Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reader Favorites - Top 10 of 2014 ( #Top 10 #ReaderFavorites )



It's time to say goodbye to 2014 and open a new, empty chapter to write on for the new year. I'm certain many have made their goals and excelled in 2014. I'm also certain some aren't quite where they thought they'd be (Yes, I'm on that last list). This gives us a chance to regroup and have somewhat of a do over. While we can't start 2014 over, we can try to make the best of 2015.

I'm bringing you some of my favorite posts of the year on Facebook (posted one yesterday and about 10 the day before. I'm hoping to bring you a few more tonight and the rest tomorrow).


Here are my reader favorites - top 10 :-)

10) #Recipe Share: #Bacon Egg Garlic Cheese #Biscuits


9) #BrokeLikeMe ? #NewYear #Resolution Versus #JustDoIt - #Homesteading on a #Budget


8) #Notebooking Pages - #Gettysburg by Hallie Grace


7) My First Batch of #Seeds for the #Garden { #homesteading }


6) Homesteading #Livestock and #Gardens - #Grocery #Budget


5) Dear #Ebay - Am I missing Something?


4) #DIY Carpet #Cleaner + #StainRemover


3) Want a #Random #Free #Gift from me in 2015? #PayItForward


2) The Joys of #Homesteading (or trying to) #Chickens #Dogs #ToughLessons


and for the top read post of the year (keep in mind promo, product reviews and giveaways were not included in this list).

1) Want to make your own #EvaporatedMilk ? ( #FromScratch #Homemade )




For those that have made it this far, I'd like to share the top 5 of 2013 (only because my blog was only here for 3 or 4 months of that year). Then  I feel like I'll be all fresh for the end of 2015.

5) The Beginning of a New Journey - Losing #Faith and Gaining it Back ( Please note this post has #religious content)


4) Homemade: Infused Water ~ Take a little #summer along for the #winter


3) #Homeschool: Worried About Transcripts For Your High School Student?


2) Online Stock Up Staples (What's in your pantry?)


and the number one read post of 2013:

1) It's Never too Early - 2014 Christmas for the Kids #Christmas #ChristmasIdeas #Parenting #Family #Kids

Be sure to come hang out with me on facebook and stop in here during the new year. I'm hoping to be on track this year and create some better habits (blogging habits too) for the year - some of you will be interested on my "Broke Homesteading" series coming up in the new year as well.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

#BrokeLikeMe ? #NewYear #Resolution Versus #JustDoIt - #Homesteading on a #Budget

The last year I've been going through so many sites that are "homesteading" sites. I've even checked out a number or "Prepper" sites because some of the concepts apply to homesteading as well. After all, the goal of both is to be self sufficient.

Let's reverse a bit.

I moved to this area 3 years ago (Well almost 3 1/2 I guess). In any case, I thought my research was sufficient and a few months after my move I started gathering goats an chickens and ducks and turkeys (Oh my!). However, I was NOT ready after all. I sold some off before I moved to my new location a little under a year ago. Other unfortunately became coyote and owl food as they wouldn't stay penned in (Did you know chickens, ducks and turkeys can even be escape artists?).

When I moved into this house this past February I had big plans as a "regrouped" first year homesteader. I went back to research and found some amazing sites. The hang up with these amazing sites? It seems no homesteader is a broke as I am. They have huge homes and vast kitchens. Beautiful chicken coops and barns. They have acres and acres of land.

I got really bummed out and after pricing the things I wanted to do, I realized there was no way I'd be where I wanted to be by this coming spring. I thought I'd hire locals that needed the money to do some of the work they knew how to do.

This would have saved me money - IF they would have finished the jobs. The chain link dog area that I wanted to start out with, almost a year later, still is not finished and I've paid FOUR different people to do it and will have to hire a fifth. So, my saving money - has actually caused me to pay for the fence twice over.

