Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How to be more present in your friendships.

The secret life of ‘um’: how filler words keep a conversation from going off the rails.

Newborn guinea pigs get the Anne Geddes baby photo treatment – awwwwwww.

Three truths about your life’s purpose.

7 signs you are spending too much time inside. I love the great indoors, but it’s true- there’s such a thing as too much.


My Favourite Pins This Week

I love pasta soooooo much, but I feel like the only pasta I eat lately is spaghetti bolognese, since I can make it quickly and the kids love it. But when I want something more grown up, I love the simplicity of this, which is a basic Cacio e Pepe (which literally means cheese and pepper), but with bright bits of lemon and big handfuls of arugula. I really love arugula. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

Okay, they look really delicious right? So don’t get weird when I tell you that there are pureed black beans and avocado hiding in the recipe. They taste chocolaty and fudgey, you can’t taste the veggies, and the beans and avocado add loads of fiber, protein and vitamins, which mean you should totally have another brownie. And that peanut butter just adds even more protein and deliciousness. Healthy brownies, who knew? Pinterest link is here, and the original  recipe is here.

Spring is coming (it has to arrive eventually right?) and I’m craving colour… and thinking about dreamy new ways to decorate. I love how gorgeous bold colours look in interiors. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

How pretty are these crocheted Iceland poppies? I love that they are done in softer pastel hues, they look perfect for spring. It’s a free pattern, too! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here.

I’ll leave that right there, just in case you needed a reminder. Pinterest link is here, and you can buy the print here.


Have a lovely weekend, everyone! I hope you get to do all sorts of fun things, and enjoy yourselves.


  1. Brenda   •  

    Brownies are absolutely my favourite way to eat black beans — pretty much the only way I’ll eat them, in fact, since I can’t actually stand them. But seriously, y’all, if you haven’t tried black bean brownies, the beans disappear completely and produce the most amazingly gooey and delicious brownies. And I am going to *have* to make a batch with peanut butter now.

    That article about “um” was fascinating. I may have to read that book. And I chuckled to myself when she revealed the j-school trick about leaving silences to encourage people to talk more. Confession: I did not end up pursuing a career in journalism, but I definitely still use this trick when I’m trying to get someone to elaborate on something. It is astonishing how effective it is. Often way more so than trying to ask more questions about whatever the topic is.

  2. Di   •  

    I love seeing baby animals over human babies. Perhaps it is their mere tiny size or the fur or the varities. Thanks you for sharing the guinea piglets.

  3. Loulou   •  

    I always enjoy a good article about friendships, and you always seem to find excellent ones!

    I love the baby Guinea Pigs. Not the same animal but similar, my mom used to have a hamster, and he was so cute.

    The last article reminded me to go outside more. I’m one who can spend entire days inside. I keep having to tell myself to at least go out for a quick walk, so that article gives good reasons to follow through.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Suzanne   •  

    Your posts, especially your friday round ups, are really one of the highlights of my blog time. You put a lot of time into culling the content and I know you direct me around the internet to worthwhile neighborhoods. 🙂 I’m very intrigued by the brownies. I wonder if I can sneakily serve these to my particular eater.

  5. Ramona   •  

    You make Bolognese sauce quickly?! What sorcery is this?

    • Julie   •     Author

      I pan-fry finely diced onions and bell peppers, add in ground beef and some seasonings fresh basil, fresh marjoram which I almost always have, and other dried seasonings that I like), and then dump a jar of storebought pasta sauce on it- I think it takes 20 mins? I suppose it isn’t ‘real’ bolognese because I’m not starting from tomatoes and fresh rosemary, but it works. 🙂

  6. Andi   •  

    So glad someone asked about your Bolognese recipe, as I was going to ask for it. Sounds perfect.
    Great links!
    Adore the link about friendships. My girlfriends and my relationship with them is something I treasure. This was the perfect link to remind me of ways to keep friendships maintained. 🙂
    Okay and seriously those guinea pigs- swoon!

  7. Inessa   •  

    I’m super intrigued by those black bean brownies! I love how the bold prints and colors of that bedroom somehow work in harmony (maybe it’s those pastel pinks or the mustard yellow that pull it all together). Thanks again for sharing my work! I’m really excited to see what sorts of interesting things you curate from Pinterest next week.

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