Weekly Reader: Autumn (Almost) Inspiration

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 that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

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It was hot and muggy but it sure looked inspirational.

This post really has nothing to do with Autumn, but I have reached beyond the end of my patience with the heat and unnatural (for the desert) humidity. It is raining outside as I type this, but it is still 106 degrees. I just want it to be Fall! Please!

In honor of Vegan MoFo, I’m leading off today’s Weekly Reader with some favorite vegan inspiration. Then, for you bloggers out there, some super helpful ideas to make your blog even better. And finally, some great workouts, and discussion of workouts from some great fitness and running blogs. Enjoy!

Vegan Inspiration

Spabettie, Croque Monsieur Stuffed Waffles. Kristina has created a Strange but Good concoction of vegan ham and cheese stuffed waffles that our friend Laura would be proud of!

Itz Linz, 31 Healthy Smoothie Recipes. Not all of Lindsay’s smoothies are vegan, but the ones that are sound and look so delicious that I can’t wait to try them!

The Naked Kitchen, Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread. Nothing says breakfast better than hot cinnamon raisin bread straight from the oven. Yum!

Just the Food, Taco Tuesdays: Fusion Tacos. Here are two fusion taco recipes from Joni’s upcoming cookbook. You also have a chance to win Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen!

Cadry’s Kitchen, Back in Thyme: Breakfast Burritos with Roasted Potatoes. This sounds so delicious that I want to go make it right now even if it is late in the afternoon. I have a fondness for tofu scrambles, but add seitan bacon, roasted potatoes, then wrap it in a warm tortilla and I am in veggie heaven!

Blogging Inspiration

The SITS Girls, How to Make a Media Kit Using PicMonkey. Bloggers (who want to monetize their blog)! You know you should have a Media Kit. Here is a super easy instructional post on how to do it. NOW!

Blogelina, How to Design Your Blog: Writing Tips. Yes, writing is important to the design of your blog. Here are some great tips for beginner bloggers.

Hubspot, How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Your Website. I didn’t even know this could be done, but now I want to try!

Hubspot, How to Create an Infographic in an Hour. I’m dedicating this share to my friend Tiffany, who once spent hours creating infographics. Here is a template (plus a bunch of other tips too).

Healthy Living Blogs, Blog Tip Thursday: IFTTT. It stands for If This Then That and it will help you organize and automate your online life.

Running and Fitness Inspiration

Fitfluential, A Week of Workout, Labor Day Edition. Fitfluential did the work for me, gathering a bunch of great workouts together in one post. From burpees to stretches, you’ll find something to love (or hate) here!

Best Body Fitness, Move It Monday: 20 Minute Pyramid HIIT. Tina always has great workouts and this one will get you sweaty fast! It’s a challenge, but you’ll be done in 20 minutes.

Fun and Fit, I Want to Get Fit, But How to Start? It is never too late to get in shape, lose some weight if you want and start to feel great. Kymberly and Alexandra have some great tips to get you moving.

rUnladylike, 10 Truths About Running. I love this post from Jesica! It is full of great reminders of why I love running (and why I love other runners).

Have you read (or written) something that needs to be shared? Please do!

Weekly Reader: Feedly, Bloglovin’, or Bloganizer Inspiration

Disclosure: I will continue to call this post “Weekly Reader” even after Google Reader goes away on July 1. Haven’t made the change yet? Check out Bloglovin’ or Feedly.

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 that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

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Who could fail to be inspired by this gorgeous view (and my running partners!)?

Vegan Inspiration

Cadry’s Kitchen, Chunky Almond Pesto with Roasted Gnocchi. I’ve been in the mood lately for gnocchi, especially after accidentally buying a package that was NOT VEGAN! Cadry’s pesto recipe is oil free, chunky and sounds delicious.

Spa Bettie, 14 Summertime Frozen Treats Recipes. Just looking at Kristina’s pictures will get your mouth watering for these refreshing summer treats!

Thug Kitchen, Who the F#*k Doesn’t Like a Good Sandwich? Want a good sandwich? That’s what you’ll here, with no f$#king around.

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Black Forest Cheesecake. Amy’s recipes are always as beautiful as they are delicious and this raw cheesecake is no exception.

