Our First Kombucha – Continuous Brew

A friend of ours gave me some scoobys to start our own kombucha!!!

Kombucha is a fermented tea that is loaded with beneficial probiotics.  Our children LOVE it and we are spending too much of our food budget on large jugs and single serving bottles.  We decided to add a new skill set to our Sovereign Living Journey – the home brew!

We used the WellnesMama’s How-To guide to start our own Continuous Brew Kombucha.

First we made a gallon of tea and mixed in 1 cup of sugar.

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We let it cool to room temperature.

We added it to our large glass jug with a spiggot and mixed in 2 cups of sotre bought kombucha (For acid).

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We then dropped in our first scooby!

Now, we wait 😀

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I will update as we progress!

Tip of the Week #8 – "Free on Craigslist"

So excited about this week’s Tip. It’s so important to stress that when getting off the grid you need to maximize your potential by reusing and recycling. It will not only save you money, but it helps our environment. It’s so easy and rewarding to find furniture and other household items for free online through Craigslist or by the dumpster after a big move-out. People are usually thrilled to get the “junk” off their hands. I know I’ve been that person before!

I know it’s so cliche and over-used but there’s no doubt that one man’s trash can be another’s treasure. Treasure this Tip of the Week and share with friends, encouraging a day-out to find some awesome additions to your household or farm through Craigslist and garage sales! Some people find it as tacky…but we at the farm find it savvy and resourceful so dumpster dive on!

Anyone have any awesome finds from Craigslist? Share on our Faecbook.com/SovereignLivingTV page!

Cure the sore throat blues with some natural remedies!

This week’s Tip of the Week covers a few pointers to help soothe your scratchy throat. Be sure to see the doc if it’s in serious pain. This is just for that annoying sore throat!

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Tip of the Week #5 – Composting Basics

There’s nothing like paying NOTHING for some fertile soil. Let’s get you started…check out our Tip of the Week video and get your starter kit together!

And here’s a list of things you can compost:

Tip of the Week #4 – "No Poo Shampooing"

Wow, what a weekend for Sovereign Living! I was so excited to create this week’s Tip of the Week after seeing last week’s video receive over 2,000 views! Our movement of Sovereign Living is growing, so keep sharing our videos and visit SovereignLiving.TV to watch Episode 1 of the show.

This week we tackle a new, easy way to wash your hair that doesn’t require a ton of money or time! Check out the wonders you can do for your hair with just baking soda and apple cider vinegar in this week’s Tip of the Week!

Once again don’t be afraid to use a little extra baking soda and cleanse that hair! Don’t be afraid of the vinegar smell either, it fades quickly and almost smells a bit fruity from the apples! Thanks for watching…until next week…

Tip of the Week: "Coconut Oil" and all the wonderful things you can do with it…

So by now a lot of people know about coconut oil when it comes to baking and cooking. It’s a wonderful substitute for vegetable oil and olive oil. But wouldn’t ya know, there are TONS of ways you can use coconut oil around the house and our Tip of the Week video addresses just a handful, but it will get you started on the transition to using coconut oil for just about anything!

 

This is only the beginning here are some more uses for coconut oil not listed in the video:

  • drop a teaspoon into your coffee to add some flavor and some healthy fats to your morning drink
  • easily use it on your eyes to remove make-up
  • or just add it to your eyes as a moisturizer and revitalizer!
  • got a bun in the oven? rub some of that coconut oil where your skin is stretching to prevent marks
  • in the cold weather use coconut oil to relieve chapped lips

This list goes on and on! If it’s meant to be moisturized, protected, or soothed…chances are coconut oil can do the job! Tell us in the comment section if you have any uses for coconut oil that weren’t mentioned!

Fun activities for the kids: Flower Power Craft!

Yesterday was Aliana’s birthday and she was so was blessed to receive a massive amount of craft supplies at her party.  Today she was too worn out to attend our weekly unschool meetup (they made hula hoops today), so we had a DIY craft time at home!

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What you are looking at is a Flower Power Centerpiece made with tie died pom poms hot glued to craft sticks that we painted green (the flowers are glued together). We added small poms to embellish the glass jar and wa-la, you have a perfect hand eye coordination activity that results in a display ready craft! What a great way to get those toddlers working on fine motor skills at home! [Remember to always help your wee ones with the hot glue gun]

Tip of the Week #2 – "Water Storage"

This week’s tip is one EVERYONE can do. No farm or abundant supplies needed. Crap happens, your water company has issues, there’s been no rain, either way, water shortages are real and can be dangerous. To save yourself from the effects of a water shortage just follow these simple tips in this video!

