Loving Lately…


1. About two weeks ago, I was in the car with Megan driving to downtown Seattle when I received an email from The Huffington Post about wanting to feature me as one of their top 10 food bloggers. My mind = blown. Such an honor!! This is all thanks to you all for your love and support! I’m so so thankful and blessed. You guys rock my world! I’m featured amongst 9 other fabulous bloggers that you all have heard of! Such a talented group and so thrilled I got to share the spotlight with them. Here’s the article:

2a. I have this new obsession with Kiehl’s. Ever since Jessica posted about the avocado eye cream, I’ve been putting a Kiehl’s stop on my to-do list. I finally got around to doing it yesterday and I’m seriously so smitten with them. I have really dry skin under and around my eyes and I have tried everything under the sun for them. As soon as I put this avocado eye cream on, I was instantly hooked. Seriously, go get yourself a sample or small jar of this. It will change your world. It’s pricey but SO freakin’ worth it.

2b. I do a lot of dishes by hand. It’s just faster to me than loading up the dishwasher after every batch of baking or entree. Doing dishes by hand takes a huge toll on my hands though, as you can imagine, especially in the winter. They’re just so rough and dry. I found this hand cream at Kiehl’s yesterday and the second you put it on, you can FEEL the difference and how it’s different than any other hand lotion you’ve used. This is probably going to save my hands. The reviews of it are great too. Lifesaver!

2c. Stop what you’re doing and run (or drive) to your nearest SLT and apply for their culinary professionals account – I KNOW this applies to every food blogger that’s reading this. It’s free and they just give you a card that you show them every time you purchase something there and it’s automatically 15% off. Here is a description from their site: Love cooking so much you’ve made a career of it? Because we share that same passion we offer a discount of up to 15% for culinary professionals and culinary students. All you have to do is bring in proof of your professional or student status or business, such as a copy of your business license, business card, professional association ID, current pay stub, corporate credit card or current student ID to any store. Once we have your information on file, we can apply your discount to purchases made in our stores. Thank you sweet Darla for enlightening me about this!!

3. Do you use WordPress for your blog? You need this plugin. I heard about this from one of the Facebook groups I’m in and this could potentially save you a huge headache if someone is trying to hack your blog.

First, most of you probably still have your WordPress login account as “admin,” right? You should get rid of it. Why? It’s the most common username ever for hackers to use. It’s a freebie for them cause your username is already given, next, they just run some password generator and they can hack into your blog. Here’s how you do it and how you create a new username and still keep all your blog posts:

  • Create another user with administrator privileges. Go to Users > Add New. Make sure when you create that new user, YOU GIVE IT ADMIN RIGHTS.
  • Next, log out. Log in with your new username. Go to Users > All Users and hover over the admin username and click delete. It’ll then ask you “what should be done with posts and links owned by this user?,” select “attribute all posts (to new username)” then confirm deletion.

Okay, so now that’s done, install the plugin. By default WordPress allows unlimited login attempts either through the login page or by sending special cookies. This allows passwords to be cracked with ease since hackers will have an unlimited amount of tries to do so. Limit Login Attempts blocks an Internet address from making further attempts after a specified limit on retries is reached, making an attack difficult or impossible. It also keeps a log for you so you can see how many times someone has attempted to hack you. Scary stuff, huh?

4. I found this cute little Etsy shop where the girl creates tiny food charms from polymer clay. They look SO real!!


Posted on October 16, 2012

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  1. 10/16/2012 at 6:04 am

    I love when you do these posts! And congrats on the HP feature! ;)

  2. 10/16/2012 at 6:47 am

    Congrats on the feature girl, you’re such a rock star!

  3. 10/16/2012 at 7:00 am

    Congrats on the feature girl!

  4. 10/16/2012 at 8:00 am

    Congrats on the feature Julie, so well deserved!! I need to look into that Kiehl’s hand cream – my hands are always a mess from washing so many dishes.

  5. 10/16/2012 at 8:49 am

    all of this. love it. thank you for posting Julie!!

  6. 10/16/2012 at 8:54 am

    I love this series! Congrats on the article – how fun!! I obsess over Kiehl’s products too!!

  7. 10/16/2012 at 9:02 am

    Congrats on the feature!! Well deserved!!

