As we close our doors here at Simple Homemade…

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home

It’s sort of hard to believe that I’m writing this post, as it marks the end of an era for me– today I am officially saying farewell to Simple Homemade, as Tsh alluded to a few weeks ago on Simple Mom. While it saddens me to say goodbye, I am excited to see where the blogging road leads as the sun sets on this blog, and I continue the conversation on natural creativity and more over at my personal blog, Gidget Goes Home.

I started blogging in June of 2008, when I decided my green living soapbox posts didn’t belong on the family blog anymore. My parents wanted to see photos of their cute grandbaby, not read about natural sunscreen.

Almost immediately after I began, I stumbled upon a little blog called Simple Mom. I was a devoted reader and can recall sitting in front of my Google Reader during naptime just waiting for Tsh (then known as Toblerone) or one of the other few bloggers I followed to update their blog and offer me something new to read.

Fast forward a year and half later– Tsh expanded her blog to a network, birthed out a little family of blogs, and I came onboard under editor Katie Fox to be a contributor on a little blog called Simple Organic, what you now know as Simple Homemade. Still passionate about natural body care products, I wrote my first post on choosing safer personal care products.

Later that year, I was honored to take on the role of editor, when Katie decided stepping down would be best for her family. I stepped into a wonderful world of editing and writing with an amazing team of contributors, and an intimate group of co-mentors and friends in the other SLM editors.

It’s been a blogging dream come true, watching our community grow as we shared stories, research and tutorials, especially over the last year as we rebranded and transitioned be a more creative blog, while keeping the DNA of natural living.

I’ve learned more than I could have known and have loved interacting with you, dear readers, in the comments and through social media.

Photo by Alexander Pavone

I hope you’ll join me as I journey forward as a wife, mom, and writer.

You’ll find me on a monthly basis over at Simple Mom, where I’ll be writing a sewing column– that’s where you’ll find our Simple Homemade archives eventually, too– and of course over at Gidget Goes Home.

Head there today for a delicious seasonal dessert recipe (if you know me, you can probably guess that it’s a homemade ice cream recipe!), and if you like what you see, I hope you’ll consider subscribing. Our monthly series, From Pinterest to Real Life will also live over there, starting next month. I’ll be officially relaunching the blog next week, with a beautiful, new design, and will be doing a big, fun giveaway to celebrate.

You can also keep in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Thank you for being a part of the Simple Homemade community. It’s been a blessing to be at the helm of this blog for the last two and a half years and to live out the journey of a naturally creative life with you.

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Grain-free and gluten-free ebook bundle!

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

I just wanted to pop in here to let you all know of a great opportunity for some grain-free and gluten-free resources. As many of you know my family has recently embarked on a GAPS journey, so this comes at a great time for me to find some new recipes and ideas.

I”ll be buying this bundle myself and I thought you might want to check it out as well.

The Gluten-Free and Grain-Free bundle is only $7.40 and is available through 8am EST on Monday, 3/25.

Thanks for taking our survey!

Written by editor Nicole Bennett of Gidget Goes Home.

Just a quick note to thank you for your participation in our recent Simple Living Media survey. It was really fun to read your responses and see what you love about our sites (and even what you don’t love).

If you’re curious and haven’t seen it yet, Tsh wrote a lovely summary of her take on reading the survey results. As for me, here at Simple Homemade, we look forward to connecting more and more with you. For those of you who want more tutorials and crafts, you can bet those are on the horizon.

For those of you who miss the posts that were more strictly on green living, we will still be peppering in some of that as it is a big part of our DNA, but I encourage you to check out our archives if you’re new here, or feel free to search on a specific topic, as we have a lot more great articles buried under the new stuff.

The other editors and I are sure excited about the future of Simple Living Media and where we are headed. So thanks for being along for the ride, because without readers, we wouldn’t be here.

One more thing…

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2013 Simple Living Media Survey

As most of you probably know, Simple Homemade is part of a wonderful family of blogs, called the Simple Living Media network. It is such an honor for me to be a part of such an amazing team.

You get to hear from all of us at SLM multiple times a week, and while we love writing and photographing for you, one of the things we love most is interacting with you, our readers. So today, we are giving you the opportunity to do a little more than just leave a comment– we are offering you the chance to really tell us what you think about our blogs and our network.

Tsh has put together a simple survey that will help us to get to know our demographics a bit, and more importantly, give us a little insight into what you like reading about on our blogs.

We can”t wait to hear from you, so be sure to head over to Simple Mom today so you can read a little more about the survey and take it (and don”t worry, it”s totally anonymous).

Thanks for reading Simple Homemade, and the rest of the Simple Living Media blogs.

Merry Christmas from Simple Homemade!

From my family to yours, we wish you a joyous Christmas, and a wonderful time with loved ones this week. Here’s to lots of celebrating and memory-making!

I know things have been a bit quiet around here. Thank you for your patience! My family and I moved in to our new home this past weekend and have been busy settling in and preparing for Christmas. Check back here the day after Christmas for an exciting giveaway opportunity!