Now Trending – Best Links Week of 12.15

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Depending on when you’re reading this, I’m either en route to Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, or maybe this is years down the line and you’ve stumbled across my blog and decided to back stalk me and who knows where I am but trust me, past Cassie is flattered and knows you’re making the right decision back stalking me.

I had so many good posts planned for you this week but life got in the way again, not in the super fun let’s drink drinks and go to the beach at 9 p.m. and make people anxious about missing flights and barely sleep for three days kind of fun I was having a couple weeks ago, but in the life way. Which is the lamest way. So I haven’t had the time to read things on the Internet and find interesting things like I usually do during the weekend/week but here are the best links I’ve found this week.

Side note: I seriously got saucy and funny on this post but then thought I would offend people so I edited it. Should I do things like that?

Travel
2015 has the potential to be the year I go to Tokyo. For a number of reasons, but also I live like a direct flight away. My spirit animal Leandra Medine was just there and I love her photo diary.

Non-cheesy romantic getaways. I love that I don’t see junk like Paris, Venice and NYC on this list. All lovely places, don’t get me wrong, but over-played.

Lifestyle
I’m so guilty of #relfies, or relationship selfies, because, um, I date really cute boys (I am seriously the girl of no hard feelings ever), but are #relfies good for your relationship?

Someone sent me this parody of Sarah Koenig from Serial just totally losing her shit on the last episode and I laughed so hard. No spoilers! (Also don’t spoil it for me, I haven’t listened to episode 12 yet.)

I don’t like the idea of going out with people I don’t know which is why I just get involved with people I’ve known for years (hey, at least I know what works for me) so I’m not very knowledge about first dates where I don’t know the person, but it’s funny to see what NYC bartenders had to say about first date tips.

Fitness
Love this three move workout by Ashley from A Lady Goes West.

Ever wonder what size dumbbells you should use? I’ll give you a hint, it’s probably not three pounds which is what I typically use.

Food
Hoping Joe has acquired another food processor since he sent his to SF so I can make this Salted Oat Fudge. (Gram, you’re reading this, do you have a food processor handy?)

Um these salted chocolate truffles look like everything. These are totally junk free.

On my way to the airport I was thinking “oh maybe I’ll go to Toronto and visit Davida over the next couple of weeks” until I realized I left my passport in San Francisco. #fail. Maybe she will mail me her Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Energy Bites?

Chat with me:
What is your worst first date story ever? Do you ever back stalk people? …Have you ever back stalked me? (Please say yes!)

44 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 12.15

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Heather @Fit n Cookies on December 19, 2014 7:23 am

Have fun in Pittsburgh. Funny, we haven’t had any snow but yet there is some on the forecast. Must be just for you ;)
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:55 pm

I think it is!! Run today wasn’t too bad though :)

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on December 19, 2014 7:39 am

Wooo going home! Send me some of those gingerbread bites, btw.
And Relfies? What is the world coming to??
And NYC bartenders always know what is UP. They have seen it all. Heard it all. Done it all.
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:55 pm

Maybe I should be a bartender just so I can listen in to people’s convos.

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Farrah on December 19, 2014 7:41 am

Hope you have a safe trip to Pittsburgh! I’ve never actually been there, but have heard lots of good things about it! :]

I’m terrible at taking pictures of anything other than food. I think even in my longest relationship, there were really only about 4 pictures of us together, and the rest of all the pictures I took was of the food we ate together, ahaha. Tis a shame, because he was super good-lookin’. lawl.

I don’t think I have any super awesome (terrible) first-date stories–just ones where it didn’t go terribly or anything, but there was no chemistry. :O
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:50 pm

Haha Pittsburgh is cold but kind of awesome sometimes. It has it’s moments. The weather is just AWFUL all the time.

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Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on December 19, 2014 7:50 am

I have had some lame dates and such but nothing horrific comes to mind. I am intrigued about the relfies. Have to check that out!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:50 pm

Haha lame is better than horrific for sure!

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Jamie on December 19, 2014 8:07 am

I have been married 17 years…so the term “relfies” is new to me! I guess I could do “relfies” with my hubbie! I will have to talk to my teenagers and see if they are up on the term! I love to learn new things!! Thanks for the laugh.

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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:49 pm

So glad you enjoyed!!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on December 19, 2014 8:16 am

So, I must live under a rock or something as this is the first time I am hearing of a “relfie”! I hope you have a safe trip to Pittsburgh – now am off to check out those salted chocolate truffles and maybe just backstalk you! :)

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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:49 pm

First time I heard of relfie too… I hope you enjoyed the backstalk :)

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on December 19, 2014 8:47 am

Aaaaand now I’m craving salted chocolate truffles and it’s not even 7 AM. Safe trip home!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:49 pm

I’m sorry haha! And the ones you had posted the other day… OMG.

