Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Apparently a hot bath burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk. So if you need me, I’ll be in the tub.

What I learned from a week with no technology.

These tiny works of art are incredible!

How to do more of what’s meaningful, and less of what’s not.

7 fitness resolutions that are better than losing weight.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m all about the easy, quick dinners, and this buttery, garlicky chicken and zucchini doesn’t disappoint (assuming you like chicken and zucchini, that is). You could also substitute the zucchini for another veggie, but don’t skimp on the fresh herbs. Fresh herbs in winter cooking makes everything taste so much more amazing! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

I can’t be the only one who goes to Costco, buys a bag of avocados, a massive pile of bananas, and then 6 days later is in a race against tie trying to use them both up before they become overripe and unusable. Behold – chocolate avocado banana bread! In truth this recipe doesn’t use a heck of a lot of avocado, but it does add a certain creaminess to it, that’s for sure. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

I know this isn’t the first time I’ve featured a link to DIY wool dryer balls, but I’m a HUGE fan of wool dryer balls- I haven’t used dryer sheets in about a decade, and wool dryer balls are amazing – not only are you using up scrapes of yarn, but they speed up the drying time of your clothes and get out wrinkles. Once you try them, I doubt you will ever go back to the waxy, chemical-filled dryer sheets you have to buy in the grocery store. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Those colours! This tutorial for making your own faux stained glass from a sheet of glass is such a fantastic idea – you could coordinate the colours to match your decor, and would look so great anywhere you want a splash of colour and a bit of privacy from the outside world. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial can be found here.

I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I would definitely like to get more greenery in my place. If you are also feeling the urge to get some houseplants, this is a great round up of attractive plants that are fine with low light, awkward window placements, and other challenges. I already have two of these (the snake plant and dragon tree)and can attest to their ability to thrive on neglect. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone! I hope you are staying cozy- It’s bitterly cold here in Toronto, and I’ve heard so many weather reports from all over about how snow people are getting!


  1. Di   •  

    I loved the miniature artist. I went to his facebook and under “PHOTOS” found a scene called Sun “Shrine” where he used white balls of yarn as ground-amazing art!

  2. Loulou   •  

    Well, I just had a nice leisurely coffee break, reading all your interesting linked articles! Now I know I should have been reading them while in the bathtub 🙂

    Happy 2018, my friend. xo

  3. Cloudberry   •  

    I love houseplants, but living in the arctic Norway with no sun for several months during the winter, makes it hard to keep some of the plants alive… So thank you for the link to the low-light houseplants 🙂

  4. miss agnes   •  

    I’ll have to try the wool dryer balls as soon as I have a dryer !
    Houseplants are also great for the indoor air, as some act as filters. I really need to get some.
    Take courage for the cold in Canada: I must say while I miss the snow, I do not miss the polar temperatures you are all experiencing (and the snow shovelling).
    Stay warm and healthy. I’m looking forward to the days getting longer.

  5. Tien   •  

    A week with no technology actually seems very appealing right now. But it’s always hard to commit to being unplugged nowadays. Love the link to the houseplants recommendations. I have some hardy indoor herbs that have been with me for years but would like to explore other plants. They make a messy cluttered space feel calmer 🙂

  6. Stefanie   •  

    Hello gorgeous. I liked those fitness ideas. I need to get back into my workout routine as I haven’t worked out for a month now due to illness and the holidays; I usually walk 2 mi 3x a week and do weights, crunches, and squats afterwards. I do the hydration thing as my goal is 7 cups of water in any form I can get. I mostly drink tea, plain water, and juice. I use iHydrate which helps me keep track and tells you how much water is in something. For example, I pour 9 oz of hot water over a tea bag and so get 8.9 oz of water. In a cup of juice, there’s 7 oz of water. In milk, 7.2 oz. Would you believe in 8 oz of wine you’d get 6.8 oz of water intake? LOL! I’m working on flexibility this year as I start beginning yoga tomorrow!

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