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Take Your Homeschool On An Adventure – For Free!

Take Your Homeschool On An Adventure – For Free!

Alright, I must admit that I’ve known about this for a while. In fact, we started “going on a homeschool adventure” periodically when my son was 4. But even the cousins who were 8-10 loved these adventures this summer, so I wanted to pass them on to you. For some reason, this is a small “niche” thing to do, and it isn’t well popularized, although it is well loved by those who do it. Are you ready to know what…

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Top 5 Reasons Why Goats Are Great For the Small Homestead

Top 5 Reasons Why Goats Are Great For the Small Homestead

Goats are odd little creatures.  They love to run, jump, climb, eat things they shouldn’t, and be nosy.  But their quirky little attitudes make them great company on the homestead.  Here’s 5 reasons why they make such amazing small homestead livestock. 1. Goats are Easier to Handle Goats – no matter the breed – are reasonably easy to deal with due to their size.  Our girls all wear dog collars, and whenever we need to lead them somewhere we just…

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Why I Don’t Feed My Chickens (And It’s Ok)

Why I Don’t Feed My Chickens (And It’s Ok)

We have chickens, I know we do. But I forget about them…a lot. Their presence is wanted, as they do many things on our homestead, such as eat bugs that bite and lay eggs. Their happy clucks and crows echo off the hills, and they can be seen doing the chicken waddle thru the yard as they chase after a yummy meal. But I don’t feed them unless there is snow and ice on the ground. I know this sounds…

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Simple Freezable Homestead Bread

Simple Freezable Homestead Bread

For those of you who were wondering what recipe I used in my breadmakers to make getting fresh bread on the table more feasible, I thought I’d jot it down for you really quickly. It is also important to note that I have at least four different brands of breadmakers.  None of them came with manuals when I bought them, I just made sure that all of the containers were good sized.  They all get the job done within 5…

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A Simple Homestead Bread Hack

A Simple Homestead Bread Hack

I own FIVE breadmakers.  Yes, FIVE.  I pick them up from a localish secondhand store that has rotated items at 80% off each week.  At less than $2 each, how could I resist? Expecially since I absolutely refuse to purchase that chemical laden stuff they call bread at the grocery store.  It bothers me greatly that it doesn’t go bad.  Whoever heard of bread that never molds and doesn’t go bad?  It has an expiration date, but if you leave that…

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Why I Hang Clothes On The Line (Even Though My Dryer Works)

Why I Hang Clothes On The Line (Even Though My Dryer Works)

My mother, at least that I can remember, never hung clothes on the line to dry.  She had a dryer, and she used it.  She felt there was never time for her to do something that takes as long as hanging clothes out, when she could just shove them in the dryer and turn the knob. I don’t belittle her for it.  I completely understand.  However, I got a taste as a kid of putting clothes on the line from…

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3 Things I’ve Learned To Keep Pigs In Electric Fencing

3 Things I’ve Learned To Keep Pigs In Electric Fencing

I’ve been told, on more than one occasion, repeatedly, that it just simply isn’t possible to keep pigs in electric fencing.  That if you want to keep your pig in, you will have to build a pen with a solid bottom they can’t root under and solid walls so they don’t think they can get out. I’m here to tell you that is HOGWASH!! (Haha, pun intended. )  HOWEVER, it is important to note that this concept only works if…

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7 Important Reasons We Do Chapter Book Read Alouds

7 Important Reasons We Do Chapter Book Read Alouds

Chapter Books are an integral part of our Kindergarten homeschool routine.  People approach me with the attitude of “That’s not teaching them anything.”, however I firmly believe this is not the case. The four and five year old years are filled with wonder and learning, and doing chapter book read alouds help bridge the gap between play and pictures, and the written word.

A Unique Use For Plastic Shopping Bags You’ve Never Thought Of

A Unique Use For Plastic Shopping Bags You’ve Never Thought Of

Homesteading in modern times creates its own challenges. Though it is easier through the use of modern conveniences, often those require creativity.  Electric fencing is one of those conveniences that make it easy to move and keep animals on fresh grass.  Before it’s invention, building fence was a time and labor intensive process.  However, the convenience of the electric fence often has a learning curve, and sometimes isn’t as visible as it should be.

Help! We Did Not Do Any Homeschooling Today

Help! We Did Not Do Any Homeschooling Today

Let’s face it…those days happen to the best of us.  It happened to me..again.. yesterday.  You get busy.  Life gets in the way.  Homeschooling occasionally gets put on the back burner. You have laundry on the line and a storm is blowing in.  The dog just got sick on the carpet, your son dumped an entire box of macaroni noodles all over the kitchen, the dishes keep falling over out of the sink, and your husband is calling to see…

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