Are you seeking a simpler, more purposeful life where self-empowerment is encouraged, and seasonal living is embraced? 

Around here, we are all about living life full of passion and purpose. When we finally stopped chasing the next best thing and found a more intentional life through homesteading, we discovered a life we didn't need or wanted to take a vacation from. 

Now, we're sharing our experiences and knowledge with you so that you, too, can build a life you don't need an escape from.

you DON'T want to take a vacation from

create a life

Hello friends, I’m Jen. My husband, David, and I are combat veterans and first-generation homesteaders. But we’re not your typical homesteaders.

What makes us different? Well, we don't raise animals for meat or dairy, breed livestock, live off-grid, or make money off our homestead (courtesy of a shitload of spoiled rotten critters). Over the years, we learned homesteading is a mindset, and there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to this lifestyle.

We have put our blood, sweat, and tears into our homestead. It is more than just a hobby to us; it is a way of life. It's a lifestyle that feeds, nurtures, teaches, and heals us. In return, we hope Baghdad to Barnyard can be a place of healing for you too.

We're not your typical homesteaders.

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I love to keep it real and authentic- so you won't catch me in a sundress or see perfectly curated images here. Real talk- I'm a hot mess 98% of the time, with hay in my pockets, pine shavings in my hair, and some kind of animal poop on my clothes.  I'm just a simple country girl that loves animals, and thankfully they don't care if I have messy barn hair or live year-round in sweatpants.

Homesteading has been a game changer for my mental health and can be for you, too. The homestead lifestyle is a great way to build a new life where you feel safe and secure. Living a simple life close to nature, growing your own food, raising animals, and learning how to build things can give your life purpose and meaning again, especially after trauma.

So, if you're ready to transition into a ‘less-is-more’ approach and experience healing through homestead living, you're in the right place, friend!

Hey, y’all- I’m Jen. You can usually find me in the barnyard or puttering around in the garden. 

Wife x 17 years &
Farm Mama to
48ish  fur babies...




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We love sharing our homestead with others & celebrating the simple joys of life.  Settle in and browse our recent posts. 

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