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For most people, food is a major monthly expense. Some days are just so hectic, it seems easier to grab something on the way home or go out for dinner. Even if you decide to make something at home, you're sometimes exhausted and stress so frozen boxed meals or having pizza delivered seems like an [...]

Last week I had my cousin over for lunch. It was the first time they've been to our new place here. We grilled some hamburgers and relaxed outside. While eating they noticed our rain barrel and asked about it. Having a rain barrel can be a smart move for the environment and your own wallet. [...]

Free Books for You!

Are you looking for something new to read, but trying not to spend a ton of money? Good news - I'm giving away new and like new books! When Hurricane Matthew came up the coast a few weeks ago, we lost power. Without power, the sump pumps stopped working and yep, you guessed it, we had [...]

As we continue our yard projects, I realize we're embracing permaculture as we're building up the garden and general layout. It's difficult to summarize, but I see it as a design process that attempts to mimic nature and build around systems instead of just looking at individual components. It's usually associated with yard/garden design, but it's more [...]

Stumped by which kinds of trees are in your yard? Here some tips to help quickly identify any unknown tree! This year is about about trees - learning about them, tending to them, pruning a few, and in some  cases, chopping them. Our yard is packed with trees. No matter which side you're viewing it from [...]

As I'm going through Joshua Becker's Uncluttered course,  I'm seeing firsthand the benefits of simplifying and removing excess around the house. Last week we had cleaned out one of the most cluttered, overstuffed rooms in the house - our kids'. Long story short, cleaning up was stressful for everyone. Our oldest daughter was overwhelmed by everything [...]

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