I happened to notice the Freshly Pressed list on my dashboard, then I spotted Friday Faves. Wait, I’ve been Freshly Pressed? Nope, not only am I not Pressed, but I’m not even original. Turns out there are three other blogs who use the same title for their Friday posts. Oh well, I’ve never given any consideration to having that recognition. My blog doesn’t fit with the subject that receives this kind of attention.
I will be on a working vacation all of next week. My son and his wife will be moving into their new home and I get to help with the painting and decorating. I’ve already been informed there is one room they aren’t sure how to arrange the furniture so this room is my project. Yay I love a challenge!
The reason I bring this up is to let you know my posting may be irregular during the next week and I won’t be writing a Friday Fave post while there. Don’t worry though I found enough good stuff to hopefully keep you busy until I return to normal posting.
Welcoming New Friends
- For many, like me, who are single even a townhouse feels too large. Patti who writes Run4Joy59 is dreaming of a tiny house.
- Jackie at Spare Room Studio has an invitation for you. It begins “You are invited to start feeling your life and stop thinking, beginning now” you can read the rest here.
- Sam want to help you create your blog. She found her freedom from the rat race we call work through blogging. This post on how your opinions can hold you back is thought-provoking whether you want to earn a living from your blog.
- Cristian Mihai lives in Romania where he finds aspiring to be a writer difficult. Check out this post on the power of words.
- J9s Opinion finds parenting a challenge, just when you think.you know what you are doing along comes child number two who shows you have no idea, I can relate. I enjoyed this post on the use of a leash or harness for your children.
- Minimalist Bride, I love someone who refuses to go overboard as a bride, and fellow Jump off the Ladder blogger tells why she is taking on the challenge of no paid entertainment this month.
- I have read Crazy 4 Green for a while now. This site has a wealth of green information for you to browse through, make sure you have your coffee and a snack you may be there a while. If nothing else take a read through this post on the unpronounceable words in cosmetics.
- What do you call your blog when you are a grandma, have children around all the time, and have the antics of pets? How about Grandmas Mad 3 Ring Circus? Sounds perfect to me. Grandma found not answering her cell phone in a timely manner can have consequences, find out what they were here.
Benefits of Simplicity
- Meg must be a whiz at math because she runs down the number of hours we have leftover as free time when living a typical American lifestyle. You may be surprised at what she found.
- Dar decided to take a look at what she doesn’t have in comparison to her peers. When we hear all day long how we need this or that product to be happy Dar has another response .
- Amanda has a list of things you will never hear in a simple home. See if she missed anything.
- Where do I spend the most money? On gifts. My nice tiny family of two children grew to include 4 adults and 3 little ones, so far. Frugal Hacks brought up a subject close to my heart when it comes to gift giving, legacy gifts. I gave one such gift last Christmas and it made my son happier than any other gift ever has.
- Kathy takes on curing our addiction to wanting more. See how she views how minimalism affects her behaviors.
Beauty and Money
- Sarah loves her lists, this week she takes her list of being vain and what each costs, totals them for a yearly amount then breaks it back down to what it would cost her weekly at these prices i would have to double my income. I think I’ll stick with the natural look. Do you pay for any of these and are the prices comparAble to Sarah’s area?
- Path to Green needed to vent this week. It started with sexism but really it was about the term natural with cosmetics. I don’t know what it is about a good rant but I find they brighten my day and make me laugh.
- There is one item in my “beauty routine” that I have always wanted to find an alternative to. That is the wasteful cotton swab. First cotton is one of the most highly sprayed crops we grow, and in this case it’s for a product that takes me seconds to use then its in the trash. Yes, my cotton swabs are plastic free but still. Leave it to Liesl to introduce me to the alternative, an ear spoon. I plan go order one soon and will let you know what I think of it.
- I can’t think about being completely green without looking at how my food is produced. This week more information came out about the dire potential health problems from GMO foods. See what researchers have found here.
- I love a repurposed find, one that is beautiful is a plus. Even better is a repurposed item that is beautiful, functional and a gift. See what now has a place of honor at Down to Earth Digs.
- Brenda found a cheap place to buy blog banners and is happy to report that she also received plenty of help from the seller as well.
- Pecora Nera fills my week with plenty of humor based on his experiences living in Italy. But this week I almost didn’t stop by to read this on fashion. Don’t make the same mistake I almost did. You don’t even have to read anything just check out the pictures
- I will attempt to recycle just about anything by creating something new with what I find. This functional art piece was a surprise. What surprised me even more was that I found myself studying it to see how to make one. Will I? Don’t know, but I’ve learned to never say never. Picture this by your rain barrel ;-)
Have a great weekend and enjoy a little reading on me.