Super Adobe Structure
Earthbag Interior with Rocket Stove
Rocket Stove Mass Heater
Homemade Self Watering Container
Homemade Egg Incubator
Simple Homemade Go-Cart
Homemade Soil Cement
Simple Solar Food Dryer
DIY Outdoor Shower
Self Watering Container with Tires
Homemade GOAT Kart
How-To Painting Door to Look Like Wood
Bree’s earthbag bedroom doesn’t have a wooden front door as we had originally wanted. It was too costly so we went with a simple steel door. Since then, we have found three unique wooden doors that have & will be used on Garen, Bryson and Shae’s room. For Bree’s door, we found another solution. Here is a how-to on painting a door to look like wood. ...Check it out
ScienceMadeFunner 3D Printer Business Card Holder
Bree needs a business card holder for her new business cards. She picks one out on thingiverse.com and Bryson uses his 3D printer to print one out for her. Here is a time-lapse of the 3D Printing. ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK The Family goes Hunting
Garen takes us out on a hunting trip to one of his favorite camping spots ...Watch
How-To Cheap Solar Garden Light
The puppy chewed up several of our outdoor solar lights that stake in the ground. I didn’t want to throw them out because even in their brokenness, the lights still work. I found a website that shows another use for these cheap solar lights. I can re-use the working parts and keep them up off the ground - making them “puppy-proof”! ...Check it out
WEEKLY PEEK Earthbag Construction Part 5
Roof Patio Deck for Earthbag Room
Gary spent much time researching how to design the patio roof. It has to be strong and leakproof. There are several expensive options but after talking with a professional roofer, he found an simple solution.
Watch Gary and Bryson put the puzzle together ...Watch
MrOffandOn Inexpensive Way to Paint a Car
Paint for Cheap
Garen wants to test an idea of how to paint a car inexpensively. He bought several cans of rustoleum and gave it a go ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Earthbag Construction Part 4
Finishing the Earthbag Walls
Reaching the Top
With such great help from our friends, we bagged half way up Bryson’s earthbag bedroom! It’s a real boost to get that kind of help. Afterwards, we keep at it and finish "earthbagging" ...Watch
Winter_Apple Doll Costume
Shae put together a doll costume and posted a video. Take a look :) ...Watch
Weekly Peek Halloween Special
Strange uses of earthbag homes - Halloween video sets! We never would of imagined when we were building these superadobe bedrooms that one day they would become a video setting for a witches lair & mad scientist lab :) ...Watch
Winter_Apple Ouran Cosplay Making Costumes
Shae has been cosplaying in Comic-Con. She participated in a “panel” and now she is hooked. Her favorite character so far is Tamaki. She loves to mimic the drama and theatrics. Her friend Esther’s Mom, Margie is an expert seamstress and agreed to help make several Ouran High School Host Club school jackets. They purchased the badges and wigs online. The characters are all men but Shae was insistent that the costumes be made “lady-like” with proper fittings :)
She put together a vlog of the making of the jackets ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Earthbag Construction Part 3
We’ve been talking about inviting several people over to help build one of the earthbag rooms for over a year. It’s finally that time. It’s always more fun to work when you can do it with several friends. Here is our "wall raising" work party ...Watch
MrOffandOn How to Remove Jammed Drill Bit
Bit Stuck in Drill!
