by Holly on September 4, 2011

in blog stuff


I’m either way ahead of them (i.e. I’ve been sporting hipster Converse sneakers since 4th grade, thankyouverymuch) or way wayyyyy behind them (i.e. I just made Mama Pea’s genius recipe for Mmmm Sauce this past Thursday). If I was wearing Converse sneakers while making Mmmm Sauce, does that count for any on-trend points?

Don’t answer that, because today, I am inexcusably behind the trends.

There has been this ‘My 7 Links’ series floating around other blogs I read and several fellow bloggers tagged me to do the post myself…several months ago.  Since I’ve picked up a slew of new readers from my two week absence and linkbacks from fill-in guest posts (hi new readers!), I figured now would be a good time to highlight some of the standout posts from my blog baby, The Healthy Everythingtarian.

Most Beautiful Post

Yes, we deserve it.

Do I deserve happiness? Absolutely. Do you deserve happiness? Absolutely. This is a post I should read (and many of us should read!) every single morning alongside our oatmeal bowls + cups of coffee until we finally know AND act upon this universal principle. And when we forget, we’ll just keep on reminding ourselves of this as much as necessary.

Most Popular Post(s)

Banana Custard Oats or Almond Flour Pancakes {<- two of my favorite Everythingtarian recipes!}

People love breakfast, and I love people for loving breakfast. After scouring the list of search terms people use to find my blog, these two recipes were consistently at the top of the popularity list. That is if you omit ‘healthy drunk food,’ which accounts for at least 1/5 of the searches to my blog and in case you were curious, will lead you to this post right here.

Most Controversial Post

here’s to seventy five more

Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had any post I would consider controversial. However, in this post, I attended a breakfast in honor of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s 75th anniversary and talked about something incredibly important to me: women’s health. This topic undoubtedly is quite a political one, but because I have the best readers in the world, everyone contributed their two cents without being mean, accusatory or vicious. To this day, it is one of my favorite posts.

Most Helpful Post

Most helpful? This is a tricky one. I feel like people learn not to mistakenly use cumin instead of cinnamon in oatmeal or forget to pack a sports bra for a 1/2 marathon or indulge in white girl crises from my blog on a daily basis. I make mistakes, others get to learn from them. But I did start the Reader’s Request series to answer questions from blog readers and have found all these posts to have extremely helpful results:

Indian Food

Top 5 Pantry Staples

Eating Healthy in College


Banana Custard Oats

Setting Realistic Goals

Thai Food

Surprise Success Post

five thing friday

Apparently, everyone really likes making lists like I do. And I appreciate that in my readers.

Post That Did Not Get Enough Attention

Chocolate PB Chip Cupcakes + Peanut Butter Buttercream

In honor of celebrating my two years of blogging, I made these cupcakes on an afternoon whim in April. The result was a light, airy + perfectly chocolatey cupcake topped with a rich peanut butter buttercream frosting. Topped with mini chocolate chips, I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why this recipe never quite caught on. Go make these…like now.

Most Proud Post

life lessons learned traveling, part v

While I talk about a lot of personal things (i.e. my struggles, my family, my borderline stalker love for Jake Gyllenhaal), I think this is the most personal post I’ve written and the one I was actually sweating droplets of fear to hit ‘Publish’ on. But I am so proud I did, because it is also one of the most honest posts I’ve written. Travel can change a person and so can meeting the right person at the right time in your life.

Do YOU have a favorite Everythingtarian post? Don’t ever forget – sharing is caring!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 4, 2011 at 8:48 pm

“Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had any post I would consider controversial” = I would agree. You are definitely non-con.

Your last post that you linked, I remember that one. I also remember one where you kissed a boy on a trip and then somehow he got away and you have always wondered…what if. I remember that post/story/tidbit but I can’t place it in larger context.

I loved your planned parenthood post! And the cupcakes, too. YUM.

Thanks for the trip down Memory Lane.

