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The Simple Things

I do like the simple things in life.

Lilac cut from the garden filling my home with the most gorgeous scent

A good cup of coffee full of flavour.

Time to read and be inspired.

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I want to introduce you to something rather lovely

The Simple Things is a wonderful magazine for people who appreciate the simple pleasures of life.

Great Grandma (age 93) is very wise about  the pleasure of simple things and was delighted to buy me a subscription to this magazine for my birthday last year. I so look forward to receiving it each month.

It was recommended to me by a very sweet and unassuming man who in his quiet, simple way seemed extremely happy. Wanting to capture some of that happy,  unstriving serenity for myself I followed his recommendation.

Each month there are tips, thoughts and ideas around cooking, relaxing, gardening, upcycling and valuing  the simple things in life. For those of us wishing to keep a thrifty home it is a wonderful read.

This month’s edition looks at mindfulness and the power of pets to help us relax. There is a competition to win a week in a VW camper van. There is an article on growing your own smoothies  How to make your own yogurt. A gorgeous post on edible flowers (I’m really inspired to make flower ice cubes) and some lovely simple but effective photography tips.

Will Taylor of the gorgeous Bright Bazaar blog  is talking interiors and colour  (he is so inspiring!) and he has a lovely blog of his own.


My favorite article this month though is on how to decorate with fruit and veg with a nod to Constance Fry queen of informal floristy.

I love the idea of a charity shop teapot planted up with strawberries.


A wonderful magazine.

Have a look at the website The Simple Things for how to subscribe and lots of extra lovely ideas.

The Simple Things

Have a look at my post Simple Ideas for a Rich Life : April (May’s post will come soon!)

Please share the thrifty ♥


  1. May 6, 2014 / 5:54 am

    This looks like a wonderful magazine, I’ve not seen it! I tend to read the free weekend magazines from the papers, but might just pick this one up. x

  2. May 6, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Ooooh… I’m SO gonna have a beady eye out for this, sounds like a super lovely pick me up read! x

  3. May 6, 2014 / 9:14 am

    That sounds like my sort of magazine. Thanks for the recommendation

  4. May 6, 2014 / 9:19 am

    Sounds like a great read. I started collecting charity shop floral teapots as table decorations for my wedding and now have quite a stash. I hadn’t thought of planting in them but what a great idea. May plant some basil on the windowsill in one. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Steph (@imcountingufoz)
    May 6, 2014 / 9:28 am

    That is exactly my kind of magazine, thanks so much for sharing!

  6. May 6, 2014 / 10:44 am

    Oh I am SO subscribing to this magazine.

    Thank you for sharing.

  7. May 6, 2014 / 11:42 am

    When my subscription copy lands on my doormat it’s always one of the best treats of the month!

  8. May 6, 2014 / 11:43 am

    Oh my this looks fab (and I LOVE Will’s blog!). Exactly what I need in my life, something calming and lovely that I can hold in my hand – I love the internet but sometimes you just need something real to hold and read!

  9. May 6, 2014 / 1:16 pm

    Sounds like a great read – are you entering the competition, if so good luck. I would love to see what you learn from the photography tips.

  10. May 6, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    I’ve subscribed to The Simple Things since the first edition and I completely love it. My bit of escapism every month from the rush and panic or real life. x

  11. May 6, 2014 / 7:24 pm

    You’re not the first person I know who has recommended this magazine. It’s about time I checked it out x

  12. May 6, 2014 / 8:16 pm

    Ooooh, I’ve never heard of this, but will definitely check it out. x

  13. May 6, 2014 / 8:18 pm

    You know how much I love the Simple Things – I think they need us to write a monthly columnn together! My ST post is overdue this month, thank you for the reminder – I love yours, as always!

  14. May 6, 2014 / 8:46 pm

    What a fab magazine, I’ve not seen it before thanks so much for bringing it to my attention, I’ll keep an eye out for it now

  15. Jane @ northernmum
    May 6, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    Looks like a good read, I’ll pop the kettle on.

  16. May 6, 2014 / 11:22 pm

    Ooh, that looks like such a lovely magazine – I am all for the simple things too, and I really struggle to find mags I like, so I’ll have to check it out. Off to check out Will’s blog too. xx

  17. May 7, 2014 / 4:31 am

    Ah! what a wonderful pressie!
    I found it a little too advertising heavy personally. But hey Ho!

  18. Penny A Residence
    May 7, 2014 / 5:35 am

    Amanda and I were just saying on Sunday how much inspiration you get from magazines, this looks like a great one, want to know more about the pets article, you will have to tell me on our next walk!

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