Welcome to the first post of my new Friday Favorites series!
This is something I've been wanting to do for about a year now... annnnd I'm finally getting around to it. Regardless, better late then never, right?!
Since I love finding, discovering and sharing new things and ideas with others, I figured this would be the perfect type of post for me to start putting together on a weekly basis.
I'll basically be sharing a list of all the latest things I've discovered over the past week and linking each thing to it's source.
This will include things like articles that helped me with something (probably relating to blogging, designing or business), new health and fitness stuff I've discovered, yummy new foods I found, new restaurants I tried, coupons or discounts I ran across, and anything else I can get my grubby little hands on. 😉
I hope to direct you towards something that might help you, give you some new ideas to work with or inspire you in some way!
If there’s something you’d like to see more of (or less of), let me know in the comments below this post! Or if you try any of these things yourself, I’d love to hear your feedback!
I am super excited! Are you?!
*This post may contain affiliate links.
Favorite Low Calorie Beverage
This sugar-free Market Pantry Drink Mix is an easy and cheap ($1.09 for a box of 10) way to add flavor to your water. Plus, it comes with a nice little caffeine boost (60mg per packet), is infused with B-vitamins and only has 5 calories!
I've personally been loving the wild strawberry flavor this past week:
I get this from Target. 🙂
Favorite Protein Ice Cream
I've recently discovered Get 20% off Enlightened Protein Ice Cream using my link. It's seriously the best protein ice cream, hands-down. I personally think it's better than Halo Top, Skinny Cow and Arctic Zero, mostly because it's the creamiest and most flavorful. Plus, they seem to have the biggest variety of flavors, and I like having a variety to choose from. 😉
This week I tried the Bananas Foster which was pretty amazing actually, and I'm not even that big of a fan of banana-flavored anything.
Want to try some?
Here's a Coupon!
Favorite New Restaurant in San Diego
I went to Union Kitchen and Tap in the Gaslamp District for a friend's birthday dinner this week. I had never been but good lord was this place good!
They serve up large portions of rich and hearty food (umm, that's a big YES in my book.) I got the Spiced Brown Sugar Spaghetti Squash and the Farmhouse Meatballs... two thumbs up! I couldn't finish it all, which says a lot, because it's me 😉 #foodie
Their craft beers and cocktails were also delicious! I also got the Latitude Blood Orange IPA and a Blackberry craft cocktail of some kind (I can't remember the exact name but it was really good!)
The service was also friendly and on point.
I definitely recommend this place if you're in the San Diego area and looking for a quality place to have a nice dinner!
Favorite WordPress Tips
I've been trying to figure out how to change the size of my "related posts" (the images that show up at the bottom of your post to keep readers clicking around). Jetpack's default image size is 350px x 200px so my tall, Pinterest-style images were getting cropped off and were frankly, looking like sh*t.
I finally figured it out how to make this change this past week! 😀
Here's the post that helped me change my sizes from the default landscape to a taller image:
You can also see how it turned out at the bottom of my latest post:
I've also been trying to figure out how to optimize my social media images so that the best image gets shared automatically, no matter what social media platform you share it to. I didn't know about this thing called "Open Graph's" but there's a plugin you can download to help you configure this:
It took some finagling but I finally got it to work!
Favorite Freelance Writer
After 5 years of doing everything myself, I have come to realize that I just don't have the time to keep all 4 of my blogs consistently updated. If I want to keep growing, I have to get uncomfortable, hire some people to help me and *gasp* learn how to delegate.
This past week, I ended up hiring 2 content writers to help me write some posts on my Uber Driver Referral Blog, one I found through Fiverr and the other one I found through Craigslist. The one from Fiverr was a bust, but I did find an awesome freelance writer through Craigslist!
I know she's always open to new opportunities, so if you're looking to hire a freelancer who loves to write about anything that inspires or motivates people (discussing relationships, how to better communication in this high-tech world, etc.) feel free to check her out at:
Here's a link to the first post she wrote for me, which I think is kind of hilarious 😛
Favorite Cash Back App
iBotta is a rebate app that helps you make money off your receipts. I use it every week when I shop for groceries but it's also pretty great for getting discounts on alcohol (you get more money off for some reason).
Earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy (not always brand specific.)
If you decide to try it out, be sure to use my referral code MLHGJJO. You'll get a $10 bonus!
Those are my Favorite Finds for this week!
What do you think about this new series? Do you find it interesting? Do you think it will be helpful?
Have you tried any of the things or places I mentioned above? Comment below and let me know! 🙂
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