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Essential Oils

Gardener’s Survival Kit

It is that time for much of the country. Whether you are a vegetable gardener or a flower gardener, or both. You will endure at least a few, if not all, of the things on this list. Peppermint roller is great for cooling you down. Roll one swipe (if you are brave 2 swipes) on the back your your neck. I don't recommend doing so when you are sweaty though. Lavender is good for soothing…
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Homesteading

Gift ideas for your Favorite Homesteader

After living on 5 acres for 15 years and now back on an acre an hour south of Nashville, I decided to put a list together of some of my favorite things. This list is just what came to mind. Feel free to leave your ideas in the ;     BOGS BOOTS If she has to go feed the animals she might as well be cute doing it. I LOVE my bogs. They are…
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Homesteading

5 Everyday Uses for Colloidal Silver

What is Colloidal Silver? I first heard of it last spring when my doe gave birth to triplets. Apparently it is great to have on the homestead for emergencies and first aid. Colloidal silver is a homeopathic remedy, that consists of drinking water infused with particles of silver ion via a battery-charge. Colloidal Silver is an antibacterial often used as a disinfectant. It was used in wound dressings during the Civil War. You can buy…
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Homesteading

10 Things You’ll Miss Most about your Home

What are 10 Things you Will Miss 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…
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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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Homesteading

10 Uses for Diatomaceous Earth

I am super excited to share 10 Uses for Diatomaceous Earth with you today. Before now I had only heard of DE, but never used it. I asked my FaceBook 'fans' what they thought. Here is what they said: Danielle S. says "In my smoothies (yep, I eat it!). In the garden for various reasons." Deborah W. says "We sprinkle it on dog food and chicken feed. Seemed to keep the flies down. Flies were…
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Homesteading

Kindle Freebies for Preppers & Homesteaders

Post Apocalyptic and Dystopian In a flash of searing light, the world changed. A massive solar flare has crippled the modern world and brought chaos and destruction. In an apocalypse there is definitely a beginning where mistakes are made and the seeds of evil are allowed to sprout and take shape. However, an end is not so certain. On a snowy night in December, former NASA engineer Ian Higgs is shot in cold blood on…
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Homesteading

Bee Happy

Bees are dying at alarming rates, and neonic pesticides are a key contributor to the problem based on a strong and growing body of science: Beekeepers have lost an average of 30% of their hives in recent years, with some beekeepers losing all of their hives and many leaving the industry. This is too high to be sustainable. Recent losses are staggering making it difficult for beekeepers to stay in business and for farmers to…
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Homesteading

How to Render Pig Fat

How to render pig fat for homemade lard you ask? You didn't ask? Let me share anyway because you never know when you will need to. Wilbur and Mabel lived a good life, complete with back scratches, sprays with the hose on hot days, and lots of goat milk as treats. Well, all good things must come to an end and that end was the butcher making a house call. Not going to lie, it…
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