Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Autumn Asks: Has Your Blog Reading Changed Any?

I've only been reading (and writing) blogs for about a year now.

In that time, its been interesting to see the change in my blog roll. I tend to find myself rearranging or changing it about every 4-5 months.

When I first started reading I put all my sites that I wanted to keep up with in the blogroll here on this site. Then I had to click through each link to check on my friends.

Then I discovered Google Reader and everything started getting stored and checked there. My blogroll began to be outdated and have broken links, etc. I'm a bad blog mommy.

Recently I did another purge and collection. The blog party last month introduced me to many new sites...that I just finished going through and adding onto my Reader.

I have WAY too many sites I love to visit. And I'm slowly paring them down or it will take up too much of my time.

So today I want to highlight a few of my old and new favorites.

My Favorite Simple Living, Frugal Type Sites:

Down to Earth: This is a lady in Australia. They garden and have chickens and make so much of what they need. A true gem on sharing knowledge on how to be a content housewife and do it well. Very practical and gentle spirited lady.

Living Off the Grid: We were your fairly typical homeschool family of 7 (soon to be 8) living on a hobby farm in the rural midwest... But as of October 15, 2008 we changed! Join us on our adventure of purchasing and moving into a 40 acre Amish farm with 9+ outbuildings, a pond and more. Oh yes, did I tell you we are living "off-grid"...? We have no electricity and all that goes with that... The outhouses too...

Recession Depression Therapy:

During a hungry time in my home, I chose to change the way we lived to accomodate our meager resources. What follows are some of the things I learned along the way.

Oh! there were many mistakes that served to teach and entertain…such as why you don’t let an adolescent rooster out for the day in your flannel, granny nightie… or why the first time you cut your own hair you should schedule a professional cut for that very afternoon.

Please, feel free to add your perspective or question my methods. Goodness knows I do! If we face economic hardship as a learning experience and not as a cross to bare, then perhaps we will find some cheer along the way. (More down to earth, practical mentorship for those of us trying to live a simpler life.)

not the jet set : He's a spender, she's a saver. Together, they're Not the Jet Set.
Fed up with working too hard to not have any money, we made the decision to take control of our finances. We began a mission to get out of debt and stay out of debt - forever. On June 23rd of 2006, we completed Baby Step 2 by paying off over $42,000 in 20 months. During that time and ever since then, we've seen it as part of our calling to help others achieve what we have - financial peace.

not the jet set . net is a blog about money, stewardship, and frugal living - personal finance for the rest of us: one family's story. We don't claim to know it all. We won't claim to make you rich. But we may get you to think a little differently about money and how it affects your life.

Just Another Mom! These are ladies that I find I have something or a lot of things in common with.

Want What You Have: My name is Heather, and I'm a happily married, stay-at-home mother of two daughters, ages six, and two. I'm a Christian, and I strive to live deliberately, in a way that brings glory to God, and shows respect for His Creation. This journal is about frugal, simple, more meaningful living. I love hearing from my readers. Thanks for visiting! (I love Heather as we seem to have alot in common -- with the exception of all that organization! You go girl!)

Suburb Sanity:
I'm a 46 year old married mom to 18 year old boy/girl twins as well as 15 and 12 year old sons. I love blogging about the crazy things in my life...and yours. (Wins my Most Humorous Award. Be prepared to shoot coffee out of your nose. )

Military Spouses:

Diary of a Stay at Home Mom:
I'm a Christian SAHM and wife to my Air Force Husband. We have 2 extremely active kids, Jasmine and Nicholas. It's a crazy and hectic life at times with the kids and the dogs, Lola and Bella (the pugs). We live a good, simple life surrounded by chaos at time, but always in the hands of God.

A day in my life...
I'm a champagne sipping, chocolate eating, camera carrying, crafty, shopaholic mummy to twin toddlers and a home schooled teenager. I'm also an Aussie, living in California, and a military wife. Please leave a comment if you've stopped by, I'd love to see who's been visiting me. (I love this site because she is an AWESOME photographer and I love the pictures she takes of her kids. I get lots of ideas from them!)

Adoptive Parents or Adoption Related:

Our Little Tongginator:
life with a Tonggu girl can be pretty wild, fun, tiring, demanding and crazy ... it's also a tremendous blessing from God!!! (Very funny writer! Life as the parent of an adopted child with challenges is not for the faint of heart!)

FRIENDS: Sites I won't miss reading because I am personally involved in these lives and love these people.

a bit more than a journal: I am a single mom of two beautiful girls. Our life is complex on the best of days. This blog will explore my thoughts on where I am in life, where I have been, and where I hope to go. My highest goal is to serve God with all of my heart. You are welcome to join me on my journey. ( One of my very very bestest of buds! Love ya!)

Adventures of a Supermom:
I love Jesus. I love my husband and my girls. I love designing and creating. And I love that the Lord is not done with me yet..... (Horribly funny with just the right twist of sarcasm. And so well put together. Now if she would just post more.....)

Sewing and Crafting Sites:

Confessions of a Craft Addict: Mary Abreu has been crafting most of her life, although she admits that sticking to one or two is a challenge (hence the “ADD crafter” moniker). She is an award-winning journalist, most recently adding a Bronze award from the Parenting Publications of America for a story published in January 2007. During her nearly two decades in journalism, she has worked as an editor, writer and art director at newspapers and magazines throughout the Southeast United States. After a brief stint as editorial director of one of the oldest regional parenting publications in the country, she has returned to freelance writing and editing — although running a household and parenting three kids (17, 15 and 3.5) are her first priority. (Mary has kids spaced kind of like mine and loves to sew for her little girl, who is about the same age as Mighty Mouse. I get lots of ideas from her and she always encourages me. )

Sew, Mama, Sew! :
Looking for sewing projects to do? This is the place.

Religion based:

Conversion Diary: Five years ago I had never once believed in God, not even as a child. I was a content atheist and thought it was simply obvious that God did not exist. I thought that religion and reason were incompatible, and eventually became vocally anti-Christian. Imagine my surprise to find myself today, just a few years later, a convert to Christianity who loves her faith (my husband and I both entered the Catholic Church in 2007). This is the chronicle of my journey.

The LPM Blog: For the Beth Moore junkies.

This is obviously not all inclusive. By the end of the week I hope to have my blog roll all redone with some new and fresh stuff! Enjoy!


  1. I think you're giving sounds really cool- to be able to have a direct place like that, that is special to you and your daughter. That is really cool!

  2. Thanks for all the great links. Especially the military and adoption ones. I will be sure to check them out. I haven't been reading any blogs the last few days, but I am back... now to get caught up!

  3. We do have lots in common :) I really wish we lived closer.

    I love you too!

  4. Thanks a lot!! When I talk about you, it is my best friend in the sate where you live. I miss you. I am looking forward to seeing you this summer. And thanks for updating your blog roles.

  5. Aww... thanks. And I'm totally not funny. Mostly just clueless. ;)

  6. Love this post! Its how I do my blogging too, although I don't use a reader(yet). I have a blog favorites folder with about 2000 blogs in it and I LOVE every one of them but don't visit them often. Thanks for the fresh and interesting links!!


  7. Thanks for the informative information - I enjoyed reading it! I always enjoy this blog. :) Cheers,