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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

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

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:
The Smart Way To Purge Your Linen Closet

 

My Favorite Post:
15 Garden Supplies From The Dollar Store

 

 

 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!


There’s always been a stigma surrounding mental health. In the past, if anyone admitted to their inner demons and said that they struggled with anything concerning their mental health, they were looked down upon. Thankfully, talking about mental disorders is less taboo now, and when someone admits that they struggle, they are often welcomed with open arms, because more and more people are admitting to their own struggles. This is just showing that more people struggle with things like depression and anxiety than we had previously realized. While the normalization of mental disorders is a good thing, it’s also unintentionally affected the meaning of the words anxiety and depression. These two disorders have become romanticized; some individuals think it’s noble to suffer from these disorders, and will claim to have them for the attention. Others are using these words interchangeably with other words when really what they mean is that they’re nervous, sad, upset, or stressed.stress

 

External stresses

 

There’s quite a big difference between having anxiety and being stressed. Anyone can feel anxious for a moment, or even for a while about a certain thing or event, but it doesn’t mean that they you have anxiety. Feeling upset or stressed about something for a while doesn’t mean you’re having a panic attack.

 

Stress comes from external forces. You’re stressed about your job, money, family situations, friendships, romantic relationships, and so forth. When things becoming strained or difficult in your life, you can easily become stressed.

 

However, stress goes away. Your issues will always get resolved one way or another. When the things that you’re stressed about go away, so do your feelings of being stressed.

 

If you’re still feeling stress once the subject of your stress has truly been resolved, what you’re feeling may be anxiety. For example, you’re upset about something in the relationship you have with your spouse. You’re nervous to talk to them about the thing that’s upsetting them, so you spend all day fretting about what you’ll say and the correct way to tell them how you’re feeling. At the end of the day, you sit down with them and share your concerns, and the issue becomes resolved. The stress of the situation is now gone, and therefore, you’ll no longer be feeling stressed.

 

Anxiety is when, after having this conversation with your spouse, you continue to worry about it, chronically, for days. In your spare moments you’ll be wondering if you should’ve said something different, you’ll worry that they’re mad at you despite them being understanding and kind about the situation, and you’ll begin to tell yourself that you shouldn’t have been upset in the first place. Anxiety may cause you to obsess over simple things that aren’t, or shouldn’t be, a big deal.

 

Often, stress is mislabeled as anxiety. A lot of people don’t like going to the dentist. Leading up to a dentist visit, many people will feel anxious and nervous. Unless the anxious feelings of going to the dentist linger much longer after your visit, this is simply stress, rather than anxiety.

 

A lot of people mistake these issues as just stress, or just anxiety. Knowing what the cause of your feelings is can help you know how to handle them. For example, some people use alcohol or other substances to help them “de-stress” when they’re feeling overwhelmed. However, alcohol can be easily abused, and in situations where an alcohol dependency or addiction develops, it’s often caused by anxiety, rather than stress.stress

 

Internal Forces

 

Anxiety is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain, often meaning that the neurotransmitters in the brain aren’t functioning the way they’re supposed to. The neurotransmitters that are targeted in an anxiety disorder are gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and epinephrine.

 

GABA inhibits nerve transmission in the brain, which calms nervous activity. Serotonin affects your mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, and sexual desire. Dopamine is one of the neurotransmitters that sends signals to your muscles to tell them to move. It’s also often considered the “feel good” chemical. Epinephrine helps regulate your breathing, stimulate your heart, and raise your blood pressure if it’s dropped.

 

An imbalance of any of these neurotransmitters can mean trouble. If there is a chemical imbalance, your body won’t be functioning properly, and therefore won’t react the way it’s supposed to. These imbalances can cause you to obsess over things you normally wouldn’t, make you feel useless and upset, lazy and lethargic, and even cause your heart rate to spike for no apparent reason.

 

What’s important to remember about anxiety is that, although it can be affected by or triggered by outside forces, what causes it is a chemical imbalance. If you have anxiety that’s affecting your daily life, seek out professional help to get a handle on it.stress

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

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

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:
The Little House: Is Finally Complete!

 

My Favorite Post:
Household Cleaning Hacks

 

 

 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!


