Five Favorite Friday Links

Today I thought I’d share with you some of the interesting things I’ve found lately in blogland. Of course there are recipes (one you won’t believe), but I’m also including some great information for bloggers and a blog I enjoy all about thrift-store shopping (surprising, I know).

1. Check out the Pesto Stromboli at This Chick Cooks. I can just about taste my Frugal Pesto on this- yep, look for it on an upcoming menu!

2. You know what Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers has done? Created homemade poptarts. I kid you not. And I will be making these, too- my daughter made me promise. *smile*

3. If you are at all interested in writing an Ebook, you’ll want to follow Blogging with Amy as she shares all the things she learned writing and publishing an Ebook. She has make lots of things easy to understand for me, and since an Ebook is in my future (hopefully), I’m happy to have this great resource.

4. Most of the tips I find for blogs are geared towards WordPress blogs, so when I came across Beautiful Blog Designs “5 Random Tips for Blogger Users,” I took notice. It’s definitely worth bookmarking.

5. Finally, there are a couple of thought-provoking articles over at The Thrifty Chicks about shopping at thrift stores (or other reused-item outlets) that spawned a couple more posts from the comments received.

This is near and dear to my heart and you know I’ve never had a problem with shopping used, but I’ve heard people recently wondering about the cleanliness of the items and the “ewww” factor. We’ve been scared lately by stories of bed-bugs that seem to live everywhere, but the reuse market is important for alot of reasons- only one of them having to do with frugality. Certainly worth thinking about.

I can hear you now, “great, Jami, but ‘near and dear to my heart’- isn’t that a bit overstated? Oh no, dear readers, I state the truth- when Brian and I were dating and first married, some (OK, most) of our dates and fun times revolved around visiting thrift stores wherever we went. He’d hit the books and electronics and I’d head for the housewares.

Ah, who am I kidding? We still like to spend time browsing the thrift stores almost 25 years later. Some things never change.






  1. says

    Thanks for the link to the blogger tips. I bookmarked that and will look at it more closely this weekend 😉 :) Also, I shared that link for homemade poptarts on my Facebook page, too!!! I think that’s so cool!!! Probably taste better than store-bought, too!!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  2. The Tidy Brown Wren says

    Thanks for the link about thrifting. I always shop used before even thinking of hitting the mall. I’ve also had good success with a few swap parties. Any extras after the parties were, of course, donated to our local thrift store which benefits the children’s hospital.

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