Friday, June 19, 2009

Follow Friday #2 – Three Blogs I Stalk Way Too Often

Here is my second installment of Follow Friday. These are blogs that I follow for many reasons, but mostly, it is because I do not have a life. So without further ado and nonsense, here is my Follow Friday Three Blogs I Stalk Way Too Often.

YaYa Stuff Yaya and her hubby are on the quest to be parents and they have been trying for six and half years. They are currently focusing on adopting a child (or children) and from reading Yaya’s blog, I honestly believe that she will be an amazing mother. Take a look at this Friday Fragments post in which she shows us drawings drawn by the children she babysits and she takes an amazing view on those drawings. Yaya is also a comedian of sorts; just take look at this Wordless Wednesday post that will cause you to laugh your head off and forget to focus on your bladder (Depends, please). Last, but not least, this is the post that got me hooked on Yaya’s blog. I, among the hundreds of readers of Yaya Stuff, am praying for Yaya, her hubby and those beautiful children.

Funny how you can realize what an amazing person someone is just by reading about them, their thoughts, visions and feelings – Let’s all wish the best for Yaya and hopefully, something gives. Of course, once she is a mother, Yaya will be too busy to blog, but who cares; no one is more deserving than she is. I am going to leave you with a random thought from Yaya’s most recent post: "Random Thought Of The Week: Why is it the "new thing" for fast food places to put a computer game in as the toy? What happened to a cheap little toya kid could play with for a day or two? What the heck is a near 3-year-old supposed to do with a computer disc while I'm getting her lunch set out? In fact, this was her exact reaction when I said, "It's a computer game."

The Life and Adventures of Cateepoo Cathy is a wife and mother with rheumatoid arthritis, just like me. Cathy is my inspiration because she has been med free for quite some time. For me, Cathy and others who blog about RA, are helpful to us who are new to RA and to those who know nothing about RA who have a struggling family member and want to know more. Cathy has taken a med free approach to RA, which includes daily supplements of fish oil, Vitamin D, an enzyme, Primal Defense Ultra Probiotic, glucosamin/chondroitin, Zinc, Heel brand of Zeel, Inflammation and Spasm. Also, as needed Ultra InflamX shake. She is following a gluten/dairy free diet and minimizing grains, tomatoes, sugars and processed foods.

Take a look at Cathy’s five year journey with RA and you too, will agree, that she is definitely an motivator for others struggling with RA and other chronic pain conditions. I was particularly inspired by her recent post titled: My Many Lives. This is one you should definitely check out. Cathy notes the following: “That feeling is changing. I am beginning to see my life merging back into one. I feel this newness coming into my life. I don't know what it is but I sense it and I am excited by it. I feel like RA is going to be a part of it, but it isn't going to be my focus in this life. It is going to play a minor role. Maybe that is why I am excited. I am feeling strength and motivation to move into new areas of my life and not focus on just RA.” Thanks Cathy, this is inspiration at its finest. I hope Cathy does not mind, but I am borrowing this quote from the header on her blog. "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker Kristin thinks she is merely a stay at home, but she also, works in HR and takes on the following jobs that no one else is willing to take on: Laundress, Cook, Maid, Chauffeur, Baker, Nurse, Counselor, Teacher, Seamstress, Gardener, Bookkeeper, Executive Officer – MOM, and much more, I am sure. She is a mother of five and four of those are boys and any mother of boys can tell you that there is so much in the world you appreciate when you spend your days chasing after boys. The Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker is all Kristin’s daily routine with family recipes, frugal tips and, you know, that occasional random post that we all love to read.

Here is allabout Kristin in her own words: “I am a forty-ish stay at home mother of 5. Our 4 boys, the Musician, the Thinker, the Engineer and the Comedian were adopted at birth and our daughter, Princess Pat, was a SURPRISE. My life is spent keeping up with boys, laundry, a 2 year old, budgeting, and everything else that seems to pile up around our home all the while trying to keep joy in my life and remembering to stop and smell the roses.” Agreed Kristen, smelling the roses is important. I call it seeing the glass half-full, instead of half-empty.

Kristin’s most recent post is a yummy French Toast Casserole. Kristin had three left over hoagie rolls that were going stale so take a look and see what she turned them into. This is one the reasons I turn to Kristin, because, like an idiot, I throw out stale bread, but it is not very frugal considering the state of economy and the state of my bank account. Kristin also manages to keep me sane especially with this Thursday Thirteen post in which she shows us her clearly organized spice cupboard and lets us know all the spices she used this week. I was quite envious to say the least, but at the same time, I wanted Kristin to come over and organize my spices and my panty for that matter. Just let me know when you will be over so that I can pretend to clean my house.

*** So, here you go folks, my monthly Follow Friday post and my three blogs I stalk way too often. Click on the Follow Friday label to see my previous post. Feel free to comment and tell me about your favorites and make sure you check out these blogs. Happy Friday, Happy Reading and Happy Blogging!


  1. Aw! Thank you so much! I'm honored!!!

  2. Thanks so much.I appreciate all the kind words. It is definitely nice to read about others going through this journey.

  3. Thank you for including me...those other two are tough acts to follow!!


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