Web Time Wasters

summer vacation

“What I Did On My Summer Vacation: A Photo Series By Sarah Von Bargen.” You can always follow along on Instagram!

Friiiiiends! Hi! I’m back from my blogging ‘summer vacation’ (aka concerted effort to write + record + beta test my first ecourse in 4 years.) In addition to all that hard work, my husband and I took his boys up to see my parents at the lake and, lo, there was much canoeing and dock-jumping and s’mores making. Fun was had by all!

Anyhoo. Links for you!

Ooooh! A sunscreen setting spray! Intriguing for those of us who are fair and/or lazy!

Two recipes I’m adding the queue: roasted carrot hummus and summer corn soup.

A post about really, truly mending and making due.

7 ways to develop good habits – I’ve been trying ‘habit stacking’ and it’s been working so far!

Once you figure out what makes you happy, you have to commit to – ya know – doing that stuff. I totally related to this post:
I often feel so overwhelmed by tasks that I think, “The most fun would be to cross some items off my to-do list. I’d feel so much better if I could get something accomplished.” In fact, though, I just make myself feel trapped and drained. If I take time to do something that’s truly fun for me (re-read All the King’s Men for the fourth time, call my sister), I feel better able to tackle that to-do list.

Oh! I’d like to make these for our bathroom.

I love this oven-free ‘cake’ idea!

Oof. Timely. How to survive the election.
• Remember that this election is not all there is. Consider the lilies of the field. Consider art and poetry and marching bands and the glory of a midsummer thunderstorm.
• When you cannot bear to think about the candidates any more, think about Americans like Dorothea Lange, Martin Luther King, Jr., Fred Astaire, Amelia Earhart, Billie Holiday, Flannery O’Connor, Johnny Cash, Michelle Kwan, and Bryan Stevenson.

Extra tall lady friends! An Etsy shop just for you!

This is a great article about Olympic gymnast Simone Biles. It’s also formatted in a really interesting way! Is this the future of internet content?

Not-annoying songs for the kids in your life.

You guys know who Leslie Jones is, right? SNL writer and actor, star of the new Ghostbusters movie? Did you know that she’s 47? And that she started doing stand up in 1987 but only got hired to SNL in 2014? Her Wikipedia page is the stuff inspiration is made of.

I don’t back many Kickstarters but I’m totally backing this one. It checks all my boxes:
✓ Established professional with decades of experience
✓ Represents and promotes Native American culture which is a huge part of Minnesota’s history but isn’t represented in our food scene
✓ Community involvement
✓ Fry bread

And a few Yes & Yes posts you might have missed:  Surprising business + life advice from an Olympian, 5 ways to enjoy your commute (or at least hate it less), Someone else’s pain and struggle do not negate yours.



Hi Sarah – your weekly Web Time Wasters post is my absolute favorite post (on any blog) of the entire week! Thank you for posting the NYT Olympics…articles? I don’t even know what to call them. They were very cool, though!

Brittany D

I absolutely loved the New York Times piece about Simone Biles! Such an interesting way to present an article! Also I’ve used the Coola Setting Sunscreen and it works amazingly! I have never gotten burnt or even that much tan when using it. Fair warning: it smells like hairspray and has the consistency too!


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