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February 19, 2018

Homestead Planning in 2018

I’m a believer that you need to have a good plan in place to get things accomplished. I did find that creating my homestead planning post last year helped me finish a lot of my projects. I break my plan down to help simplify it which helps me give attention to each area. This yearly planning

June 02, 2017

How does my Garden Grow

  I’ve decided to share how my garden grows with you all as a monthly update. Perhaps more or less depending on time and whether I have anything to update! This will be a great way for me to keep track of things I want to do and how seasons fair. Hopefully this series will

January 22, 2017

How to Grow Avocado Trees from the Seed in 5 Easy Steps

Avocado’s, one of my favourite fruits and a healthy choice as well. Maybe not the healthiest choice for the fruit but I do love me some homemade guacamole and tortilla chips! Yum! Like most gardeners and homesteaders, for us the best practice is to grow our own fruit and vegetables. You’ll find once you start

January 20, 2017

Homestead Planning 2017

It’s time for some Homestead Planning … Well, another year has come and gone! It’s time to set up some of my hopes, dreams, and plans for the upcoming summer season. I have come a long way with my small homestead, but there is still so much to learn and do! There are a lot

May 08, 2016

The Beginner’s Guide to Saving Money

I recently started a new job. I now have benefits, a higher pay, bonuses, and extra incentives. I’m making a little more than $200.00 more per week, roughly $800.00 more a month. This doesn’t include my monthly bonus. I’m not bragging, bare with me a second and I’ll make my point. My bills haven’t changed,

February 28, 2016

How to: Create the Ultimate Household Management Book

Organizing your household can be a daunting task, whether you’re a large family with children or you’re just starting out on your own. Every family is different, which means there is no one way to create your household management book, and even after you create it, it will change as you change. The best thing

December 13, 2015

Over 200 Homesteading Skills to Learn

I think the real key to doing anything whether it’s passing a test, writing a book, or creating a more self sustainable life is planning and goal setting. When you look at this list you may see a lot of things you don’t know how to do, and that’s okay, but it may become overwhelming.

December 12, 2015

Reach Your Goals with these Simple Steps!

If there is one thing I have found to be true, it’s that you can’t reach your goals without a plan. This doesn’t just pertain to homesteading. In my personal journey, I’ve decided that not only should I try to live a sustainable life within my home, but also obtain a sustainable life within myself as well.

November 28, 2015

35 Ways to Re-Use an Old Calendar

There is nothing that seems more useless than an old calendar once the year is through right? It definitely seems that way, it certainly isn’t something one can re-use again and again for the same purpose. Still, that’s 12 (or sometimes more) pages of paper – hopefully recycled – that then ends up in the

October 02, 2015

Great Reads on How to Raise Your Own Chickens

This week’s theme ended up being all about chickens. Though I didn’t plan it that way it seemed to happen so I might as well embrace it. I’ve been doing a lot of research into raising my own chickens, and have found some great resources, and thought I would share them with my readers. First I

September 30, 2015

12 Ways to Use Egg Shells

I’ll be the first to admit that I am a sustainable newbie, it’s why I created this blog so I can document my journal but also have a place where I can place all of my research, tests, trials and information. This way I can keep a source for myself and hopefully help others in the

September 28, 2015

Why I Want to Raise Chickens

When most people think of homesteading in the city, or a town they usually think backyard chickens. I know I did, in fact it was the first thing that really drew me towards this idea of living off my land and creating a simpler life for myself. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the

September 27, 2015

How to Grow Kale

Kale is a super food, and has really hit the media as an ‘it’ vegetable to eat now. Weird that a food can become a celebrity am I right? Still Kale is a great source of nutrients and a relatively easy plant to grow. First though I’ll go over some background, why not right? Kale

August 03, 2015

101 Challenges in 1001 Days

I’m sure many have heard of this challenge; it’s quite popular. This is what Day Zero has to say about the 1001 day challenge: Day Zero started out with the catchy challenge of completing 101 things in 1001 days. This has been enormously popular with tens of thousands of people getting involved and sharing their lists. We

January 19, 2015

Creating Your Garden: 60 Perennials You Can Eat

Planting perennials can help you maintain a garden without having to do all the hard work that comes with it year after year. One planting season and you can enjoy your harvest for years to come. Below is a list of 60 perennials you can plant and enjoy! Be sure to do research before planting,

January 10, 2015

Free Kindle Reads 2

I’m always on amazon it’s probably my favourite store, online or off mostly because of the books! I found some great freebies today! Be sure to check them out they were free today but who knows how long it will last. Almost everything edible that’s grown in a traditional garden can be grown in containers

January 07, 2015

17 Ways to Re-Use Bread Clips

I’m horrible for losing these little clips as soon as I open a loaf of bread but with these ideas I’ll definitely do my best to save these tags. Try some of the following innovative ideas to use your extra bread clips. Cord Tags. Write down what the cord is attached to and put the

January 04, 2015

Creating Your Garden: The Planning Stage

Planning a garden is an important step in planting one, especially if you want to get the most out of it. I’ve learned that the hard way! Much like other things in life you start out with good intentions and lots of excitement then a month later all you have to show for it is

January 02, 2015

Free Kindle Reads 1

I’m always reading and would be lost without my kindle, or kindle app. I love searching and finding new reads on amazon and the first place I always look is the freebie section. As of Jan 2, 2015 these are some free reads. I can’t say how long they will stay that way so get

January 01, 2015

How to Stay Warm in the Winter – Without a Furnace

I live in Canada, and although we don’t all live in igloos as some may suspect it does get cold in the wintertime. Right now, in Southern Ontario our winter season is just getting started. We have an inch or two of snow on the ground but before we know it the snow will be

December 31, 2014

6 Ways to Use Dryer Lint

For today I tried to think of something I could never in my life find a use for, and it came to me while doing the laundry. Dryer Lint. I have a pail I put mine in and once full I grudgingly throw it away, usually wondering if I can recycle it. Well even better

December 24, 2014

How To: Save your Wrapping Paper

I’ve decided to take some small steps with my garbage to help reduce what we use here at home and thought what a great way to start up a bit of a blog meme here at Sustainable Beginnings as well as some fun project ideas. The idea behind my Un-Wasteful Wednesdays is to take something