How we keep our home rodent free

Rodents can be cute, but it's no secret that they carry and transmit some pretty bad stuff. That's why we're serious about keeping them out of our home, and keeping their numbers down around the property. There's no shortage of barn cats, foxes, owls, and snakes in our neighborhood, which all should help in controlling rodent population, but every year in the fall we g...
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Getting started canning

Before this year, I had never canned anything. The process seemed complex, and like a lot of work. That, and we didn't have any food to put in a can, until our hard work in the garden started to pay off. Once it was harvest time though, the kitchen was quickly flooded with much more fresh produce than we can eat, and we had to do something quick. We started preserving our c...
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How I keep on top of the cleaning around here.

Last year, we moved an hour north from beautiful Bernal Heights in San Francisco. We went from a fantastic one bedroom, first floor flat with a great backyard in a perfect neighborhood. The apartment was about 600 square feet. I was able to take all of the laundry to the laundry mat (I don't miss that), clean the house top to bottom and do the grocery shopping all in one da...
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Building simple raised planter beds

Once we got everything going in the large planter beds, we realized quickly that we were going to need more space for vining things. The cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and the like were all going to need way more space. Since we built the initial beds with a good amount of space in between, we were able to add the lower beds right in between. They are a more simple design and buil...
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The Organically Clean Home

When I decided I wanted to get away from store bought, potentially toxic cleaners I bought this book. It is full of recipes for cleaning just about everything in my house. I have been following CleanMama.net for a couple of years now. I love her printables for organizing everything from cleaning schedules to meal planning. When I decided I wanted to get away from store b...
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