Weekend Link Love!

Oh – hi friends!  Long time, no talk.  Sorry for the radio silence over here; my full-time+ day job has gotten the best of me.  It’s always interesting when my blog goes a little quiet, my body starts physically reacting.  My day job is so heavy on the analytical side that my body starts recognizing the imbalance.  I wake up from weird, strange dreams as my brain starts screaming, “we need to create!!”

Well, since the creative process can take a little longer than a Saturday-morning-hour, I decided to roll out another version of Link Love: the Weekend Edition.  Come check out these brave and creative posts from blogger geniuses across the internet.  Meanwhile, I’ll be working on a new challenge post for next week.  Hope you’ll join me!

Hannah’s Amazing Oscar’s Party!

I’m blown away by the creative extent of Hannah’s Oscar Party!  She made food inspired by each of the movies nominated for Best Picture!  I want to eat everything on that table… seriously.

A Beautiful Mess’ Spaghetti Squash Pizza

As a fan of the Paleo diet, I’m constantly looking for new sources of inspiration for my junk food cravings.  Doesn’t this pizza look divine??!  (Just ignore that cheese.) ;)

The Reason I Foster by Carolina Fireflies

For anyone who is considering fostering dogs, this is a must-read.  I definitely think this is something that Kina and I will do in the future, and I appreciate this heart-warming post from Kristyn about the selfless risk of fostering.

Dating Through Your Marriage from In Honor of Design

I absolutely loved this post from Anna about dating through her marriage.  I know this is a common piece of advice from married folks, but Anna enhances this tip by identifying very specific and unique things that make her marriage work.

Things You Learn from Strangers on the Internet

Last weekend, I ventured down to Woodbridge for the third Virginia Blogger Meet-up.  I wrote about my other two trips here and here.  The event’s name is really tough to comprehend and all ;), so, to fully explain, a Blogger Meet-up is when a number of Virginia women with blogs meet up to eat some yummy food and discuss all things womanly – from blogs to gossip to love to life.

It’s amazing how much we cover in a couple of hours.

Because here’s the thing about meeting people through the internet – you never know what to expect.    When I first decided to meet these women in person, I didn’t know whether to study Blogging 101 the night before, fake an extroverted alter ego or bring my can of mace.  Seriously, I thought about bringing mace.

The other option was to just be myself, but that terrified me even more.

To get right down to it, the most import and surprising thing I learned about strangers on the internet is that most of them actually want to be your friend.  Your real, true friend.  I know more about these women from our last three meet-ups (and endless hours of stalking them online) than I know about most acquaintances in my real life.  I’ve lived through the birth of Melanie’s son, Krystle’s Advocare journey, Abbey’s date night extravaganzas, Sarah’s amazing battle through life’s unexpected adventures, and the discovery of Gayle’s golden moments.  So many momentous occasions in such a short period of time.

And I didn’t even need the mace.

Here’s the full list of the amazing friends I met up with at this past meet-up.  Please check out these women’s blogs!  You never know what you’ll learn next. ;)

ps. I think I owe a few of you this link to the ten guys you meet through online dating…

This blog post might be all over the place.

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 Back (left to right):
Penny @ Real Housewife of Caroline County
Beth @ Arrow in the Eye
Krystle @ Life Revolves Around Them
me
Alix @ In a DC Minute
Front (left to right)
Abbey @ The Makings of a Mess
Sarah @ Growing, Laughing & Loving in Life
Melanie @ Now a Queen
Gayle @ A Gayle Force