Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This woman’s hobby is to throw fancy parties for squirrels and photograph them. And I’m totally jealous.

On getting comfortable with not knowing.

This was very interesting- I was trying to figure out the origin of the term ‘ squad goals’, and fell down an internet rabbit hole. I ended up at How ‘flawless’ became a feminist declaration and found it a fascinating take on how it is up to us to define our own standard of beauty in the age of selfies.

11 tips for getting ready faster in the morning.

My Favourite Pins This Week

You guys know rice dishes are my favourite dishes, right? I so love rice. This is a one pan Mexican style chicken and rice dish, so you know I love it. And if you are getting sick of chicken, I like to use shrimp sometimes – you can usually find some reasonably priced shrimp in the frozen food section, and be sure to look for sustainable sourcing logos.  Perfect for weekday meals, too! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

I know these are heart shaped cookies and valentines day is long gone, but you could use any shape cookie cutter for these, they are so delicious. The vanilla bean and cardamom addition to the batter makes these sugar cookies so much more delicious than your typical sweet-but-bland sugar cookie. You can decorate them any way you like, but the recipe includes some tips for dipping them in melted chocolate. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

How sweet are these little mice? I love this idea for scrapbusting fabrics or felt, as they are so wee they won’t take much. These little mice are perfect for children, or office buddies to sit on your desk or in your home, all elf-on-a-shelf style. Pinterest link is here, and the tutorial is here.

Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but this post from Tien about knitting for Syrian refugees and directing me to a Ravelry group that helps direct people on what to knit and where to send it so that it can get to those who need it. Also- how adorable is that little sock buddy?! A pattern that instantly went into my queue. Pinterest link is here, and her blog post with all the links can be found here.

I enjoyed this cheeky take on why knitting is better than a relationship, and I think felt exactly like this when I was dating in my twenties! Perhaps some of you can relate? Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

The trouble with long weekends is that the shorter week feels a bit too short – for me, anyway. Suddenly I’m trying to cram 5 days worth of work into 4 days! I’m feeling very behind, especially on responding to emails! This weekend will be a catch up for me, I think. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Alina   •  

    Dear Julie! Thank you so much for the link to On Not Knowing essay… What a beautiful piece of writing and it resonates with me so much… Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Jessica Lane   •  

    Oh my those MICE!!!!! Too cute! You know I always love your pics !!!

  3. Kat   •  

    Oh, this is such a great list! I love that article on why knitting is better than a relationship, and the history of the use of “flawless,” and that Mexican chicken and rice dish looks amazing, and I had to follow the squirrel lady on Instagram! What a great way to end the week, thanks!

  4. Lisa   •  

    I’m an art teacher who is a good week behind on grading student projects, so I feel you on the being behind thing.

    Love the cute little sock buddy and the socks that he matches, those stripes are just the perfect shades of pink! Also thanks for the mexican rice dish, I may have to try that soon!

  5. andi   •  

    You somehow come up with the best list of link-loves every single time- amazing!
    That article On Not knowing was brilliant.
    I love is everything. As are dishes that can be made in 1 pan. I get most of my favorite one pan recipes ideas from your lists.
    Those mice…wonderful!

  6. Stefanie   •  

    That squirrel photographer has got mad skillz! Like whoa on how the critters look like they’re stylized on each set. The felt mice are cute. I would like them better in my house. Not a fan of Elf on the Shelf; me and the girls find him creepy.

  7. AngelaH   •  

    Oh, thank you for that Flawless essay. It was exactly what I needed to read at the end of this week.

  8. Tien   •  

    Thank you for the sweet mention Julie! I love rice dishes too, especially when there’s oozing cheese involved. The squirrels article was heart melting and adorable. Also loved the tips on saving time in the morning (although I’m a notorious snooze button pusher….)

  9. Bronchitikat   •  

    Those squirrels! Maybe that’s how Trump got in!

    I think the sooner we get used to not knowing some things, the better. There’s an awful lot I don’t know, even after 60 years.

    As for How Not to Rush – I suppose I learned most of that while at school. Mum encouraged us and, well, it’s easier to be organised than not. Particularly when you have small children. But you know that anyhow. Otherwise how would anyone ever get out their door?

    & those mice – Bookmarked against the day we ever have someone who might appreciate such things.

    & socks for Syria. Good idea. Something person sized, for a real person.

    As ever, thank you, Julie

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