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 ]

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 ]

Homemade Lip Balm Recipe

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Well, according to the wisest groundhog in the US, we are in for another six weeks of winter this year, which means cold weather and plenty of chapped lips! One of our awesome forum members recently discovered this fantastic recipe for lip balm and gave it her stamp of approval! I haven't tried it yet, but you can bet I will be soon with all of the cold weather we're expecting this week! The recipe requires: beeswax pellets coconut oil Vitamin E oil Essential oil(s) of your choice ... [ Read More ]

How to Live a Simple Life

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Whether you live on a farm or in the city, there are ways that you can simplify your life and live with less stress and more of those good old fashioned values. Sometimes it can be hard to keep your pace when everything else moves so fast, but it is definitely a fight worth fighting. I found an article on Little House Living this week called 14 Steps Towards Simpler Living, and I absolutely agree with all of it and wanted to share some of the points that really caught my attention. A  lot of ... [ Read More ]

10 Indoor Kids Activities for Old Fashioned Fun

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With all of the electronics and technology available, it can be sometimes hard to get the kids out of their rooms and away from their electronics for good old fashioned fun. If you're looking for some fun ideas to help your kids learn and have fun, check out these 10 fun activities. ... [ Read More ]

5 Old Fashioned Skills Everyone Should Have

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Living the old fashioned, off-the-grid, homesteading lifestyle is definitely not for everyone. But, whether you are living in a loft in the city or a farmhouse in the country, there are some skills that everyone could benefit from having. Not only will these almost-forgotten skills help save money, but they are healthier too! Breadmaking This might seem like an odd skill to list, as you can buy premade bread for pretty cheap. But even if you get your bread from a bakery, nothing is as good ... [ Read More ]

Top 10 Coolest Vintage Kitchens

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I just love looking at vintage things, and my most recent favorite has been vintage and vintage-inspired kitchens. While I love my modern appliances and their reliability, there is something both romantic and beautiful about old-fashioned kitchens. Here are some of my favorites!                   ... [ Read More ]

Natural Benefits of Hot Herbal Tea

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When it's cold and dreary outside (like it is today), my favorite thing is to curl up with a nice cup of hot tea and a book and just relax. As it turns out, tea is not only relaxing and yummy, but actually really good for you! Many teas have some excellent flu-fighting abilities as well as many other health benefits! Here are some of my favorite teas, along with a brief explanation of why they are good for you: ... [ Read More ]

Free Homesteading Classes

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Whether you've been homesteading and living off the grid for years or you're still new to the idea of sustainable, old-fashioned living there are always more things to learn and problems to be solved. While you can learn a lot from researching at the library or on the internet, sometimes you just need someone to explain it to you (or, at least, I do!). Mother Earth News has a whole page devoted to free classes aimed at homesteaders living around the country. Topics include Preparedness, ... [ Read More ]