friday favs: links I love

Happy Friday everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful week and some excitement planned for the weekend! It’s gorgeous here in Central Iowa, so I’m hoping to go out for a hike this weekend before my vacation ends. Which is sad….I’m really trying not to focus on my vacation being over in a couple of days. Then it’s back to real life 🙂 Which isn’t all that bad. But one thing I’m not sad about is sharing this list with you! I found a lot of great stuff this week, so you should have plenty to read over your weekend.

Enjoy!

Recipes

Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites from Pinch of Yum

Eggs Poached in Marinara Sauce from The Iron You

Slow Cooker Lo Mein from Damn Delicious

Creamy Garlic Herb Mushroom Critic from The Recipe Critic

Paleo Chocolate Chip Banana Bread from The Lean Green Bean

Lemon Orzo Pasta from A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

Thai Noodle Bowls with Almond Butter Tofu from Minimalist Baker

Skillet Veggie and Cheese Stuffed Shells from Eat Yourself Skinny

Family and Life

How to Deal With Negative Emotions from Thirteen Thoughts – Some great tips in here! I’ve learned a lot of these lessons the hard way and spent way too long down in the pit of my negative emotions before being able to deal….so this one hits home for me. Some really good things to keep in mind and definitely worth the read!\

Weekend Prep for Weekday Success from IHeart Organizing – Love this! I am all about planning things out to set yourself up for a successful week. You all know just how much I love meal prep, but I do other things on this list too! Spending a little bit of time preparing can make all the difference throughout the week. Great read!

50 Ways to Change Up Your Routine from Uncustomary – As you know I believe, and she states herself, routines are great! But sometimes they can make you feel trapped or in a rut. And she has some great ideas for how to change things up and shake off that feeling! Love this!

Home and Decor

Backyard Landscaping and Patio Reveal from Pretty Handy Girl – This gave me some great ideas for a future backyard project! We have a huge, really sad looking backyard and I have high hopes that next year we can put some work into it. Her’s is gorgeous!

DIY and Art

6 DIYs to Try This Weekend from Paper & Stitch – So many cute ideas on here!

DIY Wooden Arrows {Tutorial} from Ginger Snaps Crafts – I have seen arrows like this everywhere and would love to make a couple for my own home. Too cute!

Fashion and Style

How to Flat Iron Your Hair & Maintain Volume from The Small Things Blog – While I usually stay away from heat on my hair, I have been using my flat iron more lately. And I can’t wait to try out this to add some more volume when I do!

Blogging and Business

I’m a Food Blogger, and I Forgot Why I Love to Cook from The Blissful Balance – A great reminder to think about my “Why”…why I started a blog, why I’m starting a business, all of it. It can be easy to get caught up in the analytics sometimes and forget.

How and Why You Should Think Beyond Your Blog if You Want to Monetize Your Blog from Melyssa Griffin – I love the shift in focus in this post vs. other monetization posts on a lot of other blogs! Thinking about your blog as the foundation and ways to use that foundation to create income outside of your blog is great.

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers from Bloggers Get Social – This is hard. I’m sure that most, if not all, bloggers deal with this. And it’s rough. It can take a good day and drag it down. I’ve gotten better about this over the year I’ve been blogging, but I still find myself comparing more often than I wish I would. This has some great tips to combat that!

My Best Tips & Tricks For Growing Your Blog Stats from Lark and Linen – This is something I struggle with. Some great tips in here for really getting your posts out there! Because while stats aren’t everything, or even the most important thing, they do matter. And we want people to see what we blog, right?!

That’s it for this week! But before I end, I wanted to share a few of the pictures I worked on this week. While I haven’t done a huge amount of photography for fun lately, I have been doing a ton of product photography and I think it’s really improving! So here are just a few of the pictures I took this week:

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And that’s it! Have an amazing weekend! If you have a link you think I would love, either from your own site or someone else’s, I would love to check it out, so please leave it in the comments below!!

Sara

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