homesteadblog Photos & Videos

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Christmastime encompasses so many things that I love...great food being one of them. Every year at Christmas I give myself a pass and commence making some decadent treats that are dedicated to the season in our household. My favorite? Rocky Road Candy. 😋 . Y'all... it's the stuff dreams are made of. Chocolatey, peanuty, sweet-and-salty perfection. And it's the simplest of recipes too! 5 ingredients. 10 minutes tops. No, there's not a single redeeming quality health-wise...unless you count the flood of warm fuzzy feelings you get from consuming pure decadence. 😅 To find the recipe, follow the blog link in my profile and check out the Homestead Kitchen category. If you love decadence as I do, you will love this special treat! 😁 . #homesteadkitchen #christmastreats #christmascandy #newblogpost #recipeontheblog #homesteading #homesteadlife #homesteadblog

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2 weeks ago

I finally did it y'all...I took the plunge and started writing a blog! There have been so many funny stories and truly wild experiences we have had during the time we've been building our house, and many of my friends have suggested I put them all together in a blog. So here it is..."The Reed Family Homestead" official blog! I have gone back and documented some of our stories thus far (there are still many I need to put on there), and I will continue to document our story as it unfolds in the future. I hope it will be a source of inspiration for any of you who are aspiring homesteaders like us, as well as providing plenty of laughs through our crazy experiences trying to build a house all by ourselves. . So come check us out at www.thereedfamilyhomestead.com! And I welcome any and all feedback...Thumbs-ups and/or constructive criticism. Please let me know how we're doing! . If any of you are also bloggers, please share your site in the comments! I am a firm believer in community and support, and would love to support your blogging efforts, so share your site here and I will check yours out as well! 😁 . #blogging #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #bloggersofinstagram #homesteading #homesteadlife #blogger #blog

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1 month ago

Chaenmelos Japonica or Mails Quince We admired this plant in our garden. It was struggling out from under the cammillia someone planted on top of it. I loved it's little blossoms and chanced upon its name in a beekeeping book I was reading. There I learnt it is one of the first food sources for bees after winter. Last night I wrote a blog post about our planning a (hopefully) possum proof bee friendly ornamental garden in the house yard and I learnt Japonica also grows quince like fruit that can be used for jam. Winner! You can read more about the other plants we've chosen at huntergathererforager.com #beegarden #possumproof #Australiangarden #tasmaniangarden #gardening #japonica #homesteadblog #homesteadingaustralia #permaculture #permaculturegarden

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1 month ago

New blog is up. It’s short & sweet but to the point. Just a little bit on why we do what we do. We’ve had some interaction on here from those who don’t support it and those that do. And also those who would like to but never have. If you’re one of those that would like to learn comment below as there will be one coming later with the basic “how to.” #blog #homesteadblog #whywehunt #meateater #provider #wrh #wakerobinhomestead

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1 month ago

It’s NOVEMBER FRIENDS! We are kicking off the month with some fun and sharing our @blueapron experience with you! We love spending time in the kitchen but have struggled to come up with meal ideas lately. With @blueapron our meal plan is easy! We now have delicious recipes with pre-measured ingredients delivered right to our door. Check out the latest blog post to read our thoughts on this incredible company and find out how you get $40 OFF your first blue apron box! 🍴

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1 month ago

Marshall likes to help “harvest” grass 🤣 He doesn’t see me harvest much of anything because I stink at gardening. But we’ll learn together 💕 Last years garden was a fail. I got a few onions, some baby potatoes, and a squash plant that never produced. Somehow my asparagus survived my black thumb too, but I won’t be able to harvest anything until next year. But there’s always this year! 🙌🏻 I have a little helper too, and this time hopefully he’ll spend less time “harvesting” all of my seedlings, and more time playing in the hose🤣 I’m definitely better at the animal side of homesteading 😆 #gardening #garden #gardenfail #gardener #minigardener #toddlergarden #harvesting #toddlerlife #momlife #momlifeisthebestlife #toddlermom #momsofboys #boymom #momblog #momblogger #homestead #homesteadlife #homesteadmom #minifarm #hobbyfarm #smallfarm #growyourown #selfreliance #homesteadblog #texashomestead #rainboots

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1 month ago

Sweet Mabel is thankful for the cooler weather 😊 We all are! Unfortunately it’s been REALLY rainy. I’m seriously SO over it, y’all 😩 No pumpkin patches, no fun holiday shopping trips. We can’t even go on the back porch to carve pumpkins! Hopefully it passes soon so we can actually enjoy October at some point! #chickens #chickensofinstagram #raisingchickens #chooks #backyardchickens #countryliving #countrylife #smallfarm #hobbyfarm #hobbyfarming #homestead #homesteading #homesteadlife #momblog #homesteadblog #texas #princetontx

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1 month ago

Posted @withrepost @modernhomesteadmama SURPRISE! 🎉🍂🌻 . . Our family is growing! We’re expecting baby #2 in May of 2019 💕 Marshall’s gonna be a big brother 😭 . . At only 8 weeks along, I’m feeling pretty exhausted and ready for the second trimester to begin 🤧😴 . . It’s a little early to announce, but how can you hold it in when you have pictures THIS good? 😍 Taken by the beautiful and talented Kristian from @belovedarrowsphotography 🌻 . . Possibly just as exciting as our newest little family member is the connection we felt with Kristian and her family 🤣🙌🏻 God definitely intended for us to meet, and I’m SO looking forward to building a beautiful friendship with the Greers 😍 Seriously, when you feel a connection with another married couple with kids, it’s like striking gold. How rare is it to feel your values and personalities line up on a meaningful level? . Thank you Kristian, for capturing such beautiful photos! 😍 I’ll be sharing more in the upcoming weeks 💕 . . . . . #surprise #pregnancyannouncement #pregnancy #pregnant #impregnant #pregnancyannouncementideas #momblog #momblogger #mommyblog #secondtimemom #twoundertwo #toocute #family #fallphotoshoot #familyphotography #countryliving #countrylife #marriedlife #slowliving #letthekids #bigbrother #homesteadblog #homesteader #secondtimemom #momtimestwo #itsfallyall #bigannouncement #momlife #momlifeisthebest

