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Fall In Grace


“Welcome to Idaho.  Here, our seasons are summer, almost winter, winter, and still winter.”


Fall has long-been my favorite season.

I believe it started in childhood as fall almost completely meant to me that it was time to go back to school.  I loved everything about school.  I loved to learn, I loved my mentors, I loved seeing and meeting new friends, I loved new books, and all the before- and after-school activities offered.

The coming of fall meant I would be seeing, hearing, and talking about new things on a nearly daily basis.

While I loved the long summers that my family spent traveling, I also dearly loved to be home.  Fall always meant it was time to be home.

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Berkey Light Water Filtration System And Earth Filters Review

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We recently had the very exciting privilege to review the Berkey Light water filtration system with the new Earth filters.  I can’t tell you just how much our family loves the Berkey filters, so as you can imagine, this was a huge treat for us.

If you’ve been looking at the Berkey filtration systems (and what homesteader doesn’t drool over them?) then this will hopefully give you the insight you need to move toward a decision.

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Top Gifts For Homesteaders This Year: Beginning To Experienced

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Whether you’re a homesteader looking for the best prices for your own essentials, or you just have a homesteader on your shopping list, I’ve got a list of what you need.  Beginner?  Intermediate?  Advanced?  I’ve got all the homesteaders on your list covered.

Simply find your level of homesteading to find the best gifts of the year.

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Tworld Rifle Bipod And Rail Mount Reveiw

* I was provided the following rifle bipod and rail mount from Tworld in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.  If you click a link and make a purchase, I may make a communion at no cost to you.*

Elk season has just ended here, and we’re past deer season as well.  Are you a hunter?  How did you do?  Did everything go perfectly?  Or do you wish things had gone a bit differently?  Maybe you could have used a little bit of help?

One bit of help we’ve been wanting for awhile was a new rifle bipod.  We’ve been researching them for a couple months, trying to decide what to get.  When an offer to review one from Tworld came along, we jumped on it.  If you are looking for a new rifle bipod (or are thinking of getting one as a gift for someone else), then keep reading.

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Avoiding Emotional Stress From Grocery Store Independence

At some point in our goal toward self-sufficiency, there will be less and less trips to the grocery store—if we are working in the right direction.  Whether it’s done on purpose, or forced on us due to an economic collapse (which I believe will happen at some point in the future), eventually many of us will experience emotional stress directly related to the way we used to shop.

Personally, I didn’t really see it coming.  It’s happened a couple of times to me.

The first time was when we had a flash-flood that wiped out a large portion (over half) of our garden.  I remember feeling sorry for myself and asking the Farmer if he thought I should go back to work to make up for it.  It would have been so much easier to just put in the hours and pay someone else for food.  But then I asked myself if it would be worth it.  I realized it would only be a band-aid and I’d have more work to do once I was ready to start over.


If you are off-grid, or have been working toward self-sufficiency, then I have no doubt that at some point, it’s either happened to you too, or it will.  How did you handle it?  Did you give up like I was convinced I wanted to?

If you are just waiting for an economic collapse, will you be able to be self-sufficient enough to get through the emotional stress of either not being able to afford groceries, or not having a store to shop at?

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My (Abbreviated) Journey Toward Grocery Store Independence

When I got married and moved to this secluded homestead, I maintained a job at the nearest trauma hospital—60 miles away.  I actually bought a house there, and knew the town well.  Although I knew my new husband was born into and had always lived a life of self-sufficiency, I was very honest about what I was and was not willing to do.

I understood that the garden he currently grew would need to be bigger in order to now feed two of us.  I knew that would likely be my job.  As a trauma professional, I knew I would work 40-60 hour weeks traveling 2 hours each day that I worked.  A garden was out of the question.

I had never eaten a wild animal, nor one that I knew personally in any way prior to butchering.

The two of us understood that I preferred to buy food rather than try to put in the tremendous amount of time and emotional attachment that it would take to be self-sufficient.  He understood I wanted to buy food.  I understood that he was fine with this as long as I made the money to do that since he was not used to having the kind of bills associated with that kind of lifestyle.

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My Favorite Parts Of The 2016 Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

I told you I would share my favorite parts of the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2016, but I wanted to wait a few days so you had the opportunity to form your own preferences and opinions.  While I don’t want you to be overwhelmed with all the products in this library (I mean, come on, 83 resources plus all the freebies?), I did want you to look around and find your own appreciations before telling you which products rock my world.

With all these resources, and all these freebies, we’re all going to be interested in different ones.  I’m sure what you’re looking forward to is different from what I’m looking forward to.  And when you’re done looking through my choices, I’d love for you to tell me in the comments what you’re looking forward to most.

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Help Your Family Live A More Self-Sufficient & Healthier Life

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Do You Want To Help Your Family Work Toward Self-Sufficiency And A Healthier Lifestyle But Don’t Know Where To Start?

Do you crave a life where you become less and less dependent on a system, and more dependent on yourself?  Would you like to ditch processed foods and products as much as possible?

Perhaps you have a plan to put it all in motion.  Or perhaps you’re swamped in all the resources out there and just don’t know where to start.  Which videos do I trust?  Which book do I read first?

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We’ve Been Waiting A Long Time, And Now It’s Finally Here!

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If you are familiar with the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, then there is no doubt you have been waiting for it since last year.  If you already know you want to purchase it again this year, click here, but come back for an exclusive bonus only available for Grace Garden And Homestead readers.

If you aren’t familiar with it, then stay right here and I’ll give you the details.

What Is This Library?

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle is a collection of 83 resources, including 25 eCourses, videos & audios and 58 eBooks and printables that are bundled into one package.  This package also includes 11 bonus products:  2 digital bonuses, and 9 physical bonuses that will ship right to your door.  Resources and bonuses are collected to help you live a more self-sustainable and healthy life.

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Have You Discovered Your Local Forest Yet?

Here in the Rockies, the sight of nature is no stranger to our eyes.  Specifically here in Idaho, we are surrounded by beautiful scenic nature at nearly every turn.

Even so, our family absolutely loves to get out when farm life allows and explore our local ice caves, trails, canyons, and of course, forests.  We are blessed to be surrounded with such majestic areas such as Craters Of The Moon, The Soda Springs Geyser (the world’s only captive geyser), natural hot pools, ice caves, and more.

For a longer drive, we can visit the Grand Teton Mountains, Caribou-Targhee National Forrest, and our 2016 summer getaway destination: glorious Yellowstone National Forrest.

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