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Why I’m Loving These Essential Oils

November 7, 2014 – 6:02 am

Why I love doTERRA Essential Oils in particular and how I plan on using them along with medicinal herbs to help support my family’s wellness.

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Off Grid

The struggles and freedom of life without electricity.

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How-to’s for beginners, and lots of good tips on raising food to sustain your family.

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Food storage, emergency preparedness, survival skills, and more.

Essential Oils & Herbs

Herbal recipes, essential oils, and old-fashioned remedies for supporting your family's health naturally.

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Wood Stoves and Humidity

November 23, 2014 – 4:47 pm

wood stove

I’ve learned the importance of adding humidity to the air when you’re burning a wood stove all day long. When we don’t put water on the stove, the houseplants dry out, my skin and hair dry out, and stuffy noses and sore throats soon follow.

One way to add humidity back into the air when burning a wood stove is to put a kettle of water on the stove to steam throughout the day. We had a cast iron kettle on our stove for a long time, but it was easy to forget about and it dried up quickly.

I’ve started putting a large pot of water on the stove, so that I can watch the level of the water throughout the day. I also like to add stovetop potpourri to the pot of water to make the house smell nice. I throw in whatever I have on hand- cranberries, used cinnamon sticks, a splash of vanilla, a handful of whole cloves (or clove essential oil), snippings of pine needles, orange or lemon essential oil, lavender, eucalyptus, etc. It lifts the spirits on cold days.

Before we had a wood stove I never knew you were supposed to put a kettle on it. I’d seen my grandparents do it, but it never really occurred to me to ask what it was for. I’ve realized that things dry out really quickly when you forget to put a full kettle on.

I’m still struggling with really dry hair and skin. I think drinking lots of water is super important when you have the wood stove blazing- something I haven’t been paying close enough attention to. I’ve gotta be better about staying hydrated.

Do you have a special trick to keeping humidity up while the stove burns?

Kids Herbal Honey Blend For Fighting Colds

November 21, 2014 – 8:52 pm

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

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.)

Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #185

November 17, 2014 – 5:29 am
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #185

Another week, another awesome barn hop! Come on in and see what you can learn!

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.

Cooked Kale and Mustard Greens

November 14, 2014 – 2:35 am

Southern style greens at their finest.

Two Ways To Render Tallow: Crockpot or Stovetop

November 13, 2014 – 7:29 am

Rendering fat sounds like a long, complicated process. Actually, it couldn’t be easier! Here are two ways to make tallow in your kitchen with tools you already have on hand.

Get Rid of Cradle Cap Naturally

November 12, 2014 – 6:29 am

Here’s the trick to getting that yucky build-up off of baby’s scalp for good!! Naturally!

Root Cellaring Carrots in a Crawl Space

November 10, 2014 – 8:59 am

Here’s how to use your crawl space as a root cellar for storing carrots long term, how to store them and how long you can expect them to last.

Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #184

November 10, 2014 – 6:39 am
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #184

Another week full of homesteading inspiration from around the globe. Pull up a chair and join us!

The Dangerous Side of Solar

November 6, 2014 – 7:33 am

Dealing with solar panels is just as dangerous as dealing with live electricity. We knew that going into this. But a simple mistake could have had deadly consequences.

Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #183

November 3, 2014 – 5:58 am
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #183

Another awesome barn hop this week! Come on in and see what things you can learn from other homesteaders around the world. Don’t forget to linkup and share!

Take A Peek Into A Vault That Houses Humanity’s Greatest Treasure

October 29, 2014 – 5:09 pm
Take A Peek Into A Vault That Houses Humanity’s Greatest Treasure

HURRY!! This private showing will only be online via the web on October 30th, 2014 at 7pm CST. Register today so you don’t miss a thing!

Fig Trees and Chicken Manure

October 29, 2014 – 9:06 am

It’s amazing what difference a little chicken manure can make!

Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #182

October 27, 2014 – 6:22 am
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #182

So many creative ideas shared here from homesteaders around the world! Come on in and see what fun new tips and tricks you can learn this week!

Going Off Grid: Getting Rid of the Dishwasher.

October 21, 2014 – 5:47 pm

Getting rid of our automatic dishwasher is one part of how we’re preparing to go off the grid. Here’s a creative way we filled the empty space the old appliance left behind.

Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #181

October 20, 2014 – 6:46 am
Monday’s Homestead Barn Hop #181

Come on in and see what fun homesteading tips you can learn this week in the Homestead Barn Hop. Don’t forget to link up and share!