Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Focusing on wholeness instead of happiness.

If you often get take out for dinner (that’s us! What would we do without our weekly pad thai?) Then you are going to love this tip- I’ve never thought of it before and it is genius. Totally what I’m going to do from now on.

This was a great list of how to spend less time making decisions by finding something that works and sticking with it.

Remember those super handy Kleenex® Mittens? Heidi has done an amazing job of producing a crochet version of the pattern, and they are even cuter than the knitted ones! Check it out here.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This loaded cauliflower casserole is going to be the best side dish ever! Or main dish, I think that’s a totally legitimate meal if you have a double helping. Of you are trying to keep it a little more on the healthy side, you can go easy on the cheese and bacon. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

These cookies not only look like the happiest cookies ever, and the recipe is very easy, using a pudding mix for part of the base. They bake up to be soft and moist, and of course work with any sort of sprinkles. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.  I’m trying so hard to put off baking them for at least a week- Lila and I baked and decorated these cookies last week, and we are still eating them!

I’m super smitten with this adorable DIY pompom necklace. I think I want to make one for(or with!) Lila. The trick for making this look whimsical but not costume-y is to trim those pom poms until they are nice and small. The one time I let Lila trim a pom pom, it ended up the size quarter. She was diligent! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

How adorable is this bunny cable stitch?! It would look so good as a border on a baby blanket, a sweater yoke, or even a hat! Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern is here.

This is my new phone wallpaper. I love the colours, and the message really resonates. I hope we all persist when it comes to what matters most. Pinterest link is here, and the original source is here.

Have a great weekend, everyone! James is recovering from an ear infection, and Lila got invited to 4 birthday parties this weekend! We can’t make it to all of them of course, but it’s still both Saturday and Sunday afternoon in party mode. Here’s hoping there’s enough cake for the grown ups, too! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and maybe even a bit of cake.


  1. Wanda   •  

    I’m totally enjoying cables these days – I assume other knitters go through phases like me? for awhile, I want to do colorwork and only colorwork, nothing else matters. Then it’s all about lace knitting, and 1001 lace knitting patterns end up on my knitting boards in pinterest. And then it’s cables – I’m loving on cables this spring. AND – I have just started my third baby blanket – another friend has announced her baby due in late summer – so now I’m thinking I have got to work those bunny cables into the new blanket. Too cute!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Wanda,

      Oh my gosh, bunny cables like these would be so perfect for a baby blanket!!!! Go for it!!



  2. Alina   •  

    Oh bunny cable is so so adorable! Definitely saving it! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the cake 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      So glad that you love it too!! I adore it. 🙂



  3. Jane   •  

    I don’t comment enough about how much I love your Friday Pin ups posts – the articles are always worth a read (love the wholeness one for this week!) and the recipes often make it into my meal plans for the week. I seriously look forward to Fridays, not only for the usual reasons, but also so I can get my weekly dose of inspiration and laughs 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Jane,

      Thank you so much, it makes me really happy that you enjoy the posts! I actually chip away at them all week long, adding in links when I find things I think others will find interesting, and so on. It means a lot to me that you enjoy the Friday posts so much!



  4. Lisa   •  

    Bunny cables and pom pom necklaces, how cute!
    Also love that tip for eating out. I need to remember that next time I feel like I’m going to cave. My biggest problem isn’t really that I don’t have food to eat, it’s take the time to make it, or if it’s pre-made, finding somewhere with a microwave to heat it up on the go.
    Sigh, why is life so crazy I can’t just cook?

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      I feel the same way- I always struggle with making time for cooking, so I always prefer quick cooking meals that come together in 25 mins or less, or slow cooker meals that I don’t mind doing on weekends!



  5. Tien   •  

    I am a chronic “take-out as dinner” addict too, especially on the weekends when I just want to relax and not cook. Definitely will be employing the lunch special strategy…just requires a bit of pre-planning but totally worth it for the cost-savings. Since some dishes taste better as leftovers (like Indian curry) I might double order on Saturday so that Sunday’s dinner is already taken care of 🙂 Those bunny cables are too cute!

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