Homesteading 101 – Give me a farm, don’t call me a farmer

Over the course of the long winter months, boyfriend and I decided we want to be homesteaders. That is, we want a little bit of land, some animals (chickens, goats, maybe a pig) and to grow some of our own food.  We’re not looking to have a dairy farm with thousands of cows, just our own little space surrounded by animals.

One problem, we live in the Metro Washington D.C. region with ridiculous property values.

Got a million dollars, you can buy a  four bedroom house!!!

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So even though we realized this shared dream, we’ll have to start small, educate ourselves, and plan for a move to a homestead friendly/affordable area down the road.

So here are some of the fun free resources I’ve found so far in my attempt to learn about homesteading.

Gourmet Farmer, Australian TV

One of the most entertaining shows we’ve found is a couple of years old, but new to us!!

Urban Conversion, PBS

I can catch this show sporadically on the WETA PBS channel, sadly can’t find it on the PBS roku/amazon fire channels.

We Bought the Farm, HGTV

I know, I know, another HGTV show.  They only did 8 episodes, but you can find them all on their roku/amazon fire app.

Homesteady – Podcast & Videos

Great content focused on the business decisions that need to go into a homestead.

Just the start of my education, but a girls got to dream!!!

Have you tried the farm life? Ready to escape your current l0cal?

Sarah

 

 

 

Life and Living Naturally

Fall has arrived in DC, my sister and her boyfriend visited from Florida and had the perfect weather for playing tourist.

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We made a trip downtown for a food truck lunch and stopped by the National Zoo.

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Hopped over to Georgetown for some serious shopping. Katie is a master at finding deals, we both bought markdowns at 60-70% off. Fall wardrobe complete!

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Of course I also shared my stockpile of Perfectly Posh products, Katie has been trying some of their skin line so I introduced her to some of the other body products (bee’s knees body scrub, witchy body wash).

I try not to be too pushy with sharing Posh, I know I tend to shutdown when someone is overwhelming in their sales approach.  I want to share some of the reasons I started moving my personal products towards more natural and high quality ingredients.

  1.  Too many chemicalstoxins

Women on average apply an average of 168 products per day. (article) Every day you hear of another mysterious chemical or common ingredient that is linked to illness and even death. I’ve been trying to simplify the products I’m using both on myself and around the house.  I don’t just go with the cheapest option on the shelf.  Same with my pets, the horror stories of animals that have died due to contaminated and dangerous products from China have made me much more aware.

2.  Know the source

It’s common knowledge that there are many factories and companies abroad that do not care for the health of their workers or their consumers.

I’ve found clothing companies (Everlane) that are committed to treating their employees well. Educating myself on the local farm to table movement and how large volume food production impacts our health. (Thanks PBS!) I haven’t fully embraced organic foods when I shop at the grocery store, but I’m working on it and making better choices for my body in the long term.

3.  Environmental Impactliquid-soap                                                                                 (image source)

We are learning that even the smallest ingredient can impact the ecological environment in big ways.  From plastic micro beads clogging up fresh water lakes (800 Trillion Plastic Micro Beads go down the drain every day) to bleaching of natural coral reefs via sunscreen. It’s impossible not to see the impact our daily routine has on the world around us.

My answer: Perfectly Posh

Posh prides themselves on using high quality ingredients, locally sourced, and made in the U.S.A.

Everything is $25 and under, keeping high quality pampering available to everyone.

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I don’t expect Posh to work for everyone, it’s one of many companies that are now focusing on more simple ingredient lists and environmentally friendly business practices.  But if you haven’t considered them, check out my site.  I wouldn’t have signed up to represent their products if I wasn’t genuinely excited about what they offer.

Sarah

Summer Fun & eSalon Update

Hi Guys!

It’s been a fun summer, I had a chance to take a road trip up the East Coast and finally visit Portland, Maine and a bunch of small towns.  I used AirBnB for the first time and got to check out this adorable rustic cabin on a farm! Loved. It was a great break from tourist attractions, breweries and eating all the lobster rolls.

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The cabin was in the pasture so I woke up to these guys hanging outside.

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Loved playing tourist and seeing some beautiful new sites, can’t wait to return!

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I also took in some new foster kittens from Lost Dog Rescue, they are recovering from some parasites but are so playful and affectionate. They are at least 16 weeks old, so almost teenagers.

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Time to get them adopted while they still have the kitten charm!

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A quick update on my review of eSalon, its now been close to 5 weeks since I initially tried the hair color and I’m really impressed with the staying power.  With the boxed hair color (John Frieda) I would see some grey hairs showing through two weeks after applying the color.  The eSalon product is sticking to my greys and even the growth at my roots is not noticeable.

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Not my most flattering picture, but no greys!!

I think it has also helped that I’ve been applying their color enhancing treatment once a week to extend the coverage.

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So I’ll be continuing to use the eSalon hair color, they have an auto-ship service that is easy adjust based on how often you want to color your hair.  I do highly recommend uploading a selfie to their system, they adjusted my color choice based on reviewing my photo and adjusted the hair color from what I initially picked.  Check them out! 

What was the highlight of your summer?

Sarah

All About that Money

Alternate title: I should have been born an Heiress

I noticed a trend in my readings/viewings this month and thought I’d share my observations.

Book – If you aren’t familiar with the story of Huguette Clark, its fascinating. I first learned about her story from a feature on the Today Show, since then there has been a book published “Empty Mansions”.

huguette.grid-4x2 Her family and life story are fascinating to me. She chose to live most of her life in solitude while living off a $300 million inheritance from her father’s copper mine fortune.  Spending the last thirty years as a permanent resident of a NY hospital while her Park Avenue apartment and two mansions sat empty.  The book starts with her father’s story and how he built an empire along the west coast in the 1800’s.  It’s interesting to see how much effort her father put into building the empire, and how little happiness it seemed to bring his youngest daughter. She was so cut-off from much of the world and weirdly obsessed with dolls.

Documentary – Independent Lens – Park Avenue: Money, Wealth & the American Dream

A film that examines the wide gap between the rich and poor as illustrated by the NYC elite.  The director does a great job of showing the excessiveness of the super rich compared to those living below the poverty line.

Blogs  – All the self reflection in January and reading the blogging world’s resolutions can make anyone feel unaccomplished.  Especially when it comes to financial bloggers.  This post from one of my favorite blogs Save Spend Splurge really made me think about my career options. In one month she was able to bring home $25,000. While also blogging full time and being mother to a newborn. Makes you want to put your resume out there…..and stop wasting time sleeping.

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Netflix – Black Mirror

A dystopian future where the working class is born into slavery. Spending every day focused on “earning credits” while generating electricity in a never ending spin class.

At first it seems like another world, like it could never happen. Then you realize that its not that different from society today.  We work to build credits in our bank account to buy the latest shiny thing.

Just when I get obsessed with building my bank account, the reality of the more important things in life steps in.  Some of the riches people have also been the most miserable.  I have to focus on what’s important in my life.  For me it’s more about my family, friends, and experiences.  Fame and wealth would be nice, but I won’t be selling my soul to make it happen. But feel free to leave me all your money, I won’t turn it down.

Random thoughts,

Sarah