Life can get pretty busy sometimes and we can get lost in the shuffle of everyday life and lose sight of all the things happening around the world. My life these days consists of rushing from one thing to another and then crashing at night, watching mindless TV, zoning out. The thing is, before motherhood when I had more time, I loved reading the newspaper, listening to NPR and watching the news and The Daily Show. I felt connected to what was happening outside my small bubble and felt like I could add to conversation and make informed opinions about politics and pop culture. So when suddenly I didn't have time to leisurely read the Times or to wind down after a long day and listen to NPR, I felt like I was losing a part of myself - a terrible feeling during the total upheaval of one's life! Then, I discovered theSkimm, my new obsession. theSkimm is a daily digest of all the important news emailed to you each morning in a smart, fun, witty and interesting way.
theSkimm is not just for new moms, but anyone who just feels overwhelmed by the abundance of news and leads a busy life. Every morning I wake up excited to read the newest email from theSkimm. It's as if your incredibly smart, funny and charming best friend got up early to write you an e-mail, casually recounting the news events of the day so you could look cool at work, at a cocktail party or on your date that night. That friend did all the reading for you and sent you the best cliff notes for you to read, sprinkled with jokes and seemingly a shared appreciation for wine. Usually when a company sends me an e-mail every day, I get irrationally angry. I hate spam e-mail clogging up my inbox and usually just skip over the e-mails, but not once have I skipped a Skimm e-mail; it's something I look forward to each morning.
Here is an excerpt from yesterday's e-mail...
Not only is theSkimm digest witty, but it also breaks down the news for you in ways that even the most sleep deprived momma could understand with links to their guides in each article summarizing the current event- boiling it down to the basics. Each section is long enough for you to get the gist, but short enough that you can read the whole e-mail in just 5-10 minutes - perfect for a short subway ride, in between snooze alarms, or while pumping!
I seriously can't stop telling every friend and family member I know about the emails that keep me informed and giggling each morning. And don't be fooled by their logo, it's not just for ladies! My husband and father both love it as well. As theSkimm puts it themselves, "There's a lot of stuff in the world. It's confusing. theSkimm is here to make it easier to know what's up."
(photos via theSkimm)