Beginner Basic Cross Stitch Tutorial

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I love cross stitch. Maybe it spawns from an interest in old-fashioned skills and needlwork, or maybe it's because I have so many fond memories of watching my mother sit in her comfy rocking chair in the evenings, working on some needlework craft or other. Either way, I have a deep love of cross stitch, and I wanted to share with you a brief tutorial on this old-fashioned hobby! Cross stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and cross stitch samplers like the one shown above have been ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Urban/Apartment Homesteading

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A lot what we discuss on Old Fashioned Families is the more traditional kind of homesteading--meant for those who are living on their own plot of land, usually a little ways away from the city. But there are many different kinds of homesteading, and living out in the country isn't necessary to be considered a homesteader! Today, I wanted to share some tips with you about becoming an urban or apartment homesteader. It's not quite the same as if you owned your own farm, but don't be ... [ Read More ]

5 Natural Ways to Relieve Stress

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  In this day and age, I think that everyone is a little stressed. Whether it's the little everyday things that just pile up, work-related stress, financial issues or anything else, stress can be extremely bad for your health--both mental and physical. While there are plenty of drugs and things that one can take to reduce anxiety and stress, I personally prefer home remedies and natural health for things like this. Don't get me wrong--modern medicine has its place, but I think ... [ Read More ]

Homesteading Journal: Spring Prepping

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There are a lot of things that go into keeping a homestead in good shape, and there's almost always work to do. If you've never lived in the country or ran your own homestead, you might be surprised at the extensive list of projects that your average homesteader keeps going in the back of their mind! This month, we'll get a sneak peek at the spring to-do list of longtime homesteader and forum member, Gina, who has a beautiful homestead in Southern Texas where there are always more projects ... [ Read More ]

Budget Homesteading Supplies

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I'm decent at budgeting, but like everyone, there are times when things just don't go according to plan: an unexpected expense comes up or I miss a receipt somewhere and end up with mystery money disappearing from my account. So, obviously, it's important to make every dollar count, especially if you're trying to be self-sustaining or simply live a little more simply. Over at Imperfectly Happy, I read this fantastic blog post outlining Dollar Store Home Supplies, and I just had to share it ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Windshield De-Icer

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This winter has been a rough one for some places in the US and further north, and I doubt we've seen the last of winter. Where I live, we're getting the first big snow of the year this week, so I thought I'd post a quick recipe for a homemade and chemical-free de-icer for your windshield! You can either use this the night before or spray on top of the ice to help it melt a little faster when you warm your car up in the morning. ... [ Read More ]

White Chocolate Raspberry Muffins

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 If you're looking for a special breakfast for your sweetie this Valentine's Day, then look no further than these decadently sweet white chocolate raspberry muffins! They are delicious paired with coffee and, I haven't tried it, but I bet that you could substitute the raspberries with blueberries or even strawberries and it would taste divine! ... [ Read More ]

Create a Valentine Date Jar

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In this hectic hustle and bustle life, I think that people sometimes forget how to have a good old-fashioned (and inexpensive) date night. While there's nothing wrong with splurging on an expensive evening, I've found that my favorite memories came from spur-of-the-moment, inexpensive dates. So this year, why not create a fun Old-Fashioned date jar for your loved one and fill it with cheap date ideas to do year round! To create your own date jar, find a pretty jar at the thrift store or ... [ Read More ]

Old Valentine’s Day Traditions

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so I wanted to shoot out a quick post about some of the fun old fashioned traditions associated with the most romantic day of the year. For example, did you know that it was commonly believed that the first bird (or small animal) a woman saw on Valentine's Day would predict what her husband would be like or do for a living? Here are some examples: ... [ Read More ]