Happy Friday, friends! Before we dive in to this week’s links, I wanted to take a second to say hi and welcome to all the new vmac+cheese readers who are here because of referrals from Mini-Alt Week or Alt itself! Thanks for stopping by!

I have to be honest with you: this week was a total doozy. You come back from something like Alt and your mind is swirling with so many thoughts, ideas, and questions. I’ve also had lots going on in my personal life (engagement yes, and some other particularly juicy points of interest that I’ll discuss soon, promise) that have made things a little crazy around these parts. I’m so happy to see the weekend and hopefully sleep in as much as possible. Do you ever find that when you’re extra busy, you can’t sleep in because your mental to-do list wakes you up? Dear brain, let’s try and shut it down this weekend, mmkay?

If you’re new to vmac+cheese, each Friday I like to post a list of my favorite links from the week. Be sure to check these out if you find yourself with some quiet time and a cup of tea!

+ The food posts from the last few weeks were out of control good! First, check out Jaclyn’s homemade oreo cookies. So pretty and a million times less processed than the store bought version.
+ Similarly, Lara attempted my favorite Girl Scout cookie of all time, the caramel delite, also known as the Samoa in virtually every part of the country except for Texas.
+ Sarah shared her gorgeous photos from homemade chocolate and sea salt peanut butter cups. PS, they’re vegan!
+ So now that you’ve indulged in all the sweets, did you notice your skin flared up? Yeah, it’s not a coincidence. Dairy, refined carbs, and zinc deficiency are often the culprit, and I personally have noticed a difference when I cut these things out. I’m glad The Beauty Department is reporting on this too!
+ On to my first ever mentions of wedding planning. Or lack thereof. I really have done nothing, you guys. But I was happy to meet Sara at Alt, and to subscribe to her wedding blog Marry This! I need to balance all of the pretty, aspirational wedding goodness that’s out there with the more realistic yet equally as inspiring.
+ Similarly, if and when we ever put up a wedding website, I hope our guest book is 1/10th as hilarious as Bridget and Chris’s, friends of fellow Texan Jenn. I mean, a honey badger reference? These people are awesome.
+ I totally enjoyed Erica’s article on the value of LinkedIn. Not on it? Maybe think about it.
+ Rachel, from the blog Southern Exposure, is one of those people that always finds amazing fixer pieces, with final results that are nothing short of fantastic. Her latest is no exception!
+ Finally, wondering who else went to Alt Summit? Need a few new blogs to check out? Don’t miss Meg’s roundup of Alt-goers. Links for days, people. And if you look close in the photo, you might even see a little business card from yours truly. Enjoy!

{Image Credit: Nastia Vesna via Margaret Jacobson Pinterest}

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  1. 1.27.12

    Cannot wait to make those oreo cookies! :)

  2. 1.27.12
    christin said:

    there is just so much awesomeness in this one post I don’t know if I can distill it all into one coherent comment. and homemade oreo cookies are a recipe for disaster. that is if you count me eating all of them myself a disaster.

    hope you get some well-deserved rest this weekend!!!

  3. 1.27.12

    Awww, thanks for the links Victoria! You are the best blogger in all the land. I hope you get your much-deserved rest this weekend, busy girl!!

  4. 1.27.12
    viv said:

    Fantastic round-up! These posts keep me up to date :)

  5. 1.27.12
    Jaclyn said:

    Thank you so much for including my link :) Can’t wait to check out these other great posts. Hope you get to sleep in a bit this weekend.

  6. 1.27.12
    Alexa said:

    Great links Victoria…those oreos look delicious!

  7. 1.27.12
    Chris O. said:

    Good to see my wedding and accompanying guest book is spreading joy across the land! Very cool!

  8. 1.27.12

    I’m so glad you liked the LinkedIn post Victoria, and thanks for the love :) And those oreos have totally made my hit list now… I can taste them already

  9. 1.27.12

    new to your blog, found through the piece of toast girls postings on you and I’ve gotta say, love the blog. Happy Friday!

  10. 1.27.12

    So many great links and tasty treats! Have a fab weekend!

  11. 1.27.12
    Crystalin said:

    Sleep up lady! I’ll definitely keep you posted on Tuesday. Have a great weekend :)

  12. 1.27.12
    tabitha said:

    I love your blog!! Happy Friday.

  13. 1.27.12
    Sara Gray said:

    Thanks so much for including me here, Victoria! So great meeting you at Alt. Can’t wait to follow your wedding planning adventures! :)

  14. 1.27.12
    Neda said:

    Thanks for the great links, Victoria. I especially loved the LinkedIn one~ so informative!! Have a great weekend! xx

  15. 1.27.12

    Get some rest Victoria!

  16. 1.28.12

    So happy to have discovered your wonderful blog! Your Alt series was fab! Thanks for the links and have a joy-filled weekend xx

  17. 1.28.12

    spending a lazy saturday morning catching up on my blog rounds and just read your news! CONGRATULATIONS! it’s such a fun and exciting time, enjoy every minute of it! and if you need wedding recos, i’m happy to help! :)
    ps-thanks for including me in your friday links!

  18. 1.28.12
    Lauren said:

    I’m feeling so overwhelmed with school starting, and everything with ashley. Trying to get everything in order!
    Hoping you have time to relax this weekend.

  19. 1.29.12
    Tara said:

    I found your blog through an Alt recap and I just wanted to say hello and that I’m looking forward to following along here! Loved the article on LinkedIn…

  20. 1.30.12

    Fab Blog!! I love finding something new that is lovely and a great read :) New follower!

    Rai xo

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