Friday, 23 July 2010

Blog Bookmarks - Week Ending 23rd July

I started this blog as a record of life, my thoughts and life's little lessons. Since entering the blogosphere, I have now accumulated more words of wisdom, interesting snippets and 'must-reads' to keep track of. It is a mind-field! Blog Bookmarks is a place to highlight some of my favourite finds for the week.

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?


Terri said...

These are great! I love the idea of staggering bedtimes. My twins just turned 1 and my oldest just turned 3. I think tonight they will each get there OWN book and snuggle time with mommy, thanks for posting that link!
Found you at multiples and more!

Gill@OurParklife said...

oh i really like this post idea! i haven't read many posts this week, thanks to my being offline for most of the week (thanks for your comment on my post by the way!)

Couldn't agree more with your comments on Planning with Kids and WOOGSWORLD....Will have to check out your other suggestions...

Hmmmm, my fave post this week..?

It was probably over at EcoMilf.....she wrote a great post about being torn about whether to get a babysitter for her 2 year old or not.....She got 31 really supportive comments from women all over the blogosphere.....It reminded me that one of the best things about this blogging stuff is the support you get from people you have never even met....Its pretty powerful!

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

I just checked out Mrs. Woog's're right...hee-larious! Thanks for the laugh!

Maxabella said...

Yep, the Woogsy post was it for me for the week. xxx

Kelly said...

Great post, I love to discover new blogs, especially ones with helpful information. The one about preventing fights is for me. My children are driving me crazy with their constant fighting lately.

PlanningQueen said...

Thanks for including my post! I really liked this post by Kathy Walker on Parenting Boys.

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