Vegan American Princess, Where Do You Get Your Protein? Ellen shares this very funny video by Vegan Smythe that answers the age-old question that all vegans hear over and over.

The Naked Kitchen, Zucchini and Corn Casserole. This rich, creamy casserole is perfect way to eat fresh, summertime corn. Great for potlucks too!

Running and Fitness Inspiration

Arena Fitness, Workout of the Week: Ladder Drill Exercise. I don’t know that I actually want to do Joe’s workout, but I do want to share it with you so you can try it out. In a word, “challenging.”

Fitknitchick, Fatblaster Friday: A Badass Birthday Workout. and a Belated Birthday Crossfit Style Workout Courtesy of Dai Manuel. Tamara recently celebrated her 46th birthday and was gifted with these two workouts, the first by Shannon of BadAssFitness, the second from Dai Manuel of The Moose is Loose. Try them then you can get back and tell me which was the most challenging!

Best Body Fitness: 9 Ways to Make Running Fun. With longer runs and warmer weather coming at me recently, I needed some of Tina’s “runspiration.” How about you?

Blogging Inspiration

KatyWidrick.com, You Oughta Know: No Follow Links. Thank you, Katy, for finally explaining No Follow Links in a way in which I can understand!

The SITS Girls, How to Use Pinterest Responsibly. Pinterest is a great tool to drive traffic to your blog. Are you using it correctly?

The SITS Girls, Feedly: The Google Reader Replacement? I am still having a hard time accepting that Google Reader is going away. I’ve tried Bloglovin’, Feedly, and as of today, Bloganizer. This post is a little info about Feedly, and how to make it work to your advantage.

The SITS Girls, Media Kit: How to Create One Using Google Analytics. If you want to work with sponsors and advertisers, you need a Media Kit. This post will show you how to make a media kit dashboard in Google Analytics, so that you will always have up-to-date information at your fingertips.

Healthy Living Blogs, Blog Tip Thursdays: Blog Design Tips for Non-Designers. Great tips from Cassie of Back to Her Roots on making your blog look and read better.

Food for Thought

Kitten a go-go, The Obligatory Pregnancy Post. and The Big Gender Reveal. I get so excited about other people’s pregnancies! So many of my readers know Danielle that I wanted to share her joyous news for the two people who didn’t already know. Congratulations!

Food for Thought, Ever Wonder What Dogs Think? If you love dogs you MUST watch the Sad Dog Diaries. Hilarious!

Fit, Feminist, and (Almost) Fifty, Six Things I Love About Cycling and Six Things I Wish Were Different. This post makes me want to get back on my bike. Thanks, Sam!

Fun and Fit, Try CranioSacral Therapy to Relieve Pain. Have you heard of CranioSacral therapy? Neither had I, but I found Kymberly’s post fascinating and I intend to see if I can find a therapist close to me.

Did you read (or write) any amazing posts that you’d like to share? Please link them up in the comments!


Weekly Reader: Delicious Inspiration

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 that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.


Picking the inspirational picture for the week was a breeze. It doesn’t get much better than this!

There were so many amazing articles in my Reader this week that I had to split it up into two posts. Today, please enjoy the best vegan recipes of the week, plus my new category, Food for Thought. These posts are guaranteed to make you think, open your mind, make you examine your perspective.

Vegan Inspiration

Vegan American Princess, Dinosaur Kale, also Known as Black Kale and More! I just started following Debby Sunshine’s blog a few weeks ago, and I love it.  I’m really proud that Ellen shared one of my recipes over on her and Debby Sunshine’s blog.

Better with Veggies, Baked Zucchini Chips and Fries (MMAZ26). Heather closed out her awesome Meatless Monday series with yummy style, with this great zucchini recipe.

The Naked Kitchen, Loaded Baked Potato Soup. Sarah says that this is the best soup she’s ever had. Ever. Good enough for me!

SpaBettie, Cheesy Buffalo Potato Skins. Read the title. What more needs to be said?

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Samoa Cheesecake. Amy creates the most amazing raw desserts, and this is no exception.

