Fun Things To Read On A Friday

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Happy Friday!

We made it! Garrett and I are still living out of suitcases and climbing over piles of laundry after our weekend away, but this coming three day weekend should go a long way to getting us caught up. I’m going to work on some cleaning projects (my closet, yikes!) some cooking projects (Hooray for new recipes! I’ll share the good ones) and I definitely plan to write a couple of blog posts including telling the story of our engagement because honestly, you guys, it is so awesome and hilarious and US! I just couldn’t be happier than I’ve been this week.

In the meantime, since I’ve been working and climbing over laundry, I’ve been doing more internet reading than I have writing. So will you indulge me while I share some links? Here we go:

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*Well this is just about the sweetest/saddest story ever.

*Superficial Alert! 5 Fuschia Pink Polishes to Try For Summer. Twist my arm!

*Pro-crastination vs. Pre-crastination: What an interesting concept, right?

*Reading about the difference between how men and women view work/life balance kind of made me feel ragey.

*Continuing on the ragey train: this roundup on Monica Lewinsky.

*I made this with dinner three times this week. YUM.

*Do you block schedule? Is it helpful? Tell me more, please…

*Beth is offering up some awesome menu planning inspiration lately. I want to eat everything in this post.

*A round up of Paleo Summer Salads — this is perfection!

*Here’s a great bookmarker: 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism. Reading material until the end of time.

*The Daily Routines of Famous Writers was fascinating!

*Busty gals, this post is for you.

*Tangentially related: It’s not you, it’s the clothes.

*This seems like a delicious and quick lunch recipe.

*I know I’ve said this before, but weightlifting completely changed the way I viewed my body. Love this post on the benefit of barbell sports.

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Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See ya next week!

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Well would you look at that! It’s Friday. 1/7th of your life is a Friday — so hey, that’s pretty rad.

Any exciting weekend plans? I have a lot of errands to run this weekend so I anticipate being really productive but also getting out into the sun as much as possible. It’s going to be in the 80s this weekend (SORRY/NOT SORRY) and something about that just makes me feel much more excited about being out and about and getting things done. Also, there will be eating dinner outside FOR SURE.

I’m heading to the gym tonight to do workout 14.3 (let’s just get this over with! LOL Did any of you do it already? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS) and then tomorrow we’ll be cheering on our friends doing it as well (feeling much more relaxed I’m sure.) And beyond that, not too much planned besides taking Buster to the park and just laying low.

But enough about all that chatter, how about some links?

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*Interesting perspective for the Fitbit Obsessed.

*If you are reading this post and thinking, “This doesn’t apply to me — I never lie,” you are probably lying to yourself:  The Surprising Cost of Telling Small Lies

*Recipes I’d RULLY like to make: Grain Free Orange Scones, Spicy Roasted Cauliflower with Garlic Aioli, Cinnamon French Toast Panna Cotta,

*Good advice on loving the body you have.

*This is seriously the best book list I’ve ever read.

*A fun roundup of necessary CrossFit gear — I definitely second most of these. (And that double under thing looks pretty interesting if you are still trying to master them.)

*Stuffocation? Hmmm…that’s an interesting concept.

*No truer words have ever been spoken: “Never live anywhere without a bathtub. That would be like losing god’s phone number.”

*Need a week of meal ideas? Well here you go!

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Hope you enjoy your weekend, wherever it takes you!

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Buster - putting boudoir photos on the Internet is creepy, dude.
Buster is making bedroom eyes at you during his boudoir photo shoot because it is Valentine’s Day.

Well hello, friends and Happy Friday!

It’s been a nice, calm week around here and I’m right to wrap it right up with a love filled little holiday. I am a valentine lover! I’m not into cheesy romance AT ALL, but hot damn if I don’t love a holiday that is all about spreading the love. I’m ridiculously happy and obnoxious today and SORRY I AM NOT SORRY.

*I love to see what other people’s grocery hauls look like. Maybe I will do one of my own sometime soon.

*A happy life vs. an interesting life — it’s a fascinating distinction.

*You guys, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post about calories. I know, I’m obsessed with hating on calorie counting but seriously, it MAKES SO MUCH SENSE. The relationship between calorie counting and obesity needs a serious PR overhaul.

*Random website alert: Have you ever wondered how many times a particular blog post has been pinned? Find out here. Kinda cool, right?

*I am in love with Beth’s new office. It’s making me want to finally put all of my pinboards to good use and redecorate mine!

*I know this was all over the internet this week, but if you did not see this post called Let’s Keep It Real About Our Bodies then you MUST read it.

*This piece on creative deadlines really rang true to me!

*Doesn’t this salad sound delightful?

*I love long Vanity Fair stories about Hollywood.

*It’s February. How are we doing on our New Year’s Resolutions? Before you abandon them, read this.

