I keep finding myself saying, “It’s not THAT hot yet.” The summer has just begun! How hot is that hot? The high was 93 degrees today and in the house it got up to 87 degrees. Definitely time to turn on the AC! But we have a pantry where our …Read More »
Flies and Ticks and Chiggers, Oh My!!
I’m sitting on my deck right now as I type this. Within the last half an hour, I have swatted multiple flies, pulled off a tick, avoided a couple wasps, and killed one mosquito. They are impossible to avoid during the warm months of the year. I was never very …Read More »
We love pancakes at our house! But making them in the morning can be kind of time consuming while standing over the stove pouring and flipping. I usually have a very hungry toddler pulling on me to be fed right now. Yes, I mean NOW! If he is not fed …Read More »
Getting Water Off Grid
If you have ever gone without running water or electricity for any period of time, I think you would probably agree that water is so much more important. Electricity is a modern convenience. Mankind has really only had electricity for one century. That’s nothing compared to our history. Functioning without …Read More »
What does Spring Cleaning have to do with Organizing?
As soon as spring arrived, I started to see lots of articles about spring cleaning. Most of these were about how to get rid of stuff and organize what is left. I’ve done my fair share of that, but why is it focused on in the spring? When did spring …Read More »
How I Got Rid of More Than Half of Our Stuff
I started living by this quote long before I heard it. I’ve seen it everywhere lately and I love it! There seems to be a movement going on to simplify our stuff. I love that there are so many of us that feel this way. A few years ago, I …Read More »
Kitchen Appliances, Who Needs Them?
Do you know how many electrical appliances you have in your kitchen? When I lived in an electric house, I couldn’t believe all the things that I needed to plug in. How could my kitchen function in a “power grid goes down” emergency? I would have a very hard time. …Read More »
A Clean House Makes Mama Happy!
My family moved to the country for a simpler life. We wanted a small house and less things. That excited me! I wanted the inside of my home to feel simple and peaceful. I didn’t want to see clutter because to me that is not simple and definitely not peaceful. …Read More »
Off Grid Lighting
When people hear that my family lives without electricity, their first question is usually: Well, what do you do for light? After a year and a half of living without light bulbs, lamps, and light switches, I have to say that going non-electric with lighting is one of the easiest …Read More »
Cold Brew Coffee
Like everything else in my life, I like my coffee to be simple. I usually have it black. When I want to splurge a little bit, I like it with cream and sugar (especially if it’s cold). I buy my grounds in the big can from a discount store. I …Read More »