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Simple, Frugal and Easy Holiday Homestead Decorating Ideas

Simple, Frugal and Easy Holiday Homestead Decorating Ideas

Decorating for the holidays is often one of events people most look forward to. There’s just something special about the twinkling lights, the smell of pine in the air and the festivity. If you’re tired of fancy decorations or want to take your holiday decorating […]

Why Baking is Good For the Soul and 3 Easy Holiday Treats the Whole Family will love!

Why Baking is Good For the Soul and 3 Easy Holiday Treats the Whole Family will love!

Imagine walking into a home that smells like homemade bread, cookies or cinnamon rolls. The scent envelopes you and makes you feel like a child again. Baking, it is said, is good for the soul. Not only because the aromas and flavors can take you […]

Remembrance Day 2017

Remembrance Day 2017

Taking a moment today to remember.

Please enjoy this well-known and beloved poem.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

TBB Asks…..And I Answered~November

TBB Asks…..And I Answered~November

Things I’m Thankful For: 1. A New Friend~ Someone I have known for awhile, who has fairly recently become a friend rather than just an acquaintance. 2. Something Shiny~ All the Christmas lights starting to show up around town. Which means Christmas is coming soon! […]

Fudge Nut Cookies

Fudge Nut Cookies

Are you looking to try something a little different in your cookie selection this year? Try these yummy, chocolatey, cookies so full of fudgey goodness packed with protein as well. These are one of our family favorites! Fudge Nut Cookies 1 2/3 cup sugar 2/3 […]

Travel Bucket List ~ Australia and New Zealand (Oceania)

Travel Bucket List ~ Australia and New Zealand (Oceania)

I am so excited to share with you my Travel Bucket List ~ Australia and New Zealand edition! I have been wanting to visit Australia and New Zealand for a very long time so this list has been built up over a long time! Hope you enjoy and if you have any suggestions to add to my list please feel free to comment!

Things to See:

The Great Barrier Reef ~ Australia

Hobbiton ~ New Zealand

Ayers Rock ~ Australia

Wave Rock

Seal Bay ~ Kangaroo Island

The 12 Apostles ~ Great Ocean road

Maria Island

Port Arthur Convict Settlement

Sea Turtle Hatching Season ~ Heron Island

Daintree Rainforest

Byron Bay

Ofu Island ~ American Samoa

Bora Bora

The Blue Pools ~ Mt. Aspiring National Park, New Zealand

Cathedral Cove

Blue Lagoon




Adventures To Have:

Tour of Zaytuna Farm ~ Australia

Go On a Lord of the Rings Tour ~ New Zealand

Swimming with whale sharks ~ Ningaloo Reef

Camel rides ~ Cable Beach

Tree Surfing ~ Mornington Peninsula

Whitewater Rafting ~ Franklin River

Try and see the Aurora Australis

Hike Mt. Kosciuszko

Glamping at Paperbark Camp

The Minjin Swing ~ Cairns

Waterfall Pools ~ Litchfield National Park

See fire-walking festival at the Mariamma Temple

Ngardmau Falls

Swim with wales

See some crocodiles


Make sure you pin this image to remember for later!

Travel Bucket List ~ Australia and New Zealand (Oceania)

Do Essential Oils Really Work and What are some of their Health Risks

Do Essential Oils Really Work and What are some of their Health Risks

Do Essential Oils Really Work? Creighton University Medical Center School of Medicine is out to determine if alternative therapies actually work. Aromatherapy has long been recognized for the treatment of minor ailments as well as the promotion of emotional stability. But how does it actually […]

TBB Asked….And I answered. Fall Edition

TBB Asked….And I answered. Fall Edition

    1. Favorite Fall Sweet Treat? I’d have to say either apple crisp or pumpkin pie! 2. Red, Yellow, or Green Apples? Red. They are just so versatile. Eat them fresh, good for baking, saucing and drying. 3.Favorite Fall Sport to Play? I don’t […]

My 10 Favorite Tools From the 2017 Genius Bloggers Toolkit

My 10 Favorite Tools From the 2017 Genius Bloggers Toolkit

It’s that time of year again!

Last year I shared with you the Genius Bloggers Toolkit (I’m not a Genius Blogger) and I have to tell you that I am so excited to share that it is back, better than ever!

