Link love (Powered by the good oil and slavish labour)

(I’m writing this on Wednesday and scheduling it for the weekend. When you read this I’ll be in the windy city, aka, our great capital.)

For the last few months I was (irregularly) taking a women’s multivitamin, including primrose and fish oils. I mainly did this for my skin. I never really noticed any effects, though.

Then I started on proper fish oils. And right away, my energy levels shot up. Seriously. It has done wonders for me, and just in time for the busiest work week in a long time. I’ve always needed 8-10 hours a night, and even then, I’d still be yawning throughout the day. Not anymore! In fact I’m even occasionally waking up before my alarm. Even when I took iron pill in my teens, I never experienced anything like this – it didn’t last long though as those little red tablets were seriously foul and made me drowsy.

I’m sure I don’t need to explain the slavish labour part – y’all have heard about the mighty earthquake.

Anyway, it’s a bumper issue catching up on two weeks’ worth! Enjoy


Another fabulous guest post on Yes and Yes from Lady Smaggle on why aging isn’t scary (I pretty much had my growing-up learning curve done by 19, but the principles still apply)

Shawanda at Your Have More Than You Think shares some uncommon advice to change your life.

But change doesn’t happen overnight. Matt at Life Without Pants explains the problem with idealism.

Jane tackles a topic I have wondered about – taking toddlers out to eat (who hasn’t lost their patience with children in a cafe or restaurant?)

On the family topic, Nicole and Maggie pose a great question – how do you know if the time’s right for kid #2?

Grace at Small Hands, Big Ideas reminds us how communication can be lost in translation.

Listen. To. This. Song. Now. (Props to Tall Brunette)

Meg at World of Wealth writes about why the scales favour men in the dating game.

Personally, I think honorifics should be banned. But yes, worst of all is INCONSISTENT USAGE.

Sometimes you just need to do your best and leave the rest, says Amy.

Similarly, Jess at Makeunder My Life pledges to schedule in more time with herself.

Mainly just for the title. And the photo of the tattoo. Jokes! Emily Jane writes about finding and committing to her life’s direction (“Every day I choose to spend updating someone else’s spreadsheets is another day I haven’t followed my dreams”).

A nice roundup of how to make all the basic household cleaners, naturally and cheaply, at Funny about Money

Hey, that’s neat. Have you heard of Formulists? I sure hadn’t, but Carrie Actually explains what it’s all about.

Fabulously Broke asks: Would you let your parents move in with you?


LOVE this post at Musings of an Inappropriate Woman on food as fuel (even as someone who’s always thinking about her next meal – sometimes even while eating! this was a good read.)

Jules at Stonesoup on the simplest way to meal plan, plus scrumptious recipes.

Oh man, I love rice bubble bars! Haven’t had them in years (via $120 Food Challenge).

Kevin is tempting me to to try making risotto that’s not in a box.

Spaghetti with lemon and olive oil. Sounds simple but extravagant.


In an age where it seems everyone prides themselves on coming up with great brainwaves, Write Around it All’s admission that she’s not an ideas person is a refreshing read.

From Red Lips and Academics (my newest discovery), the harsh reality of the side hustle.

Some practical marketing advice for online stores at Makeunder My Life.

Ms Career Girl has a guest post by Norma Tassy on the three types of people who should be in your network

Want to gain respect and make professional connections? Read this post at Dumb Little Man.


I think we’ve all felt this way at one time or another. I wish there was a magical money fairy, says Fig.

Red argues that student loans are not the enemy. (Of course they’re not. They’re loans! Like credit cards, they are not inherently good or evil…they’re just a tool. It’s up to you how you use them.)

Couldn’t agree more – Well Heeled says small purchases can be the biggest pick-me-ups.

Get Rich Slowly asks: What are the best non-US personal finance sites? Also, a guest post on balancing price, location and quality when househunting.

Fabulously Frugal shares her tips for travelling frugally, but not cheaply.

Financial Samurai reckons diverse interests = diverse income streams.

And to round it off, some tough love as Aloysa launches her Talk it Out column.

11 thoughts on “Link love (Powered by the good oil and slavish labour)

  • Reply Amy March 5, 2011 at 09:44

    Thanks for the shout-out, my dear!

  • Reply Funny about Money March 5, 2011 at 10:15

    Thanks for the link!

    Have thought often about you and hoped that you and all your friends and family are OK. I guess if all you suffered that day was a faint spell from running, you’re not climbing out from under a pile of rubble. But still hope your loved ones are unscathed.

  • Reply Emily Jane March 5, 2011 at 10:27

    Thank you so much for linking my little piece 🙂

    Will be checking out MANY of these this weekend!

  • Reply Stephany March 5, 2011 at 16:39

    It sounds like I may need to start on fish oils. I’ve heard a lot of great stuff about them and I know I need to start taking a multivitamin + other stuff to help with my low immune system.

  • Reply Fig March 5, 2011 at 18:10

    Thanks for linking to me!

    I take fish oil too and noticed a lot of the same benefits. It’s awesome!

  • Reply Laura at Red Lips & Academics March 5, 2011 at 19:39

    Thanks for the link love, ee!

  • Reply fabulouslyfrugirl March 6, 2011 at 02:52

    Thanks for including my link!

    Do you take cod fish oil? Have fun in the windy city.

  • Reply Shawanda March 7, 2011 at 17:32

    I used to take cod liver oil – the liquid version – as a child. For some reason, it really helped with my sinus problems. I have no idea how or why. To get it down, my mother would have me take a squeeze of lemon juice before and after taking it. That really helped.

    Thanks for the link love!

  • Reply Grace Boyle March 9, 2011 at 06:49

    Thanks for the link love 🙂

  • Reply FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com March 12, 2011 at 04:10

    Thank you for the link!

    Also.. what are “proper fish oils”? Are we talking like fish emulsion or something? And not in pill form?

    I eat Savi Seeds (recently anyway) with Omegas in them and I haven’t noticed a difference but perhaps I’m just too tired from vacation

  • Reply Clare - Never Niche March 30, 2011 at 10:16

    Grace is a friend of mine in real life. 🙂

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