Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

4 ways to fit decluttering into your schedule, no matter what.

On finding friends who are like-hearted, rather than like-minded.

This is exactly how I feel about spring, too – My least favourite season.

I have a fear of operating rooms (more specifically, I’m terrified of being operated on), and I wish someone had done something like this the two times I’ve had to be in an operating room. That’s the the sort of kindness you don’t ever forget.

12 ways to get out of a slump.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I love seasonal eating (well, I also love eating raspberries all year long, so maybe I’m not totally about seasonal eating….) so I’m craving sprouts on everything. And if you haven’t had sprouts in a while, come join me on the sprouts bandwagon- microgreens add loads of vitamins and are deeply satisfying to munch in a sandwich. I’m not saying that you will be a million times happier after eating this, but at least twice as happy. Eating bagels makes me happy, too. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

I love going to street festivals for one major reason- there is always a food truck selling hot and fresh mini doughnuts covered in cinnamon sugar. It’s the only time I have them, and they are one of my favourite treats ever. These French Breakfast Puffs are very similar to those mini doughnuts- they are baked in stead of fried, which apparently means that now they are a legitimate breakfast option?! I also love that they are called French breakfast puffs, because now I not only can have doughnuts for breakfast, I’ll feel fancy and French when I do. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe post is here.

If you have a plain purse that could use a little pick-me-up (or thrifted one to experiment on!), this is a great tutorial on using floral appliques on a bag, and adding an embroidery floss (or yarn!) tassel. So much prettier than the plain black, don’t you think? Pinterest link is here, and the DIY can be found here.

Seeing wonderful containers like this totally makes me want to learn to crochet more than a basic chain stitch. I love the leather handles, such a thoughtful detail that really elevates the look of the baskets! Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern is right here.

Sometimes you go out and it’s just like this. No harm in leaving early and getting back to your pajamas. Pinterest link is here, but I can’t quite seem to find the original image – if anyone knows, please share!

It’s a busy weekend ahead- Lila’s birthday party is on Sunday! I also have been working on some upcoming posts to talk a bit about my freelance work, and my processes, for those that might be interested in my work side of life. I don’t know where i’m going to find the time, but I’m hoping to finish the first post from that series and have it ready to go this coming week. Have a wodnerful weekend, everyone!


  1. Sam   •  

    Oh gosh, you do find great articles to share. The one about Spring sums up my feelings exactly, I’m so glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t like Spring, and the Cup of Jo one made me cry.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Cup of Jo routinely makes me cry, I think they have a hashtag for crying because of something moving on Cup of Jo! It’s one of my favourite sites.

  2. Jackie   •  

    I share your microgreen love. I grow my own at home sometimes but a new farm has recently started producing them regularly year round in Nova Scotia and they are amazing!! shows the pics…sooooo good. Micro kale, micro broccoli, and pea shoots have become a staple in my house for sandwiches, topping soups, side salads, almost everything. I might be slightly obsessed lol.

    • Julie   •     Author

      But that is such a fantastic obsession!! I need to find a farm nearby that has all those sprouts, I would be doing the EXACT same thing as you!

  3. Patty   •  

    Great stuff this week! I always look forward to your Friday posts. I bookmarked the crocheted basket and am fighting the urge to go buy yarn…

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh, I so hear you!!! I have so much yarn in my stash, but then I saw this amazing lemon pillow, and now I want to knit it…but of course I don’t have yellow yarn in my stash…. the struggle is definitely real, when it’s stash versus want to make!

  4. Holly   •  

    I NEVER liked spring growing up in Michigan. So much brown, just as the writer said! But, I’ve been in the Pacific Northwest for 17 years and it has become my favorite season. Everything is so green. Your eyes can barely take in the intensity of the spring green color. Spring lasts for about 6 months and there is wave after wave of new blooms to behold. It is glorious.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Oh, that is so wonderful to hear- so when people say spring is their favourite season, they are on the pacific northwest! That makes so much more sense now. 6 months of beautiful blooms in spring- that does sound incredible!

  5. Brenda   •  

    Ugh, spring is the *worst.* It’s not really that warm, everything is still brown and dormant/waterlogged, the buried detritus of winter has all risen to the top… It’s just straight-up gross, and I don’t understand how anyone finds it delightful. I’ll take summer, or even winter, over spring any day.

    • Julie   •     Author

      I totally agree!! Spring is downright ugly around here, and often people’s houses flood, from all the clogged sewers and the heavy rains… not fun. Of course, right now here in Toronto we have tonnes of snow that just arrived this past weekend, so it’s not really even spring here yet!

  6. Rosie   •  

    I just started making my own sprouts last weekend and had my first batch last night – YUM! Will definitely use that sandwich as inspiration for weekend lunch now. Always starting out my Friday’s with your posts. Love them! Have a great weekend!

  7. Kessa   •  

    I think that maybe “Spring” feels different for people because of their definition of it.. it arrives much later in the north so even if someone nearer to the equator says it’s Spring and green, it’s not true further from the equator. Here Spring comes around Labour Day, not Easter so I’m still waiting. I’ve only really started having an appreciation for Spring this year, not sure if it was because of a particularly end to last year or the fact that I’ve just started gardening! I love my sprouts too, but I still prefer my greens cooked. Love the DIY links you’ve shared, as usual. Hope to try out at least one of it! Thanks fo sharing!

    • Julie   •     Author

      That is a very good point, spring feels very different depending on where you live! I’m always amazed when my Instagram feed starts showing snowdrops at the end of January, when apparently things start to grow in England. Meanwhile I’m still buried in deep snow!

  8. miss agnes   •  

    This crochet basket is so beautiful. I wish I had time to really tackle it and learn to crochet once and for all, because I keep drooling on baskets like these.
    Spring in Canada is not really spring, it is more like a winter that does not want to end. I have rediscovered the springs of my childhood moving back to France. The camellias bloom in February, and right now my neighbor’s pear trees are filled with flowers, the leaves are bursting out everywhere and it is just magnificent. I had forgotten that spring could be such a wonderful season – it depends where you live. But I do miss the Canadian fall and its glorious colors.
    And as a freelancer myself, I’d love to read about your professional life and how you manage to balance it all (or not). I find it hard to get a stable structure between work and life. I guess that’s the price to pay for being totally independent. That and not relying on a stable paycheck month after month. Looking forward to get your take on this.
    Have a great week-end !

    • Julie   •     Author

      oh wow, it sounds like spring in France is truly a beautiful season! Glad some places in the world have gorgeous springs. But that is a good point- we do have some incredible falls!

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