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Rainwater Harvesting | How to Harvest Rainwater

I came across this great infographic on rainwater harvesting (thanks to CustomMade). It shows you how to actively harvest rainwater.

I am having a lot of luck with passive rainwater harvesting, thanks to this great book by Brad Lancaster.  I have not set up an active system yet, but I hope to do so eventually!

The Thankful HomeAcre Hop 2014

Thankful HomeAcre Hop - submit your best thankful posts. found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

What are you thankful for?

This weeks hop is a special Thankful HomeAcre hop! Feel free to submit anything thanksgiving along with the usual homesteading, homeschooling, gardening, and livestock posts.

What are you most thankful for?

I must say, I am pretty thankful for our recent vacation. My oldest is 7 and all of his vacations have been either family or work related. They have been great, but having a true family only vacation was the experience of a lifetime. Disney world was amazing. Even our 2 year old loved it. Now to save up and try to go again in 4 years…

I’ve been out of the loop, so to speak, because of the vacation so I did not choose a featured post this week. Next week we will not be hosting a hop – stop back here to read up on all the great thankful posts that I am sure will be submitted. I will choose a post from these submissions as the feature for the following week.

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Kmart Fab 15 Toy Giveaway

Christmas Giveaway - Kmart Fab 15 Toys ends 12/5/14. Found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Christmas Giveaway – Kmart Fab 15 Toys

It’s that time of year! Winning a couple of Christmas gifts can really save some time and money. I love doing DIY gifts (like this homemade barbie furniture) as well, but a few store bought is just… simple! Here are a great selection of kids toys.

We are so happy to partner up with Kmart to offer a fantastic giveaway for their Fab 15 Toys. We want to help make your holidays a little easier by giving you the chance to win these popular and trendy toys. In the spirit of the holiday season 13 winners will receive 1 toy from the Kmart Fab 15 Toy List. Toys included in this giveaway are listed below.

Prize List

  • Disney Doc McStuffins Sleepytime Lambie by Just Play (Kmart exclusive)
  • Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2014 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
  • My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Rocks Mane Event Stage Playset by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusive)
  • Transformers Age of Extinction Optimus Prime and Grimlock 12-Inch Electronic Figures by Hasbro® (Kmart exclusives)
  • Zoomer Dino by Spin Master™
  • Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Doll by TollyTots
  • FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin’ Pup Pet by Hasbro®
  • LEGO® Super Heroes Line from Marvel™ and DC Comics™
  • NERF® Zombie Strike SlingFire Blaster
  • Nickelodeon PAW Patrol Look-Out Playset, Vehicles and Figurines, and Rescue Racers by Spin Master™
  • Play-Doh® DohVinci Style and Store Vanity Complete Design Set by Hasbro®
  • Simon Swipe Game by Hasbro®
  • VTech® Kidizoom® Smartwatch

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Ultimate Virtual Cookie and Goodies Party!

Gingerbreadman Cookies and CandyWelcome and come on in to the Ultimate Virtual Cookie & Goodies
Party And Giveaway!

#Ultimatecookieparty

We have been
working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best and most fun virtual
party you will attend this season!

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Win a Solar Power System from Sun Power #WinSolar

Win a SunPower Solar Power Array

Some of my most popular posts are on solar power. The cost of solar power can be expensive, but it is cheaper in the long run (always a good strategy for sustainable living). I prefer purchasing a solar power over leasing, but winning one would be even better! If you are looking into solar power then you can also read up on the difference between micro-inverters and a whole house central inverter.

For more solar power details be sure to check out those posts, but in the meantime here are a few bullet points:

  • A solar power system on your home may deliver significant savings on your utility bills today, and act as a hedge on rising utility rates.
  • By purchasing a solar power system, you may be eligible for a 30% federal Investment Tax Credit, as well as state and local solar incentives.
  • In most states, homeowners with solar power systems also may be eligible to take advantage of net energy metering programs that allow them to receive a financial credit from their utility company for the excess solar power they export to the grid.
  • Generating your own emission-free solar power reduces your reliance on fossil fuels and your family’s overall carbon footprint.
  • Studies have shown that a solar power system may increase the value of your home (http://cleantechnica.com/2013/12/17/study-shows-rooftop-solar-adds-thousands-to-home-resale-values/).
  • With a solar power system on their roof, electric vehicle owners can offset the increased electricity costs with emission-free fuel from the sun.
  • Solar technology is proven and reliable. Systems generally are warranted for about 25 years, and there’s usually little to no maintenance required. You don’t have to turn it on in the morning – the sun does that for you.
  • Solar systems can be purchased outright or through a loan, and lease programs also are available.
  • Increasingly, Americans are going solar. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that a solar power system is installed in the US every 3.2 seconds.
  • Solar is one of the fastest growing industries in America. There are almost 150,000 U.S. solar jobs today.

