Building An Old-Fashioned Pulley Clothesline – The Smell of Fresh Laundry!

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It’s funny how something as simple as an old-fashioned pulley clothesline can bring back incredible memories of childhood. But that is exactly what happened yesterday for both Mary and I.  We spent a few hours in the afternoon installing our

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Planning A Night For You – A Farm To Table Dinner Event At The Farm!

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It is a day we have dreamed of since first starting our little farm some 6+ years ago, hosting a farm to table dinner, smack in the middle of our 3 acre homestead! Even better, it will give us an

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4 Inspiring Books That Motivated, Shaped And Changed Our Life Forever!

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Today’s article is a bit out of the norm for us. But from time to time, it really is a good thing to get out of your comfort zone. In fact, personally, it is one of the most enjoyable posts

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Why Living Smaller Is Living Better! The 5 Big Keys To Downsizing

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It never ceases to amaze us how many people want to know if living smaller is really living better. Well, it really is! There has not been a single day we have missed oversized suburban home, or all of the

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4 Key Tips To Create A Garden For Canning And Preserving – Grow Your Food This Year!

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More and more people are planting backyard gardens every year for canning and preserving! Beyond the simple joy of getting to play in the dirt and experience the great outdoors – gardening has become more popular than ever as people

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Raised Row Gardening Grows – The Simple Growing Method Takes Center Stage!

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Raised Row Gardening has certainly come a long way! What started as a simple method for us to try to garden smarter, and not harder – raised row gardening has taken on a life of its own.  The advantages of

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The Simple House Construction Budget – The Cost To Downsize

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“What was the simple house construction budget for your home at the farm?”  “Did it really save you money?” Ever since starting our Simple House Project series on the blog, questions like those find their way into our inbox nearly every

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2 Insanely Simple Ways To Live Healthier, Have Less Stress & More Cash!

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A few weeks back, someone asked us in an interview if we could name the top 2 things that have helped us live healthier. The answers came out so quickly and easily that we both looked at each other and knew

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Top 10 Photos From The Farm For 2017 – And An Aerial Flyover Tour!

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Taking a look back at our top 10 photos from our life at the farm for 2017. First and foremost, Happy New Year to all! On this rare and special occasion that our Sunday Farm Update falls on New Year’s Day,

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5 Essential Keys To Create A Family Budget Plan That Works!

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If one of your goals is to simplify your life, then it needs to begin with creating a personal or family budget plan. Living simple does not mean living without the things you need or want in your life. It

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Merry Christmas World From Old World Garden, And A Special Thank You!

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As we do each year, we want to take time to wish each and every one of our followers from around the globe a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year! This is our favorite post each December, as

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Merry Christmas World! And A Special Thank You From Old World Garden!

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As we do each year, we want to take time to wish each and every one of our followers from around the globe a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Blessed New Year! This is our favorite post each December, as

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5 Amazing Habits To Help Simplify and Fulfill Your Life In 2017!

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What does it take to simplify your life?  We are often asked to speak to various groups about our little farm, on topics ranging from the garden and canning, to the chickens, bees and more. But lately, more than ever,

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The Best Soup You Will Ever Eat – The Taste Of The Fall Garden Clean Up

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It is simply the best soup we ever make. Period! And the funny thing is, we say that every single year at just about this time. Each fall, as we clear out the garden, it has become tradition to make a huge

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How To Find Unique Ways To Create Storage Space In A Small Home

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If there a key to smaller home living, its finding enough storage space to keep things neat and uncluttered. When we decided to downsize to a floor plan of just over 1000 square feet at the farm, we knew we would

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The Upside Of Downsizing, The Freedom Of Living Smaller

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I can still remember the looks of shock and disbelief on many of the faces of our friends and family when we told them we were going to build a 1000 square foot home at the farm. Where will put

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A Love of Life, Gardening And Food. How We Came To Be Jim and Mary

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This past week was a big milestone for the blog as we passed our 30,000,000th visitor to the site. When we first started talking about gardening, canning, cooking and living a more simple life – neither of us realized just how many people really

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The Farmhouse Build In 19 Seconds – A Simple House Rises At The Farm

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After a tremendous amount of dreaming, planning, and preparation – the walls and roof line of our farmhouse finally went up this week at the farm!  Around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, after a powerful set of overnight storms, the building crew from Weaver Barns rolled

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Breaking Ground On Our Version Of A Tiny Home

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It happened! This past week, after a few years of designing, planning and re-designing, we finally broke ground on our future “Simple House” at the farm. I have to say that for both of us, it was a pretty incredible moment

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Can You Help Us? A Special Plea From Jim and Mary

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Yes- this is an extra post today – and we certainly promise that it will be the only “extra post” that you get from us for a long time to come.  First and foremost, we always enjoy writing about our

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25 Million Reasons To Simplify – Sharing A Chapter Of Our LIfe

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It is truly amazing how many people from all over the world want to slow down, simplify and get back to the basics of a meaningful lifestyle. Maybe that means planting their first garden. Maybe it means learning how to can or

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Staying Calm Through Chaos – One House Sells, And A New Life Begins

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It happened. Less than one month after going on the market – our current house is now under contract, and with that, the move to the farm and the building of the simple house is full steam ahead! We have

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The Growing Simple Book – The Dream Is Finalized!

