Friday Favorites, April 5th

Welcome back to Friday Favorites.  I hope everyone is enjoying spring-like weather finally.   Living Simply Free has grown in leaps and bounds this year, it is only the first week of April and already you have helped me to double the views I had in all of 2012.   Thank you, everyone!

I have a few new people to introduce and will start with my favorite posts from their blogs.

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Welcoming the newest blogs

  1.  Arts Logic, joined us last weekend.  This post explores how we see perception. Have you ever thought why you see things as  you do?
  2. Are you a night person?  I am, I love the darkness and the quiet that accompanies the night.  Deb the Loki Poet, explores the night in this post, I love how Deb relates the night to a womb.
  3. Joy from A Vintage Green shares plenty of DIY projects, and her gardens, but it was this memorial post about her mother that tugged at my heart the most.
  4. Becky has a humorous story to share on how to recognize a blogger.
  5. Linda, a grandmother like myself, shares her Easter festivities with her grandson here.

If you are new here and I have missed you, please drop me a note and let me know.

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On Minimalism

  1. M.B. Chandler examines living in the moment this week.  For many of us we live our lives with goals constantly trying to reach them, once reached we set new goals, but what if we just embraced today without worrying about tomorrow?
  2. Crazy 4 Green has a wonderful post on how to make little changes that will add up to help you consume less.
  3. This post is the one that cemented my friendship with Brenda at Cozy Little House.  She dreams of living in a small one room home and shares pictures of her inspirations, sound familiar?
  4. Annie believes there is a problem with simple living, check out her post here and see if you agree with her.

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DIY Around the Home

  1. I shared with you the lovely rock surrounded pond at the home of Thursday’s Child before, but today I want to share with you some of the amazing things she and her husband have done with the rocks found on their property.  Have you ever wanted a rock wall on your home?  Look what a difference it can make, and all the rocks came from their property.
  2. Red Ted Art shares how to make lovely frames to hold children’s art from cereal boxes.
  3. Laura at Tiny House Ontario will be hosting a Shaman’s Yurt Workshop on her property on May 5th.  For more information click here.
  4. At Easy Crafts for Children, I found an interesting tutorial on how to make a purse from cardboard for the little ones.  I’ve socked this idea away for the next over-nighter with a special little one.
  5. Are you embarking on a marathon spring cleaning at your home.  You might be interested in the 8 step cure that Rebecca at Trailer Chic Girls used to clean her home, from the Apartment therapy book by the same name.
  6. Want the easiest, completely green way to repel flies while enjoying a meal outdoors?  Check out this from Apartment Therapy.

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In The Garden

  1. Lili, at Creative Savv, has a tutorial on how to preserve asparagus from her lessons learned working for Birds-Eye as a teenager.
  2. Linda at Greenhaven Good Life shares how to make compost tea here.

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Things to Ponder

  1. I thought it was just me reveling in grandmother-hood who felt that today’s young children seem so smart.  Alex, at Liberated Way touched on this subject with his pot The Myth of Wisdom and Age
  2. Have  you ever stopped to think about the number of thoughts the average person has a day?  Dan at Zen Presence tells us it’s roughly 60,000.  How many of those thoughts are worries about the future?
  3. Do you know what you are eating when you buy something already prepared?  What about where the coloring in your pop comes from?  Before you take another sip of that soda you might want to check out Our Tiny Earth and learn a little more about it first.
  4. What kind of parent are you?  Little Eco Footprints explores a more hands off approach versus hovering.

Have a wonderful weekend, I’ll see you on Monday.

I seriously believe blogging can save America  ~~ John Jay Hooker

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