Every week we will be sharing a new “Tip” to continue sharing our experience at the Blush Family Farm and helping our followers build their own self-sufficient future. Thanks for watching! Subscribe to our YouTube Channel to get updates first!

DIY Natural Hair Cleaning by Katie Arp

Shampoo Ingredients
My husband and I are constantly looking for ways to lead a more sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle. Self-reliance is really the ultimate DIY, if you think about it, and as staunch “do-it-yourselfers”, we try to turn towards what the Earth has provided us for almost everything we need. Our modern society has burdened us with so many crutches disguised as conveniences that it can be hard to sever the cord. As with anything else, the best way to start is with baby steps. You can make safer versions of the cleaning and personal hygiene products around your house by hand, with natural, healthy and cost effective ingredients.

While cost effectiveness tends to be one of the driving reasons to making your own health or cleaning products, other factors should influence homemakers to begin making their own. Knowing where your product came from, knowing all the ingredients going into your product, and knowing how safe your product is for home use are important factors to consider. The first product I chose to make was shampoo, and for good reason, too. Look at your bottle of commercial shampoo; I guarantee there is at least one ingredient you either cannot pronounce or need to be a chemist to know what it even is. Sure, a chemist could draw out the chemical compound sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) for you, but chances are they will be loathe to tell you what it can do to your body. SLES is a chemical compound widely used in the commercial industry for its ability to foam easily, which is why it is widely used in shampoo, toothpaste, and hand soaps. However, most people do not know that SLES is a surfactant, meaning it is great at degreasing as well as foaming, which is why commercial carwashes use it in their soaps. Think about when you are in the shower and you have just rinsed shampoo out of your hair, it feels “squeaky clean,” right? This is not surprising, since that is the purpose of surfactants: they strip away grease.  Shampoo does not stop with grease, though; it also strips your hair of the natural oils that keep it healthy. Now you have to add conditioner to your stripped hair and that means coating it in more chemicals to mimic “healthy” hair. Not a pleasant way to clean your hair, is it? Luckily, there are alternate ways of cleaning your hair. Baking soda is one of the most well known shampoos you could use and is great and controlling the amount of oil in your hair without stripping it completely. However, if you are like me and like the foamy, good smelling shampoo, give the recipe below a try and find out how much better your hair feels and looks without using harsh chemicals!

Liquid Shampoo:

 

  • 1/4 cup distilled water (you can find this in the bottled water or baby aisle at your grocery store)

  • 1/4 cup liquid Castile Soap (I recommend Dr. Bronner’s® because there are no GMOs in their products)

  • 2 tsp jojoba oil

  • 1/8 tsp essential oils ( I like tea tree for disinfecting properties, but you could use any flavor you like)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients, add 1/4 cup distilled water, and store in a flip cap bottle. To use, gently swirl to mix the oils and then add directly to your scalp a little at a time until the scalp is covered. There is no need to run it through all of your hair since shampooing is meant for cleaning the scalp.

 

Once you have made this shampoo, try experimenting with different essential oils and herbs to extract all the benefits they offer. The cost up front may be more than buying the commercial shampoo, but you will save money in the end since you can make this when you need it, and you will not have to buy the ingredients for at least another 4-6 months, depending on the size of your household. To stretch your dollar more, use baking soda in between sessions to control the oil that is in your hair. If you find your hair is getting dry or has static, give yourself a weekend when you are not going anywhere for a deep conditioning treatment. One simple way is to comb warm coconut/olive/jojoba oil evenly through your hair and let it sit for an hour, preferably in a warm place. Then you can gently shampoo and let the hair dry naturally. You may notice that it looks “greasy” but after a few more shampoos, your hair have luster and feel soft. Another way to condition is to dilute equal amounts of apple cider vinegar (with the “mother”) and distilled water. To use, simply spray and comb through your hair after shampooing. Be sure to rinse this out well, or you will smell of vinegar after your shower.

 

This shampoo recipe is a quick and easy way to start taking your life back from the toxic fetters that corporations have placed on you are your family through the making and selling of untested and unsafe products. There are many resources available, (through books and the internet), that can give you more tips and instruction on replacing all of your cleaning and hygiene products with safer and more effective alternatives.