Suffer a chronic illness? Gene test results can tell us how to prevent, reduce or heal many chronic medical conditions. Find out why your family members are chronically ill, and help them heal.
My choice of the best off-grid washing machine (with photos, reasons why, and tips to get best performance), including extra ways to use it when camping.
Your pre-teen child or teenager announces they want to start prepping for an apocalyptic event. What should you do? Book them for therapy? Here's some tips for parents before you pick up the phone!
This article discusses how to care for chickens and establish a safe and secure chicken run.
Solar Cooking made easy with 5 top tips for cooking with solar ovens. Hybrid solar ovens can cook on cloudy days, and in the dark! Experienced solar user gives hints to new owners of solar ovens.
This article will break down what to look for if you want your generator to be an off-grid power source at home—full time or for emergencies. It will also provide 10 top tips when using a portable generator for home use.
If you live in a city, how can you become more self-sufficient? I share some basic tips from my off-grid lifestyle to help city residents be more self-sufficient, particularly in a crisis situation.
Every snake that enters my house and yard is venomous so we can't afford to be bitten. Fortunately my dog kills venomous snakes. Plus some extra tips for avoiding snakes.
A new documentary titled MICROBIRTH looks at the science associating childbirth with on-going (and even adult) health issues. I can now see how the way she was born made my child sick.
When my daughter asked for a DNA test to establish if she is really my child, it unleashed a range of emotions. DNA testing to show if I am really her birth mother was my most personal gift to her.
If you are homeless with no college degree but feel you could successfully study, graduate, and have a bright future if you could just find funding, here's a starting point for formulating a plan.
Is your ankle swollen and painful? How do you tell if your ankle is broken or sprained? Here's helpful info including an option for a hands-free crutch for an ankle that's sprained or broken.
Life is complicated by unplanned pregnancy. Even more so when the relationship is rocky and the baby's father has already moved on. What can a mother do to give her baby the best start in life?
Concentrate on what's important when talking with teenagers, not things they don't need to know. Common mistakes parents make with their teens.
Bubble suits for the latest craze in soccer / football now come in team colours. Check out the fun!
My family finds gold on dry land by following a few basic rules. This fun family hobby can have real rewards. What equipment will you need, and how can you get your children actively involved?
About to become homeless? Here are 12 tips to help you face your fears and plan a life that's better than living in a car, van, or motel. Don't wait until it's too late. Assess your situation and make changes now!
I was given two miniature pigs, strangers to each other until they met on my small farm. Now Mr Pig has given up his bachelor flat and moved into the honeymoon suite with the lovely Peppa.
If you become too sick to keep working, how will you pay your bills? I helped my daughter with Multiple Sclerosis claim Total and Permanent Disability without a lawyer. Here's my top tips.
Quilt shops sell beautiful fabrics and quilting kits, but the best quilts don't come from quilt shops. You can make baby quilts, kids quilts and full size quilts without the help of a quilt shop!
You're a proud mother or father so you want to post photos of your children on the internet. Here's my reasons why you shouldn't put photos of yourself or your kids on the internet.
Fear of flying stops lots of families getting on a plane in the holiday period. Who is most afraid of flying? You or your children? Here's help for the kids and the adults in your family.
When keeping chickens in your garden isn't easy, it's time to build a backyard hen house and a chicken run with the help of this illustrated guide.
I used comfrey to help my husband's broken ankle heal in record time. Here's how to make a comfrey poultice for broken bones and how to apply it. Illustrated guide.
My temperate climate's growing season is not as long as the growing season in the tropics. When you live off the grid (as I do), spring is a time for celebration—and for getting jobs done quickly. Here are my top six most important jobs, and how to do them!
Our pet guinea pigs roam free in a large outdoor enclosure. Explore lots of tips and photos about natural living for your pets, including pregnant guinea pigs, baby guinea pigs, and outdoor housing.
We live off the grid, so we harvest and store our own rainwater. Here's how we set up water-storage tanks to collect enough rain to supply our home and gardens. Instructions and photos.
If you have a wood-burning stove, you need to know how to clean and maintain it. These easy-to-follow tips—from using ash to clean glass to applying thin layers of stove paste to the exterior—will keep your stove sparkling and running.
Easy instructions with photos on how to make paper bricks. Don't shred and soak newspaper when making paper logs for burning in your fire. Dry your paper logs so quickly you can burn them the next day!
As a family car, a Ferrari could never compete with a safe 4WD, but as a gift for a man who has spent decades working hard and driving kids around, what could be better than a beautiful red Ferrari?
Alpacas make wonderful pets for the right people. Exotic animals with beautiful fleece and relatively easy to care for, consider alpacas as pets if you have the time and space they need.
