Friday, June 26, 2015

Week #3: My List of Fabulous Finds

It is rare that I publish twice in one day. Today is one of those exceptions! 

This morning I published the third segment of my fictional short story about Mindy, the delightfully quirky compulsive shopper with hoarding tendencies. And now, as promised for every Friday, here is the latest “My List of Fabulous Finds” post. My sincere apologies if you were expecting to find this list here earlier today! 

There is a LOT of really helpful, captivating, and entertaining information available on the Internet!  It can take a lot of time however, to sift through and find the articles that interest you. In this series, I share the links to some of the “fabulous finds" I have discovered on the Internet throughout the week. 

If you read this blog, I suspect we have similar passions. If I find something to be fascinating or useful, I think you might as well. 


Here is some of what I came across this week.

This Week's Fabulous Finds:

~ ~ Editorial Calendars are Important

editorial calendar, blogging calendar, calendar, schedule posts
A photo of my calendar - completely blank for this month!
There is a very personal reason I am including this post of well-spoken advice in my list of fabulous finds. If I had not gotten lazy about using my editorial calendar, I would not be publishing a blog post for a second time today! 

I confess: Before hitting publish on my story this morning, I had not realized that it was already time again to publish a My List of Fabulous Finds post! (Friday came quickly this week!) Pre-planning posts on a calendar really does helps with organization - and I will be doing so again from now on!

~ ~ Paper Plant Wrappers

plant pot, mint plant
The pot my mint plant is in outside is not pretty. If I bring it indoors temporarily this fall, it would be nice to dress it up a bit!
While this linked article was written as a tutorial for creating a patriotic gift, I plan to make a few of these just for myself!  What a cute way to disguise the ugly pots my herbs are in when I bring them inside at the end of summer for a bit ... and much less expensive than buying a decorative container. 

~ ~ The Dietary Restrictions of Guests

It is becoming increasingly common that dinner guests may have dietary restrictions. While I have always tried to remember to ask if my guests have an allergy to nuts or shellfish, it is now entirely possible that they may be vegetarian or shun dairy, gluten, or a variety of other food groups.  There are some really helpful tips in the article I have linked here, and I have a few tricks of my own: In addition to whatever appetizer I have made, I like to serve raw veggie sticks for anyone counting calories. Having some gluten-free crackers on hand can be very thoughtful also.  

~ ~ Blog Promotion is Time Consuming. Is it Worth It?

This post practically wrote word-for-word the thoughts that have been swirling around in my head. I have no intention of immediately giving up the link parties I participate in or canceling my social media accounts, and I will never stop reading the blogs I love; however, I desperately need to find a way to better budget my time.  It is good for bloggers to set priorities, and evaluate which efforts are the ones where they should spend the most time.

~ ~ A Message That Should Be Spread Like Wildfire!

self esteem, weight, #WeighThis

This is a post that I hope everyone reads - and please don't miss watching the video! You cannot measure a person's worth on a scale!! Being healthy is important, but nobody is a number on a scale. I hope you read the post, watch the video, then spread the message with the hashtag #WeighThis .

This list of links is shorter than previous weeks - but it was quite a week of finds, don't you think! 

Be sure to check out all of the blogs where they were published - just click on the links and they will take you to each site. 

Do you use an editorial calendar, have a dietary restriction, or feel like your self-esteem is tied to a number on the scale?

This post may be linked to one of the great link-up parties I follow and list on my blog. Check them out!


  1. It is always fun to see what you picked. There are some good ones this week as always!

    1. Thanks Carlee. I appreciated the feedback!

  2. I love these posts every Friday even if I don't always catch them on Friday! I have that exact same blogging calender and I wouldn't be able to survive without it. Sometimes I don't use it as correctly as I should be I love looking through the month and seeing those days filled up. It also keeps me up to date with sponsored posts, or influencer programs I'm working on! I need to get to ordering next years!

    1. I was doing really well for a while using mine Rena, but then got out of the habit because I was blogging away from home and had not taken it with me. A big mistake - and I think it really does save time to use one!

  3. Wow, thank you so much for the mention, Susan! My daughters (who contribute to my blog as well), were truly excited, as was I. We are new to blogging and have much to learn. Your post was also informative. Again, thanks and enjoy your weekend:).

    1. How fun for you and your daughters to be blogging together! Your site is lovely - and your article was well worth the mention Donna! I hope your weekend is going well also!

    2. We do have fun, Susan. My older daughter is married and lives in Hawaii AND Alaska (I know--bit of a stretch) and my younger daughter is in high school. Thank you again for the mention. I really appreciated your article "You Can't Weigh Your Worth on a Scale"--especially as I get older. Have a good week!

  4. Thank you so very much for including my post in your round up. It means a great deal to me. Thanks!

    1. Thank you for writing it Susan! It contains a very powerful message, and was the first time I came across the #WeighThis campaign. Thanks for stopping by here!

  5. Great links this week Susan - I especially enjoyed the one about blog promotion. Hope you had a great weekend!

  6. Enjoyed every one of these, Susan! Thank you!

  7. Hey Susan,

    I came over on the Thursday Favorites today, and I'm glad to find your site. I also followed you on Pinterest.

    I like this idea to share some of your favorite things. You've got quite a variety which makes for an interesting post!

    I just bought a calendar to use as a blog/editorial calendar. I think it will help me to be more organized.

    Hope you and your family enjoy a nice 4th of July~

    1. Hi Melanie. Thanks for stopping by, and for your nice comments. I'm following you now as well!

  8. Great finds for sure! Thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

    1. Thanks for hosting it! I was offline most of this week, so missed it - but will be linking up there again in the future!


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