January Blog Love

It’s that time again: time to show the blogosphere some loooove.

(See here, here and here for previous Blog Love posts).

It’s my little way of giving back and saying thanks for the wonderful opportunity to blog my eats, thoughts and moves to you guys every weekday.

So I like to share some posts that I’ve enjoyed from my fellow bloggers this month.

Also, the more I blog the more bloggers I discover and so this is a great way to introduce some of the blogs I’ve recently added to my reading list!

Let’s get started…

As usual I’ll recap my top 3 posts from this month – and the top 2 were my detox posts which doesn’t surprise me, seeing as it is January and a New Year, and detoxing is on most people’s minds!

My 3rd most popular post was my post about the new protein powder I discovered – pumpkin seed protein! So on the whole, January readers were all about the healthy…

Here were my favourite reads from my fellow bloggers this month:

  • I’m so delighted to have found Kristine’s blog, Busy But Healthy. She lives in BC like me and has a really similar approach to food, especially when it comes to sweeteners! I about died when I saw these Healthy Cinnamon Rolls – the first thing I am making once I’m done cleansing!

Copyright to BusyButHealthy.com

  • I love reading book reviews and I want to do more of them on my blog (I’ve reviewed One Day by David Nicholls in the past and searches for One Day still account for a lot of my search engine traffic!). I discovered Mila‘s blog, Lofty Appetite, a while ago and was delighted at the range of topics she covers. One of which is book reviews, and I am now in the middle of this book, Violets of March by Sarah Jio, on my Kindle having read her review for it a week or so ago.

Copyright to Amazon.com

  • Kris is another fellow BC blogger who covers so many worthwhile topics on her blog, I Heart Wellness. You can find spiritual guidance, business tips, product reviews and yummy recipes! I had a hard time picking between her posts this month; they’re all fab, but I guess because I’m cleansing I really have my eye on healthy treats and these blueberry lemon muffins look delightful. They’re grain-free so will work with a lot of different cleanses, so have at ‘em!

Copyright to iheartwellness.com

  • Katie at Healthy Diva Eats is one of the first bloggy friends I made when I joined the blogosphere, and her blog is the perfect escape for some fun, fitness, food and fashion! I really appreciated this post from her this month, though, about avoiding falling into the typical comparison trap. She’s absolutely right – there are times in life when everyone around you seems to be hitting certain milestones, whether in your personal life, in the blogosphere, or anywhere – and you feel as though you need to keep up and start stressing about it. Heck, right now I have a ton of friends in serious relationships, many of whom are getting engaged, and I’m still single! But although that can quickly stress you out, you need to really take a deep breath and remember not to compare. I’ll stop talking now because Katie says it so much better than I can and so succinctly too in this post.

Copyright to HealthyDivaEats.com

  • The girls at Naturally Sweet Recipes brought out another killer recipe this month – you’ve all heard of cooking desserts using beans by now, right? No? Well, get on this bandwagon! Although I am pretty much torturing myself looking at ANYthing chocolate while I’m detoxing, I couldn’t resist a peek at these Chocolate Black Bean Cookies. They look…sooo…good…

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  • I love Sara’s blog’s style – I’ve told her this before, but it’s just so HER. I absolutely know there’s no one else out there with a blog (My Less Serious Life) like Sara’s, and that’s why I love it! She blogs her eats, her fashion and her thoughts, and this post was one I really appreciated. She really took charge of her resolutions this year and did something completely out of her comfort zone, and I loved reading about it! Check it out :).

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  • Major congrats need to go out to one of my favourite recipe creators – Ari at The Diva Dish. I didn’t want to tell her this, because I’m sure she’s heard it from everyone, but I really have a sixth sense when it comes to big events in people’s lives, and I knew way back when it had been a few days longer than usual since her last blog post that it was because she was pregnant. I really did, I swear! But I waited for her to announce it herself and it’s a great read – so major congrats to Ari and read about her fantastic news here!

Copyright to thediva-dish.com

  • Brittany at Itty Bits of Balance is another blogger I discovered recently, and I love reading about her eats, her workouts and her adorable pup Popcorn (try saying pup Popcorn 3 times fast ;)). In the true spirit of January, I’ve really enjoyed reading about her Bodyrock 30-day Challenge, and this was Post #1. If you want some workout inspiration, hit up Brittany’s blog! She also whips up some fantastic looking salads too :).

Copyright to ittybitsofbalance.com

  • You can always rely on Angela at Oh She Glows for fabulous, healthy recipes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any other blogger’s name pop up so often throughout the blogosphere (“I’m making an Oh She Glows dinner tonight!” is a common tweet I see in my feed). She never fails and I was super thrilled with this post, for her Oh Mega Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies & Green Superfood Monster. I have been relying on green monsters throughout this cleanse, but even more importantly, those delicious-looking breakfast cookies are allowed on my cleanse! (Provided I sub in gluten-free flour for the wholewheat pastry flour). Nothing could have me more excited at the moment – so enjoy…!

