Kelly Kettle – Cook and Boil Water with Minimal Fuel

Kelly Kettle Review - The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes. Can also be used for cooking and grilling with kit items.

What’s a Kelly Kettle?

The Kelly Kettle makes it quick and easy to boil water with minimal fuel in about 3 to 5 minutes.   With the items in these kits, you can also use the Kelly Kettles for cooking and grilling.  The Kelly Kettle was developed by the Kelly family in Ireland over 100 years ago, so they have some experience building these handy items. [Read more…]

Proteak Cutting Board Review

Proteak Cutting Boards - Sustainably and Organically Grown, Made to Last. Providing quality jobs with fair wages for workers, protecting the environment.

After I wrote the post “Why Wooden Cutting Boards are Best“, I was contacted by Madeline of Proteak Renewable Forestry.  She said Proteak couldn’t agree more, and that they’d like to give Common Sense Homesteading readers a chance to win one of their Proteak cutting boards and a 20% discount on their Proteak Store purchases.  So without further ado, here’s some background information, a review, and a chance to win.

What is Teak?

Teak is a tropical hardwood that has been used through history as a long lasting, water resistant, durable hardwood.  Its great in the kitchen because of its high oil content which lends itself to its water resistance and natural antibacterial qualities. [Read more…]

Household Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent

Household Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent

Time for another visit with Tropical Traditions.  Next up for review is their Household Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent, a honking big tub (5 pounds) of laundry magic waiting to happen.  I’ve been alternating this detergent with my regular detergent for over a month, and I’ve barely put a dent in the container.  It’s highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way.

What are the ingredients in Household Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent? [Read more…]

ParaVival Bracelet Review

ParaVival Bracelet Review @ Common Sense Homesteading

The ParaVival Bracelet is a compact survival bracelet made with  either Commercial 550 or MIL-C-5040 Type III 550 paracord.  ParaVival offers 6 basic bracelet designs:

  • 1 Color Cobra Bracelet (shown)
  • 1 Color Cobra Bracelet MIL-C-5040 Type III
  • 1 Color Fishtail Bracelet
  • Custom 2 Color Cobra Survival Bracelet
  • Custom 3 Color Cobra Survival Bracelet
  • Quick Release Gator Bracelet

These bracelets provide between 8-16 feet of paracord when unraveled “as is”.  To demonstrate, here’s my youngest holding 10 feet of paracord – roughly one Baby Cobra bracelet. [Read more…]

Belly Stripper Pulls Toxins, Trims Waist

Belly Stripper Pulls Toxins, Trims Waist

Ever since I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I’ve been trying to clean up my diet and environment and remove the toxins that are already built up in my body.  Our bodies are designed to repair themselves.  If they can’t, something’s interfering.  I started using Herbalix Detox Deodorant about a year and a half ago (and am still using it).  I saw positive changes from this – some big, some small.  This year the team at Herbalix introduced a new product called Belly Stripper, and I became one of the guinea pigs.  :-)  (BTW, I did not get a tan, it’s just different daylight levels in our bedroom where the photos were taken.) [Read more…]