Q&A Tuesday: Why do you use Facebook?

Facebook is such a funny thing.  I love how it keeps me connected with so many people, especially since we live overseas.  And it’s wild to see how paths cross – how your college roommate can comment on “your wall” right alongside your brother’s brother-in-law’s girlfriend.  It’s sort-of like a wedding, in that way – your worlds colliding, right in front of you.

So it’s a great tool for keeping up with the lives you love, and for you to update others about your family through photos and little text snippets.

But Facebook can also be a time-sucker. With it’s bajillion applications, you can easily do a lot of pointless – albiet fun – activities, such as sucker-punching your sister.  And it’s a quandrary how to handle those people who want to “friend” you, and for whatever reason, you’re not sure you want to.

Susan at Real Simple wrote a little article recently about the oddity that is Facebook, questioning its validity in our lives.  So today’s Q&A is this:

Do you use Facebook?  What’s your primary motivation?  How much time do you spend on it weekly?  And – how do you handle those requests for friendship, for accepting virtual plants, or anything else you just don’t want to do?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

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A monthly menu plan for the Spring

Photo by Alyson Hurt It’s been several months since I wrote about menu planning; mostly, because I haven’t menu planned in awhile. With all our traveling in the States, it’s only been this past week that we’ve had some semblance of a normal life since mid-October. But we’re all itching for some well-planned meals around (read more…)

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Weekend links

Photo by Sue • Book of Days :: Blue Yonder Ranch • Dead Simple Guide to Beating Procrastination :: Zen Habits • “We’re Constantly at War Over Chores” :: Redbook • Ruthless Simplicity: How to Ward Off Doing More and Burning Out :: Unclutterer • Make Your Own Organic Baby Wash :: Rookie Moms • (read more…)

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A simplified story of our economic crisis

The following is a guest post from The Weakonomist, the anonymous blogger behind Weakonomics.com. The media has tried to explain the current economic crisis. But many of them don’t fully understand it themselves, so elements and details are lost in translation. The ultimate failure is trying to explain it in a matter of minutes – (read more…)

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20 tips for finding your routine with kids

Reader Marilyn asks, “I am struggling to set some kind of schedule for my family. I’m new to the SAHM thing (I went back to work after my son was 5 months) and have a 5-month-old and a 3-year-old who is now at home with me.  I’ve been kind of going with the flow, but (read more…)

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