Now Trending – Best Links Week of 3.30

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This is the first time I have sat down [since leaving the office] all day (as I write this Wednesday night)! My morning started early so I could get in a 10 mile track workout and literally ran into Emily during my warm-up so that was a happy surprise. Once I got home I went to the laundromat because the washer in my building just eats quarters and doesn’t work. Luckily there is a nice one just a few blocks up from me and I live in a nice area so I could leave it, go run other errands and come back. Then I photographed two recipes, made a beet juice and granola and cleaned my entire apartment since my bestie Carly is en route as I write this (and here as you read this). Honestly, I think my main purpose in life is to entertain and nurture.

So I’m sure you really cared about my day. Here are the best links I found this week because we all know that’s why you’re here, right?

Travel
Another day, another post about how I want to go to Morocco. I love Oh, Ladycakes’ recap because she talks about the actual cities she visited which should help us plan our trip (*cough* Jessi I know you’re reading this).

Love this post on How to Vacation Like a Proper Adult. I’ve always vacationed like a proper adult because I’ve been acting like I’m 70 since I was seven (JK I think I’m 17 and just signed up for my own health insurance for the first time ever this week).

I really need to get to Hawaii again because I’m so close (That’s a good excuse, right?), especially because of this breathtaking drive to Haleakala Crater that Amanda featured on her blog last week.

Lifestyle
Erin McKenna of Erin McKenna’s Bakery (formerly named BabyCakes) did an interview on how to achieve your dreams. Because let’s be real – following your dreams is for kids, making them happen is for adults.

This was all over the Internet a couple weeks ago so I’m probably late to the game, but what does your first name say about you? Cassandra is pretty accurate: I’m passionate, intense and need lots of fresh air and exercise because I have way too much energy.

Weird to think that six months ago I was days away from finding out I was moving across the country. Luckily my dad is #thebest and did all my packing for me but I have a feeling next move I might not be so lucky. Here are some ways to make moving day easier and less expensive.

Food
I eat the same thing for weeks on end (currently dinner has been a salad with chickpeas, beets and goat cheese with avocado toast topped with a runny egg for the past 3-ish weeks) but if you aren’t cool with a never-changing menu, here are Five Tips to Keep From Getting Bored with Dinner.

Fun fact: One summer in high school I ate chocolate chip pancakes and bacon every day after cross-country practice. I still crave them on the reg which is why I want to make Davida’s Fluffiest Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancakes.

Do you ever wish you could use leftover pizza dough for something other than pizza? Yeah, me either, but here are Five Unexpected Ways to Use Pizza Dough. I really want to make pizza pretzels (Pizzatzels?).

Chat with me:
Is the meaning of your first name accurate? Do you use pizza dough in unexpected ways? Do you travel like an adult?

42 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 3.30

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on April 3, 2015 7:18 am

Take a load off and let’s escape to Morocco with some Chocolate Chip pancakes. My name means Lily in Gaelic. Which I love because growing up it was (and still it) a favorite flower!
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:03 am

That’s all I want in life :)

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Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness on April 3, 2015 7:54 am

I have yet to find the meaning of my name! I think it is derived from another name so perhaps I can give it my own meaning! ;) I think I travel like an adult but then shouldn’t you go a little crazy abroad? Ha! Have a great weekend!
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:03 am

Agreed – sometimes you still gotta let loose :)

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Dietitian Jess on April 3, 2015 10:41 am

Checking out a bunch of these links now- especially the vacationing like an adult one! I hope airbnb is still okay, haha. PS I tried clicking your name meaning like and its taking me to Amanda’s Maui post, just an FYI.

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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:02 am

I LOVE airbnb. Totally adult!!!

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Rosemond Cates on April 3, 2015 10:49 am

Just looked up my name meaning and it was surprising accurate! Fun!

Rosemond
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Kate - Catching Up With Kate on April 3, 2015 10:58 am

Thank you for sharing!
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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on April 3, 2015 11:05 am

I had no idea you could make doughnuts with pizza dough! I might have to try that one. I definitely travel like an adult. Maybe a little too much. I get super anxious about missing paperwork/id. I have to quadruple check everything…
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:02 am

YOU SHOULD quadruple check everything. I’ve lost/forgotten so many things before not doing that :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on April 3, 2015 11:07 am

Chocolate chip pancakes are my absolute favorite!! Yum :)
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:02 am

MINE TOO!!

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Valerie@Occasionally Crafty on April 3, 2015 11:13 am

My kids love chocolate chip pancakes! My name was spot on- down to my dual nature. Sometimes I am friendly, social, a strong leader- other times I am withdrawn, introverted, and enjoy being alone. Crazy!
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:01 am

My name is very similar!!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 3, 2015 11:18 am

Oh gosh those pics from Maui look BEAUTIFUL! Can I just travel the world please? That would be amazing.
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:01 am

That’s all I want too!

