How We Bought a Farm in Our Early Twenties

Hi Friends! Today I want to share with you the story of how Chris and I were able to buy our little farm in our early twenties. People are often surprised that we live here and own this property. One time someone came over and asked where my parents were. Another time someone came by…

Homesteading in the North | The Perks of Living through the Cold

Hi Friends, lately I have been hearing a number of people mention how they couldn't handle living in the North or having such a short growing season. Being a transplant to NY in the winter of 2014, all the way from sunny and warm Southern California, I bring this perspective from my experiences living in…

Becoming Debt Free | Starting our Journey Towards Financial Freedom

This week Chris and I begin our journey towards financial freedom, with a goal of becoming 100% debt free. After church this past Sunday, we talked about how we can improve our finances, and really prioritize paying off both our small debts, and our large mortgage. While we haven't been in financial crisis, we do…

Did we Meet our 2018 Goals? | A Reflection on the Past Year

The New Year is always an interesting time. You have people who LOVED the past year, and you also have people just itching for it to be over with. Chris and I are kind of just in the middle, we don't tend to think of time as being confined by years, and mostly take things…

Starting a Back to Eden Garden | A No Till Organic Gardening Method

Good morning friends! Yesterday Chris and I spent most of the day working outside, even though it was windy and in the 30s. We were working on getting a pile of wood chips off of our driveway and into the garden. Well, this morning I woke up to snow falling and a fresh layer of…

3 Lessons Learned in Starting a YouTube Channel | Our Experience so far

Hi Friends! Happy almost 2019, we're so close to a brand new year. To be honest I find it a little silly how much people think a new year means change, when it is really an arbitrary date we've chosen to represent the next 365 days of life. However, I do appreciate how hopeful a…

Winter Solstice, Christmas, and Joy | A Reflection on Light Shining in the Darkness

Hi friends, I hope you're enjoying your holiday season. It's always a bit sad when the season starts to end, and the darkness of winter sets in. Today I want to share a little bit about what I've been reflecting on lately, the relationship between the Winter Solstice, the Christmas Holiday, and joy. I share…

The Golden Retriever | How is the Golden Retriever Different than a Labrador Retriever?

Are you looking for a loving, goofy, laid-back pup who will enjoy your company and the company of others? The Golden Retriever may be the right dog for you. In this post I will share a few facts about the breed, based on our experiences with our dog, Cali, and a number of other golden…

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Can you Homestead as a Vegetarian or Vegan? | Plant Based Homesteading

Today I want to address the concept of our plant-based homestead and answer some questions about this. As usual, you can watch the video below or read the post, the information is not all the same, but there is definitely some overlap. WHAT is a plant-based homestead? To start off, it is helpful to consider…