. link love 7/27 .

by Amanda @ .running with spoons. on July 27, 2014

Happy Sunday, friendly faces!

I hope your weekend’s been a good one so far. Mine’s been cold and rainy for the most part, but at least that meant I was able to catch up on some work, errands, and blog stuff without feeling like I was missing out on much. And it cleared up last night so I’m planning on heading out to the lake later today…

Canoe at the Lake

I hope you guys have something equally as enjoyable planned, and if you find yourself with any spare moments that need filling, check out a few of these links that I’ve been loving this week. Oh! And if you haven’t already, be sure to enter my Swanson’s giveaway — it ends tonight!


In my head…

. fitness .

Better Booty Workout via The Almond Eater.
My butt hurts just thinking about this workout…

Do Runners Really Need A Walk Break? via Cotter Crunch.
Walking can be so beneficial for our health, and it really deserves more respect than it gets.

7 Get Started Walking Tips via Hello Healthy.
Again… walking can make for an awesome and effective workout. Some good tips to get you started.

. health .

Staying Hydrated via Fit ‘n’ Cookies.
Making sure you get enough water is one of the best things you can do for your health!

Do Serving Sizes Impact How Much We Eat? via Hello Healthy.
They do… which raises concerns surrounding the new changes being made to nutrition labels.

20 Healthiest Foods on Earth via Bembu.com.
A great list of foods you should include in your diet, and their health benefits.

Why Treat Days Are Good For You via Hello Healthy.
Whether you have a treat day or a treat a day, easing up on restriction can actually work wonders for you.

. happiness .

10 Things Happy People Never Do Again via Marc and Angel Hack Life.
We all make mistakes. It’s what we learn from them that makes all the difference.

You Already Have a Beach Body via Nutty for Life.
An amazing guest post via Sam at Better With Sprinkles about loving and rocking what you’ve got.

It’s Ok via Better With Sprinkles.
Because, in the end, it really is all okay.

12 Things You Need to Remind Yourself of When You Wake Up via Marc and Angel Hack Life.
Don’t start your day believing that you’re powerless and incapable…

60 Historical Photos Worth 1000 Words via Exposing Truth.
Some pretty amazing historical photos.

50 Life Secrets and Tips via High Existence.
Some good habits to include in your daily life.

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity via Buzzfeed.
This kind of stuff just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Gushing.

. blogging .

Tips for Starting a Blogging Calendar via Elizabeth Loves.
Planning out posts in advance might seem a little too forced and structured at first glance, but I can honestly say that it’s made all the difference for me when it comes to blogging consistently.

How to be Successful Online via Wholeheartedly Healthy.
Great tips on how to take blogging or an online business further.

5 Things You Need When Starting A Blog via The SITS Girls.
I love how this post focuses on mindset and intentions rather than technical stuff.

Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest via The SITS Girls.
Great tips on how to get the most from a great social media platform.

For my belly…

Double Chocolate Hidden Beat Muffins via Nutty for Life.
A delicious way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet.

Oatmeal Cookie S’mores Gooey Bars via Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
She completely had me at oatmeal cookie and s’mores…

Butternut Squash Black Bean Enchiladas via Ambitious Kitchen.
I kind of have a thing for Mexican food, and these veggie enchiladas look like perfection.

25 Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes in Under 30 Minutes via The Healthy Maven.
A great collection of gluten-free recipes for all you gluten-free foodies out there!

No Bake Triple Almond Breakfast Cookies via The Big Man’s World.
Textural perfection with a combination of almond flour, almond butter, and whole almonds.

Whipped Double Chocolate Chip Chia Pudding via How Sweet Eats.
So fluffy [and chocolatey] I could DIE

The Perfect Banana Bread vi aMaking Thyme for Health.
I can’t even handle how good this looks. And it’s gluten-free too!

Your links…


Three things you did yesterday; three things you’re going to do today. Go!
Yesterday: ran errands, met up with a friend for coffee, and went to see Hercules.
Today: heading to the lake and doing… lake things?

More places to find me!
E-mail — runwithspoons@hotmail.com
Twitter — runwithspoons
Facebook — runningwithspoons
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Instagram — runwithspoons
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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Michele @ paleorunningmomma July 27, 2014 at 6:17 am

Thanks for the links as usual…I’m curious about the blogging calendar one since the idea seems unappealing initially but I can see where it would make me feel a lot more organized!


