35+ Last-Minute Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas


There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!There are only a couple days left to go until Christmas, but you realize you still haven’t checked everyone off your list! It’s time to choose your own adventure:

Do you…

A) Brave the crowds in town and at the mall, rush around trying to buy presents for everyone and probably drop $100 or more on last-minute gifts.

Or…

B) Keep your money, make a cup of tea, gather a few supplies out of your pantry and craft closet and relax by the wood stove while you whip up a few simple but impressive last-minute gifts with your own two hands?

If you chose B, congratulations! You’re not insane:)

Seriously though, nothing against anyone who likes to shop for Christmas presents. I’ll admit we bought most of our gifts from the store this year due to a serious lack of time. But I still have a few people on my own list and I would really love to not have to spend anymore money, time or stressful energy on finishing my Christmas gifting this year.

So I compiled this list of last-minute gifts that just about anyone can make at home. Some of them take a couple days, some take less than a day and some take mere minutes to whip together. Most use ingredients and materials you likely have on hand already (or at least ones you can get from somewhere that’s not a mall).

So save your sanity and enjoy this special time of year at home with your family instead of battling it out with a bunch of strangers. Here are 35+ last-minute gifts you can make at home this Christmas.

 

 

Sugar/Salt Scrubs

Sugar and salt scrubs are one of the easiest things to whip up in just a few minutes using ingredients you almost certainly have on hand already. All you need is a little sugar or sea salt, some type of vegetable oil and a little essential oil for fragrance. Throw it all in a Mason jar and you’ve got yourself a gift! Here are a couple recipes to get you started:

Peppermint Sugar Scrub (with FREE printable labels)

Juniper-Rosemary Salt Scrub by Healing Harvest Homestead

 

Bath Salts

Much like sugar and salt scrubs, homemade bath salts and soaks take no time at all to put together. Just mix together some Epsom salts with a few simple pantry ingredients and essential oils and you’ve got yourself a beautiful homemade gift fit to pamper a queen:) Try this quick and easy bath salts recipe:

DIY Baths Salts with Essential Oils

 

Homemade Soap

Homemade soap is another quick and easy homemade gift that can be made two ways, depending on your level of experience. If you’re a total beginner, melt & pour soap is the easiest way to go. If you’re ready to try hot process soap with lye, the soap-making possibilities are endless!

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

Here are a few ideas to suit everybody’s needs and expertise:

Melt & Pour Goat’s Milk Soap by Tammy from Trayer Wilderness (guest posting for Melissa K Norris)

Homemade Hand Soap by Little House Living

Handmade Christmas Soap with Frankincense and Myrrh by Healing Harvest Homestead

 

Salves, Lotions & Other Body Products

Making your own homemade salves, lotions, lotion bars and other body products is super simple and takes no time at all as long as you have a few essential ingredients on hand such as beeswax, coconut oil, essential oils and the like. Here are a few ideas:

DIY Dandelion Healing Salve

DIY Hair Pomade with Rosemary Essential Oil

Glorious Soothing Lavender Salve by Healing Harvest Homestead

3-Ingredient Lotion Bars by Melissa K Norris

Cocoa Orange Calendula Lotion Bars by Healing Harvest Homestead

 

Homemade Extracts & Syrups

While homemade extracts can’t exactly be made last-minute, if you’re someone who makes big batches of extracts for yourself throughout the year, you probably have some in your pantry that you can bottle these up as gifts for Christmas. And if not, you can always gift a “Make Your Own Extract” kit with all of the ingredients and they can make it themselves!

Homemade Tree Tip Syrup

Mexican Vanilla Extract (with Printable Gift Tags) by A Modern Homestead 

‘Make Your Own Extract Kit’ by Learning and Yearning

 

Baked Goods and DIY Mixes from the Kitchen

You really can’t go wrong with gifting some homemade Christmas cookies or DIY mixes that loved ones can use to easily make themselves a treat at home. The possibilities are endless when it comes to homemade cookies and other treats. Here is an extensive list of Christmas cookie recipes to get you started, and some great DIY Hot Chocolate and Chai Tea mix recipes to go with them. Package some cookies and some drink mix up together and there’s another easy homemade Christmas gift knocked right off your list!