When the bit broke off inside the impact drill, here's how we removed it ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Earthbag Construction Part 2
Remember hearing about the good ol’ days when neighbors would join together for a barn raising party? After several requests, we decided to have ourselves a “wall raising” party for Bryson’s earthbag bedroom. Friends, co-workers and neighbors will be joining us to help but before that can happen, we need to prepare ...Watch
FUN IDEA Creative Pallet Playhouse
This cute building structure is touted as an emergency shelter that can be built in less than a day but I think it would make a cute addition to the backyard as a playhouse or garden shed. Wouldn't children love building and playing in this little homemade place ...More
WEEKLY PEEK Earthbag Construction Part 1
Bryson's Earthbag Bedroom
It took a year to build Bree's room and 6 months for Garen's. This time we are trying to do it in 3 months. We'd like him in his room before the end of the year. His room is taking on a new shape including steps and a railroad tie entry ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Coping with Life & Loss on the Farm
Death, Sickness, Injuries and Miracles
Raising animals has ups and downs. Here are some challenges & triumphs of recent events here on the homestead ...Watch
ORGANIC SOLUTION Herbal Insect Repellents
With rainwater harvesting comes mosquitos. The desert usually lacks insects but when water is added, bugs magically appear. We have mosquito fish in our larger rain barrels to control the bug population. The smaller barrels and pockets of rain pooling in various areas around the property have brought in more mosquitos than I can remember (not to mention lots of rain too:) We reluctantly bought “Off” this year before discovering some better solutions ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Homemade Prickly Pear Cactus Jelly
Harvesting, Making & Canning It!
Have you checked out the ingredients lately on jelly in the store? Wow, there can be so many yet so few I can pronounce. One way to know what ingredients are in jelly is make it ourselves. It's organic with no preservatives or additives!
Friends come over and help teach us how to harvest, make and can homemade jelly ...Watch
2 YEAR BATTLE Restoring our Dry Well!!!
Bryson and Garen have put in much time and effort with their ideas and inventions and it’s finally paying off. Restoring our well water has been a 2 year effort that has come with many challenges and prayers. Here's Our Story ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Drilling Our Own Well Using Homemade Percussion Drill
Bryson is back at it again. This time, he found a drill that has a better chance of breaking up the hard ground at the bottom of the well. Watch him build a homemade percussion drill and test out three different ways to use it. ...Watch
MrOffandOn Replacing Fuel Injectors
Here's how we replaced our Fuel Injectors in our 2000 Mercury Cougar. ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Drilling Our Own Well Using Homemade Pneumatic Drill
The Air/Water well drilling works with sand. However, we discover the bottom of the well is hard ground, it needs something much stronger. The guys are making additional modifications. ...Watch
MrOffandOn How to take Apart an Apple Extreme Router
Replacing Power Supply
Trying to find out how to take apart your Mac Router? Here’s how to do it. We replace the power supply. ...Watch
Slow_Silver Weekly Peek 2D Animated Intro!
Intro for MyLittleHomestead's all new Weekly Peek Series! This animated intro is for is my families channel! Feel free to check it out! Thanks! :D ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Drilling Well Deeper Using Only Air & Water Continued...
We're continuing our efforts to see if this method will work for us. We improved the suction, updated the air hose and fixed the air compressor. ...Watch
MrOffandOn Replacing Throttle Position Sensor
If your throttle is acting up, this is cheap and easy replacement that could possibly fix the problem. Here’s how to replace a throttle position sensor on a 2000 Mercury Cougar. ...Watch
WEEKLY PEEK Drilling Well Deeper Using Only Air & Water
Digging a well using only air and water? We’re trying. It is proving to be quite the challenge but we are determined to see if this method can work for us. ...Watch
MrOffandOn Replacing/Installing Spark Plugs
Routine maintenance on the car - replacing spark plugs on a 2000 Mercury Cougar AND a Ford ZX2 Escort ...Watch
Slow_Silver New Animated Intro
Bree put together a new animated intro that she will be using in future videos. She will also be selling uniquely designed intros that go along with the profile & banner art she sells....Watch
FLASHBACK Simple Flip Flop Fix
Save a Buck
Are you like us? Do you buy the most inexpensive flip flops at Walmart or the cheap dollar store sandals? Here is a trick we discovered to help them last longer.
UPDATE Posting Weekly Videos
Starting Next Week
We will be posting a video every Friday night at 6pm Pacific time. These videos will either be our regular stuff or a new series called "Weekly Peek".
