Good good links #24

Happy Sunday!

What a week! It’s amazing how much can happen in such a short amount of time. My birthday aside there have been some fun and exciting changes and ponderings that I hope I’ll be able to share more about soon. But right now it’s Sunday, I’m a little sleepy-headed and there are many great posts to share. So why not keep the intro short and let the amazing links shine?

Good good links

Good good [food for thought]

Why Companies should eliminate the Popularity contest. via RunWiki

Very interesting thoughts on how companies [can] influence our self-worth through hosting competitions. Don’t let these define you.

Hard Things You Need To Do To Be Successful via My Inner Shakti

Great list and so true. It’s worth to step out of our comfort zone and fight for what we want.

Should Vegans Eat At Non-Vegan Restaurants? via Cadry’s Kitchen

An interesting question some vegans or non-vegans alike might have pondered before.

Good good [advice and inspiration]

WIAW: why we need all the macronutrients via The Real Life RD

Fat, protein and carbs – they all serve great purposes in nourishing happy lives.

Weighing Me Down via Georgia’s Trying Something New

Why weight shouldn’t matter – now or any time.


Blog tips you may not have thought of via Sprouts n Squats

Great advice on how to improve your blog appearance in terms of comments and social media links [also check Jan’s follow-up post].

Foto Friday: ISO and Photo Grain via Sweet Caroline

Photography basics explained the easy way.

5 Food Styling & Photography Tips via Kiss my Broccoli

Because great photos make a good recipe even better.

Good good [things to make you smile]

Help, I’m Married To A Blogger! by Mr. Bean via The Lean Green Bean

Don’t drink anything while reading this – you might spill it when Mr. Bean’s spilling the bean[s] secrets.

 38 Pieces of Food-inspired Clothes and Accessories That Actually Look Dope via HuffPost Food

The PB & J phone cover!

What Career Should You Actually Have? via BuzzFeed

Possibly life-changing results …

Good good [food]

Less Slutty Brownies via Yeah, Imma Eat That

Whether naughty or not: all I know is these look incredibly delicious!

White Bean & Pesto Millet Risotto via Coconut & Berries

An intriguing spin on the classic risotto – and pesto makes everything better.

15 Molten Lava Cakes You Could Fall Hard For via BuzzFeed

Take a look at your own risk only.

29 Delicious Vegan Breakfast via BuzzFeed

Sweet or savoury –  reasons to get up in the morning or make your decision for your first meal even harder.

The Best Ever Banana Bread {Gluten-Free & Vegan} via The Healthy Maven

Two words: yes, please.

Happiness inducing today: Starting a new book.

What has your week been like?

Tell me: which career should you have [at least according to BuzzFeed]?

What were some of your favourite posts this week?

Good good links #18

With a mere two days left until Christmas it’s time for a confession. Yes, I’ve been talking about the holidays and the beauty of the season quite a bit over the past weeks. But it was only yesterday that I truly felt the Christmas spirit. That I was actually touched deep within. Music. It’s always music playing a key role in how I feel. Tonight [writing this on Saturday] it was a concert by a locally well-known duo playing a mix of both popular songs and some of their own. Especially the latter found their way straight to my heart warming it, making me forget all of my worries for a few hours and brought a lasting smile to my face. It was one of the most amazing evenings in a while and definitely filled me with Christmas cheer.

Christmas 2012 1

But enough of that. Here’s what filled my mind with thoughts, my heart with laughter and got my stomach grumbling. Let me know your favourites from the week, too!

Happy Sunday/4th of Advent!


Good good [food for thought]

Intuitive eating – A blessing or a curse? via Olives ‘n’ Wine

There’s too much to say about it [expect a post giving my view soon!] that for now I’ll just say: a must read.

When Your Mother Says She’s Fat by Kasey Edwards

Never underestimate the way your self-perception can influence those around you: “We need to be the best role models we can.”

Photoshop Parody Ads By Anna Hill Show Just How Deceptive Altered Images Can Be via Huffington Post

“No one will ever know – as long as you don’t let anyone see you in person again.” – another Photoshop eye-opener.

Good good [advice and inspiration]

If you’re worried about your family driving you nuts. via Sarah Jenks

As much as we love them it’s normal to be a little stressed out by your folks at times. Here’s how to ensure a [mostly] stress-free holiday.

11 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein via Lifehack

Living in the present, using our imagination and showing appreciation for others help us lead a happy life.

Claire Koch’s Parents Couldn’t Hear Her Kindergarten Concert. So She Performed It In Sign Language. via Huffington Post

One of the cutest and most amazing five-year-olds to date.

