Well it has been a big week! So much to talk about, so I best get straight to it.
I read a fantastic guest post over at Zen Habits by a guy called Jeffrey Tang on the the clean-slate guide to simplicity. He talks about decluttering from a whole new perspective. Kind of backwards, where you put everything away and then take out what you need and then donate what you don't use.
I inadvertently did this once when I was cleaning up for the cleaner (as you do) and hid a heap of little things that were occupying available surfaces into a big tub. I highly recommend it! Note to self: find that stash of stuff and throw it out!
LJ from With my own two hands writes a lovely blog about her journey to a simpler life. This week she posted some great tips on getting out in winter. It is so easy to hibernate when the sun leaves our skies to shine on our Northern hemisphere friends, and this post has motivated me to explore the winter with more vigour.
Over at Raising Children's Network they posted on preventing fights. It was an awesome reminder of ways to help my kids get along better (and save my own sanity. God knows it gets tested sometimes!). They talked about a whole host of tips including setting clear family rules, setting up routines, catching them being good, demonstrating how to get along, coaching our kids, cooling down fighting hot spots and letting kids work it out for themselves sometimes. They also did a post on developing routines that is worth a read. Good sensible parenting tips.
In a similar vein, is Planning with Kids's great tips on spending individual time with your children. She suggests, staggered bedtimes, split family activities and scheduling individual play time (as well as the natural opportunities that occur throughout the day). As a mother of five, she offers great practical parenting ideas. Check her out (especially if you are a parent of a large(ish) family - her blog is indispensible).
Mrs Money taught me my latest green tip - sleeping naked (apparently it is a money saver too), Fat Mum Slim was back to her best with her for the love of blog post but my final bookmark this week goes to Mrs Woog from Woogsworld (who I imagined must be in her 50s because she calls herself Mrs. but who is actually another 1973 vintage) for her hysterical post: What I am yet to get.... Seriously. Read it. You will roll on the floor laughing. I did.
What was your favourite post this week?