Simple living: what does that mean to us?

Simple living: what does it mean to us?

I am sure you’ve heard or read about it, simple living. It seems to be a whole new trend. Which is kind of funny, because I am sure a hundred years ago they would have never expected us to be striving for a more simple life today. But here we are, aspiring to live simply, and to make do with what we have. If you search for simple living on the internet you will find many definitions, because it has a different meaning for everyone.

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Making an egg apron from an old bedsheet

Making an egg apron from a bedsheet

I will have you know that I am a total noob when it comes to sewing.  I’ve had a sewing machine for years, but we never got along. Many times I tried and sometimes something decent would come out of my sewing machine, but most of the time it would end up with me saying words I’d rather not repeat in public. I would then pack up my sewing machine and not touch it for another year.

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Buying an animal: things you should consider

Buying an animal: things you should consider before bringing ANY animal home

I love animals, I grew up on a farm and was always surrounded by different animals. One of the first things I did when I moved out of my parents’ house was buy a rabbit to keep me company. We learn a lot from animals. Animals are compassionate and forgiving. They often give unconditional love.

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7 tips for increasing productivity

Seven tips for increasing productivity

We have so much going on in our lives. It is so easy to get overwhelmed and get stressed. If you are like me, being stressed does not help you do more, it actually makes you accomplish less! So I wrote down some tips that help me be more productive.

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Recap January 2017

January 2017 recap- How are we doing on our homesteading goals?

At the beginning of the year I published a post about our homesteading goals for 2017. To make sure we stay on track in reaching our goals I am going to post a review of what we accomplished each month. Here’s the first one!

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Podcast and inspiring talks roundup

Title image for post podcast roundup

I have been really into podcasts lately. Some podcasts have really hit home with me and inspired me to change what I was doing. So I have decided to do a podcast roundup, where I mention podcasts/talks that inspire me or teach me. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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Baking multi-grain bread: tips from a pro

Baking multi-grain bread - with tips from a pro

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. I have always wanted to bake my own bread, and I sure did try many times. I tried to bake bread in the oven. I tried to bake bread in a machine. I tried to make bread with one of those mixes you can buy at the grocery store. I tried to make bread with a recipe I found on the internet. Nothing ever worked!

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5 tips for homesteading with a toddler

Many homesteaders have children, and they are a large part of the reason why we homestead. Homesteading is a lot of work, homesteading with children is even more work. Especially when your children are younger. You might get a little overwhelmed, because you are juggling parenting and homesteading, and that’s ok.

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Why I will not ever have free ranging chickens again

Things you should consider before letting your chickens free range.

Free ranging chickens, an awesome sight right? I always have this picture of an old homestead with an old lady wearing wooden shoes (yep, I am Dutch) and an apron feeding her chickens that are just out and about. Unfortunately, that is not my experience with free ranging chickens. And here are the reasons why I will never ever have chickens free ranging on our homestead again.

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Homesteading goals 2017

Image wishing reader a happy 2017

What is it 2017 already? I swear 2016 just started! Most years I am ready for the year to be over. January gives you a chance to start new with a clean slate, it’s like every mistake you made the year before is ok now, because you can restart. I wasn’t ready for 2016 to be over, it was a good year.

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