101 Christmas Cookie Recipes by A Modern Homestead

Make Your Own Instant Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe by Hillsborough Homesteading

Chai Tea Mix by Better Hens & Gardens

 

Homemade Preserves

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

If you can during the summer, you probably have a bounty of homemade preserves sitting in your pantry just waiting to be gifted to someone special. If you freeze your summer fruits, you can just as easily turn those fruits into last-minute homemade preserves that are ready to gift in less than a day. Here are a few tried and true recipes for newbie and seasoned canners alike:

Pectin-Free Strawberry Vanilla Jam

No-Frills Dill Pickles Recipe

Spicy Garlic Dilly Beans

Spiced Plum Jelly

Christmas Jam Recipe by The Rustic Elk

Homemade Hot Pepper Jelly by Better Hens & Gardens

 

Quick & Easy Fabric and Fibre Arts Projects

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

While some sewing and and knitting projects can take forever and a day, here are a few quick and easy project ideas that you can make in under a weekend, a day and even in under an hour!

Simple Cable Knit Scarf by A Modern Homestead

How to Make an Infinity Scarf in an Evening by Once Upon A Time In A Bed Of Wildflowers

How to Knit a Toddler Sweater in 8 Hours or Less by A Modern Homestead

How to Make a Rag Quilt – A Simple DIY Sewing Project by Flip Flop Barnyard

Fabric Jam Jar Covers by Walkerland

 

Candles & Home Fragrances

These diy Christmas room sprays with essential oils make a quick and easy gift and are an all-natural way to make your house smell great for the holidays. #diychristmasroomsprays #diyroomspray #homemaderoomspray #homemadeairfreshener #homemadechristmasgifts

There’s nothing like the soft, warm glow of candles in the dead of winter. But buying candles from the store can be pretty pricey. Plus, many of the store-bought varieties are full of questionable ingredients that you might think twice about burning and ingesting.

Likewise, store-bought air fresheners might fill your home with the scent of Christmas, but most of them are loaded with chemicals and are labelled as explosive and poisonous right on the bottle! Who wants to breathe that in? Luckily, there are some fast, easy, safe, natural and affordable alternatives. Here are a few:

Homemade Soy Candles with Essential Oils

DIY Christmas Room Sprays with Essential Oils

How to Make Beeswax Candles by The Rustic Elk

4 Homemade Holiday Potpourri Recipes by Homestead Wishing

 

Odds and Ends

There are just days (or maybe hours) left until Christmas and you still need gifts for people! Not to worry: These 35+ homemade gifts can be made in no time with ingredients and materials that you either have at home already or can buy from somewhere that isn't a crowded mall! Great last-minute Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

Here are a few more gift ideas that you can make with random ingredients, scraps, odds and ends you might have laying around the house. 

DIY Cookie Cutter Birdseed Ornaments

11 Free Handmade Gifts to Make with Scrap Fabric by A Modern Homestead

How to Make Reusable Cling Wrap from Cloth by Healing Harvest Homestead

Wine Cork Wreath by Better Hens and Gardens

Free Gifts You Can Make with PAPER! by A Modern Homestead

Handmade Gifts in 15 Minutes or Less by A Modern Homestead

14 Free Handmade Gifts Using Re-Purposed Items by A Modern Homestead

I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy last-minute gift ideas and tutorials! I’ll be adding to this list over time so beside to check back here next Christmas (or any time you need a homemade gift idea). 

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Wishing you a homemade, homegrown, homestead Christmas 🙂

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  1. Jim Allen

    Thanks for the unique gift ideas. I have been experimenting with drying my own herbs to make herbal tea. The homemade preserves sound good too. I’m still trying to recreate my mom’s recipe for strawberry rhubarb preserves.

