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Hey there - I'm so happy you've found us!  Thanks for stopping by.

I'm Staci and this is my little spot on the internet.

Do you long to simplify your life?  Maybe even live on a modern homestead?  Are you trying to change over to natural products but frustrated over what to make and what to buy?  Do you wish to make more meals "homemade" but just don't have the time to do it all?

I was there too, and that's exactly what I blog about.

My husband and I decided back in 2008 that we wanted to leave the city and buy an old farmhouse on the outskirts of town.  We longed to simplify our lives and the homesteading movement spoke to us.  We had a few goals:  pay off our debt (everything except our mortgage), make things homemade, simplify the way we lived, and figure out how to work for ourselves.  As of 2018 we have checked off every one of those items!  Although we're still working on paying the mortgage off early, we are incredibly fortunate to have accomplished our wish list.

We've learned a lot (like living more frugally, meal planning, budgeting, gardening, etc.), made mistakes that proved to be valuable lessons, celebrated successes, and learned to work toward our goals.  Together.  I share all of that here.

This is an encouraging community of all things natural living, cooking from scratch, and living on a small homestead.  I want to foster a desire of eating seasonally and locally as well as growing some of your own food.  Provide you recipes, ideas, and tutorials for making your own natural products, raising your own backyard flock, and living a simple lifestyle. 

You can read more about me and my own journey here.

Where To Start
  1. First, sign up for my email list to have every post delivered straight to your inbox (plus special offers, helpful tips & extra chicken love that only my email farm family receives!).  It's totally free and you can unsubscribe at any time.
  2. You can begin by reading posts on the home page - these are the most current things I've published.  Or, if you would like to read something specific, like Real Food Made Simple: Making The Switch or 36 Ways To Make Money On The Homestead, you can either use the search bar on the right-hand side, or browse the category (listed on the menu bar above).
  3. Check out my recipe index for a gazillion tried and true recipes that you can add to your own repertoire.
  4. Do you meal plan?  If not, or if it is a struggle for you, check out my easy peasy how-to posts.  Why should you meal plan?  Start with the 6 reasons EVERYONE should meal plan post (spoiler alert - this one tool allowed us to pay off our debt completely!)
  5. To see more of the day-to-day on my homestead, follow me on Instagram.

Enough about me, tell me about you!
Email me at anytime.  I would love to hear from you.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Here are some favorite posts to get you started on your own journey:

Simplifying Your Life:

Switching To A Real Food Lifestyle:

Getting Started With Meal Planning:

Beginning Your Own Homestead:

Backyard Chicken-Keeping:

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