Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I love this idea! The errand friend date. Perfect for moving back into social time with friends that doesn’t focus on eating or drinking anything.

Scientists discovered a new species of frog – it’s freaking adorable, and named after chocolate!

Welcome to the summer of Awkward. I laughed a lot reading this, I think you will too.

This was a fascinating long read on ageing, ageism, wrinkles, and how hard it can be to be a woman getting older when there is so much pressure to try to look like you aren’t getting older.

Another truly interesting long read- this one is about the magic of trees.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This sweet potato and black bean casserole is perfect for summer weeknight meals! It comes together quickly, loads of veggies and cheese, and delicious. If you are looking to get more veggies into your dinners, give this a try- I think you’ll like it! I like mine with a little extra hot sauce on top, too. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is here.

If you like butter tarts, then this maple pie is sure to be a hit. It’s like a gigantic butter tart with maple syrup flavour that you then slice up and eat as a pie! How delicious is that! It’s pretty darn delicious. You could through some nuts on top, too – or ice cream, like shown here. Or both!  Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right over here.

Summer is a great time for refreshing beverages, but a lot of those great cocktail recipes require a fair bit of alcohol. If you are cutting back or just prefer not to imbibe, here is an awesome round up of delicious non-alcoholic cocktails for summer – Pinterest link is here, and the full list with links to each recipe is here.

 

This pretty crocheted bag would be awesome with a shoulder strap as  a summery, beachy look, or you could make it bigger for a full beach bag! Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be downloaded over here.

What a fantastic idea for a light coloured sweatshirt – paint it with watercolours! I’m not sure how long this would last if you used kiddie watercolours, so definitely reach for an artist grade palette when you try this. So beautiful! Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY can be found here.

Have a beautiful weekend, everyone. I hope you have gorgeous weather and get out and enjoy it! The Japanese tree lilacs near our front door have bloomed recently, and every time I step outside, it smells so incredible. I am loving how sweet the summer air is.

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Wearing colourful clothes can recharge the spirit.

How to compliment someone without mentioning their looks.

Did you know that grass is happy to see you? This was adorable.

You garden, right? Even if it’s just some indoor plants in pots? Here’s a great guide to making your own fertilizer for your plants, indoors out out.

NPR’s guide to gender identity terms. I learned a thing or two!

Craftic is sharing my animal cup cozies and pot covers– they are suitable for small pots, but also are the perfect size for coffee sleeves! Check it out.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This enchilada skillet is a great dinner for when you don’t want to eat healthy but still need to get some veggies into you. I especially love how in this form, you could either put some of it in a wrap, or in a lettuce wrap, or just eat it like a seven layer dip with tortilla ships, I’m not here to judge. But I am here to recommend this dish. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is over here.

the best black bean brownies

These black bean brownies are so fudgy, gooey and deliciously decadent, you’ll be thrilled that they have beans in the because then they are high in fibre, so basically they are healthy, beans are a vegetable, right? Yeah, totally healthy. Or at least, way healthier than a typical brownie. AND – they don’t have a lot of ingredients, which helps these come together easy-peasy. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

A far more refreshing choice than lemonade, limeade is one of my faves! This is a great recipe for a refreshing pitcher of limeade, made with only three ingredients. I really recommend, ice cold limeade on a hot day….. Mmmmmm. Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is  here.

I love this cute and cheery bright crocheted basket, and the fact that it is taller than the usual patterns you see, making it a little more multifunctional for different items. The trick is to crochet with a smaller hook than the yarn calls for, to ensure that the fabric is stiff enough to stand up, especially as you get taller with the shape! Love how this looks, and would be great for stashbusting. Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern can be found here.

Ever feel like you are in a bit of a photo taking rut, and that you aren’t really moving forward with your photo quality no matter how much you practice? This a great round up of fantastic tips for improving your photos, in all types of situations. If you are feeling like you could use  little nudge with your Instagram photos, this is a great place to start. Pinterest link is here, and the full post is right over here.

Have a gorgeous weekend, everyone. Here in Toronto, things are just starting to open up across the province, after a very loooong shutdown. It feels very surreal! I’m not in a big rush to be around a lot of people, but it’s so reassuring to see the infection numbers going down, and the vaccine numbers going up. Feels like a really promising summer.

xo Julie

 

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

I loved this article about scent and perfumes. Reminded me how much I love fragrance.

This is fascinating- follow one rain drop to the ocean. It’s American-focused, but still incredible!

5 important questions to ask yourself.

Also, if you like embroidery hoops but aren’t really into hanging them on the wall, I’ve got hoop stands in the shop now! All natural beechwood stands, perfect for displaying hoops on a shelf or table. New kits for summer are launching next week!

My Favourite Pins This Week

These Mediterranean chickpea bowls are wonderful summer meal idea, and work great as both dinner and lunch. It’s full of veggies- lots of tomatoes and spinach, but you could easily substitute any veggies you wanted or had lying round. I love how it’s a one pot and super easy- then a bit of rice to go with it and you’re golden! I have a rice cooker that I’ve had for years and adore- it makes things so much easier to just have the rice doing its own thing and being just right over to the side while I make the delicious thing that’s going on top of it. I think you’d love this dish! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found right over here.

This summer berry lemon meringue trifle is a wonderful summer dessert just waiting to happen! Perfect for a weekend inner outside, right? You can use store bought pound cake to really speed up the process, and the berry would be good with blackberries or blueberries too- here it has strawberries and raspberries. But It’ll work with all the berries! I’m a huge fan of those berry-tastic summer dessert, can you tell? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here. 

