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An ongoing series of life on our homestead

My First Blog Entry

September 13, 2017

I never had dreams of being a crunchy mom with 7 kids when I was growing up but let me tell you I have become one of the most crunchy people you will meet. From cloth diapers to breastfeeding and co-sleeping to raising a large crazy family on a 1 acre backyard not so rural homestead.

You may ask yourself, what does a full time working mom of 7 do in her not so spare time because she obviously has a lot of it. She opens her 1st business and decides that she will also include a blog. I do love writing and am a pretty good amateur photog but what the hell was I thinking, As I sit here and ponder what I am going to write about in my first blog post, the kids are getting ready for school, my 2 year old is having a catastrophic meltdown because let’s be honest she is 2, the chickens need to be let out of the coop for the day and I should probably go and check on the beehive. Gasp, wait what she has 7 kids works full time has chickens and is a beekeeper. I know, I know I am crazy right, well we also have a dog and are preparing land for some special new occupants that will be joining us in the next couple of months!

I can sit here and go on and on for days about how my days work but I am not sure that I want to scar you for life. And of course that would leave nothing cringe worthy to write about to keep you beautiful peeps coming back for more. What I can tell you is  that I am wicked excited to start a new journey and I am hoping that y’all will take it with me and live in my daily chaos. 

Why Beekeeping

September 19, 2017

A lot of people ask why did you become a beekeeper. I sit for a second and think to myself why would you ask, And then I realize that there is not much people really know about bees and beekeeping. Bees are essential to our crops and 1 of every 3 bites of food that we eat are a result of pollination. Many crops would completely disappear if honey bees cease to exist. And lets not forget about the benefits the Native local honey has on many people suffering from allergies These are just a few of the reasons I decided to become a beekeeper. 


After we housed our 1st colony in June of this year I was amazed by watching them work. I could sit out there for hours and just watch them do their thing and watch my children actually be interested in and enjoy learning what the bees do and how they live. 


When I started to make Lip Balm I thought to myself how awesome it would be to make something out of beeswax that actually came from my backyard. Learning about bees has been an awesome experience and I could talk about this for days and still have info to share and things to say and truly enjoy doing it. 


#saveourbees

Homesteading in Suburbia

September 26, 2017

Most people hear the word homestead and they automatically think off the grid in Alaska. The first thing I think is providing my family with healthy homegrown food and learning experience they will take with them forever. 7 years ago when we bought this house we were in awe of the space we had outside. We started our first vegetable garden. We planted just about everything you could think of hoping to supply our family with our delicious backyard food. Now I am not really sure when we added groundhogs, deer, rabbits, and every other wild animal in the area to our family but let me tell you they reaped the benefits of our labor. Every year after that we planted and every year lost just about everything. I had just about given up when we decided to get chickens.

We started small with 4 beautiful Rhode Island reds and were gifted a Arcauna. After about a year they met the same fate as the garden. As the years went on we learned new things and ways to keep our chickens and garden safe but not without some setbacks. Every year we would lose a flock and every year we would lose 90% of our garden. Fast forward 7 years and we have a really started to grow into this world of what I would call backyard homesteading. We have made our own maple syrup have a healthy flock of 12 ladies, a garden that did “ok”, a thriving Honey bee colony and my oldest son is a talented blacksmith working out of his backyard shop. In the coming months we will be adding to our homestead and I cannot wait for what is in store. It is a life that I see myself living for a very long time.

“A farm is more than land and crops. It is a family’s heritage and future.” ~ Unknown

Bringing home the Goats

October 24th, 2017

This past weekend we added some special friends to our family. GOATS baby GOATS. Of course I slept awful the first 2 nights worrying about them being ok out there in the deep dark woods (our 1 acre backyard) and of course they were fine. I never ever thought that I would ever have chickens let alone goats and I am loving it. It takes me to another place where I think I was always meant to be but just never realized it.

We have one little guy who is just 2 months old that we have named Earl. Let me tell you this guy is an escape artist and cute as hell. The whole family loves the little dude. He greets you in the morning, yells when he wants to play which happens to be ALLL the time right now and will jump up on your lap for cuddles. Now we have had to make some adjustments because he really can find even the smallest of spots to escape from. But we still love him. Let’s be honest having goats is not all about the cuteness. It is hard work and you need to be prepared for anything. They are very picky about their food, water and surroundings. Doing research is key but you never know what you are in for until you are actually caring for them.

I see myself living this life for a long time and I hope it is always filled with Bees, chickens Goats and lots of kids in the yard. 

Our Busy life

February 27th, 2018

I know, I know It has been several months since my last post, but we have been super busy here on the homstead. Over the past couple months we have lost our beloved Earl and welcomed CC to the herd. We miss earl dearly but CC is one cute little girl.  We are smack dab in the sap run and should sryup very soon. With winter winding down and spring around the corner we are prepping our spring sarters and making room for lots of expansion. I am a winter lover but man I am super ready for spring. We have so many new ideas and can not wait to begin. I can not wait to fill y'all in on all of our new projects, animals and personal growth. STAY TUNED !!!! I promise it will be worth the wait !

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