Link Love

link love

Here are a few fun and informative links from around the web. Hope you enjoy this edition of link love. Have a great weekend, friends!

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1.    Airlines redesigning uniforms find out how difficult it is.

2.    What you need to know about your passport.

3.    The very best wireless ear buds for active people.

4.    How breastfeeding lowers a women’s risk of heart disease.

5.    How to browse the web and leave no trace.

6.    Understanding the power of color in your wardrobe.

7.    36 hours in Birmingham, Alabama.

8.    Southwest Airlines gets serious about Hawaii.

9.    This app lets you check out library books free.

10.  Don’t make these difficult mistakes when writing emails plus a template for writing good emails, even when it’s difficult.

11.  The 10 physical skills every man should master.

12.  101 books to dive into this summer.

13.  A collection of brownie recipes.

14.  What it really means when you give someone a low ride-share review.

15.  The secret to small talk.

16.  Why we need a national conversation about the opioid crisis.

17.  The apology critics want to teach you how to say sorry. In apologies, saying “I’m sorry” matters less than taking responsibility: “I know I did something that hurt you” or “This is my problem and I’m going to fix it.”

18.  An open letter to parents with highly sensitive children.

19.  The wellness epidemic.

20.  The best natural anti-androgen treatments for Hirsutism (facial hair).

21.  This chocolate peanut butter pie sounds delicious.

22.  Some great podcasts for kids.

23.  LSU’s Kramer Robertson’s mom (and Baylor women’s basketball coach) Kim Mulkey on life, sports and Kramer’s hair.

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Summer To-Do List

summer to-do list

I put together a summer to-do list with some ideas for adding a little sparkle to the upcoming season. I’m also sharing some of the fun things I’d love to do this summer. I hope it inspires you to put together a list of your own to celebrate this time of year.

If you are a list maker like me, try the 52 Lists Project Journal. It’s divided into seasons and then weeks. Each week you are asked to list something. At the bottom of the page, there is a “take action” suggestion. There’s also space to make your own lists. You can print out a sample collection of the lists here to help you get started.

I also love using a Bullet Journal. The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all the above. Here’s how to get started using a Bullet Journal. Watch this great video for more details too.

Here’s what’s on my summer to-do list.

1.    Take a barista class. Jo Coffee in New York City and Philadelphia offers a variety of classes including an all day barista class focusing on espresso technique, milk steaming, and pouring latte art.

2.    Visit a new farmer’s market. Here’s a guide to the best farmer’s markets in each state.

3.    Try a Solidcore fitness class.

4.    Read Louis Giglio’s new book, Goliath Must Fall: Winning the Battle Against Your Giants.

5.    See the movie Paris Can Wait starring Diane Lane as a Hollywood producer’s wife who unexpectedly takes a trip through France, which reawakens her sense of self and her joie de vivre. Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Alec Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Arnaud Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving mouthwatering meals, spectacular wines, and picturesque sights. Eleanor Coppola’s feature film directorial and screenwriting debut at the age of 81 is also impressive.

6.    See The Trip To Spain the third film chronicling actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s culinary adventures through Europe. The two real life friends consume six incredible meals while trading barbs and Roger Moore impressions, as seen in the trailer below.

7.    Watch Season 2 of Master of None. I didn’t watch Season 1 of Master of None. When I found out season 2 was partially filmed in Italy, I knew I had to watch. Read the critics’ roundup from The New York Times. The soundtrack for Season 2 is also out now. Listen to The Master of None Season 2 playlist on Spotify. Here’s a list of the restaurants featured in Italy.

8.    Visit the coffee shop Lickety Split at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando. They also offer a barista bootcamp in the fall.

9.     See the new musical Bandstand on Broadway. The show recently won a Tony for Best Choreography.

10.  Watch the Tony Awards.

11.   Read One Summer Day in Rome by Mark Lamprey.

12.  Try some of the vegan cheese recipes in This Cheese is Nuts!: Delicious Vegan Cheese at Home by  Julie Piatt. One of the recipes included in the book is smoked almond cheddar. Listen to Julie’s interview on the Rich Roll Podcast about ditching dairy.

