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

 

 

 

A little taste of Mexico

I can’t believe it took me 35 years to step foot into Mexico for the first time! Somehow I missed out on the Cancun spring breaks in college and focused my travels elsewhere.

I recently took a week long vacation in Puerto Vallarta, on the Pacific Coast.

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I’m always hesitant to pull the trigger on a vacation, there’s a nagging feeling that I’m not getting the best deal.  As a result, the boyfriend and I only booked the trip in February through a family timeshare exchange.  We ended up paying $350 to book a room for the week at Villa del Palmar and an additional $400 each per round trip flight.

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An older resort, not the biggest or fanciest, but it had what we were looking for.  We could opt out of the all inclusive meal plan, walk to nearby restaurants and grocery stores, and direct access to the beach.

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One of the couples we chatted with booked their stay through a Facebook ad for the resort, they paid $800 for the week including the all inclusive meal plan and drinks.

I packed up all my summer Posh supplies, with the addition of super bug spray (zika virus!) and took the 6 hour flight to Mexico.

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The weather was great, during mid March you can find weather in the mid-80’s and low humidity.  It was the tail end of their busy season, so all the tourist businesses were open but with smaller crowds.

Each morning would start with some clouds and by the afternoon you had clear skies.

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Tried out two different excursion trips while we were there.  The first one was a boat trip with snorkeling and beach front dining. The boat took us to Los Arcos where we dived into the water to view the fish.

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I’d never been snorkeling with a crowd, so I found myself keeping an eye out for kicking feet as much as aquatic life. I’m sure they disinfect the snorkeling equipment after each outing……..

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After snorkeling you could pick from a couple options, we chose to enjoy a lunch beachfront at Las Animas beach. Even the bathrooms had oceanfront views!!

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The best part of the trip was just seeing the area from the deck and taking in the amazing mountains.  If I make a second trip I want to see more of the countryside.

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The other excursion trip was a tour of the city by bus. We stopped at the local cathedral, tequila factory, and a restaurant tucked into a local neighborhood.

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I didn’t get pictures of all the food places we ate, but rest assured plenty of taco stands were sampled.  We probably spent $30-$40 USD a day on food and beverages. The boyfriend’s top pick was Pepe’s tacos in the downtown area.

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He would have eaten there every day, fresh tacos for $2-3 a piece.

My favorite stop was when we found a local candy store full of fresh candied nuts and treats.

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So that was my introduction to Mexico, got a great taste of the local foods and hope to visit again soon.

If you have been thinking about a trip, don’t wait. just go!!

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