Now that a new year has begun I’m getting really excited about what projects I want to tackle and what new skills I want to learn.
Here in New Hampshire, January and February can be pretty brutal (though this year hasn’t been bad at all…yet!).
The sun is low and it’s cold and windy, and sometimes just miserable and depressing, so it’s important to find things to keep me entertained and sane through the cold months.
Planning, goal setting, and getting prepared for warm weather projects is one way I like to do that.
Luckily I was able to get an early copy of the Back to Basics bundle and I’m so stoked to share it with you! What’s on your projects/goals list for the year? Maybe it will help you reach one of your 2016 goals too!
What is the Back to Basics Living Bundle?
A bunch of excellent bloggers in the cooking from scratch, homesteading, preparedness, sustainable DIY, natural remedies, homeschool, frugal living, and simple living communities put together their ebooks, courses, and printables and are offering them at a 90% discount.
Starting on January 18th the sale continues for just a week, which is why it can be offered at such a steep discount.
What makes this bundle so great is that there’s something for everyone! The books in this bundle are geared toward the self sufficient homesteader but what that means is up to you.
There’s something for the beginner as well as the experienced, and for those who live in the city and those who reside in the country.
Whether you’re working your own land or focusing on developing skills while you save for your homestead, this is a great resource to help you reach your goals.
Living a Rich Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom by Anita Fowler and Karen Jensen (Live Like You’re Rich)
This book has some great advice for living within (or below) your means, and this book is not just for stay-at-home moms!
What is awesome about this book is that it focuses on a whole money attitude/outlook change that can free you from revolving around the wheel of consumer debt and never having enough.
It includes ideas for teaching kids about money, saving on health insurance, groceries, mortgages and more.
Beginner’s Guide to Zero Waste Cooking by April D. Lewis (An Apple a Day Wisdom)
This book is such an excellent resource for those of us on a tight budget. Our grocery bill is one of the largest parts of our budget and finding ways to shave it down helps a lot.
April has some new tips for using up produce that is usually tossed. She even gives instructions for using things two or three times before composting it, now that’s zero waste!
From Dirt To Dollars: A Guide to Selling at Farmers’ Markets by Annie Coombe (Country Living in a Cariboo Valley)
This eBook has seriously inspired me to try selling at a farmer’s market once we get our homestead. Annie gives lots of tips on how to get started with a garden: protecting it from pests and animals, what to grow, how to grow it.
She them talks about harvesting for the market, selling at the farmer’s market, etc. Even if you aren’t planning on selling at a farmer’s market, this book is filled with awesome gardening tips!
Urban Farming For Kids by Danelle Wolford (Weed ’em & Reap)
This video e-course is a great way to introduce kids to caring for animals and gardening. Hosted by Danelle’s kids, the videos are informative and adorable.
If your children have expressed an interest in farming (or you’d like them to) then this e-course is a perfect introduction.
Back To Basics Living Bundle†Books
If you’re looking for something specific, browse through the complete list of books. I bet you’ll find lots of relevant topics (I know I did!).
Cooking From Scratch
Homestead Cooking with Carol–Carol J. Alexander (Everything Home With Carol)
Whole Wheat Bread Making–Donna Miller (Millers Grain House)
Cooking with the Seasons: Winter Edition–Herbal Academy
Off the Shelf: Homemade Alternatives to the Condiments, Toppings, and Snacks You Love–Kris Bordessa (Attainable-Sustainable)
Bliss Balls for Beginners–Luschka Van Onselen (Keeper Of The Kitchen)