20 Things No One Tells You About Exercise via Huffington Post

Great solutions and tips for unpleasant exercise side effects. Who knew tea bags could help with smelly shoes?

Good good [things to make you smile]

The 23 Most Unforgivable Spelling Mistakes Of 2013 via BuzzFeed

Painfully hilarious for any fellow grammar fiend. ‘Not a fence’  but there’s no way to ‘sugar code’ the truth …

More Proof That the “Thigh-Gap Trend” Is Ridiculous via Women’s Health Mag

A thigh gap in an instant – try to beat those tips, women’s magazines ;).

51 Times In 2013 Jennifer Lawrence Proved She Was Master Of The Universe via BuzzFeed

Because I know how many of you have a girl crush on her and I’d happily help you fuel it.

5 Happy Things: Happy Snowpeople Edition via Greatist

Not all snowpeople [wow for the gender equality, Greatist] are alike – take a look at these special winter buddies.

17 Hilariously Tragic Holiday Baking Fails via BuzzFeed

Doesn’t that make you feel better about any kitchen mishaps already?

Good good [food]

Peanut Better Balls via Oh She Glows

These are calling my name. And really: peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syup … how could you go wrong with these ingredients?

Banana Sushi via Fit Foodie Finds

And bananas [in]officially win the prize for most versatile fruit. These look amazing.

S’Mores Almond Butter via edible perspective

No need to say anything as you already clicked on the link [right?].

Dark Chocolate Peppermint & Pretzel Bark via Build Your Bliss

Three ingredients, salty, sweet and quick: yes, please!

Vegan Christmas Cookies & Jar Gifts – 20 Recipes via Vegan Richa

A great round-up of Christmas recipes including some last-minute homemade gift ideas [like the brownie mix I linked to before].

Steel Cut Oat Mushroom Risotto via Peachy Palate

These take the term ‘savoury oats’ to a whole new level. I’m sold.

38 Clever Christmas Food Hacks That Will Make Your Life So Much Easier via BuzzFeed

Don’t ditch the empty cereal boxes and Pringles cans just yet [or discover a reason to start buying them again]! And #23 is for Heather – and all other pancake fiends.

48 Healtier Holiday Cookies via Greatist

Who says it’s [ever, actually] too late to get baking for the holidays?


Happiness inducing today: (aside from the above-mentioned concert) My first run in a while.


What were some of your favourite posts from the week?

Are you done with your Christmas shopping or plan on doing some last-minute purchases?


Good good links #15

Hi there!

What a week! And I don’t mean it in a bad way. It’s hard to believe what all has changed and happened in a mere week. I moved back in with my parents last Friday and now it’s already Sunday again. Have you ever had one of those weeks that fly by and at the same time feel incredibly long? I’ll update you on what’s been going on in my life soon but won’t go into details now because it’s time to show some appreciation to others again. This week’s edition of Good good links is going to be shorter than usual and the next ones might be, too, because I didn’t manage to read as much as I’d have liked. So sorry if I usually comment on your blog and haven’t lately. I’ll try to catch up soon! Nevertheless, here are some of my favourite reads!

Happy First Advent

It’s the first of Advent so I had to use a seasonal picture. We’re allowed to get excited for Christmas again now, right :)?

Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

Disorder is the New Black [Overcoming Disordered Eating, Part Five]  via The Smart Kitchen

An honest post on the influence of blogs on the development of eating disorders. There’s a thin line between healthy inspiration and unhealthy comparison.

Good good [advice]

One Rule For A Guilt-Free Holiday via Slim Sanity

Thanksgiving might be over but this applies for any holiday, really.

Becoming a Morning Runner via Sweet Tooth Runner

Great advice on how to make those morning workouts happen even when the early hours of the day aren’t your favourites.

Why We Need To Cuddle via Likes

1. Read this. 2. Then go and hug somebody. 3. Feel Happy.

It’s Okay … via Snack Therapy

Just a good reminder to cut ourselves some slack at times.

20 Things We Should Say More Often via Peanut Butter & Jenny

Incredibly cute and incredibly true.

35 Pictures That Prove the World Isn’t Such A Bad Place via BuzzFeed

Reasons to restore your faith in humanity – and inspiration for our own actions.

5 Reasons Why Gratitude Is Good For Your Health via Mind Body Green

Thankfulness isn’t just reserved for Thanksgiving but part of a healthy life every day.

38 DIY Gifts That People Actually Want via BuzzFeed

Why not give homemade gifts? Here are some awesome ideas! I’m wondering how my dad who just got an iPhone would like that tripod ;).

