How I survived my Cabin Adventure with NO HOME INTERNET for a month!

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This post is sponsored by Wilson Electronics / WeBoost.  All comments and opinions are my own.
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Last year, my husband and I purchased a small “fixer upper” cabin in Kentucky!  This was a dream that we had worked towards for many many years.  It is a simple little place tucked on a mountainside on the Cumberland River.   It is livable but in need of a full renovation to make it work for our needs in the years to come.  I will be blogging on the experience and sharing all of the fun stories and adventures that we encounter along the way here
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One of the most important things on our “must have list” when looking for a place was internet service since we work from home and I am online at least 12 hours per day.  With an extremely limited budget and our desire to have our own piece of heaven in a very rural area, we found that to be a major issue.  After researching every option available, we were told that we would be able to have satellite internet and scheduled the installation for the day after we arrived at our property.  It was going to be pricey but it was our only choice so we bit the bullet, paid the fees and were ready to get it going.
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Our drive to Kentucky is 10+ loooooooooong hours from our home in Florida.  We timed our trip between work responsibilities and I gave myself a day or two just to get the installation done and me back online seamlessly. Unfortunately, as soon as the satellite internet guy got to our property and took one look around at the 200 ft trees in every direction and elevation on a mountain side he said there was NO WAY we would get service there.  I could not believe it.  I had called no less than 10 times to confirm that service would definitely be available prior to closing on the property and spoke to the technician before leaving Florida to confirm again.  He got out his gauges and walked around from every angle and no signal was strong enough to do an installation.

EEEK! WHAT THE HECK?!

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Rosco keeping an eye on the satellite guy from his porch swing
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I was in a complete state of panic.  Before leaving Florida, my backup plan was to use my cell phone service and “tether” to my laptop if absolutely necessary, but once we arrived I found that my cell service was only strong enough to send or receive VERY SLOW text messages outside (and down the hill a bit) but was not strong enough to make calls or connect to the internet.  For the next few days I would make multiple trips up the hill to the top of the mountain until I found a strong enough signal and would work from my car to get things done.  As you can imagine, this was not an ideal situation and was extremely stressful since as you guys know I am in the facebook chat group and on social media most of the day and night answering questions, getting excited about your haul photos or posting deals. 

WeBoost to the rescue!

I decided to start asking everyone that I came into contact with how they were able to access the internet to see if there were any options that I may have missed.   Most people laughed when I asked about internet in our area or just said good luck with that (how do you live without internet?!).

Fortunately, I ended up getting some AMAZING information from a lady that owns a campground in the area and provides free wifi for her visitors.  She told me about a company called Wilson Electronics and their product line called WeBoost!

Basically, what a WeBoost unit does is connect to a cell tower to access voice and data signals.  It then BOOSTS that signal 32x and sends it to an inside antenna, the INSIDE antenna then broadcasts the signal to all devices in your home.  Sounds amazing right?!  At this point I was DESPERATE so I sat in my car with my laptop connected at her campground and I literally ordered a WeBoost Home 3G unit right then and there with next day delivery.  We had to travel to the nearest UPS station to pick it up due to our location, but it arrived the following day.  It was seriously my ONLY hope and my fingers & toes were crossed while my husband installed it hoping that it would work.

IT DID! IT WORKED!

We went from NO PHONE or TEXT ABILITY inside our cabin to FULL Phone, Text and DATA!  I was able to connect to my laptop via my Verizon Mifi hotspot and was able to work just like normal with no issues!  I could not believe it!  Fortunately, I am on the Verizon unlimited data plan so it didn’t cost me anymore on my cell phone bill to work for the entire month!

I was SO EXCITED about it that when we got back home I decided to try out the unit at my house here in Florida and was able to cancel my home internet service which was costing me almost $100 per month!  At my home in Florida, I literally had to pay for internet service monthly THEN had to get what they called a MicroCell unit to boost my cell phone service on my phone just so that my cell phone would work, it was ridiculous.  If the internet went out for any reason I would also lose cell phone service.   Now with the WeBoost installed I ALWAYS have service since it is not dependent upon the internet at all, it is boosting straight from the cell tower!

The WeBoost unit is AWESOME and they have a BUNCH of other products too!

We will be heading back to Kentucky very soon to start our next round of repairs and improvements and I will be doing some live streaming from there and I feel confident that I will have no issues at all!  The customer service at WeBoost is AMAZING as well.  I have spoken with them a few times to see what all of my options are with the wide range of products they offer.  They have products for your car, RV, home, office, etc that will boost your service wherever you are! I seriously feel like this is the future of how we will connect to the internet.   Why should we have to pay for cell phone data AND home internet too right?!

