Weekly Reader: The Bloggers’ Edition. Plus the Color Run Winners!

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.


I’m inspired by my old dogs. They’re getting up there in age (like me!) but they are healthy, strong, active and happy (also like me!).

I haven’t posted a Weekly Reader in a while, so some of these links are a few weeks old. Of course, if you haven’t seen them, they’re new to you, right? The focus is on blogging tips this week. It just seems like my reader has been filled with so much great information lately that I need to share.

The Basics

Here are great tips for all bloggers, whether you’re just starting out or if you have been writing for years. You will find all kinds of tips to improve your writing. Plus an invitation to IDEAWORLD BlogFest (I’ll be there too!)!

Common Grammar Mistakes in Blog Posts from Pushing Social.

8 Blogging Etiquette Tips from Dancing in the Rain.

Wanna Join Me at IDEAWORLD BlogFest? From Blog Genie.

Writing Tips for Bloggers from Blogelina.

Moving On Up

If you’ve been blogging for a while, here are some great ideas to get more readers and improve the look of your blog.

10 Best Apps for Blogging on the Go from Creative Kristi.

4 Effective Ways to Increase Blog Traffic from Blogelina.

10 Design Elements All Blogs Should Include from the Sits Girls.

Do You Know How to Make Contagious Content? From Blogelina.

7 Deadly Blogging Myths: Busted! From HubSpot.

Let’s Get Technical

Ready for the next step? Here are some more technical tips to improve your “look,” fancy up your content, and keep track of your blog’s growth.

How to Make a Blog Post Header in 9 Easy Steps from the Sits Girls.

How to Embed Tweets from Jennifer Grayeb.

7 Simple Ways to Track the Health of Your Blog from Pushing Social.

Writer’s Block?

No matter how long you’ve been blogging there will be times that you feel like you just can’t think of a fresh topic. Here are some great tools.

31 Days of Writing Prompts from the SITS Girls.

How to Plan One Year of Blog Post Ideas from the Mommy Mess.

Don’t Know What to Write About? Get Ideas from the Blog Topic Generator (free tool) from HubSpot.

Is There Any Money in This?

Whether you’d like to offset the costs of blogging or have a full fledged blogging business, here are some great tips to get you started.

Turn Your Blog Into a Business in 2014 from the Sits Girls.

3 Last Great Ways to Make Money Blogging from Blogelina.

Food for Thought

Most bloggers want to encourage conversation, but when comments get rude or controversial at what point do you choose to block or delete them? Plus a funny/embarrassing story of post in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Should You Delete That? From HubSpot

My 15 Minutes of Social Media Shame from HubSpot.

Well, this should give you something to read this weekend.

The Color Run 5

And now, the winners of the Color Run giveaway! Congratulations to Deeva Girl and JM Thompson. They each won an entry to the Color Run of their choice! Didn’t win? You can still get a discount code here.

Are you a blogger? Do you have a favorite tip to share? Are you a blog reader? What would you like to tell your favorite bloggers?

Weekly Reader: Holiday Thoughts from the Web

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

Penny Aging Gracefully

I’m am inspired by my 12 year old running partner Penny.

It’s been a crazy week. We’re installing new flooring at work, which throws everything off kilter, mostly because our main fitness room is closed for a week, which really ticks everyone off. Then, my co-worker is taking a few extra days off, which meant that I opened every day this week, having to be at work by 6:00 am. We usually trade off, which makes it a little easier. Then, I realized that, since we’re doing our family Christmas on the 21st at my son’s house in San Diego, I only have one weekend to finish my Christmas shopping (not to mention wrapping it all). Oh, and I might mention, I haven’t even started my shopping yet. I do have a few ideas for gifts though. I’ll just follow my Holiday Gift Guide for the runners in my life.

So, a little stressed on the La Quinta front right now. One of the reasons that I love writing this post is that it makes me slow down and read some great blogs.  I always end up learning some great information, having a good laugh, and sometimes, enjoying a good cry. I hope you find something to love too.

Vegan Inspiration

No Meat Athlete, My ‘Eat to Live’ Challenge. Matt”s always up for a challenge, from the vegetarian challenge that changed his life 5 years ago, to this new challenge, following the guidelines from Dr. Joel Furman’s book Eat to Live.