You've probably heard of Australia's wombats, but how much do you know about them? I live in wombat territory. Here's my observations.
An entire mob of kangaroos stayed still while I photographed them - including a kangaroo climbing under a fence. Perhaps the weight of joeys in their pouches made them happier about posing. :)
This guide will offer tips from my 10 years of experience growing and harvesting stevia including: which type to buy, how to grow, harvest, and dry it, and why some stevia has a bitter taste.
I live in rural Australia so native wildlife visits my home every day. Here's some photos of the Australian animals you are likely to see when you get out of the city and into the Australian bush.
Have fun with your kids learning about the Loch Ness Monster. Discover lots about Loch Ness and Nessie from your home - then dream (or plan) your trip to Loch Ness! Here's photos from our trip.
When a child says "I hate my dad," something is wrong. If you have trouble at home and would like to talk about it, this site is a safe place. There are lots of reasons why kids hate their dads.
Badly broken ankle needed surgery to insert a plate and screws to mend broken bones. These broken ankle xrays include photos of xrays before and after surgery.
I researched and found foods that I believe help heal broken bones. My husband had ankle surgery, and he recovered in three months! Below is a list of foods and dishes I used to help him recover.
5 days after surgery to insert a plate and screws to repair my husband's broken ankle, we had a chance to assess the scars, swelling and bruising. First photo after broken ankle surgery.
The natural remedy I applied quickly reduced the swelling around my husband's broken ankle and allowed doctors to operate three days earlier than normal.
If you are hoping to make money from HubPages, you'll need to get your work past the 'pending' stage and featured for the world to see. Here are my tips for new HP members.
The arthritis pain and swelling in my fingers and knees made my life miserable until I tried a 100% natural remedy. No more arthritis, pain or swelling for me!
This article will explain how I gave new life to an ancient apple tree destined to be chopped down by doing important steps like pruning in the spring, aerating the soil, and protecting it from birds, insects, and other pests.
Helpful hints about off grid kitchen appliances and utensils for cooking off the grid. This is how I cook in my off-grid kitchen. Illustrated guide.
How do you keep warm in the winter without electricity? Can you keep cool without AC during a summer heatwave? What if your home loses power for more than a day? Here are strategies to help keep you warm in winter and cool in summer during emergencies.
Funny, scarey, lots of words or lots of pictures - my list of best books for pre-teen children. Plus here's my tips (and tricks) to help kids who are reluctant readers become eager to read more.
I love living off the grid. If you are thinking of making the move to an off-grid lifestyle, here are the most important things to know—plus some of my top tips to get you started.
Australian redback spider bites hurt, and the pain increases with time. Here's my experience, including symptoms and treatment recommended by an expert, as well as how to avoid bites.
Our first attempt at building rammed earth walls is a bit of an experiment. We are making rammed earth walls that cost nothing more than time and effort, using earth from our own backyard.
I have been growing chia organically for the past 10 years, and I have fine-tuned my growing and harvesting techniques. This article will share those techniques to help readers grow their own crop of this plant with high nutritional value.
As debate continues in the US about gun control, here's an Australian gun owner's thoughts on the issue.
What can gun owners of America do to prepare for new gun regulations now that Obama has proposed gun law changes? Top tips for responsible US gun owners if gun control results in new gun legislation.
Organic vegetable gardening can be cheap and easy if you follow my tips. Get started this springtime. Here's how to grow organic vegetables at home.
Flying termites are a natural phenomenon, but termites in trees are dangerous. One of my gum trees snapped in a high wind thanks to termite damage.
After 8 years, my solar oven is still cooking healthy, delicious meals with sunshine - and no charge from a power company. Save money with a solar cooker. Sustainable off-grid living!
Not only can you see the difference, you can taste the difference. Authentic color, aroma, texture - and a taste rarely found in supermarkets. Grow organic vegetables and herbs in your own garden.
Chickens offer much more than just saving money and providing you with genuine free range organic eggs. Here's why every home needs a chicken.
How I designed and constructed a fire bunker using recycled items and spending NO money. My family lives off the grid in a high fire danger area. Adapt my ideas for your own protection in fire season.
Here's some of the ways my family put nature to work to support our off-grid lifestyle, including solar lights and appliances indoors and outdoors.
I encourage responsible parents to teach their children to tell lies as part of their self-protection strategy. Telling lies might help save your child's life. Here's why I support kids telling lies.
Anger could be a symptom of food allergies. Before your child is labelled with a personality disorder, and prescribed medicine or therapy for anger management, undertake food allergy testing.
Parents need to listen to their kids. If you don’t listen, kids react badly. Here's my tips for teaching your children and teenagers to express their frustrations without tantrums or bad behaviour. Your role is to actively listen and begin effective communication within your family.