This week for Listmania, Deb from Home Life Simplified has suggested listing our 5 most favourite blogs plus 5 new blogs we have just discovered and liked.
As someone who has 222 blogs in her feed reader this has been a little hard to pick the 10 needed. I love reading blogs and have many different types, Australian and International. Crafty and Foodie. Blogging and Opinionated. Organising and Decorating.
5 All Time Favourite Blogs – the ones I read first and everyday.
Life is a Journey not a Destination - Libby shares her everyday life. I love it because we have a few things in common, we are both vegetarian (although I eat some fish), we have 2 kids, we are Stay At Home Mums, we both love shopping and we both love travelling (she has done it several times and me – well just once). Libby also posts ‘The Week That Was’ every week which is where I got my inspiration for doing so. (and yes she knows!)
My favourite post or series of posts is her Travel – USA category because I love the US and she has seen many parts of it. She also has many You Tube videos you can check out.
IHeart Organizing – Truly a wonderful blog that has so much eye candy and great organisational ideas. What I love about this blog is that when Jen realises something isn’t working she reworks it to make it work again.
The trouble is picking a favourite post… I think the IHeart Home Tour as it showcases in one spot the latest room specific posts.
The Gluten Free Scallywag – Jas is an Aussie blogger and is the most amazing cook and she shares her yummy recipes with us all. The past 2 Christmases Jas has produced Gluten Free Magazines – for free. They are so beautiful and have such yummy recipes.
I am having so much trouble picking a favourite post as they are all good, so I’ll link to her recipe index page instead.
Hooked On Houses – I love house design and home interiors. In many movies and tv shows I am checking out the set design rather than the what the actors are saying. That’s what I love about the US blog Hooked on Houses, Julie showcases houses seen on movies and tv shows as well as her own beautiful house and some of her readers.
Her house posts are my favourites – such a beautiful home.
A Little Delightful – Bianca has a gorgeous blog and she shares wonderful organisation ideas and great printables. As she is an Aussie, she has printables suited for us, which is great.
I love her organised posts, I just don’t know how she comes up with these ideas. I am glad she does!
Five Blogs I Recently Discovered
Organized Jen – Libby actually got me onto You Tube videos, I quickly got addicated and Organized Jen was one of them. Jennifer started on You Tube and now has a blog. She lives in the US and organizes everything. I have learnt heaps from her!
My favourite posts so far are Jen’s Week In Review Posts, love reading posts like that.
My favourite blog post of hers is when she shared a speech she did in her uni class: Gluten is Poison sharing with her class mates what is Gluten and why celiacs cannot eat anything at anytime. Plus what lessons it’s taught her.
Gluten Dude - this is my most recent find. It’s a US gluten free blog written by a guy. He is really funny and brings up things I never expect – which is great.
I like so many of his posts but the ‘Is this Gluten Free‘ feature is a great idea. He has a list of products that tell you what’s in them and whether people have spoken to the company or not. He encourages people to add to the list. Such a great resource.
My Pigeon Pair – is another Aussie blog and yes I read it for eye candy. Such gorgeous home organisational ideas as well as practical ones like Managing the Family Finances and having a ‘Tot School’ which is sharing ideas about showing your child things about numbers and letters before they hit formal schooling.
Got to check out her posts in catergory Beautiful as the posts are just that: beautiful
Food Loves Writing – Beautiful food, great writing and fantastic photos make an excellent combination for a blog. That’s what this US blog is all about. Yummy treats shared with great photos.
My favourite section is the recipe index as there are many many recipes to tempt you.
What’s your favourite blog currently?
I love me a good list and I always have lists going on all sorts of things including the good old to do list every day. I even bought a List book to write in!
Debra at Home Life Simplied is starting a new ‘List Mania’ Linky every Monday, it kicks off this Monday coming so I thought I’d share her first prompt with you all today.
Currently I am:
Listening to: nothing. Silence is golden at 5.45am when I write my posts.
Laughing at: the old series of Felicity. Am watching the old episodes I really didn’t see it when it was on but gosh it’s funny in some parts.
Swooning over: trying to decide this one…I am not really sure!
Planning: lots of things! Bento lunches for my son this year, USA trip for the family and blog things too. Also planning things for the blog.
