. link love 2/9 .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on February 9, 2014

Happy Sunday, friendly faces!

How’s the weekend been treatin’ ya? Good I hope. Mine’s been busy but productive, with lots of time spent running errands and baking new recipes in the kitchen. That being said, I plan on doing almost nothing today other than eventually heading over to my parents’ to have dinner and watch the Olympics — I don’t want to start the week feeling like I didn’t even have a weekend. I hope you guys are enjoying a relaxing day as well, and I hope you’ll find some helpful reads in this week’s edition of link love. Don’t forget to add your own favourite post to the link up!

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In my head…

. fitness .

Can Exercise Really Boost Your Mood via Hungry Healthy Girl.
As long as you’re not over-training, exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on both mood and energy levels.

Being An Athlete On A Paleo Diet via My Healthy Happy Home.
Great tips on how to fuel your workouts when following a Paleo diet.

Mythbusting: Weight Loss Workouts via The Healthy Maven.
Cardio vs. strength training — which one comes out on top?

. health .

Confessions Of A Food Addict via Wellness Today.
Sugar addiction is a very real and very scary thing…

How To Find Your Happy Weight via Keeping Healthy Getting Stylish.
A great post about the idea that our bodies have a natural set point.

How ‘The Biggest Loser’ Sends An Unhealthy Message via Better With Sprinkles.
Sam shares some great points on the dangerous message that

How To Stay Healthy When You Work All The Time via Huffington Post.
3 great tips that will help you stay healthy when things get hectic.

. happiness .

Worth “It” via Snack Therapy.
Whatever your ‘it’ is (chocolate, rest, that cute shirt, a manicure), you deserve to have it in your life.

Something’s Gotta Give via Olives ‘n’ Wine.
We’re constantly being told to go, go, go, but at the end of the day, we have to do what’s right for us.

25 Things You Need To Stop Wasting Time On via Marc and Angel Hack Life.
Great reminder to not let the unimportant things detract you from the important ones.

13 Reasons Why A Dog Will Make Your Life So Much Better via Huffington Post.
Because I didn’t already want a dog badly enough…

30 Cheap and Awesome Date Ideas Under $30 via Greatist.
A great variety of date night ideas… just in time for Valentine’s.

. beauty .

How To Add Life To Your Skin In Winter via Shiny Love Affair.
A great tutorial on how to give your skin a gorgeous glow even in the cold months.

. blogging .

7 Sites To Help You Make Money With Your Blog via Singing Through The Rain.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make some coin from the time you put into blogging.

How To Perfect Your ABout Me Page via The SITS Girls.
Great tips on what to include on what’s probably the most important page of your blog.

January Traffic and Income Report via Pinch Of Yum.
Such an amazing and inspiration resource for bloggers who want to monetize their blogs.

For my belly…

Healthy Banana Bread Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars via Ambitious Kitchen.
Bananas, chocolate, and oatmeal… what more do you need to know?!?

Jalapeno Cheddar Sweet Potato Puffs via The Lean Green Bean.
You can never go wrong with cheese, sweet potatoes, and bacon.

Tortilla Chip Chicken Nuggets via Snack Therapy.
Crispy nuggets crusted with tortilla chips and cheese — be still my pounding heart.

Almond Joy Bars via So Small So Strong.
So.deliciously.doughy… Gah! And as an added bonus, gluten-free and full of healthy ingredients.

36 Valentine’s Day Recipes via Sally’s Baking Addiction.
A collection of delicious recipes to treat your sweetheart (or yourself!) to this coming Friday.

Meatball Parmesan Casserole via Shugary Sweets.
Did someone say cheese…??? :shock:

Your links…

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Have you been watching the Olympics? What’s your favourite event?
Three things you did yesterday; three things you’re going to do today. Go:
Yesterday: ran errands, worked on recipes, headed over to a friend’s to watch the Olympics.
Today: church, heading over to my parents’ for dinner, watching the Olympics.

More places to find me!
E-mail — runwithspoons@hotmail.com
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1 Hollie February 9, 2014 at 6:09 am

Great articles. I actually really enjoyed Sam’s thoughts about biggest loser too. I think it spewed up so much controversy, I’m curious to see what happens.

I need to redo my about me page soon. That reminds me…maybe I’ll do it today!
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2 Jenn@ Mark My Miles! February 9, 2014 at 6:17 am

I love these weekly posts. so nice to catch up on missed links as I drink my morning coffee. Thank YOU!
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3 Ms.J February 9, 2014 at 6:27 am

The Olympics totally slipped my mind. Am I missing out? Buuut I wasn’t that interested to start off with.. maybe I’ll catch a bit of it later today.
Yesterday: bathed my pup, pilates, joined in a game of cricket with some friends.
Today: lie-in till 8-yayy I am capable of ocassionally sleeping past sun-up, quick grocery trip, family lunch.
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4 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I wouldn’t say missing out, but they’re definitely neat to watch — I’m especially partial to snowboarding :D

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5 Davida @ The Healthy Maven February 9, 2014 at 6:28 am

Yesterday: made cinnamon rolls, went on an unsuccessful couch shopping mission, saw your beautiful face (and some australian dudes bod)
Today: demoing for Kewaza, hanging out with my Dad, dinner with a friend

I’m sure this is just the beginning of our daily communication…

Thanks for the link love btw!
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6 Jessie February 9, 2014 at 6:29 am

Oooohhh so many awesome blogging articles. Heading to read them now :). Have fun @ your parents this evening.

