links I love 6/24/16

Happy Friday everyone! Did you have a fantastic week? Any exciting plans for the weekend? I know that I had a MUCH better week this week than last week…not being sick can do that πŸ™‚ After spending 4 days pretty much sleeping and laying around, it feels so good to be up and active again! Plus I have been getting a bunch of things sorted out here for the blog and for the upcoming Etsy store (we are talking in the next week or so people! Just finishing up the last few details.) so I am pretty happy overall. And right now, I’m happy to be sharing the links I love this week with you!


My favorite pic of the week! I am so in love with how this new pendant turned out!

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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 πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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!

Aren’t they just too cute!

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

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links I love

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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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 πŸ™‚ 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.


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friday favs: the links I love

It’s Friday!! Ok, I’m usually pretty happy for the weekend (even though I don’t have a traditional weekend off of work…huh…that’s kinda weird). But right now I’m even more excited!! I still have a few days of work left, but I am almost to our vacation!! 11 glorious days together off of work. Or at least off of our day jobs. We both still have work to do, but we will get plenty of time together too. Plus I’m meeting up with a friend for lunch and a few other exciting events scheduled!! But, that’s not the focus for today. Today is all about the links I love from this week! Honestly, it’s a pretty short list. Not because there wasn’t quality stuff out there. More just my focus has been a little off this week, so I didn’t do quite as much reading as I normally do. But either way, I hope you enjoy the links I love…maybe you will even love them too!?

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Along with the links I love, this is one of the places I love. The May photos turned out great!


Sesame Noodles with Broccoli and Almonds from Gimme Some Oven

Ham and Swiss Quinoa Egg Bake from Organize Yourself Skinny


Create an Amazing Home Exercise Routine FOR Free With The Fitnet Workout App from Organize Yourself Skinny – I haven’t tried this yet, but I think I might soon! As most of you know, I have been still struggling with my back issues for the past few months, so Kayla’s BBG really hasn’t been possible for me. I’ve been keeping up with the treadmill, but that’s about it. I’ve been leaning towards kinda giving in to the reality that starting BBG again isn’t going to happen soon, so I need to start figuring out a new routine that I can do with my back issues.Β I’m hoping this app will have some options that I can try!

You Are More Than Your Body (Fat) from Girls Gone Strong – This hits on so many issues I either have struggled with or continue to struggle with. Fantastic read and really thought provoking.

Creating Your Own Home Gym from Kate Moving Forward – A home gym is awesome! And you don’t need a huge amount of space to have one. I would love to have a gym membership, but that is a little out of our budget right now. So I love the home gym I’ve put together! (of couse, I’m really lucky I had parents who were done with their treadmill, but you can still do a lot without that)

Art and DIY

Inspired Idea: DIY Gilded Roses from Lauren Conrad – I’m going to admit something…I’m not a huge fan of roses. They are ok, but I have a lot of flowers I prefer over roses. But these! These are so pretty!

Blogging and Business

The Ultimate Guide to Repurposing Your Blog Content from Melyssa Griffin – This is something I’m still struggling with! I’m going to have to put a lot more thought into some of the techniques and platforms she talks about here…Especially Periscope? I have heard a ton, but haven’t checked it out yet! Any Periscope users out there with tips?

How Not to Get Caught in the 6-Figure Blogger Suck-in from by Regina – I’ve seen a lot of this on the web and I love how she lays this out. Great read.


2 Hacks for a Front Braid on Dark + Straight Hair from The Small Things Blog – Ok, so my hair is only straight sometimes. But it’s definitely dark! And I’m going to be trying this style and tip in the next few days! I’m always a little disappointed in my braids, mostly because they just kinda blend. Here’s hoping this will help!

That’s it for the links I love this week! I love what I did find and I hope you did too! Have a wonderful weekend!



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!Β 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!Β 

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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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!

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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 πŸ™‚ 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!

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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!



Friday Favs: The Links I Love – April 15, 2016

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My favorite picture from the week! I love the weather finally warming up and that happy puppy smile πŸ™‚

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so happy to be back with you all after my small, unplanned hiatus from posting this week! (Next week we will be back to our normal schedule and I have a couples posts I can’t wait for you to see πŸ™‚ ) I don’t know about you, but I am so happy it’s Friday. This week has been a whirlwind of meetings, working on projects and really doing some hard thinking about where I want this blog and my business to go over in the future. There is still a lot of work to do in that area, and even more soul searching, but I’m really happy with what I’m working towards so far! But more on that later. Right now I’m just really excited to be sharing this week’s links I love with you! I found some really neat ones this week, including some from new-to-me blogs!



Classic Croque-Madame from A Cup of Jo

Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse from Gimme Some Oven

20 Minute Company Chicken from Iowa Girl Eats

Green Bean Fries from The Lean Green Bean

Home and Decor

Part 1: Come Hang Out in Our Home from The Skinny Confidential – I just have to say “Wow!” and that is really all that’s needed πŸ™‚ This home is amazing. I love the artwork and how light it is!

5 Dreamy Tips for an Inspiring Home Office from Daily Dream Decor – Oh how I wish my home office looked like these….Someday!

Putting Up a New Gallery Wall from Love Taza – This gallery wall is gorgeous! And I had never heard of the framing company they used. I am excited to check them out for one of our own projects!

Family and Life

4 Books to Help You Create a Positive and Healthy Lifestyle from A Yellow Brick Blog – I love when I can find new books to check out! I hadn’t heard of any of these before now and I can’t wait to take a look at them! I especially like the sounds of “The Feelgood Plan”

Update on my 101 in 1001 List from Design Darling – As you saw in my postΒ last week, I love these lists! Seeing someone else working towards theirs (and not their first one either!) plus all the links at the bottom to others doing the same is just awesome to see!

10 Unbelievably Photogenic US National Parks to Explore from A Globe Well Traveled – I can’t wait until I can visit these! I love travel, but haven’t gotten to do much of it lately. And I love being out in nature and in parks, so these are perfect!

Fitness and Wellness

Weighted Core Workout from Pumps and Iron – This looks like a great (and fun!) core workout! And as Nicole states, strengthening your core is so important!

Tuesday Ten: Tips for Managing Stress from Lauren Conrad – Stress can be overwhelming and I love this list! We all need reminders sometimes to take a time out and relax πŸ™‚

Blogging and Business

How to Take Photos of Your Hands for Instagram from Fall For DIY – Β Great tutorial! I used to have (still have?) a little bendy tripod like that but never got around to getting the mount for my phone. I might have to look into that now!

What Bloggers Wish You Knew About Blogging from The Private Life of a Girl – While I’m still pretty new at blogging, I can completely relate to a lot of these!

How I Intentionally Schedule My Week as a Creative Business Owner from Jen Carrington – As someone who is about to launch my online store, along with blogging, I love this article. Intentional scheduling and blocking out my week are things I’m still working on developing, but have been helpful so far! I’m sure as I get my schedule down more it will be even better!

That’s it for this week for me! A lot of great posts out there, so I’m sure I missed some! Did I miss your favorite one from the week, or a post you wrote that you are excited about? If so, I would love to hear about them, so leave a comment below with the link. I love to find new links I love!