So, I wrote this article with the complete beginner to prepping and food storage in mind. But even if you already have food storage going on, I recommend taking a look because I have found that everyone's opinions differ. It's a really good idea to have a broad view of the topic, then make your own decisions.
Given the just-right devastating crisis event, food storage and the ability to grow your own food may become more valuable than precious metals! Every responsible person should be thinking about learning how to garden, getting even a small one started (even if only using containers on a balcony--like I used to do when I rented), and of course, having good seeds set aside for current and future use. Right now! Here's more about what to consider and how to get your seed storage going!
My husband loves beer! I'm just barely starting to learn an appreciation for beer and ale, but I love the fact that we can make our own, and it's MUCH better than commercially made beer! Plus, when we use herbs to make it, the beer contains the health benefits from all the plant goodness! This recipe below is for what I am calling "Spring Bitters." This herbal ale turned out very well-balanced, and my husband has pronounced that it is the best one yet!
Then I began learning about herbs, and with this blessed confidence in using actual plants as medicine, I truly began to understand the value of using essential oils for more than simple cleaning and a wonderful and natural way to scent our house (and my classroom). Essential oils have therefore become a huge part of my health, arsenal these days. Here, I'll share some INSANELY amazing things Frankincense essential oil can do for you and your family! Seriously, my friends. EVERYONE should have some Frankincense in their home!
Mr. V. and I have decided it's time to start searching for a "forever" homestead & survival property. Essentially, it's time to "get out of Dodge," so to speak! Here are the whys and hows of our decision to make this huge life change.
What IS that plant??? All last summer, I had this plant I thought was probably just a "weed" growing crazily in my yard! I was ready to rip them all out, but I decided to wait. Happily, I discovered that although considered a "weed," Lambsquarters is actually an edible plant that is more nutritious than spinach! Here is how to identify Lambsquarters and how to use it too!
I have tried many times to make Mason jar candles with beeswax---with tons of fails! I've experienced tunneling (when a "tunnel" of wax melts, wasting a lot along the sides of the glass), wicks not burning right (getting put out after only a little while), or wicks not burning at all (not even being able to get the thing to stay lit once it hits the wax), and more! SO frustrating! I know other people make candles, and have successes! So, I just kept trying---still with no success. Finally, though, I found a book called The Beeswax Workshop by Chris Dalziel. Everything you ever wanted to know about beeswax and about a million excellent projects are included in this book. I have already dog-eared many pages, and have plans to make lots of these projects! At any rate, and very luckily, this is where I found the specific and excellent directions for this candle. Here is my experience making this great Mason jar beeswax candle!
You never know when an emergency will happen and you have to help yourself or another person with a traumatic wound that needs to stop bleeding. Here are some natural ways to help blood clot quickly and stop bleeding fast. Make your own Quikclot with things you probably have around the house!
I am a person who gets cold easily---especially my fingers and toes. Like seriously. COLD. I have heard all my life, "It's all about your clothes! If you have the right kind of clothes, you won't get cold!" Right. I have been trying to find the "right" kind of clothes for years! Decades spent skiing and hiking outdoors, and I still couldn't find "right" clothes for staying warm. And moving from a super hot climate (Las Vegas, NV) to a cold climate really took some trial and error with clothes for several months of the year. So now, after three years and being in the middle of our fourth winter, here in the mountains, where temperatures range from the single digits to highs in the 20's to 40's....I have finally found some garments that work for freezing cold me.
If you are like me, you've been wanting to homestead forever! The great news is you can start right now! YES~ Even if you live in the city, the suburbs, or have a little (or a lot) of land! Here's a great list to get you going on your own homestead adventure!
Nasal congestion (a.k.a. stuffy nose) is very common as Winter approaches. In fact, many people suffer from stuffy noses off and on throughout the year due to seasonal allergies and bouts of sinusitis and colds. Regardless of the reason for a stuffy nose, here is a great decongestant you can make yourself that really works!
Sometimes things just happen. People are mean. Or you are frustrated about something. Or tons of other reasons for your getting REALLY mad about something. We've been dealing with a difficult neighbor these past months, and things really came to a head (I hope) last night. But the angry feelings created are just not healthy. Here's how I dealt with these feelings and made some productive decisions.
EVERY gal MUST have a Get Home Bag in her car and/or with her at all times! If something happens, it pays to be ready for any emergency! If you have to walk any distance....you must have supplies on hand. Not to mention....some extras in your vehicle! Find out what a gal must have in her bag!
People who consider themselves to be homesteaders fill the spectrum of people---city dwellers, suburbanites, ruralists, and they come from many different cultures and groups. But there are a few characteristics they share. How do you know if you are a homesteader? Well, you might be a homesteader IF.....
Homesteading is fun! However, if you are trying to homestead on a small property (less than an acre), there are some inherent challenges involved. Neighbors, for one thing, may have a lot to say about things. Here is a little slice of our life here on the mountain in a close community...including an HOA.