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1 month ago

Day 16 #gettoknowahomesteader A procrastinated farm chore.... 100% absolutely cleaning up after the pups. Especially with all the rain we’ve had 😖 they currently sleep in our detached laundry room so they are outside all day tromping around in the mud, then they have to go inside at night which means wipe their paws, wipe off their fur, make sure the floor isn’t wet... then somehow there’s still muddy paw prints all up and down the walls. Mopping that tiny 100 sq ft shed is a dreaded chore FOR SHORE. ・・・ @atablefullinthewoods @growingjubilance @lostandfarmed @moderndaysoldways @mitzacreekfarm ・・・ #homesteading #farmdogs #homesteadblog #homesteadlife #puppies #dogsofinstagram #texas

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2 months ago

I don’t usually post pictures taken on my iPhone, buuuuut... We’ve officially settled into the new house! Check out my stories later this afternoon for the grand tour! 💕 I’ll add them to my “home” highlights 😊 . . We’re over the moon! Even the chickens are loving it! A lot of the land is overgrown and in need of some serious tlc, which means there’s a ton of crazy bugs to feast on 🤣 . . I’ve never lived in a wooded area, so the bugs are definitely going to take some getting used to 😲 But it’s well worth it! . . There’s a creek in the back, and over an acre of wooded land, full of crazy new plants to identify! Lots of room for both kids and animals! . . The best part so far, is watching Marshall explore the land! 💕 He’s in heaven 🙌🏻🌻 . . . . . . #newhouse #firsthome #newhome #moving #princetontx #homestead #homesteadkids #homesteadlife #homesteadher #farmlife #hobbyfarm #hobbyfarming #smallfarm #ranchlife #homesteading #nature #woods #kidsofinstagram #toddlermom #boymom #toddlersofinstagram #momblog #homesteadblog #momblogger #toocute #kidsinnature #hippiekids

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2 months ago

Part of our quick introductions so that you know who's behind this new project! A little game we like to call WHO's WHO at HOMESTEAD HOW-TO! . . Introducing Libby McPhee - one of the founding partners of Homestead How-To! Libby has a BA in Literature and is currently enrolled in a Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program to obtain her license in Special Education K-21. When she’s not puttering around her home, she is working at the local high school in their Special Education Department. She lives on a small homestead in Mount Holly, Vermont with her husband and two daughters. Libby and her husband are passionate about becoming as self-reliant as possible and raising their daughters in this lifestyle. . . Libby has been active in creating community among homesteaders on social media and plays a lead organizing role in the "Homesteaders of Instagram" group. She is a friend to many homesteaders around the country and the world and we're excited that she's helping to bring those connections to this new site! . . As lead community builder, Libby focuses on creating connections with homesteaders to encourage them to visit Homestead How-To and participate in our joint learning adventures. She also works regularly with Carrie to identify and curate great content. If you think you might want to write for us, reach out to Libby for an initial conversation! . . You can connect with Libby at @tulamaehomestead . . . #homesteadhowto #callforproposals #introduction #whoswho #homesteadlife #homsteading #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #tulamaehomestead

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2 months ago

In case you're wondering who's behind this new project, we're gonna play a little game called WHO's WHO at HOMESTEAD HOW-TO! . . Carrie Williams Howe is the co-founder and owner of HH2. Carrie has a PhD in Educational Leadership with a focus on adult learning and curriculum development. When she isn’t weeding the garden or canning, she is passionate about creating venues for adults to learn effectively with each other. She lives on a small homestead in Williston, Vermont where she and her family focus on growing as many vegetables as possible while also offering small shares to others. The Howes also raise bees and will soon sell honey and other beeswax products; follow their adventures on The Happy Hive: @happyhivevt . . As the lead editor, Carrie is responsible for curating the categories and content of Homestead How-To in partnership with Libby. She focuses on making sure that articles align with the goals and purposes of the site and help to promote learning in every way possible. If you submit a proposal and we invite you to submit a full article, Carrie will work with you to get your article ready for print! . . Don't be shy - we love newbie authors who could use a little boost to their site. Send us your ideas! We're real homesteaders too and we want to get to know you better :) . . #homesteadhowto #callforproposals #introduction #whoswho #homesteadlife #homesteading #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #happyhivevt

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2 months ago

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been working on a special project over the past few months with a fellow homesteader - Libby at @tulamaehomestead - to launch a new collaborative website. Homestead How-To is a learning community for homesteaders, focused on articles that help you to tackle your everyday homestead projects. We’ll also offering reviews of useful books and other learning resources. We’re both educators, and this our way of bringing our love for learning to the awesome homestead community we have built online. . . Follow us at @homesteadhowto . . While we have written most of the articles for the launch, we’ll be inviting other homesteaders to contribute their own how-to advice as well. And every article published will include a profile of the author, their homestead (if applicable), and links to all of their social. We want to use this as a way to continue growing the awesome connections we have made with so many of you and feature up and coming bloggers as well as veterans. . . So check us out, join us, and consider submitting an idea for an article! We are so excited for this joint venture! . . #newblog #newadventure #homesteadhowto #HH2 #buildingourcommunity #learningfromeachother #homesteadblog #homesteadlife #homesteadcommunity #tulamaehomestad #happyhivevt

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2 months ago

🎉🎉🎉BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!!! I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been working on a special project over the past few months with a fellow homesteader - Carrie at @happyhivevt to launch a new collaborative website. Homestead How-To is a learning community for homesteaders, focused on articles that help you to tackle your everyday homestead projects. We’ll also offering reviews of useful books and other learning resources. We’re both educators, and this our way of bringing our love for learning to the awesome homestead community we have built online❤️ . . Follow us at @homesteadhowto . . While we have written most of the articles for the launch, we’ll be inviting other homesteaders to contribute their own how-to advice as well. And every article published will include a profile of the author, their homestead (if applicable), and links to all of their social. We want to use this as a way to continue growing the awesome connections we have made with so many of you and feature up and coming bloggers as well as veterans. . . So check us out, join us, and consider submitting an idea for an article! We are so excited for this joint venture!🙌🏻🎉 . . #newblog #newadventure #homesteadhowto #HH2 #buildingourcommunity #learningfromeachother #homesteadblog #homesteadlife #homesteadcommunity

