. link love 8/11 .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on August 11, 2013

Insert witty intro here.
Do not have witty intro.
Do have many good reads [and a small recap] to share!


In my head…

21 Things That Would Be Cool About Being A Dude via Buzzfeed.
This killed me. So freakin’ true – every.single.one.

16 Top Tips from Blogging Experts for Beginners via Buffer.
Great tips for increasing traffic and growing your blog.

Before and After Makeup Celebs: Good, Bad, and the Ugly via Likes.
Amazing what a little [read: lot] of makeup can do…

Tips for Blogging While on the Road via The Blog Herald.
This is something I really need to work on…

How to Fake a Good Night’s Sleep via Health.
Great simple tips to feel more energized if you’re lacking on the zzz’s.

Is Fruit Bad? via Sprint 2 The Table.
As someone who eats 5-6 servings of fruit a day, I love seeing fruit get some love.

9 Insane Food Challenges You Should Never Try via Buzzfeed.
Do not try this at home…

Lab Grown Meat Is Here… via NBC.
… but would you ever eat it?

Embracing the Muffin Top via Chelsey’s Healthy Kitchen.
Because “who really gives a crap” if you have a flat stomach?

7 Best Stress-Fighting Foods via Yahoo! Health.
Feeling stressed? Eat a bowl of oats with almonds and papaya… and chase it down with peppermint tea.

5 Tricks to Transform Yourself from Shy to Confident via Thought Catalog.
As someone who’s been fighting her own shyness, I can say these definitely work.

6 Healthy Reasons to Keep Loving Coffee via Health.com.
For all my fellow coffee lovers out there.

For my belly…

Chipotle Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers via How Sweet It Is.
Perfect for those tail-end-of-summer BBQ’s.

Gluten-free Yo-Yo’s from Cotter Crunch.
Comfort food and wisdom from everyone’s favourite Sherpa <3

31 Amazing Things to Cook in August via Buzzfeed.
In case you need cooking inspiration for this month… holy.wow.

Peach Oat Smoothie via Minimalist Baker.
Seriously craving some peaches over here…

Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles via Apple of my Eye.
A delicious take on the chocolate/avocado combo.

Chocolate Chip and Oat Bars via Runnin Sri Lankan.
I can’t even handle the gooey chocolatey-ness of these bars…

. – . – . – .

I hope you guys are having a great weekend so far! Things have been busy but fun around these parts. The highlight of Friday night was going to see Seinfeld live at the Jubilee – I loved the show when it was on, so being able to see him live was pretty great. Saturday started bright and early with a morning trip to the farmers market, followed by an afternoon chatting away with a fellow Edmontonian blogger, Christina @ Pinch of Healthy. The market ended up being a lot better than I remembered, and I came home with some apples, sweet carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, flavoured honey, and chicken breasts that I won’t assault your eyes with. And the blogger meet up? Gah! Why do bloggers have to be such wonderful people? We spent hours talking, and I’m seriously looking forward to seeing her again. After that, I spent some time in the kitchen [with Mom], working on a [savoury] recipe that I’ll be sharing with you guys tomorrow.

Until then, I hope you have a great day. I’m not entirely sure what’s in store for me, but I know that church, a trip to the mall, and dinner with the family are on the agenda. Happy Sunday, friends!

Seinfeld Ticket
Friday OOTN

Seinfeld Tweet

Farmer's Market
Farmers Market Colors

Market Tweet

Farmers Market Buys

Meetup Tweet

Kitchen Tweet

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How’s your weekend been so far?
What’s on the agenda for today?
As always, feel free to link up any good reads!

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1 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

Hahah I can’t wat to read “22 Things That Would Be Cool About Being a Dude”! That sounds absolutely hysterical ;D. Have an amazing Sunday girl! Glad you had a great blogger meet up and can’t wait for that recipe. Oh, and thanks SO much for the shoutout <3. Virtual hug comin' your way!
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2 Heather Williams August 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

I love these blogging tip links! Thanks!!:):):) Your farmer’s market finds sound SO tasty too:) I wish ya didn’t live in Canada because a blogger meet-up would definitely be in store!:):):) Happy Sunday!!
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3 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

It would be amazing to meet you, girl!


4 Ksenija @ Health Ninja August 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

haha, love the intro – could use that quite often 😉 the post is no problem, but how to start?
Hope you have a beautiful Sunday, your plans sound exciting. I am out for a secret guest restaurant date with Jay. Being paid to eat Mongolian food and go on a date? Def my favorite way to spend a Sunday.
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5 Jo @ Living Mint Green August 11, 2013 at 8:25 am

When I was a kid, I tried to pee standing up (in front of the toilet.) It didn’t work. Guys have it SO easy, and it’s not fair!

