Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Combating your inner critic.

I loved these little affirmations from Lenny Letter.

If you have a bad cold like I do right now (ugh, I feel awful!) Then perhaps you might like to read 6 ways to help get rid of a cold overnight. I’m very dubious about the wet socks thing, has anyone tried it?

This made me laugh. And really, every working male should read it.

If your Pinterest Boards are a crazy mess and you barely look at your old pins anymore, perhaps this will be helpful – 6 ways to get organized with Pinterest.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This one pot greek chicken and lemon rice is a wonderful weeknight dinner, and the recipe includes lots of great tips for getting the rice to liquid ratio just right sot hat it all comes together  perfectly. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with my rice making skills, so I can use alllllllllll the help. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

I love this brilliant baking trick about baking things on a cookie sheet / sheet pan instead of a more traditional baking pan. The post also includes a great brownie recipe! Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you have one of those gradient mini skeins sets of yarn hanging around, or just want to scrapbust, then this pattern for some perfect fingerless mitts might come in handy. Pinterest link is here, free pattern can be found on Ravelry here.

Fall definitely seems like a great time to make rag rugs – take a look at the old clothes from summer that you know you won’t wear again, or perhaps kids have outgrown, and consider making one of these adorable rag rugs! Pinterest link is here, and the post round up can be found here.

Speaking of cozy things, feel like getting your Hygge on? Here are some lovely ideas for adding some Hygge joy each day in November. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be found here.


What are your weekend plans? We have a busy weekend ahead, with sleepovers, dinners, and a kiddie Halloween party on Sunday – I’ll be the one face down in the bowl of mini chocolate bars, if you need me. Here’s hoping that your weekend is full of fun things and tasty treats!



  1. Barbara   •  

    The article about combating your inner critic is great. I think I need to find that book by Amy Poehler. Thanks for always finding such interesting things to share with us!

  2. Sarah   •  

    I have tried the wet sock remedy! I had a friend in college who swore by it. Here’s the thing: it totally works but it feels miserable. Going to sleep with cold, wet socks on? Ugh. Not worth it in my opinion. I’d rather just slam my system with Airborne/Zycam when I start to feel sick, drink lots of tea with honey and lemon, and get lots of rest.

  3. Swissrose   •  

    The wet socks does work, but they should be woollen ones. As you probably know, even wet wool won’t be cold! It works by reducing the body temperature and adding moisture to the air, I think.
    My daughter moves out for the night and adds raw onions to her wet socks (wrap them before you add the socks!) – her husband complains about the smell but she assures me it works 🙂
    Various kinds of wet wraps are traditionally used in Switzerland and probably elsewhere…
    Apparently, the lemon and honey I drink when I have a cold works just as well as any commercial drink available with doubtful added chemicals, too… for a sore throat, warm milk and honey generally staves off anything worse if you’re very quick to reach for it.

  4. Kim   •  

    Great link round up, as always! Thanks for the great blog! 🙂

    Sorry to be the wet blanket here, but the wet socks thing is a load of nonsense. Colds are typically self-limiting, so you feel better the next morning not because of the socks, but because your immune system is beating that cold. Fortunately, you’re not going to hurt yourself, so if you think it works for you, carry on.

    If you’re into facts ‘n’ evidence ‘n’ stuff, here’s a detailed, science-based article:
    Basically, increasing blood flow to decrease inflammation (aka pain & swelling) doesn’t make any sense medically/biologically. Most cold symptoms (pain, fever, etc.) are *caused* by inflammation (aka your immune system!), so decreasing inflammation (aka suppressing your immune system!) would be counterproductive to beating that cold.

  5. Snow   •  

    My naturopath does a more torturous version of the wool hat/ice cold wet THIN COTTON sox:swaddles you up naked in a heavy wool blanket, peels it back to lay as nice superhot wet towel across your torso:collarbone to pubic bone, armpits to hipbones, flips you over to do the same on the back, reswaddles you with no airpockets. Comes back in 10 minutes and trades the cozy hot towel for an ice cold wet towel (pick your swear words in advance) and reswaddles. Repeat hot cold two more times. This ‘resets’ your immune system and it does work. I was severely ill when i had this done. The killer flu was working its way through our community and my workplace. I was the only one at my multi storied building workplace that did not get the flu that season. I had to do that hot cold torture for two months to keep jumpstarting my seriously compromised immune system but it worked. Your body does its darndest to warm up those cold towels and once theyre swapped out, theyre pretty warm and almost dry. You can do the same thing at home-just warn Guy to ignore anything you say or call him in the process 🙂
    The wool hat, sweatshirt/pants, heavy blankets and ice cold wet thin cotton sox is the same process, your body works to heat your feet to dry and warm the sox.
    I just went through the respiratory plague..27 days of coughing and retching. Abs are tighter and I went down a pants size but I’d rather just skip sweets for awhile than go thru the plague again. Elderberry syrup (Sambucol) has some helpful properties to help your immune system too.
    Get well, stay well, and enjoy your weekend. Love Halloween with kiddos. Take a good nap after you sneak all the Mr Goodbar and Krackles out of the minibar assortment bowl.
    And thanks for putting the blog together even when you felt less than. I always look forward to my coffee/tea with you/your blog.

