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Thinking About Renovating the Basement but There is a Strange Smell

When preparing your house to sale you should paint your property neutral colors to appeal to more buyers.

If you happen to own a home with a basement, there’s a good chance that it was part of the decision-making process when you first got your home. A basement offers all kinds of additional living space and can be transformed and used in many different ways. Perhaps you’ve been thinking about finishing off or renovating your basement for years now and finally, the time has come. You have the finances ready to take it on, and you’ve got the available time, but there’s just one problem: … [Read more...]

Simple Ways To Get Your Outdoor Spaces Ready To Enjoy This Summer

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Summer may still feel like it is more than a few months away but in reality, it will be here before we know it. Now is a great time to start thinking about changes you can make to your outdoor spaces or garden in order to get the most enjoyment out of them. The days will be longer and warmer in a couple of months’ time! When your garden, patio, deck, driveway and other outdoor areas are looking their best and furnished with nice places to relax, you can really make the most of good weather … [Read more...]

Rural Living: These Are the Easiest Animals to Raise on a Small Farm

Life on a small farm can be a time of fun and quiet enjoyment, but it can also mean adding extra work if you choose to raise a few animals. While you wouldn’t want to raise livestock that would require large fields upon which to graze, there are several small animals ideally suited to small farms. Some of these animals can be used for food and other for shearing and yes, even poop for garden fertilizer! Whether you have just moved to your small farm or are finally considering raising a few … [Read more...]

Five Top Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

Five Top Tips for a Successful Family Camping Trip

Camping is a fun, family-friendly vacation idea that can leave you with many happy memories. For many parents, camping is an ideal option since it can be inexpensive and a great way to spend more time in nature with your family. Kids can learn a lot from a camping trip, from basic survival skills to activities such as fishing and hunting. If you are planning to take your family camping for a vacation, then making sure that everybody has fun and stays safe should be a top priority. We’ve put … [Read more...]

Perfecting Your Property: How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

How to Prepare Your Home for Sale

Are you planning to put your property back on the market? If so, you will need to ensure it is in tip-top condition to attract as many buyers as possible and to get the best price. If you want to whip it into shape, find out how to prepare your home for sale. Improve Your Curb Appeal First impressions count when selling a property. If it fails to impress a potential buyer at first glance, your home could enjoy a lengthy time on the market. It is therefore essential to improve its curb … [Read more...]

5 Budget-Friendly Baby Shower Menu Ideas

Baby Shower Menu Ideas

If you’ve been tasked with organizing a baby shower for your friend or relative, you’re bound to have questions: who should you invite, should you serve alcohol, and how will you ever throw the perfect party without blowing your budget? Luckily, hosting a thrifty get-together is easy, and there are tons of resources online that can help you plan an entertaining and memorable event. You can find printable decorations, crafty inspiration, and gift ideas online to help you plan a budget … [Read more...]

Five Everyday Problems & How To Solve Them

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Whenever you are faced with a crisis, it is important that you stay cool, calm, and collected.  It’s the only way that will help you to resolve the issue as soon as possible and to limit the  amount of damage. Even if you struggle to manage your stress levels, it is still possible for  you to take charge. All you need is a plan in advance. Try thinking about all of the everyday problems that you are likely to face. Then, work out the steps that you will need to take to resolve … [Read more...]

How to Promote a Family Business Online

Without an online presence, you’re less likely to prosper nowadays. Find out how to promote a family business online. - Farmer's Wife Rambles

The world is full of large corporations and companies, which can often appear cold and unhelpful. It may, therefore, be no surprise that family businesses are one of the biggest and most lucrative business entities in the world, as they are believed to create an estimated 70-90% of global GDP annually. If you run a family business and want to compete against larger rivals to attract customers, you must start marketing your products and services on the internet. Without an online presence, … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Make Winter Geocaching Successful

There are some things to take into consideration, however, if you are going to be geocaching in the winter. Here are five ways to make your winter geocaching successful. - Farmer's Wife Rambles

There are many outdoor activities that can only be done in one season or another. Luckily for the people who enjoy it, geocaching is not one of those activities. Geocaching is a game where people look for objects that have been hidden, based on the object’s coordinates using a GPS, or a Global Positioning System. Because of this, geocaching can be enjoyed all year round. There are some things to take into consideration, however, if you are going to be geocaching in the winter. Here are five … [Read more...]

The Uses of GIS Type Mapping to Aid Farmers

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Individuals around the world have concerns about their country's future agricultural efforts. Poorer countries that face long droughts and other agricultural challenges are getting some assistance with the help of GIS mapping. This mapping method relies on satellite images and aerial photography. Farmers now can see a layered map of their unique land that allows them more options for planning crops, evaluating the need of pesticides and having preparations in place for expected adverse weather … [Read more...]

3 Tips to Get Your Kids into Sports

You can emphasize that sports aren’t only a great, fun way to meet people and to make new friends, but you should also educate your kids about why they need to get their body active.

Did you spend your youth outside, bike riding, playing ball games with your friends in the park or even walking your family’s much-loved dog? Chances are that your own kids have a sedentary lifestyle than you did as a child. Changes in our diets and the rise of technology and gadgets could be making your children less active, and even overweight if you aren’t careful. There’s no reason to panic though, even if your kids aren’t truly interested in sports. However, by making a few subtle … [Read more...]

Morning Routine Solutions: Berry Smoothie & belVita Biscuits

Breakfast is the most important part of the morning routine. This Banana Berry Smoothie is a great idea to add to my routine on busy mornings. - Farmer's Wife Rambles

Breakfast is the most important part of the morning routine.  This Banana Berry Smoothie is a great idea to add to my routine, but it just doesn't seem like enough to satisfy myself or my kids until lunch.  As a busy mom, I don't have time for a lot of extra cooking in the morning, so when I was asked to test out the belVita Breakfast Yogurt Crunch biscuits, I knew I had found a match for our morning routine. Morning Routine Solutions Long gone are the days of big breakfasts complete … [Read more...]

10 New Year Resolutions That Save Money

One of the biggest things people want to change in the New Year is how they spend their money. Check out these 10 New Year Resolutions that save money. - Farmer's Wife Rambles

The New Year is quickly approaching, isn’t it? It’s as if the New Year just happened. One of the biggest things people want to change in the New Year is how they spend their money. Check out these 10 New Year Resolutions that save money. 10 New Year Resolutions That Save Money Making a List for Groceries- Before you head into that grocery store for groceries, make a list of what you need. If you go in there without a list, you’re bound to spend money that goes beyond your … [Read more...]

The Garden Classroom

If you are unable to grow a garden or just want to supplement your own produce with more fresh foods, a farmers’ market is a great place to go. Children can learn about local foods, what grows in the area and what is absent.

There is a real disconnect between many children and the food they eat. Real food does not just appear in a grocery store. Chicken does not come from the freezer section. Teaching kids where their food comes from gives them more appreciation for the work that goes into putting food on the table. The outdoors provides a learning environment like no other. Lessons outside encourage resourcefulness. Getting out and interacting with the world teaches lessons the classroom is ill-equipped to … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Camping with Babies

Here are 7 tips for camping with babies that will help ease the stress and help things go more smoothly.

Summertime comes with fun family activities. One relatively inexpensive way to spend time together as a family is camping. Camping can be a great time to relax and commune with nature. If you have a little one, camping may seem a little more stressful than it normally would be. It doesn't have to be an overwhelming, stressful experience.  Here are 7 tips for camping with babies that will help ease the stress and help things go more smoothly. 7 Tips for Camping with Babies Planning … [Read more...]