• Must Have Tools When You Start a Homestead

    March 25, 2021Brandy

    If you are thinking of starting a homestead, there are several must have tools you should have. Homesteads can be very costly when you are getting started. Land is not cheap and neither is the infrastructure to house livestock, gardens, etc. We have been slowly building up our homestead over the last 8 months. We invest in things in small bites so that we can do it within our budget. Over the last 8 months we have finished a number of big homestead projects: we have redone the horse barn, put up a second pasture, built a new chicken coop,…

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  • DIY Chicken Coop from a Resin Shed Kit

    March 9, 2021Brandy

    We recently finished our DIY chicken coop that we adapted from a resin shed kit. It was one of the larger projects we have undertaken and yet, it actually went really well. It is always a huge relief to complete a project that went better than you expected it too! The final product is exactly what we were looking for and our chickens are super happy. Getting Started with a DIY Coop For background, we started off with a small 8 chicken coop last June. We got 8 laying hens and all was good to start off. Then we transformed…

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  • DIY Chicken Brooder that Costs Nothing!

    January 27, 2021Brandy

    Are you thinking of getting chicks this spring? If so, you are going to need a chicken brooder. This is the box where you keep the little chicks for the first few weeks until they are big enough to go outside into the coop. There are a million ways to make a brooder or repurpose something else for this purpose. Basically, you just need a decent sized space with a floor that can be filled with sawdust, walls to keep the chicks enclosed and a heating source.

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  • Balancing the Workload of a Homestead

    January 14, 2021Brandy

    One of the biggest problem points of any homestead adventure (and any marriage) is determining how you will share the workload in a way that feels proportional and balanced to everyone on the homestead. I know many balk at the idea of taking on a homestead because the amount of work is scary. Homesteads are a ton of work and finding time to get everything done can be a challenge. Often, one family member is concerned that too much of the work will fall on them. I know my husband and I have had conversations in this space many times.…

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  • GIVEAWAY!

    January 4, 2021Brandy

    Happy New Year! I am so excited to get 2021 started and explore this exciting new blogging adventure. As a thank you to all of those who will be joining me on this new journey, I put together a fun little giveaway to kick off the new year! Cinnamon Candle: these candles are seriously amazing and I burned through at least 3 through the holidays Pioneer Woman Mug: this adorable floral mug will make your morning coffee just a little happier $20 Amazon Gift Card: treat yourself to something fun Enter through Rafflecopter here! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  • Leaping into 2021

    January 1, 2021Brandy

    Raise your hand if you are beyond ready to leave 2020 in the dust???? It has been the weirdest of weird years. Everyone has felt the strain as we navigated through an ongoing pandemic. It has been a year of heartbreak and hardship… but yet there has also been so many beautiful moments. It is in the hardest of times that the human spirit shines through. Personally, it was a big year of transition. I passed the bar exam, started my full time job, bought a farm, moved, jumped into homesteading and rebranded my social media to match this new…

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    December 27, 2020Brandy

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  • Why City Living Drove Me Nuts

    December 11, 2020Brandy

    Know where you feel the most at home. Learn about my time living in the city and why I would never go back.

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  • Our First Season of Chickens

    December 4, 2020Brandy

    Isn’t it ironic that I was raised on an 80 acre farm in the heart of Amish and Mennonite country and yet, I never owned a chicken nor lived on the same property as chickens? My mother is deathly afraid of birds and that fear was passed on to both my sister and I. I don’t even remember a “why” but I have always thoroughly hated and been equally terrified of all feathered things. The chicken barn at the county fair? Wouldn’t get within 20 feet of it. I wanted NOTHING to do with birds. Nothing. Meanwhile, my dear husband…

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