13.  Take Constitution 101The Meaning and History of the Constitution. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more.

14.  Watch the L.S.U. Tigers in the College World Series. LSU (48-17) plays Florida St. (45-21) on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (CT).

If you are looking for some ideas, here are a few fun things you might want to add to your list.

1.    Here’s a great list of new books to read this summer.

2.    Check out this playlist for your next road trip.

3.    Try a new ice cream flavor. Here’s a list of my favorite ice cream shops in the U.S.

4.    Check out this summer movie release guide from The New York Times.

5.    Download some new podcasts for your next road trip or vacation. If you are looking for some recommendations, check out the links below:

My Favorite Podcast Part 1

My Favorite Podcasts Part 2

My Favorite Podcasts Part 3

My Favorite Podcasts Part 4

6.    Here’s a list of the most anticipated album releases and concert tours for summer.

7.    Check out this list of summer premieres dates for new series and new seasons of returning shows.

8.    From The New York Times: what to cook this summer.

9.    If you are traveling this summer, check out some of my travel guides:




10.  Check out this list of top music festivals in the South.

You can also see my summer to-do lists for 2016 if you need a bit of inspiration to create your own.

What are you planning on doing this summer? Tell me in the comments.

My Favorite Podcasts

12 Awesome Podcasts

Today I am sharing more of my favorite podcasts. If you are not familiar with podcasts, a podcast is a radio show that you can download or listen to online. Podcasts are great company on long road trips as well as daily commutes. I also listen to podcasts if I go for a long walk or while I’m cooking, cleaning, or doing some work on my computer. The best part about podcasts is they are completely free to download or stream online. Rather than listening to the radio or music, give podcasts a chance.

I listen to podcasts on my iPhone. It’s portable, and there are multiple podcasting apps available for it. I recently downloaded the Downcast app. You can create playlists and organize what you download or stream so you don’t lose precious space on your device. Before that, I used the simple Podcast app on my iPhone. 

Some other great podcast apps to try include Overcast. In addition to offering easy-to-find content, this app makes it simple for you to download podcasts for offline listening, which is my favorite feature of any podcast app. You can search for and subscribe to podcasts, create custom playlists, and get notifications when new content is available.

I also like the TuneIn Radio app. This app includes 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent. Explore and follow the best in sports, news, music and talk to create your personalized feed.

You can also listen to podcasts using Soundcloud and Sticher. The Stitcher app is available on Apple and Android devices.

If you are looking for new podcasts, the new and noteworthy section of iTunes for podcasts is a great resource. The Podcast Top 200 lists the most popular podcasts, and the iTunes Essentials: Podcasts is a great way to find popular content. Use this curated library to find podcasts based on interests like “cooking” or “travel.”

And here’s a quick guide on how to download and listen to podcasts.

Do you listen to podcasts?  Here are a few of my favorites.

1.    HOW TO BE AMAZING: Michael Ian Black’s podcast is packed full of inspiration and comedy. Michael’s mission is to find people who are doing awesome things and get to the heart of how they got there. Topics cover things like failure, dealing with critics and the creative process.

Episode 01 | Elizabeth Gilbert

Episode 19 | David Sedaris

2.    WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?: What Should I Read Next is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, host Anne Bogel interviews a new person and finds out their tastes. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next.


Episode 06 | Tsh Oxenreider

Episode 04 | Seth Haines

3.    SHMANNERS: Listen to husband Travis McElroy and wife Teresa McElroy and they’ll improve your etiquette week by week! Perplexed by thank you notes? Baffled by black tie? Dismayed by dinner parties? Worry no more, Shmanners has your answers!


