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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

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:
How To Improve Unhealthy Zucchini Plants

My Pick of the Week:

The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever

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.

 

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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!


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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

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
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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!


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:
Frugal Kitchen Tips

 

My Favorite Post:
Staying Afloat In A Sea Of Green: Processing Zucchini

 

 

 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 goes without saying that it’s fairly inconvenient when your toilet lets you down and clogs up. Calling a good plumber is another task and expense that you have to face. However if you are brave enough you don’t need to rely on a plumber, and who doesn’t love a good bathroom hack?
Unclog a toilet

 

In some cases all you need to do is flush few time and poke with your handy dandy toilet brush. However if you are having bad day, this won’t do the trick and you will have to rely on few tricks of the trade.unclogging your toilet

 

If you are going to jump in and try to unclog your toilet yourself, the first thing you need isn’t far away, you need a good dish soap (if you don’t have one you can rely on your shampoo) and medium sized bucket to hold hot water. Two of these would be great as it will save you the effort to refill them again.

 

Now first you will have to pour in the dish soap into the toilet and let it be for the next 30 minutes or so. The dish soap or the shampoo acts as a lubricant and helps all the stuff to get moving. After 25 minutes you can start pouring the hot water in the flush. It will help in unclogging the flush.

 

We found that the above method works in the majority of cases, unless you have a more serious toilet malfunction. But if it didn’t work for you then don’t worry we have more great tricks of the trade for you to try before resorting to calling out the plumber.

 

So if you are still looking for more ideas to unclog your toilet then you can go through this great infographic by DIY experts Legendary Home Services.

 

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.

Recently I wrote a post on planning for this year’s vegetable garden. Gardening has always been a big part of my life. I enjoy planning out my vegetable garden each year, what I will plant and how I will preserve the harvest. For years I have always started my own seeds, often using seeds that I saved from the year before. This year I will be planting mostly flowers. With the house going back on the market and an enthusiastic realtor who seems to be confident that the house will sell in 2017 I am not going to be planting a big vegetable garden.

Instead my time will be spent packing and de-cluttering! I will miss my garden. Now I have eight beautiful raised beds that my husband built for me and I will not completely ignore them. After all we do have to keep up a beautiful appearance for any potential buyer! So I will plant flowers and beans and a zucchini plant perhaps, just enough to provide some fresh vegetable this summer and some cut flowers for the house. I have a neighbor close by that offers beautiful heirloom tomato seedlings so I may just have to plant a couple. It wouldn’t be summer without garden ripe tomatoes!Can't wait until the tomatoes turn red!

Luckily we have a wonderful Farmer’s Market that offers a wonderful variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables. But I will be missing my garden and the wonderful harvest I used to get.vegetables, farm market

The sad reality is that the future owner may not be as into gardening as I am. Perhaps this will be a second home for them and they just won’t have the time to keep up the gardens. It makes me sad to think that way but we’ve moved in the past and each time I have left behind a beautiful garden. One of these moves I hope to move into a home where the previous owner had beautiful gardens and I can take them over. That hasn’t’ been the case yet.Vermont, seed saving

Have you experience leaving a wonderful garden behind due to a move?

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