Why we want to be homesteaders

I grew up in your typical sidewalk lined residential neighborhood.  It had shortcuts through peoples backyards and a small store on the corner.  My best childhood pal didn’t have a phone, so to see if she was home I had to walk down the block and knock on her door.  (This was the early 90’s …

Easy chemical free all purpose cleaner

When I began looking for alternative spray cleaners I noticed a lot of them were made with a vinegar base. I started experimenting with store bought vinegar based cleaners and I must say there are a lot of good options out there.  However most of them smelled too strong for me.  Let’s face it, I’m …

10 money saving ideas for the holidays

  Do you always feel crunched during the holidays?  Every year I try to plan ahead but somehow I always find myself waiting until the last minute and then wishing I had thought about buying gifts three months earlier. That’s not to mention how I am somehow always tight on cash during the holidays.  Sigh. …

The hidden costs in buying a home – what you should know 

Getting a mortgage is a bit more complicated than realtors and mortgage companies make it seem. I purchased my first home in 2010 with my brother- a condo that he and his girlfriend are currently living in.  While going through that process I could not believe how much goes into buying a home.  I was …

10% off Ready to Grow products from Back to the Roots

The holidays are fast approaching so I’ve partnered with Back to the Roots to offer my readers a 10% off coupon code on select products.  The Ready to Grow products are not only for the holidays though, these innovative garden kits make a great anytime gift for everyone, yourself included! If you are new to …

Ridiculously easy diy baby wipes

For about a month now I have been battling a stubborn rash all over my daughter’s diaper area.  It started with some sort of bug I think I inadvertently passed on to her after taking care of an 8 month old with a stomach virus. Oh the joy of being an emergency room nurse! The …

Canning 101: If I can do it, so can you!

I have been thinking about canning things for almost 2 years now but never actually had the guts to go through with it. From everything I read it didn’t seem that hard, yet I remained intimidated. It seemed like so many steps – boiling, sterilizing, preventing botulism, getting the right seal…yikes. The first time I …