Spreading the (link) love 3

Hello, hello!

Lots of great things out there on the internet this week. So, it’s time for some weekly link love!


For Your Tummy

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Chewy Granola Bars Love and Zest (Yum!)

BBQ Pulled Pork Pop Tarts Spoon Fork Bacon (throwing a super bowl party? wow your guests with these!)

All-The-Blueberries Buttermilk Waffles Joy the Baker (you had me at blueberries!)

Chocolate-Covered Potato Chip Popcorn The Girl Who Ate Everything (say whaaaaa?!)

Steak Fajitas she talks

For Your Body

Think Americans Are Getting Healthy Again? Think Again. US News & World Report Health  (Have you fallen prey to these “health trends?”)

Healthy Eating Stress Real Food, Real Deals (does the thought of ‘eating healthy’ stress you out? check out these tips to help beat that stress and get you moving in the right direction.)

15 Min. Total Body Dumbbell Circuit Workout Housewife Glamour (got dumbbells? got 15 minutes? you’ve got time for a workout!)

15 Minute AMRAP Kettlebell Workout Lean, Clean, and Brie (got a kettlebell instead of dumbbells? Still got 15 minutes?) 🙂

Is Diet Soda Really That Bad? Popsugar (yes. yes, it is.)

For Your Life

“I’m Fine” and Other Lies Depression Will Tell You BlogHer (please, please talk to someone if you’re feeling out of sorts. ‘fine’ is not always the right answer!)

5 Things to Do Before You Share on Social Media BlogHer (we all have those friends who randomly click ‘share’ without doing their research. share this with those friends!)

Catch and Release Cranky Fitness (negative thoughts sneak in and permeate our brains all the time. catch them before they catch you!)

For Blogging

Social Media Design 101 Holy Kaw! (how to get started on social media)

8 Things Only a Blogger Could Understand The SITS Girls (ever wonder what the heck your blogger friend is talking about?)

Top Ten Blogging Tools Run Pretty (great tips on how to improve your blog)

Talk to me: What have you read lately?

– jennifer

Model trains and spreading the (link) love 2


Happy Sunday!

My sailor and I had a great day date yesterday. 🙂

We went to lunch where I attempted to eat a chicken sandwich that was as big as my head.


Really, there’s grilled chicken under there!

In case you were wondering, I didn’t succeed. It was too much. I ate about a third of it and then “deconstructed” it. Meaning I pulled the bacon off and ate it. And I ate the rest of the lettuce and tomato. Okay, fine, I ate a couple more bites of onion ring, too. I don’t usually do onion rings but that one was good! 🙂

Then, we went to a model train show!


My father-in-law worked on the rail road so my sailor loves him some trains. And, so do I! Always have. Some of my best memories involve running across the street from my Grandma’s house to watch the trains. She lived just off Lake Michigan and there were train tracks between her house and the lake. I could sit on that grassy knoll for HOURS watching trains and counting cars. I even got a model train set for Christmas one year when I was a kid! It was destiny for us to end up together. 🙂


miniature park complete with a drunk person. see him there in the corner? 😉

We’re talking about building tracks that go around the ceiling level of our living room. We’ve got window cornices that are the perfect height and we would go from there. Yes, we are big kids. 🙂


We also want to add in some tunnels so we’re going to have to figure that out. That may equal punching holes in walls. Not with our fists! But, there really is something cool about a train coming out of a tunnel……


Anywho, enough about trains – it’s time for some link love!

For Your Tummy

Build Your Own Green Smoothie + 10 Recipes to Try – FitFluential

Chocolate Chip Pecan Banana Bread Bars – Taylor Made it Paleo

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken – the Lean Green Bean

Oatmeal Breakfast Pie – Nutrition Starring You

How to Pack the Adult “Lunchable” – Hungry Hobby

For Your Body

Fitness Experts Tell All: “Exercises I Ditched and What I do Instead” on Fit Bottomed Girls

Staying Fit on the Road – Blonde Ponytail

14 Office Stretches that will make you feel better in seconds – the Muse

Chair Exercises for the Chronic Sitter – Be Truly Nourished

13 Ways Endorphins Make You Act Tipsy – Buzzfeed

For Your Life

Maximizing Your Budget: Debt Payoff – Our Freaking Budget

Transforming Your View of New Year’s Resolutions – Enjoy Every Bite

For Blogging

Best of SITS 2014: Social Media, Photography, and Blogging Tips – the Sits Girls

Talk to me: Do you love trains? Have you ever had a model train? What’s one thing you’ve loved since you were little?

– jennifer

Spreading the (link) love

Hi there!

First things first (otherwise they wouldn’t be first!), this was supposed to have been posted yesterday.

But, I’m a procrastinator (procrastinate (verb): to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.) was out Christmas shopping and it didn’t happen.

I also had to take Thing 2 to urgent care because she tried to slice off her fingertip. *sigh* A mother’s work is never done.


Okay, so I didn’t HAVE to take her to urgent care.  Well, I mean, she definitely needed to go but she totally could have taken herself because she’s old enough (and moved out!) but I got to play mom and I wasn’t complaining one little bit! 🙂

And, because I was so busy, I didn’t food prep either.

Okay, I actually didn’t even plan on food prepping because I only have to work 2 days this week and I’ll be doing all the pre-Christmas dinner cooking on Wednesday anyway.

So, maybe it’s perfect that I didn’t post this yesterday as planned. Gives me something to post today. 🙂

And now, without further ado, yesterday’s unpublished post…..


You guys probably don’t even realize how many blogs I actually read.

Seriously, sometimes there’s just not enough time in the day to get all my reading done. I mean, that whole work business really gets in the way. 🙂

Anyway, I figured it was about time I started sharing some of what I’ve read. I mean, it’s pretty selfish of me to keep it all to myself. It is the season of giving, after all. 😉

So, from now on, every Sunday, I’ll be spreading the link love. Enjoy!

For Your Tummy

Skinny Peppermint Bark Fudge – Amy’s Healthy Baking

Egg Nog Smoothie – The Law Student’s Wife

A Better Egg Muffin Sandwich – Green Lite Bites

6 Ways to Bake with Avocados – California Avocado Commission

Slow Cooker Apple Cranberry Sauce – The Lemon Bowl

6 Fast Healthy Dinners for Busy Nights – Mommy Run Fast

Baked Apple Oatmeal Protein Bombs – Lean Lena

For Your Body

Why Time is Screwing Up Your Workout – Lifting Revolution.com

Move Better With the Push-Up Plus – Hello to Fit

5 Tips for Staying Fit During the Holidays – Blonde Ponytail

Winter Running Guide: How to Run Faster by Spring – Life by Daily Burn

Beyond Fitness: What it Really Means to be “Healthy” – Strength Running

For Life

This Is the Brutally Honest Body Image Lesson That Should Be Taught in School – Greatist

Sharing my Story – Breastfeeding is Hard – The Lean Green Bean

10 Ways to Relieve Stress During the Holidays! (Time for Yourself!) – Hungry Hobby

Why Motivation is Overrated (and What You Actually Need to Accomplish Your Goals) – She’s Wicked Healthy

For Blogging

Household Items to Improve Your Food Photography – Healthy Seasonal Recipes

How to Make Money Blogging – Create a Stellar Media Kit – OK Social Media

Back to Blog School: 10 Facebook Tips for Bloggers – Poofy Cheeks

Talk to me: What have you read lately?

– jennifer