Healthy. Happy. Life., Crazy Double ‘Coconut” Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies. Vegan. I’m not even a coconut fan, but there is something about this recipe,which uses coconut oil and coconut sugar, that sounds so delicious to me.

Food for Thought

Fitknitchick, Why Women Over 40 Make the Best Personal Training Clients (for me). This is the reason I love training older adults! Tamara explains it beautifully.

MizFitOnline, The Power of Mono-Tasking. This hit home for me because I frequently seem to be doing way too many things at one time (I guess I should say trying to do too many things at one time).

Weighty Matters, How Does the Biggest Loser Teen Celebrate Her Birthday? Teen weight loss is a touchy subject, one that, in my mind, is not suited for the Biggest Loser. Yoni gives you his viewpoint.

The Great Fitness Experiment, Harley Pasternak Introduces New Cleanse, Calls New Christina Aguillera Uncomfortable…Is a Hollywood trainer someone we can trust for honest weight loss advice? Charlotte reports on the author of the Five Factor Diet, his celebrity clients, and his judgements of women who aren’t perfect.

Fit and Feminist, Remembering that this is Supposed to be Fun. If you tend to push yourself really hard when you’re training, you may have found yourself in Caitlin’s shoes.

Run Wiki, A Letter of Apology to My Body. Lisa’s post brought tears to my eyes as I found myself relating to so many aspects of this post.

So Cal Runner Gal, True Life: I’m Not Perfect but Facebook Thinks I Am. This topic has been in the (social media) news lately. Kate uses humor to demonstrate how we all highlight the good stuff in our lives.

Jack Norris, RD., To Quit or Not to Quit Veganism. And The Vegan RD, Do Some People Need to Eat Meat? Similar topics, with Jack and Ginny, the two author’s of Vegan for Life discussing the reasons that people give when they decide to give up veganism.

I hope you enjoy the above posts. Did you read anything that made you think (or made you hungry) this week? Please share in the comments.

Weekly Reader: Linking to Inspiration

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 that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.

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When I’m running my tempo runs, trying to catch my breath, seeing this beautiful sculpture, highlighted by the sunrise behind it, inspires me.

Running and Fitness Inspiration

Tri-ing to Be Athletic, Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot in Bikram Yoga. Whatever your thoughts on hot yoga (mine are why bother, I have enough hot flashes), you’ll laugh at Julie’s first Bikram class.

Run to the Finish, Perfection is the Ultimate Illusion. Amanda’s wonderful post starts with a simple question, why, when you don’t expect your partner, parents, or teachers to be perfect do you hold such expectations for yourself?

The Great Fitness Experiment, From Boob Floss to Swimsuit Shoehorns, Fitness Products Women Really Need. Or Not! I’m so glad I finally found Charlotte’s blog (she wrote the piece on Alan and me for Shape.com). I laughed until I cried.

MizFitOnline, Fitness-Mission-Statements. Carla’s post struck a chord with me. Not only will I create a mission statement for myself, I plan to make my clients at least think about it.

Fitblogger, Guest Post: 10 Things First Time Marathoners Should Know. If you are training for your first marathon, here are 10 useful things to know, all the way from basic training to race day prep.

FitKnitChick, The Benefits of Lifting Weights Slowly. Do you rush through your workout? Then you’d better rush on over and read Tamara’s post on why you need to slow down.

Blogging Inspiration

The SITS Girls, Media Kit Example: How to Strut Your Stuff as a Small Blogger. This post was written by Katy Widrick a few months ago, but I know many bloggers who are planning on creating their media kit (myself included). Great tips for bloggers who have less traffic.

Pushing Social, 7 Insights I Wish I Knew Before I Started Blogging. Whether you’ve just started blogging or have been doing it for a few years, Stanford always has useful ideas to make your blog more successful.

Pink When, Turn Instagram into Followers for Your Blog. Jennifer has some great suggestions in how to use instagram to drive traffic to your blog.

Vegan Inspiration

SpaBettie, Avocado Shiitake Spring Rolls. I love spring rolls, and if you add avocado, I adore spring rolls. Kristina has created a recipe that I adore.

