Nature’s Little Squeeze Pouch Review

June 25, 2017


Have You Considered Reusable Baby Food Pouches?

Hey, Y’all, today I’m going to show you one of my new favorite baby food items. It’s the WeeSprout Double Zipper Reusable Food Pouch. Specifically, I’m going to be reviewing the 3.4 fl oz version.

I’ve been using these reusable baby food pouches for a few weeks now and absolutely love them. I’ve used them every day and they make life so much easier.

We use the squeeze pouches for both homemade baby food and store-bought baby food. As long as it can be sucked through the small opening it can be used.

Image of Nature’s Little Squeeze PouchesHow Big is The Nature’s Little Squeeze Pouch?

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🚫 NEVER Trust a Padlock on Your Trailer [or anything else for that matter]

June 20, 2017


How Secure Is A Master Lock Padlock?

If you’re using a padlock to secure anything of value, please reconsider. I’ve always considered a Master Lock padlock to be relatively secure but this changed the way I look at them forever.

I realize that they can be picked pretty easily, but the average crook probably doesn’t have great lock picking skills. What I wasn’t prepared for is how quickly they can be cut with an angle grinder.

I Lost The Padlock Key

After losing the key to a padlock that was “securing” a 20-foot BigTex trailer, I had two options: Either bust out some old lock picking skills or try to grind the padlock off.

Once I gave up on the lockpicking endeavor, I pulled out my $60 angle grinder. To my surprise, it took less than 30 seconds to remove the padlock.

To give you a little more perspective, I was cutting it with my left hand while filming with my right (dominant) hand. With a little practice, I could probably get it down to 10 seconds flat.

What’s The Best Way To Secure A Trailer?

All of this to say, If you are using a padlock to secure anything of value, please look for a better alternative. What is that better locking alternative? I’m really not sure.

Let me know in the comments section what your favorite way to secure a trailer is.

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We Are Home From The Hospital!

June 15, 2017


The Hospital? What?

If you saw our last video (Poor Little Dude), you know that our middle child (we call him Dude) was hospitalized due to pneumonia which aggravated his asthma. The bad news is that we do this once or twice every year. The good news is that we are now home and he is doing much better and breathing well.

Those of you with asthmatic children totally know the terror of knowing your child can’t breathe. We love natural, homemade, and alternative health practices but I’m so glad for modern medicine when it comes to keeping his lungs open during an asthma attack.

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Featured image of how to make a comfrey poultice with a blender.

What Is A Comfrey Poultice?

Simply put, a comfrey poultice is moist ground up comfrey (usually leaves but sometimes root as well) applied to a wound and covered with a cloth. This natural healing method has been used for a very long time and is not limited to comfrey.

If you’re new to comfrey, check out this article. What Is Comfrey?

For thousands of years, comfrey has been used as an herbal medicine on sprains, burns, breaks and more. One of its folk names is knitbone because it has been used to speed up the time in which it takes to heal a broken bone. One of the best ways to use comfrey externally is in a poultice.

How To Make A Comfrey Poultice

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It Was a Really Bad Storm

As many of you man know, on April 29, 2017, at least seven tornadoes ripped through East Texas leaving a wake of destruction in their paths. Several people lost their lives and many more lost everything they owned. News article about the tornadoes.

canton texas tornado aftermath

The Call For Help

Last Friday, I received an email from Grace Community Church asking for volunteers to help in the tornado relief effort in Canton, Texas. Specifically, volunteers with chainsaws and the ability to move trees and other debris. This is an area where I feel particularly equipped and able to help.

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How to make contact paper countertops on a budget

Need Countertops on a Budget?

When we were making decisions about what to do with kitchen countertops on our homestead, my mom told me about contact paper countertops. When she was a young girl, my great grandmother would recruit my mom and her sisters to change out the contact paper in her kitchen.

It took me a while to warm up to the idea of a giant peel and stick countertop, but after looking at the price and overall quality, we took the plunge into this project.

We really wanted to install solid oak countertops from trees on our homestead. We may still do this someday. But for now, these contact paper countertops are holding up great.

Do Contact Paper Countertops Last Long?

Contact paper is pretty durable for being a large sticker. But don’t think you’re getting a solid granite countertop. Every once in a while we get a little tear or scuff in the contact paper but it’s an easy fix. In the video below (toward the end), I show you exactly how we fix holes in contact paper countertops.

Where to Buy Contact Paper for Countertops?

Check your local hardware store but we ordered ours on Amazon.com. There are many brands and some of them have really bad ratings. We purchase the brand Con-Tact Paper and have been happy with it. Here’s a link to the one we ordered.

Let us know what you think. Have you used contact paper for countertops in your kitchen or bathrooms? Do you have any questions about it? I want to hear from you.

Rice knife review for homesteaders

Image of the growtech knk-hts1200 grass sickle rice knife

I Love This Rice Knife!

Jenn gave me a rice knife / grass sickle for Christmas this past year. I love this thing so much I wanted to let y’all know about it. The best part is that it sells on Amazon Prime for $10 to $12 bucks!

In my opinion, this is an essential homestead hand tool. If permaculture hand tools are your thing, this grass sickle will be on your shopping list soon.

Rice Knife Video Review:

Overall, I’m very impressed with this grass sickle for the price. It comes extremely sharp and cuts herbaceous plants with ease.

I use it to chop and drop all the unwanted growth on my homestead. I’ve used it for cutting mint, comfrey, goldenrod, thistles and grass just to name a few things.

The Rice Knife Cons:

I ordered this during the winter and attempted to cut dead mint out of my garden. I usually don’t consider mint to be harder than steel. Even so, it chipped off several of the teeth on the sickle.

Final Thoughts:

The bottom line is that it’s not made from high-quality steel. I’m ok with that because I paid $12 for it. I’m really happy with the quality for the price.

Buy This Rice Knife:

If you’re thinking about purchasing this product for yourself or as a gift. Please consider shopping through the link below. By doing so, you will help our family without paying a dime extra for the product. CLICK HERE to buy this rice knife on Amazon.com.