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All Free Crafts star[offsite link]
One of these clever craft projects includes recycling your old light bulbs, and another teaches you how to make a faux hurricane lamp using lids from your mayonnaise jars and aspirin bottles... a fun way to reuse and recycle.

Being Thankful star
Thanksgiving is around the corner. What can we possibly be thankful for? This article will help you turn to your inner self to cultivate that awareness of gratitude.

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make In Your Kitchen star[offsite link]
Let the mad scientist in you or your children come out and play! You might even make something really useful. At the very least, you´ll learn something and have fun.

Cleaning Hints star
Want to know which housecleaning products work? How to clean more quickly with less effort? Which natural and homemade products actually tackle the dirty work?

Cleaning topic at BellaOnline star
Jill´s other topic, on the subject of cleaning. Remember, it´s easier to keep a simple life if your surroundings are clean. And it´s easier to keep things clean, when you have a more simple lifestyle!

Cleaning Up the Flu star
virus-proof your home and body

Composting at Home in Iowa City star[offsite link]
A simple and clearly written guide to setting up your own simple composting pile.

Composting For Home Gardens star[offsite link]
A guide to backyard composting, with illustrations that are quite helpful in visualizing how your finished pile will look.

Desperately Seeking You star
If you’re constantly seeking, seeking, seeking and not finding, perhaps it is time to take a hiatus from your outer studies and turn to inner studies.

Do It Yourself.com star[offsite link]
If you are faced with a home repair, you probably have questions about how best to take care of it. This link takes you directly to a list of ´how to´s´ that might be of assistance.

Easy Coupon Tricks star
Saving money with coupons is irresistible but can be more effort than it’s worth. Here are ways to make clipping coupons work for you.

Foraging for Food star

Free Printable Cards & Labels star[offsite link]
I stumbled on this site, and had to share it. Alenka also has good quality items for sale, so browse around the rest of her site. This link takes you directly to an index of recipe cards, canning labels and more, ready for you to print. This could be a way to make use of heavier paper stock left over from other printing projects.

Free tools for tatting which you can make yourself star
BellaOnline´s Tatting editor Gillian Buchanan penned a great article about creating your own tools for tatters and finding reusable containers for your tatting supplies. Remember, you can also find those cosmetic bags she mentions at thrift stores - for a song!

Fresh Ginger Tea Recipe star
Soothing to the stomach, invigorating to the senses, fresh ginger tea is simple to make at home.

Frog Holler Farm - A Family Living Simply star[offsite link]
Take a tour of the King family´s 153 acre farm-plus in Michigan. Learn about what´s working for them, and hear their thoughts about the challenges they face daily.

Frugal Living at BellaOnline star
Living Simply and Frugal Living go hand in hand. Lili Pintea-Reed´s site here at Bella gives you the information and resources you´ll need. Check out her informative articles and links.

Halloween Costumes from a Bed Sheet star
Need a quick, easy and cheap costume? Grab an old bed sheet!

Home Cooking at BellaOnline star
You´ve worked hard to grow the best food crops you can. Now, how to cook it? Sandy Moyer has lots of comforting recipes just waiting for you.

Homeschooling at BellaOnline star
Many homesteaders are also homeschoolers. I feel this is truly a ´sister´ site to Living Simply. Terrie Bittner has the resources and information you´ll need to successfully homeschool your children.

How to Enjoy a Great Vacation star
Restful or rejuvenating, vacations should be void of stress.

How to Let Go of Too Many Things star
You don’t have to be a hoarder to have too many things that clutter your life.

How to Make Your Own Soap Scrap Sack star
Make the most out of small bits of soap by making your own soap scrap sack. Here are two different styles to craft easily.

InterGarden star[offsite link]
This is a huge collection of text files on lots of topics of interest, from soapmaking to beekeeping and a lot more. Just browse the directory structure to see what´s hiding inside.

Labor Day Fun star
Want to have one last hurrah before the summer is over? You'll find simple tips here for Labor Day!

Learn Online: Learn to be Clutter-Free star[offsite link]
Learn how to conquer the clutter and simplify your life through this online course, taught by Linda DePaz.

