Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free Shipping + Bootcamp Sale | Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers

Hello, Bootcampers! I'm just popping in for a moment on this busy day to let you know about a promotion that Lulu Press has happening right now. The Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers book is available in Kindle format on Amazon, and also in perfect bound paper through Amazon, as well. But it's also available through Lulu press in coil-bound format. Some Bootcampers LOVE the coil-bound version, as it makes it easier to print off pages and use it as a planning binder as they're getting their homes together.

Both paper versions are $24, so I usually suggest using Amazon, since so many folks have Prime (free shipping!)

However, this free mail shipping deal through Lulu means you can get the coil-bound version for the same price with FREE SHIPPING. To sweeten the deal, I'm offering the Lulu coil-bound version for 25% off - that's only $18 - no promo code needed! Just remember to use Lulu's code APRSHIP50 through April 22nd to get free mail shipping.

This deal is only good through Friday evening, so grab yours today while the price is great!

I hope this helps you get a jump on transforming your home from messed to blessed this spring!
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

A Million Things in the March Off Grid | Homesteading | Off-Grid Living

This post first appeared on the Beyond Off Grid blog. From the website: "Beyond Off Grid is a documentary film and media project that explores why we should strive to reduce our dependence on the modern economy and control grid, and how this can be accomplished." In addition to the film itself, they provide excellent educational webinars to provide information and inspiration to those seeking a lifestyle less dependent on modernity and all of the risks that it brings to your family’s safety and survival. Seriously, go check them out. We're big fans.

Everything I learned about homesteading this year can really be summed up in one sentence: I have so much to learn about homesteading. Because here’s the thing: Homesteading, though thrown around as a sort of general term — most folks hear it and have already formed a mental image of a “back-to-the-land” nature lover, or a hipster urban farmer, or super-rural gun-totin’ new pioneer — homesteading, really, is not one thing. It is a million things. It is a million things I did not grow up learning. A million things I did not learn in public school. A million things I barely even knew existed.

I grew up in South Central Kansas, in the heart of the Bread Basket. Farm country. By which I mean: huge combines, and huge grain silos, and huge amounts of pesticides and dust blowing in the ever-present wind and huge, incredibly smelly concentrated animal feeding operations, and “Hey, smell that? That’s the smell of money!” One thousand acres of prime, black soil, and the farmer’s wife buys all her produce at the local grocery store, shipped cheap from Mexico and California. Farming.

In college, I did what a lot of college students do. I learned that there was another way and I sprinted toward it as recklessly and with as little thought as possible. Back then it was called Christian Environmentalism - older, wiser me knows it’s barely the former and strongly the latter. Still, God opened my eyes to another way.
I lived in an environmental village in Central America where we grew our own food without chemicals and where we composted our own waste. Later, I visited a major factory farm in California and saw that it was not the money that I smelled — it was mismanagement. It was pollution. It was death.
So I did what any self-respecting, immature college student would do. I became a staunch vegetarian. Because, hey, that meat is gross (it is) and those animals aren’t treated right (They’re not.) I did not know there was another way. I did not know there was “organic” or “local” or “grass-fed” or “permaculture”. I did not know a million things. I still don’t know a million things.

My husband and I had been married for about four years when we started thinking about farming. We were living in Kansas at the time, and we knew we needed a little land. Hey, land should be flat and cleared, right? That’s what farmers need. We moved to a five-acre parcel of desolation bordering a huge wheat field. I drew up a few pictures of what we could maybe do with it. I discovered John Seymour’s illustrated classic, The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It. At that time, we also found Scott Savage and his Plain Reader. Those essays changed our lives. But there were a million things to learn.

I remember, early one spring, my husband suggesting we plant a garden. “Sure,” I said. “But I don’t know how.” And that’s as far as it ever got. We lived on that farm nine months before he changed jobs and we moved to a new state. We never planted anything on that farm. We didn’t even grow flowers.

