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Tips For Hosting A Fun Yet Low-Waste Party

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

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You say you’re hosting a party for family and friends but hate all the waste you know it will produce? Well worry not, there are easy ways to host a low-waste party.

My family gathers here at the Homestead every year to celebrate something we’ve named ‘RanchFest’. It’s held on the anniversary of the date RancherMan & I purchased our little piece of NE Texas paradise. But in our family we all consider it our own little family reunion.

I’ve found there are a few things to remember that are easy to implement and it makes a HUGE difference in the amount of trash our gathering ends up producing. Maybe you can use some of these tips at your own gathering too.

Easy tips to throw a low-waste or zero-waste party for cheap. #TexasHomesteader

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7 Easy Ways To Live A More Zero-Waste Life

by Texas Homesteader~

Are you interested in the zero-waste path? Do you wonder just where to start? Feeling a little overwhelmed?

Well don’t worry, living a more zero-waste lifestyle doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. None of us can truly be ZERO waste, ya know? 

It’s important to remember that like most things, it’s not an ‘all or nothing‘ decision. You can pick & choose the areas most important to you and still make a real impact.

The beautiful thing about edging toward zero waste? Most of the time it typically actually SAVES you money! Here are some simple tips to effortlessly reduce your waste each & every day.

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Inexpensive Gift Ideas For The Eco-Conscious Mom

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Of course we appreciate our moms every day, but on special days we make it all about her! And isn’t it wonderful to give her special attention?

Whether she’s been there since day one
or came into your life sometime After You Were Born,
moms are special!

Is your mom environmentally aware? Does she love being gentle with this gorgeous earth we call home? Well you’re in luck, I’ve assembled a quick list of inexpensive gift ideas to spoil your crunchy, eco-friendly mom this year. Gifts she’ll love – c’mon & see!

Gift ideas for the eco-conscious mom #TexasHomesteader

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How To Easily Celebrate Earth Day

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Happy Earth Day, y’all! By now most of you know earth day is April 22nd each year. It’s a special day to highlight being kind to our environment.

Many people celebrate by doing something good for Mother Earth. Some pick up trash on the beach, some plant trees, others figure out ways to live more gently on this big, blue planet we call earth.

Happy Earth Day, y'all - it's like Mother Nature's Birthday. There are lots of gifts we can give to Mother Nature, come see my faves. #TexasHomesteader

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Closing The Loop In Charitable Giving

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Did ya ever think about closing the loop in charitable giving? I mean, you’ve made a wonderful donation of household goods to that thrift store. That’s awesome! But then what?

Several years ago we began to be aware of our environmental footprint and took several steps to reduce that footprint.  (HA! I said STEPS & footprint – see what I did there?)

First we took a good hard look at the overabundance we already had and stopped ‘boredom shopping’ for yet more stuff to overfill our home. That was a pretty big step.

But today I want to talk about something that can make a larger impact:  Buying used instead of new. It’s good for your finances and good for the environment. Yet it’s oftentimes very misunderstood.

Your donated goods to 'charity' don't help their cause. It's the SALE of those goods (and money received) they need. Buying Used From Thrift Stores Is Good For The Environment. You help a good cause & you often get higher quality at a lower cost too! #TexasHomesteader
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All-Natural Cutting Board & Wood Utensil Conditioner

By Texas Homesteader ~
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I have a couple of large wooden cutting boards. And many wood utensils too. I’ve owned and used them all heavily for years. 

But I’m mindful in taking care of them. They’re always hand-washed and dried before putting them away.

I don’t put anything made of wood in my dishwasher. Doing that could ruin your wooden items. Even utensils that are steel but have a wooden handle need to be hand-washed.

But even with proper care, over the years your wooden items might need a little extra love. Maybe they start drying out a little. So they might benefit from a little conditioner.

I make my own all-natural wood cutting board conditioner using only natural beeswax and organic coconut oil. #TexasHomesteader

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Solar Energy Can Be Passive and Free!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

It seems being environmentally friendly is all the rage now. But for some reason I was bitten by the environmental bug years before it became the thing to do.

I was using my own reusable bags well before it was fashionable. It’s funny the strange looks I received from clerks when I asked them to place my purchases into my own canvas bag.

I used to joke with RancherMan that if I could get a nickel for every time the puzzled cashier exclaimed are you SURE?? that I could pay off all our bills!

Because I naturally have such a “tread softly on the earth” mindset it was primary in my mind when we built our home in NE Texas.

We incorporated many energy efficiency features as well as passive solar features into its construction.

But not everyone is in the building phase of their home so I thought I’d pass on some good news – passive solar energy can be very low cost and many times doesn’t cost a dime!

Solar energy use doesn't have to cost anything. Read about how passive solar energy can be used in almost any home for no additional money! #TexasHomesteader
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Where To Find FREE Repurposed Lids To Fit Canning Jars

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I use canning jars for many things here on the Homestead. Everything from actual food canning to storing leftovers in the refrigerator to storing dehydrated food in the pantry. 

Although I shy away from using glass in my freezer, many people repurpose canning jars to freeze foods as well. (using proper headspace recommendations of course

Since you can only use traditional 2 piece canning flats & rings once for actually canning food, often I’ll utilize previously-used canning flats & rings to top those canning jars I’m using for other food storage.

But sometimes doinking around with a 2-part lid is inconvenient.

Come see what I’ve found to replace that 2-part lid for food storage on the cheap.

Well, for FREE actually.

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