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Becoming A Homesteader

Homesteading. Is it a trend? Is it a movement? What is it actually? Homesteading is a lifestyle. Whenever I hear that word, I envision myself in a pioneer dress riding down the Oregon Trail in a covered wagon trying to recover from dysentery, while my 5 kids are hungry and my husband broke his arm. We only have 1 healthy ox. The other, we traded for blankets that got stolen by robbers. #homesteadingishell. Let’s fast forward this wagon wreck to peace and tranquility.

Homesteading defined

Homesteading is defined by Wikipedia as follows, “Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale. Homesteading is pursued in different ways around the world—and in different historical eras.”

I am a homesteader. Why? Because I say so. You can be one to. It’s super easy and like anything in life, there are some people that are 100% doing all that is stated above. They are homesteading like nobody’s business. They are Whole Homesteaders. Then, there is me. The Halfsie Homesteader. How do you see yourself?

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Let Me Explain

The Halfsie Homesteader is just that…doing things that are helpful for the environment, producing craftwork here and there, growing some vegetables, cooking from scratch and eating as organically as possible, preserving some foods, but not going all in. Side note: I don’t live on a farm or own a cow, chickens, or goats, but I wish I did!

Easy Way To Homestead

I have 5 simple ways to live a Halfsie Homesteader way of life. This is my term for a modern homesteader and I actually love being a modern homesteader. It makes me feel awesome creating for myself and family. I feel a sense of warmth, love, good health, and memory making. My son will always remember me as the mom who loved to bake from scratch, create with my hands, and be as organically sound as possible. He has grown up seeing organic this and organic that in our pantry. In essence, this is what the homesteading lifestyle has developed us to work towards in our home. As a family, we strive to create a happier, healthier life under our roof and live a modern homesteading way of life.

  1. Buy grocery store herbs and use them in your cooking and baking. Plant a flower garden and cut the flowers to make floral arrangements in your home and promote more flowers to grow. Plant a small garden. There is something so satisfying by doing all of this.
  2. I make so many things out of items that once were something totally different. See my Easy DIY Cake Stands made out of a banister.
  3. Yup, it’s time to dig out those cookbooks, or search online for some from scratch recipes. Trust me, when you share what you have made from scratch you create very, happy people.
  4. Body lotions that are purchased online/in a store usually contain so many chemicals. With a 1/2 C of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and olive oil you can combine and whip up the best body lotion that nourishes your skin. It can also be used as a diaper cream and sunscreen with the addition of zinc oxide.
  5. Here me preach! Essential Oils Are So Essential For So Many Things! Amen to this! Shop here for organic, 100% pure oils.

So, will you try it? Will you be a Halfsie Homesteader. I’m telling you, it is so satisfying when you’re able to. It’s really being economically, agriculturally, and ecologically sound. It takes work, but it’s so worth it. I hope you try to sprinkle some Halfsie Homesteading into your modern day, today.