Apr 112014
 

Home Remedies for Acid Reflux -10 quick fixes and long term solutions for GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. Use the pantry instead of the pharmacy.

Recently, some friends asked me for home remedies for acid reflux, so it seemed like a great topic to add to the Home Remedies Collection.  Whether you call it acid reflux, GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, it doesn’t feel good.  Symptoms include upset stomach, regurgitation, and the classic mid-chest burning sensation known as heartburn.  Many folks resort to proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as esomeprazole (Nexium®), lansoprazole (Prevacid®), and omeprazole (Prilosec®).   The thing is, long term use of PPIs has been linked to problems such as life-threatening diarrhea, respiratory illness and osteoporosis. (See “Do PPIs have long-term side effects?” for more information.)  So what can you do to feel better? Continue reading »

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Apr 052014
 

Build Your Own Simple Seed Starting Shelves with room for up to 576 seedlings under the grow lights. Sturdy, moveable and easy enough for a weekend project

Each year I start several hundred vegetable, herb and flower seedlings.  Almost all of them begin on the simple seed starting shelves my husband built over 15 years ago. I wasn’t blogging then (I started that around five years ago), so I didn’t snap any photos. Heck, I didn’t even have a digital camera back then.  Photos or no photos, these indoor planting shelves have served me well, and are fairly inexpensive to make.

The lights are suspended from chains on hooks, so they can easily be adjusted up or down.  Mounting casters on the bottom makes it a snap to move – even from one house to another.  If you use standard 22″x11″ nursery trays with 72 cells per tray, there’s room for 576 seedlings under the grow lights, plus an extra 288 seedlings on the top shelf, if you have room for it in your greenhouse, sun room or very well lit room.  Cross supports and water proof paint make it sturdy and durable.  I pair it up with a fan on a timer, to help keep the seedlings sturdy, and I also use a timer to turn the grow lights off at night.  Once the seedlings get bigger, they graduate to the greenhouse or cold frame, and then are hardened off (gently exposed to the elements over several days) and planted out into the garden. Continue reading »

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Mar 312014
 

Our Biggest Giveaway Ever - All American Sun Oven Kit, Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator, Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit, Five $50 Gift Certificates from Discount Mylar Bags, Ten JarBoxes

My preparedness blogging friends and I have teamed up with some of our favorite companies and because of their generosity, we’re able to offer you our biggest giveaway to date with these amazing prizes:

  • All American Sun Oven Kit
  • Excalibur 9-Tray Dehydrator
  • Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator Kit
  • Five $50 Gift Certificates from Discount Mylar Bags
  • Ten JarBoxes. Continue reading »

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Mar 272014
 

16 Home Remedies for Arthritis - foods to eat and foods to avoid, supplements and lifestyle changes, alternative and herbal therapies for arthritis.

Both my mother and my grandmother dealt with arthritis pain.  When I was a little girl, my grandmother Catherine held up her gnarled hand with crooked fingers and told me, “This is what happens when you crack your knuckles.  Never crack your knuckles.”  While most studies seem to have found no correlation between knuckle cracking and arthritis, the image of grandma’s hand has stuck with me, and I know arthritis caused her pain.  Mom never said much about it, but I’d see her rubbing her joints, and she always wore copper bracelets for the last several decades of her life.  Just recently, I was talking to my neighbor, Betty.  She told me that a friend of hers was on arthritis medication that knocked out her immune system so badly that she couldn’t kick a simple cold.  Her story inspired me to write this post and assemble a list of home remedies for arthritis to provide her with some natural treatment alternatives. Continue reading »

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Mar 232014
 

What You Don't See in the Photos - The Real Life of a Homestead Blogger

Do you ever find yourself comparing your home and garden to those you see online, and feeling bad because you don’t measure up? I decided to throw this post together because I’ve found myself playing that game recently, and I think it’s good to have a gentle reminder that there’s more to people’s lives than you see on the internet. We all want to put our best work forward for sharing, but I’d like to give you a peek at what you don’t see in the photos. Continue reading »

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