Here are some of my favorite hangouts when searching for ideas and inspiration on the world wide web:

Pinterest -where I store my most awesome finds

Tiny House Blog -a blog about tiny houses

Tiny House Swoon -another tiny house blog

Apartment Therapy: Small Spaces -lots of inspiration for compact living

Wellness Mama - great and interesting tips for living a healthier, greener life, including really good DIY recipes for lotions and potions. I especially love her 101 Uses for Coconut Oil.

Garbage Warrior -a great documentary and inspiration for anyone who wants to build a dream

Kirsten Dirksen's youtube channel -movies about tiny homes

Alan Watts - all his lectures are truly interesting and inspiring. I especially like the "Out of Your Mind" lectures. There is lots available on youtube.

Coursera - Amazing, Free courses from great universities all over the world in all kinds of subjects!

Auroville - "A universal city in the making" is a very interesting project taking place in India with participants (and habitants) from all over the world. I've not yet had the opportunity to visit, but my sister has and she really loved it. Everyone is welcome to Auroville and there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and learn about eco-friendly systems, permaculture, and unschooling, among other things.

The Continuum Concept - According to Jean Liedloff, the continuum concept is the idea that in order to achieve optimal physical, mental and emotional development, human beings — especially babies — require the kind of experience to which our species adapted during the long process of our evolution. For an infant, these include such experiences as...
  • constant physical contact with his mother (or another familiar caregiver as needed) from birth;
  • sleeping in his parents' bed, in constant physical contact, until he leaves of his own volition;
  • breastfeeding "on cue" — nursing in response to his own body's signals;
  • being constantly carried in arms or otherwise in contact with someone, usually his mother, and allowed to observe (or nurse, or sleep) while the person carrying him goes about his or her business — until the infant begins creeping, then crawling on his own impulse, usually at six to eight months;
  • having caregivers immediately respond to his signals (squirming, crying, etc.), without judgment, displeasure, or invalidation of his needs, yet showing no undue concern nor making him the constant center of attention;
  • sensing (and fulfilling) his elders' expectations that he is innately social and cooperative and has strong self-preservation instincts, and that he is welcome and worthy.

The Active Birth Centre - To anyone who is becoming a parent, especially mothers, but certainly partners too, I would really like to recommend a course with Janet Balaskas about Active Birth. The center is located in London, but if you can't make it there, there's still lots of information to be found online, and there's a book, too.

Sleep With Me - a great article about the importance of parental and baby co-sleeping.

Mother2Mother - good info for new parents!

Unschooling - Unfortunately, it is illegal in Sweden to homeschool your children - they must go to conventional school. About to become a mother, I am seriously considering moving to another country the day it is time for my son to start school. I consider it a terrible system, its main function being to mold young minds into obedience - to fit into a society that stands for none of the moral, ethical, or ecological values that truly matter. Our society and school systems are about money and careers, not about life experience and knowledge. This is why unschooling seems like a much healthier option.

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