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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:

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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

 

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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!

 

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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

 

NEW STUDY Now We're Told Sunscreen doesn't Prevent Skin Cancer!

When Common Sense Makes the Most Sense

When my children were small, I wondered why I'd ever rub a chemical laden lotion on them and allow the sun to bake it into their porous skin. My kids wore hats and swim shirts to keep from getting burnt (which was not the most successful accomplishment in our lives). Sunscreen has only been around for less than 50 years. I'm more suspicious of sunscreen actually being the cause of skin cancer than I am of the sun. But, while we wait for studies to catch up with common sense ;) here's the latest scoop on sunscreen ...Read More

 

SCRIBLS Bennu's Story Chapter 1

Check out my new video!! It contains an original story I wrote :) The the tale is about a girl named Bennu and it's based on Egyptian Mythology!! ...Watch

 

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FLASHBACK Outdoor Shower with Solar Hot Water & Solar Lights for Cheap

We added another enhancement to our outdoor shower. Solar lights! These things are only 99 cents and they make perfect night lights for showering after dark. Now we don't have to worry about stepping on those scorpions or snakes! We bought several to circle the shower area and wired each one to the tops of the mesquite poles. It lights up just enough to see everything including the floor where those night creatures lurk.

 

One of the first building projects around here was our outdoor shower. It's a necessity for living in the baking hot summers of the Southwest. And, if you have ever longed to play in the sprinklers as an adult, here's how to do so in a dignified way. These videos show the progressive building of our outdoor shower in reverse order ...Watch

 

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DIY Earthbag Patio with a Paper Bag Floor

When we first heard about Paper Bag floors, we were intrigued. We love the look as it has an appearance of a marble floor. However, the information available online was for interior floors. Watch how we installed an outdoor earth bag patio and topped it with a paper bag floor ...Watch

 

 

COCA COLA "It's the Real Thing"

Real Cleaning Product That Is!

After 15 years of not purchasing Coca Cola, it's time to add it to the grocery list. The guys need something to clean that oil off the engines and garage floor. Check out 20 Practical uses for Coke! ...Read More

 

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IDEA Homemade Air Conditioner

This is the next small project on the list. Fans are our main source of cooling in the summer so this idea makes perfect sense for us. Do air conditioners give people headaches? They give me one ...maybe this is just the cure for it. Time to hit the garage sales and find some parts :) ...Watch

 

 

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SPRINGTIME First One of the Season!

Where a Flower Lies, More Will Rise

Last year we had one sunflower plant that spontaneously grew in our greywater area. We were thrilled as these flowers make us smile. When the flower seeded, we shook the plant in hopes more would grow this season. We must have 50 sunflower plants within a 4 foot square area! These annual flowers are the wild variety so they have multiple small heads growing off of each stalk. This is the picture of the first one to bloom. These sunflowers are sure to delight us all summer long!

 

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IDEA Underground Greenhouse

Here's a small article from Natural News on the benefits of an underground greenhouse and building one for around $300. ...Check it out!

 

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ORGANIC GARDENING Simple Chicken & Rabbit Tractor/Weeder

Utilizing the Natural Abilities of Small Farm Animals

It’s that time of year again to put those chickens and rabbits to work! Here’s a video of a Simple Chicken and Rabbit Tractor/Weeder....Watch

 

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HOW TO Build a Cheap Goat Mineral Feeder

How to build a mineral feeder for your goats, the things you need...

 

Materials

5 ft of 4 1/2" polystyrene drain pipe

4 1/2" end cap

4 1/2" 135º elbow

4 1/2" 90º elbow

pipe clue

hand saw

 

That's it for things you need. Now on to how to build :) ...Read More

 

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FLASHBACK Tomato Starts using Clamshell Greenhouse

We used this method last year and it worked so well, we are at it again. Same results but not growing so many this time!!!. ...Read & watch

 

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FUN PROJECT Bug Hotels!

Provide housing for all those beneficial insects!

 

Check out all the creative insect accommodations made by gardeners around the world. ...See Pics

 

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IDEAS Growing Green Onions

We picked up a bag of starter onions. But, right before we planted them using a hugelkultur technique, we came across some new, interesting ideas. Here’s a plastic bottle with onions growing out of all sides: .../growing-onions-vertically-on-the-windowsill

 

And another using only a glass of water: .../how-to-grow-green-onions-indefinitely

 

With all these fun ideas we’re not sure which one to try. We will have to do them all and post a video of our results :)

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THANK YOU Free T-Shirt Giveaway

We are not only reaching a milestone of 10,000 subscribers, but this is also our 100th Youtube video. We cannot even begin to express our gratitude for all the nice comments and support. Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You from the bottom of our hearts....Read More

 

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PROJECT Two Trucks in One!

