How To Pay Off Debt: How we paid off $30k of debt in less than a year.

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I remember reading in one of Dave Ramsey's financial guidance books that if people are making fun of your car, you're probably in the right spot with your debt payoff. Well, the 'ol van is broken down and sitting in our driveway (in true trashy fashion). It's got a mouse living in the dashboard somewhere and in a few more days, the studded tires on it are going to be illegal and there aren't … [Read more...]

How To Harvest Honey

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Finally, this 'ol homesteader can breath a sigh of relief! Dare I say... something went as planned? And considering the fact that nothing ever goes as planned, I'm counting this a big success. Huge. Gigantic. An incredibly large success. A delicious success, too. In fact, if it was up to me, I'd bathe in this success... as I'm sure Kings and Queens of the past have undoubtedly done. Fill up … [Read more...]

There’s poop on my porch.

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There's poop on my porch. One of my chickens ate eight eggs yesterday. My new katahdin sheep escaped their pen and ran through the electric fence into another pasture. My new puppy just ran under our car and shattered his femur. Rosie, one of our ewes, is due this week with her first lambs. I'm terrified. The to-do list is no less than 191,392 projects long.   ...and … [Read more...]

Of Whom I Am The Worst.

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Dear mother at the grocery store, I'm sorry for judging you when your child broke down at the register because you wouldn't let him have a candy bar. I've now been there, tears and all. Screw those dang racks of crap they line the checkout lines with. Dear mother with the messy house, I'm sorry for judging you when I came over thinking you should have prioritized straightening your home up … [Read more...]

$100 MightyNest GIVEAWAY!

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Daylight Savings, as far as I'm concerned, can go back to the fiery pits from whence it once came. Because I've got three confused babies who have spent far too much effort trying to adjust to your danged 'ol new schedule the past few days and I'm desperate for: 1. A strong cup of coffee 2. Extra snuggly, comfortable, eco-friendly goodies for the little fussy rascals ... and it just … [Read more...]

How To Order doTERRA Essential Oils

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EMPOWERED. That’s the #1 word that comes to my mind when people ask how essential oils have benefited me. I used to feel frustrated and stuck whenever someone in my family was dealing with a health issue. I was completely dependent on the medications I could purchase at the local drugstore, and when those weren’t enough, my only other choice was to drive to town to see the doctor… I had no … [Read more...]

The earliest hints of Spring on the farm.

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While much of the country is going through a deep freeze, here in North Central Washington, we're enjoying a mild winter. Why, I'm not sure. But the rays of sunshine and mild days sure make it hard to complain. Especially considering the fact that I, like many homesteaders, are practically beating down Spring's door come this time of year. I can't help it. I want to plant things. And dig my … [Read more...]

Sprouted Spelt Scones With Berries & Cream

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Back in the day, I used to do a lot of soaking and home-sprouting of my grains. This ensured that the grains were easily digestible and the nutrients were readily available for absorption and use by my body.  Fast forward to three children and a farm, and I just don't have as much time for soaking and sprouting as I used to. Scratch that, I HAVE the time, I just use it to write blog posts, … [Read more...]

Homemade Beard Oil

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Man. Man, oh man, oh maaaan. Do I love my husband’s beard. I know. Not everyone out there is a beard-lovin’ woman, I just happen to be one of them. I think my love for beards first came from my love of Ray LaMontagne, a singer who continues to pull at my heart strings with his raspy, love-laden melodies. Not longer after I fell in love with bearded-Ray, I met bearded-Stuart. And since then, … [Read more...]

Things To Consider When Getting A Livestock Guardian Dog

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I will freely admit, it was almost impossible for me to sit down on the computer just now. The past few days have been filled with all sorts of goodness, primarily, in the four-legged, furry form. And actually, for once, I'm not talking about cows. Or goats. Or sheep. Man, there's a lot of four-legged, furry things runnin' around these parts. ...rather, I am talking about our new … [Read more...]