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Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #3!

We seemed to have jumped into summer full time. All of a sudden the days are hot and humid and we’ve been enjoying some rain and thunderstorms. Little by little my garden is getting weeded! Not sure I’ll ever catch up but I’ll keep trying!Fox Glove

I hope you join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us!

We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi @ Oak Hill Homestead,
and Me! (NancyNancy On The Home Front)

(Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

Most clicked on post:
Get Prepared For The Unexpected from my blog! I was thrilled that this was the most clicked on post of last week!Filling Water Jug

My featured post:
You Can Be a Great Gardener, Part Three: Thoughts on Watering from Home & Farm Sense.Part-three-of-the-series-_You-Can-Be-A-Great-Gardener._-This-post-shares-different-theories-on-watering-your-garden.1

 

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog… in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • No giveaways please!
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted!
  If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop

 

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I love to garden! I also love my favorite gardening tools and there are 8 tools I just can’t live without! Want to know what they are?

A Red Wheelbarrow
My garden is a bit of a walk from the house and my wheelbarrow is the perfect “tool” to carry everything in. We actually have two wheelbarrows, a larger blue one and this red one. I love the smaller size of the red wheelbarrow, when it is full of rocks from the garden I can actually empty it without hurting my back! It seems I am often pulling rocks from the garden here in Vermont, even after working the soil for over 15 years!

gardening, garden tools

Trusty wheelbarrow

My White Bucket
While this is hardly a tool I use it all the time. This bucket has so many uses; I use it to carry all my tools in. I can turn it over and sit on it when working in the garden. I can even use it for filling with small rocks to empty in the above wheelbarrow! The chickens also appreciate it if I fill it with weeds to empty in the chicken yard! When the chickens see a white bucket they know to come running!

gardening, tools

White Bucket

Weeding Tools
These three weeding tools are the ones I use all the time. I have an abundance of weeds and these tools are invaluable. One website called the narrow one on the left a Cape Cod Weeder. It works well for edging a garden bed as well.  The wider one on the right is perfect for those really suborn weeds. It is called a Korean Weeder. It was a gift from my aunt and uncle and I think of them every time I use it. The third tool in the middle is a small cultivator, in fact I think it was actually a tool my mother passed along to me. It’s perfect for cultivating the soil around your plants. I have a long handled version as well, which is perfect for those days when you just don’t feel like getting down on your hands and knees!

weeding tools

Small gardening hand tools.

Hoe
Every gardener needs a hoe! It has so many uses from cultivating the soil to planting. I often use the edge of it to make rows to plant my seeds

tools, garden

Long handled Gardening Tools.

Kneeling Pad
As I get older I appreciate having a kneeling pad more and more! It gives my knees a little break and makes the hard ground just a little more comfortable! It has also been used for various other projects such as sanding the deck! this one came from Gardener’s Supply and I’ve had it forever!

Gardeners Supply, gardening

Kneeling pad

Gloves
I don’t mind working in the dirt without gloves but when I wear gloves I have two favorites. One pair is made of leather and is from the company WomansWork, they are designed for women’s hands and last for ever!

gardening gloves

Woman’s Work Gloves

My other pair of gloves I picked up at the hardware store, nothing fancy but leather on one side and breathable fabric on the other. I usually wear out my gloves and have to pick up a new pair each year. This pair seems to be working really well plus I love the color!

gloves, gardening

Gardening Gloves

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Nancy On The Home Front

Being handy is a matter of following simple directions – a combination of common sense and practical get-down-on-your-hands-and-knees experience. With the right tools and some basic know-how, you can cut way back on those emergency repair calls and enjoy the distinct satisfaction of self-sufficiency.

Follow these simple guidelines to ensure that your handiness doesn’t become foolhardy and expensive!

Adopt the physician’s creed: do no harm! There’s no sense in trying to take apart a bathroom faucet is you can’t tell a washer from a valve seat. A botched job may seriously complicate the plumber’s task and turn your attempt at thrift into a nasty surprise!plumbing

Be realistic. Very intelligent people sometimes believe they can figure out anything, given the inclination. But electrical wiring in not logic or psychology. Learn how. Don’t try to wing it!electrical wiring

Make a friend at your hardware store or home supply outlet. The staff members in these places are great resources for information on which tools and materials are right for your project, and the good ones will give you tips on doing the job. If you’re out to pick an expert’s brain, plan your visit for a weekday.

Read the directions. They may be written in pidgin, but the directions for the tool, adhesives or replacement part can keep you out of trouble. Ditto for diagrams.

Own a real toolbox. You may need more than the few tools you stuff ito your junk drawer. Get yourself a divided toolbox and start filling it with real tools. If you assemble a basic toolbox you’ll be equipped to tackle just about anything that needs fixing!Tool Box

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Did you know that spending time in the sun is good for your health? Sunshine provides many benefits that can improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Sunshine provides vitamin D, which the human body needs to grow and carry out important processes. Spending time in the sun also leads to a better mood, while not enough exposure to sunlight contributes to symptoms of depression. As referenced here, increased exposure to sunlight has even been shown to help with insomnia.

Are you looking for some fresh ideas to spend more time in the sun? Unfortunately, at this point in the summer you may be sick of spending time outside in the heat. The key is to find outdoor activities that are enjoyable!