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2 months ago

Less than one week until the big move! I cannot wait to show y’all around the new place 😍 . . It was built in 1960, and it has wood paneling everywhere. It’s outdated, but I’m determined to make it cozy. We’re going for a rustic farmhouse vibe. 😍 . . Y’all pray for us 😩 We have no friends or family out here so we’re packing and moving during naps and early in the morning 😂 it’s not the first time we’ve moved completely alone, but it gets harder as Marshall gets older 😬 . . . . . . . #homestead #homesteadlife #homesteadkids #homesteader #smallfarm #cowsofinstagram #cow #hobbyfarm #farmlife #mooreanimalsplease #toocute #thatsdarling #homesteadblog #momblogger #momlife #moving #newhome #farmhouse #rusticfarmhouse

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2 months ago

I have another beautiful DIY for y’all! 💕 Rosemary Peppermint Foot Scrub 🌱💋 . . . Click the link in my bio for the ingredients and directions, and ➡️SWIPE➡️ to see more pics 😊 . . . . . #diy #homemade #peppermint #herbal #healingherbs #herbalism #foraging #gardening #gardendfresh #rosemary #farmfresh #farm #smallfarm #hobbyfarm #farmhouse #southern #mama #momblog #giftideas #homestead #homesteadlife #diyhomestead #homesteader #homesteadblog #productphotography

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2 months ago

My nosy little Mabel loves getting her picture taken 🤣 . . . Back in January, when I was picking out our flock, I made sure to pick out kid-friendly, docile breeds 😊 I also wanted rainbow eggs, so I put a ton of thought into it! 💕 . . . Click the link in my bio to read my top 10 chicken breeds for kids 🐔🌻 . . . . . #chickens #raisingchickens #chooks #chooksofinstagram #chickensofinstagram #hens #hensofinstagram #mooreanimalsplease #homestead #homesteading #homesteadlife #southern #countryliving #countrylife #farmlife #farmhouse #smallfarm #hobbyfarm #selfreliance #fresheggs #fresheggsdaily #backyardchickens #homesteadblog #kids #homesteadkids #momblog #texashomestead #princetontx

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3 months ago

Gahhhhhhh I’m still hemming and hawing over this decision because second-guessing myself is a skill I’m quite adept in. . . Just posted my first two blog posts—still getting a feel for my “voice” and just everything blogging involves. But it’s nice to have a place to plunk the longer things I want to share and it’s been fun figuring it all out! . Link is in my bio! . #newbieblogger #homesteadblog #steppingoutsidemycomfortzone #findingmyvoice #homesteadlife #sharethecraziness #vermonthomestead

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3 months ago

⛰If there's one thing we really try to cultivate as parents is a sense of wonder and wildness in our family's everyday life. We mostly find that all we need to do is provide opportunity and then engage where we are welcome. It's a great gift to be reminded how life-essential imaginative play and carefree time in nature is for all of us. As parents we might have to step outside our "adult" comfort zones (much easier for Daddy than Mommy here) and relearn how to play. If we can, & do, it sets something free and awakens part of our souls we thought we had to give up when we became grownups. Here's to being alive & playful souls in a world that needs the joy & freedom that brings. . . . . . 👵 We enjoyed our Labor Day weekend with Kyle's parents. It's such a gift to be close to at least one set of our parents. I do wish the other set lived closer also. 👴🏻 . . . ⛺️ We hiked up to Max Patch (swipe left to see more). Parking was tricky but the hike was easy. The weather was perfect. The views incredible. We plan on camping there in the fall, if anyone is interested in joining us for a camp out just let us know! ⛺️ . . . #wildandfree #childhood #childlike #playful #parenting #simpleliving #simpleparenting #simplejoys #timewithfamily #sunshine #simpleparenting #family veganicfarming #veganicgardening #veganhomesteading #veganhomesteaders #permaculture #veganfarmers #vegangardeners #northcarolina #appalachia #foodforests #homestead #homesteading #homesteaders #homesteadblog #veganhomesteadblog #christianvegan #veganchristian #plantbasedhomestead #plantbasedgardening #plantbasedchristian

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3 months ago

Last week we lost my sweet Darlene 😢 . . We’re not 100% sure what happened, but we think it was a heat stroke. . . She didn’t like me very much. She didn’t like anyone, really, aside from our Buff Orpington, Hennifer. But I loved her! She was so beautiful and funny... and a great egg layer! . . . You’ll be missed Darlene! 😢 . . . . . #backyardchickens #backyardchicken #chooks #chickens #chickensofinstagram #lossonthefarm #farmlife #smallfarm #hobbyfarm #homestead #homesteading #homesteadlife #homesteadher #heatstroke #chickenmama #crazychickenlady #texashomestead #homesteadblog #momblog #southernmama #farm #hen #hensofinstagram #poorbaby #rip

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3 months ago

I made the cutest fall wreath because in my heart it's fall... Lol. I also bought and planted some gorgeous red and purple mums. Plus I planted a whole new round of herbs to keep in the house through winter for cooking and drying. It's my FAVORITE season. We always visit a local farm where they have a huge cornmaze (we always get lost 😂). Then we shoot pumpkins out of their pumpkin cannon. And then finish up by shopping at their little on site farm store. And then as we drive home we chit chat about how we'd love to turn our farm into something like that! Not to mention Halloween's my favorite holiday 😍. And October is also our first borns birth month 😍. So many things I LOVE about fall. I could go on and on. Im sharing a link to my 2017 Fall Home Tour in my bio. It gives me all the fall vibes I LIVE FOR. And I'm thinking I'll switch it up and do a 2018 Fall Farm Tour this year 💁. What do you guys think? Home or Farm? Or maybe a mix of both 🤷? . . . . #countdowntofall #20days

