Make Your Own Essential Oils Sprays

Make Your Own Essential Oils Sprays

By Ashley Allgood I discovered essential oils about a year and a half ago, and I can’t tell you how amazed I am at the many ways they can be used. Essential oils are concentrated, liquid plant extracts. They are called “essential” because they are the essence of a...
Why Can?

Why Can?

By Renata Finch In this society of convenience that we live in, we seem to have lost the necessity of preserving food ourselves. Canned goods are available year-round to us on every shelf of every store. So why should we continue to utilize this old fashioned skill?...
Can Your Animals Help Others?

Can Your Animals Help Others?

By Rosemarie Pagano I can’t resist petting a friendly dog. Hugging a donkey? Oh, yeah, count me in. People of all ages and cultures have benefited from interactions with animals. Of course, we’re all aware of how guide dogs can assist the blind, but did you know that...
Moving from City to Country

Moving from City to Country

By Michelle Shall Life changes happen to everyone. Sometimes, we are struck by them unexpectedly—a close family member dies, a job is transferred to a different state, or we inherit money. Other times, we cause the changes and have to prepare ourselves for the slew of...
Why Doesn’t My Child Like Homesteading?

Why Doesn’t My Child Like Homesteading?

By Kenzi Knapp Would your little girl on the prairie rather be listening to music than milking the cows? Is it possible for a farmer boy to dislike farming? While most children enjoy the homesteading experience, some do not. Like adults, children’s perspectives can...
Let’s Chat … About Chore Charts!

Let’s Chat … About Chore Charts!

By Renee Metzler Total Home Makeover offers a simple system for mom to keep her home neat and tidy with delicious meals on the table, and have time to spare. A great place to start is Step 1: A Daily Routine and the Quick Start Kit. Today, let’s chat about chore...
Seasons of the Family Business

Seasons of the Family Business

By Kenzi Knapp What does your family business have to do with a tree? Nothing much (unless you sell maple syrup), but the tree makes a helpful analogy of something we often forget: family businesses go through seasons. For young families who may be wondering what lies...
Teaching Your Children to be Gracious Hosts

Teaching Your Children to be Gracious Hosts

By Ashley Allgood I have always loved the movie Anne of Green Gables. I will never forget when it originally aired on PBS when I was ten years old. Anne fascinated me! She had a strong spirit, and was dramatic and creative. One of my favorite scenes from the movie is...
Benefits of Rotational Grazing For Goats

Benefits of Rotational Grazing For Goats

By Kenzi Knapp When we launched into dairy goats with our two Lamancha does, we naively expected them to be content with our well-shaded, two-acre yard. You guessed it! By summer’s end our ladies made it clear that grass was great, but our many trees fit their...
Entertaining Young Ones Without Screens

Entertaining Young Ones Without Screens

By Sharon Shirey I know how tempting it is to hand your phone over to your young child. You have a lot on your plate. You’re tired. You have so many things to do. So, you rely on a device for an instant distraction for your child. It’s accessible. It doesn’t require a...
Garden With Flair

Garden With Flair

By Carole West Gardening with flair begins by expressing our creativity. In my new book, Startle Garden I have an entire chapter dedicated to adding garden flair and it was probably the most fun to write because it’s where inspiration comes to life! Don’t get me...
What Is Clean Eating and How Do I Get Started?

What Is Clean Eating and How Do I Get Started?

 By Lisa Holcomb You have probably heard the buzz words “clean eating.” Clean eating recipes are everywhere. Blogs, Pinterest, recipe planning sites, and even whole cookbooks are dedicated to just clean eating recipes. What’s the big deal and what is clean eating?...
How to Make Tax Season More Manageable for Small Business Owners

How to Make Tax Season More Manageable for Small Business Owners

By Julie Morris Small business owners who are looking for ways to save some hassles and headaches often don’t want to think about their taxes. However, if you are aware of the common mistakes small-business owners make, stay current with quarterly estimates, and use...
Dealing With Distractions

Dealing With Distractions

By Renata Finch “A goat’s in the orchard!” exclaimed my eight-year-old son. I sighed. This wasn’t the first interruption and I could see my carefully planned day dissipating into a hasty scramble to try to get anything achieved on my “to do” list. I once again sent...
Teach Your Children to Organize Their Paperwork

Teach Your Children to Organize Their Paperwork

By Jennifer Sikora Raising teenagers to be organized individuals can be a very daunting task. That is why one school year, my husband and I decided that our children needed some good, old-fashioned training in the forgotten art of organizing. I guess my determination...

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