Friday, March 28, 2014

Would You Survive?

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It came to my attention this week while walking through the grocery store that life could change in an instant. There are always threats of terrorism and crime. Natural disasters like the recent mudslide in Washington devastate us. Ice storms knock out power and can cause you to be stranded inside. What can we do to prepare? How do we survive?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

You Need Your Rest

In today's world, we never rest. Everything is go-go-go all the time. Every invention is made for convenience and to take less time. No one has patience and no one takes the time to stop. We are running ourselves ragged, and for what? Our career? Our kids' extracurricular activities? Our family's wants? It has to stop. Our bodies and brains were not made to live through such turmoil all the time.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Little House Lifestyle

We had our big yard sale this weekend in preparation for putting the house on the market and I believe it was very successful. We removed a lot of the clutter from our home and sold furniture that we cannot fit into a camper or storage. The house now feels as large as it is. This was all step one in becoming more self-sustainable and living as a minimalist.

My husband and I have not always been like this. We haven't always dreamed of getting rid of all our stuff and starting a mini-farm homestead. In fact, in the past I wanted to be a big city girl! I have no idea why I ever wanted to live in a crowded city with rude people, traffic, and smog...but for some reason, I did.

That was when I was a teenager. I was feeling rebellious of the "norm" and wanted to be a business woman, not a homemaker. I detested the fact that some people expected the woman to be at home. I wanted to be independent and rely only on myself. I didn't need a man.

When I was really young, however, I read the Little House on the Prairie books and dreamed of that lifestyle. I would pretend I lived back then, putting on a long, flowing skirt and running barefoot outside. I imagined living in a small log cabin with a warm fire and climbing a ladder into a loft to my bed at night. I loved how the family would gather together and Pa would play his fiddle, and how their faith was a big part of their upbringing.

I also dreamed of being a teacher and a mommy back then. Somehow I lost that imagination and dream I once had, putting it off as just some child's fantasy, never to be a reality. Well after some of the circumstances in my early years as an adult and especially over the past couple of years, I realized that my first dream was what I really want. And now I am doing the work behind the dream to turn it into a reality!

As a child, I didn't know about chemicals and pharmaceuticals and terrorists that could wipe out the grid. Now I realize that God placed the dream in me to live simply and naturally because of the way the world is going. I realize that I will be a mommy and a teacher to my own children someday. I will have the cabin and wear long, flowing skirts while I work barefoot in the garden. ;)

I will raise my children to trust in God instead of man and teach them all the ways of the Lord. I will teach them to respect nature and God's design, only taking from it what we need for nourishment, and always giving back to the soil in the form of compost. I will teach them to work hard, always being honest and having integrity.

I will work hard all my days to care for my husband and family, but will always be sure to enjoy those moments I can never get watching my children chase the chickens through the yard, seeing my husband care for the animals and work the land, noticing the wonder in my children's eyes when they see a new baby calf or watch chickens hatch for the first time, enjoying the soft breeze on my porch swing while snuggling with my husband after a day of hard work, putting my children to bed with a prayer and a kiss, and seeing God's glory in the new day's sunrise, greeting it with a smile.

There may be days that we experience loss of animals, a garden disaster, or make mistakes that set us back; but we will always have each other and God and really, there's nothing else that we need other than that. Because I trust that God will take care of us and I trust my husband to make the right decisions. With God as our focus, we cannot go wrong.

Do you live a Little House lifestyle? If you don't, do you dream of it? I would love to hear your story. Please share in the comment section below.

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 Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop

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Friday, March 21, 2014

What are Essential Oils?

Something all-natural that's becoming increasing popular among "crunchy" people are essential oils.

So what are they?

An essential oil is a natural oil that is extracted from plants or other sources. Essential oils have been around for thousands of years and used in everything from aromatherapy to hygiene to healthcare. Fragrance oils and essential oils are different. The oils I am talking about are pure, undiluted and can be used therapeutically.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Keeping Packing Organized

As you all know, we are planning to scale down and live in a camper soon. So I have been working on sorting, purging, and storing items from our house to get ready for the downsize. This week I have been working on storing items that I do not need everyday but that I plan on keeping. I started with keepsakes and heirloom china and I am working my way through the house, packing things and organizing them.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Live a Simple Life and Save Time?

I'm sure you can agree, especially with the way society is these days, that time flies. It seems as if the hours disappear. Days, weeks, months, and even years run together! Have you ever wondered why that is? As a child, time seemed much slower. We had less responsibilities and our imaginations were allowed to run wild, as were we (sometimes).Why does there seem to be less time in the same 24-hour day the older that we get?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Recipe Friday!

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I have a confession...I LOVE chocolate! Okay, well that probably isn't really a confession. It's assumed that most women love chocolate. I know I can't be the only one. :P Today I wanted to share with you my favorite "healthy" brownie recipe.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

My Problem with Organizing

I have a problem. It seems that every time I try to organize, I run into it. It's a time waster. It prevents me from accomplishing what I set out to do. It may not be a bad thing itself, but when I'm trying to organize under a time crunch, it does not help me at all. You may struggle with it too when you try to organize...

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Kitchen Disaster

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I am the world's worst at keeping my kitchen clean. I really don't understand how mothers with young children do it. It is just my husband and myself in our home and yet I can't seem to keep the dishes clean. They pile up like crazy. I will not blame my husband because it is mostly my fault. I always use excuses of not having enough time or being too tired.

That is true to an extent BUT I cannot let that make me live in a pigsty. I decided I would bear the shame and devise a plan to deal with it and share with you so that you can also use these tips if you have the same issues as I do. If you do not have these issues and your kitchen is spotless, please leave me additional tips and tell me whether my plan will work or not. :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Dreaded B-Word

We don't want to use it because others may look down on us. We feel like we don't need to use it in everyday life so we don't. But we DO need to use it and be PROUD of it. It doesn't hold us back but actually gives us freedom! I'm talking about the dreaded BUDGET!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Good or Bad?

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I've been doing some thinking lately about our world as it currently is. There is so much going on in the world that is not ideal. There are chemicals, genetically modified organisms, radiation, and pollution that threaten to take over the world. Most of the bad started with a good idea. Someone wanted to make the world a better place and invented something that seemed like it would help, but does the good outweigh the bad?

Monday, March 3, 2014

How To Organize Your Closet in 3 Easy Steps

Well I got my closet cleaned out on Saturday and I was blown away by how much stuff I have. I focused mainly on my bedroom closet so it is mostly clothes and accessories I am getting rid of from that closet. When I moved into my house, one thing I loved about it was the huge walk-in closet. That has turned out to be a downside now that I realize how much stuff I had filled it with...