How to Build a Ladybug House

How to Build a Ladybug House

We built mason bee houses to attract pollinators for our fruit trees. Now, that that’s worked, we’re working to attract more beneficial bugs to help with the pest control.

Since this is the first year that our apricot bushes have fruited, making sure they’re well protected is top priority. I did some research to figure out which pests we were likely to be up against, and learned that aphids are one of the biggest threats. Knowing that ladybugs have a voracious appetite for aphids, I decided it was time for us to finally build that ladybug house that’s been sitting on my to-do list for ages.

We already have a good ladybug population in our yard, but by building them a house, we hope to encourage them to overwinter in our yard, so they’ll be ready to go to work for us as soon as the warm weather arrives each spring. And since we’ll be placing our new ladybug house next to our apricot bushes, that should mean our bushes will be well protected from aphids all season long.

Ladybugs also eat mites, white flies and scale, so we may just have to build another one for our vegetable garden.

Want to build your own ladybug house? Here’s how we made ours: [Read more...]

Coupons for Real Food

Coupons for Real Food

People say you can only find coupons for processed foods, but that just isn’t true. Check out this list of coupons for real foods and real ingredients, and see for yourself:


  • $1 off any two Brother’s-All-Natural Disney 5-packs
  • $1 off any two Brother’s-All-Natural 6-packs
  • $1 off any two Brother’s-All-Natural 1 oz. resealable bags



  • $1 off three Dole canned fruits
  • $.50 off Star vinegar
  • $1 off any Wholesome Sweeteners brand Organic Sugar, Agave or Honey
  • $.55 off any one C&H Quick Dissolve or Pourable Brown Flip Top package


  • $1.50 off one Tate + Lyle Fairtrade Certified Sugar product
  • $.55 off on one Domino Sugar Quick Dissolve Superfine or Pourable Brown in a Flip Top Dispenser
  • $.55 off any Florida Crystals Natural or Organic Sugar Product
  • $.75 off on one on bottle of Domino Organic Blue Agave Nectar
  • $.75 off on any two Domino Sugar products, 2 lbs. or larger

Common Kindness

  • $1 off Alter Eco Unrefined Mascabado Cane Sugar
  • $1 off Alter Eco Thai Sticky Purple Rice
  • $.75 off any Clover Stornetta Farms product
  • $.75 off any Country Choice organic canister oats
  • $.50 off any Uncle Matt’s organic 12 oz. juice
  • $.75 off any Uncle Matt’s organic 59 oz. juice
  • $1 off any Woodstock Frozen Fruit or Veggies

  • Click “Sign Up Now.” Register for a free account, and print a coupon for $1 off any fresh pork product

Like this list? I’ll be updating it weekly, so be sure to check back.


Curb Find: Closet Organizers

Curb Mart was running a special on closet organizers last night. We rescued all of these things from a single curb pile:

Plastic Shoe Boxes

11 plastic storage bins. 9 with lids. 2 without …

Shelf Organizers

2 large shelf organizers …

Box of Hangers

and a bunch of hangers. I’ll keep the white ones for my closet, and save the rest for the next consignment sale.

Did you have any good curb finds this weekend? I’d love to hear about them.

Is It Safe to Reuse Egg Cartons?

Reuse Egg Cartons

Egg cartons sell for $.49 each at my local Tractor Supply. The ones my neighbors save for me are free. But is it safe to reuse egg cartons? [Read more...]

How to Clean Eggs

How to Clean Eggs

Egg cleaning is one of the most hotly debated topics among chicken keepers. Some people are against it; some people are for it; some people favor one method over another. With so many opinions out there, it can be difficult to decide what to do. Let’s run through all the options, so you can form your own opinion. [Read more...]