Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

How did I miss this fantastic trick for when I’m worrying too much?

Trying to figure out what the heck is going on with all this ‘unicorn food’? Here you go!

This does not surprise me in the lest – apparently almost half of moms throw away, re-gift, or return mother’s day gifts. Probably because most of the gifts are completely impersonal.

My Favourite Pins This Week

There is something endlessly compelling about the simple vanilla cupcake. This version is simple and perfect, just the way a cupcake should be. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

A beef noodle stir fry that is better than take out, and whips up weeknight fast? I’ll take it. What I like best about this beef noodle stir fry is that it has a lot of veggies, and a colourful dish always feels more satisfying, somehow. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I’m hypnotized by this ice cube tray hack video! Who knew you could do so much with an ice cube tray – making chocolate bars?! Amazing! Pinterest link here. Couldn’t find the original link.

This giraffe trinket dish- I love it so much. It is a wonderful DIY that looks so elegant and classy, and I think I have a giraffe toy (or more accurately, my children do) that I could totally use for this. As soon as I find it in their endless toy chest, I’ll squirrel it away for this craft! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY post is here.

Love this poster. So adorable, and so perfect. Pinterest link is here, and the free download can be found here.

Apparently it’s Mother’s Day this weekend, which always catches me off guard and I never know what I want (see previous link about returning mother’s day gifts! 😉 ). I know that this day is a sensitive one for some- so whether you are a mother or not, have a mother who is or is not in your life, don’t let one day make you feel any different from how you want to feel. if you are better off ignoring it, then take a social media sabbatical that day and do your own thing. We should all take social media sabbaticals, anyway! And if you are interested in how Mother’s Day even came into being, check out the Wikipedia article. I was surprised to find out how many other countries celebrate it, but many countries at totally different times of the year than in Canada and the US.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! I hope you are having warmer weather than we’ve had here in Toronto- it’s been chilly and I’m so over it. Where are you, spring?!


  1. Lisa   •  

    Spring is in full force here in TX.
    Thanks for the links – I love the ice cube tray idea. I always loved the herb idea, but I never really thought about it for much else. So cool.
    And that Grand Canyon anxiety trick? Pure genius!

    Thanks so much Julie 🙂

  2. PJ   •  

    Thanks for the strawberry shortcake cupcakes link – sounds like a good idea for Sunday, and I will definitely use the Grand Canyon idea.

    I get what you’re saying about Mother’s Day. I’m a mom, with great kids, and I mean it when I say every day is Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day itself is always a melancholy one for me – I’ve spent more Mother’s Days NOT with my own mom than I’ve spent with her, so I feel that distance more on that day than any other of the year. I try to get into the spirit of the day since my family always fusses over me, but they also understand how much I miss my mom. So thanks for the post about some of us feeling ambivalent about the day.

  3. Ellen   •  

    Those cupcakes look so good!! I’ve had the itch to bake all week, so now it’s deciding between that recipe or brownies. Mmm. Maybe both.

  4. Stefanie   •  

    The pollen have been ruthless here in the East Bay. I went to Target yesterday and the allergy medicine aisle was practically empty. We won’t see my mama for Mama’s Day this time but we sent her 30 lovely tulips via ProFlowers and she was mighty pleased yesterday when she received them.

    • Stefanie   •  

      Oh and a Happy Mama’s Day to ya! I like to milk mine all I can, LOL.

  5. miss agnes   •  

    Maybe those gifts are just not right because they were mandatory – you know, we have to buy stuff on these specific calendar days throughout the year – why? A spontanous gift for no reason is much better, and I would not exchange the loving words my husband and children say every day against a mandatory gift once a year. Flowers and yarn are welcome anytime though. 😉

  6. Val   •  

    Is there anything like a vanilla cupcake with a cup of Earl Grey? And these look extra amazing.
    Thanks for the reminder that Mother’s Day evokes very different emotions for different people.

  7. Bronchitikat   •  

    Unicorn foods? Who knew?

    Ok, so perhaps they’ve reached hipster London, they certainly haven’t gotten this far (South Coast, UK, or at least not this part of the South Coast) yet. I quite like the idea of something looking so pretty and being good for you.

    Beef noodles bookmarked, for when, if ever, I buy a piece of beef!

    Don’t think I’ve ever had a Mothering Sunday (4th Sunday in Lent) gift from either of our two. Not when they were young. Certainly not now they’re older and self-sorting.

  8. I love the All a Girl Needs poster! I have been feeling that way lately. It’s perfect, although it needs to be amended to add kids. Can’t get by without ’em.

  9. Jessica Lane   •  

    I think social media sabbatical these are a must! I’ve been having a lot lately! Thank you for the links to the article about how to cope with worrying, from the perpetual worrier 😉 I also adore that poster! Happy Mother’s Day, I hope your day is fantastic!

  10. Loulou   •  

    Those cupcakes sound perfect! And I love the giraffe trinket dish …. hope you find the toy you’re looking for in the magical toy chest.

    I really like what you said about Mother’s Day. You are so sensitive and insightful. Your children are certainly lucky to have you as their mother.

  11. Andi   •  

    I love a simple vanilla cupcake and those strawberry ones may be my next venture.
    Whenever I see FB posts about all the things you can do with ice cube trays I am memorized. Had not seen the ones with the herbs- fantastic.
    Wonderful comment about people who may be sensitive about Mother’s Day. I constantly gets wished happy mother’s day, yet have no children. I am not at all sensitive about it, but I know there are those who are. You worded it perfectly.

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