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3 months ago

It’s the first of September and I am helping Heather of @sleightholmfolk to welcome Autumn with her annual blog stroll (there’s even a giveaway on her blog for some lovely artwork!). So click on over to Heather’s Insta and join us for some Fall fun! • • #Juneau #Alaska #JuneauAlaska #907 #Alaskan #AlaskaBlog #AlaskaAdventure #NorthToAlaska #AlaskaLife #Homestead #HomesteadBlog #AlaskaBlog #Blogger #SimpleLife #LiveSimply #FolkLiving #LiveFolk #Folk #NatureLove #BlogPost #OldFashioned #OldFasionedBlog #ChristianBlog #ChristianBlogger #Home #Autumn #AutumnLove

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3 months ago

I’ve had a lot of people ask me questions about how we bought our house! I put up a blog post (link in bio) covering everything @dustymk and I learned in the home-buying process about USDA loans and what it takes to buy a home in a seller’s market. Enjoy! Feel free to ask me any questions. I know there are probably some things I can elaborate on!!! 🤠 ・・・ #homesteading #blogging #homesteadblog #homebuying #texas #realestate #loans #mortgages #usdaloans #finances #farming #ranching #rurallife #countryliving #prepper #selfsufficient #millennials

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3 months ago

I sure am gonna miss these girls, but it’s time for the next chapter 😢💕 . . We’re moving at the end of September. It’s funny though, we’re moving practically across the street, about 2 minutes away 🤣 . . It’s a beautiful house on a over an acre of land with a creek and huge trees, so our animals will have plenty of shade. Plus there’s an extra room 😉 The house is about 3 times bigger than where we’re staying now. To say we’re stoked is a massive understatement! . . Still, these sweethearts won’t be in my backyard anymore, and I’m going to miss each and every one! . . . . . . . . #cowsofig #cowsofinstagram #cow #livestock #farmlife #farmland #hobbyfarm #homesteadlife #homesteadmom #homestead #homesteading #texashomestead #countryliving #simplelife #countrylife #momsofinstagram #momlife #southernmama #homesteadblog

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4 months ago

We recently had a Spanish blogger stay with us for 2nights. Laura has since sent us her blog post about her stay here. Have a goo 😀 https://erasmusu.com/es/blog-erasmus/general/primera-experiencia-airbnb-en-irlanda-667379?utm_source=erasmusu&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=notis&utm_content=ranking

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4 months ago

It may be rainy and cold out my window now, but I’ll have fireweed honey as a taste of summer to get me through autumn! There’s a new story to read over on the blog if you care to hop over and see it - this one is all about making fireweed honey! 🍯 • • • • #Juneau #Alaska #JuneauAlaska #907 #Alaskan #AlaskaBlog #AlaskaAdventure #AlaskaLife #Homestead #HomesteadBlog #AlaskaBlog #Blogger #SimpleLife #LiveSimply #FolkLiving #LiveFolk #Folk #NatureLove #BlogPost #OldFashioned #OldFasionedBlog #ChristianBlog #ChristianBlogger #Home #Homemade #Flowerpicking #FireweedHoney #Fireweed #WildFlowers

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4 months ago

"A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar." –Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty ✨ ☀️ • • We got an incredible window of sunshine yesterday and we SOAKED up that East Coast sun. I (Athena) grew up in Arizona & the West Coast so this is the first summer I've ever played in the joyfully warmer waters of the Southeast. And that sky! The circle of storm clouds eventually closed in on us, but not before we enjoyed hours of sandy, salt-watery family fun!! #familyvacation #beachtime #visitinggrandparents #cousinlove • • . . . . . #homesteading #homesteadfamily #plantbased #vegandogs #veganfamily #veganhomesteaders #theveganhomesteaders #veganhomesteading #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #simplelife #family #summervacation #northcarolina #beachlife #asheville #eastcoast #photography #northcarolinabeaches #naturephotography

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4 months ago

🐶12 dark little eyes saying, "we cannot be apart!" 🐶6 little noses on the window in the shape of a heart. 🐶"Take us with you," they say, "we won't be any fuss." "🐶We'll snuggle in your laps so you won't need a bus 🚌!" ••• • • #parentlife #readtoomanykidsbooks #6doggies #thewholefamily #onvacation #dogsonvacation • • From left to right, top to bottom: Brutus (Sheltie), Shiloh (Sheltie- in shadows), Amigo (Chihuahua), Rolo (Dachshund), Mia (Chi mix), Rou (Chihuahua) . . . . . . #rescuedogs #longhairedchihuahua #chihuahuas #dachshunds #shelties #rescuechihuahuas #homesteadingkids #foreverhomes #meetourkids #ourfamily #petphotography #homesteading #homesteadfamily #plantbased #vegandogs #vegandogfood #veganhomesteaders #theveganhomesteaders #veganhomesteading #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #simplelife #family #summervacation

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4 months ago

✨✨✨🌑✨✨✨ "To be more childlike, you don’t have to give up being an adult. The fully integrated person is capable of being both an adult and a child simultaneously. Recapture the childlike feelings of wide-eyed excitement, spontaneous appreciation, cutting loose, and being full of awe and wonder at this magnificent universe." –Dr. Wayne Dyer ✨✨✨🌑✨✨✨ • • • Our family vacation at the beach 🌊 this weekend may be getting rained out. We all planned it too far back to predict the weather very well. So here we are, on vacation at the beach in the rain. None the less, the rain has sweet little breaks and we are all together with grandparents, kids, in-loves and grand babies. The two little cousins are finally old enough to enjoy one another's company and there's plenty of ice cream and board game fun to be had. The littlest kiddo got his very first haircut today. And no matter what, we all resolved to play at the beach tomorrow no matter what the weather!! 🌧🌤☀️ • • "Life is not always perfect. Like a road, it has many bends, ups and down, but that’s its beauty." –Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird • • "The best things are never arrived at in haste. God is in no hurry; His plans are never rushed." –Michael R. Phillips • • #simplejoys #timewithfamily #sunshine #rainydays #childlikejoy #family #changeofplans #simplelife veganicfarming #veganicgardening #veganhomesteading #veganhomesteaders #permaculture #veganfarmers #vegangardeners #northcarolina #appalachia #foodforests #homestead #homesteading #homesteaders #homesteadblog #veganhomesteadblog #christianvegan #veganchristian #plantbasedhomestead #plantbasedgardening #earthstewardship #plantbasedchristian

