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If you are looking at building your own house one day, or if you want to start a homestead but don't know if you can do it when you and your partner both have to work, what are some of the realities of such a situation and how can you deal with it? Here's what we're doing to make it work. #homesteading #buildahouse

Homestead Building When Life Gets In The Way

Trying to build a house on our land while also teaching full-time, taking on side gigs, and raising a child keeps us more than busy. What are the realities of working while you’re trying to build your homestead? And how can we manage our time effectively to make sure we get the house done without damaging […]

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We're building an off-grid cordwood home! Check out everything we did in the second full month of building and what you can learn from our mistakes

July Cordwood Homestead Update

The month of July brought slow but steady progress to our cordwood building project. We’ll give you the recap of everything that happened and what we learned in the process.

Info for the aspiring cordwood builder. Great for sheds, coops, playhouses, garages, and full houses! Valuable resources and tricks we learned along the way! #cordwood #diy #building

Cordwood For Beginners

Cordwood Masonry is great for DIY builders but requires knowledge and practice to do successfully. Here we’ll provide you the valuable resources we used to get our building off the ground and show you some tricks we learned along the way.

This homemade "gatorade" is organic, dye free, low in sugar, and only costs $.29 to make for a 20 oz. serving! Click for options, mix-ins, and the gallon sized version!

Homemade “Gatorade”

Building a homestead in 90+ degree weather has us really working up a sweat. Water is great, but on these super hot days it just isn’t enough to keep us going. Instead of chugging loads of Gatorade with lots of sugar and artificial dyes, I whipped up an easy batch of this in less than […]

Trying to choose between building a tiny house or a small house? You know you don't want the expense, upkeep, and materialism that comes with having a BIG house, but should you build a tiny house? In this post, we'll examine exactly why we chose to go smaller but NOT tiny and give guiding questions to help you decide if tiny or small living are right for you. #tinyhouse #smallhouse #homesteading

Why We Chose NOT To Build A Tiny House

Trying to choose between building a tiny house or a small house? You know you don’t want the expense, upkeep, and materialism that comes with having a BIG house, but should you build a tiny house? In this post, we’ll examine exactly why we chose to go smaller but NOT tiny and give you guiding questions […]

Check out this overview of how one aspiring homestead family built up a full post-and-beam house frame in one month! #diy #house #homestead

June Cordwood Homestead Update

We are making lots of progress on building our cordwood homestead! In one month we’ve gone from posts in the ground to a full house frame. Check out our photos and get a full walk-through in this post!

If you're dreaming of one day buying a piece of land to build a house or start a homestead, there is some important financial information you NEED to know before you take the leap from DREAMING to DOING. Don't jeopardize your homestead success because of money -- start off on the right financial foot! #homesteading #smartmoney

6 Financial Tips for Buying Land for Your Homestead

  Whether you want to homestead or just have a spot of Earth to call your own, buying land is something that requires patience, preparation, and care. We bought 16 acres to build a cordwood house off of the electrical and water grid, and in doing so we learned a LOT about what to do and what […]

If you are building or are thinking about building a house - tiny, traditional, or otherwise - there are two big mistakes you're likely to make at some point along the way. How you prevent these mistakes and what you do when they happen anyway is critical! #homebuilding #diy

The Two Biggest Mistakes You’ll Make When You Build a House

If you are building or are thinking about building a house – tiny, traditional, or otherwise – there are two big mistakes you’re likely to make at some point along the way. How you prevent these mistakes and what you do when they happen anyway is critical!  

You and your partner want to live a more self-sufficient life, but where do you start? Hint: it isn't by picking good mutual funds or hiding your money in a mattress.

Three Money Tips for Couples Who Want to Live a Self-Sufficient Life

Having control of your finances is crucial to living a self-sufficient life. These three things are vital to us as a couple to get control of our money and build the homestead of our dreams.

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Overview and Total Cost of DIY Rough Plumbing in a Slab (when you AREN’T an expert)

If you want to build your own house but worry that you aren’t knowledgable enough to do things like your own rough-in plumbing, don’t worry! WE ARE NOT EXPERTS. But we know and have consulted many. If you are considering becoming an owner-builder at some point, knowing and consulting experts is the best thing you can do. […]

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5 Items Our Family Uses to Minimize Everyday Waste

Ever worry about how much trash you make and the impact it has on the world around us? In this post, we’ll explore various reusable options that can help you reduce your footprint, even if you have small kids. 

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How We Live on HALF Our Income

Living well and saving money, even on a teacher’s salary, isn’t impossible if you know how to spend your money well. In this post, I’ll show you how WE live on half our income and save the other half for our building project. Update: This post applied to our budget BEFORE I decided to quit […]

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Prepping for In-Slab Rough-In Plumbing

In this post, we’ll take a look at how we’re prepping the foundation area on our off-grid home for the rough-in plumbing, including waste drainage and radiant heat.   As school winds down for me and my responsibilities are getting fewer, I have much more time to devote to the inner workings of our homestead project. […]

If you are thinking about building your own house, it isn't impossible! But if you're thinking it's going to look like all of the magical things you see on Pinterest, think again. Here, we discuss the realities of being owner-builders and the ONE BIG THING to keep in mind if you want to build your own house.

The One Big Thing to Know About Building Your Own House

If you are thinking about building your own house, it isn’t impossible! But if you’re thinking it’s going to look like all of the magical things you see on Pinterest, think again. Here, we discuss the realities of being owner-builders and the ONE BIG THING to keep in mind if you want to build your […]

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