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Make Clean Drinking Water using LifeStraw

| January 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Portable Water Filter

Cclean drinking water with lifestraw filterlean drinking water is taken for granted in many places around the world. The reality; one billion plus humans are living without potable water.

What would you do if you woke up one day and your access to clean drinking water was gone?

We have 3 portable, microbiological water filters. They are called LifeStraws. We have one for each of us in the family. That means we can access clean drinking water anytime and anywhere. We can even drink dirty water from the streets if we need to.

Great for disaster and emergency situations where clean is scarce, it is the most important tool in our earthquake preparedness kit.

I consider this invention to be one of the most important of our time.

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Pineapple Tea is a Yummy Liver Cleanser

| January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

liver cleanser pineapple teaHere’s a simple, natural, healthy drink that is a great liver cleanser. This tea is also a warm and nutritious coffee alternative that is caffeine free.

It has a sweet, appealing flavor that is delicious to drink. The bonus is that it’s good for you.

Renae, our host at the Community Hostel in Quito, Ecuador, was making this tea one morning when we woke up. She says it’s a great cure for hangovers.

Make it in a large batch and reheat it for a comforting drink anytime of the day or night.

It’s nice that this drink is so healthy and yummy and that the recipe is so simple to follow.

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Off the Grid Water Pump – Simple Pump

| January 2, 2015 | 5 Comments
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simple pump

I was at a party describing our off grid dream when one of the men piped up and said “I know a product you just have to check out”. Hence our introduction to “the Simple Pump”.

We’ve read every part of the Simple Pump website and are very excited to have been introduced to this pumping system that will work very well for our off the grid clean water requirements.

Key Reasons We Like It:

  • The pump can operate on a single solar panel (most competitors products require more power and therefore more panels)
  • It has a hand pumping option.
  • There are choices of systems and none are overwhelming to understand.

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How to Use Garlic Flowers

| December 20, 2014 | 2 Comments

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Garlic flowers are a delicious and delicate tasty treat.

Here, garlic specialist Dan Jason of Salt Spring Seeds, discusses how to cook them, when to harvest them and he explains why the garlic flowering tops need to be removed.

This sustainable practice allows the garlic flowers to be “deadheaded” but not thrown away.

The flavor of the garlic flower is not as strong as the cloves. It is like comparing green onions and onions.

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Making a Biodigester

| December 18, 2014 | 2 Comments

Biodigester = Biogas

Part of our plan for a sustainable lifestyle involves the use of a ‘Biodigester‘ to create ‘biogas‘.

biodigesterA biodigester produces biogas by breaking down organic matter in the absence of oxygen.
It is a renewable energy source, like solar and wind energy.

Biogas is produced by the fermentation of biodegradable materials such as manure, sewage and green waste, basically anything that will rot.

Biogas is mostly methane and carbon dioxide.

The methane produced as biogas from a biodigester is burnable and so it can be used as a fuel for cooking. It can be compressed and stored in the same way as propane.

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Tomato Bocconcini and Basil Salad

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

basil plantTomatoes and basil star in this fabulous salad. It’s delicious, nutritious and easy to make.

The “basil” stars of this video are sweet basil and opal basil.

Richard not only teaches you how to make this recipe, he makes sure you know how to grow basil, he shares some history of this popular herb and demonstrates the best way to preserve it.

This recipe is a classic .

How To Make An Oil Lamp Out Of An Orange

| September 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

DIY oil lampPower went out a few times when we were in Pedernales, Ecuador and next time we’ll have these standing by so we can make our own light … thanks to the author for a great DIY post; just follow the link and do it yourself. A great thing to do with the kids too … hint hint!


How To Make An Oil Lamp Out Of An Orange (With Step-By-Step Images).




How to Make Toilet Paper – Naturally

| August 25, 2013 | 2 Comments
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wooly lambs ear leaves

Toilet paper didn’t always exist. The original toilet paper was the medicinal herb “Wooly Lamb’s Ear”.

Brought over from England it was used back in the old days.  A smart plant choice because of its soft leaves and it was easily accessible. Back then how to make toilet paper was as simple as planting a garden.

How to Make Toilet Paper

Soft and pliable, wooly lamb’s ear is a natural and sustainable solution to adding pollution to our ocean’s water system. So how to make toilet paper? Grow it!

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Jacque Fresco discusses Earth Sustainability

| March 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sustainability is the only way our world can survive far into the future. Please take a moment to watch this simple explanation by Jacques Fresco, about how we can all be part of that change … we need to go beyond politics, poverty and war before it’s too late.

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Edible Flower and Herb Choices

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Herbs and edible flowers are a wonderful and natural contribution to any diet. Learn what choices to make when starting to grow edible flowers and herbs for yourself.

This video, set on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is a great starting point to help you gain information and perspective on edible flowers and the choices available.


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Traditional Tea

In Ecuador we drank beautiful herbal teas daily, both hot and cold. Tradition here has everyone in the country drinking fresh flowers and herbs daily as part of their routine; it is not something that needs to be re-taught as it has remained part of their culture.

I shop weekly at the fresh organic farmers market where you choose your tea blend by smelling the fresh bunches of 8 to 12 herbs and flowers the farmers have put together with their favorite combinations; a great way to get a sense of what your tea will taste like. The fresh greens for salads are abundant and the varieties again chosen by what is visually appealing and fresh.

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We are prepping to grow our greens, herbs and edible flowers for tea and salads in containers near our kitchen so they will be a visual dangling carrot daily to tempt our palate and help us to benefit from the fresh greens that nature brings us. This video will definitely help us make good choices!


Looking for good seeds to grow edible flowers? Take a look at some of the organic choices and varieties of seeds which you can get easily online. By planting a variety you can can mix and match and come up with wonderful combinations.

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Here’s a book; Easy Growing, to get you started with container gardening to get you growing your edibles. You can have them right outside your door, making it easy to want to use them fresh instead of letting them dry out.

Remember, fresh, tasty, healthy and satisfying making your own tea fresh from the garden is fun and rewarding.

Happy Tea Time!