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4 months ago

And just like that, it's our last night at the Knob house, and the last few hours of our time in West Virginia. I won't pretend these past three years have always been easy- far from it. We've dealt with power outages, possums in the pantry, poisonous snakebites, horses in the house, and dirt roads so muddy it's a wonder our car lasted as long as it did. We've taken care of chicken, guinea fowl, rabbits, a pig, tilapia, and more dogs than we care to count. I've gone for days at time without any human contact but Ian, and somehow we still love each other even more than when we got married almost three years ago. And in the process, we've grown to know and love some incredible people. While we're looking forward to the stage ahead of owning our own property, a big part of our hearts will always be lodged in the ramshackle walls of the knob house. If you want to follow our journey through through this next stage, our new website is firstrootsfarm.com #wildandwonderful #westvirginia #newbeginnings #homesteading #homesteadlife #blogger #blogginglife #farmblog #homesteadblog

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4 months ago

My Herbal Sun Tea Recipe is up on the blog! 😊🙌🏻 . . It has: . ⭐️Hibiscus . ⭐️Peppermint . ⭐️Lemon Balm . ⭐️Rose Buds . . . It’s super yummy y’all 😊 and easy to make 🌻 Click the link in my bio for the recipe! . . . . . . #suntea #herbal #herbalsuntea #herbalism #herbology #rose #diy #homemade #momblogger #homesteading #homesteadblog #homesteader #homesteadlife #yummy #recipeoftheday #summer #simplelife #countryliving #countrylife #naturalliving #toddlermom #boymom #drinks #southernmama

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4 months ago

Vegetable tanned Rex rabbit pelt ✨ . . Experiment time! I had a wildhair to get into some vegetable tanning- and this unique piece is the result. . Whats your opinion about the result? I used a very common weedy plant to get this result! . Curious? My story about our meat rabbits and discussion of the experiment is on the blog- check out the link in my profile. . . . . . . . Note: it isn't fully finished, it needs some more stretching/softening, and then oiling 💫 . . . #vegetabletanning #tanyourhide #hidetanning #tanninghides #naturaltanning #rabbitfur #rabbit #rexrabbit #meatrabbits #meatrabbitsofinstagram #experiments #rabbitsofinstagram #bunniesofinstagram #hometanning #raiseyourownfood #nowaste #homestead #homesteadersofinstagram #wastenotwantnot #olympiawa #youngfarmers #smallfarm #localfarms #farmlife #experiments #diy #homesteadblog #butcheryourown

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4 months ago

🌿Homegrown tea! ☕️ A handful of Tulsi makes the heart glad 😁❤️🙌🏻🌿☕️ • • Grown in an area of ~ 4.5-5 hours of gently dappled sunshine ☀️. We purchased two Tulsi plant starts locally @forvillagers late this spring season and they are thriving. They came with buds on them which we removed and saved seeds from for next year. 🌺 We continue to remove the buds to encourage leaf 🍃 growth. This guys are planted in an organic mulch and soil mix that I (Athena) mixed from some options available on the quick at Lowes. In the future we plan to regenerate our very compact clay soil with compost, straw and other non-till means. If you've not grown your own tea, you should try Tulsi! Maybe even add a bit of stevia in the garden for a sweet addition to your tea adventures! • • Holy basil (or Tulsi) is native to the Indian subcontinent and other parts of tropical Asia. The leaf and seed oil are used therapeutically. Studies support its benefit for asthma related symptoms and blood sugar control in type II Diabetics--though this is in very specific doses multiple times per day. You can read more on the University of Michigan's Medical Research Website. ☕️ ☕️ ☕️ Typically most people dry it and use it as tea. It is SO tasty freshly dried and steeped in hot water with stevia on a cool morning 🏔 #tea #homegrowntea #teagarden #homesteading #homestead #looseleaftea #herbs #holybasil #garden #organicgarden #homesteadgarden #fresh #eatbeautiful #driedherbs #growyourownfood #homesteading #veganhomesteadibg #homesteaders #veganblog #homesteadblog #farmersmarket #veganicfarming #veganfood #veganicgardeners #veganfarmers #permaculture #veganpermaculture #onestepatatime #gardening #veganasheville #homesteadingskills

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4 months ago

🍞 Do you have a homemade bread problem? 🍞 There never seems to be enough homemade bread! We love bread. Making it. Eating it. Sharing it! • We have tried to make sandwich bread before but it's proven tricky to get the right texture. This round is the closest we have gotten so far. It's still a wee bit dry so I'll be tweaking it again before posting the recipe...but stay tuned for that! • • {{~I like to really dial in any recipe before we share it...takes a bit more work but it makes a better recipe and is more worth your time to try...especially if it's your first time with a type of food or dish! ~}} • • 🍞In the mean time you can now see the Easy Sourdough bread and Easy Confidence Building Dinner Rolls on our NEW WEBSITE. The link has been updated on our profile. Stop by for a visit and have some tea and read some of our journal entries & crazy stories or send us some of yours! 📖📝 🏡❤️ With love, From our Homestead to Yours, • • #homemade #homemadebread #bread #easybreadrecipe #veganbreadrecipe #sandwichbreadrecipe #homemadesandwichbread #homesteading #homemaking #homesteadfamily #homesteadblog #veganhomesteading #veganhomesteaders #permaculture #veganpermaculture #veganfarmers #vegangardeners #veganfamilies #simpleliving #veganfarm #plantbased #veganasheville #ashevillevegan #veganicgrowing #veganfarmasheville #veganicfarmasheville #plantbasedfarmasheville #futurefarmers #homesteadinthemaking #veganic

