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Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!

Well…this has been an interesting week, and we are only halfway!

Interesting is probably not the best word, but I’ll go with it.

Exhausting would work too.

I’ve driven hours this week to pick up my severely sick teenager, and agonized over whether to have him admitted to the hospital. I sat with him through frightening symptoms, breathed a sigh of relief as he made it over the hump, and tried to hear him back to some semblance of health. Still working through that.

Now, I’m up at midnight with our middle teen. I hate to hear my big boys cry. But when sickness takes them down, it’s rough. I doubt any of us will get much sleep, and I feel the rumblings in my own stomach, so it’s really raging through our family.

I’ll be doing night duty with Andrew, like I did for Austin. Because of the cramps I’m already feeling, I’m loading up with black charcoal water, and slathering on the Tummy Rub Essential Oil. Normally I just pop a couple of drops when I have nausea, but I’m doubling up this time. Really hoping to skip this, but I’ve been in very close contact with Austin. When he first came down with it, we all thought it was food poisoning. Now that it’s progressed, I realize that can’t be so.

Once it’s set in, the charcoal won’t do as much, so I’m trying to get a good amount inside me and those of us who’ve not succumbed yet. If you don’t know about medicinal charcoal, it’s worth your while to learn. I wrote some about it in a couple of past posts. You can find the one about medicinal charcoal here.

That’s taken up a lot of our week. Not fun, but reality.


I had to chuckle when I saw the features for this week’s hop. We take turns choosing, and this was not my week. I am 2/3 of the way finished with putting together a post on Victory Gardens, and then I see that a post with that topic is featured this week. 🙀 With all of the sickness going through, I did not get to finish mine yet, but I will, and I trust that there’s enough of a different way to approach the same topic that we can all enjoy both articles. 😃

So…thanks for coming! I hope your week is a bit more “normal” than ours. If not, know that someone else is in the trenches too! If that helps any!

Blessings to you,


Now on to the Hop

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

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Kelly – Simple Life Mom (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)

Natasha – Houseful of Nicholes (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Liz – The Cape Coop (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Ann – Live the Old Way (Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Instagram)

Laurie – Ridge Haven Homestead (Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram)


from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop:

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Healing Hand and Skin Salve1. Healing DIY Gardener’s Hand and Skin Salve from It’s My Sustainable Life

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - How to Plant a Modern Day Victory Garden2. Tips for Starting a Modern Day Victory Garden from My Homemade Roots

Homestead Blog Hop Feature - Farmhouse Fries3. Farmhouse Fries from Nancy C

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post.

Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Homestead Blog Hop Featured BadgeGuidelines for this Get-Together:

  1. Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
  2. Link up to three posts each week.
  3. Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
  4. Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
  5. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
  6. By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
  7. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.

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13 Replies

  1. Hope y’all are on the mend! Feeling ill is no fun for sure. Thank you for the feature of my gardener’s hand salve! May you have a better week!

  2. Laurie,
    Thanks again for hosting this lovely party every week! I know how much time goes into doing so and I want you to know that it is greatly appreciated!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  3. So sorry to hear about you and your family not feeling well 🙁 Hope you all get to feeling totally better soon! And thanks so much for featuring the Farmhouse Fries this week! 🙂

  4. Thanks for hosting a great party. I shared posts from both my blogs. Hope the rest of your week is amazing!

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