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About sustainable31

Hi, I am Maria. I have a wonderful husband, and 6 kiddos. We try to eat organic, whole foods..and are trying to become as sustainable as possible. Join us as we grow our farm, and learn many lessons along the way. I strive to be a Psalms 31 wife, and mother. Some days I feel like I nail it. Others days, I feel helpless. But, I suppose that is the roller coaster of life. I used to work as a personal trainer, as well as a nutritional coach for a hospital. Now days I stay at home with the kids, and freelance write from home. We started our kids in public schools, however started homeschooling last year. That has been an adventure let me tell ya! I love homemade anything. Food. Remedies. You name it. I am always up for trying new things. And, I commonly get myself in WAY over my head. I call it being adventurous. My hubby calls it insane.

GIVEAWAY For Pappy’s Simple Livin’

I will make this as simple as possible 🙂

I will be giving away two products of the winner’s choice from my Etsy site. https://www.etsy.com/shop/PappysSimpleLivin

Add the two items you like as Etsy favorites and leave the two items in the comments below. That counts as two entries.

Next go to my and “Like” it. Leave a comment on the page.

facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pappyssimpleliving?ref_type=bookmark

That counts as two entries.

Also if you have a blog you can share the giveaway on your blog for another two entries.

Lastly, post this blog entry on your facebook for another two entries 🙂

Thanks and GOOD LUCK!! Check back ofter. I m planning to do TWO giveaways per month of different items that I am reviewing, etc. 🙂

XOXO
Maria

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Posted by on July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Discussing REAL Food..

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I have been really getting into more and more research. Having a background in athletics and nutrition I have always prided myself on the fact that I try to offer my family the best that I can.

That means striving for homegrown. Avoiding the drive thru. And more. However, there are so many that continue to circle this mountain unwittingly. Stuck in the seemingly never ending merry-go-round of life. Caught among life’s stresses. The business. The fatigue. The confusion.

I mean, what is healthy? Used to it was simple. Eating at home you knew you were eating healthy. Whether the food came from your backyard, the neighbor, or the neighborhood store; it was good. Sadly, it is not so cut and dried anymore.

I have been torn on how (and if) to even do this blog. My inconsistent ramblings are hardly even worth the time it takes to type it out. However, I long to make it useful.

Maybe by using my education. My anger. My fear. My concerns. I can put it to use? We will see. But I see the need.I have been volunteering my time for a while now teaching people how to transform their health through food. Not with some magic pill, but with what God has provided us.

I see the aching every week. Like children they drink in what I have to say. Some of them grasp it and like fledglings expand their wings and attempt to fly on their own. However, others are afraid of falling, and cling to me.

So maybe that is what I will do (along with adding some other aspects of my life…from my hubby’s romantic ideas of the perfect anniversary slaughtering turtles, to some real life tips from my home). I would love to have your input.

I think tomorrow I will begin with explaining somethings that need to be explained. To open the eyes that need opened…

 
 

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Still alive..just been REALLY BUSY!! But, I have exciting news!

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Well, I disappeared…I know. Yes, we have been doing ALL kinds of stuff around here let me tell you! And, MORE to do!! But, I have some VERY exciting news! I opened my business!! Pappy’s Simple Livin’. I picked the name because of my grandpa, better known as Pappy, and the fact that I aim to help people get back to a more simple life. Now, that doesn’t mean that I do not enjoy SOME things of this era (as in the internet…I do), but I believe that people should be able to sustain themselves if need be.

In addition to starting my business, I also started teaching a nutrition class on Wed at our church. It feels great to “work” in my field again. Although it is a volunteer class, getting to help people with improving their health through better nutrition, and helping them with fitness is AWESOME! What i even better is the biblical applications that go right along with it.

So with that said, I just created a new blog for Pappy’s Simple Livin’ that  will keep you updated on my business ventures from http://pappyssimplelivin.wordpress.com/  I just created it , so give me time to get everything loaded.

Also, I am planning to use this blog for my class to, so expect to see regular posts on here. I will be providing more herbal tips, sustainable living tips, nutrition tips (I have a degree), fitness tips (I am a certified trainer), as well as ramblings… SO EXCITED!! Feel free to give me post ideas if there is anything that you are interested in, or if you have health/nutrition/fitness concerns, or questions!!

Also, feel free to check out my etsy store, I will be adding more, and more products in the next few weeks! https://www.etsy.com/shop/PappysSimpleLivin. I wil be planning MORE announcements! Giveaways and MORE! So share, and check back!!

 

XOXO

Maria ❤

 
 

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DIY Rustic Key Holder

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We needed a key holder.

Badly.

For some reason we have approximately 1.2345 million keys.

Why we don not key everything the same…I don’t know.

However, we don’t.

So…I needed a key holder. 

I had seen some at the primitive shops that I scope out, however my budget does not allow for such things.

Making this type of a key holder is super easy.

First all you need is a scrap piece of wood. 

Paint it a solid color (in this case mine was painted black).

Allow it to dry.

