Reviews & Recommendations
You know when you come across something that makes your life easier, saves you precious time, etc. you want to tell someone about it? That's exactly what this is, these are our current top recommended things that are worth sharing. Each item I would recommend to a friend. Most do something good for the environment and/or our health as well.
That being said, I don't support buying the newest latest greatest thing... Consumerism is not good for the environment. I do support purchasing quality products that last. (My Dad still uses his Mom's stand mixer that is easily over 40 years old!) I also support purchases that do better for the environment in one way or another. And finally, if you can find similar items from a local small business, thrift shop, etc. even better! We get a lot of our tools second-hand or from local farm sales.
Top 6 Amazon Finds that we use all the time!
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ökocat Cat Litter
Clumping Cat Litter, Exceptional Odor Control, Nearly Dust Free, and the best part is it's sustainable, free of artificial fragrance, synthetic chemicals, toxic dyes, and GMOs; unlike clay, Okocat Litter is Biodegradable & Compostable.
Our kitties love it, it's easy to clean, and goes into the compost pile that later fertilizes trees and flowerbeds.
Removable 8" blending arm, soft-grip handles, top-rack dishwasher safe, two speeds, plus comes with a 3 cup BPA free jar with lid.
I use this to blend every batch of soap we make! It's super well made! Everything we own that's KitchenAid has been a quality long-lasting purchase.
8 Quart (this one is big!)
Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker, Sterilizer, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Yogurt Maker, and Warmer,
We use this beautiful time saver at least once a week if not multiple times - sometimes to cook an entire meal at once!
Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent
Liquidless Laundry Detergent Squares, biodegradable, no waste, the packaging is 100% recyclable, dermatologist-tested hypoallergenic, no dyes, optical brighteners, parabens, or phosphates.
Not only are they eco-friendly, but they're a lot lighter and take up way less space than traditional detergent. Smells good, cleans well!
Made from Recycled Ocean Plastic!
5 blade cartridge, BPA Free, plus 25% of proceeds go to clean up of oceans and beaches, support marine conservation, and research plastic pollution!
Very well made and the handles can be recycled through Preserve's "Gimme 5" Recycling program.
9 PC KIT INCLUDES 4 Pickle Pipe Airlock Tops, 4 Pickle Pebble Infinity Glass Weights, 1 Acacia Pickle Packer Vegetable Tamper, and Bonus Printed Recipe Book.
This kit made it easy to ferment our harvest, including fermented carrots, green beans, sauerkraut, and Fire Cider!
Top 3 Homesteading YouTube Channels
These are just some of my personal favorite channels that are a great mix of information, entertainment, and cute animals!
Family Friendly Homesteading
Tons of useful information, adorable kids, animals, etc. They've been doing this a long time and it shows. Very entertaining, inspiring, and a big dose of keeping it real.
Art & Bri
Homegrown Food, Whole Family, Homestead Life
Cute goats! Great info about animals, gardening, and just homesteading in general. They're friends of the Rhodes, so there's also some cross-over.
A Few Great Homesteading / Farming Reads
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Book by Barbara Kingsolver
Absolutely inspiring book by a very good author. I've read quite a few of her books, all very good, but this one has a special place in my heart as it details her family's life raising their own food. Specifically "vowing for one year to buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without."
This site is full of useful homesteading knowledge from a variety of homesteaders, including me! They've published a handful of articles I've written about our adventures in homesteading.
Book by Catherine Friend
Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet.
This is an inspiring and entertaining story of two shepherdesses. You don't have to love sheep to enjoy this farm story. Though I would recommend you start with "Hit by a Farm" first (also by Catherine Friend) if you want to start at the beginning.
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