Happily living 'beyond the sidewalks'
Natural Living: Outdoors
It can be downright irritating to have dogs visit your beautiful flower beds that you've worked so hard to nurture and grow. It's bad enough to have your own dog claim a previously off-limits spot, but it's utterly maddening when it's a neighbor's dog or even a stray invading your treasured space. Here are several tips and tricks to repel dogs and keep them out of your flower bed naturallyHomesteading and Country Living
The concept of homesteading is limited to one being able to buy or lease land, sometimes with and sometimes without shelter. It's further extended to include owning or renting a small farm with or without modern conveniences.Country Shopping
TDS readers give money- and time-tips for shopping when you live out in the country.Escaping Corporate Life
Ever think about escaping corporate life for a simpler lifestyle? TDS readers give their best tips on how to do just that and make your dreams of being self-sufficient a reality.A Better Commute
I began riding my bicycle to work after thinking through creative ways to reduce expenses. I had no idea something that seemed like a sacrifice would end up improving my quality of life. Although I am still a newbie, here are a few of the lessons I've learned.Winter Nature Walks
Wintertime has most of our trees bare and looking dead. Weather permitting, it can be a great adventure in the out of doors, especially with kids. Pick a route or area with lots of trees. Noting that the trees are now barren of leaves, check out all the bird nests that are now visible.Feeding The Birds - A Family Project
Bird watching is a fun, inexpensive activity for families. You can reserve a special space for bird feeders anywhere in your yard, and throughout the year watch the variety of birds that come to visit. Have fun, experiment, and let the kids learn about nature. Watching and listening to the birds is relaxing for adults, so the whole family benefits!Building Your Own Log Cabin Do-It-Yourself to the Max!
Tips on how one family built their own log cabin by themselves without going into debt.Backyard Nature Notes: Native Wildflowers
Local native plants are the base for attracting and supporting local wildlife, and your backyard is a great place to start nurturing those brave strays, as well as reintroducing some local favorites. There are several wildflower forums there that you can explore for specific kinds of wildflower gardening.
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