Good good links #173

It’s beginning to look/feel a lot like …

Sunday. Definitely not Christmas because – thank goodness! – temperatures rose a little again. I don’t like this as an effect of climate change but I can’t deny I’m not a fan of wintery temperatures. <- am I really talking about the weather? Lamest way of writing an  intro. Ever. Moving onto more interesting topics which would be those adressed by many awesome bloggers out there again this week. I hope you’ll find some reading material and …

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

Why You Should Never Change Yourself for Someone Else via Erin’s Inside Job

Spot on [once again]. Trying to fit in or please others is something I think most of us have tried to before and here’s why it’s at best a short time ‘solution’ [or simply not recommendable at all].

How I Finally Overcame My Late Night Snacking Habit via In It 4 the Long Run

Technically a post for the second category but if you’re anything like me it will inspire a lot of self-reflection.

 

 

Good good [advice, inspiration and other worthwhile reads]

Lessons in Letting Go via my little tablespoon

Giving up control and allowing life to just happen can be one of the hardest things ever.

Why This Health Coach Listens To Her Cravings via Mind Body Green

While the title irks me [i.e. listening to our cravings should be a given] the points made here speak so much truth.

Stop telling women to embrace their flaws via Nia Shanks

This one deserves a resounding heck yes!

Eating for climate change via Khushboo’s Blog

Great tips on a topic that doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves in mainstream media.

Self-Care During the Holidays via Avocado a Day Nutrition

Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish but will allow you and the ones around you to enjoy the festive season even more [because: relaxed you = more fun to be around].

8 Simple Ways to Manage Seasonal Depression via Popsugar

It’s no secret shorter and darker days can take a toll on our mood. These things can help keep you happy [unless we’re talking about more serious cases of the SADs].

5 Holiday Gifting Hacks That Are Getting Me Through The Season via The Financial Diet

While this can be read as a cheapo excuse in part as long as the gifts you give come from the heart using these tips is nothing to feel bad about [mostly related to #1 and 2].

 

Blogging

The best blogs for blogging, biz and social media advice via blog ambitions

Some familiar but also several [potentially] new faces to add to your blog reader and learn from.

 

Good good [fun and DIYs]

How to make a cheese advent calendar! via So Wrong It’s Nom

Slightly belated for this year maybe but why not make a cheese fiend in your life happy next year?

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Praline Chocolates via Full of Plants

If this isn’t the ultimate truffle/chocolate treat I don’t know what is. Watch out, Lindt!

30 Vegan Cookie Recipes without Margarine or Egg Replacer via Yup, It’s Vegan

Because you might not always have those ingreients on hand/probably don’t like using them. If you don’t care: amazing cookie recipes galore in anyway.

Vegan Spicy Chocolate Muffins with Spelt Flour via love me, feed me

Spicy chocolate is my jam and these look amazing.

Aquafaba Meringue Cookies with Coconut Sugar via Unconventional Baker

Exciting news for anybody who wants their vegan meringues with neither refined sugar nor any erythritol-based replacements.

Mashed Cauliflower Green Bean Casserole via Contentedness Cooking

Looking at the pictures it’s hard to believe this is basically vegetables on vegetables. Healthy to boot!

Nacho Snacks with Carrot “Queso” via love and lemons

This intriguing ‘cheesy’ vegan dip excites both the carrot and dip enthusiasts [note: I’m part of both group so win-win!].

 

 

Happiness-inducing today: Time with little P., my mum and sister.  A friendly cashier at the supermarket.

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Week in Review: The one with many blessings

Hi!

Confession: If intros are a struggle for me, the above greeting is proof of an even bigger struggle. Some bloggers get really creative there but I’m not one to call you ‘lovelies’, ‘buddies’ or ‘friendly faces’. Not that any of those were bad but they’re just not …me. Okay, moving on.

Another ‘classic’ – or so it seems – among bloggers/around Instagram is #blessed. Again, I’m not really a hashtag person -but- looking back at the past week and also during those days I did indeed feel blessed. By the generosity and love of some people around me. I hope Meg won’t mind me straying from the original concept of sharing only our accomplishments. Because this post will be a more of a week in review in the sense of happenings and a way of saying thank you to several people [even if they don’t read the blog] instead.

Week in Review

The biggest and best happening of the past week – mentioned in yesterday’s post already –  definitely was spending time at my grandparents’. It was my grandma’s birthday on Monday and most of the family on my mum’s side traditionally gathers to celebrate it. Lots of aunts, uncles and cousins, catching up on each others’ lives and just spending quality time. We’re for more informal celebrations which in this case meant having the annual ‘Grünkohl-Essen’ [8 pounds of kale prepared the traditional German way – SO delicious] and my grandma’s plethora of Christmas cookies.
Time flew by way too fast but it was one of the best weekends in months. So much love and getting into the Christmas spirit. My happiness batteries were charged enough to sustain even the anxiety-evoking journey back.

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Remember how I mentioned Germans’ frustration with Deutsche Bahn? Well, I have another story to add or: How to travel by train for free [but with plenty of anxiety]. Planning to go back home by train I stumbled upon error after error. It started with both of the ticket machines closest to my platform – I had a mere 15 minutes left until departure so no time to search for others – not working. Hopping onto the train in anyway with two fellow unlucky I immediately seeked out the next attendant to purchase a ticket. After listening to my explanation they showed not an ounce of sympathy and told me I should have looked for a different ticket machine or get off at the next station to buy a ticket [= goodbye, connecting train]. Luckily, a lady who had overheard the conversation offered me a ride on her ticket. I was so very thankful. In my connecting train – this time with no spare minutes to buy a ticket – I was more or less given a free pass as the conductor was on his own and told me they didn’t sell tickets on the tran anymore but I should buy one after arriving at my final destination. Somebody understand this logic …

In terms of accomplishments I …

Worked as usual. It was an unexpectedly good week, though. I figured out a new skill, got to make a serious dent into my to-do list and left feeling good about everything on Friday.

