links i love 7/22/16

Hey everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday! It’s been a pretty busy week here, but in the best way possible! I hope your week went well too! I’ve got some great links for you to enjoy over your weekend, so we will get right to it! Enjoy!

My favorite picture from this week! I saw this while I was on my bike ride yesterday and just loved it!

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links I love 6/3/16

You guys…I’m gonna be honest. This has been a really rough week for me. Nothing major happened, no catastrophes, and yet….it’s been one of the roughest weeks I’ve had in a really long time. I didn’t sleep well for days in a row, felt horribly unmotivated and not at all creative. I didn’t really get much of what I wanted to done, both online, at home and creatively. You might be asking why I’m telling you this….well, I don’t want to ever be a blogger that portrays everything as perfect or wonderful. Sometimes it’s just not. For me, for you, for the guy you passed on the street, for everyone. But it’s important to remember that it won’t always be difficult. And that those rough weeks? Well, they pass too.

Even within all that, I did find a few links I love this week! And I think you will too 🙂 Not nearly as many as I usually do, but hopefully next week will be better!

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Friday Favs: The Links I Love – April 29, 2016

It’s Friday! Did you have an awesome week? I hope you did! Me, on the other hand….not a bad week, but definitely not awesome. My back was acting up throughout the whole thing, so I was pretty limited on what I could physically. Are you tired of my back acting up all the time, because I really am! Otherwise, not a bad week! I got a decent amount done while still allowing myself some “me” time like I talked about in Wednesday’s post. It was hard to pace myself, but so great to take some time away from working. But this post is one of my favorite fun ones to work on, because I get to share all the links I love from the week! Plus it gives me an excuse to spend time reading various blogs! 

Enjoy!Links I love


Steve’s Famous Maryland Crab Soup from Monica’s Table

12 Kid-Friendly Energy Ball Recipes Made Without Protein Powder from The Lean Green Bean

One Pan Honey Mustard Balsamic Chicken and Broccolini from Slender Kitchen

Mozzarella Chicken Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes from The Recipe Critic

Pizza Rolls from The Pioneer Woman

Smoked Mozzarella Grilled Cheese with Mushrooms and Onions from Slim Sanity

Fitness and Wellness

Eat and Get Fit from Moms Can be Fit – Too many times I see people talking about eating for fitness in restrictive ways…you know what I’m talking about, it’s the “baked chicken and steamed veggies for lunch and/or dinner every day” crowd. Now, there is nothing wrong with those. I love baked chicken and steamed veggies. But every day? Tiff talks about her normal daily eating habits and some options and it is refreshing to see someone so fit talking about real food!

Restoring Mind and Body: Natures Profound Power from Run to the Finish – This makes me want to visit Colorado so much! These parks look amazing and like so much fun. I love when you can combine gorgeous outdoor scenery with fitness and spending time together.

My Relationship with Fitness from Cupcakes and Cashmere – As most of you know, I struggle with my fitness routine. Some from injury, some from just having difficulty settling into a routine I enjoy. I really like getting a look into others struggles too, especially since it can feel sometimes that everyone has their act together and it’s just me. So I really appreciate how much she puts herself out there in this post!

Home and Decor

Injecting Colour Into Your Kitchen in 3 Easy Ways from Suburban Mum – I love the idea of small steps! While I’m a big fan of color (sometimes a little too much) it can be hard to get the right balance.

Guest Room Gallery Wall from The DIY Playbook – Oh how I love a good gallery wall. And this one is gorgeous!

Jewelry Organization from A Thoughtful Place – This is such a cute way to organize your jewelry! While I have way too many pieces to do just this, I might incorporate some more visually-pleasing displays when we finish the walk-in closet 🙂

Life and Family

Things That Make You Feel Like an Adult from DizzyBrunette3 – This list is great! And made me laugh. Sometimes it really does hit home when you are doing more “adult” things like making appointments, cleaning your home, and buying furniture!

Tulip Fields + Embracing Spontaneity from Open Spaces – I love the idea of a spontaneous trip exploring the tulip fields. And as this is only a couple hours away from me, totally possible! Great post and gorgeous pictures 🙂

Why It’s Okay to Be Basic from DizzyBrunette3 – I’m gonna start off with the fact that I have hated that term from the first time I heard it…and I absolutely love this post. We really need to stop shaming people for the things they like, whether that is Starbucks, yoga, or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (ok, I love all three of these, and that last one is my own addition to things she mentions) Just let people do what they enjoy, no shame involved. And she makes this point much better than I am, so head over there to read it!

Art and DIY

Everyone’s Painting Their Own Abstract Art, And You Should Too from Apartment Therapy – Ok, this one is not from this week, so I’m breaking my rules here. But I love this post! It has so many great ideas for some DIY art!

Industrial Display Shelves from Pretty Handy Girl – I LOVE these! They are so cute, while still having a bit of a masculine feel. Plus great build plans!

Easy DIY Pallet Clipboard Frame from Old House to New Home – Such a cute and simple idea! Perfect for loose art or pictures! 🙂

The Magic of Getting Started from Art Blog for Creative Living – I love this! I have a hard time getting going in my studio sometimes and it really is true…sometimes you just have to start

Blogging and Business

One Day I Will Find You – A Letter to My Dream Job from Vanilla Crunnch – I love how Lara talks about the feelings surrounding her dream job instead of the exact thing she wants to do. How it’s about the community, interactions and results. Great read!

