• Alberta,  Failure,  Gardening,  perseverance,  Winter

    It’s bound to happen

    When you first start your homesteading journey you probably have all of these grand ideas of bountiful gardens full of gorgeous fruits and vegetables, free ranged chickens roaming your land, or even having a fully stocked pantry that could last you through to the next apocalypse. You scour Instagram and see these beautiful photos of picturesque farms and you draw inspiration from them. Only to determine that those are impossible goals to aspire to. Don’t get me wrong… I love to browse Instagram for homesteaders and people who believe in the lifestyle that I hope to soon have. But I’ve come to the realization that everyone’s journey is and will…

  • Alberta,  Prepping,  Uncategorized,  Winter

    It’s been a while…

    I want to start off by apologizing for my absence over the last few months. I know I promised that I would be documenting my homesteading journey but I failed miserably at doing that. I will be posting in the coming weeks about my gardening attempts (and by attempts I mean failures), preparations for winter, and projects we have in the works. I may have taken the summer off of posting but I’m still determined show you what I have done. The good and the bad. (I’m not joking when I say bad either.) So where have I been? Good question. I have to admit I’ve been fairly lazy when…

  • Chickens,  Product Review

    Coops & Feathers Superior Chicken Coop: Is it Worth It?

    Disclaimer: This blog post might include affiliate links in which I would earn a small commission. Would you look at those happy chickens hanging out in their new home! I’ve been dying to get this coop finished for the past week and finally got around to putting it together. I figured I would give you guys my review of this model. Specifics The Coops & Feathers Superior Chicken Coop is a kit I bought from Peavy Mart. This coop usually runs for $299.99, but I was able to snag it when it was on sale for $249.99. This is a fairly small coop running approximately 6’x 3’x 5′ and is stated to hold…

  • Alberta,  Gardening,  Winter Sowing

    When it rains, it pours.

    When I started my homesteading blog I wanted to be completely open and honest about our efforts in being as self sufficient as possible. That means sharing the good and the bad. Well, these last couple weeks have definitely tried our patience. Problem #1 It’s May 24th and I still don’t have a workable garden space. We purchased our tiller a couple years ago and fully anticipated that it’d last for many more to come. Unfortunately, not even through the first path of our new garden the tiller blew a tire. My husband attempted to repair it, but it was no use. We will need to take it to an…

  • Gardening,  Projects,  Tutorial,  Winter Sowing

    Winter Sowing (Part 2)

    Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links in which I will earn a commission. Update! As you can tell from the title of this blog post I’m about to share what’s happening with my winter sowing project. If you haven’t read the first part then be sure to check that one out first then come back for the results so far! Winter Sowing (Part 1) Drum roll please! We’ve got life! I’ve been keeping an eye on my winter sowing jugs over the last few weeks anxiously waiting the first little sprout to make its way to the surface. I wanted to make sure they were getting enough water from condensation…

  • Gift Guide,  Mother's Day

    Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Homesteaders Edition

    Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links in which I would earn a small commission. Mother’s Day is fast approaching! (May 13th if you were wondering.) With Mother’s Day just around the corner you’re probably asking yourself what you should get the mothers in your life. How about jewelry? If she’s likely to lose the ring while gardening then that’s probably a no. Spa day? Will a manicure or pedicure be ruined by digging in the dirt? So that probably won’t work either. What about shoes? No? Would she rather wear muck boots than high heels? Then you should probably steer clear of that choice too. So what do you buy…

  • Gardening,  Projects,  Tutorial

    Raised Garden Beds

    Disclaimer: This page may include affiliate links and earns a small commission. Spring has sprung, so get building. For the past few years I’ve been coveting raised garden beds I’ve seen all over the internet. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, they also ease the strain on your back when prepping, weeding, and harvesting. This year was finally the year! My husband recommended that we use cedar for the boxes since it’s naturally resistant to bugs and would last longer than the average lumber. The design is simple and easy to follow. If you’d like to build your own version of these raised beds then continue below for a step by step…

  • Chickens,  Projects,  Tutorial

    Chicken Brooder Setup

    Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission. Now that you have your brooder built, it’s time to set it up for your soon to arrive chicks. *** If you haven’t checked out my DIY Chicken Brooder tutorial then click the link and follow the steps to create your own brooder before continuing.*** If you build it, they will come! Wow, that was cheesy. Anyways, follow along to see what I do to set up my brooder for our newest arrivals. Supplies: 12 X 12″ Brooder Hen Waterer Feeder Pine shavings Thermometer Paper towel Glad Press’n Seal Wrap (This is completely optional) Instructions I will be putting a…

  • Chickens,  Projects,  Tutorial

    DIY Chick Brooder

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links in which I will earn a commission. The chicks are coming! It’s that time of year when your local feed store brings in adorable baby chicks to lure you into giving them a new home. It’s hard to say no to those pudgy little nuggets as they cheep and peep their way into your heart. Up until now I’ve been strong enough to resist the temptation but this year I’ve come to the realization that I shouldn’t fight it any longer. I’M GETTING CHICKS! My daughter has been counting down the days until we get the call to come pick them up from our local…

  • Cleaning

    Spring Cleaning

    Disclosure: This post may include affiliate links in which I earn a commission. Spring has arrived. Now what? Winter is finally making it’s way out the door and allowing spring to make it’s grand appearance. Thankfully. If you’re anything like me then that little taste of sunshine has given you the urge to get outside and start any and all projects on your lengthly to-do list. But unfortunately you probably also have some catching up to do before tackling it. Let the spring cleaning begin! When you think of spring cleaning you automatically imagine scrubbing walls, washing windows, decluttering, and just an overall deep clean. But did you think of the stuff…