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Tips for the Everyman to Build a House

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Building a home can seem like a lofty task, especially for those with little construction knowledge. As a green builder, I’ve helped develop homes that prioritize comfort, safety and simplicity. That last word is particularly important for construction novices to recognize, since efficient planning combined with the tips below offers a home-building experience that the everyday man can undertake, enjoy ... Read More »

5 Fall Décor Ideas to Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month means so much to so many different people. Whether you’ve gone through it yourself or know someone who has, the number of people affected, in some way, by breast cancer is astounding. The Center for Disease Control estimates that over 226,000 people were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012. It is, according to the CDC, the ... Read More »

Delicious Heirloom Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

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If I had to choose only two plants for my garden it would tomatoes and basil, and this soup would be the reason! A few months back I shared this recipe with my readers on Mother Earth Living and received such a great response that I thought I’d share it here as well! Tomatoes can be super easy to grow ... Read More »

How to Change the Color of Hydrangeas

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We’ve invited Nell from Joy Us Garden to share her tips on changing the color of hydrangeas (Did you know you could do that?!). Watch her video below and check out this post on her blog for more details. While you’re over there on Joy Us Garden, check out the blog post I just wrote about the best flowers for peace ... Read More »

6 Design Areas To Consider When Building A Kitchenette

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With a push towards minimalism and the trending “tiny house” living, kitchenettes are becoming more commonplace as additions to tight apartment spaces, guesthouses, and offices. These mini-kitchens provide extra storage and food prep capabilities for entertaining guests all throughout the home. As room-sharing services like Air BnB become a new way to make income on the side, a kitchenette is ... Read More »

10 Hacks for Your Fall Garden

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Gardening helps us unleash our creativity and see the results of our hard work and dedication. That’s why gardening is the perfect hobby to maintain throughout the fall and winter months, when we tend to feel less energized due to shorter days and colder temperatures. The benefits are endless when you consider how growing your own food can help you ... Read More »

4 Kickstarters That Could Help Save the Planet

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In his recent June 18th encyclical letter Laudato Si, Pope Francis called for “decisive action” to stop environmental degradation and global warming. Taking his name from St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of ecology, the Pope explained that protecting the planet was a moral and ethical imperative that supersedes political and economic concerns.  He also called for replacing fossil fuel ... Read More »

5 Best Animals for Homesteaders

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Whether your goal is to get off the grid and away from it all or to try your hand at living a more self-sufficient life, animals are an important part of any homesteading plan. Raising animals for food will provide a well-rounded diet and give you more choices of items to sell or trade to make your living independently. Homestead ... Read More »

How to Select a Wood Stain to Complement Your Space

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The wooden surfaces in your home are the perfect place to play with color and enhance the ambiance of the room. Creating harmony with staining can be done in several different ways — from pairing similar hues on different types of wood, to choosing distinctly different tones to create a visually eye-catching contrast. Stains also come in different consistencies and ... Read More »

7 Awesome Benefits of Raw Honey for Your Skin

Have you tried just about everything in an attempt to have healthy skin? Well, don’t worry. You’re not alone and it’s no wonder you’ve got company. Your face is the first thing that people see. It’s the first physical impression you make and you want that impression to be a good one. And while appearance isn’t everything, we can all ... Read More »

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