As we close our doors here at Simple Homemade…

by Nicole

Nicole lives near the beach in Southern California with her husband and three young kiddos. She writes a a lifestyle blog about creativity, family life, community, and all sorts of other fun stuff, and also keeps a homeschool journal called The Bennettar Academy. Her most recent (free!) ebook is about why and how to make more time for reading.

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.

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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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  1. I’m going to miss Simple Homemade! Glad you will still be blogging. I’m looking forward to reading.

    Thanks for letting me be part of this wonderful place.

  2. What an adventure it has been, my friend! I’m SO thankful that SLM brought us together, proud to call you my friend, and excited to see what the future holds for you and for GGH. Best wishes!

  3. Happy for your change and all the good things it will bring your way friend. I’ll be reading.

  4. I am so excited to continue to follow your journey and for all that’s ahead of you here. A re-launch and a fresh design and all of that fun stuff. So glad we can continue to be blogging friends :) xoxo! Love you my friend!

  5. Excited to see what’s to come for you friend.

  6. I have so enjoyed reading your words here and at GGH, I’m excited about this new chapter in your life and all the lovely things I’ll learn and be inspired by. Kudos to you for stepping out and embracing all these challenges!

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    Christine C says:

    Aww, of course my favorite section of SLM has closed. But I’ve been checking out Gidget Goes Home and can’t wait to follow along on the fun! I hate change but I’m so glad Tsh introduced all of you. You all are an inspiration!

  8. Best of luck! Thank you!

  9. I’ll miss you Nicole! So glad you’ll still be a SM contributor. I’ve been reading Simple Organic since almost the beginning and I appreciate your “realness” and your content choices; so approachable for anyone. Thanks for all the work you’ve put into it. Best wishes!

    • Thanks for your encouraging words, Sarah! It’s so nice knowing you’ve been along for the ride for so long. :)

  10. Thank you Nicole!
    I have so enjoyed your blog and have made quite a few of the natural home/body products.
    Will you be keeping this site up please? Should us readers like to see old posts for reference again?


    • Thanks, Linda! This site will be here for a while, and then after that, all the old posts will be available through the archives at I’m glad you’ve found our posts helpful.

  11. Simple Homemade has been such a fun place, both to read and to contribute. Looking forward to more natural creativity at GGH, of course! <3

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