7 Strategies to Improve Mealtime Contentment

7 Strategies to Improve Mealtime Contentment | This happened in a bad kinda way at our place. Our kids -- who have never been subject to frozen fish sticks or to a gelatinous mass of Wonder Bread -- had become food critics. I'm watching some major improvements take place; were having a real turn around. From one parent to another, I realized that I need to share my theories with you as to how it is getting better, just in case you have experienced this, too. | GNOWFGLINS.com

This happened in a bad kinda way at our place. Our kids — who have never been subject to frozen fish sticks or to a gelatinous mass of Wonder Bread — had become food critics. I’m watching some major improvements take place; were having a real turn around. From one parent to another, I realized that I need to share my theories with you as to how it is getting better, just in case you have experienced this, too. [by Chaya Foedus]

The Hope in Homesteading: Why Do We Do It?

The Hope in Homesteading | What is the purpose of homesteading? Why do we do it? Teaching our children to milk cows, plant a garden, whittle, weld, sew, cook, and appreciate good literature and poetry are all wonderful and essential skills, but if they aren't done for the glory of God, our kids will miss the lasting and true joy of God in their lives. Work without the end in mind will ultimately be work in vain. To God, and God alone, be the glory in all things. | GNOWFGLINS.com

What is the purpose of homesteading? Why do we do it? Teaching our children to milk cows, plant a garden, whittle, weld, sew, cook, and appreciate good literature and poetry are all wonderful and essential skills, but if they aren’t done for the glory of God, our kids will miss the lasting and true joy of God in their lives. Work without the end in mind will ultimately be work in vain. To God, and God alone, be the glory in all things. [by Tracey Vierra]

KYF #074: 52-Week Plan to Get Prepared

KYF #074: Countdown to Preparedness 52-Week Plan | One week at a time, you can prepare for any kind of disaster -- whether job loss, illness, or something more widespread. That's the whole point of survival expert Jim Cobb's new book. In "Countdown to Preparedness", he shares a 52-week plan that will help you gather food and water, stock emergency supplies, create a bug-out plan, and much more. Get to know Jim through the links and information in this post, and of course through this podcast. Plus... the tip of the week! | KnowYourFoodPodcast.com/74

One week at a time, you can prepare for any kind of disaster — whether job loss, illness, or something more widespread. That’s the whole point of survival expert Jim Cobb’s new book. In “Countdown to Preparedness”, he shares a 52-week plan that will help you gather food and water, stock emergency supplies, create a bug-out plan, and much more. Get to know Jim through the links and information in this post, and of course through this podcast. Plus… the tip of the week! [by Wardee Harmon]

Garden DIY: Make a Butterfly Feeder + a DIY Garden Project Round-up

Garden DIY Butterfly Feeder | This simple DIY butterfly feeder makes a wonderful addition to any garden or flower bed. Records show that the numbers of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are declining, so they really need our help! This simple feeder, made from a mason jar, some twine, and a piece of sponge, will help attract these friendly insects to your garden and give them a place to refuel. It's a win-win! | GNOWFGLINS.com

This simple DIY butterfly feeder makes a wonderful addition to any garden or flower bed. Records show that the numbers of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators are declining, so they really need our help! This simple feeder, made from a mason jar, some twine, and a piece of sponge, will help attract these friendly insects to your garden and give them a place to refuel. It’s a win-win! [by Lindsey Proctor]

Quick and Easy Homemade DIY All Purpose Pine Cleaner

DIY All Purpose Pine Cleaner | I'm not going to sacrifice cleanliness just because I own and operate a muddy homestead. So, I whipped up my own version of pine cleaner to keep on top of muddy floors. Not only are the ingredients familiar and easy-to-find, the recipe is quick and gets the job done! It keeps my floors clean and smelling of fresh pine. | GNOWFGLINS.com

I’m not going to sacrifice cleanliness just because I own and operate a muddy homestead. So, I whipped up my own version of pine cleaner to keep on top of muddy floors. Not only are the ingredients familiar and easy-to-find, the recipe is quick and gets the job done! It keeps my floors clean and smelling of fresh pine. [by Jenny Cazzola]

Homespun Chick

Homespun Chick Farm Tour | We're heading down home... to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural -- whatever you're growing and doing, we want to see it. Today you get to visit Tami and family from Missouri. She and her family share 28 acres with chickens, ducks, guinea, alpaca, rabbits and gardens. | GNOWFGLINS.com

We’re heading down home… to your farms! Urban, suburban, or rural — whatever you’re growing and doing, we want to see it. Today you get to visit Tami and family from Missouri. She and her family share 28 acres with chickens, ducks, guinea, alpaca, rabbits and gardens. [by Wardee Harmon]

Staying Fit on the Homestead

Staying Fit on the Homestead | Eating healthfully is very important. However, there's another side of the coin: it's also very important to stay healthy through activity and fitness. We are aging and we need to keep up with our homestead's work load. Also, in the case of an emergency, we may need to fend for ourselves, confront challenging situations, and sustain a high level of endurance. Here's how my family and I stay fit on the homestead -- no gym required. | GNOWFGLINS.com

Eating healthfully is very important. However, there’s another side of the coin: it’s also very important to stay healthy through activity and fitness. We are aging and we need to keep up with our homestead’s work load. Also, in the case of an emergency, we may need to fend for ourselves, confront challenging situations, and sustain a high level of endurance. Here’s how my family and I stay fit on the homestead — no gym required. [by Tammy Trayer]