Homestead Barn Hop #154

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

 It’s coming… I can feel it! 

I can’t deny the feeling that spring is in the air. The Prairie Kids and I have been spending more and more time outside cleaning up the yard after a the long winter, and making plans for flower beds and the gardens. And yes, I fully expect at least one more hefty snow storm to hit Wyoming, but that’s OK. That just means greener grass to come. :)

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And I have an exciting announcement for you– this Friday, April 11th, at 2 pm MST (4 pm EST), I will be hosting a free webinar with Dana Dow of Bloom Doula. She is a doula by trade, and fellow essential oil enthusiast who will be offering her best tips for using essential oils during pregnancy and labor. The spots are filling up fast, so don’t miss it! (There’ll be a fun giveaway too!) Register here.

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a HomesteadWeed Em and Reap, and The Elliott 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!

Some Simple Guidelines:

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.… [Continue Reading]

Win a Family Physician Essential Oil Kit! ($166 value!)

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I think I’ve mentioned this before…

… but I’m pretty sure I have the greatest essential oil team EVER. ;)

The stories coming out of my Empowered Health essential oil team boggle my mind. I absolutely love seeing people’s lives changed by essential oils–and it happens every single day.

There is nothing my team loves more than being able to share the amazing qualities of essential oils with someone new, so we decided to get together and host an extra-special giveaway!

Win a Family Physician Kit ($166 value)

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The Family Physician Kit is one of the most popular doTERRA essential oil kits available. It’s a wonderful place to start if you are new to the idea of essential oils. It includes 5 mL bottles of:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Melaleuca
  • Oregano
  • Frankincense
  • Deep Blue® (soothing blend)
  • Breathe (respiratory support blend)
  • DigestZen (digestive support blend)
  • On Guard® (protective blend)

These are the oils that I (and my teammates) use most frequently–sometimes on a daily basis!

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Don’t wanna wait to get started with essential oils?… [Continue Reading]

DIY Soil Block Maker

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I’ve been hearing some buzz lately…

…about these handy-dandy soil block thingies that people are using to start their seeds.

I’ve been pretty loyal to my nifty little newspaper pots for a while now, but being the nosy curious homesteader that I am, I just had to check out these new pots on the block. (Sorry… I couldn’t help myself) :)

My initial detective work led me to this soil block maker on Amazon for $30 (affiliate link). It has good reviews, and a lot of people seem to be having success with it, so it’s definitely an option.

But then the DIY-side of my brain kicked into gear and I started scheming about how I could make one of these oh-so-trendy soil block makers myself.

So that’s what we are doing here today–and there are two different styles you can choose from. The first one (the classy tin can model) was my project on Sunday afternoon. I like that one because it’s super simple and super cheap. But then hubby came along and decided he could make it even better, so I’m including his version as well. I actually like his design better, but don’t tell him I said that…

DIY Soil Block Maker (the classy tin can version)

You will need:

  • An empty tin can (I think the one I used was the 15 oz size–or something like that)
  • A chunk of dowel or a round/square wooden stick of some sort (scrap lumber is great)
  • A screw (or two)
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • A pan/tray to hold the blocks

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Remove both ends from the can. You’ll need to save one end, but you can toss the other one.

Attach the lid of the can to the dowel/stick with the screw. We drilled a guide hole first, and then screwed it together.… [Continue Reading]

Homestead Barn Hop #153

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“Cultivating the Homestead Community”

 Something miraculous happened this week…

I went into the feed store and came out with only TWO baby birds. Not 15… Not 35… Just two.

That’s right–I went in, bought two turkeys (destined for the Thanksgiving table, come November), and that’s it.

It was a massive exercise in self-control, and they said it couldn’t be done, but I did it.

Now, that’s not to say that I won’t be driving back to town to potentially bring home more chicks… But let’s just take one day at a time, m’kay? ;)

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a HomesteadWeed Em and Reap, and The Elliott 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!

Some Simple Guidelines:

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.

3. Make sure that you link to your Barn Hop post, not your blog’s main page, so your guests won’t have any trouble finding your great tips.

4. Please link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share.… [Continue Reading]