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Steep This! Health Benefits of Bay Leaf

January 28, 2020

One of the many delightful natural wonders we came across on McCoy’s Swamp and River Tour at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, Mississippi is the Red Bay. Coastal Mississippians prize the Red Bay leaf for flavoring gumbo and soups. McCoy’s River and Swamp tours travel through the old growth swamps and tidal […]


14 Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day

January 27, 2020

Looking for ideas for Valentine’s Day? There is an aura of expectation associated with Valentine’s Day, isn’t there? But, it’s not always easy to come up with new romantic ways to celebrate the holiday. While gift-giving plays a large part of Valentine’s Day, the real point of the holiday is to spend time with the […]


DIY Valentine’s Day Card Ideas and Tips for Writing Love Notes

January 23, 2020

If you really want to make an impression on Valentine’s Day, nothing tops sentiments that are straight from the heart! Taking the time to make your own cards and writing love notes inside instantly adds a special personal touch your Valentine will treasure. Your loved one may be just across town or thousands of miles […]

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How To Organize A Community Garden

January 22, 2020

The best time to plan for a Spring garden is in the heart of Winter. If you’ve think you might like to organize a community garden plot, a little prep work in January will aid your success when you are ready to sew the first seeds. Community gardens provide healthy vegetables and herbs and they […]


Quick and Easy Valentine’s Day Heart Magnet Crafts

January 21, 2020

Though we’ve slowed down our pace after the winter holiday rush, let’s face it, life is still busy! Often, I find myself with very little time to craft, which is why I love the simplicity of these Valentine’s Day heart magnet crafts. Amazing how quick and easy they are to create. With just a few […]


Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

January 20, 2020

Want to express your love for the planet along with your appreciation of your loved ones? We have you covered with some clever eco-friendly gift ideas for Valentine’s Day! The following ideas will quickly have you adding more green to your Valentine’s Day. Plant a tree Every second sees the destruction of one and a […]


How Long Should You Keep Spices and Herbs?

January 17, 2020

Just like a fine wine many foods better with age. World cheeses, vinegar, cured meats, stews – as each of these items age they develop deeper and more intense flavors. Spices, on the other hand do not age gracefully. For the success of your culinary efforts, it’s important to know how long you should keep […]


15 Creative Uses for Leftover Coffee

January 15, 2020

Brew a little too much coffee this morning? Before you toss the extra, there are plenty of creative uses you can use leftover coffee for instead. If you are like me and rarely have any leftover coffee, no worries! Simply brew a little extra so that you can use these creative ideas, too. Now, grab […]


Is it a chicken farm or a chicken ranch?

January 13, 2020

Over the years, a common question I’ve been asked is whether raising chickens (on a large scale) means you own a chicken farm or a chicken ranch.  The answer is not as straight-forward as one might think. If you are raising chickens solely for meat, you likely fall in the category of “chicken rancher.” If […]


Signature Mystery Series premiere, “A Beautiful Place To Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery” Premiering Jan 12th at 8pm/7c on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries!

January 9, 2020

Who dun it? Don’t you just love trying to figure that out? A good mystery is so fun to solve! Thanks to our partnership with HMM and Hallmark Channel, we are celebrating the Signature Mystery Series premiere, “A Beautiful Place To Die: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery“. Read on for full details including a special live-viewing […]


Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines

January 7, 2020

At Rural Mom, our top priority this year is organizing our life and home. Who better to start us on the path than Martha Stewart? We received a copy of “Martha Stewart’s Organizing: The Manual for Bringing Order to Your Life, Home & Routines” and absolutely love every page! How does Martha do it all? […]

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How To Care for Garden Tools in the Winter

January 6, 2020

Ever wondered what to do with all your garden tools in the off season? Taking proper care of ones tools is necessary to ensure many years of good service. When it comes time to store garden tools for the winter, it is not a good idea to simply throw them in and shut the door. […]