10 Minute Prep Freezer Meals–Shanti Landon (Life Made Full)
Oh Lardy’s Guide to Fermenting Fruits & Vegetables–Tamara Mannelly and Kelly Liston (Oh Lardy)
The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook ~ Homesteading The Traditional Way ~ Volume 1–Tammy Trayer (Trayer Wilderness)
The Hearty and Grounding 7 Day Winter Meal Plan–Tara Wagner (Sustainable Baby Steps)
Empowered Eating–Teri Page and Tatiana Abatemarco (Homestead-Honey)
From Dirt To Dollars: A Guide to Selling at Farmers’ Markets–Annie Coombe (Country Living in a Cariboo Valley)
Dehydrating Mini eCourse–Jennifer and Bill Osuch (Self Reliant School)
DIY Face Masks and Scrubs–Stacy Karen (A Delightful Home)
The Beginnerís Guide to Zero Waste Cooking: How to Make the Most Out of Nothing in the Kitchen–April Lewis (An Apple a Day Wisdom)
The Debit Card Envelope Budget–Dan Carpenter (The Daily Prep)
Six Dollar Family (From Six Dollars to Six Figures)–Stacy Barr (Six Dollar Family)
The 3 Gís of Kitchen Cleaning–Amber Bradshaw (The Coastal Homestead)
The Complete Guide to Natural Cleaning–Angie Holden (The Country Chic Cottage)
Sustainable Lifestyle Design–Emily Uebergang (The Urban Ecolife)
Easy Peasy Chores–Alina Joy Dubois (Good Old Days Farm)
Back To Basics Homeschool MP3 Collection–Amy Stults and Jimmie Lanley (iHomeschool Network)
My Color Coded Homeschool Planner–Jennifer and Bill Osuch (Self Reliant School)
Vintage Kids Modern World Planner–Kelsi Rea (Raising Vintage Kids)
Homeschooling Fundamentals–Tiffany Davis (Imperfectly Happy)
Urban Farming For Kids–Danelle Wolford (Weed ’em & Reap)
The Urban Chicken–Heather Harris (Homestead Hippy)
Habitat Housing for Rabbits–Janet Garman (Timber Creek Farm)
Tips For The Beginning Beekeeper–Karen Creel (Garden Chick)
Pickling Primer–LeAnn Edmondson (Homestead Dreamer)
The Little Series of Homestead How-Tos–Leigh Tate (5 Acres and a Dream)
Nigerian Dwarf Goats 101: Background & Basics–Lesa Wilke (Better Hens and Gardens)
Homesteading When You Donít Have a Homestead–Marie Beausoleil (Just Plain Marie)
Patio Raptors–Meredith Skyer (ImaginAcres)
Homestead Management–Quinn Veon (Reformation Acres)
Vegetable Gardening Basics–Rick Stone (Our Stoney Acres)
The A-Frame Pallet Planter–Shelle Wells (Preparedness Mama)
The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil–Susan Vinskofski (Learning and Yearning)
Ready, Set, Grow!–Susannah Shmurak (Healthy Green Savvy)
Natural Herbal Living–Amanda Klenner
The Empowered Mother–Cara Comini (Health, Home and Happiness)
Cold + Flu Season – Are YOU Ready?–Carol Little R.H. (Studio Botanica)
The Beginnersíí Book of Essential Oils–Christine Dalziel (Joybilee Farm)
Homemade Beauty Essentials–Jessica Lane (104 Homestead)
How to Make Healing Herbal Salve and Lip Balm–Kami McBride (Living Awareness)
Natural Beauty From Head to Toe–Kelly Cable (Simple Life Mom)
Common Sense Home Remedies–Laurie Neverman (Common Sense Homesteading)
My Buttered Life: Personal Care Edition–Renee Harris (Hard Lotion)
The Mother magazine–Starr Meneely (The Mother Magazine)
Getting Prepared–Angela England (Untrained Housewife)
The Every Day Carry Guide–Chris Ruiz (The Bug Out Bag Guide)
Prepping Crash Course–Dale and Lisa Goodwin (Survivalist Prepper)
The Complete Book of Preppers Lists–Joan Crain (Family-Survival-Planning)
Food Storage Made Easy–Jodi and Julie (Food Storage Made Easy)
Your Own 72 Hour Kit Plan–Misty Marsh (Your Own Home Store)
Wonder Oven Cooking Video–Meagan Smith (My Food Storage Cookbook)
Protein Power–Riley Carson (Pioneer Settler)
Living A Rich Life As A Stay-At-Home Mom–Anita Fowler and Karen Jensen (Live Like You’re Rich)
Family Systems: How to Automate Your Housewife Life–Hilary Erickson (Pulling Curls)
Practical Simplicity–Rachel Jones (Nourishing Minimalism)
Handmade Gifts from the Kitchen–Stephanie Rose (Garden Therapy)
Household Organization Pack–Whitney Cornelison (Beauty In The Mess)
What should you do?
While you’re waiting for the bundle sale to start on January 18th, join me in this free email series 15 Day Back to Basics Living Challenge. You’ll receive free Back to Basics tips and printables right in your inbox!