Now Trending – Best Links Week of 6.1


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So… this post is a little late. I had started it earlier in the week but I’ve been surprisingly social and busy all week so it was never finished. Despite going to bed at 11:30 last night (late for me!) my body was up and ready to start the day at 5 a.m. I’m going to feel like death at 3 p.m. for sure.

I luckily had a bunch of the best links I found last week still stored away so I’m sharing these with you and hopefully going back to sleep for a few hours!

When some people travel to a foreign city, they take a bus tour with other Americans or eat at restaurants with pictures out front (pro tip: never eat anywhere there are pictures of the food on the window). Here is how you really experience a foreign city.

How to travel like Anthony Bourdain. Need I say more?

I want to stay in every single one of these stunning beach homes, but especially Jade Jagger’s in Goa.

I’ve talked about my make-up free skincare routine before and I’m a big fan of Josie Maran’s Argan Skincare Ritual. People are hesitant on using facial oils but this article busts the myths that you’ll break out or have oily skin.

I really should have sat down and decided on a color palette for my apartment rather than just jumping in and buying things I hoped worked together. Also, Elsie from A Beautiful Mess’s home is gorgeous. 

Don’t have the budget for a gym membership? Not an excuse for not exercising Greatist has a list of cheap or free workout resources. (Hint: Running is also mainly free, but can be expensive if you want it to be too – not that I know from experience.)

It’s bikini season – everywhere but San Francisco because it’s winter here. Tone up your core with these kettlebell exercises.

I can’t get behind body-weight workouts… I don’t know why. Using dumbbells or hand weights are is just so fun to me – which is why I’m going to try this Full Body Circuit Workout with Dumbbells.

I’ve always been a fan of non-traditional meats. My parents made me try everything growing up so I’m pretty sure I had tried Noah’s Arc by the time I was in Kindergarten.

Here’s something you might not want to know about your go-to green smoothie – it might not be as healthy as you think. Three kinds of fruit, two tablespoons of almond butter, protein powder – that stuff lays on calories and sugar quickly. Here’s why I’ve been experimenting with fructose-free smoothies all week.

Speaking of trying to lose weight and failing miserably because there are so many tasty things in the world to try, thank God I’m too lazy to make these Xi’an Style Lamb Meatball Sandwiches because they look insane.

I need to make veggie ice cubes for my smoothies!

Chat with me:
Are you a morning person or a night owl? What is the weirdest meat you’ve ever eaten? Do you have any fructose-free smoothie recipes for me?

23 comments on “Now Trending – Best Links Week of 6.1

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on June 5, 2015 9:55 am

I also loved that veggie ice cube trick for things like beets – I have them in the fridge and need to blend em up to freeze!
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:27 am

I need to try it… but I also need more ice trays first lol.

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laura on June 5, 2015 9:55 am

I love the smoothie in the ice cube tray idea. That’s awesome. I’ll have to try it.

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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:19 am

Me too!! I never have veggies on their last leg enough…

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Rachel on June 5, 2015 10:22 am

I never considered using veggie cubes for smoothies! I used to puree veggies for my daughter when she was an infant, but that is a fantastic idea for other recipes too!
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:19 am

I think tomatoes would be great for a quick soup or spaghetti sauce!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on June 5, 2015 10:58 am

Happy Friday! I am the opposite of an adventurous meat eater. I eat chicken, turkey, some fish, and that’s it! haha
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Sam @ PancakeWarriors on June 5, 2015 11:04 am

Those veggie ice cubes – how smart!! i’ve gotta check out those kettlebell exercises! Love a good core workout!
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:18 am

I gotta get a core workout in today… right after I’m done replying to all these lovely comments :) xo

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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on June 5, 2015 11:26 am

I am with you on the facial oil thing. It’s pretty much the only thing that works on my dry skin. Miracle product. I naturally lean more toward the night owl side, but I do love to make my mornings really productive, so both? The weirdest meat I’ve ever consumed is probably alligator. Not that exotic tasting…
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:18 am

I woke up a little before 6 this morning and was like, “I don’t even want to go back to bed I just want to be productive”. So I am a morning person like a crazy.

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Alanna on June 5, 2015 12:33 pm

Definitely a morning person! And who doesn’t want to travel like Anthony Bourdain?! #dreamjob
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:17 am


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Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on June 5, 2015 4:26 pm

Happy Friday, Cassie! And I’m totally a morning person. I can never stay up late. My husband laughs that I never even make it to Saturday Night Live hahah! :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:16 am

I was in bed by 10 on Friday… and this morning I woke up with my glasses in my bed and I know I was there before midnight… whoops.

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GiGi Eats on June 6, 2015 2:43 am

The only meat on the list I haven’t had yet – Alligator, but that must change, like… TOMORROW!
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:15 am

Alligator is very chicken-y… is that a cop out to say?

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Whitney Carney on June 6, 2015 4:47 pm

Love that cashew cookie smoothie recipe. I agree that putting too much ingredients in a smoothie can definitely kill the health of it. Running is a cheap hobby? I think not hahaha. ;)
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Cassie on June 7, 2015 10:15 am

Yeahhhhh you’re right. Running is a very, very expensive hobby when you have Lululemon tastes like us ;)

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Brynn on June 8, 2015 9:26 am

I used to be such a night owl, but now I fall asleep at 10pm and get up at 5am. Something about those morning workouts that I love so much that get me up and going.
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Cassie on June 13, 2015 10:43 am

I’m up between 5:30-6:30 even on the weekends… it’s terrible.

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on June 9, 2015 10:45 am

I’ve been meaning to try the veggie ice cubes for a while, but laziness always kicks in. And YES to green smoothies not always being healthy. I try my best to stick to one fruit (plus banana) and then shove as much veggies in there, but I’m sure I don’t always get it right haha
Also, I’ve been trying to find a proper skin care routine for the last little while, so I’ll have to check out those articles. Thanks for sharing :D
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Cassie on June 13, 2015 10:39 am

Let me know if you try Josie Maran… I totally recommend!!

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