Category: Lifestyle

Collection of the Best Homesteading Quotes

Collection of the Best Homesteading Quotes

Every since I can remember I was a collector of quotes. Growing up my interests varied greatly. I read fantasy, sci-fi, non-fiction, historical fiction…I remember going to the library on the weekends with my mother. She was putting herself through college, so we would go so she could study, and I could get lost in the racks of books. It didn’t matter to me what book I picked up. I would learn about sharks, about Australia, dinosaurs, Middle Earth, My Side of the Mountain, Brian Jacques…I would spend hours simply absorbing as much as I could, about whatever I could. […]

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

7 Things Homesteaders Do Differently

1. Homesteaders Pride Themselves on Self-Sufficiency A homesteader’s idea of self-sufficiency isn’t moving out of our parents’ house at 25. It’s building our own, making our own, growing our own. It’s about no relying on anyone or anything else for our electricity, our food, our clothing, our lifestyle. I made my headboard out of old barnwood. It weighs a ridiculous amount, and it’s not very attractive. But you know what? I know where the materials came from. I know exactly how many hours and nails and splinters went into making it. And when it breaks, I’ll know exactly how to repair […]

Harvest Your Own Pearls

Harvest Your Own Pearls

This past March was my birthday. Not a very notable one. 32 is just old enough to forget how old you are, and just young enough that your husband feels obligated to get you something. Don’t get me wrong, Hubby has done a great job in the past on my presents, but now that we have kids, we’re all about them. Sign up for our newsletter

Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy

  Transform your kitchen with herbal fermentation! Did you know that herbs can enhance the art and science of fermented foods and beverages? Explore the realms of herbal fermentation and discover new ways to capture the beneficial qualities of herbs with the help of life-supporting microorganisms through lacto fermentation and homemade brews. In The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course, the Herbal Academy will teach you a unique way to share your passion and curiosity of herbalism with others! Sign up for our newsletter

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Preserving the Kale Harvest

Here in Virginia, the Spring has been very generous with us. A few weeks of rain, and very mild temperatures. I absolutely love growing Kale, and grow it from seed every year. It is very easy to grow, and hardy and can withstand freezes and heat. This fantastic weather has ensured my Kale crop has exploded. We’ve been eating it daily and giving it away in bag-fulls. And I’m still drowning in it! Sign up for our newsletter

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

12 Uses For Wood Ash Around the Homestead

Throughout the Winter, and into the Spring, if you have a wood burning fireplace, you have to clear out the ash to make room for new wood. If you’re anything like me, however, you know things on the Homestead often have multiple purposes. What’s the old saying? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Finding a second life for your wood ash covers all three ‘R’s. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Simplify Your Homestead

How to Simplify Your Homestead

  Homesteading is hard. There, I said it. It seems to be a dirty little secret among homesteaders. We all imagine that we’re getting back to a simpler way of life, but homesteading often means that a simpler way of life is a harder way of life. We make it ourselves instead of buying it from a store. Much more blood sweat and tears go into growing a tomato at home than driving to a store and buying on off the shelf. Sign up for our newsletter

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

17 Things to Consider When Buying Your Homestead, Part 3

Earlier, Hubby and I were looking at a piece of land to buy for the future site of our Homestead. (If you missed it, catch up on Part 1 and Part 2). For those following along, we put an offer in and then backed out when we began to learn more about the property. Namely, the expensive of the renovation on the existing farm house, concerns about protected wetlands, and the proximity of the house to the main road. We have a young son and animals, so I would have constantly worried. It was a very hard decision to make, but our […]

Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

Top 6 Hillsborough Homesteading Posts From 2016

As the year winds down, the animals are all tucked in, the garden’s been laid to rest, and days become shorter, we have time to sit back and slow down. Today, while the baby slept, I poured myself a cup of tea and took a moment to reflect. 2016 was a magnificent year. I gave birth to my first baby, got a new part time job that allows me to work from home while taking care of said baby, but on other hand, I got my heart broken over losing what I thought was our perfect homestead. I guess you can’t […]

Want to Beat the Stock Market? Invest in Lending Club

Want to Beat the Stock Market? Invest in Lending Club

  Most homesteaders have the same beliefs on money; borrowing is bad, cash is king, and the less you need, the better. However, this mindset doesn’t always work in today’s modern world. To be truly self-sufficient, you need to have a large nest-egg to fall back on in case of emergency. But with the war on the middle-class, most US families are only one emergency (medical bill, natural disaster) away from bankruptcy. However, the traditional means of buying stocks as investment may have run its course. Sign up for our newsletter