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This is the Sunday Farm Update that we have been waiting to share for nearly a year! Our book, Growing Simple has been completed, and the official release date has been set for Tuesday, May 2nd!   I think that both

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Downsizing Room by Room. Less Space, Less Stuff Equals Less STRESS!

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It’s time to let the downsizing begin! This past week, we put our suburban home up for sale in anticipation of building and moving into our “Simple House” at the farm this summer. Our “Simple House” is all about downsizing to

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Get Out Of The Rat Race And Simplify Your Life This Year

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Get Out Of The Rat Race And Simplify Your Life This Year

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Now that the holiday season is over, we find ourselves at the beginning of a fresh new year. It is an optimal time to evaluate how we are progressing on important goals and changes that we would like to make in our lives.

While this might initially sound like a call to action to add more things into our lives, what we might focus on instead is an examination of what we likely have too much of and not enough of other things that really matter.

Re-Evaluate Your Commitments

Have you been too busy over the last year and missed out on precious time with loved ones? Have you bee stuck in the rat race? Could you start saying “no” to certain commitments so that you can joyfully say “yes” to spending time with the friends and family members who matter most to you and for having the time available for recharging yourself?

Over-commitments can be a major source of stress and exhaustion in our lives as we strive to keep everyone else happy, but in the process, we don’t get the rest and the downtime that we need for our own well-being. The result is that we aren’t who we could be for the commitments that we do choose because we are so burned out.

Re-Evaluate the ‘Stuff’ That You Own

A large part of the reason why our lives are so complicated and stressed out today is because many of us are trying to maintain a lifestyle that society tells us we should be living. We are told that we need to have this car, or that house, go on that vacation, wear those clothes, or own the latest electronic gadget. As a result, many of us are deeply in debt, and working really hard just to pay the bills, barely financially keeping up each month.

Get Out Of The Rat-Race And Make Money Off-Grid!

Much of this is a result of deriving our self-worth and happiness from what we own rather than from who we are and what we can offer to the world. It is very useful to evaluate what we own and our lifestyles, and to determine what our true values are. Is owning a boat or an expensive home worth all of the high payments and stress that go with them? Could you emotionally let go and sell some of your things to help pay off debt and move closer to a debt-free lifestyle?

Get Out Of The Rat Race And Simplify Your Life This Year

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Is “stuff” more important to you than free time or time spent with your loved ones? Often, what we believe will bring happiness and freedom actually leads to more debt and servitude to credit card and loan companies.

Are Your Goals in Line With Your True Values?

What are the things that are truly the most important to you? Are you actually pursuing the things that aren’t that important instead of the things that are? Sometimes we must make choices to let go of certain things and activities that aren’t serving our true values. If this is you, then consider what you could focus on instead in the year ahead.

Are You Suffering from Spiritual Anemia?

With all of our striving and doing on a daily basis, are we forgetting to recharge our spirits and souls? For many of us, our true values, how we perceive ourselves, and our relationships with others are all an extension of what we believe spiritually.

Ultimately, if what we are doing isn’t serving our spirits and we suffer from a lack of focus on the things that are greater than ourselves, then we can be out of alignment with our life’s purpose and our need for spiritual connection.

The Bible references how God rested on the seventh day after creating the world. Not only is having a day of rest each week important for us physically, but it is also good for us emotionally as well as spiritually. When we miss out on a day of rest each week, we will likely suffer in one or more of these areas.

Cultivating intentional spiritual practices, such as starting each day with a focus on gratitude, or spending some daily time in prayer or meditation, can help us to realign with our greater purpose and make clearer to us how we should best use the precious time, energy and talents that we have available to us.

Conclusion

By giving up some of the things that are cluttering our lives and by shifting our focus to be more in line with our true values, we can begin to live a simpler life by intention. We will then have the room in our lives for what many of us endlessly strive for in our messy and busy modern lives: balance, rest, joy and the satisfaction that we are focusing on the things that truly matter, such as making investments in the lives of those that we love and in making a difference in the world.

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3 Simple Ways To Start Eliminating Preservatives From Your Diet – And Save Money!

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One of our big goals for 2016 is to all but eliminate preservatives from our diet.   Without getting into specifics on the negative health impact of preservatives – I think it’s pretty fair to say that reducing or eliminating them can be

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