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Homemade Stain Remover

Homemade Stain Remover

My Favorite Homemade Stain Remover I'm one of those homemakers who loves to do laundry.  I know ...crazy right?  I'm constantly looking for new ways to make my families clothes last longer and I'm always up for a challenge to get a new laundry stain out.  Over the...

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The Look of Today’s Homesteader

The Look of Today’s Homesteader

Are you drawn to a simpler homesteader way of life? If so, you are like so many other Americans tired of this crazy busy life and are yearning to slow down to a simpler way of living. Homesteaders today are not concerned with climbing the social ladder they are...

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The Power of the Apron – An Icon from the Past

The Power of the Apron – An Icon from the Past

There's something special that happens when I open the drawer, pull out my favorite blue apron and tie it snugly around me.  Not sure how I can explain the transformation that the power of the apron has.  I know once I put it on the emotion I feel is something like...

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Easiest Vegetables to Grow

Easiest Vegetables to Grow

If you are new to gardening choosing what to grow the first time can be overwhelming!  Nothing will discourage you more than planting a garden and have it not grow. Be assured that we all were in your shoes at one point!  Over the years, I have learned that no matter...

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5 Ways You to Simplify Your Life

5 Ways You to Simplify Your Life

Learn to Simplify Your Life We live in a fast-paced world and trying to find ways to slow down can be a real challenge.  I have spent the last few years putting into practice things to make me stop and enjoy the life around me. Here are 5 ways you can simplify your...

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5 Steps To Urban Homesteading

5 Steps To Urban Homesteading

How to be an urban homesteader? Homesteading and urban living ...a beautiful collision that is taking the country by storm. Are you trying to feed yourself from your own garden? Maybe you're trying to squeeze a few chickens into your postage-stamp-sized backyard? A...

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10 Steps for Living a Simple Self-sufficient Lifestyle

10 Steps for Living a Simple Self-sufficient Lifestyle

10 Steps to Self-sufficiency Learning to live a simple life starts with learning how to take care of yourself; it's knowing that whatever tomorrow brings you will know how to take care of your family in the craziest of situations. 1. Grow your own food  You do not...

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4 Tips on Homesteading for Beginners

4 Tips on Homesteading for Beginners

If you’re here, then you have a dream about homesteading A dream that consists of being more self-sufficient, maybe it’s gathering eggs or walking out to the garden to pick fresh vegetables. But more than likely it’s a dream that includes jumping off the rat race we...

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How to Add Simplicity to Your Life

How to Add Simplicity to Your Life

Simplify Your Life When I left the corporate world and came home to take care of our farm and family my life, at first, did not calm down, but went into a tailspin.  I felt I needed to do everything and I wanted to be available to help whenever I could.  After six...

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18 Homemaking Tips for Today’s Homemaker

18 Homemaking Tips for Today’s Homemaker

As wives and mothers of the 21-century, the homemaking tips we use now aren't much different than what our grandmothers used. What they grew up learning may not be something you were raised knowing how to do.  Most likely your mother worked a full-time job and didn’t...

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Homestead Seed Kit Makes Choosing Seeds Easy

Homestead Seed Kit Makes Choosing Seeds Easy

Save time with this Homestead Seed Kit For the last few weeks, my mailbox has been jam-packed with seed catalogs from at least ten different seed companies.  I’ve spent hours reading through each one of them and making my wish list for this year’s garden. Even my...

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How to Keep Your Pantry Organized & Healthy

How to Keep Your Pantry Organized & Healthy

When was the last time you took a good look at the back of your pantry?  If you’re anything like me, I tend to accumulate ingredients to recipes I’ve only used once and get pushed to the back of the pantry with hopes of using them again. Coming from the era of...

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7 Signs You’re a Country Girl

7 Signs You’re a Country Girl

I've lived in the country for a better part of my whole life.  My fingernails have been caked with dirt, I've worn holes in the knees of my jeans, I've tried and failed at so many DIY projects I've lost count, a tube of lipstick has lasted for years, and still, my...

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18 Steps to Being a Better Wife

18 Steps to Being a Better Wife

I'm reading a great book right now that I just have to share. I just had to stop and share a part of this book and encourage anyone that is looking to live out the role God intended you to have as a wife, to stop and go buy, borrow or rent this book. The book is “The...

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Best Backyard Chickens

Best Backyard Chickens

Best Backyard Chickens for the Small Farmer With so many choices it's hard to know which are the best backyard chickens to raise. Much of your decision depends on whether you want meat or eggs. While most chickens are bred to produce either eggs or meat, there are a...

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13 Tips on How to Become More Self-Sufficient

13 Tips on How to Become More Self-Sufficient

When you make the mindful choice to simplify your life you automatically start thinking of ways you can take care of yourself and become more self-sufficient. Many think living simply means moving to the country to raise animals and tend to a large garden, and it can...

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Kitchen Gadgets from the Past Made New

Kitchen Gadgets from the Past Made New

My Grandmothers kitchen wasn’t that much different than mine is today – full of kitchen gadgets. I have fond memories of sitting in my Grandmothers kitchen watching her cook. The smell of coffee and almond flavoring was always thick in the air as I sat memorized by...

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Are you ready to give homesteading a try?

Are you ready to give homesteading a try?

Typically we think of homesteaders as pioneers living on government free land forced to live a self-sufficient lifestyle. Today the land isn’t free and the choice to live a simpler life is being embraced by the homesteading movement. What’s so different today is those...

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Simply Finding Your Happy

Simply Finding Your Happy

Have a heart-to-heart with yourself. The past couple years I've made great strides in making sure I "love what I do and do what I love." It hasn't always been easy and I've spent a great deal of time doing what I thought I was supposed to be doing rather than...

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Are You on a Quest for a Simple Life?

Are You on a Quest for a Simple Life?

This is how our simple life started. I remember the moment like it was yesterday... My husband and I were in our office, the phones were ringing, his beeper was buzzing, there was a client waiting downstairs, and our assistant had just called off. I looked up from a...

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Tracy at Our Simple HomesteadHidden away in the Upstate of South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by century-old pecan and oak trees, we live on a 120-year-old homestead. By the grace of God, we were called to restore this 1890 farmhouse along with its barns, gardens and long-forgotten cotton field to its original working farm. Dedicating ourselves to reusing, recycling and making do we are living a very simple life building our backyard farm.

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