Thursday Thoughts: Link Edition

So over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been gathering links that I want to share with you all. Some are relevant (to my site) and others are just plain random.

1.  This poem about English Pronunciations is so fun. Just me? Ok.

2.  If you’re on facebook, you probably saw these linguistic conflict maps of America circulating around, but I wanted to share it with you all just in case.

Picture 1I find all of that so interesting. I think the ones that I hear people getting annoyed with most often around here are the words “caramel”, “coupon”, and “route”. I have had many a friendly argument about each of these words. How do you pronounce them?

3. My friend Allea (who I met in England) recently completed the Whole30 challenge. That feat is seriously impressive to me. I have next to no will power when it comes to food elimination, even if it’s for the better, so Allea’s success is truly inspirational. I highly suggest clicking over to her site to see her recap of the challenge. It’s all very interesting.

4. If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you might know that I have eosinophilic esophagitis – EOE for short. This condition has many of the same symptoms of heart burn, but is much worse and can be a lifelong condition. Long story short, I’ve visited doctors, allergists, and gastroenterologists about this condition over the years, and they’ve all told me it’s caused by my food allergies. I cut out egg (good choice), tried cutting out gluten (from what I can tell, it made no difference), but basically haven’t really received any answers from anyone.

The other day, I was thinking…what if my EOE is caused by environmental allergies? I was standing outside talking with someone and my voice started to get hoarse. That’s not unusual for me, but it is unusual for most people. I realized then that maybe there is a link between environmental allergies and EOE. Sure enough, I typed that into google, and this (click link to read) is what I found.

My hunch was right on, I think. Now the question is…what do I do about that?

5. I adore this post by Rebecca. As much as I love the kids I babysit, when they dawdle getting ready for something (whether it’s for bed, a trip we’re taking, or even just getting their toys cleaned up) I find myself wanting to tell them to “hurry up” – and sometimes I do. But as Rebecca reminded me, when I force them to hurry, I risk taking away special moments that go along with being a kid. I mean, really…why the hurry all the time?

6. I first saw this shirt by Pixie Power on Christina’s site (she’s hosting a giveaway!) and really wanted to share it with you all, simple because I adore the message:

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I mean, really, how great is that?? I love that more and more people are coming around to the thought that healthy, fit, and strong don’t always mean “perfectly” skinny.

7. Lillian shared this article, 5 Signs a Hidden Food Sensitivity is Sabotaging Your Health, a few weeks ago, and it has really stuck with me. Some of you might remember that I tried a GF diet, and didn’t like it, but I do wonder about the other foods they talk about. It really is amazing what food can do to our bodies – be it good or not so good!

8. 21 Flawless Cattacks. I’m so not a cat person, but these are just hilarious.

9. I’m seeing Monsters University tomorrow with the kids…think they’d be ok with me making Jessica’s Movie Theater Candy Chocolate Bark to take along with us?

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Totally joking. I know I could handle it, but there is no way I’d want to deal with the sugar rush those kids would get after eating this. Oi. But it does look good……


I think I’ll end on that sweet note. 🙂

I hope you all have a great Thursday!


  1. Those cat attacks – omigod I just died 😆 Thank you for that wonderful start to my day 😀 And for that article about food sensitivities sabotaging your health. I often wonder if I have some kind of sensitivities or intolerances because I deal with a lot of minor annoyances that never seem to clear up no matter how healthy I eat… My biggest question is dairy, since a big part of my diet is made up of it. Ugh… It sucks to think about eliminating it, but at the same time, it would be great to be rid of some of these complaints… Scary to think about how we might not even know some foods are negatively affecting us.

