Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.23

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I’m feeling at a loss for words right now. I have a lot on my mind – a lot to do in the two short days of the weekend – before I head to Austin next week. Here are the best links I’ve found this week since I can’t form a coherent sentence that is actually entertaining.

Need to check out some of these wineries in Napa as well as think about spending an entire weekend at these gorgeous hotels with Camille Style’s Napa Guide.

Big Sur is an easy weekend getaway from SF that is going to have to happen soon. These photos are stunning.

It’s no secret I love Asia. These trips perfect for Chinese New Year have me feeling some intense wanderlust.

Okay, I tweeted this… but boys playing hockey and boys in suits are two of my favorite things. Boys playing hockey in suits? Be still, my heart. Keep on, keeping on, Crosby Suit by J Crew campaign.

I think I kind of ignored the sparkling wine lesson in college… let’s be real, I ignored all the lessons and was just there to drink wine. I love these champagne facts from a sommelier.

Running and Fitness
This article about it’s okay to not want to run every day really resonated with me. Luckily I read it after I ran for the day!

I’m trying to do more strength workouts (this week so far I’ve done two which is better than the 0 I was averaging) and love this round-up of kettlebell workouts from She’s Wicked Healthy.

Great reminder that it’s really easy to gain weight marathon training. You really don’t need to “refuel” as much as you think you do!

Square Cafe in Pittsburgh is one of my favorite places for breakfast or brunch on the weekends. Since I might not make it home for a few more months, I’m glad Erin recreated their White Bean Breakfast Hash so I can pretend I’m there on Sunday morning.

I have some very ripe bananas that I turned into Marisa’s Mini Chocolate Black Bean Cupcakes with Salted Date Caramel Sauce last night! AMAZING!

I wish I had carrots and steel cut oats so I could make this Morning Glory Oatmeal by Cookie and Kate for breakfast tomorrow morning!

Hey, just in time for Lent and meatless Fridays, here is everything you need to know about tofu from buying it, preparing it and cooking it!

Chat with me:
What do you do when you feel like you don’t have enough time to get everything done? Do you think you overcompensate/under-compensate when eating for your workouts? What do you have going on this weekend?

32 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 2.23

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Tina Muir on February 27, 2015 6:27 am

Great links lady, I have read wuite a a few of them, and I see why you chose them. YES! I definitely feel like I do not have enough time, I am trying not to let life pass me by, but sometimes things just move too fast. Make sure you step back and enjoy my friend :)
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 10:04 am

I just wish for one more hour in the day… is that too much to ask?

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Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy on February 27, 2015 7:00 am

Great roundup! Thanks for including my kettlebells post. What helps for me when things get crazy busy is to schedule “non stress/to do list time.” Like, OK, the world will not come crashing down if you read for the next half hour…or watch a TV show without plugging away at the computer at the same time. Most of the time, it gives me a little boost and I end up feeling more able to tackle everything I need to do after.
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:37 am

I had a “mental day” Friday where I just caught up on Scandal… and Saturday and today I feel much more ready to be productive!

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Shashi at RunninSrilankan on February 27, 2015 8:18 am

“Boys playing hockey in suits” sounds like it needs to be an Olympic sport ;)
Cannot wait to read about Big Sur – when you go there!
Happy Friday! Hope your weekend is marvelous!

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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:37 am

Thanks, Shashi! Hope to get to Big Sur in the next couple of months to share with everyone :)

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Lauren on February 27, 2015 9:58 am

Great links, I haven’t read most of them! Totally saving that black bean cupcake recipe!
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:37 am

I try to find off-the-beaten path links… so glad you enjoyed them!!

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Kimberly Bonham on February 27, 2015 10:00 am

Great links! Love all of them! Love your are gorgeous!!
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:36 am

Thank you!!! That is so sweet of you :) hope to see you again soon!!

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Chris on February 27, 2015 10:22 am

Well then, I reckon I need to start doing my CrossFit in a suit. Think I can get my arms raised overhead while looking all dapper?
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:32 am

I don’t think so but I think you might really start a fashion trend in the Cross Fit community!

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on February 27, 2015 10:27 am

Yes yes yes. Links on links to read for my Friday morning! Thank you! I am so excited that you made my black bean cupcakes – don’t forget to send me a picture like you always diligently do so I can share your success :) I hope they were tasty! I need more..
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:32 am

Yes I need to!!! I love sharing them with you haha.

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Kristine on February 27, 2015 10:58 am

Love these links! I bookmarked that Camille Styles post too – and now want to do everything in there!

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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:30 am

Same… especially hiking up there! We need to grab wine soon!!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 27, 2015 12:06 pm

I nap or drink wine when I’m freaking out and feel like I don’t have enough time to get everything done. Totally productive. ;)

And this weekend I’m exploring some Nebraska wineries. I’m very excited.
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:30 am

I should have had some wine this weekend… how were the Nebraska wineries? So cool!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on February 27, 2015 12:18 pm

Kettlebells are such a fun way to switch up strength training!
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Logan Can on February 27, 2015 2:32 pm

I’m definitely checking out that Napa guide. I’ve been wanting to take a trip there with my husband for years now! I am also going to take a look at those kettlebell workouts! They’re my favorite!

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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:30 am

You should definitely visit.. it’s wonderful!

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 27, 2015 4:35 pm

There’s never enough time to do it all, so you’ve just got to pick out the things that are the most important to you, and get those done first. :) Enjoy your weekend, Cassie!
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:29 am

Great tips! Had a lazy “mental” evening on Friday… times with friends on Saturday and ready to tackle my to-do list today!

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Ariana on February 27, 2015 8:56 pm

Great links! Looking forward to checking out the article about not gaining weight while training for a marathon.

When I have a crazy-long to-do list and feel overwhelmed by everything I try to prioritize things as much as possible. Then I give myself a time limit to complete each task. I find I work better when there’s pressure!
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:08 am

Great idea… I should do a time limit!

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Ashley on February 28, 2015 11:36 am

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing.
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Kim on February 28, 2015 4:03 pm

Baking with bananas is the best!!!
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 9:07 am


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Farrah on February 28, 2015 4:21 pm

I still have yet to try making black bean brownies! :[ I need to change that.

I definitely use to wayy-overcompensate with eating after workouts (not typically running, so I mostly just lift), but I’ve learned to tone that down a bit! :P

Boys playing hockey in suits… <3
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Cassie on March 1, 2015 8:49 am

Honestly, I never thought of starting a blog until I made epic black bean brownies and everyone was asking me for the recipe… if only I had written it down…

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Jessica Doll on March 2, 2015 1:39 am

Great links! Big Sur is one of my absolute favorite places to go. The whole central coast of California is breathtaking, but I might be a little biased since I’m so close to it. :)

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Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles on March 2, 2015 10:54 am

Awesome links! I have Big Sur on my list of places to visit, it looks breathtaking! I am also a sucker for a man in a good suit–so I loved the Men playing hockey in suits!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend!
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