Homesteading, Homeschooling and Using ABCMouse.Com


Our son is way ahead of the curve in a lot of ways.  He knows how to read, he knows how to write, though he does it mostly on the walls. He very much enjoys anything to do with learning so, for Christmas, my husband and I agreed a membership to would be something we thought […]


‘Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst,’ by Julie Sczerbinski


 A Book Review  When I received my copy of the ”Survival Savvy Family: How to Be Your Best During the Absolute Worst,’  the debut book by Coach Purse Carrying Prepper Julie Sczerbinski, I was quickly impressed by the clean structure and ease of use, quickly flipping from topic of interested to another. As I later sat back and […]


What We Learned Our First Year

What We Learned from Our First Year on the Homestead

This week we are celebrating our first year at our little homestead and as we marvel how time flies we wanted to share some lessons are learning and how the little things we learned after six months on the homestead continue to change and evolve and how the drawbacks become less noticeable to us. I […]

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Farm Tax Checklist

Tax Prep Checklist for Farmers and Homesteaders

With only 29 days until tax day, as we prepare to sit down with our experienced Tax Professional, I am scurrying to get all my chickens in a row and all my papers in order.  I want to make sure every i is crossed and every t is dotted and that our experience is a quick and […]

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Why We Will Not Be Using Flow Hives in our Apiary

As the Flow Hive continues to break crowd funding records, exceeding $5.3M and counting, and as posts/shares continue to clutter our wall with questions on if we plan to use them, The Beekeeper and I decided to run through our thoughts and impressions and share them here with you. First things First This isn’t a slash […]

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‘Aftermath: A Story of Survival,’ by LeAnn Edmondson

   A Book Review  Many books have been written about TEOTWAWK, traversing genres from Dystopian to Cyberpunk, Utopian to Apocalyptic, 1984 to World War Z.  But while the topic is well trodden, I have always been left rather disappointed in the amount of detail offered to the mechanics of  preparedness, leaving me always wanting more. This is where ‘Aftermath: A Story of Survival,’ […]

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The Swarm Before The Storm

In the Spirit of kicking off Swarm Season, the period in the spring when bee hives tend to split into two and propagate, the Beekeeper got another call for a Bee Relocation yesterday afternoon from some near by friends. The a Spring Shower threaten Rain so he ran off  to catch the Swarm before the Storm, […]

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Confessions of an Un-Socialized Public (2)

Confessions of an Un-Socialized Public Schooled Child

You can’t convince me not to home school my son using the Socialization Argument.   Not because I believe the changing Educational Landscape is making the brick and mortar class room obsolete.   Not because I believe brick and mortar group learning environments kill creativity.   Not even because we want to customize our child’s learning to incorporate our ethnic background, […]

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The Beekeeper and the Midnight Swarm Rescue

So, this last Wednesday, as I arrive home from work The Beekeeper mentions something that several people have tagged him on Facebook on a photo of a swarm of bees that has settled on the ground.  I was intrigued as I myself had never seen that before and studied the picture. As the night wore […]

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How to Catch a Hog: The Sow That Got Caught Twice

So if you’ve kept up with our blog, you will have noticed we’ve been testing different methods in our attempts to Catch Hogs in the Orange Groves that surround our home.  Hogs are a nuisance to the Grove owners because they destroy irrigation pipes and damage trees by destroying their roots. Our methods so far […]

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