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4 months ago

🍳⁉️Is that egg? 🍚 👎🏽 Nope! Vegan fried rice with scrambled tofu egg (seasoned with black salt*) for dinner by the toddler's request and assistance in the kitchen. 🍳❌ ♨️🍴 ••• 1️⃣Tofu scrambled egg 2️⃣Toasting black and white sesame seeds 3️⃣Chopped Local Farmers Market garlic 4️⃣Diced Farmers Market Beans, sweet red pepper, carrots, and other random goodies. 5️⃣Sautéing it all together before the cooked rice is added. 6️⃣Viola! It is ready!! ••• *Black salt gives the tofu "egg" a slightly eggy taste with its sulfuric saltiness. 🍴 The color is provided by turmeric and paprika (we love smoked paprika the best!). 🎉♨️ #plantbasedtoddlers #chefinthemaking #kitchenassistant #vegantoddlers #plantbasedfamilies #learningtohomestead #homesteading #homestead #livingonedayatatime #learningandgrowing #supportlocalfarmers #localfarmersasheville #ashevillelocal #ashevillefarmersmarket #ashevillefarm #eatlocal #growyourownfood #familygoals #slowabdsteady #inthekitchen #veganfood #veganegg #plantbaseddiet #vegancomfortfood #homesteadblog #homesteadinthemaking #vegan #veganhomesteading #thebirdnbeastsfarmstead #tofu

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4 months ago

Hi, I’m Olivia. I realize I have some new #homesteading followers and I wanted to introduce myself! Im 25 yrs old living on 5 acres in the great state of TX. I’m all about chickens 🐔, gardening, DIY projects, dogs, & cooking. That’s kind of what I spend my time doing when I’m not working. I work for an engineering company as a lab technician. I test dirt and concrete to make sure buildings and roads aren’t going to sink into the ground etc etc. but anyways I’m glad to have some new followers and I’m excited to learn from all my new friends. It’s so cool being able to try new products and techniques from fellow farmers and homesteaders all over the world. It’s so helpful! @dustymk (my better half) and I are determined to become somewhat self-sustainable and are going to continue to expand our gardens and hopefully add more animals to the homestead as we grow. So thank you for coming with us as we learn from our experiences out here in the country! Check out our blog at theredrockflock.com ・・・ #homesteading #farming #urbanfarm #self -sufficiency #gardening #livestock #chickens #texas #homesteadblog

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✨We have a beautiful, big haul of blueberries and are looking for a REALLY stellar plant-based (vegan) blueberry pie recipe (or your favorite crust recipes and/or blueberry pie filling recipes which we can combine).✨ ---------------------------------------------- 👋If you have a favorite recipe and. Are curious if it could be "veganized" send it our way and we might just see if we can do just that! With love, ❤️ ---------------------------------------------- #homemadepie #blueberrypie #veganpiecrust #veganpierecipes #veganbakers #veganbaking #community #buildingcommunity #homesteadcommunity #homesteading #bakingpies #bestveganrecipes #veganrecipes #homemade #homemadepiecrust #bakingwithkids #makingveganeasy #favoriteveganrecipes #veganbakedgoods #summerpie #homegrownblueberries #thebirdnbeastshomestead #homesteadinthemaking #homesteadadventures #northcarolina #appalachianmountains #veganhomestead #veganhomesteading #homesteadblog #veganhomesteadblog

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4 months ago

"The power of the eyes is at times more effective than any words one can speak." –Maria Koszler ✨ ✨ ✨ Rou was our 5th furry child and came to us by a little round about way. 💫 We adopted her for my best friend who figured out quickly that this little gal had bonded quite thoroughly with me (Athena) before the transfer. We tried to help the transition but it was to no avail. This deep-souled girl had attached herself in absolute to me and none of us to bear to deny her. How could you?! So she came into our family and she will be with us (and most likely, in my lap) until her last wink 😉✨ -------------------------------------------------- #rescuedogs #longhairedchihuahua #rescuechihuahuas #homesteadingkids #foreverhomes #meetourkids #ourfamily #petphotography #homesteading #homesteadfamily #plantbased #vegandogs #vegandogfood #veganhomesteaders #theveganhomesteaders #veganhomesteading #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog

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4 months ago

Kyle making his crowd favorite this mornings for his very grateful fans 👩‍👧🙌🏻🤤. 🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞 These fluffy rolls are made with Carolina Ground ( @carolinaground ) whole wheat bread flour. Holy moly...it's like eating a warm fluffy cloud ☁️ —of very delicious carbs. 🍞🍞🍞🍞🍞 ------------------------------------------- 📝 RECIPE WILL BE IN COMMENTS 📝 ------------------------------------------- #homemade #homemadebread #homesteading #homemaking #homesteadfamily #homesteadblog #veganhomesteading #veganhomesteaders #permaculture #veganpermaculture #veganfarmers #vegangardeners #northcarolina #appalachia #foodforests #earthstewardship #earthcare #peoplecare #fairshare #veganfamilies #simpleliving #veganfarm -------------------------------------------