And just so you know this post contains affiliate links. Want to know what affiliate links are? Check out the full disclosure at the end of this post.

Now, you may be asking yourself, why is this homestead and travel blogger talking about a blogging toolkit?

And the answer is this:

I honestly think blogging is a viable way to make money from your homestead and/or travels.

We all know that homesteading and travel cost money. There is always some project or product we need in order to do what we do (fencing, seeds for the garden, food for the animals, canning jars, etc). And running a successful blog or website is just one of the many ways one can bring in an income.

Blogging itself has so many different components and learning it all by yourself would take forever. So, why not learn from the experts or at least lots of people who have figured stuff out and are willing to help you learn the blogging ropes.


And for the super low price of this awesome bundle, you really can’t go wrong.


Here are My 10 Favorite Tools from the Genius Bloggers Toolkit 2017.

1. ACTIVATE: EBA Live Conference Video Package ~ This one course alone is worth the price of the whole package! If you have thought of taking EBA (Elite Blog Academy for those of you who don’t know the lingo) or are doing EBA right now and maybe you were going to go to Activate but couldn’t make it, this is awesome! 24 videos, each about a half hour to an hour long with Ruth and Rosemarie and Lena and a bunch more power players in the blogging world. So much helpful blogging information I don’t even know where to start.

2. 1200 Blog post ideas ~ Rachael Wynn. I think this one kind of speaks for itself but I will add that there are a ton of great post ideas for all different niches.

3. Food Photography Tips and Tricks ~ by Christina Peters. Excellent information on all aspects of food photography for blogs.

4. Conquer YouTube ~ by Kallie Branciforte. I have been slowly working on my video skills because I think videos will be a huge asset to anyone looking for inspiration and help around the homestead on this little blog of mine. This course is perfect for beginners like me and probably to more intermediate skilled YouTubers as “This course is your all-in key to conquering YouTube. From creating amazing, engaging, well-produced videos, to hacking the YouTube algorithm and getting views and subscribers!” I’m only about 1/2 way through this course and I have learned a ton already.

5. Email Lists Made Easy for Writers and Bloggers ~ by Kirsten Oliphant. Anyone who has subscribed to my email list has realized I am not the worlds best emailer. I am determined to change that and so far this e-book has helped so much.

6. How to Create your First Opt-in Freebie ~ by Angie Nelson. Angie breaks this part of email list must-have into understandable steps. Stay tuned as I hope to get this up a running on Just Dabbling Along very soon and I think I’ve come up with something awesome!

7. Blog Traffic Bootcamp ~ by Lena Gott. I haven’t started this one yet but as “this Bootcamp is all about making the most out of every post” I look forward to delving into this in the near future.

8. Blogging Binder ~ This is one of the most comprehensive blog planners I have ever seen!

9. Core Affiliate Strategy Guide ~ by Rosemarie Groner. As some of you know, Rosemarie was one of the first bloggers I saw doing income reports and made me realize that blogging as an occupation was a possibility. Through her I discovered Michelle (of Making Sense of Cents) and took her course where I first learned all about affiliate marketing (and is still one of my favorite courses ever) Anyways, Rosemarie’s core affiliate strategy guide is just fantastic.

10. Media kit Smash: Increase your Earning Potential with Professional Media Kit using Canva ~ by Melissa Culbertson ~ Slowly making my way through this one but so far very good. I was already using Canva so this was an easy choice for me.

Just to remind you, these are only My top 10 favorites, but there are a 28 eBooks; 43 videos & eCourses; 16 printables, workbooks & templates, 1 conference, 1 membership site and 10 digital bonuses (bonus value $1193).

Almost $7000 worth for only $97!

But hurry! The bundle ends October 9th!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which means if you click on them, my blog may get compensated, but at no extra cost to you. I promise that we are only affiliated with programs and products which we have personally tried and tested and believe to be great.  Thanks for supporting our homestead dreams!


Currently: October Edition

Currently: October Edition

Hello lovelies, Today I am trying something a little new and I hope you enjoy it as much as I think I will. I have seen these types of posts around the blogosphere lately and have been wanting to try this format myself. I am […]