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Making the decision to stay home with your kids, pursue creative ventures, or just quit the rate race isn't always easy. Here's what you should do before you make the leap. #stayathomemom #personalfinance #oneincome

“Should I Quit My Job?” (Your guide to making the choice)

“Should I quit my job?” “I would love to stay home with my kids.” “I really just want to get out of the rat race and work for myself.” If you’ve ever said these things, you aren’t alone. There’s so much more you need to know about making the leap than you might realize.         

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Get started with solar power the easy way from small sheds and outbuildings to boondocking to off-grid homes and more #solarpower #offgrid

Getting Started With Solar Power

Curious about solar? Wondering how you can make more sustainable choices or maybe even go off the grid? This comprehensive quick-start guide will help you get started.

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Building a Cordwood House: July and August Progress Report

It’s our second full summer building our cordwood house. From insulation to paneling and more, check out everything we accomplished in the months of July and August building our off-grid cordwood house.

We're building our own home, off-grid, from scratch and are sharing the knowledge we've gathered along the way. Build the life you want without blowing your budget to do it. Learn how and more here.

6 Reasons You Might Blow Your 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 […]

I'm quitting a stable job to create the life we want. I'm hoping to show you that you can too.

Why I’m Leaving My Job

If you’ve ever felt like quitting your job to stay home and work for yourself and for your family, I get it. Here’s why and how I’m “opting out”. As if the March wasn’t crazy enough, the month of April and this first sliver of May have combined to one-up it. The primary reason for this is […]

Learn how we DIYed our own cedar lap siding on the cheap!

DIY Cedar Siding for CHEAP

Cedar siding can be a beautiful way to side a home, but it usually comes at a premium. Follow along as we show you our DIY cedar siding

Just starting your first garden? Want to grow more of your own food (or at least quit killing the plants you try to grow)? Check out this big list of resources to help you on your gardening journey!

Ultimate List of Online Gardening Resources for Beginners

Having a garden is a great step towards self-sufficiency. For beginners, it’s important to take time to learn and practice your gardening skills. Check out this huge list of resources for beginning gardeners (and brown thumbs like me who need to up their gardening game).

Zero-waste seed markers, FREE containers, and buckets full of great container gardening ideas!

Container Gardening Ideas For Beginners

Container gardening is a great way for those who lack growing space or who want to improve their growing skills to get started with gardening. We’ll show you how we’re working on our skills with a cheap and easy container garden and provide links to a boatload more resources to get you started.

We're building a cordwood house by hand. In this update we've gotten a lot done, but it's been a wild ride to get there, we...

March Update: Life Happens!

We’ve been far too absent in the last several weeks because, well… LIFE KEEPS HAPPENING TO US! Perhaps you’ve felt like this too. You start feeling like you’re catching up and you can actually juggle everything and then everything comes crashing in again. We totally get it. While the setbacks we’ve faced lately aren’t the worst […]

Check out the progress on our cordwood home. What were we able to get done through the dead of winter? #cordwood #homesteading

January – February Cordwood Homestead Building Update

It’s been a little while since I’ve given a full homestead building update. It’s slow-going during the winter when we’re both teaching during the day, so what have we been able to accomplish?

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