We are nearing the end of August, summer will be soon over so I am taking every chance I can get to enjoy it while it lasts. The university will be reopening this week, already students have returned and moving into their homes for this year. They are stocking up and buying what they didn’t bring with them, it’s a time of mass shopping and crazy traffic. In another week our public school opens and the children will be again out waiting for the buses. Please remember to stop for the school buses to protect our children.
Time for my Friday Faves, this is quite the mixed bag this week, some delicious foods to pack for school lunches to an amazing little house and gorgeous DIYs. First up, welcome to all the new people who have stopped by this week, looking forward to getting to know you.
Welcome New Readers
- I am lost without a book near me, but I have never been able to write fiction, even after countless hours reading it. Barry Lillie shares a bit on writing realistic dialogue.
- My year of sweat is a year-long journey to reclaim Nancy’s health. She has promised her self to exercise every day. In this post she stops to ponder a billboard she spotted on obesity.
- Terra Saunter is a lovely photographic walking blog of San Francisco. We can miss so much when we get behind he wheel of a car day in and day out. See what you are missing.
- There are so many definitions of minimalism, but none that fit every person. See what can happen when you aren’t living with balance first and taking care of yourself.
- All you coffee drinkers will love what Alynia received from her Grandmother, free, and talk about attractive.
Back to School
- Little Sis shares her favorite brown bag lunches, and what her children carry their lunch in. Of course the ideas are good enough that you don’t have to reserve them for just the children.
- Good Girl Gone Green has plenty of ideas for packed lunches including a special Chia Apple Sauce recipe your kids will love.
- Healthy lunches are important, but I found a snack was required so my boys didn’t look so out-of-place, This chocolate chip cookie recipe from Heidi is perfect, just save a couple for yourself.
- We all need a good breakfast, something I am still trying to get in the habit of, but here’s one everyone can enjoy. I have seen plenty of granola recipes but this Apple Spice Granola from Stacey is unique!
- While these resources are geared to home schooling, there is no reason you can’t try some of these free online resources. You will find everything from comprehensive curriculum to individual subjects from grammar to typing and everything in between.
- If you haven’t purchased everything already for your child’s school locker, you may want to check out this tutorial for a Duct Tape Locker Caddy, you could find duct tape in almost every garage in the country.
Living Smaller And Greener
- When I think of the tiny house movement, I picture homes under 200 sq ft. But now there is a tiny house that can be built on a foundation, has every amenity you could want while measuring 404 sq ft. Take a look at these gorgeous pictures and decide if you could be happy in a smaller home.
- Hoarder Comes Clean revisits the No plastic in July challenge and what she took from it. Plastic is a huge problem we face daily as we don’t have the options to avoid it, I think we can learn a lot from each person’s attempts to break free from plastic.
- Laura shared a infographic this week that compares the differences between tiny home dwellers those in big houses. You may be surprised by some of the figures. While we aren’t all cut out to live in a tiny home, we may want to copy their savings rates for starters.
Do It Yourself
- One of my favorite bloggers is back to blogging after taking an extended break while adding a new member to the family. Every child dreams of having their own castle, I have a couple little ones around me who do, so this Ikea hack of a bed into a castle would be an inexpensive way to fulfill that dream.
- I have to include the least expensive bathroom remodel I have seen. Using a home improvement store’s advertisement, Daniela decides to create the look for MUCH less and gets the look she wanted all along.
Nature and Gardens
- I find some of the most inspiring gardening information on Native Backyard this week in Remember the Magic with a Children’s Garden, I found not the typical descriptions of flowers, but descriptions based on the tactile feel of the plants. We add various fabrics to our homes to stimulate our senses, why not in nature.
- Linda has been busy lately, but it was well worth the wait to see what’s growing in her garden and the dinner that came completely from right outside her door. Linda said her dream has come true, find out what that dream was.
Things to Make you Stop and Consider
- How green are you? Do you worry for the future generations? Jean takes a cold hard look at the choices in her life and the fear she must sit with.
- Forest dwelling Indigenous people in Indonesia have just been granted the right to control the forests they call home. The government will have no rights to this land. Tegan ponders whether the indigenous people will choose money or home now?
- Have you ever stopped to watch young children play? They don’t like competition unless everyone wins, they don’t like to have more than another child whether it’s toys or food. But have you ever wondered what the world could be like if adults were more like children? Alex shared the Philosophy of Ubuntu this week which is a peek into a different society than we are used to.
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~~ James Dent