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

Recipes

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!

Sara

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Friday Favorites: The Links I Love – April 1, 2016

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic week! Mine was pretty great, with a lot of focus on creating some new jewelry and writing for the blog 🙂 Add in the warmer temperatures here in Iowa and I am one happy blogger! And to add to the happiness, here are the links I love this week! But first, my favorite picture from the week. I just can’t get enough of Crystal being cute 🙂

CrystalByDoor-cute dog-favorite

Life:

Unsurpassable Worth from A Pinch of Yum – STOP. READ THIS. I’m serious. It’s long, it’s heartbreaking, it’s heartwarming, and it needs to be read. If you only pick one thing to read off of this list, read this. This is a story from Lindsay about their time in the Philippines, a wonderful orphanage there and the good work they are doing, and a blast, 5-day fundraiser (starting March 30) to allow this orphanage to save more lives. And if you head over and check out the hero roster, you can find my hero listed there too!

Hello, We Are Happy from Sprinkle of Glitter – This has been a blog I have loved for a long time and she took a hiatus a while back. Now she’s back! I love how she talks about taking a break to focus on the important things in her life, how her life is now and, most importantly, that she is truly happy now.

How I Map Out a Successful Week from Cupcakes and Cashmere – As you know, I find planning to be really important! I love this look into how someone else plans out their week. I like keeping an eye out for little tips and tricks that I can use in my own planning, and this one definitely has a few!

Recipes:

Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteaks from The Recipe Critic

Blogging:

Taking your blog to the next level: 100 resources for bloggers by Thirteen Thoughts – I usually don’t list a post that is mostly links to other posts, but I think this one has a bunch of great resources listed. If you are looking to revitalize or improve your current blog, or even start your first one, this has what you need! I will definitely be saving this to refer back to!

Why I Feel So Lost With Blogging Right Now from Dizzy Brunette3 – A real and honest look at how much of a struggle blogging can be sometimes. Great read.

Home and Decor:

Bedroom Refresh from House Tweaking – Love this! You all know I’ve been especially focused on bedroom stuff, as we are still remodeling the bedroom. This one has some great inspiration

My Renovation Mistakes from A Beautiful Mess – This was a fun read, plus gave me a few things to keep in mind for the future!

That’s it for the links I love this week! I know it wasn’t a huge list this week. I had a really busy week. I hope to have a few more links than this next time!

Did I miss your favorite link of the week? If so, I would love to hear about it, so leave a comment below!

Sara

Just in case you missed it, here are the Friday Favorites from last week!

 

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