Homestead Barn Hop #136

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

(Hey! We got a facelift! Still the same Barn Hop you know and love, but we thought a fresh new look was in order.)

It’s funny how life can change so quickly. We arrived home from our vacation last Monday with the intention to get caught up around the homestead and finish up on fall chores. Little did I know we’d spent the end of the week in the hospital with Prairie Girl on IV antibiotics…

She was diagnosed with mastoiditis–a complication from an ear infection she had 4 weeks prior. We thought we had kicked it. We hadn’t.

Like I mentioned on Facebook, as much as I love natural remedies, I was very thankful for modern medicine this week. Mastoiditis can be very serious, and apparently used to be a leading cause of child mortality before antibiotics became commonplace.

As a general rule, we try to avoid antibiotics in our family whenever possible. But in this instance, they were absolutely necessary, and I’m thankful that we had them. And when she’s finished with her prescription, we’ll be hitting the yogurt and kefir to help replace the bacteria in her gut.

We were able to bring her home on Saturday, and she’s doing great. The funny thing is, most people with mastoiditis act very sick. High fevers, pain, and listlessness are very common symptoms. Prairie Girl never even acted like a thing was wrong, right up until the point they admitted her. If I hadn’t noticed her ear looking funny, we wouldn’t have known a thing was wrong. Tough little kid.

So what happened on YOUR homestead this past week? I wanna hear!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead and New Life on a Homestead

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Get Ready to Hibernate! $2000 Worth of Homesteading, Real Food, & Health Content for $39!


Are You Ready to Hibernate?

Crisp autumn temperatures, the house filled with smells of homemade baked goods, and cozy evenings spent with a hot cup of tea and a good read.

For those of us who live in the northern climates, the garden is (mostly) put to bed, the canning & preserving is (mostly) finished for the year, and the yard and barn chores have (mostly) slowed down.

This is my favorite time of the year to do some hibernating and refocus on my home, catch up on all that reading I couldn’t do during the busy summer months, play around with different recipes, and try my hand at some new skills.

The Fall into Health Sale couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only is it above-and-beyond any promotion I’ve ever participated in before, but it’s going to give me alllll the content I need to pack my brain full of new stuff this winter!

What You’re Gonna Get:


That’s right– you’ll get my NEW book, Natural Homestead, in there too! And if you already purchased it–no worries. You can totally give your extra copy away to a friend. (*cough* Christmas *cough*)

Plus, 46 other books loaded with vintage recipes, grain-free recipes, green holiday gifts & plans, healthy living advice (for heartburn, eczema, insomnia, fitness, & more!), sustainability, modern homesteading, and the list goes on… and on… and on.

See the full line-up of books, with descriptions


Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms, Brandon Sheard speaking about butchering animals at home, Jeffery Smith discussing the dangers of GMOs, Diane Sanfilippo talking about her 21-Day Sugar Detox, and eleven others!


THREE online video classes which include HOURS of video plus printable content! I’m especially excited about the Urban Farming for Kids class from Weed ‘Em and Reap! Just the value of these video classes along is over $270.… [Continue Reading]

Homestead Barn Hop #130

“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

What. A. Week.

Prairie Boy and I spent the week in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the annual doTERRA essential oil convention. I had a BLAST and learned a ton, but I am so very happy to be back on my quiet little homestead. Once again, I have confirmed that I am just not cut out for city life– although it was fun to be somewhere different for the week. ;)

We arrived home to the first blizzard of the season– it was a doozy! Our snow fences are full, and there is a 4-foot drift in front of the house. I didn’t dig my potatoes before I left (I really didn’t think it’d snow!), so hopefully they are ok… I can’t say the same for the poor little raspberries, though.

So what happened on YOUR homestead this past week? I wanna hear!

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead and New Life on a Homestead

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

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1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

2. Please remember this is a family-friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately. We’re pretty conservative, so we ask that you use good judgment and err on the side of caution.… [Continue Reading]

Save 90% on 30 Natural Living eBooks- This Week Only!



I’m a bargain-aholic. In fact, I have a hard time purchasing anything at full price, whether it be clothing, appliances, household stuff, or ebooks. And I absolutely love being able to share bargains with my lovely readers. ;)

Even though I still enjoy holding a print book in my hands, I’ve been transitioning to more of an eBook library lately. My house is tiny, and I just don’t have room for bazillions of books. Not to mention that ebooks are usually cheaper (there’s that bargain-aholic thing coming out again…) Not to mention that some of the best books in my collections are in digital format!

The End of Summer eBook Bundle

This week only, grab 30 top ebooks from your favorite natural living & real food bloggers for only $39– that only $1.30 PER BOOK!

The Line Up:


  • DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes by Heather Dessinger of Mommypotamus – (NEW!)
  • The Sleep Solution: End Your Insomnia Naturally by Emily Benfit of Butter Believer (NEW!)
  • Real Food Survival Guide for Busy Moms by Lindsey Gremont of Homemade Mommy (NEW!)


  • Simply Salads by Season by Kristen Michaelis of Food Renegade- (NEW!)
  • Grain-free Desserts Jennifer McGruther of Nourished Kitchen
  • Sustainability Starts at Home by Dawn Gifford of Small Footprint Family (NEW!)
  • Have Your Cake & Lose Weight, Too! by DaNelle Wolford (NEW!)
  • Your Custom Homestead by Me!


  • From Scratch by Shaye Elliott of The Elliott Homestead (NEW!)
  • Real Food Ingredient Guide by Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Plus TWENTY other titles! Get the full list HERE.

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I’ve had a chance to look through all the books in this bundle, and it’s a valuable collection– not to mention that if you purchased even just a couple of them individually, you’d be paying more than the price of the entire bundle.… [Continue Reading]