Smilie Saturday: Linky Love Weekend Roundup Second Edition

Smilie Saturday: Linky Love Weekend Roundup It’s the beginning of a long holiday weekend, with Memorial Day coming on Monday, so I wanted to end this week with a Smilie Saturday Linky Love post to showcase some great articles I’ve been reading that I’m sure you will enjoy as much as I have. You all are awesome writers, so keep up the good work!

I’ve also been interviewing some fabulous authors of books dealing with children and teens, including someone who was on the APA Task Force that I wrote about in my post about sexualizing children, and who participated in developing the in-depth APA Report I linked to in that article. That will be a great article (if I say so myself), so stay tuned for that. Now let’s get to the Weekend Roundup, shall we?

Weekend Roundup

Lynnae has begun a series of posts called (Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents, where Lynnae discusses her thoughts on the book “(Not) Keeping Up With Our Parents: The Decline of the Professional Middle Class” by author Nan Mooney. Entitlement issues has always been a topic that bothers me immensely, and anyone that has been a subscribed reader of my blog from its inception knows how strongly I feel about that subject.

FrugalDad wrote a fabulous article entitled How to Get Out of Credit Card Debt, and Stay Out, and it’s a great read with informative tips for people trying to get out of debt. With gas prices going up seemingly every ten minutes, eliminating debt (or at least greatly reducing debt) is a very wise plan.

Speaking of money and debt, check out Peter’s discussion Good News: Gas Prices Will Continue to Rise, and see if you can think of some ways you will or have begun tightening your financial “belt” due to higher gas prices. My hubby and I have been discussing trading in our vehicles and getting cars that are much more gas efficient, but my hubby is very tall so trying to find a vehicle he can even fit in creates another set of problems.

Allan Cockerill’s post Is It Possible To Have An Affair Without Sex is very interesting to say the least, including the video he’s running at the conclusion of the article. Cheating spouses are some the lowest forms of the human species in my opinion, and anyone considering having an affair needs to either fix the problems in their marriage or get out of the marriage and move on with their life, but don’t cheat on your spouse.

Christine’s post 10 Summer Jobs Your Teen May Not Have Considered is a must read for anyone with tweens or teens looking to find a job over the summer. The school year is almost over and kids will be looking for ways to make some money, and having a summer job is a great way of teaching kids responsibility and money management, as well as a great way of building self-esteem in children.

Last but not least, Jeremy and wife are Introducing Baby Caitlin into the world, weighing in at 5 lbs 6 oz, six full weeks ahead of the due date. The idea of giving birth to a 5 lb baby seems so foreign to me since each of mine weighed more than 8 lbs, and one son weighed 11 lbs! Mine must have weighed 5 lbs when I was about six months pregnant! Congratulations to Jeremy and family on the new arrival! Baby Tumbling

Have you made your Memorial Day plans yet? What will you be doing? I’ll be putting my hubby to work cooking out on the grill for sure, whipping us up some tasty BBQ slathered in sauce that sticks to the ribs. We will also be remembering and honoring those who gave their lives so that we can live in Freedom, including my father in-law who served in two wars, and saying prayers for our soldiers overseas and their families.

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  1. Lynnae says:

    Thanks for the mention! And have a great weekend!

  2. Lin says:

    Lynnae you’re very welcome. I loved the article and believe readers would enjoy it and find a lot of helpful information there.

  3. Rob O. says:

    Dede & I (and now Liam) fit very comfortably into her VW New Beetle Convertible (a.k.a. Caliente) and my Honda Element, which is quite a small SUV as compared to some of the standard SUV fare. We’re both larger than average-sized folks. I’m only 6′ but kinda long-waisted, so I usually require more headroom than your average 6′ guy.

    The Scion xB is pretty roomy. And I’ve heard good things about the Toyota Yaris and Chevy Aveo hatchbacks. Anyway, my point is that quite a few of the smaller cars these days are far more “big & tall” -friendly than you might think. Don’t judge cars solely on the exterior size.

  4. Lin says:

    Hi Rob, my hubby is 6’9″ so even those are way too small for him. When we first met in 2001 I had a Honda Accord and he couldn’t fit in that either, so once we got married I got a truck so we’d have two vehicles that he could fit into comfortably.

    For my own vehicle, I could easily get any of those you mentioned, but I’m not a fan of the Scion xB. We’re researching online the various cars that have great gas mileage and which ones we like or don’t like, and then will go test drive them and make a decision. Personally I want an automatic for sure, even though I know how to drive a stick, I just don’t want to. I do like the new Mustangs, but haven’t checked out the gas mileage on those yet, so I dunno yet.

  5. Frugal Dad says:

    Great roundup this week! Thanks for including my article. You are right, this is a great time to knock out some debt because it helps reduce some of the uncertainty in our lives.

  6. Lin says:

    FG, that is absolutely right. I’ve heard people say the just want to “wait it out” and “just see what happens” before actually doing anything about the high debt they have, rather than going on the offense and ridding themselves of their debt before it gets to the point where they can’t because of rising gas prices that make it impossible to pay off debts.

  7. Rob O. says:

    Lin, the Honda Element is not by any means a stellar performer on gas effeciency – it nets around 24 m.p.h. in real world driving – but it has headroom aplenty! Depending on how his height is distributed, your hubby might find this a very nice fit. I’m long-waisted but have average-length legs, so it’s great for me, but some longer-legged folks might find its front-seat legroom a little limited.

    Certainly worth a test drive if the looks aren’t a total turn-off.

  8. Lin says:

    Thanks Rob. We actually spent a few hours today checking out vehicles for him but haven’t yet settled on anything. He tried the new Honda Accord since it’s a longer version, but he couldn’t fit.

    He then tried the Toyota Avalon, and barely… We actually took that one for a test drive, and he was disappointed that the air conditioner doesn’t have a powerful blower, and even commented that if he got the Avalon that I would have to be the driver on long trips cuz his legs surround the steering wheel and couldn’t stay in that position for long drives.

    I’ll mention the Element to him and see what he thinks about that. He’s very, very long legged.

    I’m really looking forward to finding the car I’ll get. I have looked online at a variety of cars just for me, and I’m anxious to check out and test drive the Mazda Miata. šŸ™‚

    Then I want to check out the Nissan Z; the Pontiac Solstice and the Saturn Sky.

    My car doesn’t have to be one the hubby can fit into, so I’m going for a FUN car, since I’m still a young whipper-snapper. šŸ™‚

  9. Rob O. says:

    FWIW, Dede says her VW New Beetle Convertible is the most fun car she’s ever had. And it’s a turbocharged 4-cylinder, so it’s impressively peppy (think: German sports car) and quite fuel efficient too.

    (And it actually has better legroom than my Element!)

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this Lin! We really appreciate the mention, and we’re very happy and fortunate to have a wonderful new baby girl! Thanks again!