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Link Roundup: Serengeti Wild Dogs, Disrupting The Wedding Industry, Poor Air Quality In The UK & More

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Happy Sunday! I hope you can get outside, even if it’s freezing, just to get some fresh air. My son is with Grandma and I got to bed early last night, so I’m feeling pretty good for someone who got up at 6am with a back ache.

This week was pretty busy as far as work and this blog goes. I uploaded some new craft supplies to Etsy, listed a new Spring-themed ring for sale on this website, and I learned that mind mapping really is the best way to outline blog posts.

With my free time before my son woke up, I looked through my Feedly feeds and found some posts and articles that you all might like to read. So, let’s see what’s going on in the world:

Why did Serengeti’s wild dogs disappear? Study challenges controversial hypothesis

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African wild dogs disappeared from the Serengeti. Why?

In 1991, the African wild dogs that lived in Serengeti National Park disappeared. The original hypothesis of what happened is that the researchers caused this by handling the wild dogs, fitting them with radio collars and taking blood samples. It was thought that all this handling compromised their immune systems, leaving them susceptible to rabies.

A new study challenges that hypothesis, though. Wild dogs to the east of the park that were exposed to the same stresses didn’t face the same fate.

The study’s authors think that it’s more likely that competition with the growing numbers of lions and hyenas caused the disappearance of the African wild dogs.

Why is the wedding industry so hard to disrupt?

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Wedding startups fail more often than not. Why?

There have been surprisingly few wedding startups since the dawn of the internet, and even fewer successful ones. Zola and The Knot are two success stories, but what makes the wedding industry so impervious to outsiders?

The wedding industry is known for being rigid, but it has changed to fit in with our online world. Pinterest, for instance, has said that 40 million people use its service to plan a wedding every year.

The whims of Google and SEO have tanked some startups, and the successful ones like The Knot are probably selling your emails to advertisers to stay afloat.

In my mind, there’s just so many parts to a wedding and people prefer them to be integral and working together. Startups that focus on just one aspect of a wedding probably won’t make much money, but going broad will require more money, a larger team, and a better strategy. It’s just a hard industry to break into.

Poor air quality found at over 2,000 sites across the UK

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Air quality is only getting worse. How do we fix that?

Pollution is getting worse the world over. There are some efforts to clean up around the UK, but there are still 2,000 areas in the UK with alarming numbers in air quality. It’s a health issue, especially since nitrogen dioxide is one of the main culprits. Nitrogen Dioxide irritates the lungs and creates breathing issues.

How to Choose the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business

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Which social media site is best for your business?

My social media plan right now focuses almost entirely on Pinterest. That’s not to say everyone should do the same, though. This infographic will help you choose the right social media website for your needs.

How Financial Gurus Make Money

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Are all financial gurus just scammers?

“Show me $1 and I’ll show you 10 “money gurus” who claim they can turn it into $2.”

Financial gurus are ruining the internet, and they might be ruining your wallet, too. Sure, there are some good ones out there, but most are experts in only one thing: making money off of you.

This article is a lesson to not trust every expert that walks your way, even if they really are experts. Experts don’t always have good morals.

How to Outsmart the Most Common Money Scams

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Scammers are everywhere. How do you keep your money safe?

Speaking of bad morals, you need to learn how to avoid these scams. Anyone can fall prey to a money scam, so it pays to be prepared.

Ship Baby Supplies to Your Vacation Destination

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How do you stock up on baby supplies for your vacation?

Going on vacay with a baby is hard. It’s more like moving than a week away.

A better idea might be use Amazon Prime or some other shipping service to send what you need to your destination. Less to pack, less to worry about!

Stop Recycling Plastic Bottles Without Caps On

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Recycling has a lot of rules to get it right

There are a lot of rules about what plastic you can and can’t recycle. Here’s a new rule: recycle your bottles with the cap on.

“So what’s the right way to recycle a plastic water bottle? First, remove the cap and crunch the bottle up from the base until most of the air is removed. Screw the cap back on, then toss the bottle in the recycling bin!”

People with chronic pain are coping with the help of Pinterest, new study reveals

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Medicine isn’t the only way to deal with chronic pain

Self care and pain management tips on Pinterest are actually helping people with chronic pain! It’s a sad fact that medical intervention often falls short with chronic pain, so spreading different techniques of dealing with it through Pinterest is a great thing to do.

Should Google Treat Fossil Fuel Companies Like It Treats Tobacco & Firearm Companies?

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Should fossil fuel companies be treated like an enemy of the people?

Fossil fuel companies are marketing power houses with a ton of money to throw behind propaganda and advertising. Should Google and social media companies hold them accountable for spreading false information that could lead to climate change denial or otherwise further the harm to the environment? Should fossil fuel companies be blacklisted from buying advertising like firearm companies are?

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Toddler Meal Plan (Week of February 17, 2019)

I’m a bad mom.

I try my best most days. I play with my son, I take him outside even on really cold and snowy days. I dance with him. I read to him. I feed him.

But do I feed him well?

To be honest with you, no. I don’t.

I just don’t even know where to start when it comes to feeding him. He hates so many of the things I love, and will only eat so many foods.

But I decided that I’m not going to let his pickiness, and my pickiness, get in the way of him eating healthy and delicious food anymore. I’m going to break out the toaster oven, the food processor, the blender! And I’m going to cook good, wholesome food for my son.

So how am I going to start doing that? By meal planning! This is my plan for this week:

Monday

Breakfast

Oatmeal and yogurt

I’ll be eating a bagel or some eggs and drinking coffee.

Lunch

Toast with peanut butter

I’ll be eating the same thing, or maybe another bagel if I’m craving one.

Dinner

Alfredo noodles and mixed veggies

We will be eating alfredo noodles with vegetables as well.

Snacks

Bananas or frozen berries

Tuesday

Breakfast

Bagels and cream cheese

I’ll have a bagel or eggs.

Lunch

Taco meat and broccoli

I’ll be having a beef quesadilla with that taco meat and some broccoli too.

Dinner

Chicken breasts with ranch and macaroni and cheese

We will be eating the same as our son (without the ranch!)

Snacks

Bananas or yogurt

Wednesday

Breakfast

Cereal

I’ll have a bagel, eggs, or cereal.

Lunch

Toast with peanut butter

I’ll be having some beef stew that I have in the freezer.

Dinner

We go out with one of the grandmas for dinner on Wednesdays, so I’m off the hook!

Snacks

Bananas or frozen berries

Thursday

Breakfast

Oatmeal

I’ll be having a bagel or eggs again!

Lunch

Spaghetti and ground beef

I’ll probably have some spaghetti, too. Spaghetti is my son’s favorite meal so you can expect to see this a lot in my meal plans!

Dinner

Taco meat and rice

Burritos for the whole family!

Snacks

Granola bar or yogurt

Friday

Breakfast

Pancakes and eggs

I’ll be having some pancakes too. Yum!

Lunch

Bagel and cream cheese

I’ll have a bagel too.

Dinner

Spaghetti and ground beef

We’ll all have spaghetti and ground beef.

Snacks

Bananas or frozen berries

The weekend

My son spends the weekend with his grandparents, so I’m off the hook for those meals.

So what will you be feeding your kids this week? And do you struggle with figuring out meals for them?


If you haven’t yet, check out the spring collection of jewelry that I’m working on! There are some beautiful and feminine designs, from sakura blossoms to butterflies.