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I Wonder What My Neighbors Must Think

I Wonder What My Neighbors Must Think

It’s something I do wonder quite often. What must my neighbors think of my homesteading ways? Do they think I’m strange when I cut the front yard with my reel mower? What must they think when I hang all my laundry out on the clothesline? Do they wonder about the piles of dirt, leaves, and […]

Ditch the Lawnmower. Get a Reel One.

Ditch the Lawnmower. Get a Reel One.

Nope, that’s not a typo. You may not be familiar with the term reel mower, but it’s the correct name for a self-propelled mower without a motor (gas, electric, or otherwise). And no, this isn’t anything like the mowers your father and grandfather have told you horror stories about. I know you’ve heard the anecdotes […]

5 Simple Tips to Green Your Backyard

5 Simple Tips to Green Your Backyard

This post is part of a series in honor of Earth Day on April 22 – Simple Tips for Going Green. You can find other great posts related to going green on these blogs: i Dream of Clean Broccoli Cupcake The Frugal Seed   I am all about baby steps when it comes to starting […]

Upside Down Fire

Wood burning stoves may not be all that common in America (at least in the South where I’m from), but they are in just about every single home in New Zealand. Most homes there are hopelessly uninsulated, but at least most of their heat sources are energy efficient and completely natural. Drew and I struggled […]

What Happens in the Stomach of Corn-fed Cows

What Happens in the Stomach of Corn-fed Cows

One thing I truly love about New Zealand is grass-fed beef by default. Factory farms & CAFOs are virtually unheard of here. Cattle are allowed to roam and graze through lush green paddocks all over the country, resulting in high quality, grass-fed beef at every supermarket! When we stayed in the Wairarapa region (with the […]

25 Tips for Going Green

25 Tips for Going Green

I believe in caring for the earth we live on. I believe we are called to be good stewards of what we’re given. To have authority over the plants and animals around us, but I like to think of it as a mutually beneficial relationship instead of a dictatorship. To husband the earth, in effect. […]

5 Reasons to Eat Local

The ‘locavore’ movement has been gaining attention over the last few years. Plenty of people have documented their challenge to eat only local, all the time. Some may even call it a food trend (imagine that), but there are heaps of reasons why eating food that’s been grown in your area is definitely not a […]

5 Natural Sunscreens

I don’t usually wear sunscreen. You might already know that sunscreen doesn’t protect you from skin cancer (since the sun doesn’t cause skin cancer in the first place). But if you didn’t know that sunscreen blocks your vitamin D production, contains toxic chemicals, and can actually cause cancer, then check out this article I wrote […]

Homemade Cleaning Products

This isn’t exactly the time of year for spring cleaning, but as I’m preparing to move out of my apartment at the end of the month, making sure everything is spic and span has found it’s way higher on the to-do list. But you won’t find Windex and Clorox Clean-up under my kitchen sink. The […]