Tag: nature

Reflections on my Modern Homesteading Lifestyle

It’s a rainy summer day. I’m sitting on the sofa with my kids watching a movie while the piles of laundry cycle through the washer. The rose outside my window is gently swaying and releasing the sweetest scent. Perfect time to reflect on the…

Quiet Pastimes

It’s Sunday night and I am reflecting on a weekend full of sunshine, warm weather and lots of outdoor activity. We spent many hours both days tackling a very adventurous backyard project that we have been working on for weeks. Exhausted from yesterday’s grueling…

Worms: the Gardeners BFF

Yup, I said it. I am BFFs with worms. Ask any gardener and they will say the same. Worms are beneficial to the garden because they aerate and fertilize your garden. They break down plant and leaf matter and turn it into worm castings…

Backyard Garden Design

Our backyard garden is in dire need of an update. The raised beds have rotted after several years, the trees have overgrown and I learned what worked from our first design and what did not. I am ready to make some big changes. When…

Naturally Dyed Eggs DIY

Food dyes have played a major role in our lives since we were kids. I remember how red my lips would get after eating popsicles and how my fingers would glow a bright Cheeto-Orange. These colors were always associated with special treats since I…

Simpler Living isn’t as Hard as you Think

Grandma didn’t have 39 different detergents to choose from back in her day. She didn’t have single use packages of hot cocoa. Her family ate on plates that were washed instead of thrown away – take out was non-existent. She took care of her…

Rock Painting 101

Who knew that something that has been a childhood activity for decades would become a motivational art form for adults today? Rock Painting is simple, meditative and rewarding (just like coloring). Supplies are cheap and easy to find and painting miniature pictures and quotes…

Composting: 101

Why should I compost? Most people look at composting as something only farmers or avid gardeners do. But composting is not just about creating rich soil to help your garden grow, it’s about helping the planet by reducing the amount of waste we throw…

Create a Beginner’s Garden Anywhere

There is no denying the fact that people are more open to growing their own food these days. There is a movement to move back to simpler living and a need for more organic farming. But, many of us just don’t know how to…

What’s With All the Succulents?

I am usually late to the game. I don’t know all the newest gadgets, I don’t know all the hippest trends and I definitely don’t know all the latest lingo. But I have certainly noticed a  leaning towards tiny things. Tiny houses, Smart cars,…