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Bosse Tools Review

The links in the post below may be affiliate links. Read the full disclosure. I joke with friends about the types of gifts we share in our family. Almost all of them are practical. There's really no reason to buy a bunch of fluff, and tools turn out to be some of the most useful gifts we've received. I recently had the chance to review the ergonomic shovel from Bosse Tools.


You wouldn't think there was much to improve on with the typical shovel, and you wouldn't think that adding a rotating handle would do much to change the usage, but you'd be wrong. I was wrong! I thought it was just going to be a regular shovel.

I used it the first time to load up my van with llama manure (twice!) That was some heavy manure, but I never got tired while I was digging.

I then brought it along when our HOA planted fall bulbs. I brought 2 shovels and everyone used each other's tools. Everyone wanted the Bosse shovel. It made digging in our hard clay so much easier!

Why? I don…

Revive H2O Filtered Water bottle Review

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We recently received the Revive H20 Filtered Water bottle for review. To me, this is one of the best gifts you could give someone. A full sized water bottle that you can use to filter water - anywhere/anytime.

And it's easy to use.  The filter can remove contaminants including heavy metals, fecal matter, bacteria, viruses and parasites. The Revive H2O filter uses activated carbon as well as hollow fibre UF membrane filter technology.

I tried it out on our tap water just to see how easy it was to use and drink from. It was super simple! I would save this for camping, hiking, travelling because that is when having access to safe water gets tricky.




I received a water bottle for free in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. No compensation was received.

The Leaf Compost Experiment - Urine vs Compost vs Fertilizer vs manure vs Soil vs Nothing

It's officially Autumn and that means leaves are beginning to fall! And this year I am collecting them with a purpose. In past years, I threw them all back into the forest form where they came or I tilled them into my garden soil.

This year I think I can do better. I am going to make Leaf mould. But not just any leaf mould. I am going to experiment to see which process makes the best, quickest, and easiest leaf mould.

So what I've done is rake up all the leaves. This is a continuous process so I've labeled each bag with the date it was collected.
I've also labeled each bag's contents. Basically, I filled each bag as full as I could with leaves. I pushed and shoved the leaves, hopefully breaking them a bit and making as many fit in as possible.

Then I labeled the bag, slashed it a few times with a knife, and added whatever was labeled on each bag.

Then each bag was left out behind my woodpile and in the shade of the forest (to protect from wind blowing the bags awa…