Well, we are finally on the last leg of our Arizona trip.  Jeremy had to stay back in Alabama because of his busy school schedule, and we miss him terribly, but we're having a blast with family here. We're spending this week up in the beautiful AZ mountains hiding from that crazy Phoenix heat.  I'm enjoying the chance to unwind and relax, so for now, I'll share some cool links I've come across this week.  But first, pretty pics...

I was a little bit outraged when I learned on Caitlin's blog that seasonal firefighters do NOT have healthcare options.  Infuriating. You know, they're the ones who put their lives on the line daily to fight the wildfires that rage this country every year.  sheesh.  Sign this petition to help

Didyaknow...I went to El Paso to hang out with a little blogger who happens to be one of my longest, bestest friends.  We can call this a blogger-meet-up.

An adorable vlog with some great blog design tips. I can't wait to redo my blog design this fall!

A new awesome blog to follow. She scares me with how much we have in common: Free as a Bird

Beautiful, heart-wrenching video about the star of Spartacus' battle with cancer: Be Here Now.  (via Chrissy's blog)

Okay you Potterheads (you know who you are), I'm finally reading the books! {mass cheering}  So, I've decided to join in this Potterthon read-a-long.  Good fun!

I've been stalking Amazon MP3 lately because of the amazing deals!!  I bought some awesome, new albums for $.99 each!  My recent purchases: Regina Spektor's new album, The Lumineers, Beach House, The Hunger Games Soundtrack, Gotye and Kimbra. Also, they have a cool, free songs section that's a little addicting.

If there is one song that I cannot get enough of right now, it is this one:

"You can judge the whole world by the sparkle that you think it lacks. Yes, you can stare into the abyss, but it's staring right back"

Happy weekend friends!