My Favourite Things – 2023 Edition (aka. The Modern Homesteader’s Christmas Wish List)

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Every year around this time, I compile a list of my favourite things: Things that I love, use or covet for my own homestead, and things that I know other modern homesteaders will love too! 

As each new holiday season approaches, I update the list to include new gadgets, products and gift ideas that have made their way onto my favourite things list over the past year, and I curate the list even further. 

As a general rule, I’m all about quality over quantity, and while that certainly doesn’t have to mean expensive, it does mean I look at items as investments, whether they’re for our family or for someone else’s.

This year I narrowed down what was once a very long list to just a handful of my favourite things for gift giving (and receiving!)

Every single one of these products, big or small, is worth the investment, even at regular price. But right now during this Black Friday weekend only, you can save on all of them!

I’ve included coupon codes wherever applicable. Otherwise the discount should automatically be applied. Just keep in mind, most of these discounts won’t last! Some expire at midnight on Black Friday and others expire at the end of the weekend. So get ready to stock up on all of my favourite things! I’m confident they’ll soon become some of your favourite things too:)


Stocking Stuffers & Gift Sets


Farmhouse Teas

*** The Deal: 20% Off at Farmhouse Teas ***

Farmhouse Teas is a family-owned business specializing in looseleaf teas, kombucha, medicinal herbs and more. Their Country Christmas Teas Set and their Holiday Trio make beautiful gifts, whether as stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or gifts for moms, aunts, neighbours, etc.

Pair a tea set with some artisan foods, or all-natural personal care products for a gift that’s as delicious and nourishing as it is beautiful.

Use code FARMHOUSE20 to save 20% off most things right now at Farmhouse Teas (this Black Friday weekend only).


Plant Therapy Holiday Set

*** The Deal: BOGO 50% off Site-Wide at Plant Therapy ***

Plant Therapy has made my favourites list year after year. They carry a huge selection of 100% pure, third-party tested essential oils, which is what got me hooked on them years ago. But they’ve also diversified over the years and now carry a wide range of natural home and body care products supplements and more. 
I love their holiday products, which change a little bit every year, so it’s always a surprise what scents they’ll come up with! This year the Holiday Traditions Set, the Holiday Ornament Diffuser and the Candy Cane Naturally Scented Candle are my top picks for gift-giving. They also have a curated gift guide to help you choose the perfect gift for the right person.

Right now you can buy one, get one for 50% off EVERYTHING site-wide! This deal is only available this Black Friday until 11:59pm (November 24th). Shop Plant Therapy now and save BIG! (No coupon code needed). 


Gifts For the Cook & Kitchen


*** The Deal: 40% off Cast Iron Cookware ***

Nothing will make you feel more like Ma Ingalls than a set of cast iron cookware. Not only does cast ironheat up and cook more evenly than stainless steel or non-stick pans, they’re much healthier to cook on too. 

Cast iron is built solid and made to last. In fact, well-seasoned and cared for cast iron can be passed down for generations!

Right now you can save 40% off this 5-piece Lodge Cast Iron set, which includes a griddle, 2 skillets and a dutch oven.



*** The Deal: 40% off site-wide + an ADDITIONAL 10% off at Cultures For Health ***

If you or someone on your Christmas list is interested in fermenting or culturing foods of any kind, Cultures For Health has everything you need to get started making your own fermented vegetables, kombucha, sourdough, yogurt, kefir, cheese and more at home!

You can get everything from packaged kombucha SCOBYs, sourdough starters, yogurt cultures, kefir grains and cheese starter cultures to full fermenting kits and equipment. My favourites for gift-giving (and receiving!) include the Mozzarella & Ricotta Cheese Making Kit, the Kombucha Starter Kit and the Artisan Sourdough Bread Kit.

Save up to 40% off site-wide, plus save an ADDITIONAL 10% when you use code HH10 at checkout!


