One of the most influential sources for this blog is The Ecologist, an online magazine dedicated to environmental affairs. Although centred on the UK, most articles hold true for my life as well. I get their content in my feeds and am sharing the pieces I find most enlighting on my twitter.



My favourite blog for DIY stuff is One good thing by Jillee. She posts daily with very handy ideas on how to make household items yourself.

Another DIY blog I like is Scratch Mommy and their spin-off Pronounce. Pronounce is particularly interesting for any DIY skin care projects.

One blog I started following recently is Becoming Minimalist. The premise of the blog is to encourage readers to simplify their lives. I like the blog because it gives me ideas on how to live smaller and how to downsize.

An interesting blog for anyone interested in self-reliant living is Thrifty Homesteader. I recently started following it and I’m enjoying the insight into homestead living.

For some more general guidance for mind and soul, I follow Zen Habits and The Book of Life. Both are great for thinking deeper about issues that concern my life. Zen Habits is a bit more hands-on while The Book of Life is more philosophical (the book is part of The School of Life with local schools and a youtube channel).


Online resources

  • Sustainable building

Open Building Institute focuses on ecological housing through creating open source access to building designs and instructions. Their mission is to make affordable, ecological housing accessible to everyone.

In Australia, the Earth Building Association of Australia regularly organises a conference for earth builders and offers a few resources on their homepage about earth building. Paid membership is required however to access full content.

Another Australian resource is the journal The Owner Builder with special coverage of sustainable building techniques. Full content access only through a paid subscription.


  • Straw bale building

European Straw building Association is a federation of European organisations and people particularly concerned with the use of straw in buildings.


  • Earthships

Earthship Biotecture is the home of Earthship designs and principles.  They also offer training through their academy.



Skin care

Sally W. Trew and Zonella B. Gould: The complete idiot’s guide to making natural beauty products.

Julie Gabriel: The green beauty guide : your essential resource to organic and natural skin care, hair care, makeup, and fragrances.


Youtube channels

Building designs and inspiration

Alternative Lifestyles




Life in general

Just for fun


Last but not least a big shoutout to Pixabay‘s community for their awesome (free) images!!!