Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Struggling with perfectionism? 6 habits to help overcome perfectionist tendencies.

Empowering quotes about women aging. The first one by Cameron Diaz is lame, but the rest are sooo good.

Wait, cute flats made from recycled water bottles? Genius!

The deeper reason we can’t remember people’s names after meeting them.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (not since my 20s, anyway!) but I love these cupcakes! You could skip the Irish cream (and really, you could make them with a box mix, I won’t judge), because these cupcakes are all about the gorgeous decoration on top! High fives to the chef for making that rainbow piped icing idea super easy. Such a cute idea, even for a kid’s birthday party! Definitely skip the Irish cream, then. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

Okay, I loooove macaroni and cheese. I love cheese, really. But this clever recipe reduces the pasta considerably and substitutes a lot of cauliflower, adding some much-needed veg and reducing the overall impact of having a second helping. because let’s face it, I’m going to have a second helping. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

I know this pink hot chocolate looks so indulgent, and it is. But One you remove all the photo styling decorations, you have a really good recipe for a wonderful evening treat. Sprinkles and whip cream optional! Side note- I didn’t even know that they had white hot chocolate mix (are there even more kinds, and I just don’t know about them?!). I’ve never seen it in a grocery store before, but now I’m on the lookout. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I love the idea of embroidering on clothes an want to do more of it this year. This was a great step-by-step tutorial, and I’d love to try it but I find it weird that it calls for freezer paper, which I never use and have no idea what I would use it for, except for this embroidery tutorial. Does anyone know if parchment or wax paper would work as well? Or tell me what else I would do with freezer paper? Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

I’m in love with these dreamy photos from photographer Maria Svarbova. Don’t they look like paintings? So incredible. It’s worth clicking over and seeing the whole collection. Pinterest link is here, and the whole collection is here.

Don’t forget, you have until March 8th to enter the Alice Starmore Tudor Roses book giveaway! Hop on over to enter!

Guy and I are going to be celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary on Sunday,and will probably post some photos on Instagram – we are taking a helicopter ride over Toronto! Have a lovely weekend, everyone. I hope you make time to do the things that give you the most joy.


  1. Alina   •  

    Happy early anniversary!!! Helicopter ride sounds so exciting – enjoy!

  2. Robin   •  

    I don’t think parchment or wax paper could be subbed for freezer paper. Freezer paper has one waxy side, so you’d iron it to the shirt as a stabilizer. Then it’s really easy to peel off and remove when you’re done. You could probably find some sort of removable fabric stabilizer at a craft store, though I don’t know the precise name. Other use for freezer paper: stencil on fabric:)

  3. Laura   •  

    Freezer paper has a waxy side that can be ironed to fabric. Later it is easily peeled off. I only use freezer paper for crafty purposes, like making paint stencils (such an easy way to add that little something something to a plain shirt) or tracing/altering sewing patterns. I have never used it for it’s actual purpose (freezing things, I can only assume?)

    And whoa. That article about forgetting names really hits home with me. In my case I’m probably self-concious and obsessing about the image I’m portraying instead of focusing on the person I’m talking to. Talk about an eye-opener, I’m going to do my best to change my focus next time I’m talking to someone new!

  4. Loulou   •  

    Those quotes are gold, well except, as you point out, Cameron’s! I was especially taken by Sophia Loren’s, about the fountain of youth being inside your own mind.

    Those cupcakes are so cute.

    Happy anniversary to an awesome couple. I’ll watch for a helicopter overhead and wave at you two lovebirds! xo

  5. Kelly J. R.   •  

    I am obsessed with the Arctic White Hot Cocoa Mix by Land O Lakes. If you can get your hands on some of that in Canada, give it a try! And happy anniversary! I can’t wait to see your helicopter pics. That is going to be amazing!

  6. Tori Penrose Digges   •  

    Loving that article on perfectionists. I can fall into that trap and get really negative with myself.

    Also, that mac and cheese looks amazing! I love cauliflower with nutritional yeast, which has a cheesy flavor, so I bet that mac and cheese is the bomb!

  7. Val   •  

    I’ve long had a soft spot for swimming pool prints and Svarbova’s are glorious!! So dreamy. What a find!
    Happy wedding anniversary to you and Guy! What a fun idea to go for a helicopter ride! (so much better than the “traditional” gift of bronze, lol!)

  8. Kathleen   •  

    Freezer paper has many crafty uses and is very inexpensive, about $3 for a lifetime supply.

  9. Jessica Lane   •  

    Those cupcakes are adorable! The skinny cauliflower mac looks yummy too!

  10. Abby   •  

    Land o lakes has a whole line of fancy hot chocolate mixes. They come in single serving packs. White hot chocolate, Carmel hot chocolate, dark hot chocolate, mint hot chocolate… a nice indulgence for cold nights!

  11. Sara A.   •  

    Freezer paper is a decent stabilizer for embroidering on dark color clothes. You mark on the paper side, press the shiny side to the fabric and stitch away. It’s not my fave, but it works. I prefer sulky solvy which you can use as a sheet or dissolve in water and dip your t into. If you go with dissolving, you can use clear, unflavored gelatin in stead. Sublime stitching is a great resource for embroidery information.

    A few years ago we made hot cocoa mix to give to friends and family as gifts. We followed smitten kitchen’s recipe and people loved it! We made chocolate orange, chocolate almond, and classic. I’d like to try making mint chocolate and cinnamon chocolate next.

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