Tuesday Tidbits | Favorites From Pinterest This Week

For this week’s Tuesday Tidbits, I thought I’d round-up some of my favorite pins from this past week. I try (ha) to not fall into the trap of pinning and never using – I’ve found some amazing recipes, cleaning tricks, and clothing pieces from Pinterest! Here’s what I’ve been pinning this week:

Tuesday Tidbits | Pinterest Favorites

→ My doctor recently recently recommended I check out their office’s Pinterest board for some healthy recipes. Kevin and I tried out this Southwest Stuffed Sweet Potato and holy cow is it amazing! We added some lean ground turkey to the recipe and it fit in well. If you’re looking for a little extra creaminess, I added a dollop of Greek yogurt on top of mine. It tasted and melted just like sour cream on a regular baked potato!

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Photo from SkinnyMs.com

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Reading List | September 2015

Welcome to September – my favorite month of the year!

Not only is this month home to my birthday, it’s the kick off for fall, the holiday season, and a fantastic time to focus on reading and books. September 27th is the start of this year’s Banned Books Week, an event I’m particularly passionate about.

Banned Books Week was created by the American Library Association to draw attention to (and hopefully prevent) literary censorship. Each year, the event encourages you to read books that have been challenged or banned and includes a list of the previous year’s most challenged books. The purpose is to ensure the future of free exchange of ideas, and remind us that censorship can be dangerous.

I fully support your right to read whatever you choose. Reading opens new worlds to you, boosts your creativity, and makes you a more understanding person. There may be books out there that I don’t have any interest in reading because of the content, but that certainly doesn’t mean I should be able to keep others from reading them. Parents should put age-appropriate limits on what their kids read (based on research of the books in question), but they should never have the ability to keep others’ kids from reading whatever they and their families choose.

The challenges to books on the ALA’s list each year include complaints that the books are “anti-family,” not age-appropriate, “satanic/include witchcraft,” and “anti-authority.” Again, if someone doesn’t want to read books of this nature, that’s fine – but it should scare you that people out there want to make sure you can’t read them either. Typically, the challenges seek to remove the books from libraries or schools. Even worse, this list frequently includes books you probably consider classics; the Harry Potter series, Catcher in the Rye, Grapes of Wrath, and To Kill a Mockingbird have all made the list previously.

I challenge you to read a banned book or two this month. Whether it’s Harry Potter, 50 Shades of Grey, or the Anarchist Cookbook (actually a book I plan to read when I’m able to find it), read away! Encourage the youth you know to read and read frequently. Stand up against book challenges in your community, and support your local library. Books represent the voices of all of us, even those we disagree with. My reading list this month includes a few books on the ALA’s list, as well as some new releases (and maybe this will at long last be the month I get to read Girl on a Train!)

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Tuesday Tidbits | Workout Motivation

Welcome to the final Tuesday of August 2015!

It sounds completely crazy, but August is just about finished. September starts next week, and fall will soon be on the way.

I adore everything about fall, but I tend to let myself slip out of my workout routine during the cooler months. There’s warmer food and less sunlight, both of which make me want to stay under my blankets long term.

As motivation this week, I have a roundup of links to inspire your next workout. There’s ideas for new moves, new outfits, and post workout snacks. Working out should be fun – if it feels like torture, find a new routine.

Tuesday Tidbits | Workout Motivation

→ Over at Lauren Conrad’s blog this week, there’s a great post about exercises targeting under-worked muscles.

Photo from laurenconrad.com

→ Even though I’m happy to say I’m starting to become a fitness lover, I still have days where I try to come up with excuses for skipping a workout. The Every Girl has responses to the most common excuses, and how to avoid them.

→ I absolutely adore this outfit from the ladies over at A Piece of Toast! I basically live in my Nike shorts, but the Zella leggings look comfortable, cute, and more fall appropriate.

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→ Sadly, so many people don’t seem to understand the rules for etiquette at the gym. It’s not hard – first and foremost, just remember to be aware of other people’s personal space! Women’s Health Magazine has an article this week that delves further into how to avoid being a jerk at the gym.

→ POPSUGAR has a fantastic list of post-workout snack ideas. It includes some of my favorites,  mainly cheese and cracks and protein shakes!

 

Enjoy the rest of August!

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Tuesday Tidbits: Career Search Tips

Now that Memorial Day Weekend is done, it’s time to launch back into the week! As many of you know, for me, this currently does not mean going to a 9-5 job.

The 1 year anniversary of graduating with my master’s degree has come and gone, and I am still without employment in my field. Granted, a good portion of that time was dedicated to planning for and eventually executing a move away from Wyoming, and I haven’t been idle the whole time! I’ve been doing freelance and volunteer work, both of which have grown my portfolio and helped me continue  to fine tune my skills.