    1. Haha noooo problem! They’re all so funny!
      You’re right, it is really scary. I know so many people (myself included) that have those small annoyances. I think dairy is probably a big one for me as well, but I’m like you – I don’t even like to think about eliminating it, but if, in the end, I feel better, maybe it is worth it…

  2. I say it like car-mel and laugh at anyone who says it differently 😉 I’m so mean. Haha.

    I read that same article on signs of a hidden food sensitivity. Like you, when I eliminated the foods I was allergic to I felt a little better. It wasn’t until I eliminated a lot of other things though that #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5 (so basically all of them 😀 ) improved. I still always feel like I have a frog in my throat, but my seasonal allergies are a lot better. Same thing with the bloating and feeling puffy, but about 50% of my days I still get really bloated and can barely fit into the clothes that I wore that same morning 😦 Looking back on photos from last Summer though, I looked like someone injected me with bee pollen. My eyes were SO swollen and I looked like a chipmunk. Lol. I can’t believe my doctors didn’t catch it before…

    Can I just say that I love all of the links that you included in this post? It was really interesting to read more about EOE and what you have to deal with–sorry for that! And that Whole30 recap was pretty awesome. Oh, and still reading through that English pronunciation poem… I have work starting in 3 minutes… I don’t think I am going to make it.

    Monsters University!! I am dying to hear what you think of it as I want to watch that movie so much. The first one was awesome!

    1. It’s weird, because for me, it depends on the situation. Most of the time I say car-mel, but sometimes I say it cara-mel. And I think it’s totally acceptable to laugh at pronounciations. 😉
      Ugh, it sounds like we, unfortunately, have many of the same daily problems. The only thing that I feel so bad about is that you have eliminated so many things and still don’t feel 100%! I’m being a baby and don’t want to start eliminating until I absolutely need to. Wow, allergies are a pain.
      Good, I’m glad you liked them! Haha it was a super long poem, but I loved it. I hope you got to work on time! 😉
      I will definitely let you know about the movie. I’m so excited! I think probably more excited than the kids… 🙂

      1. I have to admit that the first one still scares me *just a little* Haha. The creepy little lizzard dude and the receptionist with the big head and glasses freak me out 😛

      2. Haha I totally get that!

  3. I’m not even sure what link to comment on first! So many good ones. That stinks about your EOE, I hope finding that environmental allergies might be to blame will set you on the right track (whatever that may be!)

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed them! I’m hoping so too, but who knows how long that track might be!

  4. That candy bark looks so good! I agree though, there’s no way I’d want to deal with kids who’d eaten that – there’s no way they’d be able to sit still for the rest of the movie!

    1. Doesn’t it?? Yes, exactly. That would be a nightmare….

  5. I really liked that article Lillian shared, thanks for looping back to it

    1. I did too. That whole post was great, really. 🙂

  6. Great post 🙂 That bark looks fantastic! 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks! Yes, it looks too good to be true! 😉

  7. I’ll admit…I’m completely guilty of saying “car-mel”, but that’s because I grew up in Ohio and clearly I am a product of my environment (ha!) Is there even a right way to say it? Who knows! My inner 5-year-old is secretly jealous you are going to see Monsters University! Let us know if it’s good

    1. Oh I do the same thing! I almost always say car-mel (and randomly use cara-mel sometimes). I’m from Michigan, so I understand. We’ll blame it on our cultures. 😉
      I definitely will let you know how it is! I’m more excited for it than the kids are, I think!

  8. Weird, I could have sworn I commented on this post yesterday! Anyway, I love that map link- you always post such interesting links overall 🙂 And I love that Strong is the New Skinny shirt, what a great message. There are so many different body types and variations on what constitutes ‘beautiful’- strength and confidence are beautiful, and so its taking care of your body. Thanks for the inspiration/motivation 🙂

  9. Oh my gosh, those cat attacks are hysterical. I love them.
    Even though I full believe and support it, it always amazes me to see how connected food and our health really is. I have a coworker who keeps a candy jar at her desk, which I used to indulge in all the time, back in the day. I rarely touch the stuff now, but when I do my whole body turns bright red and gets warm all over. I think lots of people have symptoms like this, among other things, but never tie it to food. It’d be interesting to see how the environment impacts your condition. I think we have so many more toxins in our environment now compared to fifty years ago so I could see a connection.

  10. I had never stopped to think about environmental allergies beyond the usual annoyances but that article you linked has some great info that is worth looking into, and hopefully it is putting you on a track to start feeling better!

    You linked a lot of great reads here that I can’t wait to explore more fully (though I already laughed my way through all the cat attacks).

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