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Could you Survive without electricity, running water, or grocery stores?? What about roughing it for one night!

It was 4:30pm on Friday night. Our kids had just gotten home from school and my husband was wrapping up work for the night when he said, "let's head out to the land and get some work done." gets dark by 6pm in the great North and we needed to drive at least 45 minutes to get to the land. Let's not forget actually packing some gear, planning for food/water, and loading up the trailer and atv. But somehow, we were out the door by 5:40pm. Off to the wild.  My daughter had packed us all sandwiches and apples. I threw blankets in the back seat of the van. It was dark when we arrived and we used a flashlight to gather wood for a fire. Coyotes were howling vivaciously. I thought we would lie down on the trailer and watch the stars. There are very few visible stars in the city lights, so this was something I really wanted my children to see. It was too cloudy and eventually rainy. But somehow we survived and actually had fun! We slept in the van - unheated

How Clean is your Water, Carry your Own Gun, Protection from bears, and doing it yourself

We are now proud owners of over 40 acres of wilderness. You can read all about our plans and adventures here . Needless to say, there is a lot of work ahead and a lot of danger. We will be digging two sand point wells next spring. That water will be used at our hunting shack and in our orchard. Eventually, it may even be used to water our animals. So I want to be sure that it's clean! Of course, it will be filtered by the Earth, but that doesn't mean it's safe to drink. Lucky for us, we received this packet of water testers : We have two wells to test and I'd like to test the water quality of both of our lakes (the big and the little!) Who knows what's in there. If the water is clean, then it's safe to eat the wild rice, fish, and waterfowl that live there. If not....then we have more work ahead. I will be bringing them to check the water quality over the next few weeks and will update this article when I get a chance to use them. These  water test
Halloween is a great time to express your individuality. Every year, I dress up as something gothic and scary. It's super fun. But the fall season can also inspire you to be more creative in your every day look. I had the opportunity to sample this set of 3 jewelry pieces  and it was a lot of fun. All of the pieces were well made, but not "precious metals." This allowed me to wear them without worry. If I got tired of the style or lost the piece, it wasn't going to be a bank breaker. I could even borrow them to my daughter without issue. It's a fun way to mix and match your style at an affordable price. I was impressed. All of the pieces were unique and fun to wear. I received complimentary products for review purposes. No compensation was received. All articles in this blog may contain affiliate links/ads at no additional cost to the readers.

Keep your car clean, Make your own juice, and get rock hard abs!!

Today's women are like superman. They balance kids, work, the house, marriage, shopping, cooking, and cleaning yet some how manage to look great! I'm no superman, but I do have a lot going on right now! Maybe you do too. Time to look at a few time saving products to make your life easier. Do you lug dirty stuff in your vehicle? I do. I will not pass up free black dirt, woodchips, plants, or manure. Yes, manure! I have put it all in my car and with somewhat disasterous results. Containers spill. Even if you aren't putting that type of stuff in your vehicle, you may be transporting pets, camping gear, or sports equipment. If you are, then it's time to consider protecting your car!  I have this black waterproof cargo liner for the back of my van. It fits most SUVs and does a fantastic job of covering the carpeting. Why not just use a tarp? Because tarps move and don't always fit correctly. Ideally, you would use both for really dirty jobs. But this cargo liner

Following your Dreams, Living off Grid, and Building a Sustainable Homestead

If money and time were not concerns, what would you do with your life? This is an important question. Of course money and time will always be problems - but acting as if they weren't will help you identify what you really want in life. Think about it. Why are you here? What do you want? What's holding you back. The truth is - nothing that happens here ultimately matters. Well, it matters, but not in the way we imagine. On your death bed, are you going to stew about the money you've lost or the "things" you'll leave behind? No ! Go out and live your life. Here's a quote I think says it best: I've asked myself what I want out of this life. Health and food quality has always been super important to me. After some introspection,  I realized I want to try and grow all my own food, and I want to live sustainably. So just a few days ago, we bought a farm. Can I afford it? Hell no. Am I doing it anyway? You bet I am. This is the land I bought: It