This was such  great tutorial that has me thinking about fun wallpaper ideas- how to make any wallpaper removeable! Naturally, removing wallpaper can be a lot of work, so it’s a big decision to put it anywhere, but if you knew it would come right off without steaming and scraping? Well, that opens up a whole new world of wallpapering possibilities! Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial is here.

I loved seeing this amazing tutorial for making Tawashi sponges out of leftover scraps of jersey (or t shirt material for any t-shirts you have that are not even in good enough shape to donate!) and would be such a fun scrubby for dishes, and great for gifting to friends, too! Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial is over here.

I love this quote. It’s so true, and a great reminder that we’re whole no matter what. Pinterest link is here, and the original source is here.

Lately I’ve been finding it more and more difficult to find interesting pins – either on Pinterest or just around the internet- which makes me feel like all the crafts have been tutorialized, all the recipes tweaked and made. It’s an odd feeling- I know it can’t possibly be true, but it is is harder to find great content to share! Please know that when I skip a week here and there, it’s to avoid putting out something blah, so I can hopefully make a better round up for the following week.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone! And if you have tips for finding inspiration, let me know in the comments!

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The rising problem of fake products on Amazon.

Finding joy in simple, everyday pleasures.

A very interesting article from The Atlantic about how much work and time friendships really take.

“On the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, how do I stay hopeful?”

My Favourite Pins This Week

Pasta salad is something I love but only ever eat when the weather is warm. Maybe some devoted pasta salad lovers out there eat it all year long, but for me, it’s one of the delights of summer. This bright and summery pastas salad is just the thing, and makes a quick lunch or even weeknight dinner. Find this lemony cucumber winner on Pinterest here, and the full recipe is over here.

Chocolate chip cookies, but even better! These raspberry chocolate chip cookies are so good, and with raspberries coming into season soon (and really, even the grocery store versions are pretty good all year round) definitely something to add to your cookie repertoire. A perfect weekend baking project, if you ask me! Pinterest link is here, and the recipe is right here.

I have been eyeing this summer short knitting pattern- they look so cute! In the hot weather I love to sleep in little sleep shorts (I have a bunch from American Eagle that are a few years old and they don’t sell them anymore, boooo) and these look like such a great version of little sleep shorts, if you also feel that way! Also, the length is totally customizable. Pinterest link is here, and the free pattern can be downloaded over here.

This crocheted clutch is so pretty and perfect for summer! Especially good for when you have a little bit of a pretty fabric and could line it in something that you love for a little hit of colour when you open it. A great start of summer project. Pinterest link is here, and the full pattern and tutorial is here.

2o reasons to own less stuff- this list is so inspiring, and I have been referring to it a lot lately when I feel like buying stuff online. I enjoy my home so much more with less stuff in it, and half the time I’ve forgotten how much stuff I own! It’s a great post, and a great list. Pinterest link is here, and the full post can be found over here.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. It’s funny how in some parts of the world things are opening up and in others there’s still a lot of staying home to reduce Covid transmission… wherever you are, I hope you are doing things that bring you a bit of calm, and make you feel like your favourite version of yourself.

xo Julie

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

The kindest people.

This is such a brilliant idea and I want to see this sort of technology widely available!

Some excellent self care practices. A really good list if you are looking for new ideas!

Small ideas for nurturing friendships – both friendships you’ve had f or a while and newer acquaintances with whom you’d like to nurture a connection.

This was a fascinating read, about teaching kindness in children. But I suspect that these practices work for adults, too. Remember to praise kind behaviour in your fellow grown-ups, when you see it.

My Favourite Pins This Week

Fancy Grilled Cheese

Friends, you know how much I love fancy grilled cheese! This is a great version, with apple, cheddar, chicken, and shredded brussel sprouts (you could skip those if you wanted).I love how this is such a deeply comforting meal, and feels really special, too! Especially because, you know, it’s fancy grilled cheese. Which I love. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe and directions are over here.

Easy Strawberry Chocolate Cake

A lovely weekend baking treat would be this chocolate and strawberry sheet cake. Grocery store strawberries are already better at this time of year than they have been through the winter, and actual strawberry season is coming up soon! Also, if you wanted to rush it a bit, you could use a box mix chocolate cake for the bottom and just do all the lovely strawberry icing and slices on top and really, who would know? Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

Free Crocheted Cardigan Pattern

This is such a pretty and fun looking cardigan to crochet for summer! I love the colours, and I bet would be great for a bit of destashing, don’t you think? It’s a free pattern , too! Pinterest link is here, and the downloadable pattern can be found here.

DIY Tassel Earrings

These DIY tassel earrings are so pretty, and can be made with two or more colours to coordinate with any outfit you want! Could be done with crochet thread or embroidery floss. Pinterest link is here, and the full DIY is here. 

Happiness Quote

I love this quote about happiness, it feels especially relevant these days. I couldn’t’ find the original source, but it’s on Pinterest here.

I hope you all have a great weekend! I’ve been recently re-watching all of Downton Abbey, and it’s been a few years so it it’s funny how I can’t quite remember certain plot lines, and it feels really fresh to me, even though I saw it all before! There’s something wonderfully comforting about re-watching a series that you’ve enjoyed in the past. I hope you have some special treats in store for yourselves this weekend! Sending you all love.

xo Julie