Herbs or Weeds? Dandelion Facts, Info, and Recipes

Dandelion Facts Info and Recipes

To some, dandelions are simply an annoying yellow weed, to others, they are glorious herbs with numerous beneficial properties. If you aren't really sure what dandelions have to offer, then you might enjoy checking out some of these sites and learning a bit more about these amazing plants. Health Benefits – Raw Vegan From digestion to inflammation, dandelions have you covered. Dandelion Salad – Food Facts Besides having a great recipe for salad and salad dressing, this link will also take you to a few interesting facts about dandelions. Side Effects – WebMD As with most things in life, even dandelions are best when consumed in moderate amounts. It's always a good idea to check out ... read more

Tips For Frugal Prepping | Podcast 40

frugal prepping

Dave from PreppingPlans.com believes in being prepared. It could be for  something like loss of a job, a drought, or an even larger natural disaster. He also believes that prepping does not have to be expensive and anyone can start prepping for very little money. Most people have a problem coming up with the money they need for prepping. Don't give up on it yet! There are a lot of ways that you can come up with things you need, without spending a bit of money. In Dave's book, Prepping For Pennies, he outlines simple solutions for prepping on a budget. Listen to hear Dave's tips on how to make priorities, find the best bargains, repackage foods so they last ... read more

Benefits of Raising Lavender

Benefits of Raising Lavender

Growing your own lavender is easy and can be done out in a large garden space or even indoors. Native to the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean and northern Africa, lavender has been used in skin products for centuries. This herb comes in an array of colors and is believed to have anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, a well as antiseptic qualities. A few varieties exist, each with different qualities, but English lavender tends to be the most common type used for many of the following products. Creating lavender oil or drying parts of the plant will enable you to then utilize this herb to its fullest potential. Soothing Abilities Whether you use lavender for aromatherapy ... read more

Fractionated Coconut Oil Uses

What is Fractionated Coconut Oil used for and where do you buy it?

Until about a year ago, when I started using essential oils, I'd never heard of fractionated coconut oil. It was recommended to me as a carrier oil and once I tried it, I fell in love. Unlike many of the oils in your kitchen cupboard, coconut oil absorbs completely and doesn't stain. This makes it a great oil for all kinds of skin care and beauty products! But isn't coconut oil hard? Not fractionated coconut oil! This stuff remains a liquid because the elements that made coconut oil a solid have been removed. You can read all about the technical stuff here. It's really awesome, I promise. Since gopure Naturals gave me a bottle to review I thought it was a great time to tell you a little ... read more

Why I’m Partnering with Thrive Market


Living in a small town means I don't have access to stores like Whole Foods (expensive anyway!), Trader Joe's or Costco unless I drive two hours. Add the cost of gas and the value of my time to the cost of healthy food and I've suddenly spent way more on groceries than I can afford. In a world where drive-thru hamburger joints and $1 pizza slices outnumber farmers markets and grocery stores, eating healthy can be a challenge. Even when you make up your mind to resist deep-fried temptation and go for a salad, you too often end up in sticker-shock. Trust me, I know how this goes — I’ve been that person in shock at checkout. A small bag of jerky shouldn’t cost 7 times the cost of french ... read more

It’s Easy To Keep Cats On A Homestead!

Homestead Cats

For most of my life, our family has had cats around our farm and homestead. When I was a kid I remember finding the momma cat with her kittens burrowed deep in the hay mow. I spent hours playing with them and dressing the kittens up in doll clothes. When my husband and I purchased our homestead I knew that I wanted to have cats around the farm. Now going into our 6th year of homesteading, we have discovered the joys of having cats on the farm. Other than being great companions, they keep our field mice population at bay so our grain storage stays free and clear of unwanted rodents. Are you considering getting a cats for your homestead? Here are a few things to know. How Do I Find ... read more