• Homemaking

    Finding My Place as “Just a Homemaker”

    I once broke up with a guy because he wanted me to quit college and stay home to manage the household. At the time, I was a college freshman, with my first serious boyfriend, and attending college under a full financial ride. Nothing seemed as far away from the life I envisioned than being a homemaker. My, my how things have changed. It honestly never crossed my mind to stay home until I found myself pregnant with Caleb. It was then that I realized that I wanted nothing more than to stay home with him. So during my pregnancy, we paid off my car, paid off our house to make…

  • Garden/Homestead,  Homemaking

    You Don’t Have To Do It All

    I see it often. A drive, especially among homesteaders or those wanting to move toward a simpler life, to want to do it all and to want to do it all at once. They move to their homestead, not really knowing how to do anything, but just having this drive to become more self-reliant. They want to have chickens, they want to learn how to bake bread, they want dairy cows… So they go for it all at once. And it all falls apart. I can understand that ache, that hunger, to want everything and want it right then. The waiting seems torturous. But it has to happen. You have…

  • Homemaking

    Becoming a Homemaker

    It’s funny. Growing up, I never wanted to stay at home with a child. I wanted to have a career. In fact, I even broke up with a boyfriend during college because that is what he wanted me to do – become a homemaker. But somehow, Caleb changed all that. When I found out that I was pregnant with Caleb, the idea of staying home with him sparked within me and it was an idea that I couldn’t shake. I envisioned taking him to the library every week, having picnics in the park, going on little adventures – I wanted nothing more. It took me until his first birthday to…

  • Homemaking,  Misc

    Hurricane Dorian Hits Home

    In ranking extreme weather that impacts us here on the Carolina Coast, hurricanes fall slightly under tornadoes. For me, it’s the unpredictable nature of tornadoes that scares me. Your neighbors house could be destroyed while you escape with no damage. Hurricanes, on the other hand, are a little more predictable. Usually you can determine the strength and the path with a slight margin of error. Hurricanes you can try to evacuate because you usually have advanced notice. We see a lot of hurricanes around here. While I haven’t evacuated before (and I’ve only stayed in a shelter once), that doesn’t mean that I won’t. When there is a hurricane heading…

  • Homemaking

    Low Waste Living: Laundry Edition

    I recently posted a video on my YouTube channel (Low Waste Living: Laundry Routine & Room Tour) in collaboration with two other great YouTubers sharing a little bit about my journey to a lower waste lifestyle. We are in the very beginning stages of low-waste living but it is important to me that I start now instead of waiting for everything to come together. Like I said in my video, it’s more important for 5 million people to do a little something towards creating less waste than for 5 people to do it perfectly. We started our journey towards producing less waste to make the world a bit better for…