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Stop Birds Hitting Windows – 5 Tips to Protect Our Feathered Friends
Window collisions are usually worse in spring and fall during migration, with birds flying through less familiar territory, but can happen any time of year. I've put together a list of quick fixes to stop birds hitting windows. Homestead | homesteading | homesteading for beginners
Build a Secure Greenhouse Foundation That Lets You Plant in the Soil
Build a Greenhouse. How to Decide Where to Locate Your Greenhouse. Clear and Level the Area and Mark the Location of Your Footings. Create the Box Frame that Supports your Greenhouse. Attach Your Greenhouse to the Foundation and more. Greenhouse ideas | greenhouse ideas diy | greenhouse ideas small
25 Cheap Ways to Keep Your House Warm in Winter on the Homestead
Cheap ways to keep your house warm in winter. Some tips reduce heat loss, others add heat to the home or keep the heat where you need it. Survival life hacks | survival life hacks homestead | survival life
How to Put Up a Snow Fence
Do snow fences work? Yes they do, but there are a few things you should know before you put yours up. We put up our snow fence right around 1st frost each year.
Keeping Warm - Winter Prep List for You and Your Home
Little things can make a big difference when it comes to keeping warm and comfortable in your home. A friend of mine made one change from this list and raised the temp in her daughter's bedroom over 10 degrees – without turning up the thermostat. With the right preps, we reduce our heating bills all season, and are in much better shape if a winter storm knocks out the power.
25 Cheap Ways to Keep Your House Warm in Winter
For those looking to reduce your heating bill without a big investment, we've put together a list of 25 cheap ways to keep your house warm in winter. Some of these options reduce heat loss, others add heat to the home or keep the heat where you need it.
Car Won't Start in the Cold? Check Out these Troubleshooting Tips
If your car won't start in the cold, the best solution combines proper maintenance and options to make a cold start easier on your vehicle.In northern Wisconsin, cold winter weather is a fact of life. My 2007 Saturn Ion starts in weather as cold as -25°F actual temp without fail, without any special treatment. (But not everyone is so lucky.)
Kitchen Substitutions (Save Time, Money, and Aggravation)
It's so frustrating to be in the middle of cooking and realize you don't have a needed ingredient on hand. With this list of kitchen substitutions, you can improvise with common pantry ingredients to get your recipe finished.
Gardening Gifts - 15 Great Gift Ideas (Fun and Useful!)
Many of the gardening gift guides aren't a great fit for me, so I decided to put together a list for those who like some functional mixed in with their fun. Here are 15 gift ideas for the gardener in your life, to take them from planting to harvest, and brighten their holidays.
Practical Gifts for Every Budget (Plus 5 Gift Wrapping Tips)
We're sharing some of our favorite practical gifts that people will actually use, starting at under $30. To wrap up the post, Laurie shares some tips for dressing up gifts without spending a ton of money.
How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Berries
Making your own Elderberry Syrup is a great way to save money on this wonderful immune supporting tonic. It's great for kids and adults during cold and flu season. I noticed years ago that the ingredient lists on most commercial elderberry syrups for kids don't contain much elderberry. Now we make our own so we know it's the real deal.
7 Easy Tips for Greener Gifting - From Homemade to Fair Trade
I know that retailers love the holiday season because of the gift buying frenzy, but spending a lot of time in crowded stores is not my idea of fun. We prepare homemade jams, jellies and other treats throughout the year for gift baskets. I also keep an eye out for items at thrift stores and garage sales that I know would be a good fit for someone on my holiday list.
The 4 Layers of Cold Weather Clothing Everyone Should Know
Learn to dress for winter with the best cold weather clothing for warmth and safety, including windshells and wicking layers to protect from wind and sweat. In this post, we'll answer common questions about winter clothes and dressing for cold weather. Then we'll get into the four layers of cold weather clothing, and our picks for those layers. Finally, I'll wrap up with a Fortress Clothing review.