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Heck, why not?

So we’ve never really done this before. I mean, we’ve blogged for our music.  We’ve over-shared our lives on Facebook.  But we’ve never really done THIS before. So who are we exactly? We’re Mark and Emily (and our peanut there is Anthony).  In the beginning, most of you will already know us.  As we build this […]

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Clotheslines Rock!

Here’s an example of AH (accidental hippy). Emily and I had just moved into our first house, a foreclosure, with terrible wallpaper, aluminum wiring, HORRIBLE carpet, basement leaks, and an absolutely godawful kitchen. It was so bad that it makes me think that someone read a book called “Terrible Tile Travesties” alongside of a book […]

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Why We Cloth Diaper

Emily here! So, I was asking Mark what he’d like to share with all of you today and he told me, “Hey, why don’t you talk about why we cloth diaper?”  Honestly, I am equal parts excited and reserved about this.  On the one hand, I’m excited because I’ve found over the past 10 months that […]

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Types of Cloth Diapers

Okay, so we’re back for the ever popular topic of cloth diapers! For those of you who haven’t really looked at cloth before, or did a LONG time ago and have been out of the loop, there’s a lot of frightening lingo when you go to some cloth forums.  And if you’re anything like me, […]

A comprehensive guide for aspiring owner builders to help you avoid blowing your construction budget. Practical tips and advice from people who are doing it themselves!

6 Reasons You’ll Blow Your Home Construction Budget (and how to avoid it)

If you’re planning to build your own home, there are so many ways you are likely to blow your construction budget. Check out these six ways you might unwittingly destroy it, and then get helpful tips to avoid blowing it in the first place.

Dealing with wastewater isn't a pretty subject, but it's one of the most important things to consider when building an off-grid or green home. Find out your options (plus the one thing that might surprise you)

All About Off Grid Wastewater: Options, Septic, Code, and Advice

As green builders, we spent a lot of time looking at alternative methods of waste disposal including greywater systems and composting toilets. Unless you are truly out of the bounds of any type of code enforcement and/or don’t care about being a good steward and neighbor, you will likely encounter issues with your waste water […]

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June Building Update: Our Off Grid Cordwood Home at One Year

Building an off grid cordwood home is easily the craziest DIY task we’ve ever taken on, and after the months of April and May, we were ready to jump right into June! While I have left my job as a teacher, Mark is still working in his, which means the months of June and July […]

Drilling your own well for water on your off-grid property can be easy if...

Can You Drill Your Own Well For Water?

Water should be your top priority when building your homestead. If you want to drill a well but worry about the high cost of professional drilling, you definitely want to explore this method for drilling it yourself.

We're in months 10-11 of building our own cordwood home from scratch. Check out our progress!

April – May Building Update

The months of April and May were so jam-packed it’s hard to know where to start. When we finished out March, we had just finished the cedar siding and had purchased a new-to-us truck in the wake of having our other one totaled. Boo. I figured that April would be a quiet month and May […]

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