Episode 01 | Thank You Notes

Episode 03 | Conversation

4.    THE BIG BOO CAST: Two Southern mama-bloggers and authors, Big Mama and BooMama, talk about all the important stuff in life: faith, family, friends, fashion, food and football.


Episode 50 | Undergarments

Episode 54 | Travel

5.    REAL CRIME PROFILE: Jim Clemente, formerly of the FBI, Laura Richards, formerly of Scotland Yard, and Lisa Zambetti, casting director of Criminal Minds on CBS, discuss the arrest of Steven Avery and other oddities of the Netflix Series “Making a Murderer” in the first three episodes.


You need to listen to them all, in order.

Episode 01 |  Discussing Making of a Murderer

6.    MASTERPIECE STUDIO: This podcast is your backstage pass to Downton Abbey. After the show, listen to exclusive interviews with the cast and crew.


Episode 4 | Downtown Abbey’s Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary):

Episode 6 | Downtown Abbey’s Allen Leach (Tom Branson):

7.    LIMETOWN PODCAST:  Limetown is a fictional story full of suspense. Here’s the premise: Ten years ago, over three hundred men, women, and children disappeared from a small town in Tennessee, never to be heard from again. In this seven-part podcast, American Public Radio host Lia Haddock asks the question once more, “What happened to the people of Limetown?”


You need to listen to them all, in order.

8.    THE MINIMALISTS: On The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less stuff. They are just regular guys who changed their lives by getting rid of a lot of excess stuff. Even if you do not consider yourself a minimalist, you will learn so many good tips for organization, time management, conquering clutter, relationships, and so much more.


Episode 7 | Stuff

Episode 1: | Declutter

9.    BON APPETITE: This food podcast features interviews with chefs, writers, and a discussion of food-related topics such as holiday baking, eating healthy, preserving, and more!


Episode 46 | Cook Every Meal for a Month

Episode 35 | The Queens of Modern Baking (Liz Prueitt of Tartine Bakery and Claire Ptak of London’s Violet Bakery)

10.  THE SIMPLE SHOW: Tsh is the voice behind and is the author of Notes from a Blue Bike, One Bite at a Time, and Organized Simplicity. The Simple Show offers conversations on passion, projects, and living simply plus helpful advice for adding a little more minimalism into your life. Though not the typical topics you might expect from a minimalist podcast, Tsh always asks her guests what it looks like to them to live simpler, whether it’s to do with food, travel, writing, parenting, or fashion.


Episode 21 | A Neighbor’s Table with Sarah Harmeyer

Episode 20 | Gretchen Rubin

11.  BLOGTACULAR: This is my favorite new podcast. It’s full of useful tips and tricks. If you enjoy photography or own a creative business, you will enjoy listening to the interviews with photographers, designers, bloggers, and creative entrepreneurs.


Episode 01 | Martie Marie Forsberg (photography)

Episode 02 | Fiona Humberstone (branding)

12.  QUIET THE POWER OF INTROVERTS: Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company with initiatives in the areas of children, lifestyle, and the workplace. Susan’s latest project is a podcast she hosts and produces. The first season of the podcast is a ten-part series that focuses on giving parents and educators the tools to empower quiet kids. Expect to learn about how caregivers and schools can better understand and support introverts, how the changing landscape of social media impacts quiet children, the neuroscience of introversion, and more. You’ll also hear sound advice from Susan and experts in education and parenting.


Episode 01 | The Long Runway
Susan Cain introduces you to the neuroscience of introversion and shares tips on how to help quiet kids navigate the world at their own pace.
Guests include: Dr. Carl Schwartz of Massachusetts General Hospital

P.S. Check out more of my favorite podcasts HERE.

Question of the Day:

Do you have any favorite podcasts to add to this list? I’m always looking for a new podcast, and I’d love to hear your favorites.


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Link Love

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Here are some great links to interesting articles for your weekend reading. I hope you enjoy this edition of Link Love. Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

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