Healthy. Happy. Life., Creamy Cashew Veggie Pot Pie. Flaky Biscuit Crust. Comfort Food. I love pot pie. Seriously, I do. Kathy’s recipe sounds a little complicated (that is probably just me, Miss Simple), but so delicious.

Sexy Vegan Mama, Vegan “Cheese” Stuffed Shells. This is one of those dishes that vegans don’t get to enjoy very often..stuffed shells. Not anymore! Christina-Marie’s recipe sounds rich and wonderful.

The Naked Kitchen, Springtime Tofu Scramble. You know I love me a good tofu scramble. Kristy’s fresh and fabulous springtime version sounds awesome.

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Banana Caramel Crepes with Pistachios and Banana Lime Ice Cream. I was finishing up this post when I realized I didn’t have some awesome sweetness from Amy to share. No fear, she has so many wonderful recipes that I just had to take a quick look back at my Reader to find this one. It’s a winner.

Food for Thought

Fit, Feminist, and (almost) Fifty, What’s So Bad About Pink Anyway? Does pink mean feminine, weak, man-pleasing, pretty, and girly, or is it just a pretty color? Tracy and Sam’s blog is new in my reader and I’m loving it!

Weighty Matters, Guest Post: More Facts on Fats. Yoni follows up on his link to Consumer Reports recent article on the most recent thoughts on dietary fat with this guest post from one of the authors of the CR piece. Interesting stuff.

Arena Fitness, The Fitness Struggle is Real. A very personal story by Madeleine on her emotional struggle with  injury, motivation, and stress, which made working out and going to the gym a stressful battle with herself.

There were so many great posts to choose from this week that I had a hard time stopping! Man, you guys are awesome writers! If I missed something you think was special, I hope you’ll link it up in the comments. And if you wrote something that you’re proud of, share!

Weekly Reader: Inspirational Posts to Love

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 that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.


As I wrote in my Thursday Thoughts, Penny inspires me to run.

Running & Fitness Inspiration

Fun & Fit, Are Mud Runs for Baby Boomers? So, Kymberly and Alexandra slogged through competed in the Love Mud Run, which I fortunately unfortunately could not attend because I had to work on the weekend. I’m not sure what made me smile more, the concept of two Boom Chicka Boomers (as K & A call those of us of a certain age) covered in mud, the photos and video of them actually doing it, or the description of their adventure. They have some great tips for mud run competitors too.

Miss Zippy, Hardest Week (ever?): Done! Back in the day when I really trained for marathons, I really did train hard. That’s why I love following Amanda in her current marathon training program, because it truly is an ass-kicker. I am training vicariously along with her.

Warrior Spirit, Save Money, Be (Really) Healthy. While I don’t subscribe to a primal or minimalist lifestyle or diet, I enjoyed this post by Khaled about how cutting processed food, unnecessary hygiene products, and living a cleaner lifestyle can not only make you healthier, it can also save you money. Included are some “recipes” for toothpaste, shaving cream, and laundry detergent.

The Great Fitness Experiment, Tween Running Phenoms Pose an Interesting Dilemma. As a mom and a cross country coach, I read Charlotte’s post with interest. How do you determine appropriate limits for children with extraordinary talent? Are we risking their health or increasing their chances for success when we allow young children to train and compete at a high level? Are parents qualified to make training decisions for their kids?

Arena Fitness, Top 10 Fitness Myths. A great infograph from Madeleine of fitness myths that many of us still believe.

Vegan Inspiration

Cadry’s Kitchen, Vegan Food: It’s Just Food. I loved this post. I don’t know why the term “vegan food” has such a bad rep, but Cadry puts it all in perspective. It’s true: It’s just food.

Queer Vegan Food, The Queer Vegan Food Cookbook Has Arrived.This is so awesome. Sarah has compiled an amazing list of “queer” recipes from a wonderful assortment of vegan chefs and bloggers who donated their recipes to help the animals. 100% of the proceeds benefit Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Maggie Ink, She’s a Good Dog: In Defense of Broken Animals. Maggie is a vegan who blogs, not a vegan blogger, but she’s a great writer and a true animal lover. I loved this post about her dog Lemon, who was blind and deaf from birth.

