Easy Tips for Getting Lunch in the Bag

It hardly seems possible that school time is upon us once again. Even as a homeschool mom, lunch time is busy and I find the days go much more smoothly if I’ve taken some time to plan ahead. When my kids were little, they loved having their own little lunch all ready to eat and now, as a busy family with teens who eat at a variety of different times, grab-n-go is essential. Here’s a round-up of some of my top picks from the web.

Ten Ways to Make Your Own Olympic Fun!

No matter what your interest level in sports, it’s hard to miss the excitement of the Summer Olympics! Our family is learning more about swimming lately as a family friend is a swimmer and suddenly this event is of interest to us all. And there is always the connection to our very own American athletes. In fact, my brother let me know yesterday that someone his wife knows is competing. There are endless opportunities for learning and getting active! Whether you are a homeschooling family or looking to keep the kids entertained until school resumes; here are some tools to inspire learning and help you host your own Olympics at home!

Lessons Learned in the Hay Field

The only things I knew about hay when we started were that horses ate it and it made me sneeze like crazy (did I mention I was a city girl with lots of allergies?!) Over the years, I have had a love/hate relationship with hay. It is an exhilarating feeling to be caught up in the rush of getting everything done just in time and beating the weather. It never fails, you are always working against the deadlines Mother Nature imposes. And with hay, you do it several times per summer which means that as soon as the challenge is met, you are already thinking about the next round.

Where in the World?

Life moves at the speed of sound most of the time but it’s important that we enjoy the fruits of our labor. Perhaps it’s a homemade dinner provided from your hard work or a relaxing evening walk with your significant other. Maybe it’s taking time to play a game with the kids while the dishes wait. I will likely never be as productive as I secretly hope to be or conquer this twenty acres of my corner of the world but that’s not really the point. I want be sure I’m not striving toward your future goals so intently I forget to count my blessings. It’s really sinking in that these years are precious and all too soon the kids will be out on their own. The quiet will become deafening and things that suddenly seemed so important will be insignificant. My world is here and now.

Health on the Homestead

On one hand, the homestead setting is a hot bed of potential illness but on the other hand, we are building up immunities. Somewhere there has to be a balance. Surprisingly, this is a topic not covered much in homesteading circles. Many articles are written about animal health and the various ailments that may befall our livestock but little is said about the human side. When one considers the ramifications of an illness or injury to someone who is self-sufficient on any level, homestead health and safety seem worthy of discussion.

How to Get Started with Bread Baking

If bread making and grinding your own wheat is intriguing to you, here’s some valuable information to help break down the mystery. Starting the journey does not have to be complicated or require a lot of specialized equipment. A basic understanding of wheat, storage methods and the variety of recipes available will have you off and running in no time.

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