Cool Stuff – Videos

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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How to Read a Compass

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? I have been launching a new episode of my short-form series every day this week and have […]

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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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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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How to Make This Epic Feather Wreath

The Fall and Winter months are when I feel most inspired to make things with my hands. The smells in the air, the turn of the leaves, the festive holidays on the horizon, all give me endless ideas for ways to explore nature and make the most of what I have around me. This year, while roaming around, I was inspired to make a wreath not from the traditional things […]

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How to Bake Bread In A Beer Can

Editor’s note: Anjuli is the latest contributor and is truly a lady that lives out her pioneer dreams! She is a natural storyteller with many exciting tales to share and a wealth of #pioneerskills we all can learn from. We are super excited to share her first post about making a beer can oven, really how cool! Take it away, Anjuli! One of my favorite things about camping is how being in […]

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The Best Fall Gourmet Pickles Recipe

The start of fall is my family’s favorite time of year to preserve fresh food we’ve grown in our backyard garden. We’ve been canning food for several years, but have never tried or even thought much about pickling. Last year, we received a jar of mouthwatering, homemade pickles as a gift. The brine and ingredients in that jar became the inspiration for these gourmet pickles. The Best Fall Gourmet Pickles […]

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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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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. In my Modern Pioneering series I show you how to make it with just a […]

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Seed Bombs

Here is the latest installment of my Modern Pioneering series. From The Garden, The Home, and The Wild, you’ll be learning recipes, projects and skills for a self-sufficient life. In this one, I teach you how to make seed bombs and 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 […]

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