My choice of best RV washing machine. Reasons why, and tips to get best performance. Extra ways to use your portable RV washing machine when camping. Photos.
I'm one of the first connected to Australia's new Sky Muster NBN satellite for internet. Living off-grid in a rural region, satellite is my only internet option. Here's my review of NBN Sky Muster.
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!
I accidentally locked my poultry in their house with a hawk for a night, yet my chickens survived. Photos of the Brown Goshawk in the 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.
Ten top tips when using a portable generator for home use. Plus what to look for if you want your generator to be an off-grid power source at home ~ full time or for emergencies. Which one is best?
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 you can get your children actively involved?
About to become homeless? Here's 10 tips to help plan a better life than living in a car, van or motel. Don't wait until too late to plan for being homeless. Assess your situation. 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.
Want to house chickens in your backyard? When keeping chickens in your garden is not easy, it is time to build a hen house and a chicken run. 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 it was in the tropics. When you live off the grid as I do, spring is a time for celebration—and for getting jobs done quickly. My 6 top jobs.
Our pet guinea pigs roam free in a large outdoor enclosure. Natural living. Lots of tips and photos including pregnant guinea pigs, baby guinea pigs, 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 about cleaning and maintaining it. Here's how I clean the glass door, flue/chimney and exterior of my wood burning stove. Easy tips to follow.
Easy instructions with photos show how I make paper bricks. Don't shred and soak newspaper when making paper logs for burning in your fire. My paper logs dry so quickly I can even burn them 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. :)
Tips from my 10 years of experience growing and harvesting stevia: 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 an 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!
Here's how I gave new life to an ancient apple tree destined to be chopped down. Apple tree care includes pruning, mulching and pest control.
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 heat wave? What if your home loses power for more than a day? A tent is one solution to all these problems.
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 ten years, and I have fine-tuned my growing and harvesting techniques. Chia is easy to grow, and chia seeds have lots of 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. Termite damage in one of my gum trees caused the tree to snap in a high wind. I now encourage nature's predators.
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.
My family has been successfully living off the grid for over ten years. Here's how we 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.