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5 months ago

🐶This is handsome Rolo 🐶. He's our big-hearted Weenie pup. He is 1 of 5 in our furry family. He's a rescue for whom a 6 hour drive to retrieve was nothing. It was love at first sight after seeing his sweet face in a single blurry picture about 6 years ago. He is such a sweet boy and loves to bask in warm sunshine, chase things into the woods, or snuggle under bed covers (& yes there have been many nights of thunder where we have hosted all 5 dogs AND our toddler in our full-sized bed 🙊😳😍). THANKFULLY we just upgraded to a Queen size! . His best buddy is our old man Amigo (our short haired boy chihuahua). He will no doubt NOT be our last Weenie-hound ❤️--once you have a Dachshund there's no not having one 🐶! 👶He is also the youngest of our furry kids so, although we know not every one of our sweet old pups will see the land we purchase in 5-6 years for the Farmstead, this guy will most likely be one of our first official Farm Dogs 👨🏻‍🌾 👩🏻‍🌾🐶 ---------------------------------------------- #weenlife #dachshunds #rescueanimals #rescuedogs #foreverhome #adoptnevershop #furryfamily #furrychildren #redweenie #ourfamily #homesteaddog #farmdog #huntingdog #rescuedog #veganblogger #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #veganfarmers #homesteading #veganfarmers #vegangarden #vegangardener #permaculture #veganpermaculture #animalphotography #rightwhereweare #slowandsteady #petphotography

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5 months ago

🤛🏻✅💪🏼 It was a busy week/day. 💪🏼✅🤛🏻 . • I (Athena) sprouted mung beans for the first time (don't laugh...baby steps!!) • Made date-sweetened vanilla almond milk with leftovers of each, FROZE them & at my GENIUS husband's suggestion, used them for some creamy aeropress brewed ice coffee 🤤🤤🤤 • Strung some Farmer's Market greasy beans • Saved my own Aquafaba from home cooked chickpeas for future vegan donut & homemade vegan mayo recipes • Picked and am drying dill and Tulsi (holy basil) from our herb garden • And made a TON of hummus...also retired an old food processor as it started smoking after a few seconds of use.....yikes 😬😳😤. . And other fun things...like making necklaces with my daughter and reading stories, giving kisses to her and all the puppies (6 at current count, 5 of our own + 1 summer guest), researching straw-bale gardening (not sure how I feel about it yet...will probably do my own version with 1/2 bales and more compost --we have hard, compacted red clay....any suggestions???), refined the plan for the fall garden taking into account less sun in our new yard than we'd hoped 😐, & made dinner out of 6 different left-over meals (!!!!!!!) WHEW!!!! And it's only 5:30pm! #familymovienight #stillfeellikeihaveSOmuchtodo -------------------------------------------------- ♻️Reduce, reuse, THEN recycle♻️ -------------------------------------------------- #homesteadskills #sprouting #homemade #homesteading #veganhomesteadibg #homesteaders #veganblog #homesteadblog #farmersmarket #veganicfarming #veganfood #veganicgardeners #veganfarmers #permaculture #veganpermaculture #onestepatatime #gardening #vegangardening #appalachia #asheville #veganasheville #canning #preserving #zerowaste #nowaste #reuse #zerowasteliving #homesteadingskills

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5 months ago

🙌🏻BENEFITS of milking the Family Oat-Milk "Cow" 🐮 include:🙌🏻 . • No danger of getting kicked (except maybe by your toddler) • The Oats don't eat much • No need to wake up before the "but"-crack of dawn to do the milking • A quart of organic milk costs us about $0.30(!)😳 • The pulp makes delicious breakfast cookies • . 😪Downsides include: . • You don't get to give a cow kisses every day • You don't get to receive cow kisses every day • #oatmilk #creamy #organic #plantbasedmilk #homemade #milkingtheoats #frugal #homesteading -------------------------------------------------- RECIPE: 1 cup rolled oats 4 cups water (less for a bit creamier milk) 1 pinch salt (Optional) 1 pitted date and/or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and/or 2Tbs cacao powder for chocolate milk. 1/4 cup berries for berry milk...the options are endless!! DIRECTIONS: Blend until smooth and creamy. Place cheese-cloth or similar cloth or but milk bag into a quart size jar or other container with an air-tight lid. Pour in the blended milk. Gently "milk" the bag/cloth until all the milk has been filtered through and you are just getting the "cream" out of the bag. Seal and date the jar and refrigerate. • The milk is good for a week depending on the temperature of your fridge. • Try it in roasted dandelion tea for a great creamy detox treat! • Freeze the pulp to make baked treats later. Recipes are easy to find. Or just mash with bananas and cinnamon and bake, top with avocado blended with cocoa for a chocolate mousse dessert with nosugar, vegan, paleo and all things good! • #frugalliving -------------------------------------------------- #homesteadblog #farmsteadblog #farmsteading #veganicfarming #veganfarm #vegangardener #vegangarden #simpleliving #costsavings #qualityfood #buyinbulk #canning #preservingfood #veganhomesteading #theveganhomesteaders #birdnbeastsfarmstead #nutmilks #oatmilk #cashewmilk #almondmilk #hempmilk #flaxmilk

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5 months ago

👨‍👩‍👧🌲👨🏻‍🌾👩🏻‍🌾 Family, forests and farming. Three main reasons that brought us to The Appalachian Mountains to make our home. This Sunday we got to enjoy two of these-- forest adventure and time with family. Even Grandma trekked with us off-trail (unintentionally...oops) up a river to the beautiful Upper Falls via The Graveyard Fields trail (not that we followed the trail 😏). The creek was so 💦 refreshing on the warm sunny ☀️ hike and we only saw 1☝🏼 snake 🐍😱😋. #hikingadventures #appalachiamountains #family #forests #farming #wild #offtrail -------------------------------------------------- 🖌Kyle will be posting a re-telling of our adventure on this trail. Stay tuned for more! 🖌 -------------------------------------------------- #hikingwithtoddlers #wildandfree #homestead #familyhike #nature #veganhomesteading #veganhomesteaders #permaculture #veganpermaculture #veganfarmers #vegangardeners #appalachia #earthstewardship #veganfamilies #simpleliving #smokeymountains #appalachianmountains #veganblog #homesteadblog #homesteading #urbanhomesteading #hiking #trails

