Healthy Living eBooks

Healthy Living eBook Bundle Sale      Click here on Monday to buy the 34 eBooks for 87 cents each (and get $73 worth of FREE bonuses).  thanks toGNOWFGLINS     

Please have a look if you’re interested in real food and health, if you want to look further into why Palm Oil/Coconut Oil/Butter etc are GOOD for you, and why Canola Oil/Margarine etc are NOT!, what are the good fats/bad fats, if you want some ideas for herbal / home remedies, homesteading ideas for where to start  (Your Custom Homestead)- whether you live in the hills, on large or small property, in an apartment in the city, or in the suburbs…… lots of ideas, how to make a sourdough starter, how to make yoghurt (even if you don’t have a Thermomix!!)   ……..

It includes ebooks such as ……

Real Food Meals for the Whole Family

Real {Fast} Food by Trina Holden @ Trina Holden

Real Food… Real Easy by various bloggers @ The Humbled Homemaker

Baking, Snacks and Desserts

Smart Sweets by Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

Healthy Snacks To Go by Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship

Sourdough A to Z by Wardee Harmon @ GNOWFGLINS

Homemade “Everything” (Condiments, Pantry Basics, etc.)

Restocking the Pantry by Kresha Faber @ Nourishing Joy

Easy. Homemade. by Mandi Ehman @ Life Your Way

Grain Free and Paleo/Primal Eating

Grain Free Meal Plan Cookbook by Cara Faus @ Health, Home & Happiness

Toadally Primal Smoothies by Todd @ Primal Toad

Simple Food {for spring} by Shannon @ Nourishing Days

Simple Food {for winter} by Shannon @ Nourishing Days

Well Fed by Melissa Joulwan @ The Clothes Make The Girl

Saving Money on Real Food

Real Food on a Real Budget by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home

Plan It, Don’t Panic by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home

Don’t Compost It, Cook It by April Patel @ An Apple a Day Wisdom

Skincare and Beauty

My Buttered Life (Baby edition) by Renee Harris @ Hard Lotion

My Buttered Life (Gift edition) by Renee Harris @ Hard Lotion

My Buttered Life (Summer edition) by Renee Harris @ Hard Lotion

Simple Scrubs to Make and Give by Stacy Karen @ A Delightful Home

Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin by Leslie @ Crunchy Betty

Holistic Mama’s Guide to Homemade Skincare by Roxanne King @ The Holistic Mama

Homesteading, Gardening and Preserving

Your Custom Homestead by Jill Winger @ The Prairie Homestead

Guide to Gardening and Preserving by Laura Coppinger @ Heavenly Homemakers

Healthy Lifestyle

Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott @ Loving Simple Living

Herbal Nurturing by Michele Augur @ Frugal Granola

Simple Natural Health by Nina Nelson @ Shalom Mama

Healthy Homemaking by Stephanie Langford @ Keeper of the Home

Music: An Essential Ingredient for Life by Resound School of Music

So, pop over to GNOWFGLINS  to purchase all the ebooks for $29  –  offer only for a few days….




“T-Rex” our Turkey chick


“T-Rex” is the latest edition to our family.  He found it difficult and was slower hatching out of his egg than his 25 brothers and sisters, so my husband kept him warm in the incubator, and he survived!   He now goes outside with the kids to play, to get some spring sunshine, and to peck around the grass and eat bugs.  He has a Duplo home built for him in the sandpit, he gets carted around in the tipper truck, my 3rd born (son) turns his hooded top around and pops T-Rex into the hood and goes about his business – riding on his bike, jumping on the trampoline, digging in the garden.   T-Rex wanders around after the children and does not seem to mind all the attention.  We have him inside under lights overnight to keep him warm.


I tried to tell the kids that T-Rex is actually a ‘poult’, not a chick, but they don’t agree that that matches our turkey.

Now, the kids named our ‘poult’  “T-Rex” because “T” is for Turkey, and “Rex”, well they liked this as a pet name!  I think he’s named “T-Rex” because when he gets older he is not going to be as cute anymore!!!   Grown turkeys do look somewhat similar to the usual “Tyrannosaurus Rex”   ???!!!!

This morning already he has sat on my son’s lap digging in the sandpit, climbed the clay cliff next to the clothes line (on my son’s head!), been chased by my 15month old (I’m sure T-Rex will chase him back when he’s fully grown!), and had a peck around our lawn and garden.



Enjoy your week!