We lived in an apartment in Amish country for nine months in that new state. We didn’t have any land to call our own, but the desire began to burn in us both. I read everything I could get my hands on, and we made major changes in our lives. Kind women taught me how to bake my own bread and how to can. We ditched the TV, we sought to simplify our lives. I even began to dress more “plain”. Our minds were changed, but we weren’t farmers.

We moved back to Kansas, and found a house in the city. That first spring in the new house, my husband rented a rototiller while I clenched one hand around these little organic seed packets I had bought online and the other around a used copy of “Square Foot Gardening” and prayed with all my might, “Lord, please let me figure out what I’m supposed to do.” There were a million things I did not know. But the garden thrived that year, and the next year we doubled it. I even coaxed a small crop of apples from the old tree in the backyard. I learned some things. But there were still a million things I didn’t know.

A few years later, we changed states again. While living on a little property that was beautiful and private and completely inappropriate for farming, we dreamed and talked and discovered Michael Bunker’s Surviving Off Off-Grid. Well, that was that. We read it. We read it again. We CAME TO TERMS. We had to finally admit that we don’t know a million things and that we could not let it stop us anymore.

I began to view homesteading like having children. I hear young (and sometimes older) couples say they’re not going to have children until they’re ready. Well, news flash: You’re never “ready”. You don’t even know what you need to be ready until you’re in the thick of it. You don’t know what you don’t know. And later, you do know what you don’t know. That’s even scarier. There are a million things. But you have to start somewhere. There will be a lot of flailing and mistakes and frustration and you will waste money and you will feel stupid and sometimes it is like you are DROWNING, but you will get to the other side and say, “That was pretty amazing.”

After two more years of farm hunting, we ended up on our homestead. We had land and we had strong young children (going on nine of them, now) to help us set our hands to this joyful work. There were simply no more excuses we could make.

We learned how to cut down a tree. And another. And another. We learned how to chop and season and store firewood. I learned how to not be terrified when I watched the seven-year old swinging his own axe. (Mostly.) We learned how to operate a wood stove without burning down the house. (Yet.) But I still can’t name the trees on our very wooded homestead. So our family is going to take a tree-identification course together this summer. There is one more thing - maybe twenty more things - I will know.

I learned that I am allergic to poison sumac. And I learned how to identify it. One more thing. (An important thing!)

We got our first farm animals - Nubian goats - to clear the dense honeysuckle and poison ivy and sumac on our property this year. Two-month old kids. There they were, in the shed on their first night and I was as panicked as a new mother on her first night home from the hospital. “Now what am I supposed to DO with this thing?” I picked up my Kindle and found some books, and read everything I could. What do you mean, de-worming? Trimming hooves? WHAT ON EARTH. A million things. I feel confident with our goats now. But when we breed them next fall, it will start a whole new chapter of “Things Heidi Doesn’t Know”. What about when it’s time for them to kid? Will I be able to milk them? And then there’s cheese making. And yogurt making. And soap making. I don’t know a million things. But I can learn.

We got chickens this spring, too. Again to the books, and to the things I don’t know. I didn’t know how exciting that first egg would be, or how hard it would be to butcher the few old gals someone gave us. I didn’t know that roosters wake up at 5am, and therefore babies wake up at 5am, even if the coop light is set for 7. (I kind of wish I didn’t know that.)

I thought I knew how to garden. Then I learned a new-to-me method that made me see how many hours I’d wasted weeding and watering and I wondered, “How many more millions of things don’t I know?” The garden was prolific. What a blessing. Now how do I store all this food? How do we dig a root cellar? Fermenting? GNOWFGLINS? (Is that even English?) And how can I start seeds more successfully this year? What do you mean, “Soil block maker?” What else don’t I know?

Two rabbits just arrived this past weekend, and my 11-year old daughter was sitting in bed by the light of a Kindle late Sunday night, taking notes for Mom on “How to Raise Meat Rabbits” while three of her younger sisters snored away, because there are a million things I don’t know. (But now she knows.)

And again I hear the little voice in my head: “There are a million things I don’t know.” But it’s March. So now a new voice whispers back: “You don’t have to know a million things today. Just start with one.”