Combining a 2000 Dodge Magnum 1500 Truck 5.9 Liter to a Dodge Magnum 2500 Truck of the Same Year

 

After many years of driving on our dirt road, the frame of our 1500 Dodge Magnum truck was falling apart. We found a 2500 Dodge Magnum with a good frame but a bad engine. We decided to combine both trucks to make one (they have the same engine). After we had it hauled to the house, we started the swap.....See Pics

 

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FLASHBACK Easy Homemade Chocolate Milk

All Natural with No Additives or Preservatives

I started making this when I was really young and still make it the same way. I also use it for my coffee creamer. It makes a great mocha....Watch

 

WATCH Bryson & Garen Build a LandSailer

How does a Landsailer Work?

The land sailer is pushed by the wind. It has a sail much like one on a windsurfer. However, the person on the land cart has a much different fall…

 

It has three wheels on it just like a three wheeler but with one difference. It's powered by the wind not an engine.

 

Building a Land Sailor

Finding the materials was the hardiest part of this building project. We have a large metal scrap pile that takes time to find all the bits and peices. My brother and I have lots of fun building weird moving things. ...Watch

 

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POLITICS Raw Milk Freedom

Two Federal "Raw Milk Freedom" Bills Introduced

 

WASHINGTON, DC—(March 27, 2014)—Congressman Massie (R–KY), Chellie Pingree (D–ME) and a bipartisan coalition of 18 other lawmakers introduced legislation on March 26 to improve consumer food choices and to protect local farmers from federal interference. The two bills—the “Milk Freedom of Act of 2014” and the “Interstate Milk Freedom Act of 2014”—are the first in a series of “food freedom” bills that Rep. Massie plans to introduce this year. ...Read More

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HOW-TO Make Your Own Sliding Barn Door for Cheap!

We are definitely making one of these! I love this type of door but they can be quite expensive. This simple how-to has great illustrations and instructions. Now, just to find an opening that needs a door. hmmm ...Check it Out!

 

 

Make Your Own Sliding Barn Door For Cheap!

How to DIY Handheld Milking Machine

DIY Greenhouses Made from Old Windows & Doors

In the final stages of building our greenhouse/fodder system, I am stumped on how to install the doors. Originally, we had planned to use shower doors but after building the brick pony wall and a “lean to” roof, the doors are too tall for the structure. I looked on the internet to see what others were building. I found all these really cool greenhouses made from old windows and doors. I am so inspired! Check it out: Greenhouses Made from Old Windows and Doors

 

I also like this one: Plastic Bottle Greenhouse. Although nothing deteriorates faster than plastic in the southwest. It does give me good ideas for using glass bottles :)

How to DIY Handheld Milking Machine

FLASHBACK Homemade Egg Incubator

One of our favorite projects when the kids were young was making homemade incubators. We have made several and I have to say, it is not for the faint of heart. Preceding our successes were multiple “learning experiences”. ...Read More

 

How to DIY Handheld Milking Machine

DIY Making a Handheld Milking Machine

The kids, mainly the girls, are our best milkers. They usually take turns from one day to the next milking the goats. But when all the kids are away, Gary and I panic. Who’s going to milk the goats? Unfortunately, milking goats require a few minor skills of which neither Gary or I posses. We could ask the kids to stay home but we want farm life to add, not take away from their lives. When we stumbled across this handheld milking idea, it was the perfect solution.

 

I wanted to buy it online but the boys were already designing plans to make one. The project took longer than we expected. We learned which vacuums don’t work before discovering which one does. ...Watch

 

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HOW-TO Free Power - Converting an Old Washing Machine into a Water Generator

A guy turned a washing machine into a water generator. He lives off the grid and uses this generator to run his electricity. He doesn't need a lot of for his small home. He makes up to 900 watts and coverts the low voltage dc to ac. He runs a heater, toaster, and water heater but not all at once. Check it out ...Watch

NUZ Olympic Snowboarder Drops out, Putin Fixes It!

