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There's never better a better time to learn how to safely preserve food at home. Home food preservation helps you stock up and save money, whether you're growing your own food or buying in bulk. It adds variety to meals, and the flavor of home preserved foods can knock the socks off of most commercial […]

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A portable clothes washer is great for RV camping, apartments, dorms, condos – anywhere you don't have a ton of space. Manual clothes washers also save on electricity and are great for emergency situations. I put four of the most popular portable washers to the test at our off grid home, and share the results […]

The post Portable Clothes Washer Review and Comparison – What Works appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Don’t let the “sting” of stinging nettles keep you from getting to know this amazing plant. Nettles have a long history of use for food, medicine, fiber and more. We’ll introduce you to this natural green wonder and its many benefits. Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica Stinging nettle is also known as common, slender or tall […]

The post Stinging Nettle – One of Most Useful Wild Plants appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Whether you are using a flashlight, cordless power tools or cellphone, battery powered tech makes life easier. But what happens to batteries when they reach the end of their lives? We'll explain safe battery recycling – where, how, and why you should. This is extremely important, because some batteries can explode or catch fire if […]

The post Battery Recycling – How to Recycle Batteries Safely appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Whether you're dealing with delayed onset muscle soreness after workouts (and work) or sore muscles for “no reason at all”, something's going on in your body to make you uncomfortable. In this post, we'll talk about common causes of sore muscles and how to get rid of the ache, including topical treatments, essential oils and […]

The post 12 Home Remedies for Sore Muscles – Simple, Safe Pain Relief appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Window collisions are usually worse in spring and fall during migration, with birds flying through less familiar territory, but can happen any time of year. I've put together a list of quick fixes to stop birds hitting windows. When I was a little girl I had a robin who kept flying into my window all […]

The post Stop Birds Hitting Windows – 5 Tips to Protect Our Feathered Friends appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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This easy rye bread recipe makes a delicious loaf of bread with a tender crumb. The flavor is mild – great for sandwiches, toast, or butter and jam. Betty’s Buttermilk Rye Bread The recipe came from my neighbor, Betty. Betty and her husband have been together for over 50 years, and have a nice garden […]

The post Betty’s Buttermilk Rye Bread – Great for Sandwiches and More appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Over the years I have come across leadership principles, through experience, in books and in advice from trusted mentors and peers. As a leader mentoring staff and guiding new leaders, I haven't found one spot that provides a summary of key concepts. This “leadership 101” blog is a way of providing those key concepts. I […]

The post Thoughts on Success and Leadership appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Dandelion is just a weed to some, but savvy foragers know how to use it for free food and medicine. We'll share how, plus tips to get rid of excess plants. What does Dandelion Mean? The name of  Common Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, translates to dent-de-lion in French, meaning “the lion's tooth.” It  is also known […]

The post Benefits of Dandelion Plus How to Use Greens, Seeds, Roots & Flowers appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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Starting seeds indoors may seem challenging, but this guide will take you through the process step by step, with troubleshooting tips to make it easy. Why Start Seeds Indoors? Get a jump on the gardening season. Starting seeds indoors is a must for northern gardeners who want to grow warm weather crops like tomatoes, but […]

The post Starting Seeds Indoors – Step by Step Guide with Troubleshooting Tips appeared first on Common Sense Home.

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