Just one thing. One thing is what this month is all about at our homestead. It is why we deliberately refocus and “double down” each March in our effort to be more self-sufficient and productive — to March Off-Grid. This month, we are choosing to not ignore the panic and frustration of “not knowing”. Rather we are choosing to embrace the “million things we don’t know” and decide — resolve — that tomorrow there will be one less thing we don’t know, and one more thing we do. Because the joy in learning that one thing supersedes the fear of the million we don’t, every time.
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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reboot: 2016. Are You Ready?

I love family traditions and I love hearing about how other families mark their time and make the ordinary special. Do you have fun New Year's Eve traditions for your family? We have friends who give their children all a fresh diary today, so tomorrow they can start writing in it. Many people are prepping for big-time festivities tonight. (With nearly 9 children, including a nursing baby and toddlers, it is a big-time achievement if I can make it till midnight!)

Here in our home, we have two traditions. First, since we are still celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas, the daily gift for every child today is their own calendar. Even though I maintain the family calendar (on paper, and on my phone, and my new favorite organization tool: Bullet Journaling, we encourage our kiddos to write on their own calendars and learn to manage their own time well.)

The other tradition we have for this day is DEEP CLEANING. I know, I know, that doesn't sound so fun. (Actually, cleaning and organizing is one of my favorite things to do, but I'm weird like that. ;) But seriously, there is something deeply satisfying about starting a new year with a clean house. I know in reality it's just another day on the calendar, or as Barry Manilow puts it, "Just a night like all the rest" -- But for me, mentally, it's a day to shift back into "make my home a better place for my family to thrive" mode.

 There's no way I can do a deep clean and thorough organizing session in every room in one day, but I love to pick out the trouble spots that have been grating on me and chuck unneeded stuff, tidy up what's there, and deep clean all over. Seeing those freshly tidied spaces gives me the inspiration to keep going in the weeks and months to come!

Do you feel like you need help rebooting your home in 2016? Perhaps you lack motivation, or maybe you are seriously overwhelmed and have NO IDEA where to start? Good news! Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers is on sale from January 2 - 8,  for just $1.99!

My hope and prayer is that many of you amazing, but overwhelmed homekeepers out there will be able to pick up a copy for yourselves and start the journey from being "messed to blessed."

Please write me or leave a comment if you need more help and guidance. I LOVE reading your mail!!

I sincerely wish you all a New Year full of blessings, overcoming challenges, and becoming the homekeeper you wish you could be.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Heidi's Golden Steel Cut Oat Granola

Hey, y’all!

I don’t know where you are today, but here is Southwest Ohio, it has been MUGGY. The rain's hit us at least a little every day, and it’s just enough to make you sweat buckets, but it never seems to clear the air. I almost long for a good hot August day. Almost. Ask me again in late July. ;)

For my family, especially the teenage boys, who’ve been working outside really, really hard getting our homestead rolling this spring, a hearty breakfast is essential. Our winter breakfast staple was a huge crock pot of steel cut oats (with eggs and fruit on the side) but it’s really just too hot to think about warm oats right about now. But as we buy hundreds of pounds of oats every fall for breakfasts all year, I still have plenty to cook. What’s a homesteading gal to do? Make granola, of course!
We’ve eaten plenty of rolled oats granola (the kind you think about when you hear “granola”) around here. Still, I love cooking steel cut oats. We love them for their higher fiber, fewer calories, and lower glycemic index than rolled oats, in addition to their amazing chewy, nutty flavor. But homemade steel cut oat granola was new to me. So I set out to create the perfect recipe. Considerations: It had to be whole, healthy, and delicious — because what’s the point of using up your store of oats if no one will eat it?
Using a few recipes online, I mixed and matched and played around until I finally came up with something so good that they are clamoring for it every morning. Flavor it how you like: You could add a little cinnamon and nutmeg for fall flavor, make it summery with whatever dried fruit you process from your garden or orchard, or by adding shredded coconut and chocolate chips, you could imitate that most delectable (but very expensive) grocery store delight: Love Crunch Dark Chocolate Macaroon (Oh. Yum.)
Here's how to make it:

Here on our homestead, I decuple the recipe on Kitchen Day each week (Pssst! Decuple means multiply by 10 -- Use that one at dinner and impress your children!)  I dare you to snag a bowl before your family finishes it off. It's just that good!

