Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“Homemade Red Beet Tinted Lip Gloss”

I am finally winding down on my book tour. It’s been a fabulous and exhausting journey since early March, in some wonderful cities where I’ve met so many of you wonderful people. There have been fancy gift bags, fancy food and drink, Q&A’s where we chatted, a lot of colorful sharpies that I used to draw in your books and… demos on how to make this fabulous homemade beet juice […]

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“DIY Homemade Boot Polish”

If you ever find yourself in Austin, or even if you’re around these parts, I highly suggest making your way to one of the dance halls here in town. There’s plenty of adventure to be had beer in hand and boots afoot. Even if you aren’t completely confident in your two steppin’ abilities, a lesson from a regular, especially those grandfatherly gents, will have you spinning around the floor in […]

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“DIY: Cold Weather Lip Scrub”

During this long winter my Aquaphor lip ointment has become my new best friend. I feel like my lips are perpetually dry and cracked, despite the fact that I’m caking on the Aquaphor like nobody’s business. If your lips are getting tired of this winter weather, I hope you find some solace with this super easy, all natural, lip scrub. It will take off the dry skin and excess chap […]

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“Emergency Toothpaste”

We’ve all been there, stranded at the bathroom sink, not able to squeeze any more out of the last tube of toothpaste. Don’t you worry though, your pearly whites will be just fine. Just slip back into your slippers and shuffle over to the kitchen. Here’s a super simple, and all natural, toothpaste you can whip up from ingredients you already have handy. Okay, here’s what you’ll need: Coconut Oil […]

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“DIY Natural Home Scents”

Isn’t it funny how we link certain scents with certain people, or seasons, or memories? It’s a powerful thing. So I wanted to share with y’all a way to harness that power. ¬†Here’s the steps to make your own natural, easy, and delightful home scents. And it is a chance to use leftover peels, herbs, and odds and ends. This is far from a precise recipe, you can vary the […]

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“DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner”

Just because Punxsutawney Phil said six more weeks of winter, doesn’t mean you can’t get a little head start on Spring cleaning. I love finding new ways to harness the powers of nature in my daily life. Like this Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. Instead of all the harsh chemicals in your typical store-bought cleaner, this one uses the natural powers of vinegar and essential oils to fight the grime. It’s also […]

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“How to Make a Citrus Peel into a Candle”

From polar vortexes to “snow” days (which in Austin means very cold with partly blue sky), what better excuse to stay warm inside, get crafty and tap into your inner pioneer? The bright colors of citrus overflowing the produce aisles are a great break from all the gray skies. So grab your favorites, classic clementines to the funky tangelos, and while you snack, make yourself some lovely “upcycled” candles! Here […]

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“How to Clean a Shotgun Ejector”

Did you know, that if you have a break-action shotgun, you are supposed to clean your ejector from time to time? I didn’t until recently. When on one of my Adventure Getaways in December, I discovered that during my flight to Virginia, my steel gun case had been tossed about so much that suddenly my shells weren’t ejecting from the shotgun every time I opened it. In this video, my […]

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“How to Stencil Your Staircase”

Well, I completed one of the craziest home decor projects EVER. It made me hate life a few times. There were times when I thought about throwing myself in the stream running alongside my house and living with the giant turtle who has a nice life there. Where my turtle friend lives, there aren’t any unreasonable home decor projects. But then I decided to be a grown up and face […]

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“10 Rules for Women on Getting the Right Gun Fit and Mount”

One of the things I struggled with most when learning how to hunt my dinner, was feeling comfortable with the gun I was shooting. The gun was often heavy, or too long, or too big or just generally awkward feeling. I was borrowing guns often in the beginning, trying them out and seeing what I liked. But the problem with borrowing is that it never gives you a chance to […]

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