Homemade Self Watering Container
Homemade Egg Incubator
Simple Homemade Go-Cart
Super Adobe Structure
Homemade Soil Cement
Simple Solar Food Dryer
DIY Outdoor Shower
Self Watering Container with Tires
Rocket Stove Mass Heater
Homemade GOAT Kart
BUILDING Pig Pen & Rehoming a Mama 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
HOW TO Build a Cheap Goat Mineral Feeder
How to build a mineral feeder for your goats, the things you need...
5 ft of 4 1/2" polystyrene drain pipe
4 1/2" end cap
4 1/2" 135º elbow
4 1/2" 90º elbow
That's it for things you need. Now on to how to build :) ...Read More
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
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
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 :)
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
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
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
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
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!
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 :)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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