Free Printable / Desktop Background for the week – Psalm 9

I do love taking photos.

I love God’s creation.

I put my photos/verses onto USB and get them developed (for 15cents), then stick them onto cards for people.

I also stick them all over my study.

I right click on the photo and click on ‘desktop background’ and have a verse right there on my computer screen each week to memorise.

I function better when God’s Word is all around me, infiltrating my life.

This is mine for the week…

Picture and text …..  click to open, right click to ‘Save As’, pop it onto a USB and the photo/verse card can then be developed (or you could print on home printer – it would use lots of ink though!!!)


Text only …. click to open, right click ‘Save As’ and print.

Psalm 9 – text only verse

My ‘1000 Gifts’ list continues …..   ( I was inspired to hand write my own list of gifts by Ann Voscamp and her amazing book “One Thousand Gifts” – thank you for the book Karen!)

693.  A 3 year old singing “Huppy Bird-day TO me” around the cake…

694.  Pink Spring Roses – 8 year old asking “ohhhh, mum can I put some in my room, it will smell BEAUTIFUL and it will remind me of Nan”…

695.  Sharing bread and curry with friends, hospitality blesses …

696.  Dishwasher working while I type …

697.  3 loads of laundry dry in the sun today before rain tomorrow!…

698.  Cool gully breeze

699.  Wow, 17 eggs today, collected by 4 year old in an old tissue box

700.  Friends like Amy 🙂



I’ve never seen this before… have you?



BEES SWARMING!!  My sister saw the bees on her way out of our driveway, and she let us know the bees were there (she knows that my husband is now always on the look out for bees since he bought our first hive a year ago!).  The kids LOVED seeing this amazing orderly mass of bees just hang from a small branch of our plum tree.   We watched the bees zipping in and out of the swarm, obviously still working hard even though they were looking for a new home.   My husband (who, over the last year, has been learning a lot about beekeeping… on YouTube!!) was able to give the branch a quick shake, and most of the bees fell straight down into a box… the rest ‘wandered’ into the box over the next few hours… amazing!   So,  we’re going to need to build another hive for them!!  We’re looking forward to all of this beautiful honey again soon.

Our bees swarming

Swarm of bees in the plum tree
Swarm of bees in the plum tree – how cool!!




My First Post (still learning the difference between a ‘post’ and a ‘page’!)

Hi everyone!  (Actually, no-one knows I’m here yet, but hopefully I’ll have some ‘followers’ soon, even if it’s just a few enthusiastic family and friends!!!  Please subscribe to me via email if you want… I wont bother you too much!!!)

What I’m going to blog about:

Today’s post – “Why Blog?”

I love scrapbooking, I love documenting children’s milestones, I love journalling, I love taking photos with my new digital camera, I love making things from scratch, I love doing new things with the children, I love it that my husband works so hard and has made so many changes (for the better) to our lifestyle over the last few years, I love trying to be as self sufficient as possible, I love cooking/chopping/mixing/milling/juicing with my ATM (my Amazing Thermo Machine – my Thermomix), I love additive free real food preparation,   …. so why not share this stuff online with others who may be interested in the same things?

My main way of communicating is most likely going to be via pictures – as photography is what I love – and what I’ve loved about other blogs is THEIR pictures and ‘step by step’ instructions.

Hills Homestead is featured on GNOWFLGINS website
Farm Tours from all over the world

AND, what better way to start off a blog than by being featured on one of my favourite blogs!!!!!!!!!!!  


      Please have a ‘tour’ of our homestead,  and visit  GNOWFGLINS for photos and the ‘interview’.


Addit:  (We use this in hospital documentation when you’ve written in the casenotes, and you THEN receive a phone call regarding that patient, or you forgot something!,  or the patient changes their mind about the plan, etc.  It means ‘additionally’, or ‘just another thing’!!)

  • I love this post from Facebook regarding the ‘Lego Pain Scale’ – I understand, and I’m sure you other mum’s out there do too!!!
  • And did I mention, I’m really excited about this stainless steel milking bucket I’ve ordered from Ozfarmer.  It hasn’t arrived yet, but will any day, and it will make it easier to get the milk bucket clean and better for hygiene.

AND, I’ve just bought this amazing real food living ebook bundle ($300 worth for $29) – it’s the last day today it’s on offer.  It has some of my favourite ebooks in the bundle  … the Sourdough ebook, Real Food on a Real Budget, Herbal Rescue and Simple Living…. soooooo many!

Bye for now,