What I’m Loving Right Now

It’s been a while since I wrote a post on what I’m loving, so there’s a whole lot I want to share with you guys. I have so many links on running, life, love, how-to’s, as well as some delicious food and cool products I’ve come across recently. Ready?

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things

First up, let me tell you about my newest yogurt addiction. My friend Kelly actually introduced me to Noosa yogurt last year when we visited with her in Chicago, but it was only a couple of months ago that I finally found them in Brooklyn. They’re an Aussie brand, based in Colorado. Or an Aussie recipe? Anyway, they are delicious. I’m particularly obsessed with the lemon flavor:

What I'm Loving Right Now

Cori from Olive to Run had a discount code on her blog a week ago, for bama + ry jewelry. I commented that I wouldn’t go visit because then I’d buy something. Cori replied that I should support them because they’re a small, independent business. Then Jasmine, the founder and jeweler, replied to me that they had lots of beautiful pieces and I should just take a peek. Well played, ladies. Well played.

This perfect-for-me necklace should be arriving in a couple of weeks:

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A while back, Karen from SwaggerTag emailed me, asking me if I’d be interested in trying a sample of her product. It’s a cool idea – a small, colorful tag that you can personalize with your own photo or logo, then you write your contact details inside and attach to luggage, or gym bag, or kid’s bag. It’s totally safe, your info is hidden, but still accessible if you lose your stuff. Another small, independently owned business, too! (And Karen is funny, lovely, and actually went to the trouble of making an insert with my logo in it when she sent me a sample). Disclaimer: my SwaggerTag was free, but I would buy it in a heartbeat.

What I'm Loving Right Now

I’m a sucker for online quizzes. Apparently, I actually belong in Switzerland (I would be okay with that), in the era of Renaissance Italy, and  my ideal workout is Bootcamp. Try them out, tell me what you get! 🙂

Let’s finish this off with some link love!! These are nearly all links I’ve shared on Twitter in the past couple of months. They’re all great reads.  Come follow me if you want more! 🙂


Jesica’s post on the struggle she felt backing out of a race she’d signed up for will be familiar to nearly every runner. What do you think? A First Time for Everything, from RunLadyLike.

Runners are passionate about running and this list sums up how we feel about our chosen sport! 10 Reasons Running is For YOU! from Tina Muir.

Every runner should try this out – a great balance training exercise to incorporate into training: Dynamic Balance Training for Runners and Triathletes from Kinetic Revolution.

This column by Ruthie of She’s Wicked Healthy on iRunner blog has become one of my faves and this post is a good one: Avoid Runner’s Envy, Be Your Own Best Competition, from iRunner.

Almost every runner has ignored a little niggling pain to have it turn into a full-blown injury. Lots of great info in this post from one of my favorite resources – How to Save Your Runner’s High From Becoming a Runner’s Low from Breaking Muscle.

A really interesting way of improving your running efficiency: Improve your cadence from Miss Zippy.

Amanda from Run to the Finish wrote a great article for The Active Times on 5 Myths About Running That Are Ready to be Retired from The Active Times.

Confused about whether to walk or jog between intervals? Here are some tips: How to Recover Between Intervals, from Runner’s World.

Working Out

Tamara is preaching to the choir with me: Why I prefer free weights over weight machines, from fitknitchick

Brittany does these awesome comparison posts, this one on online workouts – so helpful! The Busy Girl’s Guide: The Best Online Workouts, from My Own Balance

Great post from Annie: Three Reasons NOT to Hire a Personal Trainer, from Strong Brees.

Two of my fave bloggers together: Yoga 101 by Love Life Surf, guest posted on The Lean Green Bean.

Interested in trying TRX? Read this: Training Tip of the week: Why Suspension Training Works, from Katrina Elle.


This is a wonderful post from Winslow Jenkins on using a vision of where you want to be to approach your nutrition – so interesting! Why Are You Eating That Way? How to Be a Visionary About Your Nutrition, from Breaking Muscle.

And if you’re wondering why you’re eating these, it’s because they’re delicious: Coconut & Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches, recipe by Dietitian Debbie Does Dishes, guest posting on  Food & Nonsense.

Allie would like to know if the First Lady knows what’s going on with school lunches – it’s not good: Does Michelle Obama Know About This? from VITA – Train for Life

Yum!! Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins from Melissa at Freeing Imperfections.

Awesome snack recipe – Green Pea Hummus, from A Cup of Jo.

Drooling – The Best Lemon Bar Tart from According to Elle.

Lindsay always has amazing cooking and planning tips: 10 Foods That Freeze Well, from The Lean Green Bean.

Blog Tips

Feel like you never have enough time for your blog? Kimberly shares10 Ways to Fit Blogging into Your Day, from Manifest Yourself.

Good beginners blog tips here: Starting a Blog – Everything You Need to Know About Blogging, from The SITS Girls.

Wondered whether you need a newsletter? Rita Barry gives you advice: Does My Blog Need a Newsletter? from Blog Genie.