2 meredith @The Cookie ChRUNicles July 27, 2014 at 6:24 am

Is it terrible that I can barely recall what I did yesterday? Ok wait, I got it – long run, beach time, mall time…Three things today – short run, probably movies because it is supposed to rain and random errands.
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3 Tina Muir July 27, 2014 at 6:43 am

Yummmmmyyyy links! Why am I always so cruel to myself by reading posts like this just before a long run….a banana and bagel really isn’t very exciting compared to some of the things I see on here…..why cant I eat smores gooey bars before 17 miles??? Haha! Lots of good links, hopefully the rain stops for you!
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4 Julie @ Coastal Runner Girl July 27, 2014 at 6:47 am

Great links! :)

Yesterday: prenantal yoga, errands + an afternoon pool party!
Today: home-made peach smoothie, newspaper in bed + maybe having a baby?? (I’m 39+ weeks prego and really hoping the lil makes her appearance :))
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5 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl July 27, 2014 at 6:53 am

Checking out those 20 healthiest foods, to make sure I’m getting my share! Hope the rest of your weekend is a little more sunny! ;)
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6 Katie @ happygokatie July 27, 2014 at 6:56 am

I love the Marc and Angel Hack Life links – great dose of inspiration/motivation in the morning! I’ll definitely be checking out more of their stuff :)
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7 Cat July 27, 2014 at 6:57 am

Yesterday: watched Easy Rider, drank too much iced coffee, meditated for a whopping 3 minutes
Today: drink too much iced coffee, play with my niece and get an early night <3

That lake looks beautiful! now that's somewhere I could probably meditate for longer than a few measly mins ;)
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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 27, 2014 at 7:06 am

Great links as always! I think I’ve got some reading to do! ;)
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9 Becky @ Olives n Wine July 27, 2014 at 7:32 am

Enjoy your time at the lake! I’ve been in Wisconsin for a wedding after running a ridiculous amount of miles yesterday so I’m looking forward to crashing tonight ;)
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10 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles July 27, 2014 at 7:35 am

Thanks so much for all the link love lady! Much appreciated!
Yesterday: walked around Ottawa, spent forever and a half searching out a health food store with kombucha and was finally successful (weird craving, but I’ll take it), went to a wedding party/celebration.
Today: meeting my cousin for lunch…and that’s all I got. We’ll see where today takes us – we talked about going into Quebec.
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11 Danielle July 27, 2014 at 7:38 am

So many great links this week! (as usual) Thanks for sharing! I love digging into your links and finding new bloggers from the linkup every Sunday morning :-)
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12 Hollie July 27, 2014 at 8:51 am

Thanks for sharing these. I always have great interest in the articles you share because they are more relevant to my life (versus blogging articles I’ve probably read on other blogs already). I enjoyed the 20 healthiest foods a lot. I think I might right a post about that.
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13 Laur July 27, 2014 at 9:04 am

How was Hercules?! I wanted to see it after seeing the initial trailor, but then I kept seeing the SAME commercial over and over while I was watching Netflix and completely got turned off by it. HA! So, I’m wondering if I should change my mind ;o)

Yesterday: Made Sally’s Award Winning Zucchini bread (one piece left in less than 24 hours… rats?), did some laundry, and GOT CHIPOTLE FOR DINNER (my parents are now obsessed muahahhaa)


14 Elizabeth July 27, 2014 at 9:13 am

Again, another great list of blog links. This is one of my favorite stops because not only does this list inspire me, it helps me get more ideas for blog posts. Thank you for hosting and sharing!
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15 Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious July 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

It is abnormally cloudy and rainy here in AZ. It’s a good day to stay inside and rest. Although I am contemplating a swim later. Have a great day!
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16 Davida @ The Healthy Maven July 27, 2014 at 10:14 am

Thanks for including me! Glad the weather cleared up! Same here. Off to go enjoy zeeeee day!
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17 lindsay July 27, 2014 at 2:01 pm

can you send that cold and rain down here, we need it! then maybe i’d actually bake.. like these goodies you listed!
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18 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen July 27, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Looks like we got your rain – it’s raining here now! Luckily the rest of the weekend was pretty nice though.

3 things I did yesterday: Saturday was my birthday present to JZ so we went for a couple’s massage, spent the afternoon in Niagara Falls, and went out for dinner at an Italian restaurant.

3 things I did today: went to the farmers market, grabbed lunch at WF with a friend, and went on a walk.

Hope you’re enjoying your day at the lake!
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19 Mary Frances July 27, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Oh my goodness, that chia seed pudding. Almost too much.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Pinterest was a really good read! Thanks for finding it and all the other amazing links Amanda!
PS Thanks so much for featuring my ice cream sandwiches a while ago. I really appreciate it!
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20 Diana July 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Yesterday: Tested out my new doggy bike carrier and took my doxie for a nice canal ride!
went to wholefoods (beat the closing time!!)
got the newspaper and drank my coffee (my new favorite way to relax)

Today: First date , meeting for a quick coffee
making cauliflower rice, homemade tomato sauce, and tons of overnight oats for the week!
crabbing with my parents !
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21 Bridget July 27, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Loved the links about walking. I need to incoorporate more walking into my fitness routine.
I think changing the serving size will only lead to confusion. I totally use the serving size to measure out how much I eat of a particular product.
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22 Arman @ thebigmansworld July 28, 2014 at 1:40 am

Thanks for the shout out buddy- I send u tuna and cheese melts…. Minus the tuna.

Sunday funday copycat hello kitty.
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23 Erin @ SnapbacksandRacingFlats July 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

You always find the best links! Like.. I seriously look forward to your link loves every week because I know that I am going to find a whole bunch of posts and recipes that I love. Thank you for that!


24 Heather @fitncookies August 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Thanks darling for including me! It’s important to stay on top of that water ;)
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