Sweet Stuff ~ Blogs to Read

I've been putting off this semi-regular Sweet Stuff link post. I find they are a lot of work to pull together and I'm not sure how helpful they are for readers. I'm thinking of ways to make linking to blogs both fun for me to write and interesting and relevant for people to read.

If you want to know what I recommend for reading on the net you can see my list of Internet Reads on FIMBY's front page. I update this list daily and I although I know doing things this way is hopelessly out of date, what with smart phones and twitter and everything, I just can't bring myself to join that party.

So this time around instead of linking to particular posts or articles I'm sharing thirteen of FIMBY's favorite blogs (in no particular order).

  • which name? -  I've been reading Nicola's blog for about a year and I have enjoyed following her family's journey of creatively living light on less. Getting to know Nicola, in both public and private space has been a pleasure. I love Nicola's truly creative, frugal and eco-friendly perspective.  
  • Steady Mom - What can I say, Jamie's my editor at Simple Homeschool so I have to say nice things about her right? But she's not just a great editor she's also a like minded blogging friend. Steady Mom is all about intentional, professional motherhood and that's my gig.
  • exhale. return to center. - Erin is a real world community gal. She doesn't just live on her computer, she works on a farm, teaches classes and dances with a rolling pin. And she's not afraid to share the struggles of thoughtful, intentional living. Well maybe she is afraid but she does it with such honesty and I really appreciate that about her.
  • Small Notebook - I have been reading Rachel's blog for a long time. I was privileged to guest post there early last year. Rachel's the real deal and it just shines through her words. I love small and I love simple and I just love Small Notebook for a Simple Home (who doesn't?).
  • Simple Savvy -  As Christine describes it her blog is about "organizing and going green" but I feel that description doesn't do it justice. Simple Savvy challenges me to think deeper about a more ecological everyday living and she's not a mother (the only non-mommy blogger on this list) and I appreciate that change in viewpoint. 
  • Old Recipe for a New Generation - Kyce is currently taking a summer blogging break and I do miss her desert photos and thoughtful writing. Her family went without plastic for 4 months this year and I find that inspiring. They also travel in a old VW van. What's not to love?
  • 5 Orange Potatoes - Part homeschooling, part craft, part herbs, part nature study, all good. Lisa blogs about a variety of topics many of which I identify with. I love it especially when she shares her herbal/outdoorsy knowledge.
  • Fat Free Vegan Kitchen - My favorite recipe source on the web.  I know there are probably other great food blogs out there but trust me not many for they way our family likes to eat.
  • Clean. - A blog about natural family living written by Rachel who, like me, is a soap maker, but unlike me does this for a family livelihood. A couple months ago I had a giveaway of her LuSa Organics Soap. Clean often hosts interesting giveaways for stuff other than wooden baby toys and fabric - neither of which I need. Cool family. Cool blog.
  • infinitely learning - Hillary and her family are (in her words) "on a journey towards mindful family living, self-sufficiency and financial independence". Good stuff. She also just had a baby so things are slow right now but that's true and right for just having a newborn. I admire that about her blog, it's honest.
  • Simple Homeschool - I know I write for this blog so it's bit like tooting my own horn but I really do like so many of the posts that show up here. I think this is a great resource for homeschoolers and those thinking about it and I'm really thrilled to be a part of it.
  • fuoriborgo - It's a blog about rural/small village family life in Italy. Francesca takes beautiful photos and shares her thoughts on homemaking, gardening, stitching and art. Each post is beautiful and feels exotic to someone like me who has never traveled beyond Canada and the US. And no, I don't know what fuoriborgo means. 
  • The Organic Sister - is traveling the United States with her husband and son looking for a place to settle down and call home. Tara writes about "Mindful Parenting. Organic Living. Learning Without School. And Life On The Road." I find her posts very thought provoking and interesting

My only fear in writing a post like this is that I have no doubt left someone out who feels they deserved to be mentioned. My apologies for not including every blog I read and comment at.