Katie September 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I just re-read your travel post. Forgive me if the rest of this comment is extremely cheesy, but I feel like we’re such kindred spirits. I actually teared up reading this because a lot of what you wrote about feeling is somewhat of where I am right now, when I’m not being hardheaded. I think because of the way the last few years of my life has lived I haven’t really been able to explore myself and actually BE independent, and to read about your own journey and all that’s it’s meant for you is really, really inspiring.

Anyway. Hope to catch up soon. And thanks again for always being you :-).

Erica September 4, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Love these! Your most helpful cracks me up. I really enjoy your travel posts

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 4, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I missed quite a few of these, so glad you shared them! Why didnt the cupcakes get enough love, they look fabulous!

Liz @ iheartvegetables September 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I ove the 7 links post because I’ve been discovering some great new blogs (like yours!) and it helps me learn more about the bloggers!!! :) I can’t wait to catch up on these posts!

Kathleen September 4, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Just came across your page today through Averie’s blog and love it! Great post to stumble onto also! I’m off to read your ‘five things Friday’ and your most proud of posts :)

Mama Pea September 4, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Is it a cop-out to say I love your video posts best? Nothing against your brilliant writing, but I love your hilarious self LIVE. :)

Hillary September 5, 2011 at 7:15 am

That travel post is still one of my favorites that you’ve ever written. It struck a nerve with me, and I could definitely empathize with you on a lot of a your revelations—and I loved your honesty, to boot!

sofia September 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

i love the “we deserve it” post so so much and enjoyed re-reading it even more than my first go around. i also really want to make those celebratory bloggy cupcakes, and i also have totally put cumin into oatmeal by accident and had to throw it all away. yeah, soul mates.

and i too feel like i’m super behind/ super ahead with all trends. it’s ’cause we’re just too intuitive and advanced as compared to the rest of society… but in tune? not quite :P

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 5, 2011 at 11:10 am

Obviously, I LOVE lists! Had to go read this post – definitely a great one, Holly! And the cupcakes? Yeah, I might be needing these for Henry’s birthday party this week!

Amanda September 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I’m behind the times. I still haven’t made mmm sauce. Only peanut mmm sauce. It was GREAT!

I need to try your almond flour pancakes! They look right up my gf alley. Off to check out the rest of these links :)

Kathryn September 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

As a relatively new reader to your blog, I’ve really enjoyed reading some of the highlights of your blogging career (& life!). Even better that it’s in a list ;)

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I have no idea why those cupcakes didn’t take off, but I’m making them as soon as I am in town long enough to enjoy them! :)

Pure2raw twins September 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

best 7 things! love all your posts :)

Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I just love YOU! Is it time for us to have another adventure yet?

Mary September 6, 2011 at 10:16 am

Love the list Holly! I made the cupcakes immediately after you posted about them and they have become a favorite of mine and everyone who’s tasted them. Too deliciously sinful for words!

Lauren September 6, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I like all of your posts :) especially the one that turned me onto custard oats! That stuff is like crack and I am counting down the days until fall when I can devour them once more. I also, really love this idea of the Seven… might be blogging about mine this week too :)

Cait's Plate September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I love these 7 links posts. It’s always so awesome to see it from the actual blogger’s perspective.

I, personally, love all your posts so I could never choose. I think they’re all so funny and I just love that it really feels like you shine through each and every one :)

elise September 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

do you think checkered vans are going to come back in style? i still have mine :)
hows the new apt? ive missed you. :)

Megan (Braise the Roof) September 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Dude, if I was a baker I would have totally been all over those cupcakes! Trust me, I don’t need those in my house- I’d be having to live in sweatpants. :) I have to say, I think all of your posts are very honest, and I love it. And you. Welcome back!

Jamie Walker September 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I LOVE this post! What a great idea…I love getting to see everything that is so completely awesome that I might have otherwise missed on your fab blog. Thanks for posting this! Those cupcakes look amazeballs. YUM.

Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I need those pancakes like now.

Sarah@The Flying ONION September 6, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Yes. I will listen and make these cupcakes this weekend. They sound delicious and I’m surprised I needed TWO times to see them before deciding to just make them already! :D

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