Naps, oven & homeschool

My youngest daughter is now two and a half now and she has made up her mind that she is no longer taking naps anymore. Not so good for mamma because now I have to revise my schedule to set aside “Me” time. Before, I enjoyed about 2 hours of solid gold and rejuvenation atContinue reading “Naps, oven & homeschool”

How I became fully self-sufficient

There was a time when I didn’t know a lot about anything. When I was growing up, me and my siblings were removed from my mothers care at an early age. I was about 12 and was the oldest of three siblings. We were split up and eventually dispersed into different cities into foster homesContinue reading “How I became fully self-sufficient”

Foraging for edible mushrooms

History Mushrooms come in all shapes, colors and sizes and can be found everywhere in all parts of the world. Mushrooms are considered a vegetable but some are actually classified as fungi. People have been consuming mushrooms for ages. The first evidence that mushrooms were used as human food in prehistoric Europe is the recentContinue reading “Foraging for edible mushrooms”

Building a Dakota fire hole

This fire building method was taught to me by Ryan. He’s always willing and eager to try out different fire builds and this is one we were both wanting to try. The Dakota Fire Hole gets its name from the Native American tribe of the Dakota, who populated the area that is now North Dakota,Continue reading “Building a Dakota fire hole”

Plumas national forest

It’s been a while since my last post, I know and I’m sorry. We’ve been traveling a lot trying to find a spot to land and I haven’t quite had a chance to catch my breath. Our cat Jackson is quite the traveler. He sits calmly in his kennel until we get to a campsiteContinue reading “Plumas national forest”

Arizona hot springs

Me and the kids went on a 5.9 mile hike to get to these amazing hot springs. The terrain was considered strenuous according to the website and it was! I can’t believe my just turned 3 year old held up with NO nap and walked there and back without being carried! There were not anyContinue reading “Arizona hot springs”

How to find wood to burn

I just love the crystal clear turquoise colored waters here and the huge rocks encompassing the shoreline makes for a gorgeous scenery. Mice had discovered our wood pile and was preparing to build some kind of… I don’t know what.. and they left this behind. I realized that this is the best kindling you couldContinue reading “How to find wood to burn”

Your energy can change the world

In these uncertain times preparation of any sort is worthwhile. With ammunition, firearms and toilet paper in such high demand. I often wonder where all of this is going? We are being divided in some of the worst ways. Our fears being manipulated and capitalized on through marketing strategies, media tactics and political agendas. SomeContinue reading “Your energy can change the world”

Hiking at Capitol reef national park

When we first arrived at the park entrance, my youngest daughter– who we were recently potty training, decided to squat down and start going to the bathroom while people were walking by. We didn’t want to discourage her from going on her own. I mean, she was so proud of herself. We also didn’t wantContinue reading “Hiking at Capitol reef national park”

How to “read” Nature for survival

The soothing sound of a gentle stream running through the parted earth, the crashing ocean waves rolling to greet the sandy shore, squirrels shuffling through the dry crunchy leaves, the wind picking up and gusting though the trees as the crimson leaves shake, feathered friends singing their complex array of tunes, a bumble bee buzzingContinue reading “How to “read” Nature for survival”

Brigham tea-AKA-Mormon tea

Brigham tea also known as Mormon tea was introduced to the early Mormon pioneers by the Native Americans in 1847. The Native Americans called it “Popotillo”. Brigham tea has been used for over 5000 years. It is used to treat an array of ailments such as coughs, colds, headache, runny nose and fever. Also knowContinue reading “Brigham tea-AKA-Mormon tea”

The laundry situation

The first time I hand washed my clothes I expected it to be a tedious task. I was surprised to find out how much I actually enjoyed doing it! Though they never seem to come out quite as clean as a machine could get them, and sometimes still look dirty afterwards but they sure doContinue reading “The laundry situation”

Making candles with bacon grease

What to do with all that bacon grease… Don’t throw it away! Me and my son Donavan made some homemade bacon grease candles last year. These candles are clean burning and the wick is composed of beeswax and hemp and last much longer than the average candle. They won’t make your house smell like baconContinue reading “Making candles with bacon grease”

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