Tips for Drinking More Water

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I'm sure that I don't need to tell anyone that drinking water is super important. Being hydrated has been linked to all kinds of crazy health benefits including losing weight, lowering cholesterol, improving brain function, improving memory, slowing aging, lessening allergies, combating fatigue... the list goes on and on and on. But, it's one thing to know that you need to drink lots of water and another thing entirely to actually drink water. Drink more water If you do a bit of research, the ... [ Read More ]

Use it Up, Wear It Out, Make it Do or Do Without!

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Whether you're a dedicated homesteader with your own farm or you're simply a fan of the old-fashioned lifestyle and of living more simply, you probably know how hard it can be sometimes. There are days when nothing seems to go right, and no matter what you try, things just don't work. Believe me, we've all been there, and you'll make it through! While roaming about the internet one day, I came across this awesome saying that was apparently very common during the Great Depression, when ... [ Read More ]

8 Reasons to be Proud of Being Old-Fashioned

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  I grew up living out in the country and while my parents weren't farmers, we did have all number of farmyard animals throughout my childhood including cows, chickens, rabbits, geese and more barn cats than you could shake a stick at. We baled hay and had a huge garden. My father made a lot of our furniture and my mother sewed clothes and did crafts. Every night we sat down at the table and ate together with cloth napkins and homemade food. I never thought about these things as ... [ Read More ]

6 Ways to Pamper Homestead Moms

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Moms are all hardworking with never-ending chore lists, but if you're a homestead or old-fashioned type, then chances are mom's workload is even larger. So, why not take some time this Mother's Day and pamper mom a little bit? Or, just pick a random day and surprise her with some of these simple things. ... [ Read More ]

Natural Tips to Survive Allergy Season

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 This last weekend was absolutely beautiful where I live. The trees are budding, and many of the smaller flowering types are just beautiful, the flowers are in full glory and the whole world seems to officially be back to life. And with all of that beautiful plant life and growth comes pollen. And pollen, at my house, means allergies. Fortunately, if you've been sniffling and suffering this summer, I have good news: you aren't alone, and there are things you can do about it. According to the ... [ Read More ]

21 Old Fashioned Skills to Teach Children

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The world is constantly moving forward, improving and finding new and better ways to do things. And while I applaud the inevitable march of progress and technology, it's alarming to me how many of basic skills many people are lacking nowadays. Don't get me wrong---there are a lot of people in the younger generation who have continued these traditions, but they are mostly the exceptions, not the rule. So, here is a list of 21 things that most kids I've talked with do not know how to do.... but ... [ Read More ]

Buying Locally What You Can’t Grow

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While I do have a few plants growing in pots around the house, I don't have any kind of huge operation going on this year. Between personal schedules and other things, I just lack the time to grow as much of my own food as I'd like. However, having organic and locally produced food is really important to me, so I shop at farmer's markets and the like as much as possible, and you should too. Here's why: ... [ Read More ]

Celebrate Earth Day with the 8 Rs

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Earth Day is today, which means that the Internet is suddenly completely abuzz with tons of articles with tips on protecting the environment, reducing waste and saving money. While I absoultely support all of those things, I noticed that almost all of the articles suggest buying TONS of expensive new things in order to help save the environment. I was a little startled---I mean, if that's the ONLY way that people think they can make a difference, then it's no wonder that more people aren't ... [ Read More ]

In Defense of Dandelions

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I have always adored dandelions. No matter how bad my day is, seeing those little unexpected pops of sunshine always brightens my day. To my chagrin, most people still look at these adorable and helpful little plants as weeds and, instead of taking advantage of all of the dandelion's uses and symbolism, harmful chemicals are sprayed everywhere. Well, today, I am going to defend the humble dandelion by proving that it is far more useful than all that grass you're protecting. ... [ Read More ]