*I read this shocking statistic this morning and it reminded me of my friend Tamara’s awesome fist bumping post from earlier this week.

*Dog lovers, get out the tissue because you’re going to need it. (In a good way!)

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I hope you have a love-ly day (SEE WHAT I DID THERE? HUH? DID YA?) and a fantastic weekend overall!

xo, friends!

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It’s Friday!

Is it just me or has this been a whacky week? Not busy, just kind of — I don’t know, weird? I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I’ll figure it out this weekend — WHILE I’M RELAXING DOING NOTHING. I mentioned yesterday that it’s supposed to rain all weekend and I’m going to do my best to be a complete homebody. Nothing like reading with a hot cup of coffee and watching the rain fall. I CAN’T WAIT!

If you need some reading material this weekend, check out these links:

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*This week was a great week of exposes on the internet. First there was a contestant from The Bachelor exposing the show’s weird sex issues over on Slate. JUICY! (And so true)

*Then there was a crazy three part series (Part One // Part Two // Part Three) with an ex Biggest Loser Contestant detailing what the show was really like. Honestly, I didn’t think The Biggest Loser was a show that promoted “health” but I still found the interview and information shocking.

*Ooooooooon a lighter note: Grace Bonney of Design Sponge posted about 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow this week and they were all fun to look at!

*I have Winter Olympics Fever — this may be the only cure. Drink that while watching this and you’ll be all caught up and ready for Opening Ceremonies!

*Good Kitchen Inspiration here: 23 Salads to Get You Through Winter

*I am obsessed with Every. Single. One. of these awesome leopard outfits!

*List nerds, check it: The Surprising History of the To Do List

*Mom, I feel like you will love this – 25 Life Hacks You Didn’t Know You Needed

*This is absolutely always on my mind.

*This side by side is amazing and hilarious.

*Did you need a daily dose of cute? I’ve got you covered. (Now I want a pig and a polar bear. Maybe not at the same time.)

*Oooooh, I could have written this. (But I didn’t. WOMP WOMP.) Totally good read though!

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What’s on your agenda, folks? Have a good weekend!

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Stop working! It's the weekend! #INYOFACE

Buster would like to remind you all that it is Friday, and that NO ONE should be working on Friday. :)

How are you all this week? Over here things were pretty mellow until yesterday when I ended up at the vet with Buster. I think that dog gets antsy if he doesn’t see the vet once a month. He must like the treats there or something, because MAN — THE FREQUENCY! He’s on the mend we think, so nothing to worry about, but that sure threw a wrench in my Thursday.

Anyway, what are you up to this weekend? Are you watching the Super Bowl? I don’t know if I can bring myself to watch it — the 49ers loss still feels SO RAW. :) We’ll see. Beyond that I’m thinking some workouts, some cooking, some reading — you know, the stuff weekends should ALWAYS be made of!

In the meantime, let’s get to the links, shall we?

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*The LA Times ran a nice feature on Sacramento as a vacation destination this week and I was like “HEY! That’s my town!” Also, one of my most favorite Mexican restaurants!

*Do you all know about glutamine’s super powers? This explanation is so clear and concise. I can totally vouch for the part about sugar cravings.

*This week PaleOMG did a round up of 48 Paleo Super Bowl Snacks. They look pretty delicious! And speaking of delicious, this week I made her Overnight Coffee Chia Breakfast Pudding (with Chameleon Cold Brew, SCHWING!) and it was a totally fun morning treat.

*OHMYGOD Did I just say Schwing? I think I did.

*Did you read this Yahoo! article on the Best/Worst health trends of 2013? It ruffled a lot of feathers because it included Whole 30 on the worst list. Since I love the Whole 30 I just rolled my eyes at it, but this eloquent rebuttal was definitely worth a read. I especially loved this:

We have got to stop equating weight loss to health because they may be connected, but they are not one and the same.

*100% validation for my unapologetic crush on Pitbull.

*Speaking of unapologetic love: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Chipotle. It’s like a rabbit hole of awesome!

*I’m intrigued by the topics of this book. What are you reading right now, by the way. My library queue is low.

*This article about two twins, one who gave up sugar and one who gave up fat was awesome!

*Last weekend I used this recipe to make Garrett some cioppino and he said he had died and gone to heaven. Ringing endorsement, I’d say!

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Hope whatever is on your weekend agenda is awesome!!!

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Friday: I LOVE YOU.

This week, while a short one, has definitely suffered from the “squeezing five days of work into four days” syndrome. I’ve been hustling at about a hundred miles an hour since Tuesday so I’m definitely ready to hit the pause button.

Good news from the week? I did my first CrossFit work out since I hurt my back, and it was pain free. I’m going back again tonight to pick up the barbell a little and see how it goes. Chiropractors are just gifts! Beyond that, not too much exciting to report. The weather has been amazing lately, and it’s supposed to be in the mid 70s this weekend so we cleaned off all our patio furniture and I think we are going to eat dinner out back. Not sure what I’m going to cook — my brain is still in soup/stew mode, but Mother Nature has apparently decided it is spring.

