Link Love 4/17

[Psssssst!!! Have you entered my HUGE Blogiversary Bar Bonanza giveaway!? Larabars, Thunderbird bars, Nakd bars, and FiberLove bars up for grabs!! Not to mention there are FIVE winners!! Check it out!]

I hope you have a few minutes HOURS to kill…because I have some fully loaded Link Love to share with you all today! So many good finds from around the interwebs! So sit back, relax, and ENJOY! Lots of laughs, thoughts, and nods are about to ensue! :)

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Tweets of the Week  Screen Shot 2014-04-08 at 4.19.19 PM Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 7.46.12 AM Screen Shot 2014-04-12 at 9.58.53 PM A Few Funnies 

[appropriate since it SNOWED this week]

On my ‘To Make’ List  Protein Banana Bread   ‘Bagel’ with Cauliflower Parsnip ‘Cream Cheese’—>so unique! Vegetable Pot Pie  Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies  Creamy Curried Kale and Chickpeas 

Thought Provoking and Insightful 

7 Reasons you should HATE your Body—>It’s not what you think!

9 Things to Stop Doing During Hard Times 

60 Little Tips that can Change a Girl’s Life 

Why I Don’t Use the Term Food Porn  The Time You Have in Jellybeans—>This will blow your mind.

10 Statements Everyone Needs to Hear 

Truth Exposed! White Carbs are Actually Healthy

My Body Is Wildly Undisciplined And I Deny Myself Nearly Everything I Desire—> Awesome perspective on the Biggest Loser controversy!

Feeding Your Child a Cookie Isn’t Child Abuse—> A great read from one of my new favorite blogs! 

Lighthearted and Laugh Inducing 

The Riddle You’d have to be a Genius to Solve 

The Most Pretentious Food Words of All Time 

20 Hilarious Tweets to Make you Feel Better about Missing the Gym—>PERFECTION.

13 Things that Happen when you Grow up with a Mom Who’s a Nurse 

21 Energy Boosting Breakfast Toasts 

22 Things your Dad can do Better than You

Have any questions for me? I’m thinking of doing a Q and A post soon! 

Also, any readers request posts?

Kaila

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Todays’s Healthy Help: Sent a classmate my notes for the semester since she’s struggling to keep up!

Never too late to start Lending a {Healthy} Hand for this week’s round-up! Tell me what you’ve done to help someone else lately!

Fourth Blogiversary: Bar Bonanza Giveaway!

Hellooooo, friends! As you can see from the title, April 14th marks a BIG anniversary for the little ‘ol blog! That’s right…..we’ve been going for FOUR YEARS strong!

I really can’t believe it. It’s hard to imagine I’ve been consistently writing and documenting my life for four whole years. Numerous trips, tons of holidays, countless product reviews, the challenges of school, kitchen triumphs and mishaps, and a whole lot of memorable moments!

It’s amazing the transformation this blog has made and I am really happy with how it’s grown and changed as I have. What started as a way to get introduced to new healthy living products, has truly become an outlet for my creativity, my self-expression, and a gateway to an incredible community of like-minded individuals.

This blog has been a source of pride for me. A source of confidence. And the constant feedback and interaction I get from you all is so appreciated. I’ve ‘met’ (online and IRL) so many amazing people who have really made an imprint on my heart and soul.

This blog has allowed me to grasp hold of how much potential humans have for kindness and compassion. While, it’s also brought plenty of heartache, judgement, and criticism, I’ve been able to take something away from every experience I’ve had with it. I’ve learned important lessons, been able to acknowledge my own indiscretions, and truly come into my own in my search for my voice.

A few things I’ve taken away from blogging for over 4 years…

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-You can’t please everyone. And at a certain point you have to stop trying.

-Don’t get caught up in the politics, the negativity, or the falsities. And if you find that you have, reflect on those decisions and move past them as soon as you can. Start fresh.

-Don’t be afraid to vulnerable and open. People are so receptive and encouraging…especially when they can relate.

-Take pride in what you write and write about things you’re truly passionate about.

-Speak your mind, but do so with respect and courtesy of others opinions.

-Learn to accept constructive criticism. But don’t subject yourself to outright cruelty.

-PicMonkey is a life-savor.

-Admit when you’re wrong.

-Coding, wordpress, and the ‘behind the scenes’ stuff is HARD. One of these days I am going to sit down and learn the ins and outs of computers.

-Give to back to the community what you take. Supporting other bloggers and readers is so important.

-You’re going to make mistakes. With your grammar, your writing, your over sharing, your under-sharing, and your self expression. But you’re only human and in this vulnerable place, you can only do your best to be authentic.

I’ve truly learned an immense amount. More than I can put into words. But one thing is for sure. After 4 years, I still look forward to every post I write, every comment I receive, and every interaction I have with all of you. And if that keeps holding true…than you can bet I’ll keep blogging for the long haul.

As a special thanks to all of you who have been supporting me since the beginning or have joined in along the way…I am holding one of my BIGGEST GIVEAWAYS EVER!

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Featuring my favorite thing……BARS!!! Specifically bars from FOUR of my favorite brands! How appropriate right!?

Up for grabs…

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larabarprize.jpgthunderbirdprizeSince there are SO many ways to enter and FIVE different winners….this giveaway will run all the way until next Saturday! That way you have plenty of time to enter and give yourself the best possible chance of winning!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thank you so much to Larabar, FiberLove, Thunderbird Energetica, and Nakd for sponsoring my big anniversary giveaway!! Just a few examples of the some of the AMAZING companies and people who this blog has also allowed me to connect with!

Good luck to all who enter and here’s to another year of fun and blogging!

Kaila

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Todays’s Healthy Help: Helped a lady wrangle her dog who pulled it’s leash out of her hand!

Never too early to start Lending a {Healthy} Hand for this week’s round-up! Tell me what you’ve done to help someone else lately!