Just some of the more basic questions I thought I would answer and place in one spot! If you have a question for me, please feel free to ask me…. and if I get enough of the same question, I will add it here to this section. Happy Homesteading!

How long have you been Homesteading?

We started our journey to living a simpler life in the summer of 2011. We began with downsizing and learning the differences between NEEDS vs WANTS.

It wasn’t until January 1, 2014 that we ditched all of the pre-packaged foods and went completely from scratch on 95% of everything we eat or drink. 🙂  So we are relative newbies still finding our way through.


How many children do you have?

We are a large family with 8 kiddos!  My husband and I both bring kiddos from our first marriages.  I have 4 sons….. Jake 19, Luke 17, Zack 15, and Erik 11.  Matt brings 2 kiddos….Gavin 8 and Amelia 6……and together we have Mason who is 3 and our soon to be born daughter.


What does your husband do for a living?

In today’s rough economy, I am very lucky and blessed to have a working husband who is in private security. 


What do you do for a living?

Right now, you’re looking at it. I homestead, and document and share my journey.  Before this, I worked in healthcare at a large hospital as a Lab Specimen Processor, Medical Biller and Lab Courier Office Coordinator.  I was also a College Instructor for a few years teaching my students how to paint. I am an Entrepreneur and have owned several businesses throughout my lifetime.  I work much better for myself than I do for other people.  I like being my own boss!  Hahaha!


Where do you live?

We currently reside in Mid-Michigan.


What camera do you use to film your videos and to take your photo’s with?

Until recently I used several types of cameras to film my you tube videos.  I started off using a Logitech web cam, then moved up to a Flip Ultra HD.  For the past year I have been using the same camera for both my videos and my photos, a Nikon COOLPIX S6200.  Just recently I upgraded to a Canon T3i for both video and photo.


Who designed your blog?

Me!  So if it is a little rough around the edges, cut me a break!  Hahahaha!. This website is kind of like me, a constant work in progress!

My host is BlackChickenHost.com.  If you are in need of a host, don’t look any further!  This company is AMAZING and helped me pursue my passion by getting me up and running.


What stand mixer and pressure canner do you use?

My stand mixer is a KitchenAid Pro 550 Plus in Contour Silver. I use it on average 3-4 times a day.  I absolutely love it and depend on it.

My Pressure Canner is an All American 921 model.  Yes, it’s pricey but you really do get what you pay for. As a newbie, people terrified me when it came to pressure canning, and it exploding in my face. haha So, I bought the top of the line, with the most safety features. Plus, it gave me a good reason not to fail at pressure canning.  You can’t leave a pricey piece of equipment left unused on a shelf. haha



How can I reach or contact you?

You can catch me around anytime!  The best place to find me is hanging out on Facebook if you have a quick question.  I am also on Youtube, but since Google’s the latest updates to their messaging, it is more of a challenge for me to respond in a timely manner.  I can barely find it, and forget where it is when I try to go back.  Haha!  Another great way to contact me is to go to the top of this page and click the CONTACT ME button. That goes directly to my Inbox on Gmail and will actually ring-a-ding on my phone!  I am always here to answer a quick question or to lend some support if you need it. Don’t ever hesitate to hit me up! 😀