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Author Archives: IdlewildAlaska

About IdlewildAlaska

I'm an Alaskan wife with a dream of a self sufficient life and a love of reading, knitting, and painting. I love working in my home to become more self-sufficient and turning my little acre into a homestead!

8 Things to Do in Alaska in January

The holidays are over and life is getting back to normal. Even though it is still cold and dark in Alaska, that’s no reason for you to let cabin fever take over! Whether you’re an Alaska resident or just visiting, check out these 8 Things to Do in Alaska in January!     FREEzing Winter … Continue reading »

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Rustic Cabin Christmas Gift Guide

I love that I live in a log cabin in Alaska. The only way it could get better is if I lived in an even more remote cabin in Alaska. I love the look of cabins, the décor, the coziness, the rustic-ness. all of it. If you have a cabin, want a cabin, know someone … Continue reading »

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10 Things to Do in Alaska in December

Ah, December in Alaska, when the short days get even shorter and daylight is a thing of the past for northern parts of the State. But we Alaskans don’t let that slow us down! There is still so much to do and enjoy all over the State. Check out these 10 Things to Do in … Continue reading »

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8 Things to Do in Alaska in November

Ah, November in Alaska. For most of the State, snow is on the ground and daylight is rapidly getting shorter. All of the touristy activities have been shut down since September. Avoid cabin fever and stay busy with this great list of Things to Do in Alaska in November! Things to Do in Alaska in … Continue reading »

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Alaska Fine Art and Calendar – Just in time for Christmas!

After a long quiet stint on the blog, we return with news! Our little homestead has now branched out and decided start selling Alaska! Well, Alaska Fine Art and Calendar. Alaska is such a photogenic place. It makes it easy to show off! Shortly after we were married, the hubby and I ended up moving … Continue reading »

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I Want Safe Healthy Lotion. Don’t you?

I don’t wear makeup. I started using only organic shampoo a couple years ago. I make my own conditioner. I avoid flour and sugar that has been bleached. I use unbleached coffee filters. Our bodies are so inundated with unhealthy chemicals from our surroundings and products on a daily basis. It just makes sense to … Continue reading »

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7 Romantic Alaskan Getaways

Sometimes life gets a bit stressful and you just need to get away for a bit. Stay-cations are a great way to relax and reset. Not only is this a great list for Alaskans to get out and see more of their great State, but its great for those visiting from far away too! Check out … Continue reading »

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The A to Z of a New Homestead

Homesteading has so many different aspects. No one homesteader does it all, and that’s okay. So many of us add a little bit every year, whether it is making a new food from scratch, or a new animal on the homestead, or working towards moving off-grid. Homesteading is always working towards self-sufficiency in one aspect … Continue reading »

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DIY Chicken Tractor

Last year we raised 15 Cornish Cross meat chickens. I’ll admit, butchering day was tough, but those were the best tasted, totally organic chickens I’ve ever eaten. So this year we decided to up how many we raised. Then Mom asked me to raise a few for them. So this year we’re raising 40 Red … Continue reading »

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10 Things I Stopped Buying From the Store

As homesteaders, the hubby and I share the goal of becoming more and more self-sufficient. The less we have to rely on the grocery store and the barge system bringing things from the Lower 48, the better. Over the past three years, our grocery store list has shrunk. Check out these 10 things I stopped … Continue reading »

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