It was pretty much the worst Thanksgiving ever. My boar gored my leg, the kids got lice for the first time, the sink wouldn’t stop leaking and the fireplace broke. Like a cherry on top, the washing machine decided to follow suit. Here’s how we survived hand washing clothes for three months. Continue reading “When the Washing Machine Breaks: Hand Washing Clothes”
Are you ready for backyard farming? Here’s a great resource for that! Continue reading “Are You Ready for Backyard Farming?”
Sometimes Christmas can come and go in a rushed blur of noise and flurry of activity. Here are three ways to help the time pass at an even pace, enjoy special time with family and friends and make Christmas more meaningful. Continue reading “3 Ways to Make Christmas More Meaningful”
Celebrate the harvest season with a traditional Harvest Home celebration, including a traditional recipe for Cattern Cakes made from wholesome, homestead ingredients. Plus, scroll down to the end to get our free e-book, Five Kernels of Corn – perfect for this abundant time of year! Continue reading “A Homestead Harvest Home”
Do you lie awake at night, wondering how to make your family more self-sufficient in an uncertain world? Are you fearful and wondering how you are going to make it through to your homesteading dreams with your current finances? Are you wanting to gather your family together, as opposed to watching them drift apart, distracted by the siren call of the modern lifestyle? Are you wanting to feel more prepared for any eventuality so that you no longer experience fear when reading the newspaper? Are you wondering how to expand your homesteading efforts while still maintaining the rest of your life?
Maybe you’ve considered homesteading, but you’re stuck in an apartment, and don’t even know where to begin.
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Thinking of going off-grid with your family? Or are you considering adopting certain aspects of off-grid living? Here are some things to think about before going off-grid. Continue reading “Things to Think About Before Going Off Grid”
Even if you don’t live in a tiny house or have any plans to do so, downsizing your belongings and de-cluttering can be more than just a good idea for your family – it can be a blessing.
It’s time for the face off of the green living year! The contenders? The Americans, the Italians and the Chinese clothespins – read on to see who will win this epic line drying showdown. Continue reading “Clothespins Comparison”
Are you struggling to make your cloth diapers work for you? Are they leaking, stinking or otherwise making it difficult to use them? In this post we troubleshoot four common cloth diaper problems. Hopefully some of what we’ve learned will be useful to you here at cloth diapers 101.
Continue reading “Cloth Diapers 101: Troubleshooting”
My children enjoy making a large number of the gifts they give each holiday season. With five children, though, December can simply fly by with all our other activities and plans. If you have this problem, too, I present a quick list of last minute gifts for kids to make. These are just a few of the things we’re playing around with this year; each year births and new batch of last minute gifts for kids to make.