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537th Friday Blog Roundup

Updated in the Middle

If you read my blog on your phone, you may have noticed that it looks totally different.  That is because, after many requests (and a nice long wait on my to-do list), I finally got around to making a mobile version of the site.  By which I mean that I called Lori and said, “what is the easiest way to do this?”  And she held my hand and walked me through it because she is a goddess and knows that I have a low tolerance for technical things as of late.  So thank Lori if you read me on your phone.

This year, she didn’t hold her annual Limerick Chick contest for St. Patrick’s Day, but in honour of my beloved Lori:

I once met this girl through my site
I immediately thought she was dy-no-mite!
She helped my blog go on your phone
With nary a moan
That’s because she’s filled with lavender light!

P.S. If you hate the mobile version, you can toggle back to the desktop version via a link at the bottom of the screen on your phone.  But seriously, the mobile version rocks.


Life from Scratch was chosen by Amazon to be one of the monthly deals for March. It will be on sale the whole month. I would love your help in getting word out via social media. Pretty please?



I saw this in the morning and had to add it.  TOTALLY worth six minutes of your time if you live in US and will know who all these politicians are.  Probably not as funny if you don’t.  It’s Too Many Cooks, election-style.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Two Adults, One Child has a post about how she allows fear to rule her life.  Let’s just say that it hit very close to home for me, and I’m sure it will ring true for many more people.  It’s a great read, especially the part at the end where she takes the first step to tell those fears to shove it.

Riding the IVF Roller Coaster has a post about a blogger who stopped writing.  We often hear from people about their decision to close their blog, but there are fewer posts from the other side: the reader.  She writes, “For a time she’d write something, and although our situations were very different, I understood. It’s like there were some facets in our hearts that were the same: shattered, sparkling, miss cut, whatever.”  A good read.

Lavender Luz tried the intimacy experiment this week with differing results from engaging with the three people in her house.  Go over and read her experience, and then go try it with someone.

Lastly, When Agony Met Hope has a post about how we play fertility detective each month with our cycle.  What does that twinge mean?  And could I be a tad nauseated?  She writes, “I feel like I’ve spent the last 48 hours playing Agony Vagina, PI. Gathering evidence for my case to prove that yes, there is indeed a bun in my oven.”  So true.  And her detective work ultimately led to good news, too.

The roundup to the Roundup: I have a mobile version of my site.  Please help me get word out about Life from Scratch.  Too Many Cooks!  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between March 13th and 20th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Catwoman73 { 03.20.15 at 7:58 am }

Thank you so much for the mention, Mel! I really do appreciate it.

I loved the brutal honesty of this post:
Parenting isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, and I always love to see women being completely honest about just how tough it can be.

2 a { 03.20.15 at 10:51 am }

I love the new mobile version…or I would, if it would save my data (name, email, website). Thanks, Lori!

3 Noemi { 03.20.15 at 11:42 am }

I LOVE the new mobile site. It’s amazing. Thanks for taking the time to do that. It’s super awesome!

4 Lori Lavender Luz { 03.20.15 at 11:59 am }

Yippee!!! You did it!

OMG, I haven’t been the subject of a limerick since Furrow did one way back when. It’s such a perfect poem. Dy-no-mite, even.

Thanks for also including me in the Roundup. This is like a trifecta!

I had marked this for 2nd helpings: https://www.stirrup-queens.com/2015/03/dinner-is-served/

5 Mali { 03.20.15 at 5:18 pm }

Love the limerick!

I wanted to highlight a series of posts, rather than one in particular. Klara at The Next 15000 Days, posted about why she didn’t adopt, and invited others to do the same. So far, several of us have done so – some of us have been blogging for years but have never actually told this story. They’re hard posts to write, not least because of the fear of judgement. And they’re never just our story alone. You can find links to all the posts on Klara’s blog here – http://thenext15000days.blogspot.com

6 torthuil { 03.20.15 at 5:43 pm }

I just have to say I actually did my back ups today. Well, my photo files since last spring, which were sort of disorganized and much more than a 15 minute job But now it’s better organized and backed up to hard drive. So yay me lol. Now I can read blogs guilt-free. At least until I realize what else I should be doing.

7 Claire { 03.20.15 at 9:17 pm }

I love the mobile site!

8 Mrs. Agony { 03.21.15 at 8:12 am }

Thanks for the shout-out!

As for my recommended reading, I give you this post from Chronicles of an Adoption: http://chroniclesofanadoption.blogspot.com/2015/03/hope-healing.html

Sara is just over halfway through a pregnancy following a miscarriage, and I completely relate to the struggles she’s faced in terms of getting excited about this baby. So much about infertility leaves you with PTSD that sometimes it’s hard to remind yourself to breathe. This is an amazing blog and I encourage everyone to check it out.

9 Jess { 03.21.15 at 1:32 pm }

I love the Intimacy Challenge, it was so fascinating to try and had some unintended consequences. So worth trying.

10 Charlotte { 03.22.15 at 8:36 am }

The mobile site is Fabulous!

11 noemi { 03.22.15 at 11:58 pm }
12 knottedfingers { 03.23.15 at 2:37 pm }

LOVE the Mobile Site!!

My post on what Anxiety takes from me

13 JustHeather { 03.26.15 at 2:56 am }

Futuresoccermom wrote a great piece about not stereotyping her boy-girl twins. I think this can apply to any boy-girl sibling set.

14 Sarah { 03.27.15 at 2:07 pm }

Noemi – Thank you – I deeply appreciate the mention. Didn’t know if others would relate to it or not, but either way My March is near and dear to my heart. Sarah

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