I Would…

What if..._For our Frivolous Friday post this week, I’m asking the question….”what if?”  This is actually a fun game that we play regularly at our Teen Book Club meetings, and incites plenty of laughter and conversation. But I’m really asking this question after coming across a funny blog post titled “If Justin Bieber Were My Son”.

The premise for the blog post is about what a mother (or father) would do or say if Justin Bieber were his or her child. The idea is that we ALL have lots to say about Justin Bieber—and any other young person that seems to be making bad choices in their lives without any guidance, and yet….are we saying these things to our own children?

Maybe the spoils of fame are to blame for poor decision making at that age, but I’m sure we’d all like to think it has something to do with the parenting as well. If J.B’s mother had just instilled a little more common sense in him, or if she had simply told him to say “no” once in a while, maybe he’d make better decisions. (If all of the other young pop stars want to jump off the side of a cliff, YOU don’t have to do it, too, Justin.)

So, are you telling your child wise things? Maybe they need to hear them. Maybe we need to say them more often. What if your child suddenly rises to fame? Will it be too late then? What if your child just grows up and does normal things? Is it irrelevant then?

Of course, if you read through the statements on the post, some of them are pretty out there, but the idea….the idea that we need to be making bold statements to our kids in order to help them make better decisions….is right on the money. Try it. They might roll their eyes, but they’ll hear it, and maybe remember it when they need it most.

What brilliant thing have you told your child today?

Decoration Inspiration!

For your Frivolous Friday post this week, I want to talk about decorating…specifically fireplace mantels. Since packing away all of my Christmas decorations for another year, my living room looks sadly bare. How is it that piling on greenery, sparkly lights, and tiny ornaments can make a room look so finished? And yet, even thinking of doing that throughout the year would seem overdone. It’s my fireplace mantel that seems to make me stop and stare as I try to figure out new and interesting ways to spruce up the space after the holidays.

20141111_111007As you can see….not the most exciting option. But I’m working on it.

So, when I ran across this inspiring post about ways to decorate your mantel, it got me thinking. Now, I’m opening closets, looking on shelves, and searching out those fun items we probably have lying around doing nothing, in order to make our living room centerpiece more of a conversation. Checks and Spots has great ideas for year-round amazing. Now, we won’t have to wait another 11 months to have fun.

What do you have on your fireplace mantel?

Selling Your House?

For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re going to talk about real estate. Okay, we’re not really going to discuss it at all, but rather, I’m going to share a site with you that should make you appreciate any real estate agent you hire in the future. Unless you hire one of these.

Terrible Real Estate Agent Photos is a compilation of the absolute worst (and funniest) photos taken in order to try to sell property. 

tumblr_n5f60vTPPx1rrqskho1_500Yes, they actually posted the photo upside down. After posting the photo sideways. Then, they gave up.

tumblr_n4e5dyKhwo1rrqskho1_500And this one was deemed acceptable to post. Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to purchase this house?

Take some time to look through the posts.  They’re hilarious, and you might want to follow them on Twitter so you never miss one again! Happy House Hunting!

Bathroom Fun!

It’s Frivolous Friday again, and I have something very frivolous for you today! (Or maybe this will change your life….who knows?)



If you don’t have enough to keep you busy, I’ve got the perfect solution…towel origami!  Surprise your family or guests with wild creations made out of your everyday towels! It might be a great way to coax those little ones into the bath each night, if nothing else.

We don’t own this book at the library, but we’d love to order it in for you on interlibrary loan if you’d like to give it a try. Just drop in and we’ll get the order started!


What do YOU eat?

For our Frivolous Friday post, I came across a fascinating article about what people around the world eat each day. Photojournalist Pete Menzel and author Faith D’Aluisio have documented the photos and information into a new book called WHAT I EAT: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DIETS.


Not only is the calorie count amazing for some people, but you get a glimpse at what other foods people eat each day. Take a good look. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was! You can read the article and see many of the photos right here!


Stamp Yo Face

It’s Frivolous Friday again, and my friend Larry over at the Fire Wire had a fantastic and frivolous-worthy idea…a new site called “Stamp Yo Face“! We were just talking this week about ways to make your own fun stamps, but this is by far the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Why not have a stamp of your own face made?!


I’m trying to think up a great reason to get one of these made. It could be fun for weddings, or a very special birthday party (can’t you imagine seeing a face on your envelope?). I don’t think I can afford to have one made for myself on a whim, but there MUST be a great person in your life you could envision needing one of these. Go ahead…Stamp yo Face!