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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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5 Simple Steps to Simple Living

5 Simple Steps to Simple Living

Simple Living Tips While living in a modern world I often feel pulled by my reliance on modern technology and appliances.  No matter how hard I try to do without many of the conveniences that surround me, I still find myself drawn to so many things.  Things...

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How to Make Homemade Bread Step by Step

How to Make Homemade Bread Step by Step

How to make homemade bread? It is not as hard as you think! This is my favorite recipe for Honey White Wheat Bread and a step-by-step guide to making your first, hot from the oven, loaf of homemade bread. There is nothing like the smell of yeast rising or the fresh...

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33 Homemade Cleaners – Non Toxic All Natural Cleaning

33 Homemade Cleaners – Non Toxic All Natural Cleaning

Have you ever walked down the cleaning aisle at the supermarket and been overwhelmed with all the different kinds of cleaners?  The choices are endless, but what is also endless is the list of ingredients and harmful chemicals that are used to make those...

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Beginners Guide to Raising Goats

Beginners Guide to Raising Goats

Quick Start Guide to Raising Goats I've always wanted to add goats to our homestead but was always a little nervous since I knew nothing about goats.  As a kid, the only memory of having goats on our farm was that of coming home from church to find a goat standing on...

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75 Pantry Staples Every Cook Needs

75 Pantry Staples Every Cook Needs

Are you working towards a well-stocked pantry? Spending time in the kitchen is so much more enjoyable if you have all the pantry staples you need at your fingertips. Making sure you have a well-stocked pantry will make whipping up a healthy meal for your family quick...

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Discover 50 Frugal Living Tips

Discover 50 Frugal Living Tips

We all could use a few new frugal living tips... I remember when we first started to build our farm money was tight and every penny had to be accounted for.  Over the years I’ve collected hundreds of ways to be frugal. Some of the frugal living tips I’ve used are...

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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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