3 things I’ve done today: Dr’s (I have strep throat), sleep & watching Frozen.
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7 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Gah! Feel better, lady <3

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8 Sarah February 9, 2014 at 6:47 am

You do such a great job of collecting articles to read. Every week I look forward to checking out the Sunday reading list.
I have yet to watch the Olympics.Been busy this weekend so no tube time.
Yesterday: bar works class, trip to the library, volunteer work at the Playhouse
Today: Bible time, yoga, laundry/apartment cleaning
Hope your day is full of R and R!

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9 Alysia @ Slim Sanity February 9, 2014 at 7:11 am

I’ve been so crazy busy, just what I need! Lots of good links!

I have not been watching the Olympics. I have been following some of the #SochiProblems on twitter though. Kinda crazy. My favorite winter event is probably figure skating I think. I’m isually more into the summer events!
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10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 9, 2014 at 7:12 am

Thanks for including my post love! <3
And that article on dog ownership = 100% true. And I appreciate all the pug inclusions in there :-p
yesterday: gym, went out for lunch, took the puppy to run around in the schoolyard behind my house
today: going out for breakfast, cleaning, and making your double chocolate muffins.

Hope your Sunday is getting off to a great start love!
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11 Leigha @ Minougirl February 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

Great links, as always! LOVE the one about how our bodies have a natural weight. And those oatmeal breakfast bars?! Yum!
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12 Becky @ Olives n Wine February 9, 2014 at 7:53 am

Thanks for the link love, Amanda! Lots of napping and Olympic watching and avoiding the cold blizzard outside here today :) Happy Sunday!
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13 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles February 9, 2014 at 8:07 am

When the hockey starts up, I will pay attention to the Olympics. Other than that, not really all that interested…3 things yesterday- run, Red Mango and the mall…3 things today – short workout, hang with my son, figure out when to reschedule my Florida trip for!
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14 Carly @ Snack Therapy February 9, 2014 at 8:46 am

Three things from yesterday: Mall, bath, and dinner with friends.
Three things from today: Studying, studying, and procrastinating.

Thanks for the double link love <3. I looove your link-ups, especially the "blogging" section. I need to work on my blogging proficiency, because I kind of suck at it.
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15 Cassie February 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

Really loved the blogging links today!! I definitely need to give my about page some love… and blog in general! But the reminder that it’s 3 years, not 3 months was nice.

Yesterday: Yoga, barre, ran errands… and scored a free salad from Chipotle!!
Today: Long run, working on blog, movies with my dad??
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16 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I’ve heard the 3 years thing on more than one occasion, so I’m definitely curious to see what happens when I hit that milestone. And I’m jealous over your Chipotle :mad:

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17 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl February 9, 2014 at 9:01 am

I’m planning to spend a good amount of time in the kitchen today. I hope you have a fun night at your parent’s house tonight! Thanks so much for sharing my link!!!
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18 Lisa February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

No olympics for me, for some reason I find the Winter olympics a little more boring than the Summer events.
I need to make your granola bars! They’ve been calling to me ever since I saw them. Happy Sunday:)
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19 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I miss you! Come back faster! :P

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20 Christine@ Apple of My Eye February 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

Great links as always! I definitely need to spend more time in the kitchen developing recipe. Midterm season=zero time :/. Hope you have a lovely Sunday!
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21 Natalie @ lovenataliemarie February 9, 2014 at 10:05 am

I always look forward to these posts, because they open me up to new blogs. I love seeing different view points about topics. Really inspirational posts as well.

Gah, those recipes. <3

My favorite Olympic event is the figure skating. So beautiful. :)

I'm also loving the link up!
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22 Lauren February 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

Amen to the reasons to get a dog. Maybe you should keep re-reading it :D :D :D

We’ve been watching the Olympics on and off. I like a lot of the snowboarding and ice skating events because I think it’s AWESOME to see how the ice skaters look like ballerinas. And it makes me want to snowboard SO badly seeing them soar through the air!

Enjoy your day today, love!

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23 Laura@keepinghealthy February 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

Thanks for linking to my post, I’m really glad you enjoyed it xxx

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24 lindsay February 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

pinch of yum–> i need her skills..gah
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25 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Me too, ME TOO!