*** The Deal: Get 34% off this 11-piece Sourdough Baking Kit ***

Whether you’re buying for an experienced baker or looking for something to pair with your sourdough starter kit, this sourdough bread-baking kit comes with everything you need to make beautiful loaves of artisan bread at home, including 2 bread proofing baskets, liner cloth, butter paper, a metal scraper to divide and portion your dough, a plastic scraper, a wooden sourdough lame, a bag liner for packing, baking mat, dough whisk and a brush.

Grab the entire 11-piece sourdough baking set right now for 34% off (just $32.99 this Black Friday only!)

*** The Deal: Up to 50% off ForJars Canning Lids & Equipment + an ADDITIONAL 10% off site-wide! ***

A few years back during the great canning lid shortage of 2020, a new company emerged and began to fill the gaps in the market. ForJars Canning Lids offers a diverse range of canning and preserving products, from their signature bulk canning lids to their very own pressure canner, vacuum sealer kit and their cute, canner-shaped kitchen timer (which would make a fantastic stocking stuffer, just sayin!) 

This Black Friday you can save 50% off a 24 pack of mixed regular and wide mouth canning lids and rings, take over $40 off a bulk pack of 400 canning lids, and save 25% off a ForJars pressure cannerat ForJars Canning Lids.


Gifts For the Gardener

*** The Deal: 15% off all gift items at True Leaf Market ***

Winter may have just arrived but spring is just around the corner! True Leaf Market is a great one-stop shop for a huge variety of garden seeds, indoor growing kits, sprouts, microgreens and more!

My top picks for gift-giving include the Culinary Herb Seed Starter Kit, the Medicinal & Herbal Tea Growing Kit and the Self-Watering Microgreens Kit. If you’ve got a special feline on your gift list, they also sell pet themed kits, like this Barnwood Planter Cat Grass Kit (purrfect for the winter months when even your cats are craving something green!)

The assorted seed packs also make great gifts! I like the 15 Pack Heirloom Garden Seeds and the Emergency Storage Seeds Long Term Storage Can with over 50,000 seeds! Plus, right now you can save 15% off all of these garden gifts and more.

Use code TLMGIFTS15 at checkout to save 15% off all True Leaf Market gift items!


*** The Deal: 30% off this 11-piece Hermsche x BHG Garden Tools Set ***

This Hermsche Garden Tools Set comes highly rated with all of the hand tools you’ll ever need in the garden, including a hand rake, weeder, folding saw, crack weeder, transplanter, trowel, curved pruner, straight pruner, gloves, and a storage tote bag + 10 T-type plant labels. It also comes packaged in a beautiful box that makes a gorgeous Christmas gift and will inspire even the biggest brown thumb to get out in the garden this coming spring!

Save 30% this Black Friday and get the Hermsche Garden Tools Set for just $27.99!


Gifts For the Chicken Lover

*** The Deal: $32 off plus an ADDITIONAL 5% off a ChickCozy Automatic Chicken Door ***

We’ve had an automatic chicken door for a few years now and it’s been a game changer! No remembering to close the coop at night or getting up early to let the girls out in the morning. Plus we don’t need to worry about them being totally secure at night.

The only downside to the chicken door we were using is that it was hard to set and reset at different times of the year. You needed to climb right in the chicken coop and honestly, I didn’t know how to work it! But this automatic chicken door from Chick Cozy is beyond simple to install and operate. Simply screw it onto your chicken coop door frame and set the digital timer! It’s also stylish and comes in a vibrant green colour or rustic goldenrod. Plus you get a pack of cute chicken stickers in each kit, and who doesn’t need more chicken stickers?

Right now you can save $32 off a ChickCozy Automatic Chicken Door, plus get an ADDITIONAL 5% off when you use coupon code THEHOUSEANDHOMESTEAD at checkout!


*** The Deal: 40% off this Spiral Egg Dispenser ***

Baskets of eggs on the counter are great, but this Spiral Egg Dispenser is a next level statement piece that’s also highly finctional! It holds up to 3 dozen eggs and is a super stylish piece of functional decor that makes a great addition to any homestead kitchen.

Save 40% off this Black Friday and get the Spiral Egg Dispenser for just $23.99!