Melissa has great blogging tips on her site – her 10 Minute Touch-Up series is great.  How to Create a Gravatar (that little image that comes up when you leave a comment), from Blog Clarity.

Check out this list to see what could help you out: 6 Blogging Resources You Might Not Have Heard Of, from Loving on the Run.

Life & Fun Stuff

I’m all for more vacations: Why You Should Plan That Second Vacation, from Kelsey at The Primal Yogi.

We all know by now I have a slight caffeine addiction, right? Eight Reasons to Sip on Coffee, from Runner’s World.

Such a wonderful essay on motherhood – Nicole is poetic: My Little Starfish, from Work in Sweats Mama

Okay, this isn’t really ‘fun’, but morbidly useful: Until Death Do Us Part: A Social Media Exit Plan, from BlogHer.

Cori’s posts are always funny OR insightful OR funny and insightful. This one is insightful: When does weakness become a strength? from Olive to Run.

Beautiful essay on surfing, fear, and life, from Christine: The Moments Between the Waves, from Mamalode.

Screw the scale!  Saying Goodbye to the Scale, from Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail.

This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve read this year: Don’t Reach for the Stars, by Zoe from Bush Ballerina.

If you suffer from anxiety (or know anyone who does), you’ll appreciate this powerful essay by Tamara: In The Light and Dark Spaces, from Tamara Like Camera.


Share your favorite links in the comments!

I want to know what results you’ve had from random online quizzes.

What was your last impulse buy?


  1. so many awesome links! Thank you for sharing them with us, I often get so caught up in our tribe that I forget to venture else where 🙂 I love the swagger tag too!
    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama recently posted…Weekly Wednesday Workout: Decline Push upsMy Profile

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      You’re welcome! I love reading link love posts and I share so many via twitter, it’s fun to round them all up in one place.

  2. Love the necklaces! I need something Pilates like. I’m thinking about what I can have her make.

    Great links! Thanks for sharing.
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  3. WOW I am PUMPED for a lot of these links. Thanks for sharing and for the link love!!
    Cori recently posted…Pick Your Distance and A Giveaway!My Profile

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      You’re welcome for the link love – hope you find a few new favorites in this list!

  4. I should live in Colombia during Ancient Egypt and my favorite workout is cycling. And because I took another quiz recently, Penelope Cruz would play me in a movie….I’m going to have to go with inaccurate on most of these except for maybe cycling. Haha! My answers without the quiz: Australia, now, zumba or barre and Reese Witherspoon.

    I love the round-up! There are so many good posts here that I want to read. Also, thanks for the shout out for the Busy Girl’s Guide! 🙂
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    • Carly Pizzani says:

      Colombia, huh? If I was doing it without the quiz, I think I’d go for France, now, and running. A little predictable. 😉 You’re welcome for the shout-out – your Busy Girl’s Guide is a great series!

  5. LOOOVE the Bama + Ry jewelry, and what you chose is one of my top picks too!!
    Lindsay @ Lindsay Weighs In recently posted…Weigh In Wednesday #3My Profile

  6. oooo, love these links + thanks for including me!

    My last impulse buy… was FB advertising on my blog page. I want to see if it actually makes a difference in the reach of my posts.
    Kimberly (Manifest Yourself) recently posted…I stopped T25My Profile

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Let me know what kind of a response you get from the FB advertising. It drives me crazy that they use their algorithm to basically force you to advertise, or you just don’t reach anyone. I’d be curious if advertising affects your reach to existing fans, or increases page likes.

  7. Wow what an awesome list! I love, love that necklace! I will definitely have to take a “peek” too!

    • Please do!!! That is my bestseller and I wear my personal one allllllllllll the time.

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      There’s lots of beautiful pieces, I’m sure you’ll find something you love! Glad you enjoyed the link love round up.

  8. Wow – so many great links here – some I’ve read and some are new to me – hopefully I can get around to them soon!!
    Kim recently posted…Calming Your MindMy Profile

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      One of my favorite things about reading link love posts is that I find new blogs to read. Enjoy!

  9. All nice things! Never heard of the brand Noosa. I love trying out different kinds of yogurt. Love your necklace. I’m a huge coffee drinker and can’t get by without several cups a day:)
    Lacey@fairytalesandfitness recently posted…Running on the Ragged Edge of the Western WorldMy Profile

    • Carly Pizzani says:

      The Noosa yogurt is delicious. It’s a pretty big serve, so if I’m doing it as a snack I usually only have half. You and me both on the coffee. I have to have 2 cups a day or I don’t feel normal!

  10. Wow!!! So much awesomeness in one post. Thank you so much for including one of mine here – I really appreciate it! I’ll definitely be pinning this so I can come back and read some of these throughout the rest of the week. Just great!!! Thank you for taking the time to do this 🙂
    Allie recently posted…Find Your Inner AthleteMy Profile

  11. This post made me giggle. I am SO pleased you found something you love. Thank you SO much.


    • Carly Pizzani says:

      I’m glad you got a giggle! 😉 Thanks for sharing a discount with Cori, I was excited to buy such a beautiful piece for a great deal. Love your work.