How to Prepare for Difficult Times in Life

How to Prepare for Difficult Times in Life

Life doesn't come with any guarantees of security.  While we shouldn't allow fear to dictate our lives, we should also know how to prepare for difficult times in life, should they arise. If history is any indicator (and it is), difficult times will visit our lifetimes at some point and it pays big dividends to be prepared. It's naive to think that you'll never lose your job, have a sick child, experience a fire or natural disaster, go through a divorce, experience a long bout with depression or even the death of a loved one. Chances are good that you'll experience many...

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how to thrive like the amish during bad economic times during

How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times

I love the Amish.  Why do I love the Amish?  Because everything about them screams of sustainability and self-preservation!  There is much to learn from these amazing folks, so here's "How to Thrive like the Amish During Bad Economic Times"! Holmes County I discovered the Amish about 25 years ago, when we were trying to get out of debt and get our finances in order.  If you aren't familiar with the Amish, they are a fascinating group of people who escaped religious persecution in Switzerland and Germany to migrate to the United States in the early 18th century. They initially settled in...

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window herb garden

4 Ways to Dehydrate Herbs

It's that time of year, when the herbs seem to be growing faster than I can harvest them!  That's why I'm excited to share "4 Ways to Dehydrate Herbs" with you! You might remember my post a while back "How to Design an Herb Garden".  Well, that little garden is cranking out some serious amounts of herbs, and so I find my self using more than one method to dehydrate them. My tried and true, old-fashioned but much preferred way to dry herbs is by simply hanging them.  Let nature do it's thing and just let them dry.  This method only...

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54 WAys to BE More Sustainable

54 Ways to Be More Sustainable

In "54 Ways to Be More Sustainable", you'll discover big and small ways and ideas to promote sustainability in your home...no matter where you live! Creating more sustainability and self-reliance in your life brings more freedom from unfulfilling jobs, stress and debt.  By becoming more sustainable, we gain confidence and freedom that we can indeed provide quite a bit for ourselves!  Where to begin to become more sustainable in our lives?   54 Sustainable Living Tips and Ideas   1.  Take Inventory  What do I mean by "take inventory"?  What I mean is to take a look around at what you have access to where you live.  It doesn't...

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The Best Clothesline Ideas for Outdoors

The BEST Clothesline Ideas for Outdoors

The outdoor clothesline is one of the world's best inventions, wouldn't you agree?  Want to solar-dry your clothes this year?  Let's look at "The BEST Clothesline Ideas for Outdoors"! So simple....a line and a pole. So dependable....the sun comes up everyday. So effective....I mean air always dries your clothes! No wonder it's been used for thousands of years by so many civilizations!  Until the 1950's, everyone used "solar dryers"(aka outdoors clothesline!) but even when electric dryers hit the market in the 1950's, the cost prohibitive at $200!  That equates out to $2,046.03 in today's dollars!   Many families stuck with the "tried and...

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