MrOffandOn Air Conditioning Condenser & Drier Replacement/Install
The A/C condenser & drier needed to be replaced after breaking off. We ordered all the parts online with the exception of a connection tube that had to be acquired from the dealership. But to our delight, the parts department was having so many computer problems they just gave us the $40 part! ...Watch
Slow_Silver Checking In With Slow Silver
Wanna See What Bree has been up to??? She puts out so many videos we can’t keep up but here is her latest Speed Art. ...Watch
MrOffandOn Diagnose & Fix a Broken Switch on Window Air Conditioner
We don’t have central heating/cooling in our main home. We use a wood stove and rocket stove to heat in the winter and fans and window coolers in the summer. During a monsoon storm, a power surge leapt over the built-in breaker in the cord and knocked out our best cooler. Before throwing it out, we asked Bryson to take a look at it. Using his multimeter, he was able to diagnose and fix the problem. ...Watch
Slow_Silver Checking In With Slow Silver
Wanna See What Bree has been up to??? She puts out so many videos we can’t keep up but here is her latest Speed Art. ...Watch
DIY Building Inexpensive Water Filter
Slow Sand Filter
For fun we thought we would build a Slow Sand Filter. We then discovered a way we could make good use of it - Attaching it to our rain water catchment system. We now can take our slimy, yucky rainwater from our rainbarrel, filter it, and pump it into our water storage tank for household use. This supplements our well water during the time when the well pump has the hardest time finding water. ...Watch
MrOffandOn Bypass Fuel Problem Fix
When the fuel pump stops working at a quarter tank of gas - Nothing seems to work even after replacing the fuel pump and removing water in the gas tank. This fixes the problem but means altering your fuel pump assembly. Do so at your own risk. ...Watch
BRAVERY Killing a Wasp Nest using Only Soapy Water & Stepping Stool!
Last year Bryson learned that wasps can prey on both beehives and bees. Not wanting to lose bees, we searched how to remove a wasp nest in our wood shed. We found an informative how-to video on youtube channel HowToDoStuffWatchHre & then we tried it! ...Watch Both Videos!
FOLLOW UP Paper Bag Patio Floor Update
Ever since the Paper Bag Patio has been installed, I have been somewhat afraid of it. I avoid walking on it and cringe when it rains. It seems so fragile. Yet after a year, it is surprisingly durable with a couple of exceptions ...Watch
MrOffandOn How to Install a Trailer Leaf Spring
After using our trailer twice a week to haul water, our leaf spring gave out and broke in two. Here’s how we installed a new one. It’s a pretty straight forward, easy fix. The trailer leaf spring cost around $30 ...Watch
MrOffandOn How to Replace a Serpentine Belt & Tensioner Pulley
Here’s how we replaced our serpentine belt and tensioner pulley on our 2000 Dodge Ram Truck.
Slow_Silver Installing a Sub & I BROKE MY NEW CAR!!!
I just got this 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback DX. Decided it needed a Subwoofer so me & my bro get to figuring out how to install it :P Not an easy task but the car is built for it. Was a pleasant surprise. My radio tho? R.I.P. ...Watch
MrOffandOn How to Replace a Valve Cover Gasket
We replaced our valve cover gasket on our 2001 Saturn L300. We did the work on this over 6 months ago and it's still running strong without any leaks.
ALT ENERGY Solar System Purchase & Install
Join us on our adventure to find & install a solar system for Garen's Room ...Watch
Slow_Silver Earthbag Cabin Building
Slow_Silver (a.k.a. Bree) vlogs about our cabin building up in the mountains. We are using our favorite building material, Superadobe/Earthbags. Everyone is working hard and paying little attention to the camera as Bree runs around filming what she can :)
Slow_Silver Don't Spill the Beans!
Slow_Silver (a.k.a. Bree) takes on a job at a local Mexican restaurant and finds herself in an unpleasant situation. Hear her tell her side of the story.
