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)

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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