The “Investment” Item

*** The Deal: Up to $500 off a Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer ***

Home freeze dryers are a game changer when it comes to food preservation. Unlike canning and regular dehydrating, you can freeze dried just about any food without worrying about safety. The difference between a freeze dryer and a regular dehydrator is that a freeze dryer will flash freeze your food first and then dry it. This makes it safe to dry things that a normal dehydrator can’t, like eggs, dairy and even whole meals! It also apparently won’t change the texture like a regular dehydrator does. Plus, your freeze dried food will last up to 25 years on the shelf!

A Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer has been on my personal wish list for quite some time now. They’re not exactly cheap, but they’re also an excellent investment piece that will be worth every penny in the long run.

Right now you can save up to $500 off a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer during their annual Black Friday special! (Save $300 off a small freeze dryer or $500 off a medium, large or the brand new extra large pro freeze dryer!

Shop the Harvest Right Black Friday sale here (no coupon needed), plus enter to win a FREE freeze dryer while you’re there!


The Gift Of Knowledge (and Life Skills!)

*** The Deal: 30% off both of my signature courses, including my Organic Gardening Course and my Home Canning Course ***

There’s perhaps no greater gift than the gift of education and skills that will last a lifetime. Right now I’m offering 30% off both of my signature courses to help you level up your homestead skills.

First, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know to grow your own 100% organic food at home in my Seed to Soil Organic Gardening Course. From prepping your property to starting your seeds, indoor growing to caring for your garden and bringing in the harvest, you’ll go from overpaying for groceries to creating your very own organic grocery store right in your backyard!

Of course, you’re also going to want to know how to preserve all of that food coming out of your garden so that nothing goes to waste. I’ll teach you how to stock your pantry with delicious, nutritious SAFE home-canned food in my Yes, You CAN! Home Canning Course. Learn how to can fruits, vegetables, pickles, pie fillings, jams and jellies, meats and even full meals in a jar! Plus get a free copy of my Home Canning Handbook!

Save 30% off my Seed to Soil Organic Gardening Course AND my Yes, You CAN! Home Canning Course this Black Friday weekend only! (Offer valid until 11:59pm on Sunday, November 26th)


Well, that’s a wrap for this year folks! Now I want to know, what are YOUR favourite things???

I’m always on the lookout for new tools and products to make life just a little bit easier or more enjoyable! If you have any products or items that you love and use all the time, comment below and share!

And remember, while favourite “things” can certainly compliment our lives, at the end of the day, the best parts of this season are the things that are priceless. So above all else be sure to take time to slow down, spend time with the people you love most and make a conscious effort to be grateful for everything you already have. There may be a great many problems in the world today, but there’s so much to be grateful for too.

Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons…




  1. Debbie

    Another thank you for your suggestions. I have been using an immersion blender for a few years now as I hate pulling out my huge blender and I have “gone through” a number of cheap immersion blenders. The plastic parts always seem to break down. I took your advice and purchased a Breville. It is fantastic. I’ve had it for a couple of years now and use it on a regular basis. Definitely worth the money instead of replacing the cheap stuff over and over again and being frustrated when they break down in the middle of using them. This would be a great Christmas gift for someone you love. Breville is the best.

  2. Debbie

    OMG, Love, love, love Plant Therapy. Thank you for introducing it to me. I also have tried many brands especially the ones that are in the stores around Christmas. None of them are even close to Plant Therapy. My very favourite essential oil is Persian Lime. I use it daily. I haven’t found it anywhere else but Plant Therapy. Thanks again for bringing this into my life.

  3. Kristina

    I think you should check out Doterra essential oils. They are non-chemical based essential oils, and they have many other products on there that are natural too. I for one use the laundry detergent (its even gentle enough to use for my 8 month old clothes and bedding); I use their essential oils for a variety of different things, like on dryer balls.