Here are 15 simple ways you can spend time in the sun and enjoy it:

1. Start a water war. Get your friends or family involved and start a war in the yard with anything that holds water. Consider buckets, plastic containers, water guns, water balloons, a hose, water bottles with squirt tops, or even clean ice cream jugs.

2. Play badminton. Volleyball is pretty common in the summer, as is tennis. Consider trying a sport that falls in the middle and try badminton instead.Girls playing badminton

3. Paint with your toes. Purchase some finger paint and large rolls of paper (or posterboard). Place the paper on the sidewalk or driveway and paint a mural using only your feet.

4. Row or paddle a boat. Head to the nearest body of water and rent a watercraft. Whether you head out in a rowboat, canoe, kayak, paddle boat, or even small sailboat, you can enjoy time on the water and get some exercise.

5. Play bucketball. Grab all the buckets and round balls you can find. Head out to the yard and set up your own game of bucketball. Set buckets up all over the yard and then place a ball at each shooting point for each basket. Assign a point value to each bucket. Players then have the opportunity to toss each ball into its designated bucket and collect points for every shot made. Have some fun and make up your own variations!

6. Go for a walk. Use your car less and your legs more. Use a work break to go for a short walk around the outside of the building. Walk between errands that are close to each other. If you do drive, park far away from the entrance and walk a little more.

7. Picnic. Take every opportunity you can to eat outside. Consider eating breakfast outside. Make simple meals and spread out a blanket on the grass, instead of setting the table inside. If you eat at a restaurant, opt for outdoor seating when available.

8. Get your hands in the dirt. Plant flowers, herbs, or a full scale garden. If prime planting season has already passed in your area, try making a sandcastle, cleaning up an area in your yard, or find a place where you can pick your own vegetables.

9. Read outside. Use the sun to light up the pages of an exciting novel. Or do some research on a topic that interests you. Do you have a lot of reading to do for work or another assignment? Take the reading outside!Studious guy

10. Visit the nearest zoo. The zoo is a great place to visit at any age. Most zoos have indoor and outdoor exhibits, offering a great way to enjoy time in the sun and take a chance to cool off in the shade too.

11. Shop at a sidewalk sale. If you love shopping, find out when your favorite stores are holding sidewalk sales and shop outside. You can spend a little time in the sun and get some great deals too!

12. Attend an outdoor event. From festivals and outdoor concerts, to air shows and art walks, you can find an outdoor event that matches your interests. Remember that you don’t need to spend time in the sun during the heat of the day to still enjoy many of the benefits of sunlight.Airshow

13. Cheer on your favorite team. Do you know a child or adult on a sports team? Go cheer them on at their next game or meet. Baseball games, swimming and diving meets, track meets, and even races can be fun to watch, especially if you know one of the athletes involved.

14. Spend a day at a fair or carnival. Ride the Ferris wheel, knock over some milk bottles, and enjoy some cotton candy. Go with friends, family, or on a date.

15. Schedule outdoor family photos. Does your family need updated family photos? Hire your favorite photographer to take some pictures outdoors.

While spending time in the sun does provide many great benefits, you may also experience some negative consequences as well. Make sure that you always wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water, and take breaks in the shade. By choosing outdoor activities you actually enjoy, and in taking necessary precautions, you can add extra light to your life.

Guest post by author: Whitney Hollingshead

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Nancy On The Home Front

 Welcome to

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #3!

It’s always hard to get back into the swing of things after time away. However there is plenty to keep my busy! With all the rain we’ve had the weeds have been taking over and I’ve been spending every sunny day outside trying to get the gardens back in order!flowers and weeds

I hope you join us this week for Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

Thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us each week! It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings! Each week I will feature our most visited post from the week before, which also linked back to the hop, and my weekly favorite. I hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us!

We would love to have you follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Etsy, Google+, Instagram or by email

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop Hosts are:
Tracy @ Our Simple Life
Sandra @ Clearwater Farm,
Kathi @ Oak Hill Homestead,
Heidi @ Pint Size Farm
and Me! (NancyNancy On The Home Front)

(Remember – If you would like to be featured, be sure to link back to the hop otherwise you will not be featured!)

Most clicked on post:
11 Ways Anyone Can Be Self-Sufficient written by Karissa over at The Crunchy Chronicles.selfsufficiency
My featured post:
Harvesting, Curing and Storing Garlic written by Rachel from Grow A Good Life.harvesing-storing-curing-garlic-growagoodlife

We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading, homemaking and homeschooling. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week! If you were featured, grab the button to display proudly on your blog!

You are invited to share your original posts on: Homesteading, Homemaking, and Homeschooling! 
  • Family friendly posts only!
  • No links to blog hops or posts dedicated to advertising products.
  • Please share posts that you haven’t linked up previously to keep the hop fresh.
  • Please visit other bloggers and let them know you found them here!
  • If you wish to be featured, you must link back to the hop (on any host’s blog… in your post, side bar, or blog hop page) with the button or a text link!
  • Please follow us by email! You’ll receive notice when the hop is open for business.
  • Only share content and photos that you have created or have permission to share.
  • By linking to this hop you are giving us permission to link back to your post and share one photo if you are featured.
  • No giveaways please!
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted!
  If you were featured be sure to pick up your, “Our Simple Homestead” button. We look forward to seeing what you have to share this week!  If you would like to be featured in the future, be sure to link back to the hop. We love to read encouraging posts about homesteading. Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week. If you were featured, grab a button to display proudly on your blog.

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop

 

Let’s start hopping!


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