I'm not making the same mistake with the horse stall I need built. (My first horse experience was a nightmare this summer - I'll share that later on). This time I checked around a bit more. This guy will get the job done and has a good reputation. He does charge double everyone (but if I hire a bonded contractor to do the job in this area, it will easily cost me 4 times that amount - they know no one likes to actually work out here and they price gouge.) - but it will be done and done right.

Budgets around here are very difficult to stick to and there's never any money inn savings. It seems when I get a bit of "extra" money - it goes right to the things I'm behind on or needed and couldn't purchase before then - leaving me broke yet again.

Now this isn't a "poor me" post - honest.

What it is, a place where those in my situation can come follow my journey and see how I'm going to manage on such a tight budget - with a grandbaby arriving in 2015 as well (living here, at my expense).

So, are you broke like me and want to homestead? Follow me and I'll be sharing my trial and error experiences. And a way to really create your homestead on a broke budget (it will take longer, but I'm determined to do it).

Friday, December 26, 2014

Dear #Ebay - Am I missing Something?


I've purchased products on and off from ebay since 2007. I recently started trying to sell a few items (which I quickly discovered is NOT worth it. I think my item sold for $3.50 and ebay took $1.65. and they underestimated the shipping, which cost me another almost $1.)

So, I've gotten 417-ish feedback in that time (with many that haven't left feedback). Interestingly enough, this week I had two sellers contact me saying they were going to have to refund my money. One claimed his wife had sold my purchase at a yard sale (in winter, mind you) and he wasn't aware of it. I didn't think too much of it. Then, two days later another seller contacted me and told me she thought she had it in stock, then realized she didn't have one after all. Ok, so I figured I was just having a bad week.

Anyway, I had initially listed 4 items to sell on ebay. One had sold. Ebay auto relisted the other three. This week two more sold. On one, since others had placed bids on it, ebay offered me a "second chance" option. This meant I could contact those who had bid and ask if they wanted to offer me more money for the product and sell it to them, rather than my highest bidder.

Hold up. What?

Of course I didn't do that. I sold to my bidder that won, as was policy and the only FAIR thing to do. Why be the highest bidder and watch the auction only to have it taken from you after the auction because someone who wasn't watching it bid less and might be willing to offer a bit more?

I now believe those two cancels (which have never happened in 7 years) were the result of this ebay "second chance" option.

My thoughts? 1) Shame on you ebay! 2) Sellers, where's your honesty? 3) Is there another site like ebay that doesn't have this?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Want to make your own #EvaporatedMilk ? ( #FromScratch #Homemade )



Check out the details on my food blog HERE

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Want a #Random #Free #Gift from me in 2015? #PayItForward

Are you friends with me on Facebook (HERE)? Or do you like my facebook page (HERE) I've posted a rare re-post. It's one about paying it forward and I think it's a lovely concept to have planned for the beginning of 2015.

I really realized this today. I was considering buying some boysenberry seeds as was a friend of mine. I by no means have a lot of money. We struggle just like everyone else. But I did also want some of these to plant. It's my hope to rarely use the grocery store after a few years. Anyway, she couldn't afford the crazy shipping price. So, I purchased enough seeds for the both of us and will send her some when my package gets here (it'll cost me under $1 to ship to here). It made her happy and that made me feel good. :)


So, if you'd like to participate in my pay it forward - you are welcome to friend me (if you haven't already) and/or like my facebook page and leave a comment. So, this means I'll have a total of 10 people for 2015. (NOTE: You must be willing to provide me with your snail mail address.)

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 9- #Giveaway #Kindle



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Saturday, December 20, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 8- #Giveaway $15 #Amazon Gift Card

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Friday, December 19, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 7- #Giveaway CLEANING GIFT BUCKET (Lavendar)

I love this place and could easily spend my entire yearly income there too. ( Check them out HERE if you're not familiar.)

