Good good links #1

Starting with a little confession here: Whenever I come across a great article, post or mouthwatering recipe online I keep it opened in a tab for future use. Do you want to take a guess on how many tabs I’ve currently opened? [Another confession: I wouldn’t even be able to tell myself.] For better organization, though, I’ve started copying and more or less well categorizing the links in word [numerous] documents on my laptop.

After seeing Amanda and other bloggers link up some reads they enjoyed lately I figured: why not kill two bird with one stone by sharing some of what inspired me, made me think or want get into the kitchen right away, too?!  Without further ado here are some of my favourite [recent] links:

The Way We Eat {is it all in our genes?} via Health Ninja

If you ever wondered why some people thrive on certain diets and others don’t this might explain. I’d never heard of this concept before and inspired by Ksenija I’ll be sure to read up some more about it.

Be open to new ideas but secure in your own beliefs via Running with spoons

Great post and something worth pondering. Being constantly exposed to new [dieting and exercise] concepts it’s really about how we decide to use the knowledge that can make it good or bad for us.

Intuitive Eating- Stop Battling with “Bad” Foods via Diary of a semi-health nut

Another great reminder to stop labeling foods.

Skin tips times six via Build your bliss

Because who doesn’t want glowing and healthy skin? I definitely want to implement some changes into my skin care routine after having read this.

25 Ways to a Healthier You in 60 Seconds  via Shape Magazine

Some great ways to be that bit happier and healthier in everyday life.

21 Bad Habits To Avoid If You Want To Be Happy  via MindBodyGreen

It’s no secret I’m a little happiness-obsessed and these are some great tips to become and stay happy.

Why Some Recipes Don’t Always ‘Work’ via The Healthy Apple

Are you loyal to certain brands, too? At least for myself I’d have to agree to having my preferences and tasting the differences when cooking with other brands.

Sea Salt vs. Table Salt – The Truth  via Fooducate

Just goes to show how the industry keeps marketing certain products by promoting them as healthier. Which salt do you buy?

New Uses for Things You Have in Your Dorm Room via Real Simple

Never mind that I don’t currently have any lying around but I’m especially intrigued by the cassette case as cord organizer. Bye, bye, cable spaghetti?!

The Food

Among the huge number of recipes I’ve come across lately these spoke out to me in particular. Now I just need to find a way to add more hours to the day to actually try them …

A Cake To Remember via Life hands you limes

Does this really need any explanation? The search for my next birthday cake is officially over. Five months early? The planner in me is pretty contend.

Dreamy Dark Chocolate Chip Banana Bread  via Peas and Crayons

Either Jenn needs to stop sharing all of these tempting recipes for baked good [I kid!] or I simply shouldn’t visit her blog when craving something sweet.

Almond Joy Granola via Kiss my Broccoli

Cocoa? Coconut? Almonds? Honey? I’m sold. Oh, and it’s granola so what’s not to like in anyway?

Burrito bowl with nacho “cheese” via Peachy Palate

Burrito bowls are amazing already but while I’ve made my own before this takes it to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Kabocha Squash Lentil Curry via Pinches of Yum

Okay, this one might be a little older already. But with kabocha season finally starting over here I’m hoping to try [a variation on] this soon. Because there’s really just one word for how this sounds: yum!

With that I’m off to bed and looking forward to a great Sunday tomorrow [see below]. I hope you’ve been enjoying a great weekend so far!

 Flowers at home

Happiness inducing today:The prospect of spending the day with my mum today as she’s coming for a visit. It’s been too long already again.

Which were some posts you enjoyed lately?

What are your plans for Sunday?


Marvelous in my Monday: Be a happiness hoover!

Hi there! I hope you’re all having a lovely Monday!

Having hinted to it several times in the past it is more than about time I publish my post on practicing positivity. The reason why it took me so long? Well, rather than not knowing what to write I had the problem of feeling I had too much to say. After some pondering I decided to break the – now pretty long already – draft post down into smaller ones and make it a series. Let’s say there will be a few more posts on positivity on your way – not a bad thing in my book because can there ever be too much happiness?!


What better time to share a post about positivity than Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday? There really isn’t – especially as it was in fact Katie inspiring my little happiness project. So special thanks not only for hosting but being a huge source of positivity, Katie!


Seeing as I plan on making these kind of posts a [more or less] regular installment on my blog today’s some kind of introduction. The how and why behind me starting my Positivity Project if you will.

Let me preface this by saying I’ve never been an all-out negative Nancy all day every day. But I did have these moments or even days when I find myself in an overall grumpy mood. Nothing seems to work, nobody has time for me, I’m bored.

Especially during the worst times of my ED I felt unhappy a lot of the time, never content with myself. While I was never diagnosed with depression my parents did voice their concern quite a lot of times. Not wanting to get up in the morning because that’d mean I’d have to eat, get going about my day and feel like I was never achieving enough. Looking back I can clearly see the signs of depression I was showing.


Though these times are long over I was still not as happy as I could have been back at the beginning of this year. When I first took part in Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday link-up party I thought my weekend had been boring and just not mention-worthy. But giving it some second thought I realized the little happy moments, the tiny things that had put a smile on my face …

Yogi tea wisdom

… like Yogi tea wisdom.

Ever since then I’ve made it a habit to reflect the happenings of every day and focus on the positives. Pursuing happiness is part of recovery for me. As often as you might have heard it already I’ll say it again: Happiness is a choice. Sure, we can choose to see the negative things happening in life and in effect be unhappy. But where’s the sense in that? Not every day is a happy day but there’s at least a spark of happiness in every day. Catch the spark and make it the one thing you remember most of that day.

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Just to give you some examples I’ll share one HIT [happiness inducer today] at the bottom of every post from now on. Yes, maybe you’ll laugh at just how ridiculously small and negligible these might be at times. From waking up to sunshine outside, seeing a beautiful flower on one of my walks to a hug it can really be everything.  Actually, it might even not necessarily have been the hugest happiness inducer of that day when it was one filled to the brim with them. My reason for sharing these, however, is to show that even the simplest things can brighten our days. Call me a happiness hoover soaking up every tiny spark of happiness if you will :D. Addicted to collecting happy moments? Why, yes, I might be.

[To be continued]

Happiness inducer today: Meeting a friend for a walk and conversation on a study break.


Tell me: What made you happy today?

Any other happiness hoovers out there ;)?