Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I basically stayed in bed all last week, so this week is my first in trying to get things a little back on track. I’m still exhausted all the time and coughing a lot, but I can do a bit more every few days, and that is encouraging. Thank you so much for all your encouraging notes, messages, and well wishes, I really appreciate it!

While lying in bed, I was thinking about mini skeins (as one does)- are there any mini skein yarn clubs out there? Does anyone know of any? Let me know in the comments if you do!

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Trying to cut down on your phone addiction? Try setting it to grayscale.

For any freelancers, or people who email freelancers – this is for you.

6 fairy tales for the modern woman.

Is everyone you know sick too? Here are 8 natural remedies to help combat cold and flu.

How having a personal policy can help back you up when life’s awkward situations come up.

My Favourite Pins This Week

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These cookies. Because pecans, dark chocolate and white chocolate chips together in a cookie is absolute bliss. Also, I can’t get enough cookies. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

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A dinner recipe where everything is baked on one pan all at once? Sign me up! This is really easy and very adaptable, although I find that microwaving the sweet potatoes for 5 mins in advance gets them a little softer at the same time as all the rest of the veg. Chicken and veggies in any combo is always a hit in my house, and the kids would eat a truck if I put ranch dressing on it. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe is here.

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I made these peanut butter breakfast bites recently thinking that the kids would like them for snacks – James won’t even try them for some weird reason, but Lila loves them! Now I always have some in the fridge (and you have to keep them in the fridge, or they will totally fall apart) and they are perfect for snacking even as a grown up! I had some while writing this post, actually. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

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I have come to a bizarre realization recently – I don’t know much about what makes me happy.  I can name a few things off the top of my head, but when it comes to making the most of day-to-day and loving the little things, I sometimes need to be reoriented. If you also could use a little reorienting, this was a good post. Pinterest link is here, and the original post can be read here.

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This is a weekend project I’m planning on doing with the kids this weekend- rainbow heart sun catchers. Honestly, I just want to look at the window and actually see some colour, the days are so dreary and grey lately! Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone. I hope you are staying healthy and taking care of yourselves! Make sure to find some time to do something this weekend that is just for you.

If you would like to see previous Pin Ups and Link Love posts, you can find them all here


  1. Jane   •  

    Love the personal policy article! If nothing else, it would help me clarify for myself what is important enough to me to have a policy for.

    Indigodragonfly has a minis option for their Geek Club. You can choose any number of minis or any combo of minis/full skeins per shipment. Canadian, too 🙂

  2. Ellen Young   •  

    Hi Julie! glad you are starting to feel better. an old trick from my wonderful mom for your cough when you go to bed is to put vicks or something like it on your feet and then put some socks. for some reason it helps settle the coughing when you lie down. I love all the old fashioned remedies as I can’t really take over the counter stuff anymore!!
    thanks for the great pins this week~

  3. Duni   •  

    That personal policy article is on point and I, too, would eat just about anything with ranch on it. 🙂
    So glad you’re feeling better! Keep it up!

  4. Rae   •  

    Indigodragonfly has a mini skein yarn club. I believe sign ups are happening right now.

  5. Kat   •  

    Those fairy tales were probably my favorite thing I’ve seen this week! And that personal policies article was fantastic, I’ll definitely be implementing that. Please continue to rest up, hopefully you’ll be back to 100% soon!

  6. 107   •  

    Love the sun-catchers. Here in the UK we’ve seen days of wintry sun, but sooo many gales and rain! Brightening up the windows sounds like a great idea.

  7. Sandi   •  

    It isn’t a club exactly, but to increase your stash of mini skeins, you may want to try a Swapless Swap.
    I haven’t joined one myself (yet!) so I can’t speak from experience, but I have heard them mentioned on several knitting podcasts and the recipients always seem very pleased with what they receive. The links from this site to Ravelry seem to be current.

  8. Di   •  

    Sorry for multiple posts-just haven’t got it together this morning (assuming I ever did!)
    I have a tough time getting dyed yarns because I do not know what they will knit up like. Sweet Georgia has mini skeins but they have this link that shows the knitted color swatch-I want them all!

  9. Lauri   •  

    Thanks for the fairy tales, they made me smile.

  10. Tanis   •  

    Definitely trying those peanut butter breakfast bites! My boys would love those. Glad to hear that you’re slowly transitioning back to the land of the living!

  11. Stefanie   •  

    I hope you kick the cough soon. I know it’s no fun. Keep taking it easy.

  12. Snow   •  

    Great post! Glad to hear you are healing and resting. The rainbow hearts are a bit of bright beauty and so easy to do. We used to do these as kids and also do spring flowers. It was always fun to look out to mounds of snow with the bright window flowers…and if we were lucky and the sun came out, we would play hopscotch in our bare feet on the carpet and watch our feet turn different colors.
    And it’s always good to be on the search for new happy-the expectation that it will be found is a joyful process and there’s always room for new happy.

  13. Snow   •  

    Mini skeins….
    I keep trying to manifest the money for Space Cadet’s yarn clubs!
    She took mini-skeins to another level-she has an ombre and gradient club that each month is coordinated with the last for a never ending gradient! Or a multicolored club or get this!!! A half n half club: a bit of each! The mini skein clubs are all fingering weight so it’s all compatible.
    And then she throws in a cool giftie.

  14. Patty Johnson   •  

    Glad you’re back and feeling better. Missed ya!

  15. Meredith MC   •  

    I want to second the recommendation for space cadet yarns. She also does a fun newsletter every week. I love her yarns and colorways!

  16. Bronchitikat   •  

    Hope you’re fully recovered soon.

    The Knitting Goddess has a mini-skein club – of yarn she has spun specially then goes on to hand dye. I thoroughly recommend her sock yarns too.

    Might try the cookies too, I can think of just the ‘occasion’. And the importance of setting fixed boundaries. Just remember to be prepared to reset and negotiate them as the children become teens!

  17. miss agnes   •  

    So glad you are slowly feeling better. I am reading this late but I love the personal policy article – what a powerful way to stick by your principles.
    Also to note on natural remedies: echinacea is great but should NEVER be given to people with asthma or an hyper-active immune system. Since echinacea boost the immune system, people with an already hyper-active one will get worse, and not better. This is an advice from a naturopath: as my daughter suffered greatly from asthma when she was younger, I took this advice to heart, and just wanted to share it here.
    You got some great tips on mini-skeins club. I can mention another lovely one which is Phydeaux Designs yarn
    She offers some mini-skeins packs, and some mystery packs on a regular basis as well.
    Take care.

  18. Tien   •  

    Happy to hear that you are feeling better. The cough is always the last thing to clear up. Keep on drinking plenty of fluids. My favorite source for pretty mini-skeins is Hue Loco. She has a lot of her regular colors available as mini-skeins.

  19. Samantha   •  

    Those cookies are scrumptious! Thanks for the share. I also really enjoyed the personal policy article. I find that establishing boundaries with the people in my life helps me to stay on track and focus on the things that bring me happiness … mostly my kids!

    When faced with paths that can take me off track with my family I remind myself that my sons’ happiness is my everything and nothing is worth risking their happiness. I have a personal policy about how involved my mother in law is in my children’s lives as she causes them nothing but pain. I also have a personal policy about men in my life. Misunderstandings have caused too many issues in my marriage and I refuse not to have male friends so the policy is if I can’t tell my hubby everything about them it’s not worth it.

    On a lighter note, ;), I also have a personal policy about donating an article of clothing/shoes every time I buy something new. Keeps me clutter free!

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