Simple Lives Thursday #77

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Announcement… please re-read the guidelines for submission (below) so you can be sure your post matches the spirit and theme of this blog hop. Please do not submit giveaway posts. Also, please remember to link your post to one of the host blogs!

The Simple Lives Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to Simple Lives Thursday, a blog hop dedicated to simple living. “Consume less, produce more. ” So many topics fit: Gardening, raising animals, cooking from scratch, real food, natural cleaners, sewing, recycling, thrifting, a mindset of simplicity, saving a buck…

This blog hop is hosted by (for the time being, due to hosts taking breaks):

Featured Posts from Last Week’s Submissions

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We really enjoy reading your posts each week! Featured post bloggers, please grab the badge above and display it on your site! Link it to one of the host blogs’ posts for the specific week that you were featured.

Here are our picks from last week’s submissions. Thanks to all who participated — it is always hard to choose!

1. 12 Easy Steps to be Frugal and Green by Our Heavenly Homestead. Maria shares a great list to starting your journey on a simple and frugal life.

2. Sourdough Starters and Homemade Tortillas by The Elliott Homestead. A great tutorial on starting a sourdough starter and making your own tortillas at home.

3. A Christmas Homebirth by Simplify, Live, Love. Michelle shares about her 4th birth at home, a water birth. A lovely story of a gentle birth with the snow falling outside!

4. Vintage Blankie Baby Quilt by Simply Homemaking. Make a small blanket for a new baby out of vintage sheets and vintage hankies. It takes just a few hours!

Share Your Simple Lives Thursday Post

Bloggers, make a “Simple Lives Thursday” post on your own blog, then come back here to add your post to the linky box below the featured posts. If you don’t have a picture, feel free to download the Simple Lives Thursday banner (at top of post) and upload it using the script’s prompts (it is easy). Your post will appear on all host blogs!

Non-bloggers, feel free to add a comment here with any ideas or thoughts about simple living.

These are three simple guidelines for participation:

1. If linking real, traditional and simple recipes, please make sure all ingredients used are whole — such as whole grains, vegetables, legumes, meats, even sugar. In order to keep the integrity of “nourishing” food, we will delete any recipes that utilize processed, boxed foods. We are definitely not going to be ingredient policemen! But, please note that this is a hop hosted by advocates of the real, local and sustainable food movements.

2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This is a common blog hop courtesy. This link helps build the Simple Lives Thursday community by sending your readers to all of the other participants’ posts. We all end up sharing and learning from each other.

3. No giveaway away or otherwise primarily advertising oriented posts. Keep your topics to fit our simple living theme of “consume less, produce more.” We will delete posts that don’t fit.

What will you share this week? We all look forward to your submissions!

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  1. says

    Thank you so much for featuring my Christmas Home Birth post! I’m so glad I shared it. It’s one of my most cherished memories and is now a favorite blog post. Thank you!

  2. says

    Today I’m sharing a post from my archives about a round topped barn we moved to our property a few years ago (days before it was to be burned) and are in the process of restoring. We made great progress in 2011 and I can’t wait to see it finished. It will be offices, showroom, and workshop for our home remodeling business. The post I’ve shared details the move from its old home down a 1/4 mile to our own land.

  3. says

    I shared my Slow Roasted Chicken and 8 Reasons to Add Probiotic Foods to Your Diet. Also One New Compelling Reason to Avoid Trans Fats and a post about new year resolutions and 8 actions to take.

    Join me in my Probiotic Foods Challenge starting January 9 at Real Food Forager!
    Thanks for hosting! Happy New Year!

  4. says

    Good Morning!

    This is my first blog hop entry ever, and I don’t think I did something correctly, as my picture is not showing up!! I also am not sure how to link back here from my blog post??

    I so look forward each Thursday to come and read everyone’s entries here at Simple Lives Thursday.

  5. says

    Hi Wardee!

    This week’s post is a chronicle of my resolutions for the year. There’s a lot on there, but I have so much motivation for doing everything I want to. Happy new year!

  6. says

    I shared a post on dryer balls, one on fabulous mango chutney, a personal favorite of mine, and on more on a salad dressing trick.

    Thanks for hosting, Wardee!

  7. says

    Hi Wardee, Thanks for hosting. I am sharing a post about a lovely little salad that can be whipped up with ingredients that are not only inexpensive but last for month in the fridge. A savoy cabbage and grapefruit salad. HAve a great rest of your day.

  8. says

    Good Morning Wardee! Today I have shared a recipe for making your own first-aid antiseptic ointment. No need to purchase antibiotic ointment from the store! Thank you for hosing:)

  9. says

    Thanks for hosting, Wardee! Lots of great links this week, as always.

    Today I linked up a post on getting started on the path to being more self-reliant and homesteading. I shared my thoughts on the subject, as well as some great ideas from our Facebook community ( – we’d love to have folks stop by and join the conversation).

    I also wanted to let everyone know that I’ve move my blog to my own domain, and still haven’t gotten all the forwarding straightened out from my old site, so I hope readers will take a moment to mark my new site at so they can find me at my new home.

  10. says

    I always love coming back here each week! This week I linked to my post on Depression Green, it is a mentality of being green and frugal without being expensive. If my mother’s Depression-era grandparents would do it, then it qualifies. Everything old is new again, right?


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