Breaking nuz on why Shaun dropped out from the Olympics Slope Style event!!! Putin like you have never seen him before. ...Watch

 

HOW-TO Fix a Macbook Pro Laptop with a Black Screen

My Macbook Pro decided to go and quit on me. The screen went black even though I could hear the mac running.  I needed a solution to fix it. I suspected it wasn't going to be easy. ...Watch

 

SCRIBLS Speed Pencil Art Drawing of a Young Woman

I started a YouTube channel called Scribls. My first video is inspired by speed art done by other YouTubers. The young woman in this drawing isn’t anyone specific. I love drawing eyes and therefore, a face is needed XD

 

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SQUARE FOOT GARDEN IDEA Growing 100 Pounds of Potatoes

You don't have to live in the country to produce abundant garden crops. People are discovering and sharing ways to yield big in small spaces. Here's a clever How-to on growing 100 pounds of potatoes in 4 square feet. (A step-by-step, DIY tutorial is provided.) ...Click to Read

 

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IDEA Paper Bag Flooring - A Step by Step Tutorial

We are constantly looking for fresh building ideas that are easy to install. We found “Paper Bag Floor” on Facebook as a post from a friend. The tutorial is written well with step by step instructions and commentary as a the flooring is installed. This is a great way to cover a concrete floor.

 

Give this a read. We think it is beautiful and fairly easy to install. ...Click to Read

 

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WATCH Making Rabbit Hamburger (& Bonemeal for Dog/Cat Food)

We purchased grass fed beef by the “fill a large freezer” load from a small farmer when we lived in the city. Moving to the country was our opportunity to raise our own animals. We have raised several steer, hogs and goats but when it comes time for butchering, off to the meat packing plant they go. The smaller animals such as turkey, chicken or rabbit, we reluctantly render ourselves....Click to Read More

 

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FLASHBACK Rendering Lard/Tallow Recipe

We researched how to render lard a few years ago and wanted to share it. It can also be used with beef tallow.

 

Our hog was grass fed so he was leaner but the resulting lard has more nutrients. Here is a video of the process ...Watch

 

NUZ Behind the Scenes SuperBowl 2014 Highlights!

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes of the Super Bowl? You're in luck. We have exclusive, behind the scenes, Superbowl footage that will blow your mind!!! This also includes a once in a lifetime interview with a government agent about the huge amount of stadium security. ...Watch

 

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IDEA Fermented Chicken Feed!

What a great and simple idea to keep your flock of chickens healthy! If you are looking for some money saving, nutritional feed, check out the article, "Fermented Feed" from naturalchickenkeeping.blogspot.com. It explains the added nutrients that come with fermentation along with several other benefits. ...Click to Read More

 

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High on Gardens

Paris (AFP) - Imagine stepping out of your highrise apartment into a sunny, plant-lined corridor, biting into an apple grown in the orchard on the fourth floor as you bid "good morning" to the farmer off to milk his cows on the fifth.

 

You take the lift to your office, passing the rice paddy and one of the many gardens housed in the glass edifice that not only heats and cools itself, but also captures rainwater and recirculates domestic waste as plant food. ...Read More

 

NUZ True Story? Man Goes Through Car Windshield Unnoticed- Get the Latest News!

What would you do if you hit someone with your car? Probably not what this man form Wisconsin did. The gentleman who got hit was on his three wheeled bicycle doing his paper rout. When out of no where a car plowed right in to the his bike. He had no idea that delivering paper could be so hazardous to his health. Watch our short animation that tells the story from the prospective of the paper man's view. ...Watch

 

IDEA 3D Printer To The Moon!

As you may guessed by now, MyLittleHomestead likes to offer ideas from a synthesis of other ideas. Here is a brilliant idea I want to pass on to those who appreciate the different.

 

I was recently surfing the net for inspiration when I came across an article that show cases 2 ideas we love: Alternative Building and 3D printers. This concept has been around for a while but it makes more of an impact knowing that 3D printers are available to the general public.

 

Take a look at this article and let us know when you would like to move to the moon.

 

www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2539857/How-3D-printing-help-colonise-moon-Contour-Crafting-technique-build-lunar-bases-astronauts-just-24-hours.html ...Read More

 

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NUZ Breaking News on Fukashima Radiation Exposure on California Beach!

Are you concerned about the disastrous impact of the Fukushima radiation meltdown? We are. Dad and I have always had an interest in animation and art. We started a new channel, "Nuzimation". Check out the new animation that puts a spin on the news. The first video concerns the Fukushima radiation affecting our US beaches. ...Watch

 

IDEA DIY Solar Collector made from Soda Cans

Here's a great idea for using aluminum soda cans to make a solar panel. In this video, a small office gathers heat from a convection style heating source. Check it out.

 

 

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