Fun Findings Friday #162

TGIF! I’ve been looking forward to this weekend for quite some time and am so excited it’s finally here! There are several fun things on my agenda, including the TB Lightning playoff game, Hall & Oates concert (hooray for 80s music), and a pop over to the theme parks (Disney vs. Universal… hmm)! But enough about me, let’s get into this week’s fun findings.

The Blogging Blowout Conference

I’ve attended the BlogHer conference for the past 3 years, but unfortunately, this year I’m unable to make it out to LA for this year’s conference in August. If you’re unable to make it to a blogging conference far away either, I just found an awesome alternative. A blogging conference you can attend from home in your PJs! The Blogging Blowout is a virtual blogger conference taking place over two days next month (June 25 and 26) – one of which happens to be my birthday! They’re currently offering a 25% off discount on the $199 price through this weekend, so if you’ve been wanting to try a blogging conference out, this might be a good starting point!

blogging blowout conference

KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment

Like everyone else, I’ve been trying to implement some better eating habits. At least most days. Pasta is one of my  favorite foods, but unfortunately, it’s also carb city. I’ve been seeing some incredible recipes around for zucchini noodles and other healthy options, so I think an investment in this spiralizer ($82) needs to happen soon. Have you tried one out yourself? Any favorites?

KitchenAid Spiralizer

Dashboard Confessional’s “May”

Back in high school I couldn’t get enough of Dashboard Confessional, mostly thanks to my favorite show (at the time), Laguna Beach. Well, a new song (“May”) was just released and is filled with so much nostalgia of the good ol’ DC days. The last album was released in 2009, but apparently a new one is on the horizon (date TBD). In the meantime I’ll just be over here jamming to my old favorites!

Have a wonderful weekend, all! And don’t forget to enter to win the adorable Snoopy figurine by Jim Shore!

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  • What a cool blogging conference find! That’s a great idea.

  • Kassi M.

    Ooh! A blogging conference from your own home! Exactly what I need! It’s hard to get anywhere with two littles at home!

    • It sounds like a really great one! I hope you’re able to make it!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    A blogging conference! Love it. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Blogging conferences are my favorite! Love that this one is a little easier to attend since you don’t have to go anywhere!

  • A virtual blogging conference? How interesting! I attended my first blogging conference in January and loved it. I may have to check this one out. I have been wanting to get a spiralizer. I may have to check this one out! I loved Laguna Beach!!! I think that is when I became addicted to Reality Tv. Have a great weekend!

    • How exciting! Which conference was it? I kind of want to go back and watch Laguna Beach all over again, haha. It definitely fueled my reality TV obsession too but over the years my watching has dwindled.

  • Nazrin Miah

    Ugh, anything you’re able to do from the comfort of your own home is a YES from me!

    • Totally agree! Nothing beats being home in your PJs for these types of things!

  • Emily Vanderhoof

    The blowout blogging conference sounds great! Thanks for sharing about it! I’m sure I could learn a lot!

    • Sure thing! I hope you find it helpful – I always love attending them!

  • So we had bought a spiralizer from Amazon but it was such a pain to use! We ended upgrading to the Kitchen Aide attachment and I can’t wait to try it out!

    • Ugh, what a bummer! You’ll have to let me know how the KitchenAid one works out!

  • I’ve been wanting to try a spiralizer, do you cook the zucchini after it’s cut or eat it raw?

    • You know, I’m not entirely sure. I think you cook it afterwards!

  • I got that KitchenAid attachment at my bridal shower!

    • Have you had a chance to use it yet? You’ll have to let me know some good recipes once you try it!

  • We’re hoping to get a mixer for our wedding and I need to add that attachment to my list :)

    xoxo Jenny

  • Monika

    I need the spiralizer in my life too! Wanting to try zucchini pasta from so long :D Have a great weekend!

    Monika | http://www.palateforstyle.com

    • Yes! I never see it on menus out at restaurants either so it’s been even harder to try since I can’t find it anywhere. Hopefully soon I will!

  • I’m obsessed with spiraling :)

    • What’s your favorite recipe for it? Any suggestions on a good one to start with?

      • Zoodles (zucchini noodles) are definitely the easiest. But when you pair it up with other veggies such as carrots or squash, it makes for a nice mixture!

  • I’ve been cooking a lot of spaghetti squash – but have been wanting to try spiralizing!

    • That sounds really good! Do you have a fave recipe for it?

      • I don’t really have a recipe. I cook the squash in the oven (per instructions I found on Google), then serve it with meat sauce and cheese just like regular spaghetti

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    oh girl! I need that kitchen aid attachment. I need it bad

    • Same! I’ve been wanting to try it out for quite some time!

  • Tamara Goyette

    WHAT? How did I not know this existed!

  • Brie @ Sophistifunk

    I’ve been dying to get the Kitchen Aid Spiralizer attachment! Also, I would be SO excited if Dashboard released a new album! My favorite concert I’ve ever been to was Dashboard, Yellowcard, and The Format…it was AMAZING! Oh, the good old days! :)

    • That sounds amazing! I was supposed to see The Format but they ended up being hours late and I had somewhere else to be so wasn’t able to see them :( I’d so be down if this tour happened again. Ahh, nostalgia!

  • You got it! It sounds like a lot of people are really excited about it too :) I’m hoping to attend but with it being my birthday, the day’s still up in the air!

    • You totally should!!! If you miss anything, we’re going to stream the replay for at least one week. : )

  • I put that spiralizer on our registry. I think it’s a great investment!

    • I hope you get one! I think it’s going on my birthday list!

  • My mom bought the inspiralize cookbook and she’s loved everything she’s made from it!! I’m a little more dubious because most of the dishes are cold veggie things, but she LOVES it for the warmer temps!

    • That’s so great to hear! Does she (or you from taste testing) have a favorite recipe?