Friday Favorites, My Thank You

Welcome back to Friday Favorites. I am so grateful to notice that my readership has doubled since the first of the year.  It really did take me a while to get the hang of blogging which showed in how long it took to get any attention to come my way, but what do you expect from someone who decided to start a blog without ever reading one before?


As I am way behind in welcoming my newer readers, I don’t want to completely overload you with reading material, so this is part one of two, yes I am really that far behind.

Today I would like to introduce you to the newest readers.   I am happy to say that each one has an unique voice and great content. I hope you will check them out.

Welcome to all the new people and accept my thanks with this edition of Friday Favorites, hope to see you join in with the conversations. If you don’t see your blog mentioned today check back next Friday for the second part.

For the Home


  1. My Home Makes, like a lot of us, avoids the use of paper towels and shares how to make gorgeous fabric napkins in this post.
  2. A Thursdays Child has created an awesome pond out of rocks found on their property, a slab of concrete from a relative, and repurposing everything they can to make this a real focal point.
  3. I spotted this cute Easter Bunny Wreath at Sewlicious Decor and know a few of you crafters might enjoy making this with the very detailed tutorial that makes this look easy.
  4. Joanna at I Won’t Be A Hoarder Too, is an amazing woman. Joanna is battling the habits learned to hold on to things and buy, buy, buy.  She is also battling an eating disorder which I know all too well.  In this recent post she shares an extra room that was previously filled to overflowing, how it looked then and now.  Great job Joanna, I know you are going to have the home (and most importantly the life) of your dreams if you keep plugging away at it.

Home is the nicest word there is  ~~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Living Small and Sustainably


  1. Striving for Tiny wrote a poem that tugged at my heart.  Once living in a large, warm home an illness caused them to lose everything.  Finding a rental seemed a godsend until a fire consumed what they had left.  Now embracing and seeking to live tiny is the dream.
  2. Laura at Big House, Little Prairie lives in a multi-generational home. Laura, her husband and their 2 children live with her parents and maternal grandmother. Check out Laura’s about page to learn more about how this works for them.  The main focus of Laura’s blog is how they run their farm, so rather than pick a favorite post I will let you find the areas of farm life that matter most to you.
  3. Julene at Making Room for Life wrote about living car-free, something I enjoyed as I have been car-free since March of this past year, a first since 1980!

Western civilization is a loaded gun pointed at the head of this planet. ~~ Terence McKenna

Our Gardens


  1. My School House Rocks shares a few lessons on a balcony garden, what looks good and what doesn’t to save you the frustration if a messy planter drives you nuts.
  2. Quarter-Acre Lifestyle shares what one month of eating only from your garden looks like.  Can I come for dinner?
  3. The discussions around possible droughts have been abundant already this year, so when I found this article on Growing Food with Very Little Water by Simple Unhooked Living, I had to share.
  4. Anna at Dig the Outside, recently shared how she is getting ready for spring, although she is just as confused by the current weather as I am here.  This post is full of amazingly healthy looking plants and a green house I would love to have myself.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~~ Marcus Tullius Cecero

Thoughtful Insights


  1. Alliana at Love Excess considers the statement “you become like the 5 people you spend the most time with” and ponders whether those closest to  her really do influence who she is.
  2. Have you considered what would happen if the declining bee population were to become extinct?  Tree Huggin Vamp has some thing shocking to share on this subject.
  3. Claudia at Daily Life Impressions reflects on her decision to quit her 9-5 job.

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

Re-purposing and Crafting


  1. At Thrifting Adventures I found a gorgeous ereader cover made from the remnants of a vintage dress. Here’s someone who keeps all the scraps like I do!
  2. For those of you who love to knit or crochet, I would highly recommend the blog Gentle Stitches.  Sorry I couldn’t chose a favorite post from all the fantastic projects I saw so I am directing you to the home page to find a project that suits your needs.
  3. Rusty Timber (isn’t that a great name) blogs about her vintage finds that she lists on ebay (links on each post to find the item you spot).  If you are looking for something vintage, even mechanical kitchen utensils, this would be a place to start. It’s always best to buy used (reloved)over new!
  4. I found this blog, The Top 10 of Everything and Anything, to be unique. To stay with my theme of re-purposing every thing, I found this post on the top 10 best uses of old Compact Discs to be very ingenious, let me know if you try any of these ideas.

To repurpose an old thought, idea or memory to a new purpose is the height of creativity.  ~~ Steve Supple

Plastic Free


  1. Rebecca at Rock Farmer posted her no plastic deodorant and how she prevents burns after shaving, best of all she uses an old mason jar to store it in!  Who doesn’t love Mason jars?