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    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Jim! Thanks for the message:) I have grown some of my own herbs for tea such as mint, lavender and chamomile. Those are good ones to start with. Strawberry Rhubarb preserves sound amazing! Maybe I will try that one out this year and see how it works out. Happy New Year to you!

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I don't know about where you're from, but around here the Christmas decorations have been on store shelves since August and the first carton of eggnog I saw at the grocery store was in September! ⁣

I'm all for celebrating the season, but I think it loses something when it becomes Christmas all year long (or at least when it spans 2 or even 3 seasons!)⁣

I like waiting until December to decorate and put on Christmas tunes, and I definitely won't take my first sip of eggnog until the advent calendar comes out!⁣

That being said, when it is time for Christmas, I enjoy savouring every bit of the holiday season, and that means that when it comes to eggnog, store-bought just won't do. Instead, I whip up my own homemade eggnog, which is way tastier in my opinion, and has less added and unnecessary ingredients, thickeners, etc. It's just eggs, sugar, milk and cream, some liquor if you choose, and a little nutmeg and a cinnamon stick to garnish!⁣

It's also super quick and easy to make yourself.⁣

Grab the full recipe via the ink in my bio @anna.sakawsky or visit https://thehouseandhomestead.com/old-fashioned-homemade-eggnog-recipe/ ⁣

Do you like to start celebrating Christmas as early as possible or do you prefer to wait until December like me?⁣

Let me know in the comments 👇
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What’s in your bug out bag??

Yesterday I was in my Stories sharing a bit about emergency preparedness and what I’m doing to get prepared for whatever the future holds.

I also asked YOU what emergency skills or supplies you recommend having in your back pocket “just in case,” and one of the responses I got was to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go.

This got me thinking it was high time to pull out my bug out bag and go through it because it’s been a couple years since I last did so. I decided to share it with you here and show you what I keep packed and ready to go and go through what needs updating and what I’m missing.

If the concept of a bug out bag is new to you, have a watch through this video and check out this article on 15 Emergency Preparedness Items You Need to Have Packed and Ready to Go: https://thehouseandhomestead.com/15-emergency-preparedness-items-you-need-packed-ready-to-go/

Also, if getting more prepared for anything and everything from a power outage to a natural disaster to a medical emergency to a man made disaster like a war or a cyber attack is a goal of yours, be sure to check out the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, which is packed with great advice on emergency preparedness for any situation. (Link in bio @anna.sakawsky or visit modernhomesteadingmagazine.com)

I’d also love to hear from you!

Do you keep a bug out bag packed?

What do you keep in it?

What types of emergency situations are you preparing for in your area?

Let me know in the comments 👇

#emergencypreparedness #preparedness #prepping #bugoutbag
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Do you have what you need on hand to take care of yourself and your family in the event of a worst case scenario?

With everything going on in the world these days, we’re getting more and more serious about equipping ourselves with the tools, supplies and skills needed to handle emergency situations if the need arises.

Between growing nuclear tensions, the ongoing threat of pandemics, cyber attacks and a looming energy crisis, medical staff and supply shortages, and general “everyday” medical, financial and other miscellaneous emergencies, we’d all be wise to be prepared BEFORE the next emergency happens.

One of our neighbours passed away very suddenly last week (just 50 years old 😔) and it reminded me of just how quickly things can go sideways. As far as we know he suffered a heart attack, and while his wife did everything she could to save him, by the time the ambulance arrived it was too late. It was a wake up call for me, that not only do we need to be prepared with supplies on hand, but with knowledge and skills too. I’m definitely looking into booking a refresher First Aid course and highly recommend everyone reading this do the same if this is a skill you need to brush up on!

This is all part of being more self-reliant, and these skills are becoming more and more important in the world these days.

