Best Mosquito-Repelling Plants


While I love the outdoors, I could totally do without mosquitoes. Those little suckers are my absolute bane. I'm not sure if I just taste sweeter to them or something, but whatever the case may be, I always end up with a ton of bites if I stay out too late in the afternoon or venture in the woods. Turns out some people are just genetically lucky like that. So, naturally, I looked to see what I could to in order to try and reduce some of the bugs around my house. While nothing really beats OFF ... [ Read More ]

How Do You Start Prepping?


If you've looked into becoming a prepper at all, then chances are you've come across sites showing you how to become completely independent, and articles written by people who just tend to come off even more paranoid than they are prepared. Some of these people spend thousands of dollars (and recommend you do the same) simply because they are convinced that the world will end suddenly and they will be forced to fend for themselves. To me, that's not what prepping is about. While that scenario ... [ Read More ]

How Do You Define a Homestead?


When most people think about homesteading, the image that comes to mind is probably an old-fashioned farm. The kind with a million cows and a fireplace with a handful of people who get up before the sun and work all day in mud and manure before eating a huge meal and going to bed at night. And there's nothing at all wrong with that. But is that really the only definition of a homestead? I found a list on Pioneer Settler that has a whopping 121 Skills for the Modern Homesteader, and when I ... [ Read More ]

Planting Zones


 March is finally here, which means that if you haven't already got your gardening together, it's a great time to start! It's sometimes hard to think about spring and growing things when you're still shoveling snow outside, but believe me--you'll thank yourself later! Whether you live in the South, where the cold months are likely nearing their end, or in the North, where you've still got a few months to go, it's good to have an idea of when to get your garden going, and that's what the map ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Urban/Apartment Homesteading


A lot what we discuss on Old Fashioned Families is the more traditional kind of homesteading--meant for those who are living on their own plot of land, usually a little ways away from the city. But there are many different kinds of homesteading, and living out in the country isn't necessary to be considered a homesteader! Today, I wanted to share some tips with you about becoming an urban or apartment homesteader. It's not quite the same as if you owned your own farm, but don't be ... [ Read More ]

Homesteading Journal: Spring Prepping


There are a lot of things that go into keeping a homestead in good shape, and there's almost always work to do. If you've never lived in the country or ran your own homestead, you might be surprised at the extensive list of projects that your average homesteader keeps going in the back of their mind! This month, we'll get a sneak peek at the spring to-do list of longtime homesteader and forum member, Gina, who has a beautiful homestead in Southern Texas where there are always more projects ... [ Read More ]

Budget Homesteading Supplies


I'm decent at budgeting, but like everyone, there are times when things just don't go according to plan: an unexpected expense comes up or I miss a receipt somewhere and end up with mystery money disappearing from my account. So, obviously, it's important to make every dollar count, especially if you're trying to be self-sustaining or simply live a little more simply. Over at Imperfectly Happy, I read this fantastic blog post outlining Dollar Store Home Supplies, and I just had to share it ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Windshield De-Icer


This winter has been a rough one for some places in the US and further north, and I doubt we've seen the last of winter. Where I live, we're getting the first big snow of the year this week, so I thought I'd post a quick recipe for a homemade and chemical-free de-icer for your windshield! You can either use this the night before or spray on top of the ice to help it melt a little faster when you warm your car up in the morning. ... [ Read More ]

Biodegradable Seed Starting Containers


  It might seem a little early for thinking about summer gardening, but with January already nearly halfway through, the time for seeding and planting is sneaking up! Where I live, you really ought to have it started by the beginning of March, so you can bet I've been thinking on what I'm going to plant this year and whether I want to do a container garden or something that takes a bit more work! I have both started my seeds early and planted them straight in the ground once it ... [ Read More ]