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 ]

Melted Snowman Ornament DIY

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I know Christmas is almost here, but I wanted to do one last craft post before the big day arrives! These adorable little guys spent way too much time enjoying all of the sunshine we've been getting down here but even melted, they're awfully cute! Here's what you'll need to make one of these ornaments for yourself: Clear plastic or glass ornament - you can buy these at most craft stores around the holidays 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar or salt 2 - 3 T white glitter funnel that fits your ... [ Read More ]

Introductions and New Beginnings for OFF

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To some people, "Old Fashioned" means antiquated or even backwards ways of doing things. The dictionary defines it as "adhering to customs of a past era" with synonyms like "outdated." However, I would argue that the old-fashioned way is often the best. In this high-stress, fast-food world I think that we could all use a little bit more old-fashioned, which, conveniently enough, is exactly what this blog is about, and I mean to keep it that way as much as possible. Due to personal reasons, ... [ Read More ]

Saying Goodbye to More Than Just a Blog

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For the past 16 years I have been online in one form or another, either owning websites, writing for them, or spending time on them. Last week I sold the last of my blogs, and have called my internet life quits. This includes OFF, and while I will miss the people here that have followed me, as well as those on the forums, I am excited to be moving on to another life, something that has been missing in my world for years. Starting in January I am going back to college. My main focus of study ... [ Read More ]