Common Sense Homesteading

Common Sense - n. Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge; native good judgment.
Homesteading - v. That branch of the Voluntary Simplicity movement seeking greater self-reliance, with emphasis on home food production.

What's a simple eco-friendly habit all families can start?

Cook/eat at home - you can save a ton of money, generate less waste, use your own garden produce or other local produce and provide your family better quality meals.

What would you say to moms who want to be more eco-friendly, but worry it will be more expensive?

Using simple, natural cleaners, eating at home, buying used and many other "eco-friendly" options can be less expensive than their mainstream counterparts. Less processed foods tend to be more filling than junk food, so a small amount fills you up longer.

What's one of your favorite eco-friendly brands you've discovered?


What's an easy, eco-friendly habit that could help families save money?

Laurie Neverman

Shop used! This will reduce the transportation footprint (especially if you shop locally), keep items out of landfills, and double use of an item for the same manufacturing footprint. Grow your own food and/or buy in bulk. The taste of homegrown produce is AMAZING, and it's a great family project. When local produce is in season, you can also preserve the bounty for pennies on the dollar compared to store products. We can, dry, freeze, lacto-ferment, root cellar, and use cold frames and a greenhouse for season extension. The kids are so proud of themselves when they share "their" fruits and vegetables with family and friends.
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How to handle SAHM boredom

Laurie Neverman

Boredom? I saw that and thought this post was hilarious. I think Liz is more on the right track. Sometimes it's just the monotony that gets you down. My mom always told me the kids are grown and gone before you know it, so I just try to embrace the chaos and when time permits sneak in some time with my other mommy friends, because they get it!
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