weekend reads #7

Weekend reads is a regular roundup of bloggers and their awesome sites. I sometimes get overwhelmed with all the new blogs I want to check out. This is a series of weekly posts, which features blogs I already follow as well as ones I’m just discovering. Let’s get started!

I doubled up on weekend reads this week, as promised. Check out yesterday’s post for three more. All six for this weekend are focused on living green and frugal. As someone who knows all about living on a limited budget, I find it helpful to learn from fellow budget-conscious bloggers. Now that we have a little one on the way, I’m especially interested in blogs with a focus on women and families.

The Green Mom Review is perfect for parents who are concerned about the products and toys they buy for their children. We all want to avoid toxins and most of us like to be green too, right?

Don’t let the name fool you. The women behind TGMR do not do reviews. They write about products and services they like and only share the ones they would recommend. And they don’t collaborate with companies, so you don’t have to worry about greenwashing. Oh, and they keep the posts short and simple.

There’s more to the site than stuff. If you’re a bookworm, like me, check out their green book nook for earth-friendly recommendations. It can be hard to know what to add to a baby registry or what to buy for a mom-to-be. Some of the products on this site seem great. Their posts on the grass drying rack, the glassen travel mug, and the divided platter kind of make me want to buy them all!

Heather left a career in engineering to be a stay-at-home mom, and started her blog – Freebies4Mom – to share her experience.

She shares coupons, codes and tips for those looking to get the best deal. Her site is a great resource for everything from special discount codes on diapers to warnings about free trials.

I heart her post on making a DIY Lego kit. What kid wouldn’t love that? And it keeps one more container from heading to the landfills. I also really appreciated her post about the value of time for bloggers. I think her four bits of blogging wisdom probably apply for most of us beyond the keyboard.

Crystal grew up in a big family and is now a mother of three. Her site – Money Saving Mom – came to be after she shared stories of her savvy shopping skills. Now the site has grown to include a whole team of experts.

The post on simplifying birthday parties makes some excellent points. It’s so easy to want to go overboard for any party, when keeping it simple can often go so much further. The free download links provided on the site are great. Getting organized is easy when you have so many resources a click away.

If you’re a bargain hunter, you can save a lot of time and effort by browsing Money Saving Mom. Be sure to check out the freebies and giveaways link too! Free online knitting classes? Yes, please! There are also lots of posts for free foods too, even stuff for those who have food allergies. Be sure to check out the deals and steals link for more savings on everything from diapers to cookbooks.

If you write a blog I should know about or have a favorite you would like to recommend, contact me. If you’re interested in writing about three of your favorite blogs, let me know and we can talk about setting up a guest post.

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