Category Archives: Home Front

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook PinterestTwitter Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was a tie: 2017 Meat Chicken Season Cost Breakdown

6 Mistakes To Avoid When Grocery Shopping

 Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.

 

Nancy On The Home Front

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.

Let’s start hopping!

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

For many people, the golden pinnacle to reach in your career is the moment when you can finally leave it behind. We spend years planning for it, and looking forward to it, but the truth is that many people find themselves at loose ends when it comes to actually enjoying retirement. The concept of retirement is so much more than just “not working” anymore. Retirement is about reaching financial independence and finding out what your life’s work will be when you don’t have to struggle for a paycheck anymore. When you are daydreaming about retirement, here are a few tips to having a retirement that is fulfilling and enriching…Retirement

 

Have retirement goals

 

First of all, you should have a plan for what you want to do before you get there. Having something to do every day and then suddenly being entirely open can be a big existential shift, and it’s something that you should think about before it comes, if you don’t want to waste it. For this reason, make sure that you and your partner discuss what exactly it is that you want to do in your retirement. Do you want to downsize and travel the world? Do you want to work on a project that you’ve had in mind for a while? Whatever your answer, make sure that you are already prepared for it when the day comes.

 

Keep your health in mind

 

When you reach the point of retirement, you want to enjoy it for as long as you can. Retirement will be a haul if you get sick early on, or become bedridden before you get to do the things that you always imagined you would. For this reason, it’s important to have an extra focus on your health as you get closer to your retirement age.

 

In addition, it’s important to keep an eye on your mental health. Sadly, many people often struggle with additional mental health problems once they finish working. Rates of depression and alcoholism start to climb the closer a demographic gets to the retirement age. Having goals and purpose can help.

 

Stay active

 

With the goal of staying healthy in mind, it is really easy to let a sedentary life consume you when you finally hit retirement. This doesn’t really sound all that fulfilling, though, does it? Try to find an exciting and enjoyable way to stay active in your retirement age. If you live by mountains, this could mean taking a daily hike. If you live by a lake or the coast, this could mean having a daily swim. Whichever you choose, try to find something that is low impact. This will have less wear and tear on your joints as you get older, and will allow you to enjoy your health and old age for longer.Retirement

 

Have a financial plan

 

How you reach retirement isn’t by saving up enough money to use until you think you might not need it anymore. This is an extremely risky retirement plan that is going to constantly have you worried about money when you should be enjoying the fruits of all your labor. Retirement is achieved by saving up enough money that your investments can produce a liveable and enjoyable income on their own without you having to take anything out of your savings unless you absolutely need it. You should have an idea of what your financial plan for retirement is going to be well before you get there, and should start investing as early as possible to make this possible. Take into account how much your 401k and Social Security are going to be able to help you in retirement.

 

Live where you want to

 

Usually, when people start to reach the retirement age, their kids have moved out and the amount of responsibilities that they have in life have reduced, dramatically. As such, most retirees usually move and downsize their home to something more manageable, or move to a location that they enjoy considerably more (we hear that Florida is nice this time of year). This isn’t a necessity, but when you reach retirement, consider whether you are where you want to live out the rest of your life, or whether you’d like to hire a moving company and establish yourself somewhere you actually want to be.Retirement

 

Some things to consider when you’re looking for a retirement home:

 

  • Studies have shown that seniors live longer and more active lives when they live close to green spaces, including parks and wild lands.
  • Being close to your family can be a major benefit during this time, as it allows you to nurture those relationships that mean the most.
  • Pick a home that will be easy to manage and maintain as you get older. Take into account the restrictions of limited mobility and whether your bedroom can be on the ground floor.

After much consideration I have decided to step away from my blog, Nancy On The Home Front, and take a summer break. At least somewhat of a break. I will still be co-hosting the Homestead Blog Hop on Thursdays and sharing recipes on Friday. I’ll also be sharing some guest posts periodically.Summer Break

 

When I started this blog I had a strong focus on “prudent living” and did posts on gardening, having a prudent pantry, frugal tips and of course recipes. During the last six years I have written over 1,400 posts! As our house is now on the market my focus has shifted. We no longer have chickens on our property and I have cut back on my garden substantially. summer break

 

Instead our focus here on the home front is selling our home! I have been de-cluttering for the last year and we are also packing. The realtors tell you to pack up the personal stuff so that the potential buyers can imagine themselves living in your home. Eventually we will be moving and when we get that offer we want to be ready. Our garage currently looks like some sort of storage unit and the house itself feels very empty and impersonal. I sure hope we get an offer soon!summer break

 

I am so thankful for you, my faithful readers. You have been with me over the six years, many of you since the first post on September 19, 2011! I appreciate your faithfulness and your loyalty. Each comment left has meant so much to me. The blogging community is a wonderful thing and the friendships made are so special. I couldn’t have made it this far without the encouragement and support of other bloggers.summer break

 

I will be posting on my Facebook page and the other social media sites. If you are not already a follower on Facebook, please stop by and like my page. I may be taking a summer break but I still want to stay in touch.summer break

 

Have a wonderful summer and I look forward to returning full-time  in the fall!fall colors

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

 

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram

Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook
PinterestTwitter

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
Canning Tips & Tricks

 

 Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.



Nancy On The Home Front

 

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


Let’s start hopping!


home additionsIf you want to put your property on top of the list, you need to be willing to make the necessary adjustments and renovations. This, in essence, means additional investment. If you are on a tight budget, you’d want to make sure your money goes to the right projects.

