Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

This essay is a very interesting take on Marie Kondo’s famous book about tidying up our homes, and opened my eyes as to why maybe telling women that we can only really be fulfilled and happy if our homes are in order and every item in them sparks joy is kind of a crap idea.  “Life truly begins only after you have put your house in order,” writes Marie Kondo. But isn’t this exactly the mindset that women have been battling for generations, a modern take on the suffocating maxim that “a woman’s work is never done”? We have long been oppressed by the deep-seated cultural expectation that our leisure can only begin once our domestic obligations have been met. ”  

The most fun way to improve every aspect of your life? celebrate small things.

This short video of how rainbow sprinkles are made is awesome, watching the big batches of all the colours coming together is strangely hypnotic.

And because the internet is basically the biggest distraction on the planet, how to use distraction to your advantage.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m really feeling the super easy recipes this week- they barely even qualify as recipes!

Pin Ups and Link Love: Easiest Casserole Ever |

I read this ‘recipe’ for a casserole this past weekend and it completely blew my mind with it’s total simplicity and it’s proof of one of the biggest culinary truths- that if you slow roast anything with bread and cheese, it will be utterly delicious, no matter what. Pinterest link is here, and the original ‘recipe’ can be found here.

Pin Ups and Link Love | Frozen Blueberries |

It doesn’t easier thank this- covering blueberries with your favourite kind of yogurt, then popping them in the freezer. If you haven’t tried it before, here’s the step by step- it’s so much more delicious than you would believe. Try it with peach yogurt, or lemon flavoured yogurt! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: Peach Lemonade Ice |

All-natural peach lemonade ice- one peach, juice from a lemon a bit of sugar or stevia, and blend it with ice- amazing summer frozen beverage is now yours! I bet this works just as well with apricots and nectarines, too. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Paper Hyacinths |

feel like crafting something pretty? How about these paper hyacinths, perfect for spring? Super easy, and possibly even good for older kids to make, too. Plus you use a knitting needle to curl the paper, and I bet you have one of those on hand! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Pin Ups and Link Love: DIY Denim Bag |

For those of you looking to upcycle some denim and do a little bit of sewing, this cool denim bag could be yours. And with a pair of jeans, you could make a bunch of them! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Have a wonderful long weekend, friends! I’m looking forward to relaxing around the city, maybe taking a day trip to the island, and hopefully getting some photos of some new finished knits!


  1. Alina   •  

    It’s funny that you are writing about Kondo’s book today! I just bought it and I love it. Though I love when everything is organized around me, I am a big mess maker myself,so her technique is really essential for me to read!

  2. Amy   •  

    Peach lemonade slushie??? I am so excited.

  3. Jessica [Havok]   •  

    The KonMarie business being only for women? Even just in my own house, I can see that’s true, lol. I’ve not bought the book, but I understand the principles well enough. And I am more than aware that if I want anything organized in this house, I have to be the one to do it. My Mister just does not have the ability, though he tries, to do any “real” organizing beyond similar things in a pile somewhere. And when it’s not organized, he can go much longer before it bothers him. At the same time, I understand that article’s point in that it *shouldn’t* be the women being the ones to have to do this, but *everyone* – when, really, it should just be the person who *wants* to be organized. No matter their gender. If it’s women buying the books, they’re going to be marketed towards them. If the article author thinks there needs to be organizing books “for men” to even the field, then she should write one…then wait and see how well it will sell. 😛

  4. Sierra   •  

    That peach lemonade ice looks so good! This will definitely be on my “to make” list this summer. Our peach tree is droopy with the amount of peaches so we’ll have plenty!

  5. Kat   •  

    Great collection this week! I liked the Kondo article-I struggle with the KonMarie phenomenon, because while so many of my friends feel like it’s changed their lives, I love my clutter 🙂 It’s also good to hear that my easily distracted mind is actually a creative advantage! And I loved having science back up that celebrations make us happier-I’ll make a cake for any reason I can come up with, so glad to know I’m on the right track for a happy life 🙂

  6. Stacey   •  

    I will definitely try those frozen yogurt blueberry bites. Yum.

  7. Alicia   •  

    That is a super interesting article! I do think that most reasonable people take KonMarie’s book with a grain of salt… at least when I read it, my thoughts were along the lines of “this lady’s crazy, but she has some decent points” and I find it really DID help me reduce clutter. Even more amazingly, my sock drawer is still folded pretty neatly! I do agree with the author, though, that women take on far too much of the ’emotional burdens’ around the home, especially when it comes to its cleanliness. My husband does more of the day-to-day chores than I do, he’s home from work hours earlier than I am, but I’m still the one that WORRIES about whether the floors have been swept or the trash taken out, and I do 90% of the organizing.

  8. Wanda   •  

    I have found myself nothing but annoyed with every reference (and little bits of reading) I have done about the Magic of Tidying Up – for this exact reason: women (c’mon, it’s directed right at us) have to keep a neat house. Look, I’d love to have my house neat, and if I didn’t share it with a man, 2 children, a dog and 2 cats, it probably would be. But then I’d also be living without my biggest joys – even if frustrated at times about the mess. (I’m not implying I do not make messes – I do – but when I’ve lived on my own in the past, it was easy to pick up after myself; I simply bristle at picking up after others and generally refuse, realizing this also means accepting other people’s perception of what is neat, or not). Anyway, yeah – I don’t have freaking time to go through my closets and drawers and ask items if they are sparking any joy for me. That time could well be used for knitting!!!

  9. miss agnes   •  

    10 years before Kondo’s book, there was the wonderful series by Dominique Loreau, a French woman who loved in Japan. Same philosophy and a focus on simplicity and quality over quantity. But no absolutes such as, if it does not make you happy, throw it away. I will read your links, I always find them interesting. Cheers from France where petrol is being rationed after major strikes and protests (not joking). Have a great week-end.

    • miss agnes   •  

      Ok, I meant to type “lived in Japan”. Some typos are funny.

  10. kathy b   •  

    What??? I am totally making those yogurt blueberries today! Thank you!!!Pretty weight watcher friendly too

  11. Sondra   •  

    Another great post Julie!
    All the responses to the KonMarie book recently have been quite entertaining. It reminds me of the backlash against Martha Stewart, another hugely successful woman.
    While I don’t agree with many of Marie Kondo’s ideas, from an eco point of view I like the idea of having fewer possessions and also reusing plain old boxes instead of buying more organizing tools.

  12. Danette Bartelmay   •  

    These recipes look wonderful and I have to try them both. Blueberries and tomatoes are both things I eat nonstop…
    And I have to try making the paper hyacinths with Gabby.
    She will love it!

  13. Jess   •  

    I always LOVE what you find! That lemon peach slush looks SO refreshing and that casserole recipe? Yea PLEASE! Such a great collection!

  14. Kessa   •  

    That was a very interesting article indeed! I was actually a bit amused how the author first embraced and then ripped the book and its ideas… I personally have not read the book but my friends had discussed it… Some of the ideas seem a bit out there, but I suppose tidiness is a bit of a continuum and the book simply presented the extreme and the users are always free to choose the level they are comfortable with. As for the sexist part of it… I do not think the book was meant to oppress women. It is like saying E.Zimmerman was trying to influence women to stay home and knit clothes for the family while their bored husbands are out philandering, just because the people who read her books tend to be women and that knitting seems to be considered a womanly craft.

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