About Me

Where do I start? I have been a stay at home mom for a long time...a homemaker. Our family income has always been on the lower end, ...

About Me

Where do I start? I have been a stay at home mom for a long time...a homemaker.

Our family income has always been on the lower end, and I have always been a thrifty, do it myself to save a dime kind of woman. I cook and bake from scratch, I grow our vegetables, raise chickens, and rabbits, dig and mix my own soil, I dabble in vermaculture, and basically, I try to utilize every free and cheap resource available while my other half works a fulltime job and collects free resources available at his job that would otherwise get dumped in the trash.

I went to college for Agriculture-Animal Science, and Jeff is a carpenter, jack of all trades kind of guy. Any other skill sets we have picked up along the way are purely self taught, tried and true, trial and error based!

My ultimate goal is to build a homestead where we can work for our life and resources rather than dumping all the money and time from full time employment out to large corporations to have what we need. Homesteading does not come easy though, nor does it come cheap. In the society we live in today, its difficult to make it happen, but it is completely possible, and we are on our way towards it.

Homesteading requires learning many new skills in order to be
able to do things on your own such as repairs, growing food, building things, caring properly for livestock animals, couponing, sewing, cooking from scratch, mechanics, and many other countless things that you will need to know how to do. What you dont learn how to do on your own, or don't have time for, you need to try to set up a trade system with friends, family, and neighbors. That helps tremendously when you can offer a product or skill to someone for something you need. Isn't that how the pioneers did it?

To me, homesteading is freedom. Now don't think for one second that freedom means easy. Homesteading requires you to work around the clock sometimes to provide your living. It can be back breaking labor, especially when you are beginning with few or no tools for what you need to accomplish. The freedom I speak of is freedom from an outside source of income, and freedom from the need to have all the newest, coolest products that comercialize the holidays. Freedom is that satisfaction in knowing if the economy failed tomorrow, we would make it like many wont be able to do because we are already using what we have and not what society offers. Freedom is self sufficiency!

Going off the grid is extremely appealing to me as well. I don't feel that paying corporations to supply us with power and water is fair. Its a human necessity in this society and should be equally distributed. You may call me a rebel, and I would agree. I am more of an anti-government person myself, and any way I can benefit by going against the grain is one step closer to that freedom I speak of.

My hopes are that as we grow, we can offer our experiences as a starting point for wannabees like me! Please feel free and encouraged to comment with questions or suggestions as you see fit. Please be respectful to all though.


With all that said, I have a food blog that I share recipes on that I had abandoned for a while because lifes changes into a new life were tough, and took me away for a bit. You can find it at the link below if you are interested. I will be adding a whole new tone there shortly! I am sharing my experiences to help others in the same mindset with their new beginning, and I am also building my income base to contribute. Finding ways to generate extra income for homesteaders and wannabees alike is one of the more important facts about it all. EVERY RESOURCE IS PRECIOUS! Our growing experiences are no different!

http://foodtalkdailyrecipes.blogspot.com/


Start a Strawberry Tower in a Bucket

Watch this video on how I grow strawberries in a hanging bucket strawberry tower.



I don't typically buy strawberries at the grocery store, or even at the local farm markets because strawberries are known for their high retention of chemicals such as Round-Up and other dangerous chemicals used by growers.

I grow all of my fruits and veggies organically, and there's comfort for me in that. I can enjoy my strawberries every morning without washing them or the fear of consuming harmful chemicals. With that said, and the fact that I don't have a lot of ground space, I have to think creatively, and make every inch of usable space count.

In the video below, you can see how to start your own hanging strawberry tower from a bucket.


Inbox Dollars

We all want to earn extra cash. So why not do it the fun and easy way?

Inbox Dollars is not a qet rich quick gig by no means, but it does add up for very little work! It is one of my top picks where extra cash is concerned. If you have a website, its even better yet! InboxDollars has several ways that generate cash. I am not going to get into the areas I don't use. You may use every option of the many available, but I only use a few because of time constraints and other business ventures I work. Here is a general idea of why I love InboxDollars.

TV

I can work here online on one screen, and InboxDollars TV option allows me to continuously play video after video automatically to earn. Now that's not saying you don't have to pay attention. At the same time, you can do other things and watch the automatic lists if you pay attention for the "are you there/watching?" prompts. I split my desktop to 2 screens so that I can work while watching!

