Author: Erin

I'm doing what I can to provide the best life I can for my family. I love cooking & baking, homestead arts, DIY, and gardening {as well as coming up with projects for Mr. Wanderstead Husband!!}...but I love to explore the world around us too! We will figure out how to do it, and eat well while trying.

Cold and flu season is here. As both a teacher and a mother, you can imagine the amount of germs that I am exposed to as well as bring into our home on a daily basis. While I’m not anti-medication per se, I do prefer to try natural methods as preventative options when given the chance.

By no means am I an expert, merely a mom who has taken an active interest in alternative methods to big pharma,

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The holiday season is upon us. This year, Wanderstead Husband and I have made a vow to truly limit the number of items purchased and really focus on homemade and quality or unique items.

In an effort to both lower our financial footprint, but also simplify and focus more on the spirit of the season, we have both begun working on projects and gifts for loved ones.

However, I know I will be purchasing some things.

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Over 6 months ago, the renovation of our dining room and kitchen began. It sounds so trite when you say it like that. Like…”Oh ya, this remodel thing? Totally got that finished in 6 months”. The reality of living through a renovation is that it NEVER goes as planned, always costs more, and causes stresses you haven’t thought to worry about yet. It feels never-ending, and at times you feel like you are making steps backward,

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There are times in which I just need a bit of a reset. Sometimes, when the world seems to be closing in, when I am feeling overwhelmed, it becomes evident that an escape is much needed.

Perhaps it’s a recharge. Others may refer to it as running away.

Either way, it’s for my sanity. And for my family. I think that sometimes we, as a family – a culture -, get so caught up in the chaos that is everyday life and we forget what WE need to be a successful,

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Bzzzzz……Bzzzzz…..Bzzzz

Groggily I rolled over, wondering why my alarm on my phone was on the other side of the room. As I sat up, I realized the sound was not coming from my phone, but from Wanderstead Husband’s. He too was in a bit of a daze, but picked up the ringing phone, wondering who could possibly be on the other end at this hour.

I glanced at my phone. 3:04.

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I’ve got two words for you.

Pan. Pizza.

I have recently become a convert to this style of cooking pizza. You may have picked up on that based on how many times I make it in a 10-day span.

Fortunately, the family is on board with it.

There are a few recipes floating around the internet, and they all say basically the same thing. There are 4 simple ingredients.

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Yesterday, while enjoying the mild sunny day on the back deck, I realized – as a shower of leaves fell around me – that fall is actually here. Fall is, without a doubt, my most favorite time of year. The crisp air begins to enter into our daily lives, the intense heat of the summer becomes a figment of our past, and I can smell the change of seasons in the air.

And no,

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It had been a long day. A long week, really.

It was an adventurous, exciting, and really neat experience, this whole driving to Alaska concept. But there were aspects that were difficult, especially with kids.

We arrived at Liard Hot Springs Provincial Park in British Columbia exactly one week after we had left home for our trek. Traveling along the Alaska Highway (or Alcan Highway) was proving to be more than we bargained for –

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This morning was cold. As I rolled out of bed at my new normal time of 4 AM, I realized that chill in the air wasn’t due to the overhead ceiling fan being on. I blindly opened the closet, trying to stay quiet, as the little one had come to our bed during the night and was sleeping soundly. I reached for the empty space where my long, fuzzy robe usually hangs, only to find it gone –

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You guys! I saw RAIN coming in the forecast! I know for non-Californians, that isn’t very exciting, but for me? Well I’m just about up to HERE with this triple digit heat. I don’t see serious rain, but I did see it mentioned and that means that fall is basically here.

Know what fall means? Crockpots & cozy, homemade meals. And I just love my crockpot more than an average person. I may or may not own three,

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