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Monday, June 29, 2015


Hi Y’all! I’m taking a moment in the middle of our barn-raising week (which has been not-so-delightfully extended by torrential rains here is southwest Ohio) to share something I’m excited about. If the following doesn’t apply to you at all, feel free to skip to another post. But if you are a woman who wants to be in charge of her own health, I encourage you to read on for a great deal on a great product!

I’m talking about the free Kindara Fertility Tracking app and their —well, not free, but seriously awesome — new, bluetooth-enabled, basal body thermometer.

Fertility what? Heidi, are you some kind of hippy? (I've been accused of worse. :) Let me ask YOU a question! Are you a woman who is just done — DONE! — putting up with the nasty and often times dangerous side-effects of chemical birth control pills and other contraceptives? Are you interested in a natural option that guides you toward your goal of getting pregnant — or avoiding pregnancy — equally easily? Natural Family Planning has been around for ages, and Fertility Awareness Method has been taught for years, but it’s amazing how many women have never heard of either method, or have been led to believe that they aren’t accurate, effective, or "safe" at all.

Now I know what you're thinking. "Heidi, you have eight children. EIGHT! So obviously, this method isn't working for you." It's true, our proverbial cup runneth over and our shoe is blessedly full. But you don't have to be actively PREVENTING pregnancies or TRYING TO CONCEIVE to track your fertility. For me, it's really tracking. Just tracking! I love knowing why I'm cranky, why I'm hungry, why I'm tired, or that I am, indeed, pregnant, oftentimes a full week before a urine test would tell me -- this knowledge helps me better formulate a personal health plan to get nourishment, rest, and quiet when I need it, which is pretty awesome.

 If you are a woman, or know one (I think that covers pretty much all of you!) you might want to check this out.

Now Kindara brings you an app — and a smart thermometer — to make it pretty, easy, accessible, and maybe even fun? to track fertility. (Here’s a hint: You don’t even have to be Catholic to do it - I’m not!)

With the Kindara app, you can learn all about the Fertility Awareness Method, which is basically any form of Natural Family Planning where you cross-check your basal body temperature (the lowest (waking) temperature of the day) with your cervical fluid, and, optionally, with your internal cervical position. These three pieces of your fertility puzzle, when entered into the app, paint an amazing picture of what your body is doing TODAY, and gives you a great prediction of the weeks to come. (The more consistently you use it, the more accurate it predicts the details of your cycle.)

If you’ve never considered completely chemical-free birth control before, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a good book to pick up. It explains everything in detail.

The App is intuitive and fun to use, but very versatile!

  • You can track your fertility to avoid, time, or achieve pregnancy or pinpoint health issues related to hormones.
  • You can predict ovulation, period, and fertile days.
  • You will have access to a large knowledge base with detailed information on how to use the app and how to track your fertility, even if you’ve never done it before.
  • You will be able to see a chart gallery and optionally share your own and look at other Kindara users’ charts to gain insight into your cycles.
  • You can use a completely customizable journal section to keep track of other activities that might (or might not) be related to your cycle, like moods, headaches, caffeine, exercise, foods, and anything else you can think of.

Hmmm… Interesting. What Would I Need to Start Tracking my Fertility?

A basal body thermometer is a must-have. It measures the resting temperature you take at a consistent time every morning, before you do anything else – no moving around or nursing the baby or getting up to use the bathroom before you take your temperature. You can get a basal body thermometer from any pharmacy or drug store for $10-$15. Most of the ones I've used are super basic. They take a long to read your temp. They beep while taking your temp. They beep when you’re done, or they beep 10 times when you’re done. (This is really annoying to husbands and co-sleeping babies!) They don’t remember your temp for long -- if your delightful three-year old turns it on, and you don’t catch it within 3 seconds, you’ve lost your temp for the day. Frustrating.

