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I mentioned in a previous article that here on the Whalen homestead we have started our homeschooling journey! After much research we decided on The Good and the Beautiful for our curriculum. Today I wanted to give you an insider’s review from a brand new homeschooling mama.  This journey has been such a beautiful one …

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Do you have an abundance of cucumbers and zucchini from the end of year harvest? I know that I always end up with way more than I know what to do with. So this article is ALL about pickles!  What better way to celebrate a pickling party than to give you an article with all …

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We were full of Sunday blessings on the homestead this weekend. Spending the day celebrating family, togetherness and surrounded by simple things that bring us gratefulness! These Sundays always seem to be the most valuable of our time together as a family. We allow ourselves time to slow down, talk more, do things that bring …

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This wet and humid Summer here in Vermont has given us the difficult task of dealing with common garden issues. My garden itself is battling some hardships so I thought I would go over some of the ways I am naturally treating garden diseases.  We try to grow as organically as possible so when troubles …

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Over the last few years of our family expanding, we have continued to grow our homestead to provide. Not only are we providing homegrown nutrition to our children through this but also valuable life lessons and education. With the main focus on homeschool through homesteading they are going to one day have the knowledge to …

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This week we have been finalizing our plans to expand – homestead edition.  It is extremely exciting, to say the least. I cannot wait to see what these plans bring to our property, home and table.  The expansion is happening in several different areas of our homestead. It will help us in being more self …

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Things on the homestead have been less than desirable the last couple of weeks and I have doing my part in fighting children’s winter woes naturally. There has been more tissues, late night worries and cuddles then ever before. Having three kiddos on a rotation of sickness can be absolutely exhausting. My mama heart has …

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Back in October 2022, the husband and I headed to Front Royal, Virginia for the Homesteaders of America Conference. If you’re not familiar with Homesteaders of America and you have interest in being more self-sufficient, I highly recommend you check them out! Not only do they host this massive conference each year, the offer a …

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Self care with homemade body scrubs and face masks is not only rewarding for what they do for your skin but also for your health! You are eliminating all of the exposure from chemicals that they pack into a lot of store bought products. I am here to share with you some of my all …

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Coming into cold season I do all that I can to prep my families immune systems for the inevitable wave of sicknesses that come with temps dropping and school germs. One of my favorite ways is by incorporating and putting an emphasis on foods that naturally support our health overall like this vibrant and delicious …

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The husband and I recently had the opportunity to attend the first Homesteaders of New England Fall Gathering, hosted by The Mindful Homestead. Since it was the first ever gathering of homesteaders of New England, it was a small affair, with lots of great information. One huge benefit of being a small event is it …

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It’s hard to imagine picking my favorite herbal books for beginners. There are way too many useful resources out there for me to choose just one or two! So, today, I’m sharing my entire herbal library… But, before I do, I want to highly recommend that you buy physical, hard-copy books whenever possible. Especially when …

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Our goal this year for the garden was to try and use as much as we possibly could during harvest for our families consumption and use! Trying to think outside of the box and use, freeze, process and can as much of the plants and herbs that we could! Harvesting and roasting fresh sunflower seeds …

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This past week I made some fresh roasted tomato and herb sauce that you may can or freeze! This recipe is easy and absolutely delicious and only calls for a couple of minor adjustments if you plan to can it! I chose to freeze this first batch so that we have a quick pull out …

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