DIY Simple Homemade DE Toothpaste
To avoid fluoride, Shae and I have been using homemade clay toothpaste for the past year. We have tried different combinations of ingredients & recipes. By changing the main ingredient, clay, to DE (diatomaceous earth), we found a recipe we enjoy and wanted to share. ...Watch
ScienceMadeFunner How to Replace Shocks on a Farm Truck
Two videos describing how to replace front and back shocks on a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 2wd truck ...Watch
BUILDING Pig Pen & Rehoming a Heritage Hog
Pigs Pigs Pigs!
Not just one but eight! This meant a much needed Pig Pen so we got to work building one with an organic shape. We came across loads and loads (no really, 20 trailer loads) of heavy concrete blocks last month. Most of the block will be used for fencing around the courtyard but we had a few to spare for the pig pen. ...Watch
BOOK My Lack of Tal
This is an original story I’m in the process of writing. I would love comments and encouragement! ...Read
Shae Tessa :D
DIY Homemade Calcium Supplements
Bryson bumped into some info on how to get strong, clean eggs every time from our hens by feeding them a little Diatomaceous Earth (DE). Coincidently, our neighbor vicky gave us a great tip on how to make use of our eggshells. ...Watch
STUDY To Cure Peanut Allergies
Here's a delightful story by the Australian Associated Press reporting on a study that is "transforming the lives" of children with peanut allergies. ...Read More
ROCKET MASS HEATER Rocket Stove Review & Update
We are going on our third winter of using our bench style rocket stove and thought we would do a quick review on it ...Watch
ScienceMadeFunner How to Build a Worm Farm
I built a Worm Farm for a science project. I wanted to see how they could break down different types of food. I like seeing the different types of worms and watching them move ...Watch
COLD & FLU SEASON
Vitamin D More Effective Than Flu Shot!
Miss getting a flu shot this year? Or maybe you're like us and never get one. All is not lost as Vitamin D is proven to be more effective at fighting the Flu. ...Read More
PRESERVATIVES Is Fast Food Food?
McDonalds cheeseburger & Taco Bell taco virtually unchanged after 2 years of sitting on the counter. ...Read More
And here’s a hamburger 14 years later. ...Watch & Read More
One more because we can :) ...Read More
CHRISTMAS IDEA A Tree Using No Floor Space :)
For all the years living in small quarters, we’ve always managed to find room for that all important Christmas Tree. The first Christmas at the property, we lived in a 24’ trailer. We put an artificial tree outside the RV next to the dining room window, decorated and lit it up. The kids were all little and everything was so exciting. That evening we sat down, enjoying the twinkling lights outside the window, when it suddenly fell straight down in a whoosh. We jumped up only to discover the donkey had taken a big bite out of it. In the desert anything green looks tempting to animals even if it’s fake :)
This year nearly “stumped” us. We tried everything from rearranging the furniture to throwing out what we didn’t need. Bryson suggested hanging it from the ceiling but it seemed a bit extreme.
Here’s what we came up with ...Watch
WATCH "O Christmas Tree" Cover
Bree put together a remake of the traditional song, O Christmas Tree. Shae and Bree perform the song in this video which is also available for download on itunes ...See More
ASPIRIN STUDY One a Day? Nope
By Dr. Mercola
If you haven’t had a heart attack, step away from the aspirin bottle… If you are one of the 40 million Americans who take an aspirin every day, you may want to heed the latest warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ...Read More
EARTHBAG BUILDING Interior
No more climbing the ladder every night up to his loft. Garen is all moved in and snug as a bug in his new room. Here are some new and improved ideas including an in-floor rocket stove, a construction paper floor, and a new twist on the pallet ceiling. ...Watch
EGG YOKES Store Bought Vs. Farm Fresh
Here is a picture of our frying pan displaying both store bought eggs & eggs from our chickens (our hens are laying only a few eggs now that winter has kicked in). Sometimes we take for granite the nutrition we receive from eating our own farm foods. This was a healthy reminder while cooking breakfast yesterday :)
SUNSHINE STUDY Skin Cancer or Weight Loss?
Do we use sunblock to protect ourselves from the sun's ultraviolet rays or allow the uv rays to help regulate our metabolism?