My hubby @ryan.sakawsky covered many emergency scenarios and how to prepare for them in detail in the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, you can subscribe and read the latest issue via the link in my bio, or by visiting https://modernhomesteadingmagazine.com/subscribe/

I’d also love to hear from you! What are you doing to prepare and/or what skills and resources would you recommend that everyone acquire now before it’s too late?

Comment below 👇
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If you feel like your garden struggled more than usual this year, or that many of your homesteading efforts were in vain, you’re not alone.

In fact, I heard from more people than ever before this year who were struggling with their gardens; With extreme or unpredictable weather; With pest problems that seemed worse than usual; With all manner of things that seemed to be conspiring against them and their efforts to grow food.

The fact is, gardening and homesteading comes with an inevitable amount of failure every year, and some years are going to be worse than others.

In the fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, Mike Fitzgerald of @omnivore.culture gets vulnerable and shares his own homesteading struggles, and the insights he gained from a rough year in the garden.

“I held in my heart an overwhelming level of optimism for the 2022 growing season… I couldn’t have been more wrong and could not have possibly prepared for what awaited me in the upcoming months that paved the way into summer,” he begins.

To read the full story, click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky or go to modernhomesteadingmagazine.com to subscribe or log in and read the latest issue 🍁

(Quote in the reel by Mike Fitzgerald, “Rolling With the Punches,” Modern Homesteading Magazine | Issue 29 | Fall 2022).

#homesteading #homesteadersofinstagram #selfreliance #gardenersofinstagram #humanswhogrowfood #modernhomesteading
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The world is changing faster than ever.

We’ve barely had time to adapt to the “new normal” and still things are continuing to shift, change, and in some cases spiral more each day.

From rising inflation and persistent supply chain issues, to a looming recession and food shortages that are expected to get worse after a very tough farming year, to a war on European soil and the threat of cyber attacks and (God forbid) a nuclear attack, to the future of digital IDs and increasingly pervasive government control over every aspect of our lives, it’s no wonder more people are looking for ways to escape the matrix and “opt out” of the system.

I consider myself an optimistic realist: I hope for the best and I live fully and freely in the moment, but I prepare for the future accordingly based on what I can see unfolding in our world. And honestly, I find this “sweet spot” to be incredibly empowering.

This is why I do what I do and why I share it with you on a regular basis; I WANT TO EMPOWER YOU TOO!

That’s why I created The Society of Self-Reliance: A private membership that connects you with the resources, support and community you need to reclaim your independence and become more self-reliant in every aspect of your life.

From growing and preserving your own food to crafting and using herbal medicine to life skills like how to manage it all and stay calm in stressful situations, how to prepare for emergency situations and much more, if you’re ready to learn invaluable skills that will help you take control of your family’s food security, health and wellbeing, time, finances, and ultimately over your own future, The Society of Self-Reliance was created for you!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be reopening the Society doors for a limited time starting next week, and wanted to give you the heads up NOW so that you can get on the waitlist and make sure you don’t miss out when enrollment opens.

To learn more or get on the waitlist, click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky or go to thehouseandhomestead.com/society

#homesteading #selfreliance #livefreeordie
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It’s October, and that means pumpkin spice season is officially here 🎃

This year, instead of spending $5 or more on a PSL loaded with questionable artificial ingredients, why not make your own pumpkin spice syrup at home with REAL PUMPKIN and all-natural ingredients!

All you need is some puréed pumpkin (I make mine with fresh pumpkins, but you can use canned), some brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, allspice and ginger, a splash of vanilla extract and some water.

Bring everything to a boil and then simmer and reduce. Strain into a bottle or Mason jar and store in the fridge for up to a week or so.

Add a tablespoon or 2 of this syrup to your coffee or homemade latte for a better quality, better tasting PSL for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay at a coffee shop.

You can also add this syrup to homemade kombucha, or drizzle it over pancakes, waffles, French toast or even ice cream!