This is how I found Kindara’s Wink Basal Body Thermometer. My drug store version died (again) and when I mentioned it to my husband, his first words were: “PLEASE find one that doesn’t beep!” I searched the depths of the basal body temperature interwebs and was delighted to learn about Kindara’s Wink thermometer. It gently vibrates when you’re done taking your temp and sends that temp via low-energy blue-tooth to the Kindara app on your phone or iPod. You can take your temp when you’re half-asleep, and no one will be the wiser! If you’re not near your phone (or it’s dead) Wink will store up to 6 months of temperatures for you to download when you’re re-connected. No more lost temps!
What’s even better is that you get $10 off the pre-order special of $79 for this awesome blue-tooth-enabled thermometer, when you use my affiliate link:
And y'all. It even comes in PINK. I'm sold.

Wondering if it's worth it? Watch the video below to see Wink in action!

Wink will ship sometime this summer, so what until then? Do you need to buy a cheap version to tide you over? No! Kindara will send you a free basal thermometer in the mean time. Later on, the Wink Thermometer price will jump up to $129. Get it while it’s only $69 with my affiliate link.

Get Your Free Kindara App:



**Don’t order the Wink Thermometer through your newly-downloaded app – you won’t get $10 off. You have to use this link to get the free $10:

Don’t wait too long, because they will stop offering the pre-order price once shipping begins.

Feel free to share this link with your friends!

Here's to your good health!
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Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY Computer Desktop Organizer

 I don’t know about y'all, but for me, my day begins and ends on the computer. I know I could live without it, but at this point in my life, most of my projects-- homestead planning, homeschooling, meal planning, and organizing-- are digitally-based. But just like the real desktop in my life, my computer desktop can easily become an unmanageable dumping ground of folders and files and sticky notes, and I’ll spend more time looking for files than checking to-do’s off my list.

If your desktop needs a little love, too, then you’ll love this simple desktop organizer tutorial. It’s easy, and actually kind of fun, and at the end, you’ll be a bit more organized. (And if you’re like me, you may walk by your computer a few more times today, just to admire your handiwork! ;)

Here’s How to Create Your Own: 

  Go to It’s an online photo editing site that, although not as comprehensive as  software like Photoshop, is FREE and EASY TO USE!

 On the home screen of PicMonkey, click Custom. A drop down menu will appear, asking what size you want to make your design. To see what size you should create, find your computer’s display size.

On a Mac, you click the Apple, click About This Mac, click Displays, and write down this size (or take a screen shot.)

 Enter this size in the custom size boxes in PicMonkey. A very simple way (and the way I started) is to click “Canvas Color” under basic edits. Pick your color, and it will fill your custom canvas. But I think an even more fun option is to use a cheerful (or thematic) digital scrapbook paper. To find a free one, type “free digital scrapbook paper” in Pinterest or Google. There are tons of great ones out there. (I have some pinned here!)

 If you choose the digital paper option, click the “Open” at the top of the screen in PicMonkey. Tell it where to find your paper, and it will bring it in. Then you’ll need to crop it to your display size. (The crop button is under Basic Edits on the lefthand menu bar.)

 Now, click on Overlays. (The symbol is a butterfly.) The first option is Geometric. You’re going to pick a rectangle or rounded rectangle. The overlay will appear on your canvas in black.

 You can adjust the size rotation, and position by dragging the rectangle around the canvas. You can change the color and the transparency in the tool box that will appear on the screen.

  Now that I have it the color and transparency I want, I will right click the overlay, and click on “Duplicate Overlay”. It will make an identical box.

  I’ll repeat this for as many boxes as I want, and adjust the size and rotation of each one.

 How many boxes do you need? That’s up to you! Think about your ideal desktop. What kinds of folders usually clutter your desktop? Probably the ones you access the most. (Tip: If you’re using a Mac, be sure to leave room for the app dock at the bottom.) 

 Now that I have the boxes just how I want them, I’ll click the button on the top that looks like pages with a down arrow. That flattens all the layers I just created into one canvas. If I skip this step, I will probably accidentally move the boxes every time I try to add a type box! (It’s annoying, so trust me! Don’t skip it!)

