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Name: Brooke Norsworthy
Date registered: April 13, 2013

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  1. Our Aquaponic Journey: Part Four – Choosing Media for Grow Beds and Other Product Selections — March 31, 2015
  2. Homemade “Nomato” Marinara – Tomato Free Pasta Sauce! — March 9, 2015
  3. DIY All Natural Tinted Lip Balm Recipe — March 2, 2015
  4. Kids Modern Activity Coffee Table: A How-To — February 27, 2015
  5. Why We’re Gluten Free – Food Intolerances in Infancy and Beyond — February 24, 2015

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Our Aquaponic Journey: Part Four – Choosing Media for Grow Beds and Other Product Selections

aquaponic media grow beds

  The system I built is from the Endless Food Systems DIY plans. I used untreated pine for all my grow beds, and treated pine for the sump tanks that will sit on the ground, as well as the leg supports. To line the beds, I did a lot of research, and settled on DuraSkrim …

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Homemade “Nomato” Marinara – Tomato Free Pasta Sauce!

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Let me begin this post with a disclaimer: I am NOT a food photographer. Obviously. I’m also not really a food blogger either. But as we travel along the road that is food intolerance, I find recipes that are hits and misses. I had been searching for a good replacement for marinara. Something I can …

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DIY All Natural Tinted Lip Balm Recipe


  Part of my zero waste initiative of 2015 has been to start making my own toiletries and beauty products. For the most part, I use recipes I find online, but sometimes I tweak and alter them until I have something that fits my tastes. This is one of those recipes. I’ve been trying out …

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Kids Modern Activity Coffee Table: A How-To


¬†Every holiday, I feel a strong urge to build something for my girls. Typically, this urge hits within five days of said holiday. Any holiday. This time it was Valentines Day, because, well, why not? I had some leftover Purebond in the garage from Christmas, and it happened to be the perfect size for a …

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Why We’re Gluten Free – Food Intolerances in Infancy and Beyond

pinner test food intolerance test

*This post is completely unrelated to DIY, homesteading, aquaponics, or pretty much everything else I cover on my blog. Today is a little more personal, and hopefully resounds with other parents or food intolerance sufferers who are a bit fed up with the blas√© attitude of conventional medicine toward nutrition.* About this time last year, …

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Our Aquaponic Journey: Part Three – Adding a Ventilation Window to Ana White’s Barn Style Greenhouse


  The plans for this Barn Style Greenhouse don’t include any ventilation. Which in Central Texas, where I live, mean that it could easily get over 100 degrees in a flash, wilting all my plants and killing the fish in my aquaponic system. That can’t happen! So I decided to make one wall of the …

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Our Aquaponic Journey: Part Two

aquaponic raft bed build

  Happy February everyone! I’m not normally one to apologize for long blog absences, as they’ve been happening a lot for the past year. After doing some thinking, however, I decided that it was either time to get back into blogging more, or say my farewells and move on to new things. So, without much …

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Our Aquaponic Journey Part One: Building the Greenhouse

Ana White Barn Greenhouse

  Have you ever heard of aquaponics? It’s the practice of growing food using fish in a water-based system. I heard about it last year, and have been learning all I can about it ever since. This past year was fine with my conventional garden, but I wanted more. I wanted year-round vegetables, in abundant …

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Homemade Holiday 2015: Wooden Play Ice Cream Set for under $10


  Is Christmas sneaking up on anyone else, or just me? With only a few days left, I’m scrambling to finish. One of my favorite quick and easy projects is this adorable wooden play ice cream cone set. It’s so stinkin’ easy, and fun to customize! I just grabbed a few supplies from the craft …

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Kitchen Love Story: A Review and Giveaway

kitchen love story

  It’s no secret that I built my kitchen from the ground up. We did everything ourselves, from building the cabinets to installing appliances. It helped to have a handy spouse, he’s an electrician by trade and a plumber by birth (well, sort of, his dad is a master plumber and he grew up learning …

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Personalized Holiday Gifts from Zazzle Made in the USA

Happy Holiday Season everyone! I hope all my US friends had a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving, I know we did. This year we chose to stay home and not do any store shopping, choosing to enjoy the family time and quiet. As you know, we traditionally make many of our gifts, but I also like …

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Handmade Holiday 2015: Tiny Tot Tool Bench How-To


Are you ready for a fun, easy, affordable project that will blow your kids (and parents, and friends) away?! Well, today I have one for you! This Tiny Tot Tool Bench is the perfect gift for that little one in your life, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make it. …

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Handmade Holiday 2015: Peg Princesses


Holiday season is upon us, and for me that means time to swing into gear on handmade presents! This is actually an older project. I made these peg princesses for my daughter Charlie for Valentine’s Day this year. She has been getting more and more enthusiastic about Disney princesses, so I made sure to theme …

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A Holiday with Minted


How is it already November?! The months are flying by, and before you know it 2014 will be gone. As our family gears up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, I’m trying to get a jump on planning so I’m not so frazzled the closer we get to Christmas. I research gift ideas, work on …

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DIY Wood Couch Sleeves from Scraps: A How-To


I think anyone with small children or a home full of animals can attest that furniture always pays the price. My poor couch has seen much better days. We adopted a second kitten this summer, and he likes to hop up on the couch by the armrest. Which meant tiny little tears in the “pleather”. …

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Chunky X Base Table: A How-To

chunky x table tutorial

  There’s something about 4×4 lumber that makes furniture look amazing. Maybe it’s the sturdiness, maybe it’s the shape. Whatever it is, I love it! A friend of mine recently asked me to build her a new dining table, and I was happy to oblige. She liked the X-Base Pedestal table I built my sister, …

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SnapPower Winner!

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Hey guys! Sorry I’m a tad late announcing the winner, ragweed allergies turned into an infection and I’ve been lying low and healing up for the past few days. And now for the news, the winner is…. Robyn!   Thank you all for your great tips and comments! I read every last one and filed …

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Man Crates and Man Cave Inspiration Roundup


Hello Everyone! I have such a fun post up today. Have you ever struggled to figure out what gift to get for the man in your life? I know I have. So when I saw these Man Crates Gifts For Men, I knew it was a great idea! Gift baskets have been around for ages, …

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SnapPower Review and Giveaway


I am so excited to share this amazing new product with you today! If you’ve been reading my blog for the past few months, you’ll notice that I have been focusing on ways to “go green” and be a more conscious consumer. I’ve been contacted to do reviews and giveaways for a lot of different …

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Sliding Door with Hidden Hardware: An Experiment


  I was lucky enough to go to Round Top for the fall antique shows earlier this month, and WOAH! That place is so intense! It was only an hour and a half drive away, so I think I’ll have to make it a bi-annual trip for sure. I saw so many amazing things, and …

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