Self-Reliance

11 Home Remedies for Bug Bites and Stings
June 20, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Let’s face it, no one likes to be bitten or stung. The itching, stinging, burning, painful response our bodies have to bites and stings can even be uncomfortable.

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How to Make a DIY Barrel Smoker
June 14, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Barbecue competitors know all about building a DIY barrel smoker. Smokers can be built from many different humble beginnings.

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Ten Ways to Simplify your Life

Here are 10 ways making good choices can simplify your life. Some of these suggestions are relatively easy, some are unbelievably difficult, but all will contribute toward a simpler life.

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Bear Country? It Bears Watching!

They’re interesting. They’re unlike other animals. They’re wild. And they’re dangerous. Bears can inflict serious injury or even cause a fatality. They bear watching.

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Off-Grid Battery Banks: The Heart of the System

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – Anyone who owns a vehicle likely already has a love-hate relationship with the starting battery inside. It’s heavy, dirty, expensive, dangerous, and always seems …

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7 Tips for How to Start Living Off The Grid

Add to Favorites By Dave Stebbins – Living off-grid is living the dream. Enjoying all the amenities while not being dependent on the power company fires the imagination. Sunlight sparkles …

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Disposing of Disposables

It’s time to rediscover the wonders of reusables — and a healthier bank account once you’re no longer wasting money on single-use products. Dispose the disposables.

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Water on the Homestead: Is Filtering Well Water Necessary?
April 13, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Many homesteads have wells drilled for their water source. But is filtering well water necessary? There are, as usual, different thoughts on the subject. I grew up …

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Build Your Own Outdoor Solar Shower for Pennies

I’m not sure when I decided to construct an outdoor solar shower for my family, but I do know that I was inspired by an article in either Countryside and Small Stock Journal or one of the other homesteading magazines.

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Dandelion Uses from Root to Fluff

Dandelions are considered a weed by most gardeners but the list of dandelion uses runs long. We spend a lot of time and effort weeding, plucking, and otherwise controlling or modifying our gardens and trying to get “invading” species like dandelions out so that our “edible” plants can grow.

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How to Build a Self Bow

If you’ve never given archery a try, you’re missing a fun, relaxing, and rewarding pastime! Learn how to build your own self bow.

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Single Loop Flemish Twist Bowstring

Bowstrings have been around as long as there have been bows of course. While the style and materials have changed, the actual function has not.

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You Can Use Salt as a Disinfectant
February 25, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Using salt as a disinfectant is an easy, effective, inexpensive way to kill and prevent bacteria. 

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Wintertime Epsom Salt Hacks
February 20, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

Trying to stay healthy in the winter is a challenge so I have some Epsom salt hacks that will help when you’re feeling under the weather.

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Beat Colds and Flu with this Fire Cider Recipe
February 15, 2022 · · Self-Reliance

My eight-year-old son seems to bring home a new cough or cold from school every other week. Since busy moms and dads don’t often get sick days, I make sure that I make up plenty of my favorite fire cider recipe to keep on hand.

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