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8 Things to Look for When Buying Homestead Property

By Amber | Apr 8, 2018 | 2 Comments

Are you ready to leave the rat-race and live off the land? If so, where would you start? Buying land can be overwhelming and it’s hard to consider all the aspects. Here are 8 things to look for when buying homestead property.  8 Things to Look for When Buying Homestead Property We lived by the…

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Top 10 Homesteading Things To Buy with Your Tax Refund

By Amber | Jan 30, 2018 | 2 Comments
Top 10 Homesteading Things To Buy With Your Tax Refund

If you long for a simplistic lifestyle and want to turn from the commercialism society offers, there is no better time to start. Now is your chance to start your homesteading dream and here are our top 10 things you should buy with your tax refund. 

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Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions To Make For The New Year

By Amber | Dec 28, 2017 | 7 Comments
Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions To Make For Thew New Year

Top 10 Homesteading Resolutions to Make for The New Year Are you tired of a full schedule that is void of substance?  Do you want more Freedom, Independence and a Self-Sufficient lifestyle? Does Homesteading appeal to you? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time to start your journey and make…

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10 + Ways To Use Wood Ash On The Homestead

By Amber | Dec 17, 2017 | 40 Comments
10+ Ways To Use Wood Ash On The Homestead

  The byproduct of staying nice and toasty has many uses on your homestead, and who doesn’t love multi-functional? From helping your garden grow to cleaning your teeth, you will be amazed at all the ways you can use wood ash.

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7 Decorating Ideas For An Old Fashioned Christmas

By Amber | Dec 5, 2017 | 1 Comment
7 Decorating Ideas For An Old Fashioned Christmas

Reminiscing of holidays past and traditions that have been passed down. Moving away from commercialism and returning to the ways of old for a more meaningful holiday season. Embrace an Old Fashioned Christmas with these 7 decorating ideas. 

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The History Behind 9 of Your Favorite Christmas Traditions

By Amber | Nov 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Christmas traditions keep the ghosts of Christmas’ past alive. We all have memories of a favorite Christmas or Christmas tradition. When a new family begins, each person brings their own favorite traditions to the home and a new set Christmas traditions is formed. My favorite of our Christmas traditions is hard to pick, but I…

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Shop Homestead Local This Holiday Season

By Amber | Nov 17, 2016 | 0 Comments
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2016 Guide to Homestead Shops For ALL Your Gift Giving Needs Can you remember your favorite Christmas gift ever? I bet it was something handmade, wasn’t it? In our modern day, hand crafted items aren’t considered mainstream, but I’m for supporting local, homestead, small shops, especially during the holiday season. In our economic and socially…

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Winterizing Your Homestead

By Amber | Nov 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Has this year shot by or is it just me? Winter’s north breeze will soon be blowing across all of our homesteads. Winterizing your homestead will save you time and money in the long run. You know the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and “If you fail to…

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Do You Know The Meanings of These Old Sayings?

By Amber | Nov 4, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Growing up in the deep south, I understood my grandparents when they used old sayings. Papa would say, “I’m gonna hope him do that tomorrow.” We all knew he meant he was going to help the person tomorrow. Granny would say, “I’ve got a pawn of cornbread in the oven.” We knew a small pan of cornbread was cooking.

We all use old sayings from our heritage and culture without giving any thought to the truth behind them or their origins. Yet, sometimes I hear something and I think to myself, “I wonder how that old saying got started….” Do you ever wonder this? Just for fun, let’s take a look into the hourglass of time and discover the true meanings of some of these familiar old sayings.

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Cleaning Creosote From Your Stove Pipes Like a Pro

By Amber | Nov 1, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Cleaning creosote from the pipes of your wood burning stove or your fireplace chimney could mean the difference between life and death. At the least, it could save your home and all your belongings.

At our house, this is a job for my own personal chimney sweep, my husband. He likes me to know what he’s doing and why, but I usually wind up in the way so I just pass him tools and empty buckets! When we understand the importance of cleaning creosote from our pipes, we can even make better decisions on which pipes to install and choose a more efficient wood stove.

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Ponds

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May  Week 1 Lesson 3: Ponds Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Help your child write a poem about ponds. Any style of poem is fine. Have them copy what you wrote or just choose words out of the poem for your child to write. Teach them the vocabulary words.  Printable>>>May Week 1 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Write…

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Fencing

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 1 Lesson 2: Fencing  Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing FENCE multiple times in the shape of a fence. Let them draw some animals inside or glue pictures of animals inside the fence.  Printable Coloring Page>>>Dairy Cow and Fence Grade School/High School  Research the history of one of the types of…

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Buying Land

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Week 1 Lesson 1: Buying Land Computer Skills/Handwriting Preschool/Kindergarten  Talk with your child about internet searches for land. Prescreen some land for sale sites (see the Printables) and walk your child through the various parts of each site. Find some properties that interest your child, and have them write the address and any other…

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May Printables

By Amber | May 2, 2021 | 0 Comments
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May Free Printables Each month we will offer free printables for you to print for your children. You can do the lesson online or print the lessons and avoid seeing ads. We encourage you to share any coloring pictures or accomplished schoolwork/projects in the Mighty Networks private group or our MeWe Group In addition to the printable lessons,…

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Pollen & Pollination

By Amber | Apr 26, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 3: Pollen and Pollination  Science Preschool/Kindergarten  Discuss pollination. Show how pollination works using cheese puffs. Discuss the parts of flowers. If you can obtain a real flower, help your child identify the parts and look for pollen.  Resource It’s Pollination Time Song Project: How Pollination Works Put some chocolate candies (nectar)…

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Honey

By Amber | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 2: Honey Language Arts/Art Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write HONEY on a piece of paper and decorate it with pictures (drawn or cut out) of bees, hives, and flowers. Read Winnie-the-Pooh and the Honey Tree (or watch it). Grade School/High School  Using the word HONEY, make an acrostic poem. Put your…

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Beekeeping

By Amber | Apr 25, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 4 Lesson 1: Beekeeping Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child practice writing the letters in BEEKEEPER. Try to find a beekeeping book in the children’s section at the library. Bees, Hives, Honey! Beekeeping for Children by Tim Rowe  The Magic Schoolbus Inside a Beehive by Joanna Cole may be available.  Grade School/High School …

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Dyeing Wool

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 3 Lesson 3: Dyeing Wool Science **Please remember to have dedicated pans for dyeing that you don’t use for food. Preschool/Kindergarten  Make some dyes with kitchen scraps such as onion skins. Help your child to notice if there is a difference between the starting color and the resulting dye.  Grade School/High School  Experiment…

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Spinning Wool

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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  April  Week 3 Lesson 2: Spinning Wheel Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Have your child write the words DROP SPINDLE and SPINNING WHEEL. Help them learn the vocabulary words. >>> Printable April Week 3 Lesson 2 Vocabulary Grade School/High School  Learn the vocabulary words. Pretend you are back in the pioneer days and must spin your…

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Wool: Shearing and Processing

By Amber | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 Comments
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April Week 3 Lesson 1: Wool- Shearing and Processing Field Trip All ages  If there is a sheep farm or sheep dairy close by, see if you can visit when they are shearing. If you cannot visit one, here is a great video of shearing on the homestead: Homestead Sheep Shearing  Language Arts Preschool/Kindergarten  Watch…

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