    • Anna Sakawsky

      I actually did try DoTerra when I was looking for a brand of oils I liked. But they’re way too expensive and I don’t like the MLM business model. After doing a few years of research on reputable oil companies, I discovered Plant Therapy oils are just as natural and effective but at a fraction of the cost and without the predatory business model. I also use them on my wool dryer balls:)


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Hi! I’m Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader who’s passionate about growing, cooking and preserving real food at home, creating my own herbal medicine and all-natural home and body care products, and working toward a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient life each and every day. 
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It’s been a minute since I popped into IG to say hi. (Hi! 👋) But before I share what’s been going on behind the scenes, I thought it would be a good time to (re)introduce myself, because I’ve never actually done that before!

My name’s Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader living in the beautiful Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. I live with my family (human, furry and feathered) on 1/4 acre property where we grow and preserve hundreds of pounds of our own food every year, and strive to live a more self-reliant lifestyle in all that we do.

I grew up in Vancouver and had pretty much zero experience homesteading before my husband, Ryan and I decided we wanted to escape the rat race, become less dependent on the modern industrial food system (and all modern industrialized systems), and dove head first into this lifestyle around a decade ago.

We packed up and moved to Vancouver Island where we live now, started our first garden, and the rest is pretty much history.

(Well, actually that’s not true… There have been A LOT of ups and downs, successes and failures, wins and losses, struggles, challenges and pivotal moments along the way, but those are stories for another day).

Over the past few years, our decision to follow a less conventional path that aims to break free (at least in some part) from “the system” has been affirmed over and over again. We all know for a fact now that our food system, healthcare system, financial system, transportation system and so much more are all really just a house of cards built on shaky ground. We’ve been lucky so far, but sooner or later it’s all liable to collapse.

But preparedness and security isn’t the only thing that drives us… The peace of mind I get knowing that everything we grow is 100% organic, and that the ingredients in our food, medicine, personal and household products are safe and natural is worth more than anything I could buy at the grocery store.

(I’m not perfect though. Not by a long shot. I still rely on the grocery store, on modern medicine, and on many modern conveniences to get by, but I balance it as much as I can:)

(Continued in comments…)

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I’m all about practical gifts; Gifts that will truly make life easier and contribute to my and my family’s wellbeing. And our family includes our animals!

One of the ways we make sure our chickens are taken care of is by letting them free range during the day, but making sure they’re locked up and safe from predators at night. But who wants to be up at the crack of dawn to open the coop, or wake up to a bloodbath because you forgot to close the coop the night before?

(The answer is obviously no one… No one wants that).

Automating our homesteading tasks as much as possible allows us to worry about other things and saves us a ton of time. Plus, it makes sure that things get taken care of, whether we remember or not.

Using an automatic chicken door has been a GAME CHANGER for us. It’s one of those lesser known homestead tools that can make all the difference, and I’m always recommending one to anyone who keeps chickens!

This chicken door from @chickcozy_ is so easy to install and use too, and right now you can get one for a steal during their Black Friday sale!

Save over $40 off an automatic chicken door, plus use my coupon code for an ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT!

Don’t forget to check out their chicken coop heaters too, which are also on sale right now:)

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Yes, you read that right…

Modern Homesteading Magazine is coming to an end.

This decision has not come easily, but there’s a season for everything, and more and more I’m feeling called to transition out of this season and into the next in both life and business.

And so this final farewell issue is bittersweet. On the one hand, it’s the first ever annual issue, with 100 pages packed with brand new content that celebrates the best of the past 32 issues!

And it’s the first issue I’ve ever offered in PRINT!

But on the other hand, it marks the end of an era, and of this publication that I’ve absolutely had the pleasure of creating and sharing with you.

If you’re a digital subscriber, you will not be charged a renewal fee going forward, and will continue to have access to the digital library until your subscription runs out. As part of your subscription, you’re able to download and/or print each issue of you like, so that you never lose access to the hundreds of articles and vast amount of information in each issue.

Rather than subscribing, you can now purchase an all-access pass for a one-time fee of just $20, which gives you access to our entire digital library of issues.

Plus, for a limited time, when you purchase an all-access pass you’ll also get a gift certificate for a second all-access pass to gift to someone else.

I’m also still taking preorders for the print version of this special edition issue, but only for a few more weeks!

When you preorder the print issue, you’ll also get a digital copy of the special edition issue (this issue only), and will receive a print copy in the mail later this year (hopefully by Christmas so long as there are no shipping delays!)