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Snickerdoodle Cookie Dough Ice Cream with Caramel Swirl. Just the combination of words here makes my mouth water. Snickerdoodle. Cookie Dough. Ice Cream. Caramel. What’s not to love?

Spabettie, Minty Banana Dog Treats. Perfect! A vegan recipe for dog treats that freshens breath. My dogs love to share our bananas, so I’m sure they’ll love these!

The Naked Kitchen, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles. Another raw cookie dough recipe. Do you sense a theme here? This one has chocolate!

Running & Fitness Inspiration

The Lean Green Bean, A Roundup of 50 Circuit Workouts. Lindsay has put together an amazing resource here, 50 challenging circuit workouts (many with a Christmas theme..so fun). Definitely worth pinning.

Miss Zippy, How Was Your Year of Running? A fun post and link up from Amanda. Here’s a chance to share your own year of running.

Deb Runs, Look Out for That Flying Deer and My Rant on Runner Versus Jogger. A funny post that still gets the point across about something that drives runners crazy: being labelled as a jogger!

Blogging Inspiration

Katy Widrick, How to Learn from the Philly Food Blogger Uproar. Most bloggers have heard by now about the Philly blogger who basically offered her good review in exchange for meals for her family. Katy puts it all in perspective and explains how we can learn from it.

HubSpot, 7 Common (and Dangerous) Misconceptions about SEO.  I hear many bloggers say that they want to learn more about SEO. Here’s your chance.

Blogelina, Are You Overlooking Ways to Make Money from Blogging and Blogging Through the Holidays. Two unrelated but interesting posts from Blogelina. First, some great tips for bloggers who want to make money from their blog. The second post will help you strike a balance during this busy holiday season.

Food for Thought

Run to the Finish, Stop the Fat Talk. So many of us are guilty of Fat Talk. It can become such a habit that you don’t realize you’re using it. Great tips from Amanda on topping the fat talk.

MizFit Online, Adult Peer Pressure. You’d think that once we reach a certain age peer pressure shouldn’t be a factor in how we live our life.

Truth2BeingFit, 30+ Years of Holiday Weight Management. There are a lot of blog posts that focus on maintaining weight during the holidays, but Jody’s post is one of my favorites. Here’s what she’s learned in more than 30 years of surviving the holidays.

I also would like to do something I rarely do on Weekly Reader day..share one of my own posts. This week I posted 5 Things I’ve Learned About Aging Gracefully from my Older Dog and I’m pretty proud of it. If you missed it, I hope you’ll click through and have a read.

Now it’s your turn. Have you read (or written) something worth sharing?

Weekly Reader: Quick Wisdom from the Web

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

Weekly Reader

I love this picture of Samuel and his Uncle David (my youngest son).

I somehow thought that with cross country over, my weekends free, time would magically open up for me. Ha! The season is upon us in the desert, work in incredibly busy, and now Christmas is approaching quickly. For that reason, I present a slimmed down (and late) version of Weekly Reader. I hope you will make the time to read some of these great posts.

Vegan Inspiration

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Pine Nut Chevre with Cranberry Pear Relish. Perfect for a vegan holiday appetizer, Amy’s Pine Nut Chevre sounds delicious (and easier than you’d think!).

Vegan American Princess, Beyonce and JayZ Mexican Breakfast Tofu Scramble. I don’t know what makes me happier. That Beyonce and JayZ are doing a vegan challenge or Ellen’s tofu scramble. Probably the latter.

Vegan Dad, Roasted Winter Veggies with Tofu with Orange Cranberry Sauce. I’m so happy that the Vegan Dad is posting again that I wanted to let everyone know by posting this recipe, which is perfect for the holidays.

Running & Fitness Inspiration

Miss Zippy, Five Ways to Improve Your Running This Off Season. While I’m certainly not in my off season now (the weather is finally close to perfect in the desert), this is great advice for those who live in colder climates.

Fun & Fit, Seven Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain. Great tips from Alexandra and Kymberly to stay active and healthy during the holidays and avoid weight gain.

Best Body Fitness, Planning to Gain Weight this Season? Is that Okay? Another side of the coin, Tina asks whether we should expect, or even plan, to gain a few pounds over the holidays.

