These are the links I have been hoarding recently because they made me laugh, cry, despair, hope or jump for joy…

(First up: a reminder that my little prize drawer for the ever so lovely Homemade Gifts Vintage Style ends tomorrow so now is your last chance to enter!)

Happier At Home
Really, really looking forward to seeing Gretchen Rubin shift her happy focus on to life at home…

What I Do When I Waver
Penelope Trunk on why it’s ok to let our kids have free reign with the games console.

Feng Shui Your Internet Life
From the wonderful Tao of Dana.

Wherever you go There You Are
For this paragraph alone:

This is one secret of the ladies who lunch, who pay to have someone pour their water and knead their tired feet and smooth oil over the unloved skin of their necks and shoulders, who sit naked under plush bathrobes and enumerate their trigger points to smiling women with strong forearms while Enya plays softly in the background: no one else touches them. I have friends who have stopped having sex with their husbands, overwhelmed by the tactile demands of motherhood. Their only chance to be free of clinging hands is when they lay down to sleep. Intellectually, I get it. Whichever side of the fence you have to mow, the work is demanding, and sacrifice is required. Emotionally… emotionally, I pay people to listen to my problems for 50 minutes a week and to run their hands over my body a few times a year, when the gulf between me and the human experience gets too unendurably vast. Emotionally, I write an anonymous blog and cry every time I hold a brand new baby.

The Invisible Mother
Spot the Mummy hiding underneath a rug in these incredibly bizarre, spooky portraits of Victorian children.

Seven Ways To Turn Your home Into a Health Retreat
Meditation room, zen, juice, nature et al…

The Oil cleansing Method
If it is good enough for Simple Mom it’s good enough for me!

Apricot and Lavender Fruit Leather
Sounds divine… roll on Summer please!

And finally can I leave you with this: a video I saw on The Bedlam of Beefy and haven’t been able to get out of my mind since. We spend so much time talking about minimalizing consumption and trashing the unnecessary in our lives, that when we come face to face with what it really means to lead a truly simple, beautifully unadorned life, I for one find myself both fascinated with it and deeply intimidated by it and finally end up meditating on all that we surround ourselves with that is clearly surplus to living well…