Friday Faves, Can You Help?

I took some time to learn a bit more about what features are available to make your reading experience better, and came across Pocket. Pocket allows you to save a post to read later, which will free up your bookmarks on your computer.  Now, Living Simply Free has added pocket for your convenience.  You will find the button at the bottom of each post behind the More button.


Now that the news has spread about the new family member everyone wants to know what names my son and his wife are looking at.  If they have a boy he will be named after my grandfather, but no one, including my grandfather liked his middle name.  While I am very careful not to give away the names of my family members I will share with you the middle name conundrum.  My grandfather’s middle name was Francis, he hated it and told people, including the Army when drafted for World War II that his middle name was Frank. So here is how you can help.  My daughter-in-law has enlisted my help to come up with another name that begins with the letter “F” that my son would agree to.  Any ideas?

Can you believe it’s Friday already?  Here are my favorites for this week.

I dreamed for years of living in a log cabin. Love the doors on this one.

I dreamed for years of living in a log cabin. Love the doors on this one.


Minimalism and Simplicity

  1. Imagine my surprise to learn the tiny house movement didn’t originate with Tumbleweed home or the FEMA trailers, it began in 1929 with this tiny house built on a Model T.  How cute is this?
  2. I love a good before and after, and I love tiny homes. This family of 3 lived in a tiny home which they sold to move to Panama, but they didn’t go all out for a big house. This home comes with 2 bedrooms, living room and kitchen.  Sounds perfect for a family of 3. I  had such fun looking at this before, btw they pay only $100 per month in rent so keep that in mind when  you see the house.  I can’t wait to see what they do with this place.
  3. Rather than create a new heading I thought I would include this here.I found a lovely FREE online magazine for those who are homesteading or trying to live more sustainably.  From Scratch Magazine {life on the Homestead}  Don’t be put off by the focus on Homesteading, this months magazine has plenty of useful gift ideas, handmade ornaments for you to try and much more. While you are there you can check out their blog as well.


Christmas DIY

  1. Do you have a stack of Christmas cards you love but don’t know what to do with?  Katerine shows us what she did with hers to make festive wall art that can be reused each year. Yes, Marlene I was thinking of  you when I saw this. :-)
  2. Still want to add a festive touch to a spot around your home?  If you garden you  probably already have what you need to start this.  See what you can do with a tomato cage.
  3. If you know someone who appreciates upcycled gifts check out this tutorial on how to create a lovely piece of art from an old CD or DVD  It’s so easy anyone can do it..


Yummy Holiday Food

  1. This is the time of year we need to consider how to enjoy our favorite tastes of the holidays without needing a new wardrobe.  EcoCatLady shared her favorites from the kitchen.
  2. If your holiday meals are spread out over a few days, consider making extra the first time and reheating it for another meal, or better yet, make something new with the leftovers like this Leftover Mashed Potato Soup. Yum
  3. This one comes from My Sister’s Pantry as well as the potato soup, but what is Christmas without cranberries?  Here is my now favorite fruit crunch.
  4. Want to create a special treat?  Caramel apples are popular around Halloween but what about something special for Christmas or New Years? Why not try EcoKaren’s Apple S’more recipe
  5. EcoKaren offers some other great recipes I plan to try on my family this year like this Acorn squash Stuffed with Wild Rice apples and raisins.


Planning for the New Year

  1. If you are worried about feeling sluggish and bloated after the holidays you may want to check out this ebook ($4.99) 40 days of green smoothies to get back on track in the new year.
  2. Looking for a project to make a difference in your community, take a peek at what The Greening of Westford came up with which makes a difference for both the environment and a school in her area, no reason more people couldn’t do this.



  1. I can always count on Pecora Nera to give me a chuckle or two in each of his posts.  This one I wanted to share with you because I know I struggle to write something interesting enough you will enjoy reading it when I write award acceptance posts.  Take a look at the funniest award post I’ve ever read.

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Have a wonderful weekend

48 thoughts on “Friday Faves, Can You Help?

