Here are a few of the blogs that I read regularly and that I really enjoy. These are my go-to sites when I want a little inspiration, something to read, want a laugh, or want to just dream a little about projects that I may or may not complete.
The first time I went to this site was because of The Dollhouse Diaries. I have loved dollhouses since my Uncle Joe made me one when I was a little girl. A couple of years ago I was trolling Pinterest and found tutorials on dollhouses and my love affair with them resumed. So this post certainly piqued my interest. Not only does this site have tons of DIY projects, (not just dollhouses) they also have a shop so that you don’t have to be quite so handy. There are also gift ideas, some of those being DIY ideas like this Giant Instagram Frame. And that egg painting shown above, left, is awesome!
You may not always be able to tell it from my home, but I love to organize things. I love baskets and bins and everything having its own little space. If you feel the same way, even though you may struggle at keeping things that way like me, Jen’s site is one you should check out! Her home tour can be found here. Not only do I love her organization, but her style and colors are my favorites! Navy blue, gray, greens…love, love, love! She has projects for every room in your house by category and topics from your nightstand to pantry to organizing on a budget. If you are into organizing, this is the place to start!
I only recently found this site, but I find myself going back to it over and over. From Roadkill Rescue (found and repurposed items) to Pennywise Presents (inexpensive ideas) and lots of DIY tutorials, if you like crafty, out of the ordinary, off the beaten path projects, decorating and ideas, this is a great website. And teacher that I am, I did check, infarrantly is a word Beckie made up to suit her blog using her name. And boy does it work for me! I have to say that the yardstick wall is my absolute favorite on the site!
Pretty much if you can name a book, Jennifer has read it and reviewed it on her site. I am amazed at how many reviews she has here! There are over 400 and climbing. In her “about” page she states: “The next best thing to a good book is sharing and discussing it with others.” and that pretty much sums up exactly what I feel about reading. Books are wonderful, and they are made even more enchanting by talking about them and sharing them with others! And her reviews are not short and sweet. They are thoughtful, well written and just plain good. Check out this one for Matt Ruff’s Bad Monkeys, which is a book I also really like!
Full disclosure. This is the blog of a great friend of mine. It is wonderful, just like she is! It is full of funny yet inspiring posts about her life and her family. She has written quite a few articles for Moms Magazine and they are always insightful, witty, and hard-hitting, just being honest articles, just like her! Tell it like it is, no holds barred. Titles such as
YO! Mom at the playground – Watch your damn kid! and Someone has to bring the juice boxes.
I love it. And I love her! I hope you will, also.
And a shameless plug! She has written a 3 book series about a whale named Petunia who is bullied a bit and learns to take back her life. Inspired by a situation one of her daughter’s experienced, these are worth reading and sharing!
I have to go with full disclosure here. While I am extremely intrigued with the idea of converting a bus and taking off for a summer, the reason I am most intrigued with this site is that the bus they refurbished and redesigned is from my Alma mater. Yep. I went from 1st -12th grades at Southwest Georgia Academy in Damascus, GA. So this website is a little bit of nostalgia for me.
Where do I begin? Ahhh…how about with Donalyn Miller: Teacher, author, reader, along with Katherine Sokolowski, Cindy Minnich, and Colby Sharp, who are amazing at stirring up interest in reading, have created this blog for books and nerds like me who love them and love to read anything and everything. The premise here is that there are many people who contribute, but those 4 maintain the blog and keep everything in order. A really good site to find things to read for yourself and for any readers you may know.
This blog is extremely near and dear to me. It is written by my daughter, a college student with a heart for Jesus and a life for missions. I once had someone ask “Wow, did you know you were raising a missionary?” No. I raised a daughter. God raised a missionary. With words of wisdom far beyond her age, her posts inspire me in ways she probably doesn’t realize. I hope they inspire you, as well. I love you, P!
Dan Pearce is hilarious. And sometimes serious. But even the “serious” stuff is funny. This blog has every topic from ear hair, to parenting advice to how he screwed up in his marriage and of course funny kid stories. The first one I ever read I really enjoyed and learned a good bit from was 16 Reasons Ways I Blew My Marriage. You Just Broke Your Child, Congratulations is by far my favorite and one I think every parent in the world should read. And one more…50 more random things I did not know I did not know.
Anything and everything for librarians/media specialists serving teens. Book reviews, information on maker spaces, space planning and relating. Even if you aren’t a librarian, if you want to connect to a teen through reading, check out this site put together by School Library Journal!
How to photograph your Christmas tree was the post that I found on Pinterest that drew me to this site. What keeps me coming back to Beth’s blog are the really good photography posts such as What’s in my camera bag, as well as tons of posts for decorating in a classy farmhouse way. Beautiful! To get a full idea of her style, check out her entire home!
Decorating and projects for all of us who love DIY. Kelly’s home “tour” has tons of images with links to all the projects that were done throughout the process of decorating her home. She also has great tips like How to search Craigslist and decorating on a budget. One of the greatest pieces of advice ever comes from “Decorating 101…Or: Put down that paintbrush!” Not to mention the built-in bookshelf wall and the lighting for those shelves. And one that I am so ready to try…painting linoleum flooring.
Stephanie’s post “The worst mother I’ve ever seen” went viral, no doubt because every mother in the world can see herself in that post at some time or another. Then she shocked the world with another post titled “Why I put my husband (and sometimes myself) before my kids.” Yep. Viral. I love it! It reminds me of what I researched and wrote about helicopter parenting. With posts from Family Stuff to Funny Stuff to Fixing Stuff, there is plenty of information here to keep you informed and highly amused for quite a while! Oh, and she’s a teacher, so there’s stuff for me on that end, as well. Love it!
I hope you find these interesting. I hope you find something you like. I hope that you are enjoying Propensity to Discuss. I certainly am enjoying writing it!