Fear not, I will adapt. :)

Hope you have a great weekend, let’s kick it off by reading some fun links!

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*17 Signs You Were An English Major. I was — and # 6 and # 12 — YESSSSSSSSSS!

*Are you doing the CrossFit Games Open this year? I can’t imagine NOT doing it, but physically I just don’t know if I’m up for it. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, trust me it’s FUN! Read this.

*I thought this was useful info: How To Shop for Clothes Online and Get A Perfect Fit.

*Nice roundup of the 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2014.

*I always enjoy reading what inspires other bloggers.

*Raise your hand if you have a massive to do list that you’re avoiding by reading this blog post? Now go read this.

*Awesome beauty products at Whole Foods? YEP.

*Are we all scrambling our eggs wrong? THE HORROR!

*You know what you should MAKE this weekend? This Mustard Balsamic Baked Chicken. Also I’m feeling really pulled toward this recipe which is super random since I don’t do a lot of salmon experimenting in my house. But I think I’m going to take the plunge. (The champagne pairing got me!)

*And you know what you should DO: Sprint.

*And you know what you should EAT: salt.

*We’ve been thinking about doing a little redecoration around our house and I loved all of this Easy Wall Hanging Inspiration.

*I absolutely loved this: Fat Is Not A Feeling. (BECAUSE IT’S NOT!)

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Enjoy your weekend peeps, whatever you do!

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Sweaty. Happy. Broke In my new Oly shoes. Overhead Squat PR. #success #imbaaaaaaaack

Oh you guys, this has been A WEEK! A week of highs and lows, that is.

Up there is my face after my first awesome workout in weeks. God, I just felt like myself again! So darn happy. I had a great workout, Overhead Squated 130 lbs (a new PR for me!) and felt human for the first time in weeks. But that was on Monday and it’s just sort of devolved from there. I hate how that happens sometimes.

I don’t know if it is the fact that this was the first 5 day work week I’ve done for a while or what, but I felt like I was walking uphill all. week. long. Compounding that, I started to feel sick again on Wednesday (NOOOOOOOOOO. NO. NO. NO.), and I’m dealing with some mystery back pain that has me making a bee line to the chiropractor next week because I’m feeling a little concerned.

2014 has sort of come in like a hurricane.

On the upside, this weekend I get to see some family, spend a little time with my mom, and mostly just relax. It is much needed and while my usual tendency when I have free time is to plan all of the fun! things! This weekend, I’m just going to see how it all unfolds. (And also sleep, because OMG I CAN NOT SPEND MORE TIME SICK. I JUST CAN’T. UGH.) So with that said, let’s talk about all the fun stuff floating around the internet this week. After a brief hiatus, I feel like all my favorite bloggers are back to posting regularly so there is so much to share!

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*Exercising the Courage Muscle — this may be the hardest (but most worth it) muscle to exercise!

*Here are some great resources for Plus Size Workout Clothes.

*My friend Diana posted a delicious looking recipe for Sea Salted Rosemary Chive Crackers that are grain free and delicious looking! May have to try those soon.

*Speaking of recipes — I am intrigued by the concept of Mini Mexi Meatloaves. I am totally Team Mealoaf.

*It’s the beginning of the year — are you thinking about trying CrossFit in 2014? Then you must read 5 Tips On How To Know You Are In A Good CrossFit Box. All boxes are definitely NOT created equal.

*This list of the 100 Most Influential People in Health + Fitness is full of good blog inspiration.

*I am 100% in love with this Not To Do List. (And it’s a free printable!)

*This post about emoji gave me a chuckle.

*I was inspired by these tips on how to document your life in less than 20 minutes per week.

*Love this book list for people needing creative inspiration. And this list of 50 Fiction Books That Might Just Change Your Life.

*25 Websites that Make You Smarter — who needs an excuse to read that?

*Fear Choice vs. Love Choice. WHOA.

*I am the queen of knowing what’s good for me and then doing something different. As such, this post spoke to me.

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Hope you have a great weekend, whatever you choose to do!

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Hoooooooooooooooooooo Boooooooooooooooy, y’all IT IS COLD!

By the looks of Instagram that weather is chilly where you’re at as well. I know out here in California our “cold weather” gets a chuckle from other parts of the country, but let me tell you — it’s all relative, and we’ve been spending as much time as possible curled up under blankets all week long! Even Buster is over the cold weather.

This weekend we are headed to our favorite annual holiday party (good food, good friends, pub style trivia + white elephant gifts! YAY!) but I also plan to spend some serious time in the kitchen making some WARM ASS FOOD. If you have a soup/stew recommendation, leave it in the comments. I’m dying to expand my repertoire!