Blogging Inspiration

HubSpot, 100 Tips & Tricks Professional Bloggers Use to Make Their Job Easier. Great ideas for any blogger.

The Lean Green Bean, Bookmarked: Blogging Tips. This is an amazing resource from Lindsay. So many great blogging tools!

Blogelina, How to Be Making Money Blogging and Stay Ethical at the Same Time. A great resource and reminder for those of us who want to make an income from blogging (but don’t want to sell our soul to do so).

Food for Thought

The Great Fitness Experiment, The Problem with “Real Women Have Curves.”  An insightful post from Charlotte asking, “just what is a ‘real woman?'” Great conversation in the comments too.

Candy Fit, Hold Yourself Accountable. This is a great post for the holidays from Kierston, about taking responsibility for your health and fitness.

Fit and Feminist, Running in the Dark. I thought it was interesting that Caitlin’s post about her love of running in the dark came on the same day as my post about my fear of the same.

Now it’s your turn? Have you read (or written) something you’d like to share? Leave a link in the comments!

Weekly Reader: More Wisdom from the Web

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

Weekly Reader inspiration

If that look from the coach won’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.

With a week to go until Thanksgiving (and the Turkey Trot), I thought I’d share some great recipes and tips for vegans during the holiday. Since I tend to keep it simple and just veganize the basics like stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and serve them alongside roasted Tofurky, I needed to find some inspiration from other bloggers who are much more creative than I.

Don’t worry, it’s not all about food this week (though that’s not necessarily a bad thing).  There were lots of great fitness, blogging, and inspirational posts to share.

Vegan Inspiration

Better with Veggies, 5 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes. All of Heather’s recipes here are vegan, so if you’re looking for ideas for a cruelty free Thanksgiving, start here.

Carrie on Vegan, Vegan Thanksgiving Inspiration. And here is a little more help from Carrie. These are some great dishes that vegans and non-vegans will love.

Cadry’s Kitchen, Breakfast Nests in a Creamy Vegan Queso. and 12 Tips for Surviving your First Vegan Thanksgiving. In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, Cadry has great tips for vegans who are guests of non-vegans. Plus, those Breakfast Nests sound so amazing I had to share them too.

Food 52, Thanksgiving Gravy, Hold the Turkey.  Don’t forget the gravy! Here is a great recipe courtesy of Gena from Choosing Raw.

Berry Happy Bodies, Vegan Tacos. I love seeing anyone transitioning from a vegetarian to a vegan diet. Plus, these tacos sound delicious. It’s not all about Thanksgiving this week.

Running & Fitness Inspiration

Tina Reale, Move It Monday: Work Those Abs! I always count on Tina for some amazing workouts and this one is no exception. Get ready to get your core kicked (so to speak)!

Deb Runs, Race Etiquette. Deb has some great tips here on how to be a polite runner. I think maybe this should be an insert in goody bags.

Blogging Inspiration

Blog Genie, I’ve Been Blogging Forever with No Real Growth, Should I Just Give Up? Do you have realistic expectations for your blog? Rita tells us that success doesn’t happen overnight, so you have to work hard and stick with it.

Blogelina, How Hosting Giveaways for All Occasions Will Increase Your Blog Readership. Giveaways are a great way to bring traffic to your blog. Here are some tips for doing it successfully.

Hubspot, Storytelling 101: How to Seize the Attention of a Distracted Audience. This post caught my eye because of my goal to be a better storyteller.

The SITS Girls, How Do You Get More Traffic to Your Blog? Pay it Forward! Great tips for bringing more readers to your site by reading and commenting on other blogs.

Jennifer Grayeb, WordPress Plug Ins: What They Are, How to Get Them, and My Favorites. I already have more plug ins than I need, but I love reading about other peoples favorites (I don’t want to miss out on anything!).

Food for Thought

No Meat Athlete, 5 ‘Easy’ Steps for Making Your Unrealistic Goal a Reality. Whether you want to qualify for Boston, run 100 miles, or start your own business, Matt’s post is an inspiration and a great resource.

Fun & Fit, Meditation, Menopause, and Memory. Do you spend any daily time meditating? According to Alexandra and Kymberly maybe you should.

Truth 2 Being Fit, Eating Disorders and a Cry for Help. Some great resources and inspiration from Jody in response to a reader’s question.