Good good [things to make you smile]

7 Ways To Burn More Calories This Holiday Season via Kiss My Broccoli

Endless exercise motivation! Who knew my forgetfulness could contribute to a fantastic workout?

The 30 Greatest Moments in The History Of Cute via BuzzFeed

Don’t pretend you didn’t awwww your way through these.

A Guide To Procrastinators via Lifehack

Don’t you feel so much better about procrastinating now that you know which specific group you belong to?!

# before it was a #hashtag via twenty pixels

A little sign’s life before becoming famous. Or should I say: #storyofalifetime?

36 Clever Gifts For Food Lovers That You’ll Want To Keep For Yourself via BuzzFeed

Talking Christmas gifts Vol. II. I can’t help but think #22 is slightly creepy, though.

Good good [food]

Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding (vegan + gluten-free) via Girl Makes Food

Simple, delicious and nutritious chocolate goodness.

Vegan Pumpkin Bread Pudding via Fatfree Vegan Kitchen

Pondered how to sum this one up for you for five minutes but: no words. Trust me: you’ll want this to appear in front of you immediately.

Roasted Onion Flowers (Easy!) via the taste space

Talk about an impressive vegetable side – these look [and likely taste] amazing.

Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad by Davida via Mrs. Murphy’s Law of Fitness

Who says either salad or brussels sprouts had to be boring? Not in this recipe.


Happiness inducing today: Receiving a letter from a blend. It’s the little things that start my day out right!

Tell me: Which type of procrastinator are you? Because I know you are, too.

What were your favourite posts this week?

Good good links #14

All good things come in threes – or so you could at least say when it comes to my Good good [food for thought] picks this week. Right in time for my possible short-cut in terms of exercise three sweet ladies decided to share their opinion on the topic. Though all of different aspects so I obviously recommend you to read all of them! And one more post to rethink fitness goals in recovery.

Along with that there’s obviously some good food, advice and enough to make you laugh even on the coldest most boring Sunday – and now I sound like I was trying to sell something to you. I blame sleep deprivation ;). Anyway, let me know your great reads from the week in the comments, too!


Happy Sunday!

Good good [food for thought]

Intuitive Exercise via The Healthy Maven

Awesome reminder of listening to our intuition not only in terms of food but exercise, too. Easier said than done while being surrounded by fitspiration and else –  but worth it.

Why Do You Workout via The Little Honey Bee

Pondering the reasons we choose to exercise for – do it for yourself and nobody else. So, tell me: why do you work out?

Why I Gave Up Running via Chocolate-covered Katie

Another great post on listening to your inner voice and working out in a way that feels right for you. Even if that means stopping a certain kind of exercise you enjoyed for years but suddenly doesn’t fit anymore.

Is it Ok to Want to Change Your Body While in Recovery From an Eating Disorder? via Kenzie Life

How to distinguish healthy from disordered fitness goals in recovery  – great read!

Love & Learning to Love: Baring it All via Snack Therapy

Learn to love yourself by following the example of this gorgeous lady. Beautiful and honest inspiration!

Good good [advice and inspiration]

The Good Life Holiday Challenge via Jamie Mendell

Not a post giving advice but a whole challenge leading you through the holidays to make them less stressful and more enjoyable. Starting today!

5 Life-Changing Ways To Start Your Day via Mind Body Green

Simple habits that have the power of turning your attitude towards the new day around for the better.

20 Things You Need To Stop Doing In Your Twenties via Lifehack

Sometimes stopping can actually get you forward – case in point when it comes to postponing things, comparing yourself and others.

An Open Letter To Anyone Thinking About Trying Yoga via Mind Body Green

If you consider giving yoga a try [I do] these are some things you might want to know to avoid giving up in disappointment after your first class.

3 Ways To Stay Motivated When You REALLY Don’t Want to Work Out via Women’s Health

Use a few little tricks to get yourself moving when you’re not feeling it [but no pressure here!].

Good good [things to make you smile]

Fun Ways To Play With Your Food via Likes

You know you’re not supposed to play with it but … that cheese?! I’m impressed.

14 Times “Love. Actually” Lied To Us About Love via BuzzFeed

So you mean Hugh Grant won’t come knocking on my door this year, either?  I’m devastated.

23 Ingenious Australian Solutions To Everyday Problems via BuzzFeed

This one’s for Arman – though he obviously knew all of them already ;).

Good good [food]

Quinoa with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts via Iowa Girl Eats

The best flavours and textures (!) of fall combined in one dish.

