We got DUMPED on! BIG Snow in Upstate NY

What it looks like around here right now:

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Good day, Sunshine! ☀️Wow, it's beautiful.

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We got over 24 inches and it has been averaging below zero here the past week.  Yesterday, it was -18 degrees F!  Stay warm!

In the meantime, I listed four AWESOME and cozy crocheted Foot Massages, I mean, rag rugs and our new Basic Balm, unscented goodness that is perfect for chapped hands and lips, dry skin, and to use as a skin protectant in these conditions!

We have two different balms available for purchase, available in different sizes for your convenience.  They are both made with only organic ingredients, home-grown or locally sourced from our piece of heaven in Zone 5b of the Adirondacks.  They come packaged in glass only, a pretty cobalt blue when possible.  Our base is made with Organic cold-pressed coconut, olive, grapeseed and avocado oils, blended with shea and cocoa butters and infused with Calendula, Carrotseed, and Raspberry seed oils.  These and other beneficial ingredients are blended with a small amount of organic beeswax to make a balm that traps in moisture and speeds healing.

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See my Rag Rugs on Etsy!

 

Happy New Year from Noble Homestead 2019!

We are moving along, just like you are 🙂 We hope you are doing well.  Right now we are dealing with some broken pipes and a broken furnace, but are grateful for employment, contingency backups and positive thinking! Annnnnnnyway…

As you might know, I, Vicki, am an herbalist (among many other things!). Just  recently, I started formal training because so many of my products have become successful and necessary remedies not just in my home, but many of my extended family and friends’.

Here is the newest addition to our Etsy store:

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Available is four sizes, 1, 2, 3 and 4 ounces.

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All of our jars are reusable. No plastic nor aluminum, the two smaller sizes are in cobalt blue glass.

~WHY WE USE ONLY GLASS CONTAINERS at the end of this post~

Spring Fever! Already.

I’m also so far gone into a case of Spring Fever that I have signed up for Misfits Market.  It’s a really cool idea they have.  Organic ugly produce gets thrown out/ WASTED all the time.  This is a service that delivers it right to my remote country dirt-road door!  I don’t even have to go hunting for organic produce in three different stores and be limited to carrots and spinach.  These guys have rutabagas, radishes, endive.. MMMMmmm!  Makes a plant-based Mama happy!

From the FAQ on their page:

What is Misfits Market?

It’s a subscription box of sometimes funny-looking, always delicious produce, designed to break the cycle of food waste. Think of us like an online grocery store, except one that specializes in rescuing food that is unnecessarily thrown away. We source high-quality organic produce that has a few quirks—onions that are too small, potatoes that are shaped like your favorite celebrity, and carrots that fell in love and got twisted together. It may sound like a joke, but billions of pounds of this fresh and delicious food is tossed each year because grocery stores only want “perfect” foods on their shelves. We step in and buy this food from hundreds of farms across the country and bring them to your doorstep, saving you money and helping you save the world.

Get 30% off your first box if you click through here!

SO …. when it comes in next Monday for the first time, I’ll do an unboxing video 🙂

Happy New Year and we hope you had a great holiday.

If you missed our last video, it was for a Kids’ Gift exchange created by Vicki and Sammy of  Little Creek Homestead:

and oh yeah…

~WHY WE USE ONLY GLASS CONTAINERS for our skin solutions (& whenever possible otherwise)~
These are just a few reasons…
“There are environmental impacts associated with each stage of aluminum production, from extraction to processing. The major environmental impact of refining and smelting is greenhouse gas emissions. … Sulfur dioxide and sodium fluoride are emitted from smelters and electrical plants.” – The Environmental Literacy Council (https://enviroliteracy.org/special-features/its-element-ary/aluminum/)

“Plastic has a large impact on the environment. It is possible to recycle plastic, depending on your city’s recycling system, but many people do not. Plastic is not biodegradable, which means it is not possible for the earth to naturally absorb this material back into the soil. Rather, the light breaks down the plastic into small pieces that contaminate the soil. It is expensive to manage and clean the toxicity that plastic creates. Recycling programs aim to get you to reduce the amount of items you use, reuse your containers and recycle what you can no longer use. Plastic can also adversely affect your health.” – Hunker.com (https://www.hunker.com/12003598/the-advantages-disadvantages-of-plastic-containers)

(… among many others… so we just use glass bc we can and we CARE about you and our environment. XO We sourced our jars as inexpensively and responsibly as possible after much research.)

VERY much love,

Vicki, Ray, the kids, Demmy the dog, the cats, and the chickens  xo

Cleaning Nontoxically – Vinegar For Tile Floors

We moved into a new place in July of last year that was anything but new.  The floors were so grimy that we gave them a quick once-over and continued moving in.  The one in our bathroom was RIDICULOUS.  Being that it wasn’t the one used often, we let it go and covered it with a rug.  *I* knew what was under there… and it bugged me.  Well, yesterday was THE DAY!  I decided to tackle it, and also to see which would work better, nontoxic white vinegar or the toxic Multi-surface Cleaner on which I had previously relied.

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I cleaned one tile with the vinegar, diluted by half water.  A mop and then a scrubbing sponge didn’t cut it, so I broke out the BIG GUNS, my RIGHT HAND MAN:

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 THIS is the GUY for me!! 

I got one square scrubbed with the vinegar.  It DID take some effort! This is what it looked like:

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THIS was exciting!  I grabbed the Scrubbing bubbles and did another:

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The one on the left was cleaned with the vinegar, the one on the right, with the toxic cleaner! The left was much easier to clean.  I have NO IDEA what the stuck-on film was all over our floor, but I would guess it was a buildup of hairspray from an extended time!

The kids thought it looked like fun:

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I wouldn’t have let them clean with the TOXIC Scrubbing bubbles. They and I had a great time cleaning, and it looked fantastic when we finished!

THINK about what you are cleaning with.  It goes down the drain, and into our Earth.

Done with snow!

Maya Angelou told it like it is! I am so sick of snow and ready for Spring.  I have my seed starting flats out and went through two bags of starting mix already! Being I am in Zone 5b, I have PURPLE peas and tomatoes and peppers growing downstairs under awesome grow lights.  I am READY!

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8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

I have been the lucky recipient of a windfall of cucumbers.  I found this article “refreshing:”

Cucumber water is one drink that you’ll want to consider the next time you’re feeling thirsty. It not only helps genuinely hydrate the body, it can help you feel better overall, and even look better.

Click here for all of the benefits you’ll reap, and some recipes to help you along.


Source: 8 Great Benefits of Drinking Cucumber Water ( 5 Recipes)

Our Pumpkin Contest Entry

After waiting so long for our seeds, we did nothing special, just threw them in the organic soil that’s fertilized with organic guinea pig “beans” (yes, our cavies eat organic) and added water and love! So far, two weeks later, we had 10/12 sprout in Zone 5, update uploaded soon!
Thanks to:
Road to the Farm:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URcye5YjrNI

Life In Farmland:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcvyJhV-KTA

BlueGrassBound Homestead :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lOUuW6Fm6k

Good luck to all from Noble Homestead!