links i love 8/26/16

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! Looking for some fun reading for your weekend? Here are some links I love that you may have missed this week!

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Recipes

My Go-to Avocado Toast by Minimalist Baker

Balsamic Chicken Skillet by Budget Bytes

Garlic Grilled Broccoli by Slender Kitchen

Homemade Peanut Butter Protein Bars by Jar Of Lemons

Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas by Gimme Some Oven

One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta by Slender Kitchen

Garlic Basil Barramundi Skillet with Tomato Butter Sauce by Pinch of Yum

Family and Life

How to Deal With Being Overwhemed by A Fresh Start on a Budget – This is a great post! We all get overwhelmed…I know I do. And when you feel that way it can be hard to get anything done, much less everything! I know I can just kinda freeze up. This has some great tips for getting past the overwhelmed feeling and moving forward, plus making sure to take time for self-care. And we all know how important I think self-care is!

Is Wealth Just About Changing Your Mindset by Our Freaking Budget – I love this! And past a certain point, like being unsure if you can afford groceries or bills, I would have to say they are right! Mindset makes such a huge difference!

21 Books I Loved, 5 I Liked and 3 I Wouldn’t Recommend by Design Darling – Great list! I can’t wait to check out some of these! I have my own “new book goal” on my own 101 Things in 1001 Days list and this will help me get there! Plus a few that she read are ones I read for my list too! (Also, this gives me a post idea….maybe do my own book list halfway through or something?)

Things I Know for Sure at 28: Outstanding People, the Comparison Trap and Standards by Eat, Spin, Run, Repeat – I love this! It sounds a lot like the things I learned around that time! It amazes me just how much we learned in our late 20s….makes me excited to see what we learn in our 30s!

Art and DIY

Unique {and Cheap} DIY Fall Decorating Ideas by Re-fabbed – I love fall and I especially love making fall decor! These are some seriously cute ideas and I can’t wait to make a few of them for our home!

Industrial Dog Bowl Feeder Stand by Pretty Handy Girl – This is great. I have wanted to build or buy something like this for a while, but hadn’t seen anything that seemed like it could stand up to Achilles-level slobber (gotta love mastiffs haha!). This one might actually do it!

Health and Fitness

Trying New Fitness Adventures by Gettin’ My Healthy On – Yes! I love trying new things and having been focusing a lot on getting outside of my comfort zone lately. I actually decided just this week that I am FINALLY getting a gym membership and I can’t wait to attend some fitness classes! Plus I have a few other things I want to try too!

Hair and Beauty

Waterfall Braid Tutorial + the Fix for Dry, Damaged Hair by Hair Romance – Yet again another great post from Christina! The waterfall braid is one I love but haven’t tried yet. (I mostly stick to my Dutch and Fishtail Braids) I can’t wait to try after this video! And my curly hair gets dried out so easily, so I will definitely be trying some new products she suggests to see if I can’t get it back to health!

Blogging and Business

How to Design Blog Post Graphics That Convert (With Before + After Examples!) by Melyssa Griffin – Wonderful post! This is something I struggle with, so I am definitely going to be trying out her tips!

That’s it for the links I love this week! Did you have something you loved or something you published? I would love to check it out, so please leave a link below!

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links i love 8/12/16

Happy Friday! I hope you are all having a wonderful week. Things have been a little off here, but are getting back on track now. I had a pretty bad headache for a few days, so I haven’t been working out much this week or getting as much done as I would like. But my head is doing better and I’m getting back to normal productivity! No workout today, but hopefully tomorrow that will be back on track too!

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week! ๐Ÿ™‚

In case you missed them, here are some awesome posts that went out this week!

To start off, I’m doing things a little different this week. There are two posts that I think you should really read. The #BlackLivesMatter movement, the recent murders of black men by police, the murders of police officers themselves; they all need to be thought about. This needs to be discussed. I have a lot of great articles for you this week, but I think these two are the most important. Please read them. Think about these matters and discuss them with others. The violence and hate needs to end.

What You Should Know About St. Paul Right Now by Pinch of Yum – The last few weeks our news and media outlets have been filled with grief, confusion, anger and fear, just to name a few emotions. The murders ofย Alton Sterling,ย Philando Castile, and the 5 police officers in Dallas has had many of us rightfully upset. This post talks about being at the intersection where Philandro was killed and the people that are gathering there. Most importantly, this post talks about the LOVE and PEACE that is being displayed and shared at that intersection. We should be upset by these deaths. That does not mean that we should hate. I love that this truth is being shared there, and that Lindsay has shared it with us.

