This is one week I didn’t want to see Friday come, not that I don’t have plenty to share with you, but winter returned. After having a taste of working outside it’s sad to need to close the door and stay huddled up inside.
If you too have returned to winter conditions and want a reason to stay indoors with your favorite quilt and hot cup–of anything. Here’s my weekly Friday Favorites to keep you busy.
Huge Welcome to these new followers
- Project Easier is a new blog by a woman searching for her way in life. I think she may be onto something in this post called Impermanence.
- Jade has an eclectic blog, everything from deep thoughtful posts to an easy all natural coconut milk shampoo and conditioner (for those of you who aren’t ready for baking soda/vinegar yet). The blog is called Cloudwalk: a perspective on life.
- betr2 gives us a look at what eating locally can look like. While the meals sound delicious she doesn’t shirk from telling it like it is, which is to eat locally there are definitely things we have to live without.
A couple of reminders
- Dan at Zen Presence sent me a message today that on Friday morning he will be posting about something that has changed his life for the better. He is not selling anything, he just wants to share what he knows. As I am writing this Thursday night I haven’t read it yet, but everything from Dan is well thought out and informative. Here’s the link to the home page.
- You still have time to help a minimalist family out and win yourself a book of your choice. The winners will be selected on this coming Monday the 15th. You can learn more here.
- Liesl from Trash Backwards is on a mission to help those less fortunate. In Kathmandu young, illiterate children, known as rag pickers search through other people’s garbage to find plastic they can earn money from. It’s a dirty and dangerous job. Liesl is taking donations of used garden gloves to send to these children to afford them a little protection. Learn more here.
Starting them young
- Creative Pixie and her daughter wanted some crafting ideas and found this amazing resource for young children. It’s filled with crafts some from recycled materials, to baking ideas.
- Do you have school aged children? You might want to see what they are eating at school, and no this isn’t about the amount of fat or lack of vegetables. Thank you Little Sis for bringing this to everyone’s attention.
- This idea is really going to far. Do you wonder when to introduce technology to children? Have you thought potty training to be the right time? Check this out and let me know if we have just taken materialism to a whole new level.
Thoughts on Minimalism
- In the past few months I have had people mention more often that they could never live like I do, I think it’s the no fridge that has them stopped and scratching their heads, to meeting new people who ask me how they can let go of things to be able to live simpler. My answer is always different based on their situation, but this article is one I think I will point more people to as it’s a simple way to ease into the process.
- I believe this post from On the Home Front and Beyond shows me someone wants to be a minimalist, if not in material things in how she spends her time, I couldn’t describe a simple day any better.
- Have you wanted to live in 320 sq feet? Have you dreamed of living in a tiny house of your own? You may be in luck. Debra is selling her home you can get all the details and see pictures here. It’s a unique home and one I would love to have. Unlike many of the tiny homes, this one has all the little touches you would want.
- I think it’s the rare person who begins to simplify the home by starting in the kitchen. Even for me that was too overwhelming. Want to know what big change in the kitchen can give you back 5 hours each week? I’ll give you a hint: just don’t do this one thing. What do you think, is this going too far?
- Minimalism isn’t just for single people, like me. Families, even with small children can benefit from a minimalist lifestyle. Sandy shares eight things that make her life simpler in this post.
- So you think you’d like being a minimalist, but worry if you get rid of everything you won’t have anything to do. Never fear, there is plenty to do and here is just the start of what we can do with no money, and using zero fossil fuels.
- This article from the Snazzy Turtle is the end of week two living full-time in an RV sharing the 5 ways life is better in an RV.
All about food
- I happen to be one who loves Lara bars. They are wonderful to take with me when I travel and not missing a meal. But they are so expensive!! Here’s a recipe inspired by the Lara Bar.
- Are you still on the fence about GMO foods? There has been a lot of news lately about Monsanto, here’s another reason to fight for our food.
Just to make you think
- Have you heard of the book series starting with Fifty Shades of Gray? I’ve heard of it but haven’t read it as I don’t read most romance books. But while the book itself doesn’t interest me, this post from Kathy at Smart Living 365 uses the book as a jumping off point to her thoughts on a search for passion, excitement, and meaning in our lives.
- There are a few bloggers who really make me smile with their wit, Jean is one of them. This week, Jean, blogged about an issue that is very dear to me, click here to see what she has to say. Which side of the issue do you stand on?
- An Exacting Life this week posted a story on Gender roles and what it is like to have a queer (her words) child, this seemed to fit perfectly with Jean’s post above. I am a firm believer that without accepting the differences we find in each other we will never get rid of hate crimes or wars.
- We fear failure, but why? Failure at least means we tried right? GYA (which stands for Give Yourself Away) Today has a poem on failure that could help end the fear of trying.
A touch of humor
- Airport security can be frustrating. I have only flown once since 1981 and was shocked by the changes. My hands were checked for chemical traces of bomb making, I had to get out of the wheel chair I was using to walk through the body scanners, and the reusable water bottle I thought I could take with me was emptied to be allowed on the plane. So I found the telling of this story by Pecora Nera hilarious. Hope you enjoy it as well.
Give a man a fish and he has food for the day, teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him for the entire weekend. ~~ Zenna Scha
Have a fantastic weekend, I’ll be back Monday!