I’m enjoying these link roundups, keep doing it! :)
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6 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 11, 2013 at 8:45 am

So I just opened like 12 new tabs…giving me some Sunday morning reading, lady! I’m glad you had fun at Seinfeld, although I must confess – I never liked the show. But I also hated Fraser and Everybody Loves Raymond, so maybe I just have no taste when it comes to comedy shows?
I just went for a run which was awesome but weird, and then I’m going to get some cleaning done and take Atti to the dog park later…yay easy Sunday!
<3 Hope you have a great one my dear!
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7 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm

My dad really loved the show, so I think it kind of reminds me of spending time with him. Sentimental value!


8 Katherine August 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

I always hate how fruit gets such a bad rep, so I love seeing it get a little tlc and support! Those chocolate chip oat bars seem unreal too! How can something be that gooey and delicious looking? Mmm! I love your ‘Little Black Tee’. I have a shirt that says ‘More Issue Than Vogue’ and ‘Nothing to wear’. I love little writing like that on shirts! I stumbled upon Buzzfeed almost a year ago and LOVE it. Those reasons to be a boy are flawless. I’ve tried the whole peeing standing up thing and comfortable shoes to an event sounds like heaven! (Even though I do love me some heels!) :)
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9 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat August 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

I can’t wait to try out that peach smoothie! Looks awesome!

Seinfeld is SO awesome! I love his show and still watch the reruns all the time!

It’s great you got to hang out with Christina! It’s always nice to meet fellow bloggers!

Relaxing and cooking for me today. Should be a great day!
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10 Lauren August 11, 2013 at 9:23 am

I am tempted to try the Peeps challenge since I love me some peeps! I’m guilty of trying the cinnamon challenge in high school. Not successful. 😛 My weekend has been pretty nice especially since I got out of the house to shoot some guns! LOL Lounging around, shopping with my mom, cupcakes, and going to my brother’s house are on the agenda today and, of course, some Elmo time!


11 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

I tried the cinnamon challenge too. I managed, but I think I used less cinnamon than that guy, and I still felt like I was going to die.


12 Hollie August 11, 2013 at 10:40 am

The articles you found are all so interesting. I must admit that the stress and foods was my favorite thus far but the the challenges were pretty interesting too. We did the chubby bunny back in high school and I seriously almost choked on marshmellows. It was awful. LOL.
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13 Emma @ Life's A Runner August 11, 2013 at 10:44 am

Was the market the normal size yesterday? I noticed the road wasn’t blocked off as usual and when I saw them packing up there were only three or four tents! Sadly I missed the whole Seinfeld era, but thanks for the great links! Hope your Sunday is great. :)
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14 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:05 pm

The market was actually really great! I hadn’t been for a while, but it was a lot better than I remember it being.


15 lindsay August 11, 2013 at 10:58 am

thanks for linking the sherpa! hehe. and i think i need to subscribe to buzzfeed now. P>S so jealous of your seinfeld show!
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16 Khushboo August 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

Great links, Amanda! I just made a big mug of java so am looking forward to checking out all this reading material :)! Enjoy your SUnday!
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17 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 11, 2013 at 11:59 am

thanks for linking up my fruit post! I love all of these… I’m about to hit the farmer’s market and will be buying all the stress-fighting foods. :)

P.S. I may ave to steal that intro…
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18 Lisa C. August 11, 2013 at 12:20 pm

These are great! Thanks for the smiles. Enjoy the rest of your wknd!


19 Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile August 11, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Oooh thanks for the great reads! I can’t wait to check ’em out 😉 I’ve been working on some research papers and reading literary criticisms for school all weekend. Not ideal but has to be done! Last night I did get to go out with some friends for dinner so that was a nice break. On tap for today is Mass and a Church picnic! Yay!
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20 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Ooo the picnic should be an awesome break from all the research. Hope you had a great day!


21 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers August 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Great roundup. I bet Seinfeld was hilarious. Glad you enjoyed it!


22 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 11, 2013 at 1:47 pm

THANK YOU so very very much for the link up! Yay for goey chocolateyness :)
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23 Dione August 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Love the Strathcona farmers market. I try to go once a month with a coworker. Love Irving’s farms bacon and sausage, Sunworks chicken breakfast sausage, eggs, and chicken. I also love the small bagels from some guy I can’t remember the name of:)
I took myself to see Elysium yesterday afternoon, and today my man is coming over right away after work so we can bum at Costco, then order pizza.