 

For that to happen, you need to know what home additions can actually pay off. To help you out, below are some ideas you can consider.

Extra bathroom

Having an additional bathroom in your home just before putting it on sale can definitely add to its value. However, if you want to make sure your investment pays off, you have to be strategic when it comes to the placement of your extra bathroom. If you are unsure about it, you can consult a professional. It can entail a few more dollars, but it’ll help you plan properly.

 

If the budget can’t accommodate professional help, then consider setting up an extra bathroom for every floor you have at home. You can remodel an existing space or expand it. In case a full bathroom isn’t possible, a small washroom will do.

Central heating

Getting a central heating might sound like a luxury. But, in reality, it’s actually one of the things buyers look for.

 

A central heating system does a more efficient job in maintaining your desired temperature at home. It’s also a lot safer, compared to space heaters. In addition to these benefits, it can also save you money in the long run.

 

While you are upgrading your system, it’s a good idea to assess your property and fix anything that can make your heating system a lot less effective. Make sure to seal off drafts in your doors and windows and replace your windows as necessary.

Porch furniture

A lot of people focus on their home’s’ interior when upgrading and remodeling. This often causes them to overlook one of the most important areas that can attract buyers- the exterior. To boost your property’s value, you have to make them feel really excited and eager to get inside.

 

One good way to do that is to consider your home’s curb appeal. Add a furniture in your porch that will complement the overall look of your home. Make the area look as inviting and welcoming as possible.

 

You can also add a few plants, mow the lawn and trim any overgrown bushes. Having dead trees in your lawn will never add value to your home.

 

Storage space

Not having enough storage space in your home can actually put off buyers. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, utilize every space as possible. Repurpose understairs space, the area above your sink and the concealed spots in your corridors. The more space you can offer, the more it can positively affect your home’s value.

 

Apart from building more storage space, you also have to know how to properly stage them. Depersonalize the spaces as much as possible. Take off your personal items, such as your clothes, pictures and toiletries, to help potential buyers identify with the house. Don’t fill them up, too. Leave them empty or half empty so buyers can easily see how much space they can work with once they made the move.

Home security system

Comfort isn’t the only thing buyers look for in a house. They also consider security.

 

If your home doesn’t have an existing system yet, now is probably the right time to consider getting one. However, before you actually purchase or sign up for a home security system, it’s a good idea to scout for the best one first.

 

Since you’ll be selling your home, you should consider the systems’ flexibility. You should be able to transfer its ownership to the buyer easily. Apart from that, consider the payment terms, too.

 

The right system for your home should be easy to operate. You should be able to show potential buyers how the sensor works, how to properly set them up and how to control the system with ease.

 

And while you are upgrading your security, think about getting a carbon monoxide and smoke detector as well. Your potential buyer will appreciate that you’re taking security and safety seriously. Plus, it’ll give you peace of mind, too, knowing that your property will stay safe even if it’s already in the hands of a new owner.

New door

One of the first things potential buyers will notice when they see your home is your front door. If your existing one looks worn out, outdated or its paint is already fading and chipping, you aren’t likely to seal a deal.

 

To make your home more welcoming, consider getting a new door. One that’s made from steel or fiberglass makes a great option since they last longer and are more secure. They are also more energy efficient and doesn’t require a lot of work to maintain.

 

Get a new garage door, too. It’s an easy and cheap investment but it can elevate the look of your property. It can also make you feel more secure.

 

Old garage doors, particularly those that work with fixed codes, are relatively vulnerable to burglars. They can sit outside your garage and decipher your code without you noticing them. Old garage doors that work with chain drives are noisy, too. They won’t only be unattractive to your potential buyers but they can also annoy your neighbors.

 

Author’s Bio:

 

Specializing in reviewing top home security systems, Rose Cabrera spends most of her time testing systems after systems. When not working, you’ll find her hanging out with her little dogs.

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

We are so glad that you have stopped by for a visit! We encourage you to look through some of the great posts shared by our readers and then take the time to read those that interest you. If you are adding to our list, thank you for sharing your homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts with us. It’s so much fun to read your hints, tips, and happenings. We hope you have fun exploring all the great ideas everyone has shared with us.

 

Meet Our Great Co-hosts

Kathi at Oak Hill HomesteadFacebookPinterestInstagram

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – Facebook – Pinterest – Instagram

Leah at Busy Gals Homestead and Leah’s Lovely LopsFacebook
PinterestTwitter

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Featured Posts

Each week we’ll feature the most-viewed post from last week’s hop. Each host also features her own picks from the posts linked the previous week. Visit each of our blogs to see if you were featured this week.

Our most-visited post from last week’s hop was:
On Demand Water Heater, the good, the bad and th- WHY IS THE WATER COLD!?

 

My Favorite Post:
Fresh Strawberry No Churn Ice Cream

 

 

 Please stop by to congratulate the featured bloggers this week.

If you were featured be sure to pick up your Simple Homestead blog hop button below. Just highlight the text in the box and paste into your blog sidebar; the button will show up automatically.



Nancy On The Home Front

 

The Rules

You are invited to share your original homesteading, homemaking, and homeschooling posts. We have a few little rules:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Please note: Posts that don’t follow these few little guidelines will be deleted.


Let’s start hopping!


1 2 3 200

Never Miss a Post!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Find Me

FACEBOOK
TWITTER
Pinterest
RSS

Nancy’s Archives

Linked to some of my favorite link parties!

Nancy On The Home Front