May 16, 2016 Lauren Dibble 6Comment

I discovered Shiso in typical homesteading fashion. While I was weeding my garden I found a particularly fragrant weed. It smelled like a mixture of mint and licorice. On a whim, I transplanted the little weeds to an empty planter box much to the chagrin of my Mr. (more…)

May 9, 2016 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

Spring Cleaning – Simple Life Manifesto A Simple Life. What does that mean to you? It seems strange to me that it’s something so many people crave, when just a few generations ago, it was the norm. How did we get so busy? How did we amass so many things? Where did all of our free time go? It seems to me that we have to schedule free time into our day. How crazy does that sound? (more…)

April 18, 2016 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

A few weeks ago I began my story of the property Hubby and I found for our potential Forever Farm. [To see Part 1, click here.] While looking for Homestead properties and discussing what was important to us, we compiled a list of 17 important topics to consider when looking for your forever home. Below is a continuation from that list. (more…)

April 4, 2016 Lauren Dibble 3Comment

Things have been quiet lately on the homestead. Between the winter-weather and the fatigue I’ve been experiencing with the pregnancy, I haven’t had much energy for homesteading projects. Winter’s yin is a time for dormancy, hibernating, resting and preparing for Summer’s yang. It’s a perfect time to start day-dreaming about all of the experiences and projects the Summer will contain. One of these day-dreams led me to find a beautiful property nearby that is for sale for a reasonable price that hubby and I are very interested in. It’s been on the market for a few years. It has 60 mostly…

March 28, 2016 Lauren Dibble

One of the first Spring weeds to pop up is Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) . I’m sure you’ve seen it, even if you didn’t know what it was. While part of the mint family, henbit doesn’t smell particularly mint-y, but it’s still very fragrant. While it is perfectly safe for us, it can cause issues with horses, sheep and cattle. (All the more reason for us to eat it!) (more…)

December 13, 2015 Lauren Dibble

Winter is here, and it seems the colds, flus, and stomach bugs are especially bad this year. Kids love sharing (especially germs!), the flu vaccine seems to be hit or miss, and our busy lives leave us little time to take care of ourselves. That’s where this tea base comes in: Honey Honey is antibacterial and antiviral, but the effects on humans after ingesting honey is still up for debate. In a lab, honey has been shown to be effective against E. coli, salmonella, and staphylococcus, but there haven’t been enough studies to show if it does the same in…

December 6, 2015 Lauren Dibble 3Comment

1. Program Your Thermostat If you have a programmable thermostat, take advantage of it! Play around with the temperatures that feel right to your family. In my household, we keep it around 65 during the day, and let it drop to 60 at night. If we plan to be away for the weekend, we’ll keep it around 55. This ensures our houseplants don’t get shocked, but saves us from heating the house when we’re not in it. (more…)

September 28, 2015 Lauren Dibble

Oftentimes we get caught up in the rush and hustle-bustle of our worlds and our lives. Keeping up with the Jones’s, fear of missing out, goals, dreams, to-do lists, schedules, climbing the corporate ladder. It can be exhausting! Over my years of repeat stress-induced burn outs, I’ve come up with a list of fun things to do to add quality of life that won’t cost you a penny! Because let’s face it, there are dozens of things to do that cost money, but at the end of the day financial worries just add one more layer of guilt. (more…)

September 21, 2015 Lauren Dibble 2Comment

  Have you ever had an idea, lurking in the back of your mind, that all of a sudden becomes something completely unavoidable? Then over a series of days, you keep finding input from different places about this very same idea? I came across an interesting article from Organic Authority the other day that backed up an opinion I already had about laundry detergent. My ex-husband had very sensitive skin. We tried detergent after detergent, even the ones designed for sensitive skin. No matter what, he would break out across his chest and back in a painful and annoying rash. (more…)

September 9, 2015 Lauren Dibble 1Comment

A good friend of mine recently posted this article on FB: “Is Civilization Headed For An Irreversible Collapse?” and I couldn’t help but read it. Have you ever read a book, or seen a lecture, or heard someone very educated explain something you’ve always known by instinct, but never had the science to back it up? This was one of those moments for me. (more…)