• Spirit

    Daily Happiness

    Build a life you don’t need a vacation from! I find that this thought has been ruminating in my head ever since I saw it on Instagram.  I think about it a lot – somehow this saying has hit deep for me.  I absolutely love it.  You want to know why?  If you are a mom like me, you probably already know.  We give everything of ourselves.  We give to our children, we give to our pets, we give to our extended families, we give to our friends, we give to the house, we give to our jobs…and then we crave a vacation so that we can, for once, relax.  I am…

  • Homestead

    The Barn Goes Up!

    Hi everyone!  This is the most exciting time for us, because our barn is finally going up – and that means farm animals are on their way!  The process of choosing a barn was a long one.   I quickly realized that my original sketches and plans were going to have to get trimmed down a bit in order to stay within budget.  Goodbye to the second story yoga loft space.  It just wasn’t practical at this time. Having gone through the process, I would recommend making a list of what needs your barn has to satisfy.  For us, most importantly it meant that we needed a run-in shed that the…

  • Homestead

    Crazy April – Managing the contractors

    Spring is the time for building a barn and fencing our pastures! Our little homestead will be completely transformed, and it took hours of drawing and planning and months of researching in order for this to come together. But, it’s funny how things work out. Managing a big job like this on a budget is tough because I sourced the work out to smaller contractors that were knowledgeable but still small-time guys that didn’t charge an arm and a leg like bigger companies would.  And when you go that route, you have to be patient. Let me give you the condensed version of the craziness. I had been waiting for…