Link Love: 10.18.13

FirewoodThat wood is going to be on fire soon, and I can’t wait!

Happy Friday! This week went by quickly, but I’m not complaining. I kept forgetting that I had a long weekend last weekend, and it really threw me off for the rest of the week. In a good way, of course! I didn’t end up pumpkin picking, but I did cram quite a few other things into the weekend, and it was great! I did some shopping for the house and we’re getting close to being finished decorating the living room (photos to come soon)! I also worked on a little Halloween DIY that I’ll post soon as well!

I love that the weather is really starting to cool off – it’s just about time to start lighting fires in my fireplace! Having a fire going while sitting in the living room, drinking hot chocolate and cuddling with the Hubbs and our pets is the BEST. I’m so excited.

And, I started working out again. It’s taken me a long time to get off my lazy butt and begin working out on a regular basis, but I finally got fed up with how I look and feel and it pushed me to actually do something about it (instead of just complaining about it). I worked out every day this week, even if it was just a few sets with weights so that I could get something in. I’ve made a point of eating well this week as well, and I feel great! I know it will take some time to see results, but I have made a pact with myself to keep this up and continue living healthfully, even after I reach my goal weight.

With that, it’s link love time!

read-on script Glossy Blonde Link Love~ Why we dress the way we do.

~ You all know I love my craft beer, and I was excited to see New England representing at the Great American Craft Beer Festival!

~ These jewelry dishes with copper edging are beautiful, and easier to DIY than you may think!

~ Thinking of switching careers? Check out these 5 tips!

~ The only three liquid eyeliner techniques you’ll ever need… and how to master them.

~ I still haven’t decided on my pets’ Halloween costumes for this year (yes, I am that person). But there are a few hilarious ones here (love the school bus)!

~ A great reminder to step back and find that margin when things get overwhelming.

~ Best. Outfit. Ever.

  • Katie

    I think I have that same firewood container, we painted ours gold for our wedding! Meijer?? And keep working out and eating good!! Isn’t it crazy how good we feel when we do and then we convince ourselves to stop?! Like we get some sort of amnesia right? Persevere! If you have any nutrition blog posts suggestions for me I’d love to hear what you’d like to see! Thanks!

    • Niki

      Ours is from The Container Store! That’s so fun that you have a similar one and painted it gold! And thank you! I’m trying hard to stay on track this time!

  • Janine Huldie

    Love those sequins and can totally see what you said best outfit ever. Does sound like last weekend and this week, too were great and so happy to hear. And now here is to another great weekend ahead now, too!!

    • Niki

      Thanks Janine! Yay for the weekend! I hope you have a great one!

  • Lauren

    I loved the article about switching careers! It is a subject that is at the front of my mind lately, so it was great to read her tips!

    • Niki

      That’s great that you found it helpful!! I hope your career change works out for the best!

  • Karly Kim

    I love all of the things you share! Hope you have a great weekend honey. Can’t wait to see your Halloween post!

    • Niki

      Thanks Karly! You too!

  • Sharon

    Haha, the dog Halloween costumes article made me laugh! They all have that “why are you doing this to me” look on their face :) Have a great weekend!

    The Tiny Heart

    • Niki

      They’re SO funny! Have a great weekend Sharon!

  • Stephanie

    I cannot wait to see what you pick for Halloween costumes! Hawkeye was a shark last year, but I haven’t decided this year yet. She is going to a dog Halloween party at her day care, they have bobbing for hot dogs!!

    • Niki

      It’s such a hard decision! I bet Hawkeye was the cutest shark ever! I can’t wait to see what she is this year! I used to take my last dog bobbing for hot dogs at this big Halloween festival back in the day, it was so cute!

  • Erin

    Can you send your fireplace to me because that sounds deliciously cozy right about now.

    • Niki

      It’s the best!

  • Ashley

    Loved the dog Halloween costumes, so funny but so cute!!!! Have a lovely weekend girl :)

    Sincerely Miss Ash

    • Niki

      You too!!

  • Always Maylee

    I can’t wait to see your pets’ halloween costumes!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • Niki

      I hope I can figure out something good!

  • Terry Lozoff

    Thanks for the shout out, Niki!

    • Niki

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy that New England did so well!

  • Nikki

    I am glad it is cooling off too! Can’t wait to see your Halloween DIY. I love all thinks Halloween! When we only had 1 dog, I dressed him up. But now that we have 2, I learned that all they want to do it tear the costumes off each other. So it just isn’t worth it! And that is great you are working out again! I feel so much better when I do something at least a few days a week. Now if I could just get my butt out of bed early to run in the mornings! Have a great weekend!


    • Niki

      Me too! And haha I completely hear you – my dogs’ Halloween costumes sometimes stay on long enough to take photos, and even that’s a stretch! Sigh! And it does feel good to be working out again! Have a great weekend, friend!

  • anngelik

    Oh I agree, long week behind and ahead. I need to start working out, I started and then stopped for some reason.


    • Niki

      I tend to go through phases with working out and it’s always tough to get back into it, but it does feel good!

  • Dale Janee

    I totally agree, this week went by so fast. I love the links you shared and I’m curious to see the eyeliner tricks.

    xo from San Francisco & Switzerland

    • Niki

      Thanks Dale!

  • Laura

    Can’t wait to see your Halloween post :) Love Fall weekends xo

    • Niki

      Yay! I hope you had a great weekend! xo

  • Britta

    The hardest part is taking that first step and starting to exercise! It will much easier now that you have the first week under your belt :) Keep it up!!

    • Niki

      I agree! It’s getting easier! Thanks Britta!

  • Kelly

    Congrats on getting back on the work-out train, it stinks but it is always worth it!

    Sparkles and Shoes

    • Niki

      Thanks! It’s definitely worth it! xo

  • Jennie

    The surprise fridays that come fast are always the best! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    I have a giveaway going on, would love for you to check it out!

    • Niki

      I agree! I hope you had a great weekend!

  • Lauren

    I was really excited to see New England was representing the craft beer festival as well!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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  • Paulina

    I am super happy too that it is getting cold enough for fires I had one on saturday and it was amazing.

    • Niki

      That sounds incredible! I can’t wait to have one myself!

  • Jessica

    I wish I had a fireplace…although I guess I don’t really need one in California :-( Hope you had a great weekend!
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • Niki

      Haha I understand – I still wanted one when I lived in Florida! I hope you had a great weekend too! xoxo

  • Chelsey

    Omg, Niki! That article about changing careers was written directly toward me. Thanks so much for sharing; it’s just what I needed to hear (read)! I hope you’ll check out my newly updated blog!

    • Niki

      I’m glad it helped you!

  • Megan Stylish + Scatterbrained

    I love the fall too now that it’s finally here! We’ve been in our place for three years now and still haven’t used our fireplace…maybe we’ll finally light it up this year! That’s awesome about how proactive you’re being with your health! Getting out and doing it is the hardest part and I agree that even something little is better than nothing!

    • Niki

      Oh my gosh! I hope you use it this year! And thank you! It’s tough to keep going after having been so lazy but I’m working through it! xo

  • kimberly daily

    i’m in love with that basket holding your fire wood.