearse is popping out the teeth like there is no tomorrow. It’s got us thinking a bit about how we’re going to keep them clean. She has enjoyed brushing her teeth with her finger sitting on the bench in the bathroom while we clean ours. We considered it a good opportunity to introduce her to the idea of the toothbrush, rather than forcing it on her when she’s not interested. A bit of research unearthed this company who make natural toothpaste (we’re not getting that yet) and biodegradable / recyclable toothbrushes for littlies. We picked up a toothbrush which Little Fearse uses to brush her tongue and a finger brush which she will sometimes let us run over her teeth and gums.

It has also led to more pinterest browsing of crafts Mama will never do.

Aubrey Plaza would make an adorable Daria and we wish this was real.

Happy weekend – got any links you can recommend?

Love,

The Fearses

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Links we’ve loved #9

We have had a gorgeous and busy weekend. Hopefully these links will lead you nicely into a bright new week.

If you are not inspired to get started by at least one of these terrific decluttering resources then you should probably sign up for your own episode of Hoarders now, because you’re incurable.

Seize your mornings! We don’t necessarily agree with all of this advice, but the idea of developing a great relationship with mornings appeals to us.

How to be a cheap bastard. What would you do with the savings? We’d like to travel…or (says the sensible voice on the shoulder) pay off more of our mortgage.

We have started to notice a huge improvement in our happiness. We’re normally pretty happy people but lately we’ve felt radiantly happy. This advice is really great advice for those of you who would like to be happier. Happiness is really worth striving for. It makes everything easier and better.

Some great tips for living simply with kids.

Hip hop humour. This reminds Mama of the time we ‘accidentally’ went to a medieval festival in New York and one of the referees of the quiddich match was wearing a t-shirt with the slogan “I’ve got 99 problems but a snitch ain’t one”. Clever and dorky. (Clorky?)

Surprising things that the writers of Back to the Future correctly predicted. Was Back to the Future written by secret scientists? Or is technological development just really boringly predictable?

A great article about Big Poppa’s favourite artist at the moment.

This is an issue that really upsets us as parents of a daughter and makes us both glad that we’re able to pass on to Little Fearse many toys from our own childhood that don’t suffer from skankification.

Kids are funny, these parents know.

And finally, Little Fearse’s video of the week.

Have a great Monday.

Mama, Big Poppa and Lil Fearse xoxox

Links we’ve loved #8

If you are, or ever were a Seinfeld fan (we all know they jumped the shark eventually, but some people managed to push through and maintain their love) you will probably think this is amazing.

On a related note, we have really been enjoying Jerry’s latest project, even though Mama gets rage from the bad stock coffee making shots.

This article explores the reason why Aboriginal Hip Hop isn’t given more attention in Australia – something that needs to change.

A list of minimalist don’t haves (not ours). Meanwhile, we kind of love the simplicity of this page. Our layout bothers us, but is the only one we can find that has a print large enough for Dad to read, and that, to us, is more important than how it looks.

Although neither of us are into the idea of dropping your butts, this is a pretty innovative idea.

If you’re renting the conundrum of hiding ugly fittings won’t be new to you. We like these solutions!

This entry really resonated with us. That feeling that no matter what you’re doing that feels right there are a million other things that you know you should be doing better. Also helps to reiterate the need to stop comparing. What we are doing is what we are doing. It’s not what we are recommending you do and you know, the other way ’round.

If you have a quiet moment you may enjoy these inspiring TED talks. Mama has just watched the first one so far and was blown away. Looking forward to hunting own some half hour patches to watch the rest (maybe when cooking, aye?).

This kind of freaks Mama and BP out but Little Fearse likes to sing along…in a kind of babbly way.

Have a great weekend,

Mama, BP and Lil’ Fearse xoxox