Fit and Feminish, WNBA Rookie Makeup Class Proves that Old Norms Die Hard. The title says it all. I wish I could say that it is hard to believe in 2013.

I usually only post one “inspirational” photo in the Weekly Reader, but Alan posted this on Facebook and I love it so much I wanted to share. My sweet Penny and the words that define our world.


Now it’s your turn? Have you read (or written) something you’d like to share? Leave a link in the comments!

Weekly Reader: Wisdom from the Web

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

Birthday WeekendI was inspired by my grandchildren this week. They make me want to stay strong and healthy so that I’ll be around to watch them grow up (and become a great grandma someday).

Speaking of inspiration..my girls’ cross country team finished the last league meet of the season today. With our two best runners suffering from a respiratory infection (twins, so they both got sick at the same time), our hopes were almost dimmed. However, the entire team, including the twins, tried so hard, and managed to finish fifth. While this was our worst finish of the season, our scores from all three meets are combined. That means we finished fourth overall this year, which is good enough to send us to CIF! So proud of all of my girls!

Weekly Reader Cross Country

Now, on to the best blog posts of the week!

Vegan Inspiration

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Mini Snickers Bars. The title is enough, isn’t it? Amy’s recipe will make all my Halloween dreams come true.

Cadry’s Kitchen, Thoughts on Being Vegan Enough.  A great post from Cadry. As ethical vegans, our goal is to do no harm to animals. But, is that possible?

Sexy Vegan Mama, A Nutty Update to Classic Holiday Fave: Pumpkin Pecan Pie. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about. This amazing (and deliciously rich) recipe, or just to see a rare post from Christina-Marie.

Choosing Raw, Very Green Tofu Scramble. I love a tofu scramble, green or not. Here is Gena’s latest take on a vegan classic.

Running & Fitness Inspiration

Reembody, Sore Wrists During Pushups? Let’s Fix That. Love Kevin’s advice on this topic.

Runladylike, You Know You’re a Triathlete When…Having only run two triathlons (eons ago), I don’t apply this list to myself. But Alan is a triathlete through and through, and Jesica’s list is right on.

Tri-ing to Be Athletic, How Do You Know if Someone Like Me Ran a Marathon? (I’ll give you a hint..she’ll tell you :-) ). This is part one of Julie’s recap of her first marathon.

Fit, Feminist, and (Almost) Fifty, What’s Love Got to Do With It? What if you really hate to exercise? Trainers (and fitness magazines and friends) usually tell you to “find something that you enjoy,” but what if you just really hate to exercise? Some advice from Sam B.

Fitknitchick, Three Reasons Why it’s Not Always a Great Idea to Copy Others in the Gym. Just because you see the buff guy at the gym doing a particular exercise doesn’t mean you should try to copy him. Tamara will tell you why.

Best Body Fitness, Move It Monday: Top 10. Tina picks a few of her favorite “Move It Monday” workouts to share. Actually you’ll find 10 great workouts, broken down into categories just for you.

Blogging Inspiration

The Lean Green Bean, The Power of Visual Food Storytelling to Promote Healthy Eating. This is Lindsay’s report on a FNCE session, and she shares some great tips for improving food photography.

Blog Genie, Have You Fallen Out of Love with Your Blog? If you’ve been blogging for a while, chances are you have changed your focus over time, which may change the way you feel about your blog.

Real Into, Blogger to Self Hosted WordPress in One Weekend. I know many bloggers who are planning to host their own blogs. Here are some tips from Carla on how to make the switch from Blogger.

The SITS Girls, How Healthy is Your Blog? Is your blogging making the impact that you want?

HubSpot, Here’s How I Wrote this 1,000-Word Blog Post in 10 Minutes. If you’re time challenged and always on the go like I am, you’ll appreciate this tip for creating almost hands free blog posts.

Kludgy Mom, Pinterest Notification for Your Blog or Website. I’ve been wondering about this for so long that I followed Gigi’s instructions immediately (and now I know when someone pins something from my blog!).

Food for Thought

Weighty Matters, Does Drinking Milk Before Meals Reduce Appetite? Yoni has a few issues with this study, questioning whether it is the milk or something else that helps reduce appetite.

