Category: Lifestyle

Finance 101 For the Homesteader

Finance 101 For the Homesteader

Personal finance seems to be one of those hush-hush topics no one’s supposed to talk about. We aren’t taught it in school, your parents may have talked to you about it, but generally it’s a social no-no to bring up. As homesteaders, we have a unique set of challenges, due to the lifestyle we want/chose. Homesteading and […]

Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

Wild Edibles: Indian Pipe

Indian Pipe is one of my favorite plants to find while out in the woods. It’s bright pale coloring makes it seem like something from a fantasy novel. The stems grow 4-10 inches tall and are topped by a single, down-turned bell-shaped flower. It’s a unique perennial that grows without chlorophyll. The whole plant is […]

What Does Homesteading Mean to You?

What Does Homesteading Mean to You?

    What does homesteading mean? Can someone only homestead on a farm of 100 acres? What about the rest of us,who rent, or live in the city? My husband and I live in the suburbs outside of the DC metro area. Currently, the hubs is in the military and has another 9 years until retirement. Our […]

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Shiso (Japanese Basil)

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Shiso (Japanese Basil)

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. Sign up for our newsletter

Spring Cleaning – A Simple Life Manifesto

Spring Cleaning – A Simple Life Manifesto

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 […]

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 2

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 2

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 […]

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 1

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 1

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 […]

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

Foraging For Wild Edibles: Henbit

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, […]

Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

Honey Lemon Tea Base for Colds and Flus

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 […]

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

10 Ways to Stay Warm and Lower Your Heat Bill During the Winter

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 […]