Homestead

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.

Kitchen Breakfast Nook Redo

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Everything in the house is being moved around and becoming rather cluttered as our focus has been on another project: the kitchen breakfast nook.We love this little kitchen breakfast nook. This is the place where our friends and family gather when they visit. It seems our whole house revolves around this corner.But there was a big problem with it:...

How to Clean Tile Grout

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I like to think of myself as a pretty laid-back person. But thinking of yourself as one way and actually BEING that way are two very different things. Truth be told, I've become rather high-strung about a lot of things since the babies came along. I think it's a pretty common thing for new parents: this delicate little being...

Dechlorinating Water for Healthier Plants

how to dechlorinate water for healthier plants
I shared in my post about toilet paper roll seed starters that I like to sprout my seeds by dechlorinating water and mixing it with a high-quality organic germinating mix to give my little seedlings the highest chance of survival. That was met with a resounding, "Dechlorinating water? What now?" from a few readers, who reached out with questions...

Composting 101

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We've been aching to be more eco-conscientious now that we're living the rural life, so we did some composting 101 research and started our very own organic cycle of decomposition. Ladies and gents, meet the newest addition to our family! This boxy little lady has officially joined the ranks of our side yard, right along with the propane tank and...

Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starters

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Toilet paper roll seed starters. That's a glamorous title if I ever read one! In case you have no idea what I'm talking about or why I've started saving up all my toilet paper rolls to aid in my hippie earth-loving endeavors, go read our post about how we're going to plant a spring garden at our spacious new rural home. I'm...

How to Plant a Spring Garden

how to plant a spring garden: choose easy plants
I already our spring garden preparation methods with you all, and now it's time to share the actual step-by-step of how to plant a spring garden! If you've already researched how to plant a spring garden and have been totally confused about "zones," just ignore the whole zone thing for now. Zones are a fancy way of talking about how...

Spring Garden Preparation (or “Hoarding Is Good for the Earth”)

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I know it's still the dead of winter, but it's already time to start spring garden preparation! We're well in the middle of our garden preparation, clearing out our garden space, preparing soil and gathering supplies.This little backyard space will soon be a bonafide starter garden brimming with fruits and vegetables. Spring garden preparation with supplies we have at homeToilet...

New House Tour: Get a Peek Inside our Home

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I know, I know. I've been promising in-depth photos and a new house tour here on the blog for weeks now. We shared some outside pictures of our country house, but I was trying to get most of the boxes unpacked before unveiling the inside and the new house tour in all its glory. We're getting there.Excuse our dust....

DIY Spice Rack

DIY Spice Rack
I've been holding onto Some Boy's old glass baby food jars for ages, knowing that one day they would make for a fun craft. And then the other day as I was searching for spice in my cluttered cabinets, it dawned on me: these would make the perfect DIY spice rack! I had an old magnetic Melissa & Doug...

DIY Tree Wall Mural

DIY wall mural
The nursery is slowly starting to come together, but it's been missing a major component: wall decor. We're not allowed to paint or wallpaper the walls in our apartment, so they're completely blank and boring.See? Boring. Definitely a work in progress. I've found a couple wall decals online that can easily stick up and peel off without damaging the...