We haven't used sunscreen in years because we don't believe the sun is harmful (unless we severely burn but then it's pretty obvious). This new research makes me wonder how many more benefits the sunshine produces that scientists have yet to discover.
Hopefully this new study will encourage all of us to get out and enjoy the sun! ...Read More
OUCH! Monsanto Gets Stung
Can you "beeeeelive it"? I guess they didn't pay off enough politicians in Mexico. Did I say that out loud? ...Read More
EARTHBAG BUILDING 2 Done, 2 to Go
Time Flies When Your Having Fun
We are wrapping up the last of Garen's bedroom. And, not a moment too soon as he is graduating next month. Time slips away so quickly. The biggest lesson we have learned from this bedroom project is that we cannot delay. The kids refuse to stop getting older!
Here is the building of the bedroom: ...Watch
HOW TO Homemade Camping Toilet
While preparing to “rough it” in the woods for 9 days, we decided to browse the web to find out how to make a camping toilet. We found lots of great toities! Inspired by all the great ideas, we designed this toilet for comfort and balance. Check it out: ...Watch
Monsoon Flash Flood We Call it Washboarding :)
This year the wash took an unusual turn up stream and cut a new path down our road. We welcome the water any way we can get it and wish we could keep it from running away.
These "once a year" rainstorms bring excitement to everyone. I'm sure this breaks every rule of what one should NOT do in a wash but teenagers are living, breathing, rule breakers. How do you say no to something that looks so fun:
WATCH Killer Bee Hive Found on Property!
Save the Bees or Save Ourselves?
When Bryson discovers a beehive on our property, he has to make a decision on what to do with it. The last thing he wants to do is destroy the bees, but with the fear of them being “Africanized”, even the experts advise killing them....Watch
MrOffandOn DIY Free And Easy AC Compressor Fix
This is how to fix an AC that blows cold air for 10 to 15 minutes before it turns warm. It is completely free and takes little effort. We did this on a Dodge 5.9 liter engine, but it should work on almost any vehicle ...Watch
WATCH Documenting the First 24 Days of a Bunny
We found this bunny nest out in an open area so we decided to document the growth of the babies. The litter quickly dispersed but we were able to keep track of the brown kits due to their unique colors. Everyday we found them in completely different places - as early as day two! I have to say I’m quite amazed of the growth within 3 1/2 weeks. See for yourself ...Watch
OH NO Killer Bees!
What to do? Kill 'em or Keep 'em? Killer Bees that kill with one sting or does it take 12,000? What about all the bees dying off? Do we contribute to their diminishing numbers? Stay tuned and we will take you through our journey of dealing with this "Killer Bee" hive found on our property. ...Video Coming Soon!
WATCH 2nd try at 4th of July
Here are some highlights from this years 4th of July performance. A special thanks to Mom/Grandma for videoing all the songs on her iPhone! Without her, this video would not be possible. ...See More
IDEA Combining Hugelkultur with Berms & Basins
For those who don’t know about our water dilemma, our well has been virtually dry for about a year. We get some water but it is not enough to sustain the family. We haul in about 1200 gallons of water every week.
To No Avail
We spent months working to get a pvc type well drill to bore down a few more feet but were not successful. We have additional plans to vastly improve that idea with some REAL power. More on that later. ...Read More
DIY Grow Your Own Celery Starts!
We are rapidly turning into summer here where we live, and a sure indication is the start of all the gardening efforts visible. Take for example the “sugar pea” plant that has started and is about an inch high, or the cantaloupe vine with its first blossom making its presence (already).
But that’s not what I wanta chat about today. I heard that you could do something with a normal household food, something that’s available year round. Guess what it is. (Oh, OK -- I know, you already read the title). ...Read More
MrOffandOn Removing a Tight Harmonic Balancer Bolt
The harmonic balancer bolt is a very difficult bolt to get off. It is hard to keep the crankshaft form turning when you are trying to brake the bolt loose. This is my solution to the problem. BEWARE. DO AT YOUR OWN RISK. ...Watch
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