Paint a solid color( in this case I had some leftover egg shell), while it is still wet apply a layer of white school glue liberally.

Allow to dry, an it will crackle.

MAKE SURE the paint is still WET or it will not crackle!

I did not take step by step pics, because I wasn’t planning to post this until my daughter said I should.

I guess I need to start taking pics of everything I do while I am doing it, just in case. Call me the paparazzi. 

After everything is dry attach your embellishments, in this case old door knobs and keys. (That is what the one I saw at the shop had too, and I just so happened to have old knobs and keys…yay!)

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After that is done, spray it or paint it with polyurethane to seal the deal.

Then hammer ya a few nails in (mine were old cast offs) that the keys can hang from.

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On the back put a wire  loop to hang it with (I use galvanized wire).

There ya go..an easy key hanger!

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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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My Weekend Project: Preparing For Next Year’s Garden

It’s never too early to start planning for next year’s garden, especially if you do not use conventional fertilizers.

We spent the weekend cleaning out the barn, and preparing a new garden spot for next year. 

We currently have our main garden at our other farm, about 5 miles done the road, so we wanted one here too. 

To do this we decided to “lay out” the garden spot by taking tall field grass that we bush hogged, and putting it in the shape we wanted the garden spot.

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This is a pic that was taken while we were still spreading it. This was a couple of weeks ago. We let it set on the area for weeks to kill off the grass underneath, while at the same time adding nutrients into our soil. 

After the couple of weeks we burnt the dead grass to clean up the area for plowing, as well as increase the nutrients in the soil further. (This was this weekend)

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Fluff up the dead grass to allow it to burn easier. 

Start the fire on each side, and watch it carefully to avoid it spreading.

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It is also important to stay with the fire a it burns to keep it under control. A pitchfork works well for this. 

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Once it has all burnt down it looks like this.

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Now it is ready to plow.

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After the garden bed is plowed, you can till the garden. 

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Once this is all finished, just sprinkle the tilled garden bed with high magnesium lime, and you re good to go.

We will work compost into it at some time before garden planting.

This is an easy way to get the garden area ready, and healthy for next spring.

Or fall garden is at the old farm, so we will be tending it…hopefully we will get some goodies 🙂 

 

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Garden, Natural Living

 

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Details on the Critter House Project

We finished our hay..COMPLETELY! Hip Hip Hooray!

We also painted our Critter House

I have had some readers ask for a good, non-toxic paint choice. From my research Ecos Organic Paints is one of the better choices.

I have also bee asked how we built the Critter House from the pallets. As usual, we make it u as we go along lol. 

We figured out (roughly) what size we wanted. In this case, I am using it for ducks..so it didn’t need to be huge. 

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Hubby cut the pallet wood, and used recycled nails he pulled from the pallet wood to construct this critter house.  See pic above, and below.

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This is the bottom of the critter house. Below the pic shows a close up of measurements.

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The next pics show and inside view.

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We spared no expense for Donald, Daisy, and Howard to have a duck house ;-)That’s how we roll!

This project went smooth, these pics were taken before we painted it. 

We are planning a new chicken coop that we are going to make about the same way. I will make sure I take the pics as we put it together (hubby was in charge of the “as we go” pics…major fail..lol) So… we got them AFTER it was built. Not that I am a photographer by any stretch of the imagination, but his were SAD. (Love ya hun!)

So, there it is. Easy. Free. What’s not to like?

 

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in DIY, Farm Life

 

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We Work Hard, and We Play Hard

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That is Lil Cade’s feet, after he passed out on our couch after a long day of baling hay.

We have been SO busy this week, and are in for a BUSY weekend

The good news is the hay is finished…on that field.

The bad news is there is another field…and 3 acres of tobacco that needs to be hoed.

Yay!

Not that Cade is much “help” he is 4, and is mainly just there for moral support, and to keep max the Great Pyrenees entertained.

He is, however, learning a valuable lesson.

We work hard. We play hard. Most of the time the first one is the most time consuming, but that is life.

Hay is necessary hereon the farm.

And, the tobacco we have contacted to an organic farmer to use as a natural pesticide. We also will be keeping some to use as a natural pesticide for our own crops.

We try to aim to do things the natural way.

What does that mean?

Far MORE work, and far less return for a while on some crops…like tobacco. However, more on others. And, in time as the soil return to the way it should be, and as you learn how to plant things that naturally help the soil..you end up way ahead.

For, example our hay has not been fertilized. My husband’s family (who re conventional farmers) GASP at that fact.

However, they refuse to look at the fact that our return was FAR more!

Their return this year on their hay field was an average of 56 bales per acre. LOOSELY baled to make it easier to lift. We baled ours tight, and we got an average of 79 bales per acre! Without the cost of fertilizer. HMMMM..

That being said, we work harder at it. But, I feel good that we are not poisoning our soil, our animals, and in turn we are not poisoning our family.

So…we will just continue to work harder, I see it as a blessing that we are able to.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2013 in Farm Life, Natural Living

 

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