Weekend Reading: Have a Lovely Saturday!

have a lovely saturday


A recent observational study has tied high blood sugar to an increased risk in dementia. While this is a good starting point for further research, we should keep in mind that causation was not established and that there is no current explanation for the linkage. There is no proof that if you lowered your blood sugar levels you would also lower your dementia risk. Still, if it’s got you thinking about making some healthy changes and reducing sugar intake, here are 7 tricks to quit sugar.

I ask myself all the time, what makes a good running blog? And how can I keep the quality of mine improving? Take home message:

In fact, the researchers’ message to health bloggers is: combine storytelling with concrete health information.

Healthy Tipping Point has a great post up with tips from a Tri Coach on how to incorporate strength into your other fitness goals.

New York will be prescribing fruits and vegetables to patients struggling with obesity as part of the FVRx program. The program has had success in California and Texas, but $2 coupons for use at Farmer’s markets doesn’t add up to very much. I’d be curious at how many coupons are prescribed and how often.

Social Psychology

I’m an introvert, which does not mean that I hate being around people or am antisocial. It does mean that on occasion I need some downtime to process all the fabulous happenings.

Want to encourage follow through in your colleagues, employees, kids, etc? Encourage behavioral changes. Make the projects well-defined and easy to carry out.

You were busy yesterday, but were your productive? I’m definitely guilty of living for the fire drill.


One Pot Wonders: Pork Chops with Fresh Peaches and Basil

I’ve got a bag of coconut in the cupboard that is just asking to be used in this recipe with carrots and figs.

Simple snacks are my favorite snacks. Check out Julie’s Peanut Butter Fingers recipe roundup for some inspiration.

I wish I had never seen these totchos. Fivetenburger has some of the best tots ever, and I might have to make these happen.


This kitchen is amazing. Black, brass and white make for a bold combination.

I’ve been wanting a gold and natural stone necklace for a while but have yet to  swipe the plastic. This blog post is full of DIY inspiration.

Lisa Congdon’s pictures of Paris storefronts are so pretty. They make me want to fly to Paris on a cloudy day, grab a cup of coffee and go wandering.

Ashley Adores Fancy Things Friday included this necklace from Zara and I had instant want syndrome. I’ll take this, these and these too.


This surprise water balloon fight might be the best idea ever.

Robin Thicke’s summer hit, Blurred Lines, is all over the place right now. Here’s a gender reversed version that has been making the rounds. Did you know Robin Thicke’s dad was an aspiring singer at one point too? Check him out at a Crystal Light National Aerobics championship. Love that 80s workout gear!

Breaking Bad starts up this weekend, here are 20 random facts about the show to bust out at your viewing party.

A Craigslist missed connection worth reading.

What would all the unwritten words of your life say? Don’t let the important things go unsaid!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Always, Sierra

Weekend Reading: Have a Lovely Saturday!




If you live in California and outdoorsy, you probably already know that ticks transmit Lyme disease. Here’s another reason to avoid them…it’s recently been discovered that they also transmit the newly discovered Heartland virus.

How healthy are you? Maybe not as healthy as you think.

How do you handle stress? A recent study suggests that people default to ingrained habits in stressful situations.The good news is, that includes healthy habits. Been meaning to start meditating regularly? Get started now to keep it up the next time life gets hectic.

There’s evidence that America’s average bra size has increased from a 34B to a 34DD. My ta-ta’s are stuck in the olden days.

Heather at Through Heather’s Looking Glass wrote a letter to her former self, and I swear it could have been a letter to my former self too. Except I’m still working up to the long distance part lol.

Dorothy at Mile Posts has a great reminder up this week to get out of our running comfort zone, something I occasionally struggle with.

Social Psychology

Have you ever experienced microaggression in the workplace? This article is fascinating.