Hope you keep cozy all weekend and have a great one! Now, let’s get to some links!

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*Best thing I read all week: 10 Things I Want My Daughter To Know About Working Out.

*Everyone needs to eat. Not all of us need to cook. I related to this so much.

*19 Signs You Are Doing Better Than You Think. Damn, you guys. We’ve got it pretty good!

*More good advice on how to Be Friends With Failure.

*I think making this recipe with sweet potatoes could be DANGEROUS. In the very best way, of course!

*Now this is a totally awesome, non-twee maternity photo shoot I can get behind! It’s not so much that I am anti happy belly pics, I think it’s more that I just love the concept of a dramatic “Glorious Portrait.” And what’s more glorious than GROWING A HUMAN?

*This might seem completely out of left field since I’m not even a Jonas Brothers fan, but I found Joe Jonas’ perspective on fame and working for the Disney machine completely riveting.

*This NY Times article about how overweight patients face a bias in the doctors office reminded me of this video that I wish the world would watch. (I’ve posted that video before, but it has such a powerful message I’m doing it again!)

*Stephanie put together a great list of Paleo Holiday Gift Ideas for the Foodie on Your List.

*I think I may NEED this t-shirt.

*If you don’t find this adorable, you may not have a heart: Cats Giving High Fives.

*Here is the NY Times 10 Best Books of 2013. Have you read any?

*Not in a book mood right now? How about 10 Inspirational Movies to Watch This Weekend. (I can get behind all of them except Meet Joe Black. ACK! I hated that movie.)

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Books, movies and blankets — aw yeah — let’s get this weekend started!

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So today is the last Friday before Christmas and the second to last Friday of the year. My brain can’t even comprehend that, but I guess I’m just going to have to get over that and move on. :)

We’ve been a den of illness around here this week, so not too much fun to report. But Garrett and I are on the mend, so this weekend will probably just be spent playing a little catch up and preparing for the holidays to come. I anticipate some laundry and some napping. Not a bad situation, really.

I’m off work today (WOOOOOOOO!) and plan to finish up some Christmas stuff and then park my ass on the couch and finish this book. (OMG SO GOOD!!!)

Scintillating, I know. Let’s talk about some fun links:

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*If you are thinking about revamping your personal style in the new year, Alison has some great advice on How To Create Capsule Wardrobes.

*Give the important things a year on their own. I love the idea of Finding Balance Over Your Years, Not Your Days.

*Primal Gingerbread Cake. You know you want to make it.

*This pretty much sums up my eating habits lately.

*Well here’s a lofty promise: 13 Life Changing Books. I added a few to my To-Read List.

*This photo shoot had me crumpled up in a ball of tears.

*I am simultaneously disgusted and fascinated by this West Virginia “Heathers” murder.

*On a happier note, I loved this Birth Announcement! :)

*I know it’s the French Alps and all, but I would have to take a Xanax to see this.

*Making Time For What You Want — JUST DO IT.

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That’s all for this week. Hope you all have a great LAST WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS OMG! I better go finish my shopping! Toodles!

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My two favorite dudes.

Is this the last weekend before December Holiday Madness begins? I think I need to drink a lot of water, eat a lot of vegetables and generally lay low because once Thanksgiving hits it is a quick slide right into the new year.

YOU GUYS, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

I can’t even think about it today. :) Today all I can think about is how happy I am that it is the weekend, and that I read so many fun things on the internet this week. Check ‘em out:

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*10 Common Mistakes That Keep You From Being Healthy And Happy.

*On my crabby day, reading this just turned my entire perspective around. (Ok, all of your funny comments helped too! So thanks.)

*This little trick is something I’ve used for a long time. It works REMARKABLY: You Already Have What You Want

*I love Elizabeth Akinwale AND HER THIGHS. If only someone cool was into Closing the (Thigh) Gap while I was growing up. Sigh!

*I feel like this is Martha Stewart’s karma biting her in the ass for implying that bloggers are untalented and not professional.

*Let’s be real, we all need a good cry once in a while. This Heartbreak Songs Playlist is full of quite a few tear jerkers.

*Resounding Slow Clap: In Defense of the Personal Blog.

*‘Tis The Season To Roast All Your Veggies: I couldn’t agree more.

*I agreed with every single thing in Marie Forleo’s video about 4 Things Really Productive People Do Everyday.

*Wanna come visit? 5 Cool California Places to Stay using AirBnb. Those all look AWESOME!

*I related quite a bit to Allison’s story on Choosing A Positive Life.

*Pinch of Yum’s series on Traffic and Income is always a fascinating read if you are interested in how bloggers make money.

*I’m thinking about mixing up one of these this weekend.

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Whatever you are doing this weekend, I hope it is a good one friends!

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