Category: DIY Projects

Cold and flu season is here. As both a teacher and a mother, you can imagine the amount of germs that I am exposed to as well as bring into our home on a daily basis. While I’m not anti-medication per se, I do prefer to try natural methods as preventative options when given the chance.

By no means am I an expert, merely a mom who has taken an active interest in alternative methods to big pharma,

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The holiday season is upon us. This year, Wanderstead Husband and I have made a vow to truly limit the number of items purchased and really focus on homemade and quality or unique items.

In an effort to both lower our financial footprint, but also simplify and focus more on the spirit of the season, we have both begun working on projects and gifts for loved ones.

However, I know I will be purchasing some things.

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Over 6 months ago, the renovation of our dining room and kitchen began. It sounds so trite when you say it like that. Like…”Oh ya, this remodel thing? Totally got that finished in 6 months”. The reality of living through a renovation is that it NEVER goes as planned, always costs more, and causes stresses you haven’t thought to worry about yet. It feels never-ending, and at times you feel like you are making steps backward,

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If you read my list of 9 Must Have Tools then you probably have picked up on the fact that I love tools. Like, seriously love them.  So for me, just the basics won’t and don’t cut it.  Furthermore, I tackle some pretty big projects.  I really enjoy fixing things around the house, building things for the Wanderstead Wife and family as well as trying to make a bit of a living.  An extensive tool collection is a must.

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There are any number of “must have” lists out there, but one that I think is perhaps overlooked or glossed over is a list of tools that everyone should have readily on hand.  Whether it’s an emergency repair or a small DIY project, everyone should have immediate access to some very basic tools.  The following is what I think of as a BASIC tool set.  My collection is somewhat more extensive, however compared to some mine would be considered basic so don’t be intimidated.

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There are homesteaders. And then…there are homesteaders. There are those trying to be self-sufficient on 1/10 of an acre and those who have thousands of acres and haven’t been to a store in 16 years.

We fall in between those two extremes.

We live in the foothills in northern California, just up out of the valley. Our home resides at approximately 800 feet above sea level and we have 20 acres of a combination of steep terrain and a little semi-flat.

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