I wish I had come across this article about partying hard in my early 20s. I can still appreciate it now, especially this part: “Think you’re more confident after downing a cosmo? That confidence has to come from somewhere, and I guarantee you, it doesn’t hide in a cocktail shaker. Find an authentic, wholesome way to experiment with your inner confidence, sans booze. You don’t have to move mountains; think small.”

Hoping you’ll get a flash of genius to spur your creativity? It doesn’t really work that way.


Garlic soup with Mushrooms and Chive Oil? Yes, please!

I am addicted to delicious pictures of food, which makes this article about 15 foodie Instagram accounts especially handy.

Who knew baby oysters were so tiny and cute? Turns out oyster farming is a lot like making wine.

Meaty saucy goodness for your next brunch.


I love fancy kitchen floors, especially when they’re hand-painted. And while we’re at it, I love fancy kitchen walls too.

There’s still time to shop for deals in Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale. I’m digging this Michael Kors watch. While we’re talking accessories, I’ll also take this cross-body bag and these boots in black.


A new version of Monopoly has stirred up all kinds of emotions in loyal Monopoly players. Call me crazy, but buying brands instead of real estate is just a little too much product placement. Is it more concerning that kids these days don’t have the attention span to play the original Monopoly or that the only way to sell a board game is to make it a marketing tool?

Speaking of branding, are you working on building yours? Preorder Alice E. Marwick’s Status Update: Celebrity, Publicity, and Branding in the Social Media Age for a little food for thought.

This story about a smiling, dancing man encountered on a lonely walk at night is super creepy. Almost as creepy as this YouTube reenactment.

Are you a city person or a country person? You might be surprised by which has the higher risk of death from injury or accidents.

Into reading? I am definitely a bookworm and proud of it.

I hope you’re weekend’s going well!

Always, Sierra

Always, Sierra

Have a Lovely Friday!

Alameda County Fair

1. Meet the latest Biggest Loser contestant, but you might already recognize him from American Idol!

2. Have you heard of the organization Back on my Feet? I wish there were chapters on the West Coast so I could get involved. If anyone knows of anything similar out here, let me know.

3. This list of common misconceptions is fascinating, and excellent preparation for trivia night.

4. Lots of fun stuff is happening in the Bay this weekend. There’s the Fillmore Jazz Festival, free fishing day in SF, and the 10th annual Temescal Street Fair if you’re hanging out in the East Bay.

5. Usain Bolt’s secret weapon: balance. And don’t forget posture.

6. Seriously intrigued by plum quinoa cakes. I’m thinking this qualifies towards one of my July goals!

7. I’m loving the geometry of this bikini top.

8. I’ve had the urge to create a new gallery wall and Dean Crouser’s Etsy shop is full of inspiration.

9. How to find your passion in life.


10. Every time I walk in Whole Foods I want to buy all the things. Our last visit, I managed to limit myself to one new treat, and I really know how to pick em. Have you tried this popcorn? Freaking. Amazing.


Hope you had a great Fourth of July and that you’re lucky enough to have today off too!

Always, Sierra

Do you have a Whole Foods near you? Any favorite you treats you’ve discovered there?

Are you a fan of Biggest Loser? Who’s your favorite trainer?

Do you shop on Etsy for artwork?

Have a lovely Friday!


  1. I would wear this toucan everywhere.
  2. I just discovered Steelhead Red, it’s tasty and supports conservation efforts. All around win!
  3. These are the good old days” now.
  4. Cat vs. Vacuum because everyone needs a little cat video in their life.
  5. Hunting for inspiration? Check out these women.
  6. Reading this book over the weekend…Perfectionist? Who, me?
  7. An appropriately timed article on prevening running injuries showed up in my inbox. Too bad I didn’t get it a week ago!
  8. I’m pretty much in love with the creepy coolness of this necklace.
  9. Alicia Keys discusses a Fit Body. Fit Mind. Fit Spirit. for Reebok.
  10. The spirit of Boston is amazing, this moved me to tears.

I hope this weekend brings you an adventure or two!

Always, Sierra