Use Your White Privilege to End Your White Privilege by Uncustomary – Yes. Just Yes. Everything about this. White privilege exists. I am a white woman who grew up middle-class in a mostly white town. I went to a mostly white school (excluding one year in high school). I don’t know that I would have understood the reality of white privilege when I was younger. That being said, I understand it now. Let’s put an end to white privilege.Read More

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links I love 7/8/16

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week! I know I did! It was a kind of busy and weird week here…my focus felt really off, so I switched things up a bit when it comes to what things I was working on. That seemed to help at least! One exciting thing for me is that my back issues seem to be under control for now, so I’ve been back on my full workout schedule for 2 weeks now! More on that next week. But now to share a few posts that I found this week that I’m loving!

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Completely random for my favorite photo from the week, but I really like how this shot turned out!

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links I love 7/1/16

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week and have an exciting weekend ahead of you! We don’t have much for weekend plans here, but we did have a fantastic week! As you might have seen, I launched my Etsy store this week! (Want to check it out? Click the “Shop” tab on the top menu!) It’s something I was working on for a long time and I’m so happy to have finally taken that next step! That was most of my focus for the week, but I did have some excitement even outside of that. One of my best friends came to visit, so we got to get some breakfast and go for a hike! She lives out of state, so I only get to see her a couple times a year. We had a great time!

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My favorite picture of the week! Tammy and I on our hike together ๐Ÿ™‚

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links I love 6/17/16

Happy Friday everyone! I know that this week has been tough on all of us, especially those in the US. I do hope that, even with the tragedy in Orlando, that your week went well. Mine did for the most part.

I actually do want to touch on the subject of Orlando for a moment. I’ve thought about writing a post talking about how I’m feeling, but I’m honestly having a hard time putting it into words. When I found out, I just sat in my living room and cried. And this week has been a roller-coaster of emotions since. I don’t know that I can really say my thoughts and feelings on this very well…I have a hard time understanding how hate like that can exist (even though I know it does). I have friends who have been effected by this far more than I have, and I almost feel like I don’t have the right to talk about how I feel because it doesn’t directly effect me like it does them.

So I’m just going to say this: My heart goes out to those in Orlando, to those around the world who live with this fear and with the danger of violence daily. I’m thankful that none of my friends or family where there that night and saddened for those who can’t say the same. And I am heartened by the outpouring of compassion and love I have seen in the wake of this massacre. There is good and hope and light out there in the darkness.

Ok, now let’s move on to some lighter things. I don’t want to make this post sad, or about my personal feelings, but I felt the need to talk about it a bit. But now, we can go on to the whole reason for this post: The links I loved this week! There aren’t as many as normal, but I think I found some pretty great ones ๐Ÿ™‚

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links I love 6/10/16

It’s Friday!! *dances around a bit like crazy* Ok, now that’s out of my system ๐Ÿ™‚ Guys! I am so happy to say that this week went SO much better than last week! Whatever funk was going on that set me into a weird space, it’s over for now. I’m back on doing a little bit more intense workouts, back to creating, just back in general. Maybe I just needed a break, but whatever it was, I’m glad it’s done with. Did you have a great week?! I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚

Another thing that got done this week other than my workouts is both pups went to the vet for a checkup and their shots! Crystal did better than Achilles, since he is a big baby…He actually got stuck hiding under a chair in the waiting area! He tried to stand up while under it and well…he is taller than the chair, so suddenly it was on top of him! Freaked him out a bit, but he’s ok. And he did well for the rest of the visit!

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Aren’t they just too cute!

I also found a lot of great articles this week, including a few from new-to-me blogs! Enjoy!Read More

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ Not nearly as many as I usually do, but hopefully next week will be better!

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It’s Friday!! Ok, in all honesty, I’m not really as excited about Friday this week as I usually am. It’s been a long week, with it being the first week back at work from vacation. But I’m happy the weekend is here and excited about getting some work done on my day off. Did you have an awesome week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? Anyone with a 3 day weekend?

Either way, I have some great reads for you for your weekend! I found so many great articles this week and I’m so happy to be sharing them with you! Some of these, especially the fitness-related ones, really hit home and got me thinking. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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