Author Archive | Sylvia


Composting 101

We’d heard a lot about composting before we tried it. We kept putting it off – it sounded smelly; it sounded time consuming; we could do just as well with commercial fertilizer. All of those assumptions were wrong, of course. Composting isn’t difficult, and when done right, it doesn’t create a smelly mess. And if […]

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Emergency Radio Choices

Most people just don’t understand how important having access to an emergency radio can be when the unforeseeable happens. When some disaster, catastrophe or other event wipes out the power and many of the other methods we use to stay in touch with one another, having access to a portable emergency radio can be a […]

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Portable Power

I never wanted to become so involved with technology, but it seems that this was inevitable. For simple daily living I must check my email, text, and, sometimes, access the internet or research. It’s a reality of our times.  Tech can make our lives easier, and it can make it more complicated.  How you use […]

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Homesteading Milk Goats

Whether you’re going completely off the grid or just want to live more self-sufficiently and sustainably, you’ll need sources of food. Most folks first think of chickens.  They’re easy to get and grow, and produce eggs for years.  They’re a great choice. But what if you want some dairy in your life, but the thought […]

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Saving Seeds

We live on a planet with finite resources. Those pertaining to living things are renewable in many ways. If you are conscious about your environment and are willing to bring about a positive change you usually begin by going natural. On top of this, if you are a gardener too, this translates into your personal […]

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Growing Leafy Vegetables

It’s very heartening to see the gradual trend towards understanding what it means to eat healthily. The rising demand of organic food, grass fed meat, paleo diet, and more is a clear sign that people are realizing the importance of taking a more proactive approach in making decisions about their health — and what it […]

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Convict Conditioning

It’s just me and my husband now, and I want to maintain my independence for as long as I can. I don’t really consider myself old (in my mind, I’m still in my 20s), but I can feel the years creeping up on me. You know how it works – you’re not as fast as […]

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5 Yoga Poses For Back Pain

Does your back hurt? Mine too, big time. Try yoga. It’s an ancient practice that emphasizes strength, flexibility and stretching, and it’s very effective when it comes to easing back pain. In fact, a number of recent studies have proven that yoga is better than typical medical treatments when it comes to easing back pain. […]

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15 Minute Relaxation Technique

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find it awfully difficult to unwind. I’m tired, cranky,  and just not all that disposed to deal with a whole lot of stuff. My kids drive me nuts, and the grandkids aren’t much better sometimes. I guess the whole thing is that I really need to unwind, […]

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Stevia: Natural Sweetness

I have a confession.  I have a sweet tooth. Coffee in the morning, tea at night, and snacks during the day often “require” some sweetness.  OK, I want them to have some sweetness! Even though regular white sugar doesn’t have a lot of calories (only 15 calories per teaspoon), it has other drawbacks.  Its cousin, corn […]

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