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26 lindsay February 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm

you got those skills woman! ;-) you are on your way! Cha Ching! haha $$
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27 Arman @ thebigmansworld February 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Hahaha both days ended/ending with watching the Olympics. I hope they televise it for you guys at a decent hour- our coverage here is like 9.30pm- 5am. Pretty sure highlight of your LIFE happened yesterday. ;)

The ‘About Me’ link came at the most perfect time- I’ve been stumped trying to rewrite mine! Also Lindsay’s recipe is the 5th recipe I’ll be making when I leave the hotel (remember #1 and #2 lol?).
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28 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Oh I remember… I’m still upset that I’m not #1 :mad:

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29 Diana @sosmallsostrong February 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

AHHHH AMANDA! Thank you so much for the shout out! You rock!!
I’m behind on my internet reading so, as always, this list is right up my alley.

Yesterday – Family time, Finished reading “It Starts with Food” (interesting), Laundry
Today – Nails, School Work & Meal Prep

xoxo :)
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30 JenB February 9, 2014 at 2:51 pm

We’ve had the Olympics on a bit … honestly, I don’t watch “live” TV anymore and I seriously can’t remember how to turn our television to live programming (it’s usually on the Roku for Netflix and such). My gym downstairs doesn’t have “live” capabilities either (that’s really the only place I ever “watch” anything anymore). I do find the events interesting, especially living in Utah, as we were the host city in 2002. The Olympic Oval is just 10minutes from our home and it’s now open to the public for skating and such.

Yesterday – Elliptical, Basketball Games and some laundry.
Today – Elliptical, Blogging and taking care of sick son (instead of the usual church)
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31 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 9, 2014 at 4:21 pm

I barely ever watch TV either. I don’t have cable at home, so the only time I can really see anything is when I’ve over at someone else’s place. I do love watching the snowboarding though :)

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32 Aimée @ The Healthy Petite February 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I love this weekly link series! Just when I think I have read everything there is to read on the internet, turns out there is always more!
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33 Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets February 9, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Oh my word. Those cheesy sweet potato puffs. I think I’m in love or at the very least lust.

Three things I did yesterday: I went out for drinks to celebrate a friend’s birthday, I did 35 push ups (the girlie kind) in 1 minute (I’m training for a challenge at my gym), and I cleaned my living room.

Three things I did today: took a long luxurious soak in the tub, made Chickenless Noodle Soup and caught up with you. Whew, it’s good to be back.

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34 Giselle@myhealthyhappyhome February 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Thank you for including me in your link up! Love your weekly recaps!
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35 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health February 9, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I’m always fascinated by Pinch of Yum’s income reports. It’s crazy how successful they are.

I haven’t watched the Olympics at all! I was so behind on blogging that I had to work in the kitchen all weekend. But I did get to see pictures of the squirrels in Sochi. Have you seen them? They have funny red ear hair, haha.
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36 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables February 9, 2014 at 10:11 pm

i always love these posts… perfect reading material at night b/c Baby D is a night owl! lol xoxo
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37 Jan @ sprouts n squats February 10, 2014 at 12:19 am

Love all of your link love! I also really loved Sam’s Biggest Loser article, I thought it was very well written.

As well as Carly from Snack Therapy and Becky from Olives and Wine’s one on Somethings Gotta Give which I could totally relate to.

I have been watching the Olympics and it has been really cool to watch. I think I love the figure skating best but I don’t always agree with how they judge it all.
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38 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 10, 2014 at 5:46 am

Bah! I have absolutely no idea with how they judge things either. I literally almost threw the remote at the TV over some issues I had with the snowboarding competition. Fail judges… major fail.

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39 Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness February 10, 2014 at 4:05 am

Great links. Some of read and a few great ones that were new to me! First, but not the last, time linking up with Link Love :)
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40 Laura February 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

Your link love posts NEVER cease to amaze me.
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41 Amy @ Long Drive Journey February 10, 2014 at 5:03 am

Hey love! Just popping in to say hello. I missed Sam’s post on the Biggest Loser, so I definitely need to check it out. I missed a million posts on Thursday and Friday while I was traveling, but I leave again tomorrow (Florida, ahh!) and I am honestly too tired to read them all. But I hope all is well in blogland and that you’re surviving the cold!
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42 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 10, 2014 at 5:47 am

Been missing your gorgeous face! It’s definitely hard to keep up while travelling — just make sure you come home safe and sound!

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44 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli February 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

Ahhhh! THANK YOU!!! I so need to read that article on the About Me page…since we’re going on FOUR months since I said I was going to update it! I keep avoiding it because I’m completely lost, but geez, Heather, it’s not going to write itself! #facetopalm Also, the 25 Things You Need to Stop Wasting Your Time On? Perfect. I’d say it couldn’t have come at a better time, but the truth is, it could have come at ANY time as I’m guilty of so many on that list. Which is why I bookmarked it and plan on reading it again and again until it finally sinks in…and until I’m finally able to let go of a few grudges in my life. Thank you. xoxo
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