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on December 19, 2014 9:21 am

That salted oat fudge sounds amazing. I LOVE sweet/salty combos. I’m heading over to check it out now!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:44 pm

Me too, I’m all about the sweet/salty combo!!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 19, 2014 9:26 am

Hi Cassie! Well … here’s hoping for safe and efficient travels for you (and me too!). Thanks for including my workout above, I appreciate the love. Oh and I don’t have too many bad dating stories, but I do like to take a relfie here and there with my hubs. :) Happy Friday, lady!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:44 pm

Hope you made it back east safely!! :)

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on December 19, 2014 9:55 am

Ugh those truffles and oat bars are items I’ve been craving too. Have a happy time at home relaxing!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:43 pm

Thank you my dear!!! Hopefully you get to relax in Oregon!

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Tiffany on December 19, 2014 11:27 am

Love this roundup! Thanks for sharing.
x Tiff (Creator & Editor-In-Chief @ http://hautemessmag.com)
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Mar @ Mar on the Run on December 19, 2014 11:30 am

have a safe trip to Pittsburgh! I’m from there and will be there for the holidays with my family. Can’t wait!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:41 pm

Thank you!! It’s so great to be home but so cold!!

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Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 19, 2014 11:34 am

Those chocolate gingerbread ball…yum!!! I need those. Safe travels!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:40 pm

Me too!! Thank you :)

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on December 19, 2014 11:46 am

Dumbbells need to be HEAVY! I don’t think they should even make anything less than 5lbs :P
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:40 pm

Haha those little ones kill in Soulcycle though, right??

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Ange @ Cowgirl Runs on December 19, 2014 12:56 pm

Safe flight, lovely!
Once I stop being such a puss, I’m sure I’ll have some fab first date stories to share!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:39 pm

I can’t wait to hear :) <3

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Whitney Carney on December 19, 2014 1:54 pm

Guilty as charged of back stalking you.. only because you have an awesome blog!! haha.. and guilty as charged of posting #relfies.. never heard that term until today but now I love it and will probably be over using it. Safe travels!! :).. love how you ask your grandma if she has a food processor.. types of things I ask when I come home or I bring my magic bullet with me haha. Will have to try that fudge recipe!

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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:39 pm

That is so smart to bring your magic bullet with you! I should get one for that reason… you’re the cutest!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on December 19, 2014 5:07 pm

Safe travels love!! And I didn’t realize that relfies were a thing, but good to know!

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Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge) on December 19, 2014 8:06 pm

Ha! I love this! I am OBSESSED with Serial and watched the funny or die clip this morning- so funny! Can’t wait to read the romantic places. Ive been to all the usual suspect places and want to now explore hidden places.
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:34 pm

I seriously need to listen to ep 12!

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Justine Y on December 19, 2014 8:49 pm

That salted oat fudge looks really delicious!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:33 pm

Yes I can’t wait to try!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on December 21, 2014 3:52 am

Hope you got to pitsburgh in one piece…I am back stalking you!

If you go to Tokyo, that’s pretty much next door to Australia. And let’s gatecrash Davs.
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:17 pm

Soooo maybe the Tokyo-AUS connection will have to happen!!

Here in one piece… for now :)

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Kay @ Kay Bueno on December 21, 2014 10:08 am

Relfie is just… the least flattering word ever. But while I “take Relfies” I mostly take them when the boyfriend doesn’t realize it. So I’m not sure the benefits apply to me. :(

I wish this was the future though, and I was reading this and we were both in SF, and not in our respectively cold locations. :) But no worries. I have and always will back stalk you. :)
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:18 pm

It is SO COLD here. But I still ran outside today. And actually was hot. And I’ve already been discussing how you need to come run PGH half with people here sooooo…. ;)

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Jessie on December 21, 2014 8:08 pm

Hope you’re having a fabulous time in Pittsburgh so far! Bummer about the passport ordeal. I always feel like Im forgetting something when Joshua & i get to the airport to go on vacation somewhere. Thankfully it’s never been anything too big.

Happy holidays, gorgeous!
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Cassie on December 21, 2014 9:15 pm

Amazzzzing time so far :) I seriously think I’m going to have trouble going back to California!

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Alexa on December 22, 2014 2:16 pm

All those healthy treats look amazing! Maybe we should do a healthy treat party in SF :)

My fiance likes relfies but I’m not a fan. LOL
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Cassie on January 4, 2015 6:36 pm

Definitely agree!!! That would be so fun :)

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