  8. 10/16/2012 at 9:17 am

    Love the new list and congrats on the huff post honor! I didn’t know about the Sur La Table acct., that’s definitely one to pass along!

  9. 10/16/2012 at 9:36 am

    Yay for Sur La Table discounts!

  10. 10/16/2012 at 9:53 am

    I love Sur La Table and now I need to get my butt to the store so I can start receiving 15% off.

  11. 10/16/2012 at 10:42 am

    I freaking love you for 2c & 3!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sur la Table discount = DANGEROUS ;)

  12. 10/16/2012 at 10:42 am

    Congrats, you totally deserve it! And Sur La Table is so awesome but I don’t think they have one around here. Williams Sonoma is pretty awesome too. Thanks for the heads up!

  13. 10/16/2012 at 11:44 am

    Congratulations for being featured on HuffPost’s top 10 food bloggers! Great honor!

  14. 10/16/2012 at 11:50 am

    we don’t have a sur la table near by but I wish we did. too bad it can’t be applied online… or can it??? hmmm

  15. 10/16/2012 at 12:18 pm

    Congrats again, Julie. You really inspire me to be awesome! :) Well done! I’ve been using Kiehls and yes, they have the best skin products. Thanks for sharing about SLT – now I can shop in peace knowing that I can get 15% discount, hahahha.

  16. Congrats on the Huffington Post article Julie!! SOOO exciting!

    And thanks for sharing the info about Sur La Table! I super pumped about that!

    I use the that plugin for my blog, but I had no idea how to remove the “Admin” user – thanks so much for passing that along!!

  17. 10/16/2012 at 12:48 pm

    Love love love this post, Julie!!! I am a HUGE Kiehl’s fan (so lucky my gym stocks their showers with KIEHL’S products!!!), and I’m so happy you made top 10: go you!!!

  18. Joy
    10/16/2012 at 1:46 pm

    I saw that you were on The Huffington Post – so exciting!! Thanks for sharing information about the plug-in…I had always wondered about the admin username issue and never researched on my own how to change it.

  19. 10/16/2012 at 1:46 pm

    Uh, I’m loving YOU lately! First for being a HuffPo rock star, and 2nd for cluing me in about the SLT discount – I drop some COIN there on props alone so this discount is mega-appreciated. Thank yooouuuuu!!!!!

  20. 10/16/2012 at 1:59 pm

    Those food charms are insane! Soooo adorable!

    I swear my boyfriend’s roommate uses more skin/hair products than I do…And he has Kiehls face cream! I always see it in their bathroom and I think of him every time I see a Kiehls product, lol…

    • 10/16/2012 at 2:19 pm

      Haha, that’s funny. When I was in Kiehl’s this guy walked in and went straight for the men’s section for shaving cream and face cream. I guess some men do swear by that stuff!

  21. 10/16/2012 at 2:49 pm

    LOVE those charms from the Etsy shop! So dang cute! I want them all :) Congrats on the Huffington Post thing!

  22. 10/16/2012 at 3:02 pm

    I read that same post on the FBF Facebook page and it has totally freaked me out. Thank you for the link, I’m installing it right now!

  23. 10/16/2012 at 11:48 pm

    Eeeee! Congrats on HP!!

    And thanks for the tips for Sur La Table and for the WordPress tip! Going to install that plug-in now!

  24. 10/17/2012 at 12:20 am

    Congrats on the feature, Julie! It’s very well-deserved! And thanks for the heads-up on the SLT discount! I totally need to get on that ASAP!

  25. 10/17/2012 at 1:14 am

    Congrats on being featured on huffington post top 10! You deserve it. All you’re recipes make me want to run to the kitchen.

  26. 10/17/2012 at 5:59 pm

    Wow! Thanks so much for #3. I never even thought a plug-in like that existed, and the username tip is a great idea too!

  27. 10/20/2012 at 10:25 am

    Thanks so much for the WordPress login stuff! I just put it on my blog. You have the best tips!

  28. 10/27/2012 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks so much for this post! I installed the login blocker plugin and changed my username when you first posted this and got an email from 3:30am today saying that someone had failed to log in to my website! I have no idea what they wanted to do, but I’m glad they couldn’t!


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