Heart-Shaped Bird Seed Ornaments

Attracting song birds to our yards can help control pests like mosquitoes, while also adding some enjoyable bird watching to our days. Bird seed...

Homestead Blog Hop #192

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I've been working on my routines lately. I've always done better with a routine. I have less stress, and I get...

Homestead Blog Hop #191

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! I'm feeling good this week. My son is at Vacation Bible School, and as much as I hate leaving the house, it's...
15 Inspirational Gardeners on Instagram

15 Inspirational Gardeners on Instagram

Instagram is a visual playground where we can witness everything from food to home decor to daily life, but nothing can provide more...

Homestead Blog Hop #190

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop! This past year has been a bit transformative for me. I'm not sure if it was my pregnancy or my age, but it's like...

Our Day Out with Thomas Tradition

Thomas the Train is coming to town as part of his annual Day Out with Thomas tour. How do I know? The commercials have started airing on TV, and my kids ask to go every time they see one. They literally spend the entire year anticipating Thomas' visit, but it...

Beginner’s Guide to Growing Tomatoes

Growing tomatoes has probably been one of my greatest challenges since moving to Florida. When I lived in Ohio, I enjoyed bumper crops of tomatoes. I had more tomatoes than I knew what to do with. I was canning salsa, spaghetti sauce, whole tomatoes, you name it. I...

Low-Maintenance No-Till Gardening

Are you tired of traditional gardening methods that leave you and your garden burnt out? Do you feel like growing your own food is like fighting a losing battle against your environment? What if I told you that you can increase your garden yield, reduce weeds, and...

Beginner’s Guide to Raising Ducks

I have been pleasantly surprised by how much I've enjoyed raising ducks. My experience with ducks was extremely limited growing up. I had one neighbor who kept them, but they weren't very friendly and he kept them locked in a horse stall their entire lives. They were...

Day Out with Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

It's that time of year again; Thomas the Train will be pulling into The Florida Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida. For two weekends, March 11-12 & 17-19, kids and their families can join Thomas and his friends for a full day of activities, games, stories, and...

Why We Homestead

We all have different reasons for why we homestead. They are what make our journeys unique. They are also what bring us together. It is those reasons that make homesteaders stand out, and what make homesteading such a rewarding experience.  So, what is homesteading?...

Florida Edibles to Plant in February

February is a big month for planting in Florida. While there is still a slight chance for freezing temperatures, most vegetables need to be started this month if they are to produce before the summer heat and humidity kills them. I'm still starting lettuce seeds even...

Florida Edibles to Plant in January

January is the beginning of our warm planting season. Most of these plants will not survive Florida's summer temperatures, so they need to be started early if they are to have enough time to produce before they start to die back. In some cases, the plants will survive...

Florida Edibles to Plant in December

December is an exciting time to garden in Florida if you can find the time with all of the holiday hubbub happening. Don't let the graphic fool you, you can still start collards, kale, lettuce, broccoli, and cabbage from seed. You can start onion seeds, but I just buy...

Learning Through Conversation

When someone makes the decision to homeschool, you can pretty well assume they aren't striving for typical learning methods. For some reason, at some point in time, they've decided to go against the grain and take responsibility for their children's learning. The...

Take Control of Meal Time with Freeze Dried Foods