I've found some blogs that are right up my alley and I just wanted to share them with you. Some of these are new to me and some are tried and true, but they may be new to you.
For all of you coupon cutters and thrifty mamas, here are the two old reliable favorites:
- Money Saving Mom and Southern Savers. Money Saving Mom has a lot of fun extras besides just couponing, but I like using Southern Savers for my grocery and drug store couponing. They are both worth adding to your blog reader, because they do not always overlap on their info.
For your home decorating fix, there are a ton of talented women out there blogging away with crafty ideas. I am still a little torn up over all of the home decor blogs: part of me is inspired, and part of me is envious because they are so talented. Inspiration wins, though, and I'm constantly bookmarking ideas for my future projects.
Here are my three new favorites:
- Ana White - I want to grow up and be Ana White! She lives in Alaska and builds her own furniture. Now that's what I'm talking about. Plus she has a brag blog where other like-minded DIYers can share their favorite completed projects. And she puts all of the plans on her site for her projects. A whole lotta fun if you love some power tools, I tell you what.
- kojo designs - two sisters with a fun sense of style. Pictures on their site are beautiful, and they share a lot of ideas from other bloggers. I imagine this is what Ana White would do if they took away her power tools and moved her to somewhere with less snow.
- Maybe the cream of the crop: Knock Off Decor...now, I don't know about you, but whenever my mom and I go shopping and I admire some cute little homey trinket, she will take it from me, peer closely at all of its working parts, and declare: Susan, you could make that yourself. Well, Mom, now that I found this blog, you are so, so right. I can make it all by myself. I am currently in love with the knock off pottery barn mirror. I can already see one adorning a lonely wall in our basement that is crying out for light to be reflected upon it. Very exciting.
I'm sure everybody has their favorite cooking blogs too, but here are two that I am really enjoying:
- David Lebovitz - David is an American chocolatier and pastry chef living in Paris. I am a closet Francophile so I can get my food and France fix all on one site. My sister gave me two of his books, The Sweet Life in Paris and a homemade ice cream recipe book called Perfect Scoop, and I am now officially a fan.
- Another food blog my sister put me on to is Smitten Kitchen. Deb, the author, has a great sense of humor, great food pics, and great recipes. Definitely worth putting on the reader.
- And oh yeah, one more: Of course, I love The Pioneer Woman. Who doesn't? I started looking at her blog for her amazing photography and fun commentary, but I find myself going to her for food inspiration lately as well. Plus I love her step by step pictures of compiling a dish. I think Ree can make any food look appealing. Of the three food blogs listed here, Pioneer Woman would probably have the most food that my whole family would eat.
And last but not least, I have just started checking out a blog website called Blogging with Amy. If you want to start a blog to supplement your family income, this would be a great place to start. She's written an ebook about time management which I would read but I don't have time because I'm looking at all of these blogs!
Now, when you are overwhelmend with all of the inspirational ideas in the aforementioned websites, how do you keep up with all of them? Well, I've started using SpringPad. Springpad is basically just a place to keep all of your bookmarks, recipes, ideas and whatever else you want. I like the spring it button I put on my web browser toolbar. Plus I like that I can use Springpad on my desktop and the iPad and still access all my favorite bookmarks from either place. I'm sure there are lots of similar sites, but I've found Springpad to be pretty darn user-friendly. If you know of a better bookmarking tool, let me know!
So there you go, friends! What are your favorite blogs? Not that I need to read any more of them, but I always like to know!