Games

Although I am not much of a gamer myself, there are times I am sitting out and have some time to download games and play which I do get credit for. Often times you only need to download the game and run it for a minute or two. Sometimes you actually have to complete levels in the games. It all depends, but the fact is that I can use my smart phone for all of it. I tend to focus more on games from my smart phone while I'm just sitting.

Paid Emails

Not all emails are actual paid emails. I don't personally sign up for offers usually unless it suits my interest. I do know many people that do though, and just cancel afterwards before any additional billing occurs. I simply get paid emails listed as paid emails and I ignore most of the surveys. Again, its all about how your own time and preferences are set. You may love the surveys. Paid emails are quick and easy. Open the email, read it, and click the pink confirm paid email button at the bottom. Look the page over and keep it open for at least 60 seconds.

Videos

Videos are my favorite way of all of these. I do videos usually by phone, using the InboxDollars app. I watch on my pc also, but its so convenient to use those extra minutes while you are out and about in an office waiting for an appointment or waiting to pick your kids up from school. Many are interactive videos you can play with...yes I'm easily entertained :) Although videos do not run automatically like TV does, they are short and usually always interesting, so why not? So there you have it. This is just the particular features InboxDollars has to earn money that I use. I take 1 of my first 3 hours awake to use the app and website to earn some. Its during coffee time and is just a good way to make sitting count for me. Are you ready to sign up? Its completely FREE and super easy to earn virtually as much as you'd like depending on your goals. For me, its a bit extra to apply toward my main business income. Get signed up now, and even download the app on your smart phone. You will get a $5 sign up bonus immediately too, so you have nothing to lose!

When to allow your ducklings to swim safely

When is it okay to let ducks out on ponds or deep water? That's a good question for those of us that are raising these water fowl for the first time.

Being newer to hatching, and raising my own birds from the start, I had to do quite a bit of research even though we had ducks while I grew up. I didn't know much in detail beyond feeding like yard birds, and collecting eggs. We didn't even have a swimming source for the ducks while I was growing up, so my learning process to keep them safe and healthy has really begun more recently.




A friend of mine gave me some duck and chicken eggs to hatch. I had just a hovabator with a mercury thermometer in the bottom, and I hand turned the eggs 4 to 5 times a day faithfully...even through the nights. 5 healthy ducklings hatched with 6 chicks. 

Those same chicks hatched with the ducks are all feathered out, but tiny compared to the ducks. Ya see, while they grow, ducks put their energy into size, and growing larger whereas chicks spend their energy on feathering out before growth. It's truly fun and interesting to visually witness the differences in raising these 2 types of birds together.


The answer as to when it is okay to release your young ducks into a pond or deep water source is pretty straight forward once you learn the way the ducks feather out.

Ducks have hollow bones, and interlocking feathers kind of like shingles on a roof. I believe they also have hollow feathers that help them float. Ducks have a gland that secrete oil to better waterproof them. Here is a good read on waterfowl feathers that I recommend. 

Allowing your ducklings to swim in a shallow pan or pool when they are little is good, but they should never be left unattended because they will get water logged and drown if left too long. As they grow, and develop their feathers, you can allow both more supervised time and deeper water in the pool.





At 7 - 8 weeks, these ducks are big and finally feathered out and oiled up enough to swim on their own. Watch the video below of their first trip to the pond.

DIY Animal Feeder Ideas Link-up

Make your own rabbit feeder fast and easy with what you already have!

Raising small or caged animals requires many feed dishes. If you raise animals than you already know how expensive store bought feeders are.

I have so many coffee cans around because they are so useful around the homestead. I only used a blade to cut the can, and duct tape to put it together! Since the first one in this photo, I have made many more just like it.

I continue to use this design, but NOT on all of my rabbits. My adults don't seem to chew them up, but the young groups of grow-outs have much more curiosity and mischievous personality. The young go straight for the tape. To remedy this, you can tape it from the inside. It's a bit more difficult to assemble, but it does work better for the chewers.

Of course they may not last forever or even a long time, but they work well when you need one! Im still using the original ones I made for my older rabbits, and i also have one in my chick brooder.

Scroll down and see more DIY feeder ideas, and post your own to share with us! **********************

Gardening: Blossom End Rot

Blossom end rot in squash

For organic gardeners, it can be quite defeating to grow your garden and suddenly, all of your new fruit growth has been tainted with rot at the blossom end. So what now? What went wrong?

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