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Sites to See for October 12

by Laurel Plum

The weather turned chilly then warm again. This week we will be saying goodbye to the lake, short sleeve shirts and sandals before fully settling into Fall. I noticed that the Maple in the front yard started turning shades of crimson. The sunset and the night sky are starting to have a different look to them as well.  I get all bouncy and excited in the Spring, but these few weeks of Fall seem to make me want to slow down.  I become reflective and day dreamy. Have you already been looking forward to wrapping up in soft sweaters, curling your legs under cozy blankets with a good book and a mug of cocoa?   I have.

Here are the links! Look and Enjoy!

New (to me) Sites:

Simplify Supper – Menu planning – Done! This one has dinner choices, the recipe and the weekly grocery list. I have seen many sites that are great for meal planning, LOVE them, but I think this may be my new fav. Since I just found it this week, I haven’t had a chance to try out the recipes yet, but they look good. Seems like there were a lot of casseroles and one dish dinners. In the winter we do a lot of crock pot cooking, anyway, so I’m going to be trying it out and see if this one becomes my most recommended menu planning site. Let me know what you think!

My First Kitchen – Ok, I guess I have food on my mind this week.  My First Kitchen is a blog written by a cooking instructor/caterer. It has great practical tips to go along with the recipes such as “Just don’t touch your eyes after you cut the peppers. It hurts. Bad.” – How cute is that!

Have I mentioned Freecycle yet? This one is not new to me. It is a free swap and recycle site where you list your to toss items. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. It has groups based on location so everyone swaps locally.

Random Articles:

Looking for some Halloween decorating ideas? A Soft Place To Land held a Virtual Party this past Monday. When I found it, there were already links to over 150 sites! A great way to find some ideas and some great new blogs.

How to start the “BOO” in your neighborhood from Skip to My Lou. A way to spread Halloween and neighborly love sneakily through your neighborhood.

1000 Ways To Save from Keep It Simple

Productivity Backsliding from

6 shortcuts for busy moms from She Knows

Save Money on Housecleaning Part 1 – from broomhuggers. Part one of this series includes lots of cleaning recipes you can make in your kitchen.

Closet Clearing: Where to take Mens’ Clothing from Organize Right Now. I knew about Dress for Success, a program that provides appropriate clothing for women looking for dressier clothing for work or job interviews, but I was unaware of the similar program for Men.

How to Hack Your Morning from Stepcase Lifehack. Even on the best mornings I do not think I could pull this off, maybe it is only feasible for a guy, but there are still several tips that could help all of our morning routines run a little faster.

Is Your Stage Set for Love? from the Dating Director: Love Life & Looking Good. Does your home support and reflect your life goals?

Perfectionist decluttering and cleaning in the first person perspective from Tasha on The Comical Coupon Cents – normally a penny pinching blog. This one was funny because I resemble this when I get REALLY stressed out, but for me it is about clinging to what I know and distraction.

Debunking Productivity Myths from Web Worker Daily

Here are two pages from the It’s A Chick Thing website:  Decorating, pretty self explanatory, and Girls’ Night Out, a page with many ideas for parties and get togethers with the Girls. The pages are updated frequently and right now they both have several ideas for Halloween. This site is the home site for one of my favorite books – Nesting: It’s a Chick ThingNesting: It's a Chick Thing. The book is smart, sassy, charming, witty, and practical with advice on all things about the home. Trust me, this book is a must read!

See It Sista! from Blissfully Domestic – Spititual nourishment.

Simplicity 101: Slow Down from Remodeling This Life

Recipe Hit List: 12 Family Favorite Pie Recipes from Tip Nut. Pick several now to add to your holiday menus. One less thing to think about later.

To Make:

Oh the places you will go….. – another one from Skip to My Lou. This is one of the many things listed in the sidebar. It is suppose to be a fun craft to make with the kids for Dr. Suess’s Birthday, but this recipe for ooeey gooeey slime is PERFECT for Halloween! The little man and I may just be making some up as you are reading this!

Want to learn how to make those big beautiful tassels they sell for a fortune in the shops? – Tassel Tutorial Tuesday From Nest Sweet Nest

The link points to a very cute Halloween decorating inspiration article – I am Inspired By from Simply This That and The Other. As cute as I thought the article and pictures were, I was really blown away by the list of 50 some sewing Tutorials and Patterns listed halfway down the right hand sidebar. All quilters and sewing junkies ought to check them out.

This week I also found Craftzine from the makers of Make. In perusing the site I found many of the “To Make” items I have listed in Sites To See including THIS one from last week. I subcribed to their RSS. Whoa! Lots of items. This one may be better to bookmark to use the search feature unless your e-mail or reader stays fairly empty. But, do bookmark one or both of the sites if you are into crafting.  I also found THIS and THIS that I intend to make over the next few weeks, time allowing. Just remember when you do find something you like to click through to the original site and leave a comment of thanks for the idea or tutorial.

Sewing Your Own Flannel Receiving Blankets yet another one from Blissfully Domestic

Hot Chocolate Recipe to Start the Season, and Other Favorite Drinks from Small Notebook. Wonder if this is the reason I am craving cocoa?

For Kids and Educational Resources:

Thanks to Instructibles, I found Mathway. It is a site that will help kids (and adults trying to help kids) solve math problems.

Blissfully Domestic also had a great article with several great mathematics links – Math is Everywhere. Each one makes math a little fun. They also had The Gross Sentence Game which helps kids learn different components of a sentence by using gross or girly words on index cards. Very clever.

Keep in Mind:

I came across each of these websites and stories either from Stumble Upon, RSS subscriptions, search engines or from others on Plurk! I am passing them on to you as I found them – in good faith. I can not guarantee the validity or accuracy in any manner. I enjoyed reading them and I hope you will, too.

Your Links:

Let me know if you did enjoy them in the comments. If there is an article or website you would like for me to consider sharing next week, send me an e-mail using laurelplum [at] laurelplumonline [dot] com (the spelling out is to avoid spam) or send me a Plurk!

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1 My First Kitchen October 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Thanks so much for including me in your links this week! Your site is just way too fun for me. And don’t you just love Freecycle? I’ve been getting their emails for about a year now in my area, and it’s such a great way to find/get rid of stuff. I usually have people anxious to pick up something as simple as two candles within an hour! I hope you have fun on it. Take care!

My First Kitchens last blog post..Kimba Lovers Unite!

2 angie October 17, 2008 at 1:19 am

What an incredible list. Thank you, thank you!

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