Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday is For Favorites // The Link Edition

You guys.  I'm doing something crazy: I'm changing the format of this edition of Friday is for Favorites.  Watch out!  Melissa's getting wild!  Seriously though, I was in the mood for something different this week.  So rather than the usual posting of images of my favorite things (scribbled with various scattered thoughts), I thought it would be fun to share some links from around the web that have stood out to me as being particularly interesting, or funny, or awesome throughout the past week.  So instead of a random collection of pretty pictures, I'm posting a random collection of cool links.  Yep. 

This 13 year-old Lab mix, Reese.  We all know that I have a very special place in my heart for senior dogs, but this guy especially struck me.  Unfortunately it's not a good time for us to get another dog, but I still couldn't get him out of my head.  Thankfully, he is now safe and warm in a loving foster home with several people scheduled to meet him for adoption!  Thank you Young at Heart!

This photograph, and the quote that goes along with it: "The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man."  This dreary winter weather has been giving me some serious cabin fever, and I'm itching to get out of the city and to the middle of nowhere.  There's just something to be said for surrounding yourself with pure, untouched nature.

Moorea's latest edition of 'The Look, Your Way.'  Girl's got style (and a big heart too).

Community and generosity.  A little over a week ago, an old friend of mine, her husband, and their children lost their home, businesses, and beloved cats to a massive fire.  It was obviously devastating, but they are doing their best to remain in good spirits and focus on the future.  Thankfully, tons of people have come together to help them get back on their feet, via this fund and this handmade auction.  It's proof that when people work together out of compassion and love, great things can come from tragic situations.  

Dana's new eBook, Blog Wonderful (which she released as a digital edition for Kindle and iBooks!). She gifted me a copy and I have to say, it's a seriously great resource for those of you new to blogging or thinking of starting a blog.  Lots of invaluable tips from an experienced + successful blogger.

These springtime printables inspired by Fossil's spring 2013 catalog.  EZ is such a talented designer and curator, and she's also a really nice person.  I'm excited to print out the note flats and send them out to friends this weekend.

This easy spinach and black bean burrito recipe.  I pretty much live on black beans, and I'm always looking for new recipes that incorporate them.  The one is very basic, but I added quinoa, a little shredded white cheddar, and some hot sauce, and it is amazing.  Amazing.  I am equal parts proud and embarrassed to say that I have officially had it for dinner four times this week.  True story.

Kaelah's wedding reception photos.  This girl is one of my absolute favorite people, and it broke my heart that I couldn't make it to her wedding.  Seeing her get all sorts of silly in these photos and clearly having the best time ever with her husband, son, and friends rocks.  And the photos themselves are pretty wonderful too - both in terms of style, and of capturing the pure awesomeness of the moment(s).

The faces that this ridiculously adorable fox makes.  Made my day.

These incredible images (that I first spotted via Honestly WTF, but can be purchased here).  All I know is I wanna go on one of those trips, pretty please.

This bag and this dress.  Ya know, if I had an extra $1,600 lying around to spend on a bag and a dress.

And finally.... Bubby and Bean's February sponsors!  Okay, so this isn't a link.  But see all those pretty new graphics over there in the right sidebar?  They belong to this month's new and returning sponsors, all of whom are rad their own ways.  If you have a couple minutes, click on the graphics and pay them a visit.

I hope you enjoy these links as much as I did!  And for those of you who prefer the regular old Friday is Favorites format, don't worry - next time will be back to the usual posting of pretty things.  Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. That's terribly sad about your friend that lost everything. So glad there are still compassionate people around to help.
    Also happy to hear that Reese will have a forever home soon! That is one happy fox! Happy animals make me happy :)
    Duni x

  2. I have to admit I'm a sucker for themed days with catchy names. Friday is for Favorites just sounds so perfect! I am new to your blog, so I don't know how the new theme compares to your old layout, but I like the new layout.

  3. I love all the pictures and prettiness in your regular friday favorites but I love this style too! =) So many fun links. I love the story about the old doggy, people coming together to help your friend, the fox, the burrito sounds yummy, and I'm going to look into that ebook!

  4. I also have a silly question, where do you get quinoa? I keep hearing about it.

    1. You can find it in most grocery stores. Some have it with grains (although it's not actually a grain). My regular grocery store has it in the 'healthy living' section, and I also get it Trader Joe's. It's so, so good, and very good for you as well. Definitely try it! :)

  5. I could eat black beans every day too, especially in the form of burritos. I'm glad to hear your friend and family are getting back on their feet. Those photos from Kaelah's wedding are great! xo

  6. Eeeeeep that fox!!!! So adorable!!! The creature comforts printables are so pretty and Reese is such a good old boy, hope he finds a home soon. Great links! Happy Friday!!

  7. Thank you so much for featuring me!
    xo Moorea

  8. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend! That's just terrible. I hope they can get back on their feet quickly.

    That burrito sounds amazing. Black beans for the win!

  9. i'm saving this as something to look forward to after work when i actually have some down time. i may have taken a quick peek at that sweet old doggy though. i have a weak spot for old animals too.

  10. Thanks for sharing your great links! I bought Blog Wonderful for my kindle :)

  11. This change-up in sharing Friday Favorites isn't too bad...I clicked quite a bit. Sometimes it's nice to change things up a bit. The dress and the bag are sooooo nice, especially the dress! The photo of the dog melted my heart, and I'm glad he's got some appointments for possible adoption! It's great of you to share the info on your friend and the fun that's been set up to help them out. I'll take a peek at that later too.
    Have a great weekend,

  12. that was a fun switch melissa! i like how the bag from anthropologie and the dress from free people go together. those photos about your friend's house were hauntingly sad. kaelah's reception photos were a riot. just today i was thinking how much i miss bubby dog. i know it's been over a year, and he wasn't my dog. i hope you don't think i'm a weirdo.

    1. I don't think you're a weird at all - I think that is awesome that you miss him! I miss him too. xo

  13. So sad for your friend. Loved the back to nature photo -- and that burrito recipe sounds SO tempting!!


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