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Homesteading When You’re Flat Broke

December 10, 2014 – 1:33 pm

I know all about trying to homestead on a very limited budget. Let me share with you the FOUR things you need to get started homesteading without spending a penny! You might be surprised.

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The Easiest Way To Clean Vomit From Carpet

January 25, 2015 – 1:52 am


easiest way to get vomit out of carpet

No. Nobody’s sick here at the moment (knock on wood). This is a completely random post. But I figured with the cold and flu season here, you might be interested in tucking this little nugget in the back of your mind for a rough day.

I came upon it by accident, really, as most brilliant ideas come about. This is seriously the easiest way to get vomit out of the carpet. I wish I’d known to do this from the beginning. It sure as heck would have saved me from way too many stomach churning moments.

One night my daughter was sick with a stomach flu, and didn’t make it to the bathroom before she spewed all over her bedroom floor.

Lovely, I know. Stay with me here, it’s gonna get worse before it gets better.

It was chunky, and smelled horrible, and I really didn’t feel like trying to sop it out of the carpet with a towel at 2 o’clock in the morning. Her brother was sleeping in the same room at the time, and begged me to make the awful smell go away.

So, I did what first came to mind. Baking Soda. LOTS of it. I grabbed a big bag from the pantry, and sprinkled it liberally all over the mess on the floor. Enough to completely bury the puke. And then I put a towel over it just in case somebody accidentally stepped on it.

There. Done. Back to bed.

Dare I admit, with all the vomiting that went on those next few days, I didn’t even get around to cleaning that mess under the towel for two days. Hey, don’t judge.

When I finally remembered there was something there that really needed to get cleaned up, I was shocked and amazed when I pulled the towel up to find that the baking soda had transformed all of the throw-up into small, odorless clumps of powder. Besides that, all that was left was a stain that needed scrubbing.

What’s this? No disgusting mess to slop up with my bare hands?

Using the vacuum, I (probably too ecstatically) sucked all of the dried clumps up in one mess-free motion. (If you don’t want to use your vacuum, a broom will do just as well.) With that out of the way, I sprayed a little carpet cleaner on the spot, and had it as good as new in minutes.

No sopping. And gagging. And scooping. And gagging. And washing. And picking chunks of leftover food out of the washing machine.

It was brilliant!

I’m telling you, the next time you have throw-up on your carpet- Baking Soda. LOTS of it. Add a couple drops of essential oils while you’re at it. You’ll love me forever.

 Do you have a better way to clean vomit from carpet?? I’m game to learn an even better trick if there is one!

Grab these items to have on hand for the next time the stomach bug runs through your home…

Herb Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

January 22, 2015 – 8:08 pm
jerusalem artichokes close up

A delicious recipe for roasted Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) and parsnips or carrots, tossed with fresh rosemary.

Wood. Wood. Wood.

January 22, 2015 – 11:06 am
wood pile

Having enough seasoned firewood for heating and cooking is critical for off grid survival.

Vacuuming Off The Grid

January 18, 2015 – 9:26 am
vacuuming off grid

The ideal off-grid home will have hard flooring throughout. Unfortunately for us, we’ll likely be stuck with carpet for a few more years. Here’s how we plan on keeping our floors clean, even without electricity to run a vacuum.

The Toothbrush That’s A Chewing Stick

January 13, 2015 – 12:29 pm
miswak natural toothbrush

This little stick can effectively replace your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, floss, and teeth whitening products!! And the best part, it’s completely natural.

Winterizing Young Fruit and Nut Trees

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winterizing fruit trees

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How To Process A Pumpkin, From Start To Finish

January 8, 2015 – 8:00 am
how to bake pumpkins

Yes, there is actually more you can do with those decorative Fall pumpkins than just use them as a center piece! Cook and puree them for fresh pumpkin bread and pies year round!

How To Can Strawberry Jam

January 7, 2015 – 10:15 am
canning strawberry jam

Strawberry jam can be canned from fresh or frozen strawberries. Here’s how to make your own homemade strawberry jam no matter the season!

How To Can Chicken Stock or Broth

January 2, 2015 – 9:53 pm
how to can chicken stock

Homemade chicken stock or broth is extremely good for you. Once you’ve learned how to make it, the next step is learning how to can it so your pantry never runs out! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you just how easy it is.

Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

January 1, 2015 – 12:10 am
Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Here’s one way I use our elderberries to help keep my family healthier through the cold and flu season.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

December 31, 2014 – 5:35 am
from scratch hot cocoa

Homemade hot cocoa is super easy to make and much healthier than the store bought powdered stuff. It’s a lot cheaper, too! Here’s the recipe I’ve been making for years.

Homemade Marshmallows (Kosher)

November 30, 2014 – 6:51 pm
kosher marshmallows

You’ll never go back to store bought marshmallows once you try these!! I promise you. They’re heavenly.

Winter Squash: How To Roast Whole Acorn and Butternut Squash

November 25, 2014 – 8:53 am
roasted winter squash

Here’s my favorite way to roast whole winter squashes. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Wood Stoves and Humidity

November 23, 2014 – 4:47 pm
wood stove

Adding humidity back to the air when you burn a wood stove is really important. Here are a couple of ways you can do that.

Kids Herbal Honey Blend For Fighting Colds

November 21, 2014 – 8:52 pm
herbal honey blend

Being sick is no fun! Here’s what I do to help support my family’s recovery naturally.

Host An Online Thrive Party And Earn Free Food and Gear!

November 21, 2014 – 5:31 am
Host a Party Online

Book a party for Black Friday week and earn BIG! Hosting is super easy! I’ll do all the work, you invite your friends and family to join. (Psst… there’s something for you even if you don’t want to host.)

Feeling Stuck

November 15, 2014 – 5:21 pm

This life- it ain’t easy. Sometimes you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, like you’re stuck no matter how hard you try to free yourself.