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The Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Lavender Cleaning Gift Bucket is an easy way to introduce a friend (or yourself) to earth-friendly Lavender scent. The set contains our favorite household cleaners and laundry supplies in this beautiful scent, packed in a Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Bucket and ready to give! Each set includes Bar Soap, Liquid Dish Soap, Multi-Surface Concentrate, Liquid Hand Soap, and Multi-Surface Everday Cleaner in a functional bucket. Assortment may vary based on product availability.

Ingredients are at least 94% naturally derived.



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 6- #Giveaway #Kitchen Basics Set Sunflower

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DETAILS -
Sunflower
KITCHEN BASICS SET
The Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Sunflower Kitchen Basics Set is an easy way to introduce a friend (or yourself) to our all-natural Sunflower scented kitchen cleaners! The set contains our favorite eco-friendly cleaning products, including Liquid Dish Soap, Liquid Hand Soap and Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner. No substitutions.

Ingredients are at least 99% naturally derived.




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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 5- #Giveaway Mrs. Meyere's Scented #Candle

I love this place and could easily spend my entire yearly income there too. ( Check them out HERE if you're not familiar.)

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 4 - #Giveaway $25 Gift Certificate for Mountain Rose Herbs

I love this place and could easily spend my entire yearly income there. ( Check them out HERE if you're not familiar.)

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Monday, December 15, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 3 - #Giveaway Scrabble Junior



Product Description

What a great way for kids to play America's favorite word game! Kid-sized words and colorful pictures make it fun to match letter tiles to words on the grid. Players collect scoring chips for completing words. When all of the tiles have been placed on the board, the player with the most chips wins!

From the Manufacturer

What a great way for kids to play America's favorite word game! Kid-sized words and colorful pictures make it fun to match letter tiles to words on the grid. Players collect scoring chips for completing words. When all of the tiles have been placed on the board, the player with the most chips wins!

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 2 - #Giveaway Liberty's Kids - The Complete Series




Product Description

Liberty Rings!

“Liberty’s Kids is guilty…of making learning fun!” – dvdverdict.com

Travel back in time to witness history in the making with Benjamin Franklin’s teenage reporters as they confront the real and physical dangers of the American Revolution. Trapped in opposite sides of the war - James, an American colonist, and Sarah, a young English reporter - are forced to choose between friendship and allegiance to their countries. All while they try to look after mischievous Henri, a French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure!

Currently airs on CBS


Liberty’s Kids was nominated for the Humanitas® Prize

Featuring the voice of esteemed news reporter Walter Cronkite as Benjamin Franklin - Cronkite was nominated for two Emmy® Awards in 2003 and 2004 for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program

Guest voices provided by award-winning film legends such as Annette Bening, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller and Liam Neeson.

CONTENTS:

THE BOSTON TEA PARTY
THE INTOLERABLE ACTS
UNITED WE STAND
LIBERTY OR DEATH!
MIDNIGHT RIDE
THE SHOT HEARD ’ROUND THE WORLD
GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS
THE SECOND CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
BUNKER HILL
POSTMASTER GENERAL FRANKLIN
WASHINGTON TAKES COMMAND
COMMON SENSE
THE FIRST FOURTH OF JULY
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
THE TURTLE
ONE LIFE TO LOSE
“CAPTAIN MOLLY”
AMERICAN CRISIS
ACROSS THE DELAWARE
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
SYBIL LUDINGTON
LAFAYETTE ARRIVES
THE HESSIANS ARE COMING
VALLEY FORGE
ALLIES AT LAST
HONOR AND COMPROMISE
THE NEW FRONTIER 1779
NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT
THE GREAT GALVEZ
IN PRAISE OF BEN
BOSTONIANS
BENEDICT ARNOLD
CONFLICT IN THE SOUTH
DEBORAH SAMSON — SOLDIER OF THE REVOLUTION
JAMES ARMISTEAD
YORKTOWN
BORN FREE AND EQUAL 1781 – 1783
THE MAN WHO WOULDN’T BE KING
GOING HOME 1786
“WE THE PEOPLE”