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Bri on April 3, 2015 11:41 am

I’ve decided I need to move to Maui. It’s like my second home, and just across the water from my other (but much colder) island home in the Pacific!
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:01 am

I would loveee to move to Hawaii!!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on April 3, 2015 12:03 pm

The meaning of my name is eerily accurate :shock: And the pizza dough hacks are super tempting — I seriously wanna try making cinnamon rolls.
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:01 am

ME TOO. I’m about to make dough just for all the hacks :)

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Farrah on April 3, 2015 12:06 pm

Pizza pretzels sound awesome! (I never end up with extra pizza dough though. Ever.)

I’d love to go back to Hawai’i again someday! *-*

When I’ve looked up my name in the past, the meanings that have appeared have been all over the place–beautiful, joy, gift of the fairies, and…wild ass. Of those, the last one’s definitely the best conversational starter. >_>
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:01 am

Farrah is such a cool name!!! So interesting… on the last ones lol.

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KriSten on April 3, 2015 12:45 pm

Hi! I’m a new follower! I love this post! And can I just bake and eat the remaining pizza dough? Is that an acceptable use?? Thanks for sharing this! Xx

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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:00 am

Thanks for stopping by, hope to see you again soon!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on April 3, 2015 1:21 pm

Eh, I don’t know if mine totally fits my first name! But I did just learn that it comes from French :P
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:00 am

So cool! Mine is Greek :)

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on April 3, 2015 1:36 pm

according to the name meaning thing, Samantha’s are hypersensitive, emotional, childlike, charming, have a good sense of humour, and are capable of switching from one emotional state to another at the drop of a hat. Won’t argue with that! And then there’s this: “Of course, gentlemen, you may be very tempted to try your luck. However, be warned, she might behave like an angel and she certainly looks like one, but she is anything but docile, and won´t be easily seduced. Whatever happens, be nice, because hell hath no fury…!” <—- I like that.
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Cassie on April 13, 2015 12:00 am

I LOVE YOUR NAME MEANING!!! I love the end so much. Can I change my name to Samantha?

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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on April 3, 2015 1:41 pm

I haven’t been to Hawaii and really need to make it down there, because as you said, we live so close! Have so much fun with your friend! :) TGIF!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:59 pm

Virgin America has some great sales on flights right now :)

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Emily @SinfulNutrition on April 3, 2015 1:44 pm

I used to eat a pb & j sandwich every day after school in High School. Now I don’t know the last time I had one. I guess it should have been yesterday for Pb & J day!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:59 pm

Oh man I used to have those all. the. time. It’s been so long since I’ve had one!

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Alanna on April 3, 2015 2:56 pm

I wish I traveled as much as I LOVE to travel…Morocco sounds amazing and that’s on my verrry long list! I could also eat the same thing for dinner every night, especially a salad like that :)
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:58 pm

Same!! I’ve been eating the same salad for dinner for a month… no shame.

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Whitney Carney on April 3, 2015 3:54 pm

Hahaha I care about your day Cassie! I need to make those pancakes soon. I have been saying that since she posted the recipe.
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:56 pm

ME TOO!!! And her recipes are always a home run!

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Lauren on April 4, 2015 2:09 pm

I always want to travel more. I love your links-you always have unique awesome ones that I haven’t read yet!

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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:56 pm

Thanks Lauren!!! I love sharing cool things I find with others :)

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Davida @ The Healthy Maven on April 5, 2015 8:21 pm

You must bike down Halaekala crater! One of the most incredible experiences I have ever had! One day we will travel the world together :) Hope you had a good weekend babes!
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Cassie on April 12, 2015 11:53 pm

YES!! Sooner than later, I hope!!

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Shamira West on April 17, 2015 4:52 pm

I love this post! I have always wanted to travel more often, and this year I am making it happen! I am 25 years old and only been to NYC (born & raised there so doesn’t count), TX (currently live there so also doesn’t count), PA (went to college, STILL doesn’t count as real traveling). Get where I am going here? lol It’s so sad and kind of embarassing that I have never been on a true spring break with friends. ugh! So this year, I have decided to venture out to the west coast for the first time. Santa Monica! Have any tips for me? going this summer I can’t wait… I love your links. You always have good ones! I love your blog. Just started mine about 3 weeks ago (scariest, but amazing experience ever) 2015 is all about getting out of my comfort zone. I am loving it so far. lol
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Cassie on April 27, 2015 2:20 am

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Shamira!! I checked out your blog and loveeee it!! Looking so good for being just a little babe blog!! xo

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