  1. I really like Felix and Felicity/Felicia (all mean “happy”) – but then we ought to have called one of our children those names, since our surname also means “happy” and my middle name is “Joy”! But we didn’t in the end.
    I know a boy named Fabrice, which means “craftsman” ;) Philip can be spelled Filip or Felipe… Floyd would be good for jazz-lovers! Ford? Franklin? Fiona is a pretty girls’ name with which I have positive associations. Faith is nice, too.
    Isn’t name searching fun?! I loved that part of the whole process ;)


    • Fiona is one of my favorite names. I am partial to my Irish heritage which showed in my youngest son’s name. My oldest son likes Franklin for the first member of our family to have arrived in the US generations ago Some great ideas here, I will pass them on.

      I loved the process of picking out names as well. I heard a boys name when I was 12 and told myself if I ever had children and a boy that would be his name, and it is. :-)


  2. I am sure a name will be found Which you will love for your new Grandchild Lois, and what a beautiful array of wonderful links again… Love the Pocket link I will have to look at that, as my browsing Bookmarks is in overload! :-)


    • Sue, I am not worried about the name I know they will find a name that suits them. I’m not especially found of my grandfather’s name and refused to use it for my boys but I understand why my son wants to use it.

      Yes, you should see my bookmarks. :-) When I saw pocket I thought it was something that would be helpful and felt it was worth adding for those who wanted to use it.


    • Sorry about that Marlene, I need to set a limit on the number of links included each week so readers will know what they will find when they stop to read. Glad you liked the card idea. I know you want to leave something up all year, so letters may not be the perfect idea, but a collage of sort may work well, maybe a few wooden plagues from a craft store decoupaged with your lovely cards as a wall grouping?


    • Needless to say I have never lived in a log cabin. There has been a lot of controversy over whether they are energy efficient. At the time, I switched to thinking about an earthship, designed one with my boys then never found a location where we were allowed to build one.

      Of the three names you suggested my favorite would be Finn, but I don’t get to have a say in the decision. :-) I will pass these on, you were the first to mention Felix so thank you.


  3. Congratulations on your new family member. How precious — a new life to be celebrated around Christmas. As always, enjoyed the photos and festivities of food and décor. Have a happy weekend, Lois.


  4. Hi Lois.

    Thanks for the links…I’ll enjoy some good reading this weekend :)

    I was going to go with Fraser as I have two friends who share that name! I also have a friend named Fred and one named Francis as well. Maybe your son and Daughter in law should wait until they get a good sense of the child’s personality before they choose a middle name…or do they have to do it right away?

    Take care and enjoy the weekend. Stay warm…we, meaning Montreal, are entering a viscious cold snap so I’m bundling up. All the best.



    • Since they will be having a hospital birth, my daughter-in-law loves the idea of a home birth but is scared, they will have to fill out the birth certificate before they leave the hospital. So yes they pretty much need to know what name they want before the baby is born.

      Pretty much the entire US is in the middle of a serious cold snap, like you. I spotted something floating around on Facebook called, “National Hate Florida Day” as only Florida was having temperature that reached the 60s, the rest of the country is experiencing much colder temps than normal.

      Keep warm, Lyle, I’m sitting her with a blanket and a pot of hot tea.


    • You are welcome. It just so happens that while I love your JOY another blogger I follow, Marlene, recently mentioned she was looking for an idea to keep some of her special cards out year round and then I say your project. That meant I had to share. ;-)


  5. Names are so interesting and personal. My brother-in-law, nephew, sister, and mother all have Francis/Frances as a middle name so I have very positive associations with it. Looks like you’ve gotten some very good suggestions to pass on.


    • Is that a family name that is being handed down? That’s a lot of people in one family with the same middle name. Yes, everyone has been great with sharing suggestions, hope there is something here that will make the two of them happy.


  6. Awwww, thanks for another shout out. I am not worthy!

    I actually love the name Francis… the new Pope is helping in that department, but I’ve always had a soft spot for St. Francis of Assisi. How about the Scandinavian equivalent of Frans, or the Spanish Francisco? OR… how about some of these… Forrest, Flynn, Fisher, Fredrick, Foster, Franklin, Fraser, Ford, Farley or Ferguson? (I love names… can you tell?) :-)


    • I loved your ideas, so yes you are worthy.

      I have written these down along with all the other suggestions and a few of my own to pass on. I love names too just never wanted as many children as I liked names.:-)


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