It has been a wet spring here in Vermont. It seemed like we had many more rainy days in May than sunny days. The benefit of so much rain is that the June flowers are bursting forth in bloom. June FlowersEven as you walk down the road the sides of the road have flowers everywhere you look. Nothing like the beauty of June flowers.June Flowers

 

My gardens are just beginning to fill out. With the house on the market we’re trying to stay on top of the weeds so that the house has a beautiful first impression as you drive in the driveway or walk around the outside. Do you see the Columbine peaking from behind the Hosta?June Flowers

 

The large pig pot which is usually full of herbs has recently been planted with flowers and annuals. It adds a nice bit of color as you approach the house.June Flowers

 

With the Lilac blooms come the Swallowtails. I have two varieties of Lilac, one is an early blooming Lilac while the other is late blooming. As a result we enjoy Lilac blooms from Memorial Day weekend well into June. When I see the Swallowtails on the lilac it is a definite sign of spring!June Flowers

 

Lupine are another sign of spring. They re-seed and come up everywhere. I have some regulars plants in the gardens around the house and then others come up that have re-seeded from elsewhere. These Lupines are coming up among the blueberries. Nice addition I think. I’ll let them stay. Lupines are one of my favorite spring flowers.June Flowers

 

I’ve have only planted half of my raised beds this year. I may do a planting of beans or lettuce. In the meantime I have baby lettuce coming up from lettuce that went to seed last year!June Flowers

 

Looks like it’s going to be a good year for Strawberries too!June Flowers

 

It won’t be long before the gardens are in full bloom, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the June flowers!June Flowers

 

With the weather warming up, many of us are preparing to arm ourselves against the usual mosquitoes and ticks. Many of us forget, however, that wasps, especially social wasps like yellow jackets, hornets, and paper wasps, can pose a special threat as well. They become aggressive when their nests are threatened, and their stings can be very painful—even fatal for those who are allergic to wasps stings. Because there are certain steps you need to take if you want to keep you and your family safe from wasps, here is a brief guide to keeping wasps away from your home.

 

Never provoke wasps.

 

This tip won’t necessarily keep wasps away from your home, but it’s the number one tip that you and your family should keep in mind as you see wasps in and around your home. Wasps tend to be harmless to humans unless provoked. Once provoked, however, they may sting, and that sting can be very painful, even causing a deadly anaphylactic reaction in some who have allergies. Be sure to teach to your children never to come in close contact with wasps or wasp nests when they see them.wasps

 

Hire a pest control specialist.

 

A pest control specialist can help you control existing populations of wasps while also preventing future wasp infestation. Be sure to look for a pest control specialist who will do a thorough sweep around the home, even targeting the eaves of your home as this article mentions. You also want to look for a pest control specialist who uses home-friendly products that will not harm your family or pets. Many specialists offer natural products as well for those who are looking to cut down on chemical usage in and around the home.

 

Remove all wasp attractions.

 

Wasps are attracted to anything sweet, including fallen fruit from fruit trees, fruit juice, and open soda cans. Be sure that and your family are doing what you can to remove these types of attractions. Keep lids over all trash, recycling, and compost tightly closed, and do not leave food out in the open outdoors for an extended period of time. Things like bird food, sweet perfumes, and lotions can attract wasps as well, so be sure to keep that in mind.

 

On a related note, because wasps are attracted to fallen fruit from fruit trees, it’s a good idea to always wear shoes when walking near a fruit tree that is bearing fruit.

 

Repair your home’s exterior.

 

Keeping the exterior of your home in good order is another great way to prevent wasp infestation, as wasps often build nests in open crevices and holes in homes. Look along the exterior of your home for any holes or crevices that could be sealed, such as broken siding panels or gaps in soffits. While you’re at it, check for any unoccupied rodent burrows as well, as wasps often build homes here as well. Fill any holes and make any necessary repairs to eliminate these potential wasp nest locations.

 

Build a wasp trap.

 

If you see an area around your home where wasps are especially active, you can always place a wasp trap to help eliminate them. You can build a basic wasp trap using an empty two-liter bottle. Simply cut off the top fourth of the bottle and then invert it on itself. Tape the two pieces together with duct tape and pour some sweet liquid such as soda or juice inside. Wasps will fly in to get to the sweet liquid and then be unable to fly back out.

 

You can always purchase a wasp trap as well if you would rather do that. If wasps seem to be an ongoing problem on your property, be sure to consult a pest control specialist who can offer a more long-term solution for the problem.

 

Use wasp deterrent spray.

 

You can also make a simple wasp deterrent spray on the exterior of your home to deter wasps from building nests there. Create a simple mixture of water and dish soap in a spray bottle, and add a few drops of clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils. Then spray this mixture liberally on popular wasp nest areas like under the eaves, in crevices, under porch roofs, etc. Pay extra attention to areas that have seen wasp nests before, as wasps tend to build new nests in the same locations over and over again.wasps

 

Invest in a wasp deterrent.

 

Did you know that you can invest in decorative wasp deterrents for your home? These inexpensive, bulb-shaped decor pieces mimic the look of wasp nests, thus deterring wasps which tend to be territorial. Simply install one or two wasp deterrents to keep wasps from building their nests nearby.

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

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

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:
Seeds Worth SavingSeeds Worth Saving

 

My Favorite Post:
How To Find and Use a Farm Sitter

 

 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.


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