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Learn the truth about simple living and how you can slow down and start living a simplier life today!

The Truth About Simple Living

Slow + Simple Living

Gardening is not only beneficial to your physical health, but your mental health as well. Gardening burns calories, reduces stress levels, improves nutrition, reduces the risk of stroke, diabetes, heart disease and more!

Why Gardening Is Good For You

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Self-care is an important part of mental health and I’m sharing 25 ideas and activities you can do to upgrade your self-care routine this Spring.

25 Self-Care Ideas For Spring

Health + Wellness

Homesteading is not for the faint of heart. We’ve suffered several loses on the farm over the years and while you’re never fully prepared for it, you expect it. Animals get sick, injured, or killed by predators. Death is a natural part of life.

Death On The Homestead

Homesteading

In this article, I’m sharing how we converted a prefab shed into an efficient DYI horse barn at a fraction of the cost of a custom barn construction.

DIY: Converting A Shed Into Your Dream Horse Barn

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Large crowds can be particularly stressful if you have a posttraumatic stress disorder or suffer from anxiety. Learn five must have coping strategies in this blog post.

How To Cope in Crowds With Anxiety and Ptsd

Military Veterans

Curated homestead images on social media romanticize farm life and make country living look glamorous. Reality? Farm life is dirty, messy and it is challenging work!

The Simple Life Isn’t So Simple

Slow + Simple Living

A year in review. Reflecting on the past year and sharing my proudest accomplishments.

Reflecting: Goodbye 2021, Hello 2022

Slow + Simple Living

Lack of land does not have to stop you from living your homestead dream. Learn 10 ways you can become a homesteader whether you live in the country or an apartment in the city.

10 ways to homestead wherever you are

Homesteading

Download our FREE Homestead Winter Prep List to help you get your home, garden and farm organized and prepared for winter.

Winter prep on the homestead

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Breaking down the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for seasonal affective disorder, aka SAD or seasonal depression.

Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Health + Wellness

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hey there, I'm jen

You can usually find me playing in the dirt or the barnyard, hugging all over my animals.  I’m all about keeping it real and authentic- especially regarding my struggle with mental health. I hope sharing my journey of overcoming PTSD will help others who have lived through trauma and remind them they are not alone. Homesteading has been a game changer in my recovery, and I hope this blog can encourage and inspire other trauma survivors to embrace a simpler lifestyle with purpose and gratitude.

Combat Veteran, Wife x 17 years and Farm Mama to
48ish spoiled rotten fur babies...