söndag 14 augusti 2016

Homesteading is my future

Lately, I have become bored with the life that I am living. Go to work, come home, watch tv, eat terrible food, go to sleep, and start all over again. A feeling, more like a growing desire, to be outside and live a more back-to-the-basics, traditional lifestyle has started burning inside me. I have come to the conclusion that this is simply what I have to do, and what my life's purpose is.

Farmers have always been high on my list of people to admire. The selfless act of their jobs, and the hardwork they put in is something I thought i could only dream of. I came across the idea of homesteading, which to me seems like small-scale farming, one day while mindlessly scrolling through my Pinterest app. Before I knew it, a whole list of articles had piled up of DIY's, farmhouse decor, gardening tips, animal care, herbal medicines, etc. I have only ever had this much passion about something when I became a Germanic language-learning addict. I knew from that moment that my whole life was going to change.

Currently, my husband and I are working towards financial stability, which has me searching for job number 2, and the obvious house hunting. Our plan is to buy, no more of this high rent business! I am ready for a place to call my own. So far we have come across two, that have been on the market for awhile, but they are indeed fixer-uppers. This is going to require quite a bit of money and hard work. It doesn't seem like anyone in our area wants to do this, which is why these houses can't find people to buy them, I assume.

With my homesteading dream, I hope to influence my community to follow suit. I have plans for a "homesteader's market", in which to sell excess produce, or do trades. If one of these houses come through, I would love to open a community horse stable. Seminars to teach homesteading, knitting and crocheting circles, and the rest is to be determined. Of course, these are long-term goals... a 15 year plan for me.

I hope that if you have come across this article, that you will join me on my new adventure through reading future posts on my blog. I am sure there will be mistakes and errors, but they will be life lessons that I can share with the whole world. Feel free to comment if you have any tips, or tell me about your homestead!

-- stay tuned! ♡ Brittany.

lördag 20 februari 2016

RenPure saves my Curls

Having curly hair is a blessing and a curse, as the old saying goes. Finding products that don't leave your hair feeling too oily or crunchy is one of the reasons our spiraly locks are tough to deal with.
This Ren Pure curl collection has saved my life. I feel that my curls are more manageable, still soft, and more bouncy. The leave in conditioner provides the moisture I need (I dye my hair quite a bit), and the gel holds my style in place. I have found this product at TJ-Maxx, but it can be found at several places, including salons. The best part is that you most likely won't pay over 20 dollars, and each bottle can last awhile. Well, not for me, because my hair is long and impossibly thick, but even using it every day, I can make each container last two weeks.
Ren Pure is not sponsoring me for this post! I just really enjoy their products and want to share with the world!

Finding The Right Cactus

Look at this pretty pink poker! I found her at a local grocery store and instantly fell in love. She is bright and comes with a ceramic bowl that looks a million times better than an old classic indoor pot. She isn't very big, but she is lovely and thriving. At least until I take her home... I'm not sure if I have it in me to adopt and keep her just yet.
Growing and maintaining the health of a cactus can be a real pain. They require a certain amount of water, heat, and sunlight, and you have to make sure you will get it right or you'll have a dead cacti baby on your hands. In 2014, I was huge on buying these pokey little plants, but my cat insisted on eating them. That year I think I owned seven different plants. I managed to completely neglect and forget about one!
However, this year I want to try again. With my husband and I deciding on slowly working our way into gardening and being more self sustainable, I feel this is the right time to start over. Hopefully I will have some success, and be able to share tips and pointers with the world through my blog. So, if you are reading this, which type of cactus is your favorite? Do you have any tips on keeping them alive? Feel free to share in the comments! Also, be prepared for more plant-oriented posts and photos as we put our green thumbs to good use!