How I Saved Big On Wedding Manicures This Summer

How I Saved Big On Wedding Manicures This Summer
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This was The summer of weddings 

  among my family and friends, and weddings call for nice manicures.

I’m completely devoid of the artistic gene, and far from a nail expert, so I feel really unqualified to be posting about how to do your nails. But…. I feel the need to share because I spent a grand total of $15 on all of my manicures combined… with a lot of supplies leftover for future nail-dos.

Oh, did I mention that these pictures are from first - yes, first - manicure attempt?

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole

Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
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So, I made this delicious, cheesy, bacon-y casserole the other day. I really wanted to do something with quinoa, but I didn’t know what. On the other hand, I wanted to make chicken bacon ranch pizza, but for some reason, I didn’t actually want to make pizza crust.

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How To Make Time To Grind Your Own Flour

How To Make Time To Grind Your Own Flour
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But we’re all so busy… how will we ever have time to grind flour? I mean, Seriously, as if cooking from scratch isn’t enough, you want to add grinding your own grain on top of that? 

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Canned Baked Beans Recipe

Canned Baked Beans Recipe
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I’m a huge fan of making your own convenience food. Whether it’s through freezer cooking, dehydrating, or canning. Personally, I love the feeling of accompishment I get from filling my freezer and pantry with healthy, homemade food that we can pull out and heat up at a moment’s notice, that costs a mere fraction of what you pay for convenience from the grocery store.

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Time For Change - A Big Announcement

Time For Change - A Big Announcement
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Two days ago Gabriel pulled the RV up to the house so we could clean it up and get it loaded, and I had to face what I’ve been trying to deny for months now:

We’re moving. To Texas.

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Creative Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

Creative Storage Ideas For Small Spaces
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Living in a small house presents a few problems for homesteaders, country dwellers, and really, anybody who likes to keep more than a day or two worth of food on hand at one time, or store their winter clothes throughout the summer.

Especially if you live in a mobile home. We’ve spent a couple years renting one, and you know what? This thing was made with NO storage space! But for us, not keeping food on hand isn’t an option. How could it be when we do our own canning, and get our beef in bulk? So we had to get creative and find a place to put it all. 

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How To Make Tie Dye Cupcakes

How To Make Tie Dye Cupcakes
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I have this thing with my kids’ birthdays. I want them to be special. I want them to scream “WE WENT TO EXTRA EFFORT JUST FOR YOU!”. 

But I don’t mean that in a “spend all the money” sort of way, and honestly, I don’t always have time to go all out on birthday party deco.

Not this summer at least, what with two of my sisters, a close friend, and my dad getting married, plus Gabriel making work trips a lot (did I tell you he’s going to Argentina soon?!). Ugh,… Read More »

Dehydrated Flax Cracker Recipe

Dehydrated Flax Cracker Recipe
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There are so many things I could say about flax crackers.

They’re absolutley the easiest cracker you’ll ever make, gluten-free or otherwise! No heating up the oven, mixing, rolling, cutting, poking with a fork… none of that. The prep time for making flax crackers is litteraly under two minutes. This is the kind of thing that makes homemade snacks possible for even the busiest of people!

I was first introduced to flax crackers by a friend who eats a 100% raw diet. Honestly, up until that point, I hadn’t been terribly impressed by her raw food versions of…… Read More »

The Cloth Diaperer’s Guide To Packing A Diaper Bag

The Cloth Diaperer’s Guide To Packing A Diaper Bag
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I know a lot of us cloth diaper at home, but feel like it’s too much work when we’re going out to bring cloth diapers, a wet bag for dirty diapers, and try to keep everything organized. Much easier just to take disposables and throw them away after you use them! 

After a while though, especially with baby number two bringing about my determination not to buy any more paper diapers, I worked out a system that I feel works really well - for me at least - and since I’ve read a lot of cloth diapering tipps, blog posts, and even wrote a few (such as Read More »