Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blogs That Inspire Me

My introduction to the blogosphere occurred about two years ago as I googled ways to purchase groceries inexpensively. I had heard of blogs but didn't know a thing about them. Little did I realize then that in two short years I'd have a blog of my own! I'd like to showcase a few blogs that I've come to rely on over the years to provide inspiration and laughter, insight and tips. Here they are, in no particular order:
  • Little Homestead in the City: A blog showcasing the Dervaes Family of California. They are amazing and a huge inspiration to those interested in Urban Farming/Homesteading. On about 4000 square feet of land (just 1/10th of an acre) they strive to produce up to 6000 pounds of produce a year. They also raise chickens and ducks for eggs, rabbits for manure, goats for milk and manure, and bees for honey and pollination. A must for anyone wanting to learn about a more self sufficient, "simple" way of life (though they keep plenty busy, to be sure!).
  • Get Rich Slowly: Devoted to sensible personal finance, J.D. Roth has been blogging on the subject for over 4 years. A vast amount of great information on subjects like Getting out of Debt, Life After Debt, Saving for Travel, and Living Inexpensively - just the tip of the iceberg!
  • Zen Habits: Every time I read Leo Babauta's blog I seriously get up from whatever I am doing and go on a cleaning/purging spree! Three articles a week focus on: simplicity, health & fitness, motivation and inspiration, frugality, family life, happiness, goals, getting great things done, and living in the moment. His most recent post is a great one entitled The Wastefulness of Decluttering.
  • Frugal Babe: A thirty-something married mother of 1, she writes some compelling posts about simple living, sustainable living, and a low-car lifestyle. While I wish she had more pictures (I LOVE pictures!), I really enjoy her writing. Some recent posts include Cutting Expenses to Focus on What you Really Want and The Cost of a Car.
  • The Inadvertent Farmer: Kim lives on a 10 acre farm in Washington State. She has a bevy of animals (and kids!), and documents life on a farm through her amazing photography (here and here - just a sampling) and quick wit.
  • 5 Acres & a Dream: Leigh and her husband live on 5 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southern Appalachia. With cats, 8 chickens, two goats, and the recent addition of a llama, she has her hands full! Leigh writes about living on her homestead, animal keeping, gardening, and food preservation. Very down to earth with loads of good information.
That about sums up the blogs I try to keep a loose eye on. A few others that I've recently come across and enjoy include CoMo Homestead and Rowdy Kittens (about simple living - no cats as the name implies!). Are there any like-minded blogs that you'd recommend to our readers? Thanks! -Carrie


  1. Carrie, I am so honored! I love the other links too. I'm always on the lookout.

    What like-minded blogs would I recommend? Well, yours of course. :) I have a long list but a few others that I really enjoy as kindred souls are:

    Farm Folly
    Mama Stories
    A Home Grown Journal

  2. What Pigs Don't KnowAugust 21, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    You're welcome, Leigh! I always look forward to your posts. I will have to check out the others you suggested. I've heard of Farm Folly but not the other two - thanks! -Carrie

  3. Ahhh, I'm blushing!

    Here are a few I love (and one I write for so don't that against it, lol!)

    Not Dabbing in Normal

    The Old Nichols Farm

    Unearthing This Life

    Chiot's run

    And if you love to can like I do...

    Food in jars