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Preventing Anxiety by Waking up with Light Instead of Alarms

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I passionately despise alarm clocks. The jolt from waking up to the sound of an alarm used to begin my day with an anxiety that normally took a morning run to wear off. Back then I didn’t have a choice. I worked in an office that required me to be there by a certain time and that meant waking up while it was still dark.  It wasn’t until I started working with flexible hours that I […]

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FAQ – “I want to start growing food but I don’t know what to try first”

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One of the most common questions I receive is “What should I grow first?”. Here’s what I tell people our strategy was in response: Start with something you like and buy a lot of – We started with kale, spinach, lettuce. These items cost us $10 a week at the grocery store whenever we tried to eat healthy and I loved the idea of having unlimited salad greens in my backyard. I had a feeling it […]

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How we make dishwasher detergent with 4 common household ingredients

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Dishwasher detergent was something I never even thought about being able to make. I always just thought it was one of those purchases I had to keep making every month or so. I found this really simple recipe from Happy Money Saver and have found it to be so beneficial! Not only is it simple to make, it works just as well as the store-bought detergent! Positives: Cheaper than store bought You aren’t using harsh […]

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How we save $ and protect my baby’s skin using reusable cloth wipes

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Cloth wipes are something that I could definitely not do without! I feel silly that I ever used wipes bought at the store. This is such an easy thing that I can’t believe that everyone doesn’t do it. Not only does it save time and money, but I feel so much better using these on my baby’s skin. We bought these wipes from Amazon and love them! We’ve found them to be extremely soft and durable […]

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How I manage cloth diaper laundry

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So many people always talk about how disgusting it is to have to wash cloth diapers. Honestly, I used to be one of those people before I started doing it. I truly do not feel that it is bad at all now! First of all, make sure to get a wet bag . I have a separate hamper that I use for diapers in the nursery and this liner helps to prevent any smells from occurring. […]

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A brief overview of why and how we use cloth diapers (Save $$$, protect your baby’s skin, go green!)

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When I first talked about the idea of using cloth diapers with my daughter, people thought I was crazy. Discussions about how disgusting it is to wash them and how hard it was to work with pins were always brought up. This type of thinking it what made me hold off until she was two months old. After buying yet another diaper rash cream, I decided to take the plunge. The only problem was I […]

The best design I found on the Internet for an easy-harvest hoop house

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You can grow greens like lettuce, kale, and spinach all winter in Oklahoma if you build a simple hoop house out of PVC and plastic sheeting. I’ve spent many hours researching the best way to build a PVC hoop house so that greens can be easily harvested over the winter. This is the best design I’ve seen by far. This video calls for 2 layers of protection, but we should only need one here in […]

Preserving Oregano Using our Dehydrator

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The difference in taste and nutrition provided from herbs grown at home far exceed what you find in the store. Once you start using freshly grown or self-preserved herbs, you’ll never want to go back.We just harvested one of our oregano plants and made dry seasoning from it. We cut the plant down to the base, let the cuttings soak in room temperature water, and then washed it thoroughly to make sure there weren’t any […]