Posted twice: one Week in Review and a collection of posts worth reading. I would really like to hear your thoughts on the ones in the first category if you find the time to read them.

Prepared a new batch of healthy Nutella on Friday night while simultaneously fixing more of these chocolate cups. Yes, I know I still owe you the recipe, especially since they were such a huge hit with my family  [which is to say something as they had to compete with my grandma’s cookies]. The problem is the lack of light this time of the year.

On Tuesday, one of my ‘favourite’ clients came in and gifted me a jar of white almond butter. She knew how much I liked it as we’d been talking about all things healthy food in the past and she’d bought a few items I recommended before. I didn’t want to accept it at first as gee, that’s one expensive food. Also not because she’d actually bought it for herself in the first place but then a [stupid as heck] homeopath had advised her against eating too much fat. I will let you imagine my rant about that fact and strongly advised her against visiting that – sorry not sorry – jerk again. This sweet lady does not need anybody telling her what to eat as her life is hard enough already. It’s making me sad when I hear stories like that and luckily, she agreed that man wasn’t to be trusted so hopefully she won’t go back. Rant over. I plan on bringing her a little gift in exchange next time she visits.

Almond butter

  • Brought some homemade treats into the office for my colleagues
  • Bought that one colleague a bread roll for her ‘lunch’ break again [and successfully convinced her to let me pay for it].
  • Painted my nails. It had been way too long and hey, grey weather calls for colourful nails so it was necessary.
  • Went on two long walks with [almost] the whole famly. These are a tradition whenever we meet and a great time for conversations and obviously a little digesting ;).
  • Finally, I bought the first Christmas present and consider it a particular achievement as it’s the one for my dad i.e. the hardest to buy for person on my list.

What didn’t make the list was the major meltdown I had a few days ago. Because life definitely isn’t all smiles and sunshine for me but it doesn’t hurt to focus on the positives, no? Looking at what we have rather than what’s missing in our lives. With that I’m wishing you a …

Happy Monday!

 

Happiness-inducing today: Spending some more time with my family before leaving my grandparents’ house  again in the afternoon.

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Good good links #172

Hello there!

This is a post for the books. Record books, that is. Because this the earliest I ever finished my good good links [Friday night]. 😉 What a little bit of pressure can do … Not the unwelcome kind  of pressure, though. I’m out and about for the weekend, not returning until Sunday night so figured I’d try to wrap these links up early and succeeded. As always I hope there’s something for you in here, too, and would be happy to hear your opinion once you read one or the other post [especally those in the first category].

Happy Sunday!

 

Good good links

 

 

Good good [food for thought]

A note about “healthy” living bloggers. via Yeah … Imma Eat That

The things I hesitated writing for months but my thoughts exactly so I’m all the happier Kylie posted this and urge all of you to read it.

What’s Your Crutch? via Erin’s Inside Job

Touché. I think most of us have those ‘tools’ to avoid sitting with our feelings or facing uncomfortable issues.

 

Good good [advice and inspiration]

5 gifts you need to give this Christmas via Chase the Red Grape

Whatever is on your to buy/to do/to serve list: these five should make it on there, too. At best all year round.

Move in a way that feels good via The Real Life RD

A reminder that what works and – important! – feels good for one person doesn’t necessarily for the next one: “Individuality is the beauty of humanity.”

10 Health Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science via lifehacker

Some you might know but also others you might now, all proven wrong by three different experts.

Accepting yourself and others just as they are via Thought Catalog

Great tips to keep in mind when you get to know new people or have a hard time getting along with those already in your life.

5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Young (Not Including Exercise) via hello healthy

Many of these have additional benefits that will makes them quintessential to a good life in general [minus #1 for me, obviously ;)].

Why you should read more often via Bloglovin’ The Edit

Just in case you needed any more convincing.

2016 Gift Guides: Donations + Supporting Causes and People You Love via Design Sponge

I’m a big fan of giving and receiving non-material gifts like experiences and hope to create some handmade ones, too.

 

Blogging

How to Write an Introduction: A Simplified Guide via HubSpot

Ah, the dreaded intro. I will definitely go back to this post when I have some more time because we know how much of a pain those first few lines can be, right?!

 

 

Good good [food]

Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes via Emilie Eats

Looking at these pretty ‘cakes you’d never guess the nutritious ingredients they’re made of.

Vegan Pressure Cooker Black Bean Chili via The Conscientious Eater

Hearty, warming and full of beans – the perfect comfort food for those grey and cold days.

Vegan Baked Ziti via Ceara’s Kitchen

Cashew-creamy tomato-y sauce, olives and a bread crumb topping –how much better could it get?!

Smoked Butternut Squash White Bean Dip via Delish Knowledge

The flavor profile of this sounds really interesting and unique with the smoked paprika, orange zest, tahini and others.

 

Happiness-inducing today: [from Friday actually] Getting more done than I expected to. Some days don’t start super well but turn out not half bad after all.

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