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I am super excited that the fine folks over at Wilson Electronics / WeBoost sent me the Whole House Connect 4G-X unit to bring with me on my next trip and to try it out! I am very thankful!  I was using the Home 3G unit and it met my needs so I can only imagine how fast and amazing the Connect 4G-X will be!  I will keep you all posted!!

Once we were able to get our internet situation resolved it allowed us to relax and enjoy the area and explore around a bit when we weren’t working.  We have a BIG JOB ahead of us working on the cabin but would LOVE to share our adventure with those of you that are interested in following along.  I have created a facebook page HERE for this and will be posting all of the things that we learn along the way!

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Rosco and Moozy enjoying an afternoon of hiking

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Finally able to relax and explore once I had my internet working!

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Make sure you check out our new  Simple Cabin Living Facebook page about our new cabin adventure!  We will be blogging on our DIY projects, renovations and all of the calamities we are sure to encounter!

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Weekend Family Fun: DIY Dinosaur Garden

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Are fairy gardens not your thing? No worries at all! Today I am going to show you a fun and frugal alternative to the fairy garden. All you need is about $5 worth of supplies and you will be enjoying endless fun in no time. This dinosaur garden is perfect for the dino lover in your household. It is a great way to teach children about dinosaurs, gardening, and even how to care for a living thing while having lots of fun at the same time. Take a peek below at how to make your own DIY Dinosaur Garden so you can be enjoying this prehistoric fun this weekend!

Dinosaur Garden

Supplies needed:
Planter or tin box
Potting soil
Prehistoric looking plants such as aloe and succulents
Plastic dino toys

We found everything we needed for around $5 at our local dollar store and greenhouse. You can find these plants for about $1 each, and most dollar stores sell the toys dinos as well as the planters and soil even for $1 each. As you can see, this is some fun you can enjoy on a dime!

Directions:
1. Begin by filling the container of your choice with soil.
2. Plant the plants of your choosing. As mentioned, succulents and aloe look great!
3. Add in your dinosaurs and other props such as rocks for caves.

Tend to your dinosaur garden with a little water every few days. You can also move your dinosaurs around for some fun if you wish!

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See how cute this dinosaur garden turned out? If you think your kids would enjoy this, give one a try. It is a perfect substitute for someone not quite into fairy gardens. When you are done, share your project with us on the Facebook page or Community chat page!

Happy weekend, friends!

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Easy Spring Upcycle: How to Repurpose an Old Chair

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Are you looking to spruce up your space for less? If so, give this easy spring upcycle project a try. You can repurpose an old chair in just a few ours, and create a look that is fresh and new. You don’t need a great deal of supplies, and you don’t even need a lot of time or crafty know how. In fact, the chair below we made for around $5 and in less than two hours. Want to try to repurpose an old chair yourself? Take a look at how to repurpose an old chair and get a fresh new look for less.

Supplies needed:
Old chair (ours was a curb find! FREE!)
Spray paint or brush on paint
Scrap fabric (about 1 yard)
Painting supplies (if needed)
Scissors
Staple gun

Use what you have on hand and really save. For our project we had a can of ivory spray paint on hand leftover from another project. It worked perfectly. We found the chevron fabric at Walmart for less than $3 a yard, making our total cost around just $3. Should we have needed a can of spray paint, our total cost still would have been about $5. Now that is a great deal!

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Directions:
1. Begin by cleaning your chair well with warm, soapy water. Wipe clean.
2. Remove the seat cover with a screw driver. This is so easy! It will just pop right off.
3. Cover the seat by wrapping it face down into the fabric and securing the sides tightly with a staple gun.
4. Give the chair a coat (or two) of paint. We distressed ours a tad with some sand paper for a natural look. You can do this if you wish or opt for a clean finish.
5. Return the seat cover to the chair. Replace the screws.

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Your chair is now ready for use. Can you believe this is even the same chair? I can’t! It went from curbside trash to something that looks like it would be in a Pottery Barn catalog.

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Give this easy spring project a try, then share your results with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page!

Happy crafting!

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Frugal Crafting Fun: Easy Spring Wreath

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Let’s bring some color into our spaces, shall we? There is no better way to do this than this easy peasy spring wreath. You can make your own wreath just like this using less than $5 in supplies and in just minutes. Yes, minutes! You don’t need to be super crafty, you don’t need a lot of time, you just need a few supplies and you can adorn your door, space, or even office area with a wreath that screams WARM WEATHER IS HERE! So are you ready to get crafty? Take a look below at how to get started!