  6. Lisa   •  

    Weekend: Work, potluck with an old friend, and then my school’s fall festival Sunday.

    As for the pins and links, I love them all this week, the pins anyway. I have always had rice issues and that chicken recipe really sounds so good. And brownies! YUMM!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. miss agnes   •  

    Ok, forget the wet socks! The only thing that truly cured me overnight was a curry cooked by a lovely woman from Singapore, when I was living in London. I felt so miserable that night with a dreadful cold but went to the dinner party anyway. She had cooked the spiciest curry I ever ate. Every bite was burningly delicious. The next day I was totally cured. I probably sweated all the toxins out that nightt. Truly miraculous!
    A grog with a heavy dose of rhum (rhum or rum, I get my languages mixed sometimes) can be quite effective too.

    Imagining a lovely woman as the Rock: priceless! Take care, have a great week-end and get better soon. My Sunday is suitcase day as we prepare a short trip to London (yeah).

  8. Sandy   •  

    Any woman who knows how men interact with each other actually wouldn’t want a man to picture her as The Rock. If she thinks the current perceived sexual harassment/flirting/sometimes over-reaction to innocent remarks is bad now, wait until she hears all the inappropriate jokes, dirty stories, and just general things that men have the courtesy not to say in front of women. That is far more respectful, in my opinion. And I happen to have worked for 20 years in work places with majority men so I am well versed in how men interact with each other. Just because that article picks out a tough looking man, doesn’t mean that would change.

    Actually, that may not be so bad. It would make Trump’s locker room talk caught on audio seem tame in comparison.

  9. Loulou   •  

    Haha, the story about treatment no your female colleagues like The Rock is excellent!

    Love the rag-rug round up. I have a fond memory of my grandmother’s handmade rag-rug. She’d used the braided method and it was so pretty. I remember being so impressed that it had been made from rags!

    The rice and chicken dish looks delicious.

    When you just need plain rice, I have a way that works perfectly — it involves making it in the microwave oven. Using a ratio of 2:1 water to uncooked white rice (2.25 : 1 for brown rice), add the water to a large casserole dish with a lid. Add a dash of salt and heat water in microwave for 5 minutes. Stir in rice and then microwave at 50% power for 35 minutes. You can let it sit with the lid on until you’re ready to serve, or serve it right away. This works for any “family size” volume. Careful when you remove the lid, as the steam will be hot.

  10. Bronchitikat   •  

    Maybe I’ve been fortunate but I’ve never had that much trouble with men, being 6 foot tall can be a tad intimidating I suppose. All the same, it comes to something when men have to be told how to behave properly around women, or even other men, they find attractive.

    Maybe it’s because so few men now have role models who know how to treat women properly. Hmmm, how much of that is also due to *** Feminists to whom every man appears to be a potential adversary?

    Don’t know about the wet socks for a cold theory. I do know that gargling with an infusion of sage (the purists say red sage, I’ve found common or garden sage, from the herb garden or herb rack works very well) is a great way of treating a sore throat. Sip the last few teaspoonful. Repeat as necessary (not that often, I find.)

    As for the Inner Critic – haven’t had too much trouble with that either. But then, I’ve been able at school and, fairly, competent at most of the rest of life. In fact if the ol’ IC starts up I either silence it with, “I may not have done that very well, but I did get _this_ right” and try to have an up-to-date example. If it gets really bad then maybe I should start looking at my Depression levels – which can be a bit of a difficulty at this time of year.
    Also knowing that God loves and accepts me just as I am really does help. He wants to change me too, but into a much better person, not belittle and restrict me.

    And I’m wearing mitts as I type. So far we’ve only had the fire on a couple of times. So far – up until yesterday – it’s been ridiculously warm for the end of October!
    Think I’ll put a pair in the Travel Project knitting bag. That way I’ll be able to continue knitting as it gets to be a more ‘reasonable’ temperature for the actual time of year!

  11. Kelly J. R.   •  

    I have a nasty cold right now as well. I love my “Gypsy Cold Care” tea by Traditional Medicinals. Seems to really help in the stuffy nose department. I’ve also been running a diffuser at night right next to my pillow with a blend of tea tree and eucalyptus essential oils.

  12. Tien   •  

    Hope that you are feeling better! The wet socks idea was a new one to me but it doesn’t sound too pleasant. I usually stick with things that boost up the immune system like zinc, echinacea and vitamin C. Plus lots of hot tea with honey and chicken soup.

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