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How Safe Is Your Drinking Water?

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Drinking-water safety has been in the news lately. To be honest, I’d never really given it much thought. I’d always assumed the water coming from our faucet is clean and safe.

But should I?

I want to know: Is our water safe to drink? Or should we take additional steps such as installing a whole-house water filter?

So I suggested to RancherMan that we have our water tested.

How safe is your drinking water? You can't just assume it's safe anymore! Come see how we assured our water was safe to drink. #TexasHomesteader

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Endless Soap Dispenser For Kitchen Convenience

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Many sinks come with a little pump soap dispenser on the top edge. Whether you fill it with dish soap for washing dishes or hand soap for washing hands, it’s quite a handy little amendment for your kitchen sink.

But most of those little soap dispenser pumps use a small screw-in bottle underneath the sink to hold the liquid soap.

That tiny receptacle always runs low at the most inopportune times, don’t they? And then they have to be refilled pretty frequently. So we got to wondering, is there a better way?

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Stopping That Blasted Bermuda Grass At Last!!

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RancherMan & I had a porch extension built last year. But wait.  WHAT’S THIS???  Even though we took precautions to keep the Bermuda grass out, it tried to march into our beautiful raised beds anyway!

As anyone who’s battled (and LOST) the war with Bermuda grass in their flower beds knows, it’s almost impossible to eliminate. The underground rhizosomes break easily, leaving the next generation of Bermuda-grass-misery ready to thwart your best efforts.

Bermuda Grass is notoriously hard to control. When it creeps into your raised beds, heck you've lost the war! Come see how we're protecting our raised beds with grass barrier. #TexasHomesteader

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Eliminating Mosquitoes: What Worked & What Didn’t!

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Y’all know since we’ve added our Porch Addition, RancherMan & I love to spend our evenings out there.  Aaaaaahhhh – it’s been a hard day, it’s been hot & humid and our bodies are tired, let me tell ya!  

So we get together in this lovely outdoor living room, swinging gently, sipping something cold and talking about our day. This is our comforting routine almost every night.

But, this time of year there’s something threatening to cut short these special evenings together – Mosquitoes! Dang they’re everywhere! Their bites can transmit all kinds of nasties! You really do have to be careful and protect yourselves. What’s a country girl to do?

I've tried all the remedies you read about, none worked. Then a friend told me about these Mosquito Eradicator baits. I'm amazed! Success at last! #TexasHomesteader

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Wearing Sun UV Protective Clothing

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Summer’s HERE, y’all! RancherMan & I work our homestead every day, so much of our daily activity involves being outside. Sun protection is important but we both hate the feel of sunblock. Plus I don’t like the thought of slathering chemicals on my skin every day anyway.

So we’re careful to protect our skin by covering it instead – wide-brim hats (helllooooo cowboy!) and long-sleeved lightweight shirts are often worn while mowing the yard or doing hours of tractor work. But c’mon – although it helps, that’s not much actual sun protection. I need to find clothing that protects us while keeping us comfortable.

I hate slathering sunscreen on my skin every day. All those chemicals! But we work outside each day & sun protection is important! I protect my skin with sun-protective clothing. #TexasHomesteader

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Low-Waste Toothbrush With Reusable Handle

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As hard as I try to eliminate waste, there are some places where I just sigh & accept that plastic landfill-bound trash is just a part of my life. Like our toothbrushes for instance. 

Then I heard about a more traditionally-styled toothbrush where you only replace the small brush head & reuse the handle. Now color me intrigued!

Low-Waste Toothbrush Option - replace only the worn heads and reuse the handle over & over again. A Snap toothbrush can lower your toothbrush waste by 93%! #TexasHomesteader

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Pyrex Easy-To-Read 2-Cup Measuring Cup Review

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I’m 55 years old, y’all. Old enough for my eyes to require reader glasses. But I can’t wear glasses all the time because otherwise the ole eyes still see pretty well. That means I’m always searching for my readers when I need to see finer detail.

This creates more problem in the kitchen than anywhere else. I’m constantly fetching my readers to measure when I’m cooking. What a pain!

I really loved the look of the new larger-print Pyrex measuring cup so I reached out to Pyrex and asked them if they’d send me one to review.  Glory be, they said yes!

I'm reviewing the new Pyrex easy-to-read measurements measuring cup. It's a helpful kitchen tool but is it all it's cracked up to be? Come see #TexasHomesteader

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Emergency Preparedness on the Homestead: Solar Oven

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Our great state of Texas had been hit hard by Mother Nature. Hurricane Harvey barreled onto shore, leaving devastation in his path. Streets were impassable and the damage was severe.

Even if a home was undamaged, thousands were without electricity for several days. Some are still without electricity and have no idea for how long.

Natural disasters get me to thinking about emergency preparedness.

Recent natural disasters get me to thinking about our emergency preparedness plans. A solar oven is a must when electricity is out. #TexasHomesteader

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