Blogging Inspiration

The Sits Girls, Bloggers and Brands: Top 10 Tips for Success. Great information, originally posted by Anne of Fannetastic Food. If you’re a blogger looking to work with brands, there is some great information in this post.

Healthy Living Blogs, Blog Tip Thursdays: 5 Instagram Tips for Bloggers. A great post from Stellina of My Yogurt Addiction, which is filled with tips about using Instagram to promote your blog.

Social Mouths, Why You Need To Take YouTube Seriously in 2013. While Francisco’s post is written for companies urging them to use and understand YouTube, there is a lot of great information for bloggers as well. Do you understand and use YouTube?

Pushing Social, Burned Out Blogger: 7 Ways to Get Your Mojo Back. If you’re a blogger who has been plagued with writer’s block, if you’re having a hard time thinking of an interesting topic, if you feel ready to give it all up, Stanford’s post will help you find your inspiration again.

That’s my list for the week! Do you have any inspirational posts you’d like to share (including your own)? Please link in the comments.


Weekly Reader: A Week of Super Inspiration

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 that inspired and motivated me, made me happy, sad, and angry, made my stomach growl, and made me laugh.


I find it inspiring that I have such wonderful runs with my husband and my dog.

Running and Fitness Inspiration

Fitfluential, Drenched 5k 2013. Have you seen this race series? No mud, no obstacles, just good wet fun in the middle of the summer. I’m in!

Love, Life, Surf, What Color are Your Capris? Do you worry about what you look like at the gym? Then Christine’s post is for you.

Tri-ing to Be Athletic, Kyle’s Krusade Virtual 10k. I am also signed up for Kyle’s Krusade (better get going on that!), but Julie tells it the best.

A Veteran Runnah, Hypothermia – It is No Joke. I know from (Alan’s) experience that hypothermia can be dangerous. If you train in the cold, you need to read this.

Vegan Inspiration

Fragrant Vanilla Cake, Raw Banana Tiramisu. I don’t have a lot to say, except “Yum!” If you haven’t checked you Amy’s site, you Must. Do. So. Now!

The Naked Kitchen, Raw Strawberry Chocolate Mini Tarts. Another raw dessert from Sarah. I haven’t tried this, but it looks amazing.

The Vegan RD, Staying Strong on a Vegan Diet: Protein and Muscles. A great post from Ginny Messina, co-author of Vegan for Life, helping you get the protein you need.

Fit & Forty Something, Vegan Banana Bread. Mmm, I love banana bread, and Kalli’s recipe looks delicious and pretty easy.

Blogging Inspiration

Pushing Social, Top Tips for Creating a Successful Vlog–Video Blog. I know that many bloggers are creating vlogs. Guest poster Emma-Julie Fox teaches you how to do it right.

Katy Widrick, 28-Day Blog Challenge. I’m giving Katy’s challenge a second push because I think it is a great way to take some steps to improve your blog. It’s not too late to get started!

Healthy Living Blogs, Savvy Blog Talk: Photo Editing. Here you will find lot’s of great tips to make your photos look better. Something we all want, right?

The Sits Girls, Does Google Read Your Blog? I found this post (and added the Sits Girls to my Reader) right before I completed writing this post. I thought I had submitted a sitemap, but I don’t like the way my site shows up in Google, so I’m going to follow up on this soon.

Just Inspirational

The Girlie Girl Army, 10 Things You Think You Need For Your Baby, But You Don’t. I guess I noticed this because I am a new grandma. I have said so many times in the last few years that it seems like kids have so much stuff. Maybe there are some things that they don’t need.

One Speed Go, When Dreams Are Worthy. I just loved John’s pictures of these sculptures/fountains and I wanted to share. Very cool.

The Blog of Bruce Bradley, Weight Loss Carpetbaggers. Bruce tells it like it is in the food industry, this time taking on “Leanwashing” by Kelloggs.

Weighty Matters, Baby Laughing Harder Than You’ve Ever Laughed in Your Life. Yoni has an awesome blog, informing his readers about important health issues. In spite of that, I chose this, his Friday Funnies post two weeks in a row because, well because it makes me laugh almost as much as this baby.

That is the awesome list for this week! Do you have something you’d like to share. A post that you are proud of? Please link it up in the comments!