Supplies needed:
Grapevine wreath
Spray paint (optional, only if needed)
Mini paper drink umbrellas
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
1. Begin by spraying your grapevine wreath the color of your choice. We found precolored wreaths at our local Hobby Lobby Store for under $4 that worked perfectly. If you can’t find something similar, find a grapevine wreath at your local dollar store and give it a coat or two of the color of your choice.
2. Once your wreath is dry, and you want to be sure it is totally dry, you are going to add your drink umbrellas. Open your umbrellas up so they are nice and full. Apply some hot glue to the stems of them and press them into your wreath. Hold them in place so the umbrellas attach and stay attached to the grapevine.
3. Don’t cover the entire wreath, just apply umbrellas to the corners of it in clusters and bunches.

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When you are done, you can add a ribbon for hanging or just display your wreath as is. As you can see, it is the perfect pop of color to a bland space or any space that needs the look and feel of spring.

So are you ready to craft your own? Go for it! Then, share your creation with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We want to see how crafty you are!

Have a great day, friends!

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Easy Easter Craft: Eggcellent Easter Picture Frame

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If you are in the mood for some fun and frugal Easter crafting, this easy Easter picture frame is for you! How sweet will this little dandy look perched on your mantel or bookshelf? It can even add some instant Easter charm to your office. Take a peek below at how to make your own eggcellent (like that?) Easter picture frame in just minutes and for just pennies. Yep, pennies! Take a peek!

Easy Easter Picture Frame

Supplies needed:
Picture frame
Spray paint
Foam eggs
Knife
Craft glue

We found the eggs we used in this project at our local dollar store. The frame and paint were all leftovers we had around the house. So our total cost for this project was just $1. Before you go and buy, look around and see what you may have on hand that is usable.

Directions:
1. Begin by removing the glass of the frame. You will not be needing it.
2. Apply two coats of paint to the frame allowing drying time in between. You want to paint right over the insert and everything creating a matching canvas to your frame.
3. Take a knife and cut your foam eggs in half.
4. Apply some glue to the egg and press it to the inside of the frame. You can add as many eggs as you wish. We thought two were perfect for our frame, but you can decide what works for you.

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There you have it! Your picture frame is now complete. Display your frame wherever you need a pop of spring color.

When you are done, share your creations on the Facebook page or Community Chat page, won’t ya? We love seeing your unique spin you put on these projects, and so do your friends. So gather your supplies and get inspired, and inspire others while you are at it.

Happy crafting, and Happy spring!

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Spring Family Fun: Yarn Eggs Kid’s Craft

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It is time to start thinking about spring and how with Easter approaching, the sight of pastel eggs will be everywhere. Make your own colorful eggs perfect for displaying in a basket or centerpiece when you give this yarn eggs kid’s craft a try. Made from just a few simple supplies, these yarn eggs are the perfect craft for little hands. They only take minutes to make, and in no time you will have a fun little Easter accent. Take a peek at how to make your own. Your kiddos will love these!

Yarn Eggs Kid’s Craft

Supplies needed:
Plastic Easter eggs
Craft glue
Yarn
Scissors

We found all of these supplies in our own crafting scraps but if you need any of them, your local dollar store should have them. It doesn’t matter what color the plastic eggs are as they will be covered, but find yarn that is a hue you enjoy. We used some rainbow yarn for lots and lots of color.

Directions:
1. Begin by pouring some craft glue in a bowl.
2. Cut a long length of yarn and dip it in the bowl. Cover it with glue.
3. Take your fingers and squeeze off any additional glue.
4. Begin wrapping the yarn around your plastic egg. The glue will help it stick and adhere nicely.
5. Set the egg in a sunny window to dry and harden.

When your egg is dry, it will be nice and hard. These eggs are quite sturdy and durable and are sure to survive little hands. Display them in an Easter basket or on a mantel for some instant Easter charm.

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Kids will love getting their hands all sticky with this simple Easter craft. Gather your supplies and give it a try. When you are done, come see us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page and share your creativity. We love to see it!

Happy crafting!

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Frugal Fun: Sweet and Simple Spring Centerpiece

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Are you ready to spruce up your home for spring? You don’t have to go overboard, in fact the smaller changes can have a huge impact. For example, take a look at the sweet and simple spring centerpiece I created below. It only cost me a few dollars to make and it took a whole 5 minutes to assemble. How cute will this centerpiece look on my table, work desk, or even to give as a gift? Take a look at how you can make your own and bring spring into your space for less.

Sweet and Simple Spring Centerpiece

Supplies needed:
Felt flower picks
Faux moss
Small flower pot
Ribbon or yarn

I found all of these items at my local Hobby Lobby craft store. My total cost was just a few dollars with plenty of supplies left over for future craft projects. Since this is a simple glue free and paint free craft, it is a also a great one to do with the kiddos if you need an activity to keep them busy. Fun and frugal, you can’t beat that!