As I push on in my career search, I’ve come across some great advice in various places on the internet. I’ve also had plenty of opportunity to discover what absolutely does not work, and some things that do help on the job hunt. This week’s Tuesday Tidbits post is dedicated to some awesome career search related content!

What I’m Loving This Week: Career Search Tips

→ One of the biggest challenges I face before relocating was letting employers know that my out of state address wasn’t going to be a hindrance, that I was ready to relocate, and I wanted this particular job. Careerealism has a great post on  tips for achieving this.

→ Unfortunately, in my job hunt, I’ve had a few major disappointments where I had awesome interviews, progressed until the last round of hiring, and then did not get the job. DailyWorth (one of my FAVORITE websites) has a fantastic roundup of why this happens.

→ In order to build my network out here in Portland, I have been working on scheduling informational interviews with PR agencies and professionals in this area. My second one is tomorrow afternoon! This Forbes article has advice for setting these up.

→ For my fellow PR young professionals – check out the PRSA’s entry-level employment center.

→ Fellow blogger Bernandine has a recent post that really resonated with me. I’ve been feeling a bit hopeless about my career, and her post on remembering that this state is temporary was the boost I needed.

→ And a little sweet kitty face never hurts morale, either:

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Detective Mittens “DM”

 

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Tuesday Tidbits: Travel Tips & Ideas

Welcome to this week’s Tuesday Tidbits! As I will be taking a short weekend trip, I’ve been searching for some advice on packing and flying, as well as checking out adorable travel gear (for fun, of course – my unemployed self is currently only dreaming of even having disposable income). I love travel, and honestly find it strange when I haven’t been in an airport in awhile. Even though it’s only a quick trip home, I’m excited to be packing my bags for a few days.

What I’m Loving This Week:

→ The Every Girl has a great guide to preventing over packing. I have had a few instances where I’m biting my nails while the luggage scale continues to inch closer to that magical 50 pounds.

→ I’ve had this Kate Spade carry on bag hanging out in my Pinterest Wishlist board for awhile. I love the colors! Maybe someday….

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→ Food is one of the best parts of traveling to new places! Erin over at Her Heartland Soul posted this fantastic recap of the food she and her husband enjoyed on their recent trip to Puerto Vallarta. So many delicious photos!

→ I visited Victoria in British Columbia almost a decade ago, and remember so many beautiful sights. Now that we live not that far from Canada, I would love to go back.

→ Here’s one of my favorite photos from our New Year’s Eve trip to Miami. Our room had a perfect view of the ocean.miami beach

 

What are some of your top vacation spots?

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Tuesday Tidbits

Ah, Tuesday again already!

My networking interview that was scheduled for today has been pushed back to next week, so my schedule is now wide open. Which means I need to get myself to the gym soon – there’s no excuse now!

So, with health on my mind today, here’s a few interesting wellness related tidbits.

What I’m Loving This Week:

This lemon-tumeric tonic. I don’t believe in getting on every health bandwagon, but after my lower back pain decided to rear its ugly head again a few weeks ago, I gave this supposedly anti-inflammatory drink a try. Within a few hours, the pain had gone down significantly – about as much as if I’d taken my usual pain killers instead.

→ Speaking  of strange drinks that work, both Kevin and I have managed to heal canker sores by drinking Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar drinks. This grape/acai flavor is pretty tasty for something containing vinegar!

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→ Self-care is something I am trying to focus on more. Here’s a great list of self-care tips from Psychology Today.

→ I love HIIT workouts, and will be trying this one today from Tone it Up!

THIS is what Kevin and I will be having for dinner tonight. I am so excited to see how they turn out!

Have a great Tuesday!

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Tuesday Tidbits

Welcome to the first edition of Tuesday Tidbits!

Tuesday is my least favorite day of the week. Monday, even with its bad reputation, comes after a few days of rest and I usually feel recharged. Wednesday is half way through the week, Thursday is almost the end, and Friday is – Friday! Tuesday just doesn’t have much going for it. In Tuesday Tidbits, you’ll find a specially curated list of inspirational, fun things on my mind or that I’ve come across to help brighten it up! This week, as my job search continues, I’ve been delving into professional life tips and continued learning in the public relations realm.

What I’m loving this week:

I am horrible with mornings. But this article from Daily Worth has me inspired to get a routine going that energizes my day, like these successful women.

PR Daily has some great tips for new graduates on their blog, and I’ll definitely be joining in with the #RaganSocial Twitter Chat today at 2 PM central for more ideas!

If you don’t get The Skimm in your inbox every morning yet, you should be! This service gives you bite sized coverage of the day’s news. You can sign up through my referral link.

Every single one of the looks from the female side of the Mad Men cast during their last red carpet premiere (a year ago now, but since Mad Men just kicked off the final seven episodes last week, it still counts!)

And a little kitty love, since Ali doesn’t have a job either…

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