Grab the full recipe via the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/homemade-pumpkin-spice-syrup/

#pumpkinspice #psl #homemadetastesbetter #falldrinks
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Do you dream of escaping the rat race and starting a homestead far from the chaos of the modern world?

It’s no surprise that in this day and age, more and more people are ready to leave it all behind and move to a property in the country where they can grow their own food, live a simpler life and become more self-sufficient and less dependent on “the system.” But as romantic as it sounds, it’s definitely easier said than done.

In the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, I sat down with Ann Accetta-Scott of @afarmgirlinthemaking to talk all about what people need to know about buying and selling a homestead property.

Ann and her husband Justin recently moved from their two-acre homestead outside of Seattle, Washington to a 40-acre homestead in rural Tennessee. Ann and I sat down to talk about the realities of buying and selling a homestead, moving across the country to pursue your homesteading dream, what to look for when you’re searching for your next property, pitfalls to avoid (if you can!), and what you can do if you’re not ready or in a position to make your move just yet.

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first homestead or trying to sell an existing homestead and upgrade to a bigger property, Ann had some great insights to share that can save you time, stress and money when you’re ready to make your move.

Check out the full interview in the fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine: link in bio @anna.sakawsky or visit www.modernhomesteadingmagazine.com to subscribe, login to the library (if you’re already a subscriber) or view a sample of the current issue!

#modernhomesteading #homesteadersofinstagram #escapethematrix #selfsufficiency #selfreliance #selfsufficientliving
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This is why people don’t trust our medical system!!!

I very rarely go on a rant about current events but this has me feeling really fired up…

My husband and I each got an Amber Alert on our phones the other night along with millions of other British Columbians, informing us of a child abduction in Vancouver. It made the suspect sound like a dangerous kidnapper and said “do not approach. Call 911.”

As it turns out, it was the mother of the child (a 3-year-old boy), who had refused medical treatment without getting a second opinion and follow up blood tests, so the Ministry of Child and Family Services was called, she was arrested and her son was taken from her and was administered medical treatment in the hospital without consent and without a guardian present.

There’s a lot more to this story than I’m able to share in this video or this caption, so I’ll post some links below where you can hear directly from the mom what happened, and check out other IG accounts that have been in direct contact with her and the father. But the point is this was a GROSS misuse of our Amber Alert system, a GROSS abuse of power (turns out the boy wasn’t sick in the end anyway), and has now traumatized this family for life.

Doctors are not gods and as mothers we do not co-parent with the government!!!

This hits close to home for me because I too have been through the medical system and had my concerns dismissed, was misdiagnosed and given wrong information, and was treated with obvious contempt when I got a second opinion.

In this day and age of rampant medical coercion and the erosion of bodily autonomy over our own bodies and over those of our children, this story highlights the dangers of the very slippery slope we’re on.

As parents who only have the best interests of our children at heart, this could happen to any one of us. We can’t let this be normalized. Remember “first they came for (fill in the blank), and I said nothing. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Check out my stories for the full video that the mom, Wiloh made explaining the details of what happened or check out the comments for links to learn more & support this family.
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I’ve hesitated about posting this reel over and over because I know I’ll probably get backlash, hate and vitriol from some people in return. But I wouldn’t be being true to myself if I didn’t speak the truth that’s on my heart and mind…

If you haven’t noticed, there are currently thousands of Canadians sharing their stories and using the hashtag #trudeaumustgo on their social media posts right now in response to the divisive rhetoric and actions of our prime minister over the past few months. But our media has downplayed the issue and has attributed most of the hashtags to “bot” accounts and foreigners trying to influence our politics.

In response, real Canadians are making videos and sharing their stories to show that we are not bots, but real people who have been negatively affected by the words and actions of our leaders, particularly our leader at the top.