Click the link in my profile or visit to check out the latest issue, purchase an all-access pass to the digital library and/or preorder the print issue today!

Thanks to everyone who has read the magazine over the past 4 years. I’m humbled and grateful for your support, and can’t wait to share whatever comes next:)

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It’s easy to romanticize homesteading, but the truth is that those homegrown vegetables, those freshly laid eggs, that loaf of bread rising on the counter, and that pantry full of home-canned food takes time, effort and dedication. It doesn’t “just happen” overnight!

But if you work on learning one new skill at a time and gain confidence in it before moving onto the next, one day you’ll be looking back and marvelling at how far you’ve come.

That’s where I’m at now. Life today looks a lot different than it did 10 years ago, when our homesteading and self-reliance journey was just beginning.

Back then we still lived in our city condo and were just beginning to dabble in all of this stuff. But my husband Ryan and I felt a sense urgency to start pursuing a more self-reliant lifestyle, and we committed to taking small steps, one day at a time to make that vision a reality.

Over the years we’ve continued to put one foot in front of the other, adding new skills and tackling new projects along the way that have helped us get to where we are today.

While there’s always more we want to learn and do, as I look around me right now, I’m so grateful that we took those first steps, especially considering what’s happened in the world over the past few years!

If you’re also feeling the urgency to take the first (or next) steps toward a more self-reliant life, this is your final reminder that today is the last day to join The Society of Self-Reliance and start levelling up your homesteading and self-sufficiency skills so that you’ve got what it takes to:

• Grow your own groceries
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There are so many reasons to grow your own food at home:

💰 Saves you money at the grocery store
🍴 Healthier than conventionally grown food
🔑 increases your overall food security
🫙 Gives you an abundance to preserve and share

But perhaps the number one reason is because it just tastes better!

Not only does food taste better when it’s freshly picked or allowed to ripen on the vine, there’s something about putting in the work to grow something from a tiny seed and then getting to see it on your dinner plate that just makes it so much more satisfying than anything you’ll ever buy from the store.

Plus, having to wait all year for fresh tomatoes or strawberries or zucchinis to be in season makes that short period when they’re available just that much more exciting!

With the world spinning out of control and food prices continuing to rise, it’s no wonder more people are taking an interest in learning to grow their own food at home. But that also means changing our relationship with food and learning to appreciate the work that goes into producing it and the natural seasonality of organically grown fruits and vegetables.

(It also means learning to preserve it so you can make the most of it and enjoy homegrown food all year long).

In my online membership program, The Society of Self-Reliance, you’ll learn how to grow your own food, from seed to harvest, as well as how to preserve it so you can enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor all year long!

You’ll also learn how to grow and craft your own herbal medicine, detox your home, become your own handyman, and so much more (because self-reliance is about more than just the food that we eat… But that’s a pretty good place to start!)

The doors to the Society are now open for a limited time only. Click the link in my profile or go to to learn more.

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If you’ve been watching events unfold over the past few years and you’re feeling called to start “cutting ties” with the system and begin reclaiming your independence, The Society of Self-Reliance was made for you!

When I first launched this online membership program last year, my goal was to create a one-stop resource where members could go to learn and practice every aspect of self-reliance, as well as a space to connect with other like-minded people pursuing the same goal. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you join!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn inside the Society:

🌱 Food Security and Self-Sufficiency: Learn the art of growing and preserving your own food, ensuring you and your loved ones have access to nutritious meals year-round.

🌿 Natural Living and Herbal Medicine Mastery: Discover the secrets to creating a low-tox home and and to growing, making and using herbal remedies to support your family’s health, naturally.

🔨 Essential Life Skills: Learn essential life skills like time management, effective goal setting and practical DIY skills to become more self-sufficient.

As a member, you’ll enjoy:

📚 Monthly Video Lessons: Gain access to our ever-growing library of video lessons, with fresh content added each month.

📞 Live Group Coaching Calls: Participate in our monthly live group coaching calls, where we deep dive into a different self-reliance topic every month, and do live demonstrations and Q&A’s.

