After exploring the blogging world for several months now, I’ve discovered a few blogs that I really enjoy. They each have their own separate purposes & personalities, but they’re all well written and hold a special place in my heart. Here are my four favorite blogs thus far. I intend to keep this updated, so check back regularly! Keep in mind, these are in no specific order.

1) Pure Living for Life

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What this blog is about: This blog is written by the power couple Jesse & Alyssa. They live transparently via their blog to record their experiences (and educate/assist others in) in the transition from living a corporate lifestyle, to building a homestead off the grid. They left behind new cars, gym memberships, gorgeous apartments, and the conveniences of living in a city- to pursue a healthier lifestyle in a new state (Idaho), starting from scratch & living in a camper while they build their new home on their new property. They publicly record their costs to build and maintain this new homestead, write helpful product reviews, and honestly weigh the pros and cons of certain off the grid techniques.
They know how to create a beautiful blog, and efficiently operate it. Many of their pieces includes well created videos and photos of their progress. They don’t write a new piece every day, because they’re genuinely busy, which I love! The blog pieces they do write have time & effort put into them, and if they don’t have new material to write, they don’t make it up!

Why I love it: I’ve been following this blog basically since it launched a couple years ago. I’ve had the privilege of watching Jesse & Alyssa fulfill their dreams through their blog. What they’re doing now is what my fiancé & I have been taking baby steps towards for the past year. They’ve also been encountering the very challenges we’ve had questions about, and answering them for us on their blog. Their location in Idaho is relatively nearby where we’ve been looking at land in western Montana, so their pictures of the scenery are similar to what ours will be like. They also address the criticism that you’ll get when you decide to make such a big change in your life (such as going off the grid) and doing it with minimal damages to your friendships & relationship. They’re also great at including the occasional tongue in cheek humor, which is just a huge bonus. Check them out!

Visit it: http://www.purelivingforlife.com

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2) Fresh off the Grid

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What this blog is about: another young couple, who are recording their experiences traveling all over North America, living in their hatchback. Their main focus is writing recipes that can be easily made on the road. Not only this, but they also share their awesome traveling adventures with their readers pretty regularly.

Why I love it: I love food! And I also love camping, which are two subjects they deliciously mix together & share on their beautiful platter of a blog. If you’ve never been camping, you won’t understand the challenges of simultaneously cooking & camping. By living out of their car, they have new obstacles that most of us don’t encounter when using a horse trailer, travel trailer, or tent while camping. It’s fascinating to see how they cope and live out of their Ford for an entire year. They’re definitely worth a visit!

Visit it: http://www.freshoffthegrid.com

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3) Life Blessons

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What this blog is about: this is a young woman named Carmen who’s been married for almost three years now and has a gorgeous two year old daughter. She blogs about her beautiful home, her marriage, she writes weekly letters to/about her daughter Claire growing up, and her relationship with God. She’s just very humble and positive in all that she writes. She calls her blog ‘Life Blessons’ because she says there is a blessing in every lesson.

Why I love it: As a soon to be bride, I’m very excited to have a good Christian mentor to look up to. Many couples (especially those in the church) keep their relationships’ challenges private. The concept of marriage is intimidating when it seems you don’t have experience, or know of many other young couples on the same walk of life as yourself. My favorite section of her blog is the ‘Secrets of a Newlywed’ series, it shows the parts of marriage that are ugly, and difficult, but necessary. This is the only blog I’ve found to discuss these intimate details of marriage. I find it so refreshing to read her honest entries, and I’m thankful to have this blog to go to.

Visit it: http://lifeblessons.blogspot.com/?m=1

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4) Nitty Gritty Love

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What this blog is about: This is a mother and daughter duo, who seamlessly blend their stories & insights in the big world of marriage. They talk about parts of marriage that seems to be very hush hush in the church, such as ‘what if my husband is a jerk?’. They show you how to deal with the ugly, gracefully. Not only this, but Tayler openly discusses her struggles of dealing with anxiety, going through a horrible miscarriage, and a brain tumor. Her and her husband stand strong in their faith, praise Him even in the ugliest of times.

Why I love it: I feel like I know these eloquent ladies in person and they’re best friends of mine, even though I haven’t. They write so well & do such a good job of sharing their thoughts. They’re honest, they’re humble, and they discuss the ugly parts of life. Miscarriages and anxiety seem to be swept under the rug to not be seen, and certainly, not talked about. I’m very excited and thankful to have these strong women as mentors and role models. Not only this, but both of them were married at nineteen, and are more concerned about jumping in and growing a strong marriage, than waiting to be an ‘acceptable’ age to get married. If you want a better relationship with your significant other and God, give this blog a few minutes of your time.

Visit it: http://www.nittygrittylove.com
How many of these blogs had you already discovered? Do you have a favorite set of blogs you follow? And if you operate your own blog, comment with the link to it below, and I’d be more than happy to visit you! As always, thanks for reading!

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