I think I hear sighs that the work week is over and spring is finally returning. With the weekend upon us I am back with my Friday Faves.
Today was more like summer than spring, with a high of 82 degrees. We have been all over the place weather-wise this week, so I have decided to show you a few pictures of our week as well.
One last thing before I share my favorites this week with you. Earlier in the week I was asked by Mike at 27GoodThings if I would be willing to write a post for him of my favorite things, I was more than happy to and was incredibly honored to join the amazing people he has already featured.
My favorite things will be available to view today, and as an added bonus anyone who visits Mike’s site and tweets about finding a book they would like from the site will be entered in a monthly drawing to win that book. You can learn more about his drawing here.
Saying hello to new friends
- At the rate I am going tonight it will be a miracle if I get this post finished. I stopped by to see what A Wild One Within was blogging about, and got lost in the wonderful thoughts I found there. I had the hardest time coming up with a post to recommend as my favorite as there were so many, but decided this one spoke to finding a life that is true to your values.
- Again, I got lost reading My Spoken Heart. When I found this post on The Golden Rule, I saw so much of my younger self I had to include this one as my favorite. Some days even I need a reminder of why people act as they do.
- When first went to read what Organizational Specialists wrote about, I was a little skeptical that I would find much of importance to me as without much stuff organizing is pretty simple. But much to my surprise I came across this post on The Economy of Clutter and knew in an instant I couldn’t have said it better myself, well done!
- Roeshel at DIY Showoff has an amazing re-purposed project she shares all the steps to create. I can’t say I would have ever thought to create a doggie gate (would be easy to use as a young child’s gate by stairs as well) from a bookcase.
Upcycling: never needing to throw something out
- Connie at Family Home and Life has a great upcycling project from the back pockets from a pair of jeans.
- Saving4Six has a great way to prevent food waste with potatoes, not exactly an upcycling idea, but it’s definitely a way to prevent having to toss out potatoes when you find yourself inundated with too many to get eaten.
- I have found I love working with empty toilet paper rolls, they intrigue the little ones in crafting and save on crafting supplies to have on hand. But toilet rolls aren’t just for children, check out this colorful art project.
- Think you can’t make your own furniture? You can when you start with something already existing in the basic shape you need, check out this from an old crate.
Environmental issues and Green Living
- It’s hard to think about all the environmental problems caused by our lifestyles. From the food we eat to the leisure activities we partake in. This week I was stunned to find this article on the environmental costs of video games.
- Last Wednesday I shared with you what I use to clean my house, one of the questions I was asked was what to use to clean mold or mildew. I came across this article on cleaning just those issues in a green way and wanted to share it with you.
- What do you do when you find a product you love has been bought by a company you don’t respect? Find out what Tegan thinks about this here.
- Last week I featured An Exacting Life’s gender story, I had to follow-up this week with My Trans Parent Story. I have so much respect for those parents who love unconditionally their children and can understand their children’s pain and struggles to find their place in the world.
- I was quite surprised to find this post on not giving up your dreams from Stardust-decorstyle. It is a timely reminder that those people we see as success stories were really failures first and to never give up your dreams!
Around the house, inexpensively
- Daniela, at Frugal Ain’t Cheap has a very cheap way to add a back splash to your kitchen. Would you say $5 is cheap to update the back splash? I would, but more than that it’s beautiful
- Brooke at Slow Your Home wrote an interesting article on the 5 reasons we have clutter. Surprisingly, if I had read that almost 3 years ago it would have made my purging much easier.
- I couldn’t stop laughing when I spotted this short (39 second) video on the problem with going paperless. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
In spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. ~~ Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard’s Egg