Brandy Schau Dibert

Brandi is passionate about her faith and family and enjoys the outdoors, reading, writing, and ministering to others.

8 Classic Summer Jobs For the Industrious Teen

Whether you consider yourself a prepper, a survivalist or are simply striving to be self-sufficient, the basic building blocks for all these are responsibility and dedication. We teach young children these things through chores, extra-curricular activities, positive reinforcement and most importantly, by example. As children grow older, it is important to encourage them to be responsible and develop a life-long commitment to hard work. Let’s explore 8 classic summer jobs for industrious teens. Strict child-labor laws exist to ensure the …

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Planning an Edible Landscape

  Make the most out of your yard by creating an edible landscape. Every March, I am consumed with spring fever and can barely wait to get outdoors and turn my winter laden yard into a fairy tale garden. This year, I decided to start the long but productive process of turning my small yard into a food producing, perennial palace. Annuals are great, but by choosing perennials, I can build my edible yard little by little each year instead …

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The Top Four Clubs that will Teach Your Kids to Become Self-Reliant

Family vacations, lazy days at the pool and barbecues are what summertime is all about. Like many moms, you want to keep your kids busy. Consider involving them in an organization or club. Many youth organizations are excellent introductions to basic survival and homesteading techniques. Some opportunities presented to your child could also teach them teamwork and how to win/lose gracefully. Below are brief summaries of four children’s organizations that can teach your child important skills while having fun, making …

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8 Reasons to Support Local Farmers

Think about all the items you put in your cart at the supermarket or mega-store. Do you feel you paid a fair price for that product? If you have questions about a particular item, would you know who you could speak to for answers? Where did those potatoes come from, how old is that carton of eggs, and who is being supported by your hard earned dollars? Probably not local farmers. Chances are, it would be difficult, if not impossible, …

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Children’s Activities That Develop Self-Reliance

Summer activities can be a fun and creative way to introduce your children to basic concepts of self-reliance and survival. These, in turn, boost self-confidence in a way that no video game or TV show ever will. In this book about wilderness survival skills, for example, kids gain competence in things that are authentic and have real-life applications. Here are a few very simple activities, most cost nothing at all, but they have an underlying purpose to encourage kids to …

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The 4-H Club teaches kids important skils. Here are a few. | via

10 4-H Projects That Will Teach Your Kids Vital, Practical Skills

Have you ever considered getting your kids involved with 4-H? You don’t have to live on a farm in order to do that, you know! As you’ll see, 4-H goes hand in hand with preparedness, survival skills, and family fun. 4-H for kids is a great replacement for too much screen time, e.g. video games, computer, TV. What seems interesting to us or important in a survivalist mode may seem a lot like hard work or cruel chores for our …

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6 Simple Tips for Developing a Natural Spring

One of my favorite childhood memories was venturing into the woods with my late grandfather to fill up gallon jugs with water from a spring he found and tapped himself. I never thought much about it back then; walking a quarter mile or so into the wooded hills to obtain the family’s drinking water was just something that was routine. Years later, when I moved down the road from my grandparents and experienced the rural fun of having to haul …

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