How's that for a politically-incorrect title? Failure is a pretty distasteful word in our culture. "They were such a failure..." "He totally failed at that..." "Failure is not an option." We've all heard and said those phrases and they carry an extremely negative connotation, don't they? As a recovering perfectionist, I've had a longstanding beef with failure. I hate messing up, I hate making mistakes, and I hate knowing I could … [Read more...] about I’m Teaching My Kids to Fail
Homesteading is making a comeback as people yearn to return to their roots and a simpler way of life. If you just starting your homesteading journey and aren’t quite sure how to define it, this page will help. Otherwise, grab a cup of coffee or tea, sit back, and enjoy browsing the homesteading posts found here!
I'm a such a sucker for roaring fire. I grew up with wood heat, and to this day, if I'm in a house during winter without some sort of heat source to stand next to, my soul feels a bit empty. When we moved into our little prairie house in 2008, it only had a forced-air furnace and that was a serious bummer. Not to mention, the 100-year old house had pathetic insulation and the curtains would actually move when the wind blew. We pretty much … [Read more...] about Heating with Wood on the Homestead
Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of our chaotic homestead life, I catch myself silently watching Prairie Girl. Amidst the zipping up of tiny coats, bracing against the wind, feeding hay, and filling water buckets, I remember… I remember a small girl who would have loved nothing more than to have horses outside her bedroom window. And a wheelbarrow full of manure to push. And eggs to collect. That girl was me. I don’t know of many … [Read more...] about When She Leaves…
Maybe someday I can be like Oprah... ...and have a "Jill's Favorite Things" event every year where I give away truckloads of awesomeness. "A free home freeze dryer for EVERYONE!! Weeeeeeee!!" But as much as I love y'all, I'm afraid that's not a possibility at the moment. So a super-awesome homestead gift guide will have to suffice. I hand-picked each and every item in this guide, and they were specifically chosen because I personally … [Read more...] about 2016 Homestead Gift Guide