Link Love – First Week of April 2015

Green Smoothies.  Stitch Fix.  Spring Cleaning.  And a Paleo Easter Recipe Roundup.  Things I love on the Internet, Easter Edition.

Ugh, so, I’m home this afternoon in bed with a cold.  (What?) I feel like “the Universe” is punishing me (ok, not really, but I am nothing if not dramatic), because today it is a BEAUTIFUL sunny day and I’m too sick to enjoy it.  I’m in bed in the middle of the day, and I NEVER do that — unless I am sick.  Blerg.  Really, this never happens.  I don’t even like naps.  I’m weird.  Not one to waste a moment of time in this my second “go” at living, I thought if I’m home sick, I should blog.  So, here we are, friends.

I thought being home sick would be a good time to share the things I’ve been reading this week – blog version.

Link love.  Links to love.  Enjoy!

1.  Green smoothie recipe from Fit2Fat2Fit:

Spinach Shake (1 scoop of Protein Vanilla Whey Protein, 3 cups of spinach, ½ banana, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, ¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk, 2 cups of ice).

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I used almond butter and coconut milk to make the shake Paleo-ish.  It is delicious.  I don’t normally drink my nutrition, but I am sick and I don’t want to eat.  Enter:  the smoothie.  Full on nutrient style~

IMG_9569(see?? I’m sick.  Green smoothie, oranges, water.  And blogging.)

2.  Cleaning your kitchen for Passover (and Spring!) from thekitchn.com

How I Clean My Kitchen For Passover

Well, as a non-Jewish person, I had no idea that cleaning the kitchen is part of the Passover tradition, but I love it!  I love the idea of cleaning out all the winter heaviness at the beginning of the lighter part of the year.  As the author of the post says, “[t]his year, whether you personally celebrate Passover or not, use the holiday as inspiration to give your kitchen a fresh start.”

When I’m done being sick, I will be cleaning my kitchen.

Masel tov!

3.  Paleo Diet Lifestyle’s Grapefruit, Melon & Orange Salad

Maybe because I am sick and in need of Vitamin C, or maybe it is the “Spring colors” of this salad, I don’t know why, but I am obsessed with the idea of this salad.  Can someone come make it for me while I lay here and cough?  Thanks!

Look at how pretty it is?!?!  Yum!

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Paleo Leap Grapefruit Melon & Orange Salad

4.  Paleo EASTER!

Thanks, A Girl Worth Saving and The Food Lovers Kitchen, for all these yummy looking Paleo Easter recipes.  Seriously, can someone come over and cook for me?!?  

Paleo Easter Recipes from A Girl Worth Saving

Paleo Easter Menus — Autoimmune Friendly from The Food Lovers Kitchen

Sarah Wilson and friends over at I Quit Sugar have a great looking Paleo Hot Cross Bun recipe just in time for Easter … also something that someone should make for me … (geesh, I’m a baby when sick!)

I Quit Sugar Paleo Hot Cross Bun

And, guys, I am super excited about this next one.  Mickey over at Autoimmune Paleo came up with an Autoimmune Paleo Protocol version of “Strawberry Fool.”  Oh man.  I used to make a strawberry (or blackberry or whatever berry I had) “fool,” prior to becoming Paleo.  This looks like a substitute that I (and you!) can feel great about.

Autoimmune Paleo Thyme Scented Strawberry Fool

Even while sick (cough! cough!), I might, actually, be able to get up the energy to make these adorable little treats~

Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth – Coconut Cottontails

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I’ve also found some tips about steaming (what?!?!) eggs to hard boil.

Simply Recipes How To Steam Eggs

And some ideas about NATURAL egg dye-ing, for those of you who color eggs for Easter.

Design Sponge – DIY Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Paper & Stitch – Last Minute Easter Egg Decorating

And, last but not least, a fitness professional telling my that I SHOULD eat that Cadbury Egg.  Thanks, Drew!

Fit2Fat2Fit Why You Should Eat a Cadbury Cream Egg

Last Easter, I was in Alaska spending Easter with my favorite “bunny,” my niece.  Check out these amazing photos of what Easter in Alaska looks like.  (And what the most adorable 6-year-old ever looks like.  Not that I am biased or anything.  No.)

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5.  Spring Clean Your Wardrobe With Help From Career Girl Daily (and me!)

In my AudioBook recommendation post, I talked to you guys about how I have recently decluttered my life and closet, and the results have been amazing.  See post here.

See my new and improved closet with all those empty hangers, below???  (I know, I keep posting this picture, but it makes me happy.  Sorry).

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Career Girl Daily seems to be on the same plan.  See their recent posts about minimalism below.  It is Spring, guys.  Time for new beginnings — clean kitchens and clutter free closets.  Go for it!

Career Girl Daily — Tips on When To Throw Away Your Clothes

Career Girl Daily — Three Step Plan For a Minimalistic Life

6.  Dove’s One Beautiful Thought Campaign

This has been making its way around the internet for a couple of weeks, but I love it so much, that I wanted to include it here too.

7.  A great recording on the addiction to “busy”

Thanks, Tim Ferris, for this Tim Kreider recording, “Lazy: A Manifesto.”  It is a great rant on the addiction to being “busy” that seems to be EVERY WHERE these days, and a glowing manifesto for being IDLE.  (PS – I am not busy.  I am blessed to have a life that is FULL today, but I am also okay, that, for today, I am home resting from a “Spring Cold,” being … idle …and not hating it.)

Tim Kreider We Learn Nothing

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8.  Stitch Fix

Okay, I just jumped on the Stich Fix bandwagon.  After getting rid of lots of clothes in my “de-clutter my life project,” I do not want to just fill my closet up with clothes that I don’t absolutely LOVE.  Enter the idea of Stitch Fix.  A personal shopper sends you a monthly box of clothes picked just for you, for you to try on and keep what you love and send back what you don’t.

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I’ve been reading other bloggers rave about Stitch Fix for months, and after seeing these most recent posts, I finally signed up myself.  My first box is expected April 25th.  I will do a detailed review once that box comes in.  I am excited, y’all!

Happy Healthy Mama’s March 2015 Review

Julie’s Eats & Treats Stitch Fix March 2015 Review

Primally Inspired’s April Stitch Fix Review

I cannot wait to see what goodies my personal shopper picks out for me!  Details coming soon ~

If you want to Stitch Fix, click here:  Stitch Fix Referral

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Well, that’s it for today, kids.  I probably should actually take a nap to get over this “Spring cold.”

Thanks for reading.  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Or, if you are shy, email me!  Email at: theevolutionofcc@gmail.com

xoxo,

c.

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