My Top 10 Homestead Time Management Tips

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Let’s face it…

Homesteading can be tough sometimes.

Last week I asked the crew over on The Prairie Homestead Facebook page about the biggest obstacles preventing them from homesteading. Naturally, I got a diverse set of answers, but one kept popping up over and over again: lack of time.

I totally get it.

Since starting this homesteading gig six years ago, time has been my biggest nemesis. When I worked full-time at my job in town, it was a challenge to find enough hours in the weekend to chip away at our over-zealous project list. Once Prairie Girl came along, I had to figure out how to balance a newborn baby, naptimes, and feedings with planting the garden, milking the goats, and cooking semi-edible food. Now my cheese-making and canning efforts directly compete with my ability to run this blog and keep up with my essential oil team.

For a while, I kept waiting for that season when “life would get easier.”

Newsflash:

It doesn’t.

At least not when you’re a homesteader.

I’ve flopped. I’ve failed. I’ve thrown temper-tantrums because of my chaotic days. I’ve wished for extra arms. I’ve grumbled. And I’ve envied folks who didn’t seem to be trying to cram a super-human amount of tasks into a single 24-hour period.

And then, somewhere in the midst of it all, I came to peace with it.

I’m not sure exactly when it happened. There wasn’t a flash of light, singing angels, or a voice from heaven.

But I guess I sort of figured it out. Well, at least as much as one can figure out this messy thing we call homestead life. Even though my to-do list is as long as ever, my days feel less stressful, my kids seem more content, and my husband has even noticed I’m more at ease.… [Continue Reading]

Hold it in Your Hands: The Print Version of Natural Homestead is Here!

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It’s been a long time coming…

But the day has finally arrived.

And you can now hold your very own copy of Natural Homestead IN YOUR HANDS!

I’m a big fan of eBooks myself… But you just can’t beat print books sometimes–especially when they contain recipes.

When I first published Natural Homestead in eBook version, I wasn’t planning on ever printing it on real paper. But due to the overwhelming number of requests I got for a print book, I quickly changed my mind.

You can now take Natural Homestead out in the barn, down to the coop, in the garden, and everywhere else you need it.

And, you can scribble notes inside, dog-ear the pages, and mark your favorite recipes!

Kindle Lovers Rejoice!

Since I had it formatted for print, I figured I might as well have it formatted for Kindle as well. As of today, Natural Homestead is now available in the Amazon Kindle Store as well.

There are now THREE ways to enjoy Natural Homestead:

What’s Inside?

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Inside this 200+ page handbook, you’ll find everything you need to create a more natural homestead, garden, and barnyard including:

  • Why becoming a grass-farmer is absolutely vital for the health of your homestead
  • How to put together a natural supply cabinet
  • If pumpkin seeds, garlic, diatomaceous earth, baking soda, vinegar, and kelp are merely old wives’ tales or are truly beneficial
  • Tips for managing parasite loads, how to identify wormy animals, and breakdowns of natural dewormer alternatives
  • How to use essential oils in your barnyard and garden
  • How to mix up grain-free, corn-free, and soy-free rations for your flock
  • How to keep your facilities clean, minus the use of harsh chemicals such as bleach
  • How to battle bugs, fungus, and weeds without using chemicals that are toxic to you, your kids, or your critters

Plus over 40  recipes and 60+ full-color photos!

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Come Take a Walk Around The Prairie Homestead! (Video)

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For those of you who have been following me since the beginning…

You know that my photography skills started out a little rough.

I still don’t claim to be a pro, but at least they have gotten better. However, my video skills are definitely still in the “I have no idea what I’m doing” stage.

But today, I put aside my hesitations and perfectionist nature, and drug my camera out to the pasture anyway. Just because I love you guys. :)

Wanna Go for a Walk?

Let’s head down the barn and I’ll show ya around. I took this video first thing in the morning when the grass was still wet with dew, and the animals were wondering why I was taking a video instead of feeding them (sorry guys!).

In this tour video you’ll meet:

  • Oakley and the rest of our little cattle herd
  • The opinionated pigs
  • Our cute little turkeys
  • Annie, one of the resident equines
  • The goats who firmly believe they are horses
  • And various yard birds

Let’s Go!

If you are reading this post via email, click here to watch the video directly on YouTube

(There are a couple of mess-ups with the sound, but don’t worry, you didn’t really miss anything–I was just rambling)

 

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70+ Homestead Hacks: Nifty Shortcuts to Make Your Life Easier

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned about homestead/farmer folk…

…it’s that you guys are a ingenious bunch (especially when it involves baling twine or duct tape!)

I’m all about conserving time whenever possible, and I’m always on the look-out for a good homestead hack to add to my collection.

What’s a “Homestead Hack?”

Good question. Here is how Wikipedia explains it:

“Life hacking refers to any productivity trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method to increase productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life; in other words, anything that solves an everyday problem in a clever or non-obvious way”

Apply that definition to homesteading, and that, my friends, is a Homestead Hack.
I’ve featured various Homestead Hacks in the past, but this, my friends, is the granddaddy of all Homestead Hack posts. I hope you are ready for this! ;)

70+ Homestead Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

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For Your Animals

  1. How to Weigh a Pig without a Scale
  2. A Cheap DIY Waterer for Ducks and Geese
  3. Turn an Old Kitchen Sink into a Dog Water Bowl
  4. 5 Tips for Putting Your Chickens to Work
  5. DIY $1 Chicken Feeder and Waterer
  6. How to Trim Your Goat’s Hooves
  7. How to Make a DIY Goat Feeder
  8. How to Make Your Own Udder Balm
  9. How to Stop Your Milk Cow from Kicking
  10. How to Remove Skunk Smell (without tomato juice)
  11. DIY Beehive in a Mason Jar

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For Your Garden

12. How to Kill Squash Bugs and Eggs with Duct Tape

13. How to Freeze Root Vegetables

14. How to Get Free Containers for Starting Seeds Indoors

15. How to Repurpose Masonry Ladders in the Garden

16. 6 Tips for Planting and Growing Beans

17. 10 Tips for Growing Awesome Tomatoes

18. How to Warm Up Garden Soil for Early Planting

19. How to Get Superpowered Garden Soil

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