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It all started 8 years ago… with homemade laundry detergent.


A marriage, 2 kids, a dog, 2 cats, 8 chickens, 3 turkeys, a new house, and 12 acres later, we are full-fledged homesteaders, always eager to learn and do more.


So, what do we do that makes us homesteaders?


  • We raise egg-laying chickens, meat chickens, and turkeys.
  • We have a huge garden, grow a wide variety of fruits and veggies, & can or freeze our fresh produce.
  • We have a large blueberry patch.
  • We have a vineyard.
  • We have the beginnings of an orchard with pear, apple, & peach trees.
  • We have a pathetic raspberry patch that is in dire need of help… & friends! (:
  • We have wild blackberries at the edge of our woods.
  • We harvest venison & small game in the nearby state game lands.
  • We dream of raising cattle & pigs.

And wait, there’s more! That’s just the food, folks!

  • We (still) make our own laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent.
  • We use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets or fabric softener, & plan to install a clotheslines in the spring.
  • We make our own soap, shampoo, conditioner, & body wash.
  • We make our own make-up, deodorant, perfume, lotion, lip balm, toothpaste, & teeth whitener.
  • We use family cloth, mama cloth, the diva cup, cloth napkins, & cloth tissues.
  • We only use glass, stainless steel, or cast iron in the kitchen.
  • We cook from scratch as much as possible.
  • We make our own cleaning products.
  • We reduce, reuse, and recycle.

While we do and make A LOT, please know that it has taken us 8 years to get to this point…


We didn’t just wake up one day and change every aspect of our lives…


It has taken us a longggggg time…


Also, it isn’t necessary to do every single one of these things^ (or a bazillion other things that homesteaders do that maybe we don’t yet, or that I just haven’t mentioned) to make you a homesteader.


You can be a “homesteader” by just doing 1 or 2 of these things^.



Homesteading is a way of life, a frame of mind. It’s all about being more self-sufficient.




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Our goal is to show you everything we do around the homestead: self-sufficiency, growing food, frugal living, from-scratch cooking and recipes, self-sufficiency, DIY’ing, going off the grid, raising animals, prepping, tips, tricks, our successes, and probably lots of failures, too.


Please feel free to send us a message (check out our contact page) with any questions, comments, or even if you just want to say “hey!”


And be sure to check back often for the latest at The Holistic Homesteader.


Happy Homesteading! (: