Remember a few weeks ago when I was trying to figure out how to keep up with all the reading I want to be doing? Well, now you know all the reading includes throwing in a baby book or two, which makes it even more difficult to get to the “just for fun” reading.
One of the things I’ve been trying to do the past few months is get in a daily walk. For a while walking and listening to music was fine. But a couple weeks in, I was getting bored with the same songs, same route, same, same, same.
And then I remember someone telling me they listened to the Jess Lively podcast while at the gym. So, I thought I’d give it a chance. And I liked it.
I liked it so much I had caught up on all the episodes and needed something else to listen to.
Well, this spiraled into a iTunes search, a web search and a lot of downloading podcasts to my phone.
Here’s what’s in my current playlist:
The Lively Show
Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! (NPR)
The Solopreneur Hour
Elise Gets Crafty
After the Jump (Grace Bonney, DesignSponge)
Your Kick-Ass Life
The Accidental Creative
Oh, and the best part… these are all free. And there are hundreds and hundreds more where they came from.
Are you on the podcast bandwagon? What should I be listening to?
For this installment of Friday links, I’m giving you all the links that I’ve been saving to cook this May. I haven’t gotten around to all of them, but they are saved and they will happen. (fingers crossed!)
Gluten-free Chocolate Cake Mix Donuts. Yes. The mix comes from a box and out comes delicious donuts. I KNOW.
Let’s make this perfect guacamole. And this black bean dip. And then let’s let the chips decide the winner.
If you’re coming over we can have sandwiches, like spicy pulled chicken sliders with bacon queso guacamole. OR we can have some soup, like an easy spicy chicken tortilla soup.
For a new side:
Some other time, we’ll have something like chicken or burgers and I’ll whip up this quinoa with tomato, basil and mozzarella.
All for me:
If you are coming over, don’t expect to have this thick crust gluten-free pizza. Because if I’m making that, I’m making it all for myself.
But for dessert:
Every good day (meal?) ends with dessert. So, let’s try these gluten-free sopapillas (not pictured) and we’ll dip them in warm chocolate.
OK. So, who’s ready for a dinner party? I know I am. You bring the drinks and the fun and I’ll supply the food.
image via DesignSponge
I know. I’ve been offline for a while now. And my posts are few and far between. Truth is, the above statement is super important in my life right now. We just had some painting done (more on that soon) so now comes the fun part of curtains and painting and pictures and more. Here’s what has caught my eye in the last few weeks:
1 | A 1950s home makeover that’s serving as inspiration.
2 | This white pizza grilled cheese.
3 | I’m anticipating an upcoming crafty weekend and I already want to throw another craft party.
4 | This ombre wooden bead garland seems like an easy, albeit tedious, fun project. Maybe for the aforementioned craft party?
5 | Easter is gone, but I still wanted to share this grown-up Easter basket. Would make a great gift for a dear friend.
6 | Garlic and chicken and cheese and pasta. What’s not to like about this lasagna bake?
7 | Lastly, the ultimate guide to naming. Naming what? Whatever brilliant idea you’ve come up with this time.
Remember how Louise got Perk’d? Well, a few days later yours truly came home to another package. And this time, it was for me. (Sorry, Louise.)
So, since I love all things colorful. And my skin and lips need all the moisture they can get right now (thanks for nothing, old man winter) this Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick arrived just in time. Now, I know I don’t share many opinions about skincare or makeup or outfits of the day or anything of the sort. And while I’ve never given it a second thought, I think I figured out why.
This lady is no good at the selfie. No good at showing off the latest hairstyle or trend (as if I even know what they are) and these photos just prove it. I puckered up and applied the new lipstick and it smoothly glided on.
For a night out in New York (more on that soon, promise!), this statement lip was just what I needed. And at the end of a blustery night my lips still felt nice and hydrated. No chapstick needed. While the color isn’t my go-to everyday nude, I’ll loved the way it applied and stayed on. I’ll be checking out other colors in the line-up and save this one for our next date night.
I received this product from Influenster, but all thoughts are my own. I was under no obligation to review the product, just wanted to let you guys know about a great new lipstick.
This is one of my favorite corners in our house. Actually, it might currently be my favorite corner in our house. No it is. Done deal. It gets great afternoon light, perfect for a cup of hot tea on a rainy day, which, unfortunately, I hear we’ll be having this weekend. So, why not make the perfect cup of your favorite (tea or something stronger) and enjoy some weekend reading:
1 | The aggressive work ethic of highly creative people.
2 | Skinny spinach lasagna. yum.
3 | Easy Southwest Mac & Cheese, made with Greek yogurt.
4 | This DIY magnetic organization board would be perfect for so many things. (meal planning, groceries, projects, etc.)
5 | Designing your dream job. Another nice link for the creative folk.
I’m so eager to start the weekend that I’m only giving you four links to get through. TGIF in the biggest way, y’all.
1 | A quiz to see which half of your brain you use more. (I’m 53% left. What are you?)
2 | I love any idea that helps solve a gigantic problem. Like micro-housing & homelessness.
3 | Seth Rogan made a personal plea against Alzheimer’s. It’s sad it takes a celebrity to get the government to listen, but, hey, whatever it takes.
4 | Today, let’s all stop talking ourselves out of things. Motivation to try something new this weekend, perhaps?
One of these things is not like the other. I mean, if you haven’t heard, there’s been a lot of snow in these parts the last couple weeks. I have to pull out the green cutting board to get any sign of spring in my life. Now usually, I leave you guys with five links from the week that I’ve been totally digging. This week, it’s more of the same but I’m giving you five of my favorite “Pins” from this week.
1 | How to make easy pleated panel curtains.
2 | I’m on a pasta kick so, how about this lasagna skillet?
3 | These matchbox birthday cards are adorable.
4 | My girl, Beckie, pinned this easy homemade salsa.
5 | And my inversion queen, Mash, shared this burning squats yoga flow.
Go ahead and Pin your hearts out all weekend long. (But you know, still get off the couch and go outside, because it’s supposed to get into the 50s, Boston!)
Oh, Louise. I know. We’ve neglected the blog all week long. And there’s so much snow outside. And how are those Olympians hurling themselves down a mile-long ice luge at 80mph on a thin board?? At least it’s Friday. And a three-day weekend. Hang in there, kitty.
1 | Maybe one of these spicy meatball grilled cheese sandwiches would make Louise perk up. (or maybe just me?)
2 | Remember these canvases? Well, I started a new Pinterest board of abstract ideas to paint. Let me know if you have any more inspiration for me.
3 | If I start crocheting this oh-so-perfect stripy cowl now, I think I can have it finished by next winter.
4 | My high school cheer buddy shared a recipe for Buffalo Chicken Cornbread and I can’t wait to try it.
5 | Stop diminishing your creative work and what you do. There’s no reason to be sorry.
PS | shameless plug for the other blog with a week’s worth of posts for you to catch up on.