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Author Archives: Mama Kautz

Homesteading

10 Things You’ll Miss Most about your Home

This is what the photographer asked us when making the appointment to come take pictures of our house. "When taking pictures of a clients house I ask them what are 10 things they will miss most so I can see it from their perspective." I choked back a feeble "okay" and hung up the phone. Our children were 3, 5, 10, and 11 when we moved to this little homestead 15 years ago and you…
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Food Storage

Homemade Onion Powder

How to make onion powder at home. The jar on the left is dried onion that I didn't run through the coffee grinder. I wish I had saved a bit more out for this purpose. When I peel a ton of onions I always put them in water. It helps with the tear inducing issues that come from slicing onions. Does it work? I'd like to think so. It could also be all in my…
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Food Storage

How to Dehydrate Garlic

What does one do with this much garlic? How do you dehydrate garlic? I recently purchased garlic at Costco. Very affordable, but there was way more than I would use in a couple of weeks. I decided to dehydrate it. It was a team effort to do this. First we had to break open the garlic cloves. A great purchase. Just roll the garlic clove around and it peels it for you! Then you slice…
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Homesteading

What’s Your Threat? {Forest Fire Safety}

Photo of my son. Credit to unknown fellow Firefighter Living in the mountains of North Idaho, I would say forest fire is our #1 threat. If not #1, it is in our Top 5, right behind maybe earth quake and blizzard. We have a son who is a Wildland Firefighter so, honestly, I hadn't given much thought to our own safety, until it became obvious that he wasn't necessarily going to be here if we…
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The Tuttle Twins - a child's foundation of freedom

Essential Oils

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

This is by far the easiest, homemade, frugal cleaner I have made. Protective Blend foaming hand soap. You don't have to use the branded soap dispenser it is just what I had on hand. I actually plan on using these. Much cuter in my kitchen and bathroom, they just aren't foaming. Why use Essential Oil Foaming Hand Soap This Protective Blend protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects…
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Homeschooling

5 Things to do After Homeschool Graduation

By Alyssa Liljequist At times, it seemed like it would never end. Week after week, month after month, grade after grade—surely my home education would last forever, I thought. As a child, I wanted to finish my schoolwork as quickly as possible so that I could play. As a teen in homeschool high school, I had writing and filmmaking projects for which I needed to make time. I dreamed of the freedom I’d have one…
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Prepping

Prepping is Lifestyle

There were a few changes here awhile back with moving healthy living and essential oils over to Wholesome Families. I have been mostly MIA this winter and I wanted to share why. In November, right before Thanksgiving, The Principal hurt himself at work. What we thought was a small sprained ankle ended up being a torn ligament and he was home for 5 months. Then on December 18th I slipped on some black ice and…
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Prepping

Survival Hax Tactical Pen {Review}

Survival Hax Tactical Pen This Survival Pen from Survival Hax is not your father's pen. Here are the Specs: Length: 6” Thickness: .5” Exterior: Aviation aircraft aluminum Blade Material: 3CR13 steel Weight: .1 lbs The Principal was excited when this came. He immediately opened it and started to see what it could do. It has a knife (cut clothes off or maybe make kindling) It can break glass (which is handy if you find yourself…
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Frugal Living

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for your Favorite Prepper Mama

You have a month to get your mom (or your kids their mom) a Mother's Day gift. I am going to share some of my favorites. (Hear that kids?) These Mother's Day gifts could be for prepping, homesteading, or just because. We started prepping about 4 years ago and I am amazed at some of the stuff we have acquired. Now, books and hands on knowledge are better than stuff in my opinion. You can't…
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