From tools and gadgets to hand-cranked kitchen appliances, practical work attire to lovely items to have around the home, the homesteader’s aesthetic combines old ways and useful items, and if you can blend beauty into that combo - even better!
Here is an exhaustive list of ideas for the homesteader in your life. We’ve made every effort to include a variety of items and price points to fit every budget.Read More
Time moves slowly, and yet so fast.
It seems like we’ve been redesigning careers, working, saving money, and browsing properties for sale for an eternity, yet at the same time it feels like it was just yesterday that we even seriously set goals and began this journey to building an off-grid homestead from scratch.
If you follow this blog, you’ve watched as we setup completely new career paths, finally made the big move to this wilderness we love so dearly, and you know we’ve just been plugging away - working a lot and saving as much money as possible.
Now, a big step has been made in this overall process - WE BOUGHT LAND!Read More
Many of us in the homesteading community want to get out of the rat race, move to a rural area (or even the wilderness), grow our food, work on the homestead everyday, and enjoy a simpler way of life.
This is hard to do if you have to commute away from the homestead every day though. You never really get into that homestead state of mind when this is the case.
How to escape the rat race, then? How to wake up and be able to stay on our homestead, working on projects, enjoying our animals, nature, the land, the comfort of home, and our loved ones? That is the question so many of us feel daunted by.
We may get the acres, build the cabin, plant the garden… but, somehow it doesn’t feel complete when we have to leave every single day to go sell our time and get pulled back into that hectic state of mind that is the norm of modern Western industrial society.
We begin to believe it isn’t even possible and this is just the way it is nowadays.
I’m here to tell you that it is possible to earn a full-time income without having to leave your home(stead).
And no, you do not have to have some university-granted skill set to be able to do so. In fact, if you are truly motivated and driven to achieve this lifestyle, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to achieve it in one year.
Just think - your life could be completely different this time one year from now. You could be working from home everyday or - even better - not working every day from anywhere, but generating passive income online instead! Freeing you to work on your homestead, on creative projects that are truly fulfilling, spending more time with those you love, and just enjoying a higher quality of life all around.
I know because I did (and am doing) it myself. So I wanted to share some personal advice if this sounds like a path you might be interested in taking yourself.
I’m going to share information about transitioning to working online from home followed by two passive income strategies - all that you can begin working on now!Read More
As an outdoorsy woman myself, I figured I was well-suited for the task of creating a gift guide for other women who spend as much time as they can outdoors - hiking, camping, backpacking, or doing work on the homestead.
I’ve made sure to include a wide range of ideas and cater to all budgets so hopefully you can find something on this list that’s just right, or at the very least - sparks another idea.
These gifts are some of my personal favorites, proven to be useful in the outdoors (and some of them are just plain fun!).Read More
Here in the Inland Northwest, nighttime lows have been in the 30’s and 40’s since early September.
These sudden low temps have been a strong reminder of what’s to come.
We’ve been hustling to get our living quarters winterized, find a 4wd vehicle, and switch out summer clothes for winter gear at our storage unit.
I say winter gear rather than winter clothes because in this climate - far colder than many parts of Alaska - once the snow falls, it doesn’t go anywhere, it just builds and builds as the season progresses. So, doing anything outdoors requires a great deal of preparation.
But sitting silent and still in such cold extreme temperatures (e.g. hunting!) is a whole other level and demands the proper apparel, otherwise you’re going to have a miserable and short-lived experience.
Personally, I don’t do much hunting at this point in life. But I do go along with my husband because I enjoy it (and seem to have a sharp eagle eye!). And nothing ruins a hunt quicker than getting cold, for either of us.
So this article is to list the hunting gear we rely on to keep us warm and alert.
Hope you find it useful & please add your own recommendations in the comments. Our wardrobe is always evolving :DRead More
It was around this time last year that I sat in a coffee shop in Kentucky, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington, and longing to figure out how to find a way to live in that beloved wilderness full-time.
Since then, I’ve learned so so much and I’m happy to report - it worked! I sit here now typing this to you from that wilderness I so longed for.
This article is about one of the biggest hurdles those of us who want to homestead and live off-grid in a rural location have to figure out - how to fund this lifestyle, and how to do so in a lucrative way that doesn’t create an endless cycle of stress and ultimately - failure.
In this article, I’m sharing my story with you and asking for your feedback as I take the next big step in creating a small Ebook about my personal success story of how I self-educated to be able to work online from anywhere. And why you can do the same!
Hope you enjoy and feel inclined to leave a comment!
Thanks so much ~ happy end of summer everyone, wherever you are :)
As an outdoorswoman myself, who is married to the ultimate outdoorsman and preparedness guru - I can tell you a thousand unique gifts for the outdoorsy fellow in your life.
This list focuses on nice gifts; this is not a wilderness survival gear checklist (though many of these items would be good to have in those scenarios) and this list is not focused on outdoorswomen (though many of these gifts would be highly coveted by her, too). Those lists are coming soon, so stay tuned!
But for now, let's pick out a good gift for that man in your life who loves the outdoors - friend, husband, boyfriend, father - a gift that will make him shake his head and sincerely say, "Wow!.... Thank you!"
I've made sure to include a variety of price points to fit any budget, while not skimping on value. Rest assured, these are all high-quality, top of the line, outdoors products and any avid outdoorsman would agree. You won't see any products below that we ourselves don't own and love.
Now let's get shopping! (Isn't gift-giving fun!?)Read More
One of the primary reasons for ever starting this blog was to give a more transparent look into what it takes (or at least - what it has taken us) to build an off-grid homestead from scratch.
So many of the off-grid homesteading blogs out there are people who are already doing it, they're on their homestead living the wonderful homestead-y life. But we, along with many of you, simply aren't to that stage yet.
We're in the very beginning of this transition, which - unless you have a lot of money - can be a lengthy process.