I remember back when I was a kid  there was a comic strip called Plastic Man. His body was elastic and he could make his extremities as long as he wanted.As a youngster I didn’t fully appreciate.  But now I’m thinking Plastic Man was probably pretty popular with the ladies.  ~~ Ben Affleck

Good Eats


  1. At The New Good Life I found this delicious recipe for Zucchini and Cherry Tomato Pasta.  While I’m not even close to eating out of my garden, this will make a wonderful meal when I can.
  2. Checking out the blog My Money Saving Journey I found the main focus right now is on weight loss.  If any one reading has been on a weight loss journey you will know that the day you fall off the wagon you literally fall straight to the bottom.   I’m not sure it will be appreciated, but I laughed as I read about the 100 calorie each real maple cookies, the free candy bars, and raiding the dear son’s treats, of course who doesn’t nibble when preparing food for the family meals.
  3. While most of this blog at Clouds of Colour is about art (check out her Etsy site for lovely artwork) I had to share this Zucchini Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Icing, my mouth is watering already.

If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.  ~~  J.R.R. Tolkien

Saving Money


  1. This is one of those happy moments when I find my Friday Favorites has connected two people who were made for each other.  It warms my heart to be able to introduce my readers to new people.  On Live to List, while there were many posts that caught my attention I had to include this one that lists all the ways Sarah saves money each month.
  2. Drop that Debt is just like the title says one person’s efforts to eliminate debt, so if you are in the same boat this is one blog you may like to check out.  Having said that I especially liked this post about winter and how it can affect spending.

The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.  ~~ Unknown



  1. Ann blogs mostly about favorite television programs and music, but I am captivated by the views outside her kitchen window in Norway.
  2. How do you go about de-cluttering your life when you plan to downsize?  At Jackie.Eat.World the process of what to get rid of seems to have hit an impasse.
  3. Cathy at Still Waters wrote this lovely post on what Happiness was recently.  Cathy I would love to have the doors and windows open right now to enjoy the breezes.
  4. Helen at The Dizzy Izzy Blog is working on a series of posts called 52 weeks of happy, check out what made her happy this past week.
  5. For all those writers,or wanna-be writers, Sara at Saradoxical has a rather humorous take on the art of procrastination.
  6. Greg at Tiny Bit Better, recently took a moment to question all the activities going on in his family, aside from the cost of the mileage on the car, it’s the lost quality of time with family that weighs heaviest.

I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog or follows me in my ramblings.  Without you this place would be very lonely.  Living Simply Free

56 thoughts on “Friday Favorites, My Thank You

  1. I think I will be busy for days checking all of these posts out, thank you for finding them. I love the variety of topics you cover on your Friday Favourites, something for everyone I would imagine.


    • You are very welcome, Laura. I wish I had more time to read everything on your blog, but like you I haven’t been able to do that. I especially enjoy hearing how your family has made a nulti-generational home work. Past generations expected to live like you do. I see this becoming more popular with the economy and as the baby boomers age, but rather than a bad thing I really feel it will be good for families, and especially the young children to have to have that experience.


    • I loved that water garden it would be lovely to have here as well. Our front grassy area used to hold a pool when the building was a hotel. Now the way it was filled in it fills with water after every rain. I would love to get some landscaping done there, but for now I am too busy with the back field. I hope if you do make a water garden you share it so I can see how it turned out.


  2. Reblogged this on My Home Makes and commented:
    I would like to share this week’s Friday Favourites from Living Simply Free. There are some interesting posts on this blog and some thought provoking ideas and in a week when my own blog has had to take a backseat, I hope you enjoy it. (And my napkins get a mention!).


  3. Thanks LSF for the link – it means a lot! I can really empathise with the blog growth – I only started in late December – but after a long time reading blogs and leaving the ‘website’ field empty! But I did keep noticing you commenting on blogs I read, so now of course I read you too! I must dive into your other favourites – you usually have enough new content to fill my whole weekend of blog reading!


    • You are welcome, Sarah. I really should have stayed on top of things and welcomed my new followers sooner. It’s funny how there are so many blogs to be found out there, yet once we start following a few we find the same people are all around us. I hope my filling you weekend with reading material is a good thing! :-)


      • Of course reading material is a GOOD thing! And thank you for the welcome. Do you find some followers are… not genuine readers? People who follow you cause they’d like to teach you how to grow your blog etc?


      • What an interesting post and many thanks for the mention. There are some great links to the type of blogs I enjoy but wouldn’t have found without your post. I get what you mean about finding your way with blogging… There is a lot I could do with a little more time! Would you mind if I reblogged your post?


        • I am so glad you found blogs that are of interest to you. I do my Friday Favorites as a way of thanking my readers and to introduce people. You are more than welcome to reblog any thing I have here. I do not copyright anything as I believe in sharing and starting conversations.


          • Thanks. My favourite thing about blogging is the interesting and well informed content being posted by like minded people. It wasn’t something I thought about when I started but something I value now.


          • I was looking for like-minded people at the time I started. Other than my immediate family I received a lot of criticism about my choice to downsize and felt alone. But you are right I have found so much more from the blogging world. There is no way I could do all the research that collectively can be done.


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