🏡 Private Community: Join our private community forum where you can ask questions, share your progress, and connect with like-minded individuals.

I only open the doors to The Society once or twice each year, but right now, for one week only, you can become a member for just $20/month (or $200/year).

In today’s world, self-reliance is no longer a luxury, a “cute hobby,” it’s a necessity. Join us inside The Society of Self-Reliance and empower yourself with the skills you need to thrive in the new world!

Link in profile or visit to learn more.

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Got out for an early morning harvest today. Been up since 3am, contemplating life, the future and the past, the order of things…

There is a rumbling right now, not just in North America, but around the world. Many of us can feel it, and know we are on the precipice of something big.

I’d been hearing about this new song that’s become an overnight viral sensation, written by an (until now) unknown singer named Oliver Anthony. His new song Rich Men North of Richmond has had 14 million views on YouTube in the past week alone, so I decided to check it out.

I also saw a clip of him playing a Farmers Market last week, and anything that has to do with Farmers Markets always has my attention;)

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve already cried listening to that song. If you’ve heard it already, you probably know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend giving it a listen. All I can say is it’s been a while since a song resonated so deeply with me, and in this strange new world, I know I’m not the only one.

One of the lines in Anthony’s song is “Livin’ in the new world, with an old soul,” and that’s something I think so many of us in the homesteading community can relate to.

Trying to cling to better days; To a simpler time; To the old ways, all while doing our best to get by in the new world.

The world has changed drastically in the last few years especially, and it’s set to change in immense ways over the next few years. Today I’m feeling thankful for people like @oliver_anthony_music_ who give a voice to what so many are feeling right now.

Know that if you’re feeling it too, you’re far from alone. And while the future may feel uncertain and even a little scary, remember that if we stand united, we the people are a force to be reckoned with.

(Continued in comments…)

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Another garlic harvest in the books!

Garlic is easily one of my favourite crops to grow. It’s pretty much a “set if and forget it” crop. We plant in the fall and leave it to overwinter, fertilize a couple times in the spring, start watering only once the ground starts to dry out, and then harvest in the summer. We can even plant a fall succession crop after our garlic if we want so it really makes great use of garden space all year round.

Over the years we’ve managed to become completely self-sufficient with garlic. We now grow enough to eat all year (and then some!), plus we save our own seed garlic and usually have extra to sell or give away. And around here fresh, organic garlic ain’t cheap, so it’s a good cash crop for anyone who’s serious about selling it.

It took me a few years to really get the hang of garlic, but it’s one crop I’m now very confident with (knock on wood, because it’s always when we make statements like this that next year’s crop fails! Lol.)

A while back I compiled a comprehensive guide to growing, harvesting and using garlic both as an edible and medicinal crop. This is usually only available as part of a paid bundle (or in the fall 2022 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine if you’re a subscriber;), but for a limited time I’m offering it for free, no strings attached!

Plus you’ll also get access to my step-by-step video lesson on planting garlic so you can set yourself up for success with your garlic crop this year.

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Going through photos and videos from our trip to the @modernhomesteadingconference and the vast majority are of our daughter having the time of her life!

Even if I personally got nothing else out of this gathering (which I most certainly did), watching her discover her own love of this lifestyle outside of what we do at home made my heart grow three sizes!

Homesteading is about so much more than homegrown food and self-reliance. It’s about passing on invaluable skills and an understanding of and respect for our connection to the land that provides for us to the next generation.

Being around so many other kids and families who are also pursuing a homesteading lifestyle helped show our little one that this is a movement that is so much bigger and greater than what our own family does on our little plot of land. This is a lifestyle worth pursuing, with a community unlike any other.

Glad to be back home and more excited than ever to involve my kids in everything we’re doing. But also, I think I speak for my whole family when I say we can’t wait to go back someday!
#homesteading #modernhomesteading #raisinglittles

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If you’re simply looking for ways to save a little extra cash this summer and live well for less, here are 12 tried and tested frugal living tips for summer that you can use to save money this season without sacrificing a thing.
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