friday favs: the links I love

It’s Friday!! I am so excited for this weekend!! Unlike most weeks, where my “weekends” are split and I work Fridays and Sundays, I am on VACATION! *dances around like crazy*

Ok…now that’s out of my system πŸ™‚ I hope you are having an awesome week and planning for an even more awesome weekend! I have some exciting things planned for this weekend, including a fun lunch date with a friend. But right now I’m really happy to be sharing with you the links I love from this week! I think I found some pretty awesome articles, so now you have some great reading to add to your already awesome day!

But before we get to that….my favorite pic of the week! Kind of a behind the scenes look πŸ™‚ This was last weekend when we had my parents over for lunch for Mother’s Day, with my mom taking the picture. This is also why I don’t show my kitchen very often either!! It’s not so pretty, is it? Someday I will have a pretty kitchen…Β But either way, we had a fantastic time!

Cooking at home, kitchen, family

Enjoy!

Recipes

Thai Red Coconut Curry with Chicken from Slender Kitchen

Cheeseless Buffalo Chicken QuesadillaΒ from Run, Sweat, Eat, Repeat

Italian Chicken Meatball Subs from Persnickety Plates

Citrus Marinated Carne Asada from Slender Kitchen

Bacon Chicken Alfredo Pizza from The Recipe Critic

Art and DIY

Photo DIY Ledge from A Beautiful Mess – Photos are one of those things I have a really hard time putting up. I always end up putting it off until later, or until I have the “right” way to display it. Maybe I should make some of these?

Thrift Store Bookcase/Nightstand Makeover Tutorial from Jenna Sue Design Co. – Wow! I had been planning on throwing out a really old and beaten up bookcase (from Walmart 10+ years ago, back damaged, etc) but I think I might try some of what she did! Plus I’ve been working on improving my furniture-painting skills, so maybe some practice on a piece like that would be good. Her results were amazing!!

Life and Family

Create a Positive Life and Break Free of Failure from Passion Themed Life – Wow…I love this post! Some of the points touch on things I have just started getting into, and others are things I have been focusing on a lot this year in order to achieve my goals and live a happier, more fulfilled life! Great read!

Fitness and Health

6 Simple Reasons Why Camping is So Good for Your Health from Cool of the Wild – I used to go camping pretty regularly as a kid and up into my early twenties…I don’t think I really thought much about how much I missed it until this year. Being outdoors can be so great for you, both mentally and physically. This one is a great read about why camping is so awesome!

Small Steps for Getting Started from Sweat, Stretch, Eat – While I think this is a great post for beginners, it’s also a great reminder for those of us who are struggling to stay on track. It can be so overwhelming and discouraging to not be meeting your fitness goals or not doing as well as you were. This post is great for reminding me that it doesn’t have to be so hard to get back on track!

5 Simple Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling from Organize Yourself Skinny – Traveling can make it difficult to stay healthy. This has some great easy tips to help you out!

Fashion

3 Tips to the Art of Accessorizing from A Thoughtful Place – If you guys haven’t noticed, I LOVE jewelry. Granted, most of what I wear is my own, but these tips are great!…And maybe something I need to keep in mind more when styling my own pieces. I wonder if most of mine would count as statement pieces?

Blogging and Business

Why Everything You Hear About How to Blog is Wrong from Helene In Between – I love this! As a still pretty new blogger, I can struggle sometimes with what I feel is authentically “me” and what others say. There is no magic formula for being a successful blogger. In the end, you need to figure out what success is for you and how you want to get there. This has some great tips to keep in mind while you figure that out!

How to Master the Flat Lay from Dizzy Brunette3 – Ugh…the flat lay. I can’t ever seem to get this thing down. Maybe with some of these tips and ideas I can! While I don’t want my feed to be a bunch of flat lays or anything like that, it would be nice occasionally to be able to style one πŸ™‚

That’s it for this week!! I think there are some pretty awesome posts in there, so make sure to check a few out for some weekend reading! Have a great weekend!

Sara

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