Sun Power panels come with a 25 year warranty and are the most efficient panels on the market. SunPower was founded in California’s Silicon Valley nearly 30 years ago. The company has manufactured more than one billion cells and has installed more than 4.5 gigawatts of solar around the world (enough to power Paris, France for an entire year). (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv_pe1qdBrc).

How to Enter the Sweepstakes

There is no widget with this giveaway, to enter you must go to the SunPower Sweepstakes Page.

Here are a few other links you may find interesting:

Specific details on the sweepstakes can be found on the SunPower Sweepstakes FAQ page.

**Sweepstakes eligibility is limited to those who own a solar-suitable home within the state of California, New York, Hawaii, Arizona, or Colorado**

This is a sponsored post (that means I will receive some compensation for posting it). I only post things that I think my readers will be interested in and a sweepstakes to win a solar power array fit.

Make your Own Barbie and Doll Furniture | DIY Christmas

DIY barbie doll furniture, kids toys, and large doll furniture. Simple to do. Post found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming so it is time to start looking at personal, homemade, Christmas gifts. DIY Barbie furniture (and doll furniture like in the book above, which can be found here) is an excellent gift for the young girls in your life.

Some Homemade Christmas Ideas

Great DIY Christmas gift for kids (and easy)! Found at www.PintsizeFarm.com

DIY Play Kitchen

  • I love these hand warmers for the adults in your life (you can even make them for the guys!).
  • These washer necklaces are great for the adult women on your list.
  • These DIY spoon garden markers would be a hit with any gardener on your list.
  • And today I want to show you plastic canvas barbie furniture, plastic canvas doll furniture and plastic canvas play kitchen tools for the kids.

One of my favorite mediums to recommend to DIYer’s for making kids gifts is plastic canvas… seriously! It is so simple that it doesn’t matter what your experience level is… you CAN DO IT! Plus, it holds up well to kid-play and it is cheap.

While I have made plastic canvas barbie furniture before I do want to disclose that I have not made the doll furniture or play kitchen tools (yet). I saw them in my quest for some new doll patterns. I may try some this Christmas season because my littlest is in the play kitchen stage (and her favorite doll is 10″).

Learn How to Make DIY Plastic Canvas Barbie Furniture and Kid’s Toys

Most books will have a short tutorial, but if you want to get into some more complex patterns I recommend:

If you have some background in sewing or needlecraft then you will probably pick up on it just using the tutorials at the front of the pattern books.

This is super easy to make - DIY craft food found at www.PintSizeFarm.com

DIY Play Food

Where to Find DIY Barbie Furniture, Doll Furniture, and Kid Toy Patterns

  • Local library. Try here first. If they happen to have any pattern books they will be free :)
  • Amazon. I find some great books here. Many are out of print and too expensive to purchase, but the pictures will still give you ideas.
  • Make your own. Use those pictures for inspiration to come up with your own pattern!

A couple Free patterns:

Have fun crafting!

Chicken Fajita Salad with Poblano Buttermilk Dressing

Chicken Fajita recipe, part of the dinners under $10 series at www.PintSizeFarm.com

Delicious!

It’s time for another frugal dinner under $10 (even less if you can use some ingredients from your garden or homestead) recipe thanks to Everyday with Rachael Ray!

Serves 4; Prep 30 minutes (plus marinating); Cook 30 minutes

Chicken Fajita Salad with Poblano Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients
Juice of 2 limes
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper
2 poblano chiles, halved and seeded
1 sweet onion, thickly sliced
½ up buttermilk
4 medium flour tortillas
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
Directions
  1. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium. In a shallow bowl, pour all but 2 teaspoons of the lime juice over the chicken. Add a tablespoon olive oil and turn to cat; season with salt and black pepper. Cover and let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss the chiles and onion with 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and black pepper. Transfer the chiles to the grill and tent with foil. Grill, turning occasionally, until softened, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, over and let stand for 15 minutes. Meanwhile grill the chicken and the onion, turning once, 5 to 6 minutes on each side; let cool.
  3. Peel the chiles and slice. Using a food processor, puree one-third of the chiles with the buttermilk, 1 tablespoon olive oil and the remaining 2 teaspoons lime juice; season with salt and black pepper. Transfer the remaining chiles to a medium bowl. Coarsely chop the grilled onion and add to the sliced chiles.
  4. Brush the tortillas with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with the cayenne, salt and black pepper. Grill, turning once, until crisp, about 2 minutes; cut into wedges.
  5. In a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce with half of the poblano dressing. Slice the chicken and serve on top of the romaine. Add the chile-onion mixture and the remaining dressing; serve with the grilled tortilla chips.

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