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Month: May 2015

How My Favorite Books Have Influenced My Homesteading Life

How My Favorite Books Have Influenced My Homesteading Life

I grew up in love with the Little House on the Prairie and Anne of Green Gables books. I still love them. I still read them all the time. I love the adventures of Anne, Laura, and the people they loved and encountered. I love how they dealt with the situations they found themselves in and their daily lives.What I loved most were the lives they led. I realize that Anne was a fictional character, but she was based upon…

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Book Review: Countdown to Preparedness by Jim Cobb

Book Review: Countdown to Preparedness by Jim Cobb

Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness written by Jim Cobb is a comprehensive guide to setting up and organizing your preps, gaining skills, and becoming knowledgable over the course of a year. Jim is a preparedness expert having written five books on the subject of preparedness, writes for Survival Weekly, and is the owner and lead trainer for Disaster Prep Consultants.What I liked about this book is that Jim broke down what you need to be…

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Make Your Own Pet Food and Treats!

Make Your Own Pet Food and Treats!

Have you seen how much pet food costs nowadays? I tend to buy better quality food and treats because I believe that the by-products are not good for our pets. I also believe that if I wouldn’t eat it, they shouldn’t eat it either. One of the areas I have tried hard to cut down expenses in has been pet food. I have two indoor cats, one outdoor dog, two goldfish, and twelve chickens. I feel like I am buying…

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Parents, Life Is Meant To Be Simpler (And Not So BUSY!)

Parents, Life Is Meant To Be Simpler (And Not So BUSY!)

Life gets so crazy sometimes. We run and run and run. The kids are involved in several things at once, we can’t say no to the latest commitment, and home is only a place to rest your head. Does this sound familiar?Life shouldn’t be like that. Yes, I know. I can hear y’all now. Kids are only young once. They need to experience all these things. They need to find out their potential. We need to be involved in their…

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10 Things To Do When Rain Stops You From Homesteading Outside

10 Things To Do When Rain Stops You From Homesteading Outside

In my area of Iowa, we are soaked. We get about 2-3 days of rain, 2-3 days of no rain, 2-3 days of rain, and now cooler (than I like) temps. We have rain coming again at the beginning of the weekend. My garden is tilled. Nothing is in it. I have a fence to build around the garden, but the ground is so soft that I don’t think it will stay upright. We have a lot of mowing to…

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2015 Garden Plans and Goals: Becoming More Self-Sufficient Every Year!

2015 Garden Plans and Goals: Becoming More Self-Sufficient Every Year!

Photo by my daughter, Jordan  The garden is tilled! Now time to start planting and planning some more. I love gardening and all it entails. I am working on making the homestead into a food producing machine. A lot easier said than done, but every year I make progress.What am I going to do this year?1. Plant asparagus and hope it comes back next year. These are second year plants as opposed to the first year plants from last year….

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