Homesteading, Homeschooling, and Where Have We Been?

Wow- where have we been? In short, we have been busy homesteading, homeschooling, and  making the best of what each day has to offer. It’s been quite sometime since I have last been in this space. In some ways it almost feels a bit foreign while in others, it feels a bit refreshing.

It would be nearly impossible to bring you all up to speed with everything that has gone on here at my happy homestead this last year+. So, I am choosing to move forward and not look back – taking you all along for the ride with us! We have lots of fun things up our sleeve after taking a good long sabbatical.

Who’s ready for some good old fashion homesteading, homeschooling, home cooking, and homemaking? I know I am and, I hope you are too!

Here’s just some of what you can look forward to in the weeks and months ahead –

Homesteading

Coming soon myhappyhomesteadshop on Etsy for the latest “My Happy Homestead” handcrafted and homemade goods. Looking for unique gifts ideas, handmade goods, and scrumptious treats?

Looking for a bit of rustic farmhouse decor, custom gifts, and homestead supplies then be sure to check out “My Happy Homestead Market“. Come shop with us and thanks for supporting our little homestead!

Join “My Healthy Homestead” Facebook page for the latest recipes, inspiration, and encouragement. Lets raise happy healthy families together – one meal at a time!

Looking for support, tips, tricks, and how to get started on your homestead dreams?

Join us HERE at “All About Homesteading”! Gather with those who understand the in’s, out’s, trials, and triumphs of homesteading. It’s not an easy life but, it sure is rewarding. This group is just for you my fellow homesteaders!

Homeschooling

Looking for a bit homeschool encouragement, craft ideas, book lists, game recommendations, and curriculum reviews? Then you have come to the right place! #myhappyhomeschool isn’t always pretty but, we are in this together.

Check out some of our latest family fun adventures on YouTube! Remember to “subscribe” so you never miss a thing.

Home Cooking

I’m always cooking up something new in the homestead kitchen and, have a plethora of new recipes to share. From delicious refreshing smoothie recipes to gluten free, allergy friendly treats – there will certainly be something for everyone in the months ahead.

Health has been a life long passion of mine and helping others achieve their optimal health goals lies at the root of all I do, believe in, and work for.

Need a bit of hand holding, extra help with meal planning, and nutritional guidance? Fill out the contact form below to schedule your free initial healthy living consultation today  – I can’t wait to help you achieve healthy living success, save time, and money one meal at a time.

Home Making

Home is a place of refuge, grace, love, and productivity.

My Happy Homestead is full of good, bad, and ugly. It’s not a place where I need to prove to you that I am some great home maker. I make mistakes, yell at my kids (I know, right? The nerve.), and struggle to find the beauty in each day. I am a sinner living in a fallen world and, hope you will join me on the journey towards home.

“The most important work you will ever do will be within the walls of your own HOME!” ~ Harold B. Lee

Lastly, you are not going to want to miss this one! Join us for our first ever Holiday Homestead Blessing Exchange – SIGN UP HERE to be among the first to get all the details!

I’m telling you, you aren’t going to want to miss it!

 

 

How to De-skunk Your Dog; Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody Mary

Has your Dog Been skunked? Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody Mary- How to de-skunk your dog, see how I do it

How to De-skunk Your Dog; Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody

Maximus, my 90lb Labrador retriever, has had a long standing love affair with our local neighborhood skunk. It’s not your typical Disney Romance where boy meets girl, they fall hopelessly in love, and end up living happily ever after. It’s more like a Harlequin Romance where boy meets girl who has a bit of an attitude.

She likes to tease and string him along. She’ll lure him out into clandestine meetings under the cover of pines trees in the dark of night only to snub him and spit in his eye. Or in this case, spray his face and run away.

Of course, Maximus is NOT easily discouraged and finds this whole cat and mouse chase to be quite sporting! He’ll prance right up the back door, face full of skunk oil, smiling proudly.

Well, if you’ve never had the misfortune of having your dog sprayed by a skunk, let me tell you, it is the most pungent smell in the world. The spray, which is sulfur based oil, comes from the skunk’s anal scent glands. When freshly sprayed, the odor is so strong it burns your nose and makes your eyes water. It will stick to and ruin anything it comes in contact with…clothing, rugs, couches, and dogs.

Your best bet for removal is to wash your dog while the spray is still wet.

I have been knee deep in a bathtub with a skunked dog more times than I can count. Needless to say, I’ve tried a lot of remedies.

Regular dog shampoo doesn’t work.

Tomato juice doesn’t work. {save it for your Bloody Mary}

Vinegar doesn’t work. {and is stinky too}

The hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, dish soap combination just seemed too harsh for me to even try. {My dog has allergies and sensitive skin, so I left that one as a last resort.} However, it did give me an idea…oil attracts oil.

WD40 oil will get out oily stains on fabric, so why not use an oil-based cleanser to wash my dog?

That’s where the Murphy Oil Soap comes in.

Murphy Oil Soap is a vegetable oil based cleaning product used for wood floors, furniture, and leather. I always have a bottle on hand, so I decided to give it a try. I noticed right away the rich, soapy lather. It easily covered Max’s entire body getting into the hair and right down to his skin.

For his face, I used a washcloth full of the foamy suds.{Please note: the face is the hardest to clean.} It’s typically the point of origin of the initial blast (or spray). Sometimes it even gets in his mouth. Ugh! Be aware, the face may take multiple washings.

As I rinsed him down, the oily spray washed down the drain. Max’s hair was left smelling fresh (like a newly cleaned floor) and dried without any filmy residue.

The Murphy Oil Soap didn’t dry out Max’s skin or make him itch. I’ve been using it ever since. I don’t claim to be a pet grooming expert, but I have been around the block and I know how well it worked for me and I’m quite confident it would work for you too!

So, how do you de-skunk a dog?

“Save the tomato juice for your Bloody Mary use Murphy Oil Soap.”

Even Maximus knows the drill – after prancing proudly to the back steps to let us know he’s been skunked, he does his walk of shame straight to the bathtub and hops right in.

Now if I could just get him to shower himself….

Don’t forget to PIN THIS for later!! You never know when nature will strike again…

How to De-Skunk Your Dog- Save the Tomato Juice for Your Bloody Mary

Guest Post Written By: Patrice Bushart