The Key to Fooling Everyone Into Thinking You’re a Natural at Public Speaking from The Middle Finger Project – Fantastically written and has some great tips! I have a hard time at public speaking, even in small group conversations, and this is something I have been having to do more of lately. I will definitely be giving the advice in this post some thought!

5 Mistakes I’ve Made With Blog Photos from A Girl, Obsessed – While I still have SO MUCH to learn about photography, I do think my photos have gotten better over the last year. I love getting the chance to look back at another blogger’s progress, especially since the photos she creates are so gorgeous!

How Weekend Fun Can Help Grow Your Social Media from Venus Trapped in Mars – I love this post! Social media is a bit of a struggle for me sometimes, especially when it comes to growth. I love getting great photos out of fun outings…I just need to be a little more deliberate about it!

Time Management 101 from Simply Organized – While I think this article was written geared towards moms, I think this is really applicable to all bloggers and business types, whether they are moms or not! Great post and great reminder to own your time!

Links I love, favorite picture
I am loving the color in the trees right now! While I had a bit of fun editing, this color is actually true to how it looks in person!

That’s it for this week! I hope you enjoy this round up of the links I love and found some interesting posts! Did I miss your favorite from the week, or maybe you posted something you want me to check out? I would love to hear about them, so please leave a link in the comments below!

Have a fabulous weekend!



Friday Favs: The Links I Love – April 22, 2016

It’s Friday! Guys, I can’t say how happy I am that it’s Friday! Which sounds ridiculous, because I don’t have a normal Monday-Friday workweek, so it’s not like it’s the weekend for me. But still, I’m excited! The past couple of weeks have been awesome and exhausting and so many other things, but mostly exciting. And I can’t wait until things are a little more put together and I can share them with all of you! Let’s just say, there are big things coming 🙂 But right now, the big thing I want to share with you is this list of the links I love this week. There are some recipes I can’t wait to try (is anyone surprised?), some decor inspiration, and a great list about being a blogger, along with a bunch of other neat things!



Pesto Chicken Pizza Rolls from The Lean Green Bean

Spiralized Carrot Salad with Lemon and Dijon from SkinnyTaste

Honey Chipotle Pork Roast from The Recipe Critic

Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups from Eat Yourself Skinny

Home and Decor:

Our Bedroom: Before and After from Almost Makes Perfect – as most of you know, I’m currently remodeling our bedroom (still?! Yup…it’s just never gonna get done) and so I love seeing what others are doing and getting all sorts of neat ideas. We also will have a large closet (read: walk-in dressing room) like they do and I love the idea of putting a cabinet in the master bedroom! We have enough space in ours that I have been struggling with it looking too empty anywhere in the room that isn’t the bed and this is a great solution to that!

Family and Life:

It’s OK to Feel Bad from Miscelenious Blog – Wow…I gotta say, I love this post. She couldn’t be more right. Sometimes being an adult is hard. Not in the joking “I can’t adult right now” but in the truth behind the joke. This post speaks to me, to my life over…well let’s face it, over all of my 20’s

Mirror, Mirror: On Photos and Social Media from Love, Life, Surf – Great thought-provoking post. My self-image is something I have fought for years, and still fight on a pretty regular basis.


How to Find the Motivation to Keep Fit from Blush and Barbells – As most of you know, I kinda have an up-down relationship with exercise. I do exercise weekly, but I have a hard time keeping the routine going the way I would like to. Some of that is out of my control (injuries and such), but other parts are just not prioritizing and motivating enough. This is a great post about some of the ways you can combat that lack of motivation!

Art and DIY:

Project Restyle: Bedside Lamps from A Beautiful Mess – I LOVE how these lamps turned out. I’m a little envious at her finding a matching set to restyle! We recently restyled our own beside lamps (post about that to come) and I didn’t even think of using two colors. So pretty!

Blogging and Business:

Why I Rebranded My Business To My Own Name from Melyssa Griffin – I actually recently joined this community in the Facebook Group (a fabulous group of people!) and I love Melyssa talking here about why she rebranded.

10 Things No One Tells You About Being a Blogger from This Renegade Love – So much truth in this post. When I started (almost a year ago guys!) I had no idea how much work blogging would be. Don’t get my wrong. I love it…in more ways that I could have imagined. But I had no idea how much of my mind would be taken up with blogging and business stuff, how much time I would put into my content, how many photographs I would take. I love this look into the not-so-obvious side of being a blogger!

outdoors, woods, stone bridge, spring, links I love
Ok, so this picture isn’t from this week, or even this year. But it’s one of my favorite pics and where I wish I was right now! I actually had planned on going out to Ledges today, but it’s a bit too overcast and gloomy outside for my tastes. Instead, enjoy this picture from last year, and know you will be seeing more of them soon!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed checking out the links I love this week! Did I miss one that you thought was great or think I would enjoy yours? Leave a link in the comments below! I love hearing your thoughts and finding new blogs!