24 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

I bought my chicken from Sunworks and it was -so- good. I think it spoiled me…


25 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles August 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Er. So this is going to be random and maybe TMI. But going along with the “peeing standing up” on the Buzzfeed article, one of my guy friends had a little (or a little more than a little) to drink one night and coming out of the bathroom, exclaimed, “I just peed sitting down, and it was possibly the greatest thing ever.”
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26 meredith August 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I actually grew up as neighbors with Jerry Seinfeld’s sister- he was at their house all of the time. It was so cool as a kid to see him (and follow him once my friends and I got our licenses lol). Always loved that show – and still watch it when it is on!
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27 Kelly @ Femme Fitale August 11, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Finally catching up on all of your blog posts since THE announcements! Really enjoying your Link Love addition!!!
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28 Arman @ thebigmansworld August 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I am so envious you got to see Jerry Seinfeld!!!! He was my favourite in the show! Jason Alexander had several shows in July and although not the biggest George fans, mum and I tried to score tickets but they were completely sold out! Nothing a box of jujy fruits couldn’t fix 😉
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29 Becky @ Olives n Wine August 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

I love these link ups! Keep ’em coming girl :) And I’m already putting the stress-reducing foods one to good use – definitely needed that this week!
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30 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hope you enjoyed some relaxation time over the weekend, hun! <3


31 Olivia @ Liv Lives Life August 11, 2013 at 6:35 pm

So many great links! My favorite is definitely the first one, but the tips for blogging is very helpful, too. Thanks for sharing!
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32 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health August 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Christina’s truffles did look so good! I’m loving all of your pretty farmer’s market pictures and that’s awesome you got to see Seinfeld. Sounds like a great weekend!
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33 Jessie August 12, 2013 at 1:07 am

You weren’t joking when you said “holy wow” under the link for 31 amazing things to cook in August. Just checked it out, and my heavenssss I want to make it all in one day.. and eat it all too :)


34 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen August 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

Okay I totally saved this post until Monday morning so that I could read it over my morning coffee. And then proceeded to almost spit out my coffee from laughing at the “monthly gift” GIF in the Buzzfeed article. And then again when I saw the guy attempting the cinnamon challenge. So funny! Also thanks for featuring my post. 😀

Aren’t blogger meet ups the best? It’s amazing how well I’ve gotten along with every single blogger I’ve met. And I can’t wait to meet YOU in a month!
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35 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 12, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Omigosh it’s just starting to hit me that HLS is about a month away. EeeeEEE! Seriously cannot wait to -finally- meet you!


36 Eating 4 Balance August 12, 2013 at 10:16 am

Ok. So that list of 5 Things to do to overcome Introversion is really good. But just doesn’t sound fun. Haha. Just thinking about completing one of those off the list is enough to make me run for the hills.
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37 Liz @ I Heart Vegetables August 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

SO JEALOUS you got to see Seinfeld!
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38 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 13, 2013 at 5:19 am

Ok, I just have to say, um, YEAH!! to all of the cool dude things…especially the peeing while standing up thing since I LOVE being outdoors, but HATE having to squat! Haha! I totally lost myself in the sleep articles…I kept clicking to the next and the next…now not only do I know how to fake being awake, but I know (more) about supplements to take before bed, yoga moves, meditation ideas, AND I want to buy a pair of sleepphones! For the record, I’ve done the Saltine challenge before and KILLED it, but you couldn’t pay me to do any of the others…especially the cinnamon one! Good god, that’s gotta hurt! I still need to read Laura’s fruity post but I absolutely LOVED Chelsea’s muffin top post! It actually inspired me to post about some things today that have been bothering me recently about body image.
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39 Katherine August 13, 2013 at 7:10 am

yay for farmer’s markets! fresh is best! and i love supporting local farmers. :)
i love buying lots of fruit at markets and baking with the extra or making jams
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40 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets August 14, 2013 at 3:57 am

Great links, especially Laura’s Ode to fruit. As a fellow fruit-a-holic, it made me happy.
As far as Chelsea’s muffin top goes, I say buy a larger size pair of pants. Muffin top gone. It’s so easy to feel crappy about our bodies when our clothes don’t fit properly for whatever reason. Glad to see someone embrace it. Links like this and celebs without makeup make me wonder if we shouldn’t do bloggers caught unawares…no make up, muffin tops exposed. It would certainly promulgate a more realistic picture. Hmmm.
Glad to hear farmers marketing (yes, I made it a verb) made the list along with your other Sunday activities. Those colorful cauliflower are so cute. I’d have to buy one of every shade.
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