Fascinating Friday Links #37

Good morning!

Thank you to all of you who commented on yesterday’s post about whether you liked Fascinating Friday Links or not. Popular demand (aka, like, 5 people) says YAY to the links! So enjoy this week’s recipes, thoughts, and workouts from around the web!

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Health and Fitness

[Awesome subs] 83 Healthy Recipe Substitutions via Greatist

[Personal responsibility and public responsibility] Healthy Eating: A Shared Responsibility via Kath Eats Real Food

[Stress management is essential] Stress + Weight via The Real Life RD

[Rest to be better and stronger] Rest Day Mental Mind Games via The Big Man’s World

[Move and Groove] 20 Minute Leg Workout via Purely Twins + Full Body Workout via Jessie Loves 2 Run + 20 Minute Bootcamp Workout via Peanut Butter Fingers + Sculpted Summer Arms Workout via Peanut Butter Runner + Standing Core Workout via Fitnessista + Outdoor Workout via Blonde Ponytail

Food for Thought

[Remember these] 10 Forgotten Truths to Help Get You Through Hard Times via Marc and Angel Hack Life

[Incredible] How My Prayers Transformed My Husband To Be via The Chastity Project

[Children are so wise] 5th Grader Thoughts via Olive to Run

[Be sensitive] When A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Translate Into a Healthy Baby via Nourishing Gourmet

[You don’t have to drink to have a life] Why Giving Up Alcohol for 2 Months Was the Best Thing I Ever Did For My Self-Confidence via Greatist

[TRUTH] You’re Allowed to Love Your Body via Snack Therapy

Food for Belly

[Perfect] S’mores + Peaches = S’meaches via The Kitchy Kitchen

[How could you say no?] Cream Cheese Frosting for Breakfast via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Summer and Asian. I like it.] Grilled Thai Spice Chicken Sliders via Family Fresh Cooking

[Cheeeeese] White Pizza Pull Apart Bread via How Sweet It Is

[So cool] Hassleback Zucchini with Lemon, Basil, Feta via Peas and Crayons

[Mhm] Healthier Peanut Butter Cup Popsicles via Chocolate and Carrots

[Savory donuts?!] Savory Kale + Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Doughnuts via Edible Persepective

Miscellaneous Fun

[Workin’ on it] 7 Steps to a Handstand via Yoga Journal

[LOL] 12 Things You’ll Never See on My Instagram via Olive to Run

[To make those Insta pics fabulous] Phone Photography Tips via SITS Girls

[Great tips] Social Media for Newbie Bloggers Part 2 via The Healthy Maven

I finished my Italian final today and I am FREE AS A BIRD. I’m actually currently finishing this post in English since we’re just having a food party, but I’m going to go home soon to cook some fried rice for our music cook-off!

One more day of school after today.

So tell me:

Which links did you enjoy?

What are you doing this weekend?

I hope to go shopping today to pick up some summery clothes, and then we have our last dance company gathering on Sunday. 😦

 

 

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Letter to My Future Husband

If you’ve been reading my blog for a couple months, you might know that I’m a huge fan of Tori Kelly and her song Dear No One especially.

It’s basically about not having a significant other at the moment, but knowing that, in time, that perfect someone will walk into your life. My favorite line from the song:

But I’d love to have a soulmate, and God will give him to me someday, and I know it’ll be worth the wait.

Believe it or not, I have a hopeless romantic side.am a normal seventeen-year-old. I currently do not have a boyfriend (Mom and Dad are happy about that), and the reasons are that a) I’m going to college soon, b) I’m way too busy, and c) I personally think high school is early for dating. I just believe in very meaningful, committed relationships, which I really don’t think I can find right now  in my lil’ high school. No offense, dudes. However, I do have many friends that have boyfriends now, and sometimes things do work out splendidly. Prime example: Kylie and her husband who met in their high school calculus class.

The point of all this? In honor of Valentine’s Day coming up this Friday and all them single ladies out there (holla!), I wanted to write some sort of “Dear No One” letter to my future husband. Maybe I’ll even get to show this to him one day 😉

Dear Future Husband,

How ya doin’?

I don’t really know our age difference, but I’m guessing you’re in high school or college working hard, praying hard, and playing *outside* hard. (Don’t worry, I’ll try not to be chopper wife.) If you’re procrastinating a bit, that’s understandable. I struggle with that too. And a bunch of other things such as crying over Facebook story videos, so I hope you’re ready.

Let’s ponder the possibilities of how we will meet, shall we? Perhaps I will admire you from afar as you walk through the university cafeteria day after day, getting the same sub sandwich. I may or may not memorize your order down to the last slice of havarti cheese. I’ll probably tell you that I love havarti cheese also, and then we’ll bond over our appreciation for some really delicious dairy products.

Perhaps we’ll be at some student club potluck dinner, but this time YOU will be trying to get my attention by loudly overemphasizing how much you love the mac and cheese dish I brought. Because I added havarti of course. I’ll try to play hard-to-get and pretend I don’t notice your compliments, but that won’t last long and I’ll go over to you to share the recipe.

Or maybe we will always sit next to each other at Mass on Sundays, never fully realizing that God destines us to be together.

Whatever happens, I’ll be thrilled to have found you! No more solo Super Bowl Sundays. 😀

I’ve never had a boyfriend throughout high school because who has time for those anyway? I also want to leave a lot of room in my heart for you— I am one of those people that believes that true love waits. I pray that you’re a respectful gentleman, treating us ladies with dignity, loving us not just for our looks but for our inner beauty primarily. If you have a girlfriend right now, that’s cool beans. But guard her like you would guard your wife (me!), because she will be someone else’s wife one day too.*

You may or may not be a man of faith right now, but by the time I start dating you, you will be 😉 If there is one thing I could ask my future husband to do, it would be to pray every day. Your relationship with God will help you find where you need to be in order to serve Him and serve others. And…I dunno…maybe He can help you find your soulmate. Just thrown’ that out there.

I’m curious as to what your interests are. Music? Sports? Computers? Gardening? Whatever you do, I hope you love it! If you like fitness, that’s AWESOME. We can be that cute couple doing mud runs together, having burpee contests, hiking up beautiful mountains, and giving each other stinky, sweaty hugs. If you like healthy food, that’s a double bonus! But if not, that’s alright. I have a bunch of blogger friends that can help ME help YOU love healthy food.

Lastly, our families. I’m sure they’ll get along quite well. My mom will want to take pictures with all your folks and post them on Instagram, my dad will want to have nice long chats with them, and my brother might be a little protective…But you’re my future husband, so they obviously love you. 🙂

Well, I guess Ill sign off now! I thoroughly enjoyed writing to you, future husband. I can’t wait to meet you.

Love,

Alison, your future wife.

P.S. If you don’t exist and I become a nun, I’ll be Jesus’ bride, so that’s okay too.

Notes: My second and third scenarios for how I might meet my future husband are based off of what really happened to my aunts and uncles when they met 🙂

*More on this idea starting at 2:52 of this video

So tell me:

Anything sweet and awesome about YOUR significant other…

…OR Something you want to tell your future loved one!