I used to consider myself a lifelong leftist and have supported the liberal government and Trudeau over the years, but after what I’ve witnessed over the past few months; After how he has spoken about Canadians who have made a different medical choice or who have protested mandates (which have done nothing to stop the spread of you-know-what anyway); After the hate and division that has trickled down from the top and infiltrated our communities, I can no longer stand silently by.

While I am 💉, a few months ago when I voiced my support for those who stood up against mandates and against the division being pushed on us by our leadership, I suddenly found myself among what our prime minister called the “small fringe minority” of citizens with “unacceptable views.”

I lost followers, friends and even a couple family members. I was told I’d been “radicalized,” although my views have never changed.

So today I’m adding my voice to the chorus of real, everyday Canadians who are taking a stand against tyranny and division in this country. As the saying goes, if we do not stand for something, we’ll fall for anything. I stand for freedom & autonomy, and against division & tyranny.

#trudeaumustgo

(Special thanks to fellow 🇨🇦 homesteader @meggarlandd for inspiring me & giving me the courage to post this:)
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What would you do if the grid went down?

Imagine not just the lights going out, but all power, all digital communication and information. Would you be prepared?

A lot of us THINK we’re prepared for a grid down situation, but unless you’re already living off grid, you might not realize how dependent on technology we really are!

In the fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, contributor Ashley Constance of @dirtypawshomestead and @alittleselfreliant shares her experience voluntarily going without power for the day, and what she and her husband, Shawn learned from their grid down experiment.

You might be surprised at the things they discovered and missed on their prep list, and it might prompt you to reevaluate whether you’re ready in case the grid goes down, or even just Google 😱

Check out the full story in the latest issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine!

Link in bio @anna.sakawsky or visit www.modernhomesteadingmagazine.com

#modernhomesteadingmagazine #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteading #modernhomesteading #prepping #nationalpreparednessmonth
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The other day when I had a few minutes to spare, I was out in the garden doing a little work when my neighbour said hi over the fence.

I lamented to her about how busy we’ve been and how hard it’s been to keep on top of this year. Very sincerely, she replied “wait until you have another one,” referring to our baby on the way.

“You’ll be moving back to the suburbs so quick, mark my words,” she said.

Now, I don’t for a second think there was any ill intent behind her statement, but still, it took me aback.

“We’ll never move back to the city or the suburbs,” I replied with a laugh. “This may be hard work but we love it.”

She then repeated her statement and followed it up with “just you wait and see.”

I decided not to continue the back and forth. After all, I told myself, it doesn’t matter if she or anyone else knows what’s truly in your heart. It doesn’t matter if she understands that there’s no amount of difficulty that would make me run back to the suburbs and leave this life behind. In fact, our dream is to upgrade to a bigger property someday where we can grow an even bigger garden and add more livestock to our homestead!

Likewise, I visited the city last weekend for a family event and as always, I had at least a couple people ask me “so when are you moving back to the city?”

Seven years later, and still we have friends and family members who think this is just a phase we’re going through, and eventually we’ll come to our senses and move back.

I used to get offended by these questions because I felt unseen; I felt like nobody took this life that I’m so passionate about seriously, and thought it was “cute” that I was “playing farmer” for a bit, but eventually I had to grow up and become part of the “real world” once again.

Now I just smile and reply “never:)”

Can you relate? How do you (politely) respond when someone questions your lifestyle choices or implies that you’ll eventually come to your senses and come back to “reality”?

Let me know below 👇
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The fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine just dropped!

In this issue you’ll find:

• Preparedness tips, tricks and advice to help you be ready for anything on the homestead (and in life!)
•The ultimate guide to growing garlic at home and it as both food and medicine
• Drool-worthy recipes that feature garlic as the star!
• Expert advice from A Farmgirl in the Making’s Ann Accetta-Scott on what to look for (and look out for) when buying or selling a homestead property
• Advice on how to learn and grow from perceived homesteading “failures”

And more!!!

Go to modernhomesteadingmagazine.com or click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky to subscribe or login to the library and read the latest issue if you’re already subscribed!
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