Directions:
1. Begin by filling your flower pot with faux moss. Make it nice and full since it will keep your flowers in place.
2. Tie a ribbon or piece of yarn around the your pot.
3. Stick the flower picks directly into the pot. Put as many as you wish. We liked the look of three but you can make it as full as you would like.

Now all you need to do is display your spring centerpiece wherever you need some spring charm! This craft is so easy, family friendly, and easy on your budget. So why not try crafting your own?

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Head over to the Facebook page or Community Chat page when you are done and share your creation. We would love to have the chance to admire it!

Happy crafting!

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Friday Family Fun: Little Lobster Handprint

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Let’s get ready for the weekend with a fun kiddie craft, shall we? This Little Lobster Handprint Craft is so easy to make, and can even be a fun Father’s Day gift for Dad! Using just craft paint and paper, you can make your own lobster in just minutes. Take a look at how we made our own. The finished product is just too cute for words!

Little Lobster Handprint (and footprint!) Craft

Supplies needed:
Red finger paint
Pencil
Paintbrush
Craft paper

We found everything we needed at our local dollar store. As you can see, creating this craft costs way less than buying a real lobster!

Directions:
1. Begin by coating your child’s palms and fingers with red craft paint. This tickles so much and they really love it.
2. Press the palms to paper to create the hands of the lobster. Remove and wash.
3. Next, apply the paint to the foot of your child. This will create the body and tail of the lobster. Hopefully, they can stand the tickles this will cause!
4. Press their foot to the paper right in between the two hand prints. Make sure the toes are facing down to look like the tail.
5. Take your pencil and add eyes and antennae to the lobster. This can be just simple dots and lines.

Your little lobster hand print is now all ready to be displayed.

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Give this craft a try and then share your results with us on the Community Chat page or Facebook page. Surely you can create something just as cute.

Have a great weekend!

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Frozen Family Fun: Strawberry Sunset Fruit Pop

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Let’s dive into summer with some tasty fruit pops, shall we? These Strawberry Sunset Fruit Pops are so simple to make, and let me tell you that kid’s will devour them. You only need a few ingredients, and for just pennies you can make your own ice pops instead of chasing after the ice cream man or spending big bucks at the grocery store. Take a look at how we whipped up this batch in no time!

Strawberry Sunset Fruit Pops

Supplies needed:
Empty yogurt cup
Wood craft sticks
1 can of mandarin oranges
1 cup of fresh strawberries
2 cups of lemonade

Directions:
1. In a bowl, mix the mandarin oranges and lemonade. For the lemonade you can use fresh or even a simple powder mix will do.
2. Wash and chop the fresh strawberries into small chunks. Stir it into the mixture.
3. Pour the mixture into the yogurt cups. This is a such a great way to reuse yogurt cups when you are done with them.
4. Insert the wood craft stick.
5. Place the cup in the freezer and allow it to set for several hours until solid.
6. When you are ready to eat, let the cup sit at room temp for five minutes to make it easier to remove.

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Now all you need to do is pop the ice pop out and enjoy! It is so sweet and tasty, and you have to love that it is filled with real fruit!

Give these easy Strawberry Sunset pops a try. They are sure to become a new warm weather favorite that the whole family will enjoy. When you make yours, share your experiences with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We love to see how you give these crafts and recipes a try in your own home.

Happy Tuesday, friends! Enjoy the day!

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Rainy Day Fun: DIY Paper Plate Umbrella for Kids

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What do you do when you are faced with bored kids and a rainy day? You make paper plate umbrellas, of course! How cute and simple are these? With a few supplies, you can craft your own paper plate umbrella. Kids will love whipping up their own complete with yarn rain drops and tons of bright colors. Take a peek below at how to craft your own.

Supplies needed:
Wood craft sticks
Paper plates
Assorted color tissue paper
Blue or white yarn
Craft glue
Scissors

You should be able to find all of these supplies at your local craft or dollar store. Or, check your scrap bins as you may already have a great deal of these items on hand!

Directions:
1. Begin by folding your paper plate in half and cutting it. You should be able to make two umbrellas from each paper plate.
2. Tear up pieces of tissue paper into small pieces or cut them into squares.
3. Glue the tissue paper scraps onto the paper plate. Feel free to layer them for lots of color and interest.
4. Cut small lengths of yarn for raindrops. Glue it to the bottom/back of the plate. You can use blue or white yarn to look like water.
5. Attach the wood craft stick with glue. Press until it is adhered. This will create the handle of your umbrella.

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Does it get any cuter than that? While you are at it, why not enjoy some rainy day poems with your child as well? They will love crafting these rainy day umbrellas and making it their own. So gather your supplies and give this easy and cheap DIY project a try!

When you are done, be sure to share your finished product with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat Page. We love to see how creative you all are!

Happy crafting, friends! Have a great weekend.

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