547th Friday Blog Roundup

I’ve been following the iOS9 leaks with great interest because my phone — a phone I have no intention of replacing despite its age — is the oldest product supported by the current OS. Will my phone be pushed into extinction by this new update? Maybe, says some pessimistic sources ....more

Everything You Need to Know about Sunscreen (and the Best Drugstore Sunscreens to Buy)

Summer is almost here, which means that it's time to think about sunscreen. It's also Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so this is the perfect time to talk about protecting your skin. Each year, new evidence comes out helping consumers choose the best protection for their skin, and frankly, all this information is a bit confusing to juggle when looking at those bottles in the drugstore. To make it simple, I've broken down what you need to look for in a sunscreen, as well as how popular sunscreens match up against the guidelines. (Hint: that sunscreen you've been using for years could contain dangerous chemicals or be flammable!) ...more
I'd actually like to try to make my own sunscreen using carrotseed and a carrier oil. Has anyone ...more

NaBloPoMo June 2015 Blogroll

The theme for June is READY, SET, GO! ...more

NaBloPoMo June 2015 Prompts

The theme for June's NaBloPoMo is READY, SET, GO! If you're participating in NaBloPoMo in June -- or even if you're not! -- here are some prompts to get you going. Writing prompts are posted at the beginning of the month so you can plan ahead, Monday to Friday. (Weekends are for free-writing!) ...more

Ready, Set, Go! Get Ready for June's NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

NaBloPoMo June 2015 Badges

The official badge for June 2015 NaBloPoMo is here! Grab it to place on your blog and show your readers you're posting every day this month. ...more

A Few of My Favourite Things

It’s time for another edition of a few of my favourite things because I’ve fallen in love with a yogurt bar. “Well, Melissa, why don’t you marry it if you love it so much?” How do you know I haven’t? I haven’t… yet....more

IComLeavWe: June 2015

Welcome back to IComLeavWe. It stands for International Comment Leaving Week, but if you say it aloud, doesn’t it sounds like “I come; [but] leave [as a] we”? And that’s sort of the point ....more

5 Reasons to Start a Weekly Series on Your Blog

I'm a big fan of weekly series. I have two that I do on my blog. The first is the Friday Blog Roundup, and I've been writing this weekly post for almost 9 years. 9 years -- every week! It's simply a way to share some of the blog posts that affected me over the course of the week, and hopefully get a conversation going with others about them; like a mini book club for blog posts. ...more
Interesting - I just stopped my Friday links post because it felt like it took a huge amount of ...more

Who Owns That Barcode-Encrusted Embryo?

Even though I’ve never seen Modern Family, I’ve been following the story of Sophia Vergara’s embryos because… well… it’s a “what if” nightmare come true. What if a couple creates embryos together....more