Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Bella Vita Jewelry”

I have to say, I realized early on that I am not a very good employee, which is why I realized that somehow, some way, I needed to work for myself. So that probably explains why Brandy and I immediately clicked when we first met. I love meeting women who are carving their own path, who spend time becoming self aware and hone in our their strengths to do what makes […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Catspring Yaupon”

Abianne Falla is one of those people I feel lucky to know. She has a quiet strength and goodness in her that leaves you refreshed and inspired after every interaction. It is not surprising then, that the company she started with her sister is a reflection of who they are–a company that celebrates the tradition and bounty of their homeland while also creating jobs and purpose for those in their […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: The Southern Blonde”

A few months ago, I had a speaking engagement and needed someone willing to do my hair early in the morning. After calling around it seemed that no one was willing to get out the curling iron at 8am. I thought… where is the hustle in this world??  And then the skies parted and a friend texted me about a gal named Cheyenne. She was opening her own mobile salon called […]

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“Modern Pioneering Video: Watermelon Keg”

We propose one final outdoor party this weekend, and that you make this. Here Georgia shows you how to turn a simple watermelon into a party centerpiece! Blend the watermelon with water for a refreshing drink or with vodka for an adult version. All you’ll need is: A spigot which you can buy here A cutting board A large bowl A large spoon A serrated knife A small paring knife A […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Emily Mercedes Art”

Emily Mercedes is an Austin-based artist who first caught our eye with her with her 90-days of nostalgia challenge on Instagram.  We couldn’t wait to see what she was going to come up with each day, it was the kind of brilliant art with an undercurrent of humor that always made us smile. But what we especially love about Emily is that she was willing to take a risk and pursue […]

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“Homemade Sunscreen”

Many sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that can actually cause skin cancer rather than prevent it. Even sunscreens that are labeled as “natural” contain some of these dangerous ingredients and are produced to be absorbed into the skin rather than sit on top, which means they get into your bloodstream. Homemade sunscreen can be mixed together in mere minutes and can double as a soothing and moisturizing body butter. You can […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Hazen Jewelry”

Designer Taylor Miller discovered her love for jewelry design at 9 years old, inspired by repurposing her grandmother’s costume jewelry into new creations. Within six months of beginning to make jewelry, Taylor held her first trunk show at the acclaimed store Oxford Floral in Oxford, Mississippi and was named the Mississippi Museum of Art’s young artist of the year. By age 21, she was the CEO of Hazen Jewelry and […]

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“Homemade Bug Spray”

As with many household items, natural bug spray can be made inexpensively and naturally at home. Why would you want to make your own bug spray? Because it won’t contain the chemical DEET, which although approved by the EPA, is known to cause a whole host of problems, from allergic rashes to neurological damage. Yuck. This recipe for bug spray can be put together quickly, and best of all it […]

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“Meet the Modern Pioneers: Dower”

A chef friend of mine recently showed me a photograph of a leather bag and I gasped it was so beautiful. And when he told me they were being made by hand in Little Rock I said I needed to meet this person and get to the bottom of it all. The company is Dower and the maker is Jack Lloyd. We recently visited him in his studio to watch him at work […]

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“Modern Pioneering Video: Homemade Seed Bombs”

Here is the latest installment of our Modern Pioneering series. From The Garden, The Kitchen, The Wild, and The Rest, you’ll be learning recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. In this one, we teach you how to be a ‘guerrilla gardener’ and prove that you don’t need to own a big yard to get your hands in the dirt. I’d love to hear if you enjoy this one, and […]

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