Container Gardening Vegetables

This post on container gardening vegetables has been brought to you by Home Depot.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. My husband and I have wanted to start container gardening vegetables this year.  In the past, we have had a traditional garden but the upkeep is starting to be more than we can handle. […]

Home Emergency Kits – Sewing Kit

Having home emergency kits is one way that you can be prepared for any situation.  When my Grandmother was a little girl, basic sewing skills were something that every girl and woman new. Each home had basic sewing supplies including a sewing kit for repairs and basic sewing.  My Grandmother sewed entire outfits, darned socks, […]

How To Clean A Woodstove

Learning how to clean a woodstove was one of the first things I had to do when we purchased our home.  While we have an oil fired furnace, we heat primarily with wood because it does a better job heating our home.  We have a chimney sweep come in every other year to clean the […]

Do It Yourself Project Ideas

This Do It Yourself Project Ideas post has been sponsored by Home Depot.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. Now that spring has finally arrived in rural Vermont, I can start to get working on some of the do it yourself project ideas I’ve been thinking about all winter.  We have two acres of […]

My Blog Reimagined

This post about My Blog Reimagined was created in partnership with MSN. Find out more about the all new MSN experience at or see it in action on Windows 8, Android, or on iOS at When I first began my blog almost five years ago, my goal was to write about our journey […]

Tips and Tricks for Seasoning Cast Iron Pots

Seasoning cast iron pots and pans is important to keep them in good condition.  I love cooking with cast iron but you cannot wash them the same way you would another pot or pan in your kitchen.  You can purchase newer cast iron pans that have already been seasoned.  After using them over and over, […]

Preparing For Disasters – Volcanoes

Some information in this Preparing For Disasters – Volcanoes post is being shared thanks to a review copy provided at no charge.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. Preparing for disasters is something that my husband and I believe in strongly.  Since no one knows when a disaster will happen, it is important to […]

Planting Your Garden In The City

Planting your garden in the city is a lot different than planting your garden in the suburbs or the country.  People in the city have much less space to plant their gardens. They often cannot go out into the backyard and dig up a patch of ground to plant their garden.  When you live on […]

Home Emergency Preparedness Surveillance

Home emergency preparedness is something that my husband and I believe strongly in.  You never know when an emergency or disaster is going to strike.  You cannot wait until the emergency or disaster to prepare your home and your family.  You need to begin your home emergency preparedness preparations now when you don’t need them. […]

Family Emergency Preparedness

Family emergency preparedness is something my husband and I have been working on for quite a while.  Living in Vermont, we have severe winter storms regularly that make it impossible or hazardous to drive to the store, pick up prescriptions, or take care of other regular errands.  If we didn’t practice family emergency preparedness, we […]