Below is a list of simple suggestions to start transitioning to a healthier, more “green” home lifestyle. Sustainability and non-disposable products are encouraged. Eliminating use of plastic products is the goal. Some of these suggestions are not only healthy but will save you money, too.
Libraries are one of the last places in society where you can go and get something of value for free. Libraries have tremendous value. Almost everything that you could ever want to learn, you can learn from a book. Most libraries today have an ordering or interlibrary loan systems to be able to get any book you would like to read to you.
Libraries offer free computers, games, printers, copiers, and public resources all for free. They are a great community asset to kids and often offer preschool storytimes, as well as adult learning seminars.
Furthermore, some libraries may offer free resources for business owners including market research and analytics resources and online training courses. We are a big fan of lifelong learning. When farming and homesteading was just a dream for us, we’d check book after book out on farming, self-sufficiency, and organic gardening. There are hundreds of books on career planning, hobbies, and cookbooks all available for free. What an amazing public resource!
Support your local library and see what resources they have available to your community today.
Remembering back to when we first started planning our homestead lifestyle from our old home located in a large urban area, the first thing we thought to obtain was meat rabbits. We immediately looked into rabbitry and took a low-cost rabbitry informational course from our local county extension agents. If your goal is self-sustainability and the idea of “emergency” preparedness and/or if humanely-treated, organically fed, non-factory farmed meats are the only kind of meat you’d like to indulge yourself in, we recommend getting a pair of meat rabbits to raise. Below we’ve listed the top reasons we’d imagine you’d like to give rabbit raising a try:
So you want to get started in floral design? The art of floral design is a wonderful hobby to practice. It can be calming and grounding. Working with the earth and forming living, beautiful creations is something that can be admired. The art of floral design is a skill that can be adopted by anyone with a keen eye and some practice. Like any art, everybody has their own style and preference, but there are a few basic elements to achieve good design.
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But to get you started there is some basic gear you will want to obtain:
Floral Knife: A floral knife is a true florist’s must-have tool. Floral shears can be used to cut stems, but a floral knife allows you to cut through stems, dethorn, and clean up flowers MUCH faster than shears can. Although, safety and some caution are necessary as mishaps do occur when the mind wanders.
Floral Shears: Floral shears are nice to have when cutting through thick, woody branches and for the beginner who hasn’t mastered the floral knife.
Wire: Wire is fabulous in floral work. With threading and hook procedures you can prop, bend and align flowers to desired places.
Ribbon: Some individuals love bows, while other artists find them gaudy and outdated. An assortment of ribbon is nice to have on hand to make bows and tie pieces together. Raffia is a favorite.
Binding Wire: Bind wire is a must-have when making hand-tied bouquets. Simply make the arrangement in hand, wrap the stems in wire and then wrap in paper to complete the presentation.
Oasis (Floral foam): Ever wonder how to create darling arrangements in coffee mugs, baskets, pottery, china, and otherwise odd containers? The key is oasis, a water retaining spongy material, that holds cut stems in place and allows them to drink from its reservoirs. Caution: Poke to many holes through the oasis base and your creation will crumble, be careful to place stems in their proper place without too many replacements.
Wet Wrap: Want to present a hand-tied bouquet and have the flowers looking fresh for transport? You need to have baggies, rubber bands and floral foam.
Tissue Paper/Paper Wrap: Make a few stems of flowers or a complete hand-tied bouquet complete with a simple paper or tissue wrap. Really boosts the bouquets overall look and adds some flare! Have fun with the numerous assortments of paper patterns and textures available
5 Gallon Buckets: These come in handy so often! I love having some for my floral design work. With a little legwork, you can usually obtain 5-gallon buckets for free from local businesses and restaurants. For flowers, make sure you have food-grade 5-gallon buckets and not buckets that previously contained harsh chemicals.
Floral Tape: Floral tape is a special tape that comes in an array of different colors. It is used in making boutonnieres and in hiding wires.
Clear Floral Tape: Using clear, thin floral tape, you can make grids across different containers, allowing flowers to stay put in desired spots. Also, this tape can be used to secure oasis into a container.
Glue Gun & Sticks: Having a glue gun handy is just good practice. Often times, in the floral industry, we use glue guns to add flowers to wrist corsages, add finishing touches to containers, attach ribbons, etc.
Containers: Have fun with the containers you collect! Flowers can be designed and put in a huge array of containers, including anything ranging from baskets, teacups, and vases, to pumpkins, shoes, and more! But whatever you use, it must have a lining or be able to hold water.
This should be a great start to having all of the tools you need to make awesome arrangements. Floral design is fun and exciting. I would encourage anyone to try it!
These are great to make and take on trips, to work, for running errands, or just for a quick and easy healthy snack to have at home. These are easy to make and are gluten-free.
1 3/4 Cups Rolled Oats
1/4 Cup Raw Sunflower Seeds (Shelled is Ok)
1/3 Cup Sliced Almonds
1/4 Cup Flax Seeds
Toast on baking sheet at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes agitate every 5 minutes
Over medium heat, combine in a medium saucepan:
3/4 Cup Maple Syrup
3T Coconut Sugar or Raw Cane Sugar
3T Coconut Oil
2t Vanilla Extract
1/2t Sea Salt
Stir until dissolved, add toasted nut mixture until well coated and add 3/4 cup dried fruits.
Preheat oven t0 300 degrees
Oil a 9×9 baking dish with either sustainable palm shortening, butter or coconut oil.
Press down granola mixture into dish
Bake for 20-25 minutes, allow to cool and cut
Store in dry, cool place for 2-3 weeks.
You’ve done your research. First off, congratulations on making the efforts necessary to investigate and discover what products, companies, and ingredients you’ve found you need to banish from your diet and shopping agenda. Be it as it may, that we as individuals are very small, as a whole, when moving towards safe, healthy products and choosing to support environmental sustenance and human rights, it is one of the greatest things you can do in your lifetime to assist your world. However, only a very select few can take a routine or habit and change it (or cut it out entirely) after only making an initial mental commitment to change.
I highly commend those of you who have become educated on our food and industrial systems and have outright ousted any consumerism practices that are detrimental. Nevertheless, for most of us, quitting the consumerism system composed of addicting food, haphazard products, and support of corporations with “bad business ethics” is a continuous battle due to the power of advertising and habitual behavior—and is a bit like overcoming any addiction. Quitting the cycle of purchasing products or shopping at corporations that you know (or suspect) are unethical and/or toxic is a process. This process, at times, can feel time-consuming, disappointing, even outright outraging.
However, we as a people are partially responsible for the current state of affairs from not taking time to make the decisions of who we are empowering, who we are hurting, and how our world is being damaged by not thinking about where our stuff comes from and where our stuff goes. It is now the time to take a stand, as an individual for the whole, for your fellow human race, or even just for your immediate bloodline, to banish those addicting consumerism practices that are toxic, unethical, and environmentally damaging.
People need to be educated on cause and effect and how we all play a part.
So, for whatever reason, you find yourself in need of a detox. Perhaps, you spend the holidays with some family members and felt you couldn’t refuse the traditional holiday foodie sludge of yesteryear. Or perhaps, you slipped up and have found yourself in a bad pattern of eating those oh so addicting sugar and salt loaded toxic foods. Whatever it may be, you know that you don’t want to eat that garbage, and are feeling a little foggy, a little bloated, a little regretful or shameful, and know that you want to get back on track. Well, these are some steps to get you to where you want to be, just a little faster.