10 Dirty Truths About Homesteading {And Why We Quit}

10 Dirty Truths About Homesteading {And Why We Quit}

Eating clean, minimalism and sustainable living have caused an influx of families to ditch the mainstream life, buy chickens, and start their own farms. Maybe you’ve watched The Biggest Little Farm or have been following some picture-perfect homesteader Instagram feeds and are wondering, “should I homestead?” In my most recent Project Simplicity post, I shared the big news that we’ve officially decided to walk away from the homesteading dream after 10+ years of playing tug-of-war with the picturesque lifestyle. I always wanted to know if other homesteaders were as burdened as I was on the homestead. I found many blog...

Project Simplicity: The Life-Elimination Diet

Project Simplicity: The Life-Elimination Diet

If you’re wondering how to eliminate stress, simplify, and possibly change the entire course your life (for the better), a “Life-Elimination Diet” may be your answer. This Project Simplicity post comes with a big announcement about our family and life that definitely impacts this blog. Here we go… In nutrition, an elimination diet basically means cutting your entire diet down to the studs- a couple types of steamed vegetables, chicken meat and broth, and rice. You eat this way for 1-4 weeks to give your body a chance to rest and clear out. One by one, you start adding foods...

Project Simplicity: Your Edit Button

Project Simplicity: Your Edit Button

Since launching this “Project Simplicity” series, minimalism and simplifying has gone totally mainstream. Awesome. We are all realizing that enough is enough! Life is better without the clutter. There is one thing that fills up our lives with more clutter and unnecessary “stuff” than anything else; one thing that can completely rob us of our joy: our mouth. By “mouth”, I mean all of our communication, the way we communicate, and the amount of ways we communicate with the rest of the world. The power of “Publish” I recently read an article about minimalism where the author said he deleted all...

Project Simplicity: How To Start Minimalizing

Project Simplicity: How To Start Minimalizing

You may love the idea of a clutter-free life, but the question remains… “How Do I Start To Minimalize?!” (Don’t worry, Mom. I know this isn’t a word. “Minimizing” is correct, but playing off “minimalism” is what I’m doing here.) Minimalism doesn’t happen overnight, and there isn’t a “right” way to do it. Please do not put pressure on yourself to make your life look like someone else’s. I believe the idea of minimalism is a continual practice of simplifying your life. Everyone’s way of simplifying will look different. We have four young children, we cook almost all of our...

Project Simplicity: Silence

Project Simplicity: Silence

I have four children now. They all want to listen to Greatest Showman at full blast whenever possible. The baby even wiggles along to the music, fascinated by his rockstar older sisters. Today I discovered one of the most valuable, treasured things in the world: silence. I had a rare experience of silence for the first time in months as my husband took all four children out to run some errands. I’ve always enjoyed silence. A quiet recovery period after almost any social activity is always necessary for my well-being. Driving for long periods of time alone and with no...

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

I can’t believe it. I have four children. People are already asking me if we are “done”. Through my entire pregnancy I knew I definitely didn’t want more kids after this one. I would tell people it was “number last”. But surprisingly my answer is “probably”. My husband’s answer is a firm and very quick “Yes, we’re done!”. The birth of this fourth child (and first son!) was so amazing and he as been so easy and unbelievably sweet that I definitely can imagine doing this again. Actually I can’t imagine that this is the LAST time I get to...

Project Simplicity: Minimizing Stuff to Maximize Life

Project Simplicity: Minimizing Stuff to Maximize Life

As life becomes more complicated with kids and the homestead and responsibilities, I’m constantly asking myself, “how can I simplify my life?”. When life gets too complicated, I suffer and so does everyone in my life. I get angry and irritable too often and I feel like I’m not doing anything very well, including being a mom or wife, homeschooler or leader of my business team. When I can’t successfully juggle everything on my plate, it feels like it’s all going to implode at any moment. This is no way to live! Something’s gotta give. I have spent the last...

The Many Adventures of Our Hens and Chicks

The Many Adventures of Our Hens and Chicks

Mama hens hatching and raising a brood of chicks. What could more perfectly capture the dreamy homestead life? Reality check: Our last couple weeks of this picturesque life has involved exploding rotten eggs, dead chicks dangling from a mama hen as she runs around the coop, deformed chicks, drowning chicks, evil mama hens and countless wasted eggs. Our “feels like” temperatures have been consistently around 100. The coop is even hotter, more humid, and more full of bugs than the miserable outdoors, and it stinks in there no matter how clean you try to keep it! Our coop isn’t tall...

15 Protein Boosted Recipes + Snacks

15 Protein Boosted Recipes + Snacks

In our house we are constantly trying to add quality sources of protein to our kids’ meals. All of our kids are very active, but our oldest daughter is a competitive junior olympic gymnast at one of the top training centers in the world…which means she works her body like a professional athlete for up to 20 hours per week, and she’s still a little girl. I’m always worried about her nutrient intake, especially protein, to support the level of strength training she does. Everyone- kids and adults alike- could use more quality protein in their diet, as I elaborate...

How We Homeschool

How We Homeschool

When it’s time to enroll kids in school- either for the first time or for the next school year- many parents start feeling a tug on their hearts to consider homeschooling. Parents consider homeschooling for a myriad of reasons. Whatever the reasons, the whole idea comes with excitement, fear, self empowerment, self doubt, a lot of freedom and a lot of pressure. Real quick…if you want a little help organizing your homeschool life, I’ve created templates for weekly planning as well as keeping records for course work, progress, grades an attendance. Click here to download our FREE Homeschool Records +...