By the way, that's my homemade raspberry ice "cream" pictured at the top. It was even more delicious than it looks. The recipe can be found in the Vice Cream cookbook.

What are your favorite blogs to read? Please leave links in the comments. 

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  • SavvyChristine

    SavvyChristine on July 27, 2010, 10:13 p.m.

    Wow, I feel doubly honored to be included as the only non mommy blogger on the list -- thanks! You have great synopses, by the way. I've tried to do a few roundup posts before, but I always lose patience and then ... er.. don't.


  • Hillary

    Hillary on July 28, 2010, 12:45 a.m.

    1) That homemade ice cream made me soooo insanely wish I lived near you so I could have some while chatting. Yum!

    2) Thanks for including me. I so enjoy being a part of this blogging community.

    3) I hear you about the link love posts. I rarely do them b/c I find they take up a lot of time. I do however have a ton of great links book marked and keep saying I'm due for one.


  • exhale. return to center.

    exhale. return to center. on July 28, 2010, 1:16 p.m.

    thank you so much renee!

    i was thinking about you last night when i was writing today's blog post (lots of intense emotion...trying to strike the balance of being honest and sharing openly without over-sharing) and then woke up to find this -- such fun serendipity!

    love to you...



    • renee

      renee on July 29, 2010, 1:13 a.m.

      Thinking about me while writing a post. Hum... I guess that's a good thing?? I actually think a lot about my blogging friends when writing posts. 


  • Francesca

    Francesca on July 28, 2010, 1:29 p.m.

    Thank you Renee! I guess I should really add a little note somewhere explaining what "fuoriborgo" means:) I find these posts (which unfortunately are quite rare) very interesting, as I always find good blogs that are new to me. Thank you for taking the time to put together this list. Among the blogs I always read, and with regular posting dates are: http://www.strocel.com/ - smart and thought provoking http://aervilhacorderosa.com/ - crafter and artist with an interest for traditions, actively engaged in the life of her city, Lisbon (she managed to stop the closing of the local folk museum) http://vialiivia.blogspot.com/ - beautiful and interesting photography and blogging style oh, dear ... and so many more! I'll check out all the blogs you suggest.


    • renee

      renee on July 28, 2010, 1:39 p.m.

      Thank you Francesca for taking the time to add your favorites. I recently discovered stocel as well and am enjoying it.

      So... what does fuoriborgo mean??


  • Claudia

    Claudia on July 28, 2010, 5:47 p.m.

    Great list, Renee! I frequent almost all of them, but there are a few new-to-me to check out. I love blog lists by like minded folks! :)

    The only one I would definitely add in is http://www.soulemama.com/. 4 beautiful homeschooled kiddos, natural and intentional living in Maine, wholesome food inspiration...Amanda shares space with you at the top of my "crafty mama" blog list! :)


  • nicola@which name?

    nicola@which name? on Aug. 1, 2010, 3:41 p.m.

    Wow! What an honor to come home to! Thank you so much for including me. What love. You know I feel the same, Renee. And I agree with most of those blogs, although a couple are new (or newish) to me! Nicola


  • old recipe for a new world

    old recipe for a new world on Aug. 2, 2010, 2:24 a.m.

    Aw shucks, it's so sweet of you to mention Old Recipe. I'm loving not blogging these days, and am not sure I'll go back to it (with a two year old and another on the way, I just have other passions to indulge in my ever so precious time to myself...) but I would be absolutely devastated if MY favorite bloggers stopped writing. So don't get any ideas! XOKyce


    • renee

      renee on Aug. 2, 2010, 12:25 p.m.

      no worries. I'm here for a while. But I will be sad (though understanding in your life situation) if you decide to call it quits. 


  • Rachel

    Rachel on Aug. 6, 2010, 8:33 p.m.

    When I visit your blog I am always more amazed by your photography. Love this one of the raspberries.

    Thank you for including me in this list. I am addicted to FuoriBorgo. It's nice to be introduced to some new lovely blogs.


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