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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 […]

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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 […]

Concrete piers finished and waiting for slab prep on our off grid cordwood home

BMR Update – Concrete Piers and a “Home” Tour

Finally! We’ve had a very unusual stretch of dry weather that has turned our mud into dust and allowed some wonderful guys to drill and pour our concrete piers! (SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO!) 19 holes. 4 feet deep. 24 inches wide.  And our land is all clay and rocks! Fortunately for me, one of my […]

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How We Got Rid of Half of Our STUFF

We live in a world that tells us we need to consume. Get a bigger house and fill it up with stuff. Get a better job with more money so you can afford more stuff. STUFF! Here, we’ll discuss the steps we took to downsize all of our belongings by HALF and how you too […]

There's a line missing between the left bedroom and bathroom, but otherwise this is a solid version of our 30'x34' house

Accidental Update – House Plans and Prep!

Hello, dear friends! It has been entirely too long since I’ve posted an update, but as usual it was all because of exciting things happening for my students at school.  I finished a very long project AND hosted a multi-school concert in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month. It was the eighth time I’ve […]

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