I love blogs! A blog can be one of the best places to quickly find encouragement, information, and help. What did people do before the internet? I’m laughing to myself as I write this, but I seriously thought about that this morning. I mean, I use the internet all the time. I feel like I have learned and grown so much in motherhood, housekeeping, time management just from the helpful insight I’ve found through the blogs I read.
I like to subscribe to blogs I really love, or even blogs that I think I might love, knowing I can always cancel my subscription if I end up not loving it as much as I thought. A subscription lets me know I’m not going to miss anything I might find interesting. I can always delete the emails that don’t catch my attention, but if something lands in my inbox that may be interesting or helpful I can read it. I don’t have to remember to check the website, because it just comes straight to me.
Over the last few years I have subscribed to lots of blogs and unsubscribed to a large number of them as well! A few blogs have stuck with me, and I’ve found them to be consistently encouraging and helpful. I look forward to seeing what these writers will post, and I am very seldom disappointed.
Among the bloggers I love to read, these are my top 6!
Mystie Winckler – Home Organization
Mystie blogs at Simplified Organization, where she shares wonderful and helpful insight about organizing your life and home when there are kids in the mix. She is a mom of five children, and she’s learned first hand that many of the time management and organization techniques out there just don’t work when you are surrounded by wonderful little people! She has fine tuned her own techniques over the years, and I find them so helpful. Focusing on organizing your own attitude as the most important thing, she comes at the gigantic job of home organization from a refreshing and realistic approach for moms with young children.
I simply love Mystie’s stuff! Mystie has created two courses to help moms learn to organize their lives and homes:
- Simplified Organization eCourse (“Learning to love what must be done.”)
- Work the Plan (“You don’t need the perfect planner. You need the right habits.”)
I recently won a drawing and part of my prize was the Work the Plan premium video course. I can’t wait to dive into it!
Crystal Paine – Living with Intention; Personal Finance
Crystal blogs at Money Saving Mom, writing about living with intention, saving money, business, family life, and well…just about anything. (Want proof? Check out her Series page!!) Hers was the first blog I remember reading, and she has stuck with me through the years. If you are looking for the good deals of the day you can view her site with all the deal posts included (and there are tons of them everyday!), but if you just want her inspiring and rich informational content you can view her site without the deals.
I have found so much help and encouragement through her blog posts and books. She is the New York Times best-selling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life (read my review here), and she recently released her newest book, Money Making Mom (read my review here).
Crystal also has an inspiring 15 minute morning show everyday on Periscope called Morning Motivation (you can find her @MoneySavingMom), and right after that she records a Facebook Live show that is geared more towards frugal living. I highly recommend Crystal’s books and blog!
Sarah Mackenzie – Reading and Homeschooling
Sarah blogs at Amongst Lovely Things where she writes about homeschooling and reading, and she is the creator of The Read Aloud Revival, a membership site that packs a powerful punch to help your kids fall in love with books. When I first found Sarah’s blog it resonated so much with my heart that I actually cried!
She is also the author of Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace (an absolute must-read for homeschoolers) and hosts the Read Aloud Revival Podcast, a top rated family podcast on iTunes. She has an amazing, free booklist with the best read-aloud books for your family to enjoy together, no matter the ages of your kids.
I can’t say enough good things about Sarah and all her resources! She is absolutely a breath of fresh air.
Shaunti Feldhan – Marriage
Last year, I found out about Shaunti’s books through a link on Money Saving Mom. The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages by Shaunti was recommended as one of Crystal’s top ten books she read last year, and it looked great, so I bought the ebook and started reading. It was very enlightening and full of practical insight that I could apply right away!
Shaunti is an avid researcher and has authored or coauthored fifteen books based on her research, including The Good News About Marriage (debunking discouraging myths about marriage and divorce) and Through a Man’s Eyes (helping women understand the visual nature of men). You can see all the titles here!
I like getting Shaunti’s blog posts in my inbox, because so often I find little tips based on her research that simply help me understand my husband or the dynamics of relationship better. Very practical, helpful, and inspiring!
Pam Barnhill – Homeschooling
Pam blogs about homeschooling at EdSnapshots.com. Her site is FULL of so many great resources. One of my favorite things from Pam is her ebook, Plan Your Year: Homeschooling Planning for Purpose and Peace. It has helped me so much in creating a vision for our homeschool, setting realistic goals, and seeing those goals implemented.
She is more of a podcaster than a blogger these days, as she hosts three (YES THREE!) different homeschooling podcasts. Namely…
- Your Morning Basket (all about Morning Time)
- Homeschool Snapshots (where she interviews different homeschooling moms)
- Homeschool Solutions (audio blog–short and helpful snippets).
There are literally SO many great resources here you’ll have something new to inspire you in your homeschooling journey every day. You can also follow Pam on Facebook, where she does live chats every Wednesday on helpful homeschooling topics.
J. Parker – Sex and Marriage
I just recently found J. Parker’s blog through a link in Keeli Reason’s newslettter, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites! J. Parker blogs at Hot, Holy, & Humorous, where she offers such a refreshing approach to intimacy in marriage. Her mission is to “reclaim sexuality for our marriages as God intended.”
You know, as with anything in life, no matter how long you’ve been married you can always grow to be a better lover to your spouse. I have found her insight to be very helpful in spicing up my love life with the hubs. 😉
She has written several books including:
- Hot, Holy, & Humorous (how to find the hot wife inside of you without sacrificing holiness),
- Intimacy Revealed (what the Bible has to say about sexual intimacy), and
- Behind Closed Doors (five short inspirational stories addressing intimacy in marriage).
Hot, Holy, & Humorous (the book) is on my list of what to read next!
I hope you find something here in my list that will help you and inspire you on your journey. 🙂 So, I’m curious… What blogs do you love the most? Let’s chat about it in the comments below!
Here’s to you, Mama! Love, Tasha