A Beginner’s Guide to Homesteading

Times seem to be changing drastically all around us. Millennials are proudly sporting beards and using words like “Lumbersexual” to describe a whole different genre branch-off of hipsters. Across the U.S., people are selling their downtown loft apartments and yearning to take a step backward in time, and kick it old-school style by taking up a lifestyle probably similar to that of their grandparents. We’re talking about homesteading, and whether you live on a half-acre suburban plot, or out in the boonies on 20 acres, it’s possible to achieve that lifestyle, and become thriving, self-sufficient homesteaders.

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4 Critters You Should Stop Killing NOW!

Summer has finally arrived, and many of us have been anxiously awaiting the warmer weather that accompanies it. As you spend more time outside, your odds of crossing paths with a creepy-crawly are exponentially increased. The general knee-jerk reaction of most people is to squash first, and ask questions later. Or run screaming. Or scream wildly while you psychotically hack away at the nasty thing with whatever tool is readily available to you, be that a book, your shoe, or your child’s toy. When confronted with even a photo of a spider or snake, most people cringe and comment, “The only good snake/spider is a dead one!” But what many people don’t realize is how beneficial many of these so-called vermin actually are for our ecosystem. Here at Daily Mom, we’d like to encourage you to think twice before you go all Chuck Norris on any of the following critters.

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The Best Eco-Friendly Additions You Can Add to Your Home

You’re a responsible homeowner who has done all of your homework to make your home energy efficient. Not only have you installed energy efficient windows and roofs around the house, but you’ve also enlisted the help of an energy auditor to further boost the “greenness” of your home. Now that you have the main structures under control, you want to tackle some eco-friendly upgrades without spending too much money.

With that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to some affordable eco-friendly additions to your home. You may be surprised by how a few small changes can incur a huge difference.

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5 Tips for Landscaping on the Cheap

Anyone who’s ever been to a botanical garden or driven through a swanky neighborhood with professionally landscaped flower beds has likely had serious plant envy. Nothing creates curb appeal quite like a lush garden full of colorful blooms. Flowers soften up the hardscapes of concrete and brick, and brighten any yard. Like most things nowadays, though, a bountiful landscape comes with a big price tag. If cost has been keeping you from planting the garden of your dreams, you’ve come to the right place! The following tips can help you fill up your flower beds without emptying your wallet.

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10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon has a constant place in our households and on our tables. It is used in household cleaners for that fresh, clean smell and its cleaning power. It’s found in our water glasses at restaurants. It’s found in recipes for food and drink. Lemon is an all purpose great fruit to have around, but we are learning the extra punch that Lemon Essential Oil can provide!

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Junior Explorers: Teaching Kids Conservation One Classroom at a Time

In this day and age of environmental awareness and conservation, you often hear adults talking about leaving a better planet for the children who are going to inherit it… but is anyone talking to those kids about how to love and protect the planet and the life it sustains? Actually, yes, someone is! Junior Explorers Inc., a Brooklyn, NY-based edtech social enterprise, is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of environmental stewards by developing products and digital experiences that connect kids to the planet. There has never been a greater time – or a greater need – to connect kids to nature and wildlife.  

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GF, DF & SF – Clean Eating On The Go

Summertime simplicity doesn’t have to be complicated when you want to be gluten, dairy and soy free! Just ask culinary celebrity chef, Amie Valpone, from Manhattan, NYC; serving not only herself, but a clientele of celebrities and busy people on the go.

She’s the author of the book, Eating Clean and she’s the founder of The Healthy AppleIf you have a busy lifestyle or plan to be on the go this summer, be ready to enjoy healthy, organic whole foods quickly and simply. 

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The Green Scene Mom Awards: Kid Inspired-Mom Approved!

We love innovative and eco-friendly products. Anything that makes life a little easier while raising our little ones is a winner in our book, but a product that also proves to be environmentally safe should win an award. The Green Scene Mom Awards does just that by honoring family-focused products that promote eco-friendly lifestyles, sustainable living, and creative innovation. Products are submitted for the awards by each brand and evaluated by Mommy Scene for being eco-friendly, easy to use, and having an innovative design. 

Today we’ll feature a few of our favorites from this year’s winter awards. 

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4 Reasons You Should Have Milk Delivered

There was a day and age where the only way milk made it from the farm to the kitchen table was because your friendly milk man dropped it off in a petite metal bin each morning. In today’s world, milk delivery is often more a luxury than a necessity, but for a busy household you’d be surprised how much you can gain from starting your day with fresh milk delivered directly to your door. 

Today we’ll discover 4 great reasons why you should have your milk delivered!

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Eco-Friendly and Unique Ways to Garden

Even in an urban or suburban setting, you can have an amazing garden in your yard with minimal space. That garden can be eco-friendly and you can reap the benefits of caring for your garden. A garden in a small space like a backyard doesn’t have to be a few potted plants that you forget to water. You can have a garden that is full of life and that contributes to your life, your home and the planet in a positive way.

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How Clean is the Air in Your Home?

Across the board, scientists agree that the air quality in most residential homes is worse than in the great outdoors. The EPA actually goes so far as to say that indoor air can be 2 to 5 times more polluted! For a culture that tends to be fairly germaphobic, how can this be?

Surprisingly, our cleanliness can be a huge contributing factor. From the type of cleaning products to even the windows we install, our choices can be the biggest influence on our home’s air quality. But with a few simple changes, your home’s air can be clean and pure.

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Shopping More Naturally

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% of Daily Mom.

If you desire a more natural lifestyle for your family, a good place to start is to change the way you shop. When you sit your kids in the shopping cart at your favorite super store like Target, you can make more natural choices for everything on your list. Earth Day (April 22, 2016) is just around the corner so this is the perfect time to make some changes for your family and the planet. We have some great tips to keep in mind if you want to shop more naturally.

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Houseplant Safety for Pets

You love your furry kids, your cats and dogs. When trying to add a little more life to your home with the help of some plants, you could be putting your animals at risk. Not all plants are safe for pets, and some can be deadly. Avoid vet bills or even worse, heartbreak from a lost pet, and make sure the plants around your home are safe! We’ve put all the information about plants here for you, including a printable of some common plants you will love and ones to avoid.

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DIY All Natural Odor Eliminating Discs

Odor eliminating discs can be used in a number of places — diaper pails, garbage cans, stinky shoes, gym lockers, your car trunk, the list goes on and on! But, buying these discs is an unnecessary expense. In fact, you can avoid store bought odor eliminators that are filled with chemicals by making your own using just a few natural ingredients.

This DIY is a fraction of the cost, takes no time to put together, and you probably already have the ingredients. Read on to see just how easy it is to make your own all natural odor eliminating discs!

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5 Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens

Ask anyone who raises backyard chickens and they’ll tell you how much they love their flock. You’ll probably get more information than you bargained for! Chicken owners are so enthusiastic about chickens, in part because when kept as part of a small backyard flock, they’re pets. 

Chickens are like dogs or cats – each one has a personality with its own favorite pastimes, food preferences, and even its own distinct voice. Some chickens like to cluck around the yard alone rather than as part of the group. Some like to loudly announce to the world when they’ve laid an egg. And some prefer pizza crusts to leftover vegetables.

Whether you’re interested in the farm-to-table movement, you want to teach your kids about where their food comes from, or you just like being self-sufficient, there are plenty of reasons to keep your own chickens. If you’ve ever considered a little backyard flock of your own, here are 5 benefits to raising backyard chickens.

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