Living Simply Newsletter star
Sign-up today to receive newsletters from BellaOnline's Living Simply site. You will receive weekly updates of the latest Living Simply news.

Living Simply Word Scramble star
Can you make sense of the jumble?

Living With Intention star[offsite link]
Encouragement for using the mind-body connection to attract the experiences you want.

Make Your Own Tabletop Fountain star
Bella´s Feng Shui host, Stephanie Ogle, shows you how to build your own indoor fountain.

Making A Wooden Whistle star[offsite link]
Learn how to carve a simple whistle from a twig. Soon you´ll be making them for every kid in your neighborhood!

May Day Fun star
Celebrate the fact that spring is in full swing! Here are some ideas on how to simply celebrate May Day!

Modern Day Food Foraging star[offsite link]
There are ideas in this article that you may not have considered, especially if you thought you couldn´t forage in an urban area.

Mother Earth News star[offsite link]
Subscribe to this info-packed magazine online. You´ll also find plenty of articles and resources right at their website.

National Organize Your Home Office Day star[offsite link]
After National Clean Off Your Desk Day, mark your calendars for National Organize Your Home Office Day.

No Stress Thanksgiving star
Focusing on the true meaning of this holiday removes the stress and pressure.

Open Air Living Book Review star
How to live like an Impressionist painting: snoozing, bathing, entertaining and spending your spare time in an "outdoor room" of your own design.

Organize for Fall star
Fall is the time of year when many begin to spend more time indoors. Enjoy your space more with these tips.

Original Country Clipart By Lisa star[offsite link]
All the graphics you could ever need for your home crafting, canning and recipe card projects.

Preserving Food Safely star[offsite link]
A searchable database based on the USDA Complete Guide to Home Canning, provided by the Michigan State University Extension.

Reuse Your Leftovers star
Read this great article from the Home Finance editor, about ways to make magic with your leftover food. Now you can have less waste, less gargage to throw in landfills, and can learn to extend your food budget in creative ways!

Setting Priorities star
Looking for ways to achieve work-life balance? Maybe you don't need more time, maybe you just need fewer tasks. Deciding what really moves you or fits with your life goals can help you set priorties and find the balance you want.

Simple Cinco de Mayo star
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo simply! Follow these easy tips for crafts and food and you will be having a high time!

Simple Crafts star
It only takes a little creativity to show mom you love her everyday of the year…

Simple Harvest Decorations star
Why buy and store expensive autumn decor when nature provides the real thing for free?

Simple Holiday Baking star
Baking is one of the most favorite holiday activities. Don't become overwhelmed and make it complicated. Baking can be fun and festive while being simple as well. Here you will find tips on simple baking as well as fun ideas to package your goodies!

Simple Homemade Ornaments star
Have some fun this holiday season by making your own holiday ornaments!

Simple Power Bar Recipes star
Power bars make a great meal-on-the-go. They’re simple to make, too.

Simple Pumpkin Carving Ideas star
Not an artist? Here are some easy ways to create fun jack-o-lanterns without a lot of skill.

Simple Winter Decorating star
Putting away holiday decorations? Does your house seem bare and lonely? Get inspired by bringing nature indoors! Create a winter nature table today!

Slowing Down and Getting More star
Tips for being deliberate about creating the life you want.

Thanksgiving Leftovers star
Easy, tried-and-true ideas for leftover turkey.

The Joy of Being Alone star
Looking for clarity or a chance to refuel your spirit? Find it in solitude.

The Simple R's of Living Simply star
Reduce, reuse, recycle, renew, return - a guide to more ecological shopping

Three Five-Ingredient Fresh Pasta Sauce Recipes star
Not including salt and pepper, there are only five key ingredients in these fresh sauces

Vegetarian Food at BellaOnline star
Connie Boyd has some great ideas for delicious meals using those fresh vegetables, herbs and fruits you´ve gathered in, as well as good information on living a vegetarian lifestyle.

When You Are Done Visiting Us... star[offsite link]
There is only one logical place to go after you are done browsing BellaOnline´s Living Simply website. And then, you may rest.

Why Eat Wild Food? star[offsite link]
Besides the pricetag (free), there may be many other benefits to picking your own wild foods.

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