 Now to add text! Click on the Text tool in the lefthand menu - it looks like Tt. Choose a fun font and click “Add Text”. Name your box, adjust the color and font size with the pop-up tool box. I prefer to click the text center button (just like in a word processor) and stretch my text box across the full width of the box so it’s truly centered. You can use the arrow keys on your keyboard to fine tune its placement. Repeat for all your boxes.

 If you want to add a little more cheer, go back to the Overlays tool (the butterfly) and search through the fun overlays. (My four-year old was helping me, and she wanted “Critters”). You just drag and drop, resize and rotate, like the other overlays.

 When you love what you’ve created, click Save (at the top). You will name your new canvas and tell the computer where to save it. Choose the “Sean” quality, because you want it to retain its dimensions. Now go to your newly saved photo, and right click. Click on Set Desktop Picture (on a Mac).

 Now you just move your folders into the right boxes, and voilá!

Your work surface is instantly more organized!

 Can’t get your folders to move where you want them? Right click on the desktop, click Sort By, and make sure NONE is selected. Most likely, your folders are snapping to the grid.

 Another tip: It can really slow down your computer to have very data-heavy folders on your desktop. Help it run faster in two simple ways. One, create aliases on large folders. Put the actual folder “in” the computer somewhere, right click on it, and click “Make Alias”. Drag the alias to the desktop and when you click on it, the real folder will open.
Alternately, you can create a simple folder on your desktop and store all your related aliases folders inside.

 Bonus DIY! 

 I think the basic blue folders on a Mac are boooo-riiiiing. But they’re very easy to change! First, go online and search for Mac folder icons. There are a bajillion to choose from, but I prefer to keep them simple colors, like this one.  Download the file, and unzip it. I store all mine in a folder called Folder Colors. (I have a lot! I love to keep it colorful!) Now, when you want to change a folder’s color, right click on the folder and click on Get Info. The information box will pop up, including a tiny picture of the folder at the very top left of the folder’s name. Drag the colored folder icon from your unzipped file to that tiny folder until you see the green + sign. Your folder should be the new color. Hope this tip brightens your desktop…and your day!

 Just so you know: Some of my links are affiliate links. That means I get a little bit back if you choose to purchase a linked item. It doesn't cost you anything, but it might help me buy another chicken...Win-Win! Thanks!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Last Chance for Your Bundle!

Hey, Bootcampers!

I know you've been hearing about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle in every little corner of the internet this week. And I won't bug you anymore about it after this brief reminder.

But tomorrow about this time, I'm going to start getting desperate e-mails. A few of you will comment on the blog. I'm going to hear from wonderful people who got busy or distracted or thought, "I'll get to it tomorrow!" and didn't buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle I've been promoting all week long. And they will ask me, "Isn't there ANY WAY I can still get a bundle?" Unfortunately, the answer is always no. And these people are always so disappointed. (And I am so disappointed for them!) Don't let it happen to you!

Many of you have read these posts from me to remind you about this great deal. Some of you have seen my updates over on Facebook, my pins, my tweets. Maybe you wanted to buy one, but you've been putting it off until later. Friend, you won't get any more reminders! This deal is over tonight at midnight. If you've been waiting until the right moment, that moment is now! Get it today before it goes away forever.

Brief Overview of what's included: 
✔ 76 eBooks 

✔ 6 eCourses 

✔ 1 audio download 

✔ 2 online conferences, & 

✔ 14 printable packs 

 That's over $1200-worth of stuff for only $29.97. Do the math.

That's about a 97% savings.  

Still not sure about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? They have a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can buy it now and have a whole month to check out the products. You've got nothing to lose!

And don't forget that I am throwing in my own bonus if you buy the bundle using my links. I'll send you a free copy of my book, Bootcamp for Lousy Housekeepers. Just email me once you've purchased the bundle, and I'll send along your bonus! 


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Just so you know: Some of my links are affiliate links. That means I get a little bit back if you choose to purchase a linked item. It doesn't cost you anything, but it might help me buy another chicken...Win-Win! Thanks!