Eating lots of: it’s more like drinking lots of water, trying to cut back on the eating aspect of the last month.
Feeling: tired. I’ve just started 5.30am wake up’s for myself but the 30 mins awake before the rest of the house is amazing and I get quite a bit done which starts the day off in such a positive way.
Discovering: the joy’s of You Tube. It’s not just music videos.
Looking at: Lot’s of USA hotels to try and figure out where to stay. If anyone can recommend a good hotel near Disneyland in California, I’d love to hear recommendations.
Wearing: a delightful ensemble of mismatching pj’s
Cooking: lots more different gluten free meals, getting my cooking mojo back
Wondering: How did the holiday’s go so fast?
Trying out: going to bed earlier. So far I am getting there but I think I would like to make it even earlier.
If you want to write or do your own list for List Mania then check out this post.
Once the Linky goes live on Monday I’ll upate this post with the link so you can check out other lists or link your own.
And if you aren’t? Why not? It is fabulous!
In case you have never heard of it, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard of bookmarks. You come across a website or blog with a look, product, printable or recipe that you love the look of and you want to either share it or keep a reference of it, well you can ‘pin’ it!
It is then saved on a board on your account, you can follow and have followers.
It is a couple of years old and has an iTunes app. (need the android one Pinterest people!). To join you have to request an invite to join or you can get someone who has an account to invite you. (Like me!)
It really is amazing, I love it, whenever I am searching for something I now use that as tool. It really is a visual feast.
If you want an invite, leave a comment and let me know and I’ll be happy to invite you. If you get addicted, it isn’t my fault.
Check it out – its really great! Oh and if you are already on there and want to follow me? Here I am.
Since Nuffnang are celebrating the 6th Anniversary of Blog Day, I thought I’d join in on the fun and share 6 blogs that I enjoy.
Queen Bee Allergy Free is a great blog full if wonderful allergy friendly recipes including dairy, nut and egg free. There is a sprinkling of gluten free in there too. Such a great range of recipes and I know fellow allergy free people will appreciate this blog.
A Little Delightful is one that some of you may already know about, Bianca does wonderful printables and shares great ideas for making home more homely.
I confess that I met Jackie from My Little Bookcase and she was so lovely, I knew I should be reading her blog more. So should you! She writes about children’s books and has such wonderful recommendations.
Frugal and Thriving is all about saving your pennies and how to do so without feeling like you are missing out.
Food Allergy Mum is about a mum who has to deal with coeliac disease and a nut allergy for two different family members. She writes such great informative posts.
Eat Drink Chic is a popular blog but I am sad to say I just discovered it. Her blog is just gorgeous, lots of lovely things to read and admire.
Found any new blogs lately you would like to share?
A little while ago I thought I would never be a fan of digital magazines. I love the glossy cover of paper magazines and the idea of sitting down with a cuppa and flicking through it for the first time.
Now since I have very limited time (meaning none at all!) the magazines I do get are sitting gathering dust in various places around the place.
I am now beginning to love the digital mag. Not only are they easy to flick through, they are always available online, they do not gather dust and they are obviously environmentally friendly! There are many that are now available as an app for iPad and such things but most of these I believe cost money. I thought I would show you my favourite free ones.
Parenting and Family
- Free Baby Magazine – name says it all really. It is an American mag and is quite good.
- Maeve Magazine – an Australian magazine, full of gorgeous things
- LMNOP Magazine – laugh make nuture organise play – lovely Aussie magazine
Home Design and Decor
and yummy food ones!
- Everyday Health Magazine – this is a gluten free magazine that has a print edition but has the past issues online
- Easy Eats – gluten free magazine
The Read Green Initiative – they have a heap of digital magazines here, all American from what I can see. When you sign up you get one for free for 12 months, any others and they do cost.
I would love to know what digital magazines you read?
edit: I have closed the comments on this post due to the insane amount of spam it is attracting… sorry real people!
In honor of it being one month to Christmas and because I need to finally organise what to get for Little Man’s kinder teachers, I thought I would like my favourite blog finds that have inspired me (or stole ideas from!)