Sweet Potato Nachos via the Real Life RD

Can you say amazing?!

Cauliflower ‘N Cheese Bake [Vegan & Gluten-Free] via Mind Body Green

It’s cheesy, vegan and needs to appear on my plate already.

33 Gluten-Free And Vegan Chocolate Desserts via BuzzFeed

Chocolate for [almost] everybody! Could it get any better???

Small-Batch Lazy S’mores Truffles via Wing It Vegan

And my urge to find vegan marshmallows has just increased.

What are your thoughts on exercise motivation and working out intuitively?

As always: Feel free to share your favourite links from the week!

Good good links #12

Hi there!

Today’s going to be a short intro because I have a lot on my plate for the day [both in terms of household tasks and hopefully recipe creating]. Nothing like a busy Sunday around the house to forget about freezing weather and lack of sunshine, right? And aside from that today’s the day to let others’ amazing posts shine again instead of taking over the stage myself ;). Here are some of my favourite reads from the week! I hope you find them as inspiring, thought-provoking, funny or delicious as I did. Whatever your other plans: Happy Sunday!

The first November Photo A Day Collage:


Mine [diary] – I collect [just your average nut butter fiend]- TableFruit

Good good [food for thought]

Why I Hate Being Told to Shop For My Body Type. via Better with sprinkles

Great post! Shop till you drop, ladies. But go for clothes you feel hot in – not what any magazine tells you was suitable for your “type”.

happy vs. healthy via Build Your Bliss

Finding a balance between the extremes to live an enjoyable and blissful life. Don’t let the pursuit of ‘perfect’ health keep you from being truly happy.

keep calm … and eat via Running with Spoons

Awesome post for anybody who’s having a hard time trusting their hunger signals. Making the post’s title my mantra from now on.


Good good [advice and inspiration]

Improving your mood with food (and other things) via Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish

Awesome post on how to combat those days when you’re feeling a little low.

15 Healthy Practices You Already Know (But Should Go Ahead & Start Doing) via Mind Body Green

It’s easy to forget the impact little changes like getting enough rest and showing kindness can make in our daily well-being.

Ask Someone For A Favour by Jamie Mendell

When you feel overwhelmed and stressed out don’t hesitate to ask for help. Remember: “what seems like a massive favor to one person may be no big deal to another person.”

30 Things You Should Do For Yourself via Lifehack

You’re worth treating yourself kindly and making the most of the life you have.

30 Awesome Photos via Viralnova

Take a look at these and tell me you’re not touched by a single one. Not lying: the last one had me tear up.

Why Losing Weight WON’T Make You Happier via Women’s Health Mag

“Make happiness a part of your get-healthy goals, not an end result” – yet more proof that size doesn’t matter for happiness.

25 Places Beautiful In The Winter via Viralnova

Come on, winter haters: there’s some serious magic hidden in these pictures. Who’s up for a trip to any of those places?


Good good [things to make you smile]

The 17 Dumbest Things Vegetarians Have To Deal With via Huffington Post

I actually had an encounter similar to #14 this week. Because chicken is pretty much vegetarian, didn’t you know that?!

20 Amazing Facts That Prove You Need A Dog In Your Life via Distractify

Did I mention I want to have a dog in my life?!

16 Helpful Charts That Every Twentysomething Needs via BuzzFeed

Whew, I’ve passed the dog-allowance test [#10]!

18 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About The Movie “Elf” via BuzzFeed

For all my Elf-obsessed friends [don’t sue me for not having watched it yet!].


Good good [food]

Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Muffin with a Cashew Cream Filling (vegan) via Hungry Healthy Girl

Not like Starbucks even offered them over here but I’d take Kim’s over those any day. So tempting!

Fluffy Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies via Yeah, imma eat that

A mouthful of a recipe name and I wouldn’t mind a mouthful of these cookies either.

Citrus Maple Glazed Carrots + Tahini Brown Rice via Healthy.Happy.Life

Simple yet so satisfying and anything caramelized is amazing.

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes via Vegan Richa

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here but every single one of these recipes makes me think we should. Anybody want to invite me over?!

Spaghetti Squash Pesto Lasagna via FatFree Vegan Kitchen

It’s creamy, it has spaghetti squash and pesto – any more convincing needed?!

Loaded vegetarian lentil sloppy joes via edible perspective

Hearty vegan comfort food featuring lentils and many of my favourite spices.


Happiness inducing today: My sister rereading and approving of a writing sample for an application.


What were some great reads you found this week? Feel free to share the links as always!

Have you watched “Elf” before and: do I absolutely need to watch it myself this year?