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Kawartha Lakes Mums Free Blogger Opportunity - Rumidifier Winter Warmer #GreenHumidifier Giveaway

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Kawartha Lakes Mums Free Blogger Opportunity - Rumidifier Winter Warmer #GreenHumidifier Giveaway

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1ST Annual #12DaysOfChristmas Day 1 - #Giveaway $15 #Amazon #GiftCard

I'm a bit late, but thanks to some wonderful "close-to-local" sponsors, I'm able to host this site's very first 12 days of Christmas. After all, it's always better to give.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

#TSU - New #SocialNetwork

I've been informed of a newer social network - TSU (pronounced Sue). It will post your content to both facebook and twitter for you. Also, so far what I'm seeing is it doesn't limit your feed. Which, for me, is great. Facebook cuts out a lot of the pages and people I follow and sometimes I miss great content. This may not be an issue with TSU.

Ready to join me?
https://www.tsu.co/HallieGrace

Monday, October 20, 2014

Do You #Instagram ? Maybe #SnapChat ?

I don't do it a lot, but I've found that I love to share little snaps of what's going on around me on my "story" there. If you'd like to join me, I've taken over my cousin's account (I'm still determining if I like it or not) at denisecaroline1
I'd love for you to join me.

I'm also at Instagram at http://instagram.com/healingharvest I'd love for you to join me there as well.

Monday, October 06, 2014

#Newsletter Sign up :)

Have you joined my newsletter? My second one of the year is going out in a few minutes
http://mad.ly/signups/97205/join

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#New #Blogs ~ #Homeschool & #Recipes

Socrates is Downstairs: This blog is everything school - well homeschool that is. Curriculum, kid friendly book reviews (maybe a few thrown in for mom).
http://socratesdownstairs.blogspot.com/

I'm Hungry ~ What's Cooking?: This blog is everything in the kitchen. From recipes, cheats, and kitchen product reviews.
http://imhungry-afoodblog.blogspot.com/

The Comforts of Home: Soon to open shop - homemade products.
http://thecomfortsofhomebyhalliegrace.blogspot.com/

#Christmas #Card #Exchange - Sign Up :-)


Are you a US Resident?
Are you like me - miss the old time days of cards lining door frames?
Would you like to get back to stamps and pretty cards to exchange?

Join the Christmas Card Exchange group I've created on Facebook :)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/829932547059701/


Saturday, September 20, 2014

New Email

Need to get in touch? Please ONLY use this email address -
HallieGrace.HH@gmail.com

I've been #Hacked - New #Facebook, #Google and More



My new personal facebook - https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006395716350

My new G+ - https://plus.google.com/u/0/108937873173264577832/posts

I am so sorry for the issues. At least I was able to save my Like page. It's still here -
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Healing-Harvest-Colors-of-the-Wind/396156040510555


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

AD SPACE AVAILABLE ON HEALING HARVEST

If you look at my blog, I have one banner space under "get my newsletter" that currently has "Amazon Free Shipping" ad on it. This space is coming available August 1 for $20 a month or 3 months for $50
To the right I have the square amazon ad, this will also be available August 1 for $20 a month or 3 months for $50.
At the very bottom of my blog, I have one banner and three squares available as of August 1. They are $5 each per month.
If interested, please email me: 
HEALINGHARVEST.COLORSOFTHEWIND@GMAIL.COM

#Giveaway $100 Amazon Gift Card

Shame on me. Life has really been taking me through the ringer lately. I've not been reviewing much, or doing giveaways much and I hope you'll forgive me. A very wonderful children's author is sponsoring this giveaway for me. I've had the pleasure of looking over her books while they were in progress and assisting as a beta reader. You'll hear more about her when her wonderful series becomes available.