Dr. Fuhrman, High Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk. With about 27% of the US population currently taking one of the high blood pressure medications available, this is important information to know (if not you, a friend, parent, or other relative?).

Gigi Eats Celebrities, Lana Del Rey Misses Summertime Salads. I wish that Gigi was my daughter. Seriously. She is talented, funny, and creative. I love this take-off video (even if I didn’t know the song from which it was taken off).

Now it’s your turn! Have you read (or written) something inspiring this week? Share in the comments!

Weekly Reader: Wednesday Wisdom from the Web

Have you ever read a great book, seen an inspiring movie, or heard a great joke, and thought, “I’ve got to share that!” Of course you have! Here are a few things from my Reader in the last week (or two) that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

Weekly Reader - vegan soup

I have been all about soup lately. It inspires me!

Just because I’m inspired by soup this week doesn’t mean that’s all I have to share. In addition to soup recipes, you’ll also find some other yummy vegan deliciousness (I just like writing that), some great blogging tips, fitness inspiration, and a very happy announcement in this week’s Reader.

Vegan Inspiration

Vegan American Princess, 5 Essential Vegan Soups for Fall/Winter.  Debby Sunshine has you covered. Take your pick of any of these delicious soups and you’ll be warm and ready for cold weather.

Cadry’s Kitchen, Home-style Split Pea and Other Soups that Will Stick to Your Ribs. As you can see, I am all about soup this week. Cadry’s Split Pea will warm your bones.

JL Goes Vegan, Vegan Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. Biscuits and gravy is something I gave up long before I became a vegetarian, but I can’t wait to try this yummy sounding vegan version.

Healthy. Happy. Life. Homemade Seitan: How to Recipe. I am always looking for the perfect seitan recipe, so I will definitely try Kathy’s version next time I make it.

Running & Fitness Inspiration

Tri-ing to Be Athletic, The 2013 Athleta Iron Girl Race Recap. Julies creative and funny posts always have a place in my heart and in my Weekly Reader. Follow her adventures!

Cotter Crunch, Activating those Glutes for Injury Protection. Great information and exercises from Lindsay on how to strengthen and activate your glute muscles.

Fun and Fit, Why Do You Exercise? Is Looking Good Enough? Kymberly wants to know, why do you exercise? To feel good? To be Healthy? To look good?

Miss Zippy, Why I’ll Never Run 26.2 as a Training Run. I admit it, I’ve done it. But I was younger, stronger, fitter. I got away with it then, but was it wise?

Blogging Inspiration

Brooklyn Active Mama, 5 Easy Ways to Make Money on Your Blog. Do you want to make some money on your blog? Nellie has some great tips to get started.

More Than Just Dessert, DIY Self-Hosting: 5 Things You Need to Think About Before Making the Switch. Speaking from her own experience, Emily has some great tips for what to do before you make the switch to self-hosting.

Hubspot, Go Beyond Blogging: How to Become a Great Storyteller. As I’ve mentioned, it is my goal to become a better storyteller. Read this to find out why it should be your goal too.

Blogelina, 3 Great Places to Find Ideas for Blog Topics. If you have ever sat and racked your brain for a topic to write about, Tanya has some great tips to help you find ideas.

Hubspot, A Simple Formula for Writing Kick-Ass Titles. This is your extra for the week. Writing titles is not as easy as it sounds, and the timing for this is appropriate, as I have run out of all the “Inspiration” titles I can think of for this post.

Food for Thought

It’s Linz, Itz an Announcement and I’m Pregnant!!!! I am so happy to share Lindsay’s announcement. She’s already glowing!

Weighty Matters, What if Characters in Horror Films Acted Sensibly? Nothing weighty about this matter. Just some good fun, answering the question I always ask when I see a scary movie.

Run to the Finish, The Last Ironman Finisher. Amanda, who was fortunate to be in Kona to watch the Ironman World Championships, wrote a great series about the experience. This was my favorite post, about the last person to finish before the cutoff time.

Fit, Feminist, and (Almost) Fifty, Older Women and Eating Disorders. Sadly, there is an unfortunate downside to staying younger longer.


Since soup was my inspiration this week, I will take this opportunity to share my two recipes:

Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato, and Red Pepper Soup

Mexican “Chicken” Soup

Now it’s your turn. What has inspired you this week? Please share!