• THE STUDIO / POD IS COMPLETE!

    Funny story… At the beginning of this year, we scheduled a trip to Denver for the Authority Rainmaker Conference. The conference was amazing, and we walked away with a year’s worth of actionable insight for our web-based business. Speakers like Sally Hogshead, Danny Sullivan, Bernadette Jiwa, Chris Brogan, and Michael King downloaded a year’s worth of actionable insight for our web-based business […]


  • HOW TO BUILD A CHICKEN COOP DOOR IN NINE EASY STEPS

    Two years ago, I built a chicken coop inside the barn. It was my first project on the new property. The design was simple, and the only way in or out was a human-sized door. The one thing missing? A chicken-sized door… Since chickens ARE the intended residents. Action must be taken, folks. Preparations must […]


  • Homestead Poultry Project: Year Two

    Our first year with animals on the homestead, we raised somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 hens, three roosters, and a dozen guineas. We lost quite a few birds to predators, so we’re practically starting over this Spring. This year, we’re expanding to both layers and broilers. Cornish Cross are far and away the most […]


  • HOW TO GET RID OF TICKS ON A HOMESTEAD?

    We didn’t just move to get away from the city, although that does come with its own perks. We settled down in the Tennessee hill country to begin redoing our own family culture. We both come from suburban white-collar families where children grow up learning little-to-no responsibility. Freedom meant roaming the neighborhood without care or […]


  • KATIE’S HORSERIDING FARM VISIT

    PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Parents, beware of carnivals and festivals showcasing pony rides! These seemingly innocent pony rides are the starter drug of all future childhood horseriding obsessions.


  • Visiting the Homestead of President Andrew Jackson

    We took our children along with a host of other local homeschoolers to visit President Andrew Jackson’s home, known as The Hermitage. Some of the rooms are enclosed in plexiglass to preserve the original wallpaper.


  • Did We Get the Wrong Breed of Dogs For This Homestead?

    Heather wants to sunbathe comfortably on the deck, so we may have to rehome our English Shepherds. That’s the start and the end of yesterday’s events. Let me explain.


  • Katie Brings Home a Millipede

    “Daddy! I found a callerpitter, and since I didn’t want it to be lonely, I found it a friend too!” Now, I don’t know a lot about insects and creepy crawlies, but I know what a caterpillar basically looks like. This was NOT a caterpillar.


  • TOURING THE HOMESTEAD WITH BLOGGER FRIENDS

    Our friends Genevieve and Michael of MamaNatural.com stopped by for a visit after Easter Sunday. It’s great to have friends who can identify with the lifestyle and the challenges of a blog-based business. We talked some shop as well as our plans for the future and some what if scenarios


  • Another Day Almost Lost on Dry Water Pipes

    I thought we had another water pipe blockage. First, we could hear the water pump was running off and on every few seconds for about half an hour. Next, the toilet sounded like it was pumping more air than water after each flush. Last, the kitchen sink poured at less than half strength.