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5 months ago

Well aren’t you lucky? There’s TWO new blog posts up! One about the making of a doll post office, and the other a small travel journal about my time in Russia. I hope you enjoy them! • • • • #Juneau #Alaska #JuneauAlaska #Alaskan #AlaskaLife #Homestead #HomesteadBlog #AlaskaBlog #Blogger #SimpleLife #LiveSimply #FolkLiving #LiveFolk #Folk #NatureLove #BlogPost #OldFashioned #OldFasionedBlog #ChristianBlog #DollHouse #Homemade #PostOffice #DollPostOffice #MadameAlexander #SparrowPost #TashaTudor

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5 months ago

As a homeschool mom, summer's just not that big a deal to me. Unlike moms who send their kids to school, I don't stress that my kids will be home with me all day...what in the world to do with them? . But I can imagine how summer can be a little stressful if all of a sudden your kids are home 24/7. And too many parents think they have to entertain or else deal with whiny, bored kids. Umm...no. . I know this is a little late in the game, and I'm sure by now family vacations are done and most are settling into a summer groove, but this week on the blog I'm giving you some ideas on how you can survive summer with your kids. It doesn't need to be feared; in fact, I believe it should be looked forward to. . Link is in my profile. Go check it out and not just survive but thrive. . . . . #blogpost #newontheblog #newblogpost #homesteadblog #momblog #summerideas #survivesummer #kidsarehome #schoolisoutforthesummer #dontfear #yougotthis #enjoyyourkids #raisethemup

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5 months ago

*Guest Post Opportunity!* Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great day! I would like to invite you to a guest post opportunity for a series I’m hosting for the entire month of August called “Homestead Winter Prep: A Series of Harvesting & Preserving.” You can write about anything involving harvesting & preserving vegetables & fruit (fermenting, canning, dehydrating, freezing, making oils from herbs, etc). Affiliate links, links to social profiles AND links to Etsy-type stores are welcome in your posts!! Link away!! I will also be adding links to your top 3 posts at the bottom of your guest post so this is a great opportunity to get more traffic to your site!! If you’re interested, search FB for “Homestead Winter Prep Group Post Collaboratve,” request to join the group and follow the instructions in the pinned post!! Thanks everyone & I look forward to collaborating with you! #homeschoolinstagrammers Day 1 photo challenge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #homesteadblogging #homesteadblogger #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #homesteadbloghop #homesteadbloggersnetwork #gardenblogger #gardenblog #gardenbloggers #gardenblogs #gardenblogging #gardeningblog #gardeningblogger #gardeningblogs #gardeningbloggers #guestposts #guestposting #guestposter #homesteadingblog

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5 months ago

Good morning from Seoul, South Korea friends! It’s the afternoon in Juneau but I’m just now heading to catch an early flight to Russia. What a whirlwind this trip has already been - I can’t wait to tell you about it. But in the meantime, there’s a new blog post up for your reading pleasure while I am away from home. The link is in my profile - I hope you enjoy! • • • • #Juneau #Alaska #JuneauAlaska #907 #Alaskan #AlaskaBlog #AlaskaAdventure #NorthToAlaska #AlaskaLife #Homestead #HomesteadBlog #AlaskaBlog #Blogger #SimpleLife #LiveSimply #FolkLiving #LiveFolk #Folk #NatureLove #BlogPost #OldFashioned #OldFasionedBlog #ChristianBlog #ChristianBlogger #Homemade #Picnic #4thOfJuly #IndependenceDay #BaldEagle #SitkaRoses

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5 months ago

Y'all I'm back to blogging. I took a break from it to figure out the direction I wanted to go, and I'm happy to be back at it. . I'm a little nervous to even announce that--scary to put myself back out there again. But it doesn't make sense to blog to an empty audience, so I'm letting y'all know. My goal is to be inspiring and encouraging--and maybe just a little bit funny. No one likes a boring blog, amiright? . If you want to check out, #linkinbio and feel free to comment there and let me know what you think. . . . . #blogger #blogging #homesteadblog #momblog #newpost #blogpost #donewithmybreak #imbackbaby #checkitout #homesteadkid #babyofthefamily #freerangekid #playoutside #playfree #numbersix #largefamily #largefamilylife

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5 months ago

Someone picked up 8 new Muscovy ladies 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ and they found Dottie’s mud spa.

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5 months ago

Meet our humble homestead helpers. In order of appearance we present to you: •The Mighty Rou (long-haired Chihuahua) owner of one human, treat accepter of all. •The Noble Rolo (dachshund extraordinaire) blanket hog, rock hunter and professional napper. •The Gentle Brutus (Sheltie) counselor, thunder-barker, Fed-Ex truck assassin. •The Extraordinary Amigo (short-haired Chihuahua) young pup in an old pup body, perpetual snuggler, banana destroyer, sweet little lover. •The Superb Shiloh (Sheltie) picky eater, frisbee fanatic, poop forager. ------------------------ We are so thankful we can finally have them all back together with us! #ourfurryfamily . . #chihuahua #longhairedchihuahua #dachshund #sheltie #shetlandsheepdog #rescuedog #veganblogger #homesteadbloggers #homesteadblog #veganfarmers #onestepatatime #homesteading #veganfarmers #vegangarden #vegangardener #permaculture #veganpermaculture #animalphotography #professionalphotography #rightwhereweare #slowandsteady #nature #natureswisdom #selfsufficient

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Welcome to our homestead/farmstead story! We are excited to have you joining us on this journey. Here you will be able to follow us as we work daily toward our goals of homesteading, responsibly responsive earth, people and resource stewardship, veganic farming and all things rooted in expanding our time together as a family and reduce our "footprint" 👣 🌱. We are located in the Appalachian mountainous region of North Carolina. __________________________________________________ #veganicfarming #veganicgardening #veganhomesteading #veganhomesteaders #permaculture #veganfarmers #vegangardeners #northcarolina #appalachia #foodforests #earthstewardship #earthcare #peoplecare #fairshare #homestead #homesteading #homesteaders #homesteadblog #veganhomesteadblog #christianvegan #veganchristian #plantbasedhomestead #plantbasedgardening #earthstewardship #plantbasedchristian

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