Copyright to ohsheglows.com

  • And last but not least, another BC girl (I swear I’m not biased!!), Char at Char’s Kitchen, posted the recipe that made my MONTH! Seriously, I love this recipe so much that I had gone to bed and remembered I hadn’t included it, so got out of bed to come back and put it into the blog post, that’s how much I love it. Yeah, no joke. My FAVOURITE sushi in the world is a yam and avocado sushi roll. And guess what recipe Char released to the blogosphere on January 3rd? Yup. Yam and Avocado Sushi.

Copyright to charskitchen.ca

See you next month for another Blog Love feature!

QUESTION:

  • Do any of these posts strike your fancy?

Comments

  1. Sara @my less serious life says:

    um, hello. thank you for the shout out! i got nothin’ but love for you, Anna, and The Guiltless Life, too! i can’t wait to check out your other blog finds…

  2. Aw! Thanks so much for the shoutout and all the nice things that you said, Anna! That was very sweet of you :)

    What a great idea for a post!

  3. You are SO sweet! I am so glad we found each other in the blog world! Its so sweet how you take the time to put a post together like this every month, I know this takes a lot of time and I love it!

    Thank you for featuring me, Im glad that post helped you out, sometimes I need to read those words I wrote too, we all start falling in that trap and just need to step back and really think!

    Oh those cinnamon rolls look to die for, so do the cookies! Will have to check those, I read both of those blogs actually! Naturally Sweet is great!

    Happy Weekend love! xoxo <3

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      You’re so lovely! I love doing these posts and I especially loved that post of yours, you’re like this happy healthy blogger who then sprinkles some really important messages like fairy dust on all of us readers! xx

  4. thanks for the shout out!!! let me know how you like “violets of march”! i’m reading “one day” right now actually! but I’m really not enjoying it, the characters are so typical and overdone, tho i do like the one day chapter concept… but your positive review is going to keep me going and I will try not to quit!

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      I think One Day is hard to get if you’re unfamiliar with British culture. As I wrote in my review of the movie vs the book, they took a lot of British-ness out of the movie to make it suitable for a North American audience but the book gets most of its merits from its quirky commentary on British society, and how Dexter and Emma represent the two opposites of that society. I have had a lot of friends who are from Canada and don’t know much about British culture who just didn’t like the book at all, so I don’t blame you!
      I love Violets of March – finished it last night! Very much a chick flick but it was intriguing till the end and I appreciated that!

  5. Thank you so much Anna!! Thanks for your kind words!
    I love these posts and seeing highlights from other great bloggers!! I love it all!! Those cinnamon rolls do look delicious!!! And so does that sushi!! Great post!!

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      Oh I’m just drooling over that sushi! You’re so welcome, your cookies look amazing!

  6. Thanks for the blog love :) Super sweet of you! I’m so glad we’ve connected up too! I’m going to have to check out these other great blogs you’ve mentioned!

  7. awwww you’re a doll!! Thank you for the blog love. I’m feeling kinda special :) <3 And I'm excited to go check out a couple other bloggers you mentioned that I don't yet follow! xo

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      You should feel special! That sushi is amazing! I hope you find some other faces to add to your reading list!

  8. Yea for fellow BC bloggers! I’m off to check them out now – thanks for sharing :)

  9. I love all these blogs! All these blogger are amazing and I love reading their blogs. :)

  10. oh my goodness girl you are the sweetest ever!! Thank you so much for posting this!! :-) Brought tears to my eyes! :-)

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      Aw – that’s probably your hormones working ;) but it’s my pleasure, Ari!

  11. So many great blogs here, and delicious looking pictures! Healthy cinnamon rolls?!? I have to give this one a try! I never thought I’d hear such a thing!!!
    I loved that you shared other bloggers, I always like finding new blogs similar to ones I already love!

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      Those cinnamon rolls look the best, don’t they? Thanks for reading Jentry!

  12. Thanks so much for posting these blogs! Some are new to me and I can’t wait to check them out! Holy yum the recipes look amazing…:) Healthy chocolate cookies…I’m game…;)

  13. These are some great blogs! Some are new to me and I can’t wait to check them out! :) Great recipes too..:) Chocolate cookies=yum

  14. I love these blogs! I think I have a serious blog reading addiction!

  15. i just ordered violets of march on amazon! can’t wait to read it!

    • Anna @ The Guiltless Life says:

      And I just finished it last night! It’s a good story to sink your teeth into!

  16. I love this list of new blogs! I can’t wait to check them out!! :)

  17. Love this – just found your blog – it’s wonderful and so nicely done (very pretty too)! Love to find great Vancouver based bloggers – just getting in to this whole blogging thing too. Love, yoga, health, and food along with so many others – looking forward to following :) Cheers!
    ~ Shira