Now for the fun, Want to win a $100 Amazon gift card? Use the rafflecopter entry below. Feel free to pop in daily as there are a few daily options. I wanted to do as much for everyone as I could since I've not been very dedicated to blogging recently. Here's to hoping it all turns around.

I'll be having patterns and crafts and recipes and homemade stuff and other articles coming soon. Stick around :)

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

#Cows #Livestock #Homesteading

In our talk about GMOs, I referenced cows. Cows are not easy animals to raise yourself. It's not because they are difficult or need a lot of attention. It's because they require a lot of space.

They also act like dogs if you're around them enough, and with them being like that, I'd never have the heart to raise and send to the butcher. I'd have them named and they'd all be following me around the yard.

However, with my downsize to less land, I'd never have room for even one anyway.

For most families, one cow a year in the freezer is plenty. But, be aware, it will take the ENTIRE freezer.

We have a number of ranchers out here. (If you don't you can hit a cattle auction.)

I'd advice talking with them and making sure your purchased cow is GMO free. Ask for references and talk to friends if you can. And make sure you have that extra, empty, freezer in advance so you're not on your way to the butcher realizing you have no where to put 600 pounds of meat.

My plan? Although I'd love to see it happen this fall, it's not looking like it will be possible. But the plan is:
Buy large freezer...ask local rancher that I know if I can purchase on of his cows and pay him to deliver it to the butcher. This takes my feelings/emotion out of the equation and places good GMO free meat in front of my children.

I already know how his cows are fed and cared for. So there's no issue there.

Then go and pick up the packaged meat in a few days.

On a side note, if you purchase the cow and have it butchered, expect to spend $1000-$1500. However, if you break it down...it's cheaper (and healthier) than purchasing from the store all year.

Friday, July 04, 2014

#FourthOfJuly - The Meaning

The meaning ~ from Wikipedia

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworksparadesbarbecuescarnivalsfairspicnics,concertsbaseball gamesfamily reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public andprivate events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of theUnited States.
I tell my kids it's not about BBQs and swimming and fireworks. There's so much more to this. And often I feel the true meaning and importance of the day has been lost. For many it's a reason to splash in the pool, have friends over, BBQ and drink.


It's a perfect day to teach your children the real meaning of the day - what is Independence Day, what do the stars and stripes on the flag really mean? Mention the values of a properly run country and government. Discuss what the president's job really is...how we can help our own country....how we can help the soldiers that fight daily to protect our freedom. How important it is to realize the sacrifices of those that have been lost or made POWs...and their families.

Talk about the Declaration of Independence and what it meant then and what it does/should mean now. It's significance.


Let's make this 4th of July more than just fireworks and food. Have a safe day and remember those who have family members missing because they've fought for our country.










Thursday, July 03, 2014

#Horses #Homesteading


I used to ride years ago...for years. It was a daily thing. With all that's been going on in my personal life, I decided it was time to get back on a horse. They always made me feel so relaxed and free. Like the stress just melted away while I was on them.


Living rural, I knew people with horses and took one up on an offer to ride. For the record, after not riding for 12 years, it is NOT like riding a bike.
For several reasons.


I rode in the midwest. Not the White Mountains. The difference is exactly that. Here the terrain is rocky, full of mountains, hills, trenches, and so on. Out there it was flat and green. The thought never crossed my mind that my horse would trip. Now they do it several times per ride.


I still dearly love horses and decide to take lessons. (Which are moving way faster than I prefer. Their logic? I have a good seat and can ride, my confidence just left and went somewhere. I attribute it to the change in landscape and I need to get over it.)


Will there ever be a horse on my property? I really do hope so. They still calm me. However, if I don't master mountain riding...I may have to realize yet another old love has some to an end.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Around the #Homestead #Summer #Hiking #Landscape

While I really can't call it a homestead (officially) yet...I like to think of it becoming one - a very small one - but still one.

Here's some views from our hikes over the summer...

(Please do not steal the images, if you'd like to use one, let me know and at least credit and link back.)
























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