Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“How To Mix Your Own Soil”

We’ve been talking a lot about gardening here lately, and for good reason — hello Spring! From garden designs to getting your yard ready and breaking down exactly what you should grow, none of these is really possible without the proper nutrient dense SOIL. When it comes to soil it is definitely not a one size fits all case, and when it comes to living a self-sufficient lifestyle you need good soil […]

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“How to Create an Essential Home Toolbox”

No matter how handy you are, everyone needs a few tools for a little self-sufficiency around the apartment or house. As the weather continues to warm up, we always get inspired to do more around the house and garden. Right now, Georgia is sanding doors for a new coat of exterior paint and building window boxes for some miniature boxwoods that will serve as a privacy screen. We’ll show you […]

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“How To Purify Your Water”

You never know where life’s adventures will take you, whether you’re lost in the woods or stuck in your apartment during a power outage or hurricane. With the weather warming up we are definitely longing to get out and go for those longer hikes and camping adventures, (see our tips for bringing your dogs along HERE). One of the biggest benefits of living a self-sufficient lifestyle is the confidence and power that […]

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“Garden Designs for Every Backyard”

This is your guide for how to do more with less, to delight in your little patch of garden behind your home or in your back alley. Making the most of what have all comes down to taking the time to do your prep work and planning your design. We touched on some tips on designing an efficient garden, HERE, and as promised G is sharing her sure-fire garden design solutions, so you […]

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“Here’s What You Should Plant in Your Garden this Year”

Deciding what you should plant in your garden this year can be daunting, there are so many splendid options. The key to choosing your plants is to make a gardening plan that inspires you and to keep to that plan when you march off to the gardening store. Every plant can be alluring when you are hungry to grow. Before you buy, consider the following questions to make the most […]

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“Why You Should Consider Getting a Goat”

We, along with the rest of the internet, have completely and totally fallen in love with goats. Fainting goats, billy goats, baby goats, goats with beards, goats climbing trees, goats wearing pajamas, you name it it has popped up all over our Instagram feed. We sit on the edge of our seats awaiting the next Goats of Anarchy post. But goats are a lot more than just adorable faces. In case you need […]

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“5 Things To Do to Get Your Yard Ready For Spring”

Can you tell that we are really, really excited for spring yet? We’ve discussed our obsession with tackling our window boxes, which is a great place to start, but now it’s time to move on to the big stuff — YOUR YARD. Like most things in life, it is best to do a little planning and prep work before jumping in (and having a meltdown at your local nursery). The […]

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“What You Should Plant in Your Window Boxes This Spring”

Spring will be here before we know it. Thank goodness. We’ve already noticed buttercups and daffodils popping up in some neighborhoods. It has us in the gardening spirit and we are very ready for a little curb appeal to inspire us for spring. First things first we cannot wait to tackle our window boxes. We experimented for a few years and have been doing some research and these are the […]

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“How to Wrap Meat for the Freezer”

The key to storing and freezing meat effectively is in how you wrap meat for the freezer. Freezer burn, the most common cause of wasted meat in the freezer, is the process of dehydration that happens when meat isn’t wrapped properly. Most people don’t realize it, but even ice evaporates in the freezer over time (ever notice how ice cubes get smaller as they sit there?). Here is how to […]

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“DIY Natural Dry Shampoo”

The art of turning typical kitchen items into healthy body products is something we do regularly, especially given how many chemicals are now in the store-bought stuff, not to mention how expensive they are! We love the idea of getting resourceful and knowing exactly what is in our products, and keeping it as natural as possible. G, herself, is constantly on the road traveling so one of the top beauty products she […]

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