Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“Garden Crop Rotation”

Garden crop rotation is essential for gardening through the years. Even though it is tempting to repeat your garden pattern year after year, it is best to give vegetables of the same family a new spot in the garden or containers each year. This will ensure that any lingering pests and diseases won’t be in the soil and that the new plant will have a strong start in the garden. These […]

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“How to Weed By Not Weeding”

This is my favorite way to deal with weeds when the season begins—no uprooting required! It saves you time and also increases worm activity in your soil so that if you do eventually want to work the soil, it is soft and pliable. You will need a lot of cardboard, which you can often get for free at bike shops, grocery stores, and random Dumpsters near you. Alternatively, you can […]

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“DIY Floating Shelf”

I recently completed an apartment renovation and there was so much that I learned. One of my favorite parts were the finishing elements to make a blank space feel homey. Some of my crazy woodworking projects in the past have been super popular on this website, so I thought I’d share another one with you today! This one, a DIY Floating Shelf, is much easier, and a fun weekend project […]

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“How to Properly Hang a Picture Every Time”

We’ve all been there, thinking we have hung the perfect gallery wall only to stand back and notice that there are several frames a bit off. You nudge and you step back only to nudge and nudge again. Well, much like picking the right front door color (if you need help with that see HERE),  there’s a true methodology and science when it comes to How to Properly Hang a Picture. […]

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“How to Line Envelopes”

I was putting together some invitations recently, and they were lovely but they needed a little something. They were 5 x 7 letterpress on a beautiful thick card stock and needed some whimsy. I began looking at papers online, and wow it was an amazing rabbit hole to go down. There were so many that I fell in love with, some of which I’ve listed at the end of this […]

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“How to Pick a Lock”

We’ve all been there. UGH. You lock your keys in the house, forget them at work, lose them on a night out. You fight with the lock to no avail, eventually calling a locksmith who is in before you can even blink, but also comes with a costly fee. Luckily, you have G in your corner, sharing all of her practical #moderngirl survival skills. Without further ado, G breaks down exactly How to […]

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“How to Start a Fire Without Matches”

You’ve decided to embark on your first backpacking adventure, you’ve got all your gear together, and have taken off, suddenly it’s time to make a campsite and eat some dinner and you realize OH-MY-GOODNESS I FORGOT MATCHES, AH! You’re now panicking and frantic — but this doesn’t have to be the case, and luckily with G in your corner it isn’t. We are sharing all things survival skills this week we […]

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“How to Change A Tire”

Every man, woman, and child of a certain age should know how to change a tire in a pinch. When it comes to survival skills this one is a MUST. You never know when your cell may die, or you could be on a long solo trip (which we totally recommend, see why HERE) without *gasp* cell reception. Whatever the circumstances, you’ll be thankful you took the time to learn   Check your car’s […]

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“How to Tie a Versatile and Strong Knot for Many Uses”

This week we are talking all things survival skills. We’ll be breaking down some handy how-tos you need to know. Skill is what will save your life in a survival situation, and often times it is the simplest of skills that you have, which will be the most useful. Yesterday, we covered just How to Read a Compass and today we are taking it a step further and talking about tying knots. […]

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“How to Read a Compass”

Spring is officially here and we are itching with excitement to get outside and start adventuring. We’ve been talking a lot lately about how much we love a good hike and a camping getaway.  In a camping or outdoor adventure, do you want to follow the leader and watch someone else set up the tent, or do you want to be the girl who knows how to read a compass?  How to […]

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