Now I hear and read all sorts from everywhere about what to get teachers. No mugs, hand creams, soaps or chocolates as they get too much of that stuff. Personally I would love that stuff but there are plenty of other ideas about. I love the homemade aspect of it too. You can obviously go out and spend a heap of dough or you can make something yourself. The teacher will love it and you’ll save some money.
I have mentioned homelife.com.au before. It is a great website how homey stuff. It has recipes, organising tips, gift idea and special occasion hints. Here is a couple of teacher gift ideas:
- create a decorative clipboard
- fabric covered tins
- North Pole Shortbread
- Make Christmas Wrap and Cards
I think these teacher survival kits from 30 Minute Martha are so cool.
These printable gift cards give you some other great ideas from Organised Christmas.
I hope this gives you some ideas. Have you thought about gifts for your child’s teachers or carers? (if you have children of course)
image: D Sharon Pruitt
Kleenex Mums just featured a Christmas Giving ebook. It has present ideas, craft ideas and food ideas. It is fantastic and free so be sure to check it out now.
The Crispy Cook has a fantastic (and evil) plan of cooking a completely gluten free Thanksgiving dinner without telling anyone. Slightly devious but brilliant as it will show everyone that gluten free does not mean taste free.
I have found my perfect house. Thanks to April of A Birds Eye View. She found it at an equally fantastic blog A View On Design.
Got a new favourite blog, IHeart Organising and after reading about the clothes bins over my shoulder, we have started doing them here and my Little Man loves it. Simple and easy.
I thought I would do something a little different today for my Fabulous Blog Finds. It seems everywhere I went today in blog land there were competitions. I love me a giveaway, a competition, a chance to win a little something for me or the family. To help me get over the fact I didn’t get Oprah tickets, I needed cheering up so I thought I’d share these fabulous blogs who are featuring giveaways.
Frills in the Hills – Creative Neesh Poster – ends 14th November -Aussie entry
Styling You – NYDJ Audrey Jeans – ends 15th November – Aussie entry
Styling You – Bath Robe Pack – ends 15th November – Aussie entry
Planning With Kids – 50 Christmas Photo Cards – ends 15th November – worldwide entry
WoogsWorld – $100 Westfield Voucher – ends 16th November – Aussie only entry
Retromummy – Sweet Broderie Giveaway - ends 21st November – Aussie entry?
Frills in the Hills - Super Food Ideas 3 month Magazine Subscription - ends 30th November (monthly entry) – Aussie entry
Styling You – ghd Midnight Collection plus 18 other beauty gift packs (19 winners) – ends 30th November – Aussie entry
Childhood 101 – Kids Music Toys – ends 10th December – Aussie entry
and that’s what I have seen giveway wise this week. I do hope you enter them and be quick as some end in a few days.
Good luck :)
image: Search Engine People Blog
A lovely reminder from Kate at picklebums to Be Wonderful and she shares a printable with us.
Christmas is coming but Thanksgiving is closer for our American friends. Here is a free ebook to help from Money Saving Mom (and others).
I love labels and love organising so when I come across this label tutorial on iHeart Organizing I knew I had to share it with you.
and to finish off on my super quick favourite links for the week is another addition to the Christmas category. We Heart Life has this Christmas Planning Toolkit that will help immensely.
Sorry again for the brief post, I wish you a happy weekend!
I thought I would share of the things I found this week to try and get me into the mood to start thinking about getting organised sometime soon.
Table Tonic shared the site Wordle which I have seen before but I thought of doing this for my son’s kinder teacher as a present. Well part of her present, nicely framed.
Christmas requires many lists, well for me it does. What would fabulous finds post be without some printables? This ebook, Christmas Your Way, looks fantastic!
Bookmark One Pretty Thing now as I know Rachael will find all the wonderful crafty Christmas things.
Tip Junkie is another good blog to bookmark. Just this week there was a post on 48 Handmade Gifts in a Jar. Brilliant!
And last but definitely not least is Planning Queen with her Christmas 2010 series.
On a more personal note, Christmas is at my house this year so I will have loads of folk to cook for. To their delight they are going to be enjoying a completely gluten free Christmas so I look forward to sharing it with you.
Have you found any blogs that will help you with Christmas this year?