Homestead

Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.

How to do the Ultimate Bedroom and Bathroom Remodel

We all crave our own space. A place to get away. A place that isn't invaded by others, by other issues, other memories. A place with a clean slate to call our own and to escape to so we can process everything we've had to deal with throughout the day. Sometimes a quiet place to rest or just read a book.

Small Space, Big Litter Box

A few people have asked how we manage all the rescue cats that I impulsively adopt. The answer? A BIG litter box! We have an auto-feeder and one of those self-changing litter box things, so the cats are pretty self-sufficient. As I said, though, the box is large. And the inside of our one-level farm house is pretty small. Ongoing renovations have shrunk our useable space even more lately, so the only place for our big litter box to go right now is a few feet from our dining room table.

Kitchen Sink Organizer Ideas for a Bright, Minimalist Home

We have readers reach out on occasion with questions about our kitchen sink organizer situation. Since we posted about our kitchen hub awhile back, it seems that minimalism in the cooking area is a hot topic! The organization in this space can't really be contributed to a specific organizer or individual design purchase, though. When it comes to our farmhouse, Nate and I have made a long series of decisions that have contributed to a simplistic space in general. Here are some of our favorite kitchen sink organizer ideas.

How We Manage to Keep a Low Maintenance Farm

Along with traveling about half the year, Nate and I own a low maintenance farm in the rural hills of San Diego. This is definitely one of the things we get asked about most. How on EARTH can we manage to be away for days, sometimes even weeks at a time, while still keeping a bunch of animals alive?

Wet or Dry Food for Cats – Which is Better?

Living on a small farm, we've had a LOT of cats. Indoor cats, outdoor cats, feral cats, domestic cats. Fancy breeds and mixed, short hair and long. We've adopted both kittens and adults, and talked about it all here on the blog. It's not surprising, then, when readers email us with questions like: wet or dry food for cats? Which should I pick?

The Energetic Life of a Healthy Family Dog

There were few things I was sure of as a small child growing up in Southern California. One, I loved dogs. I always knew I wanted one and after watching All Dogs Go To Heaven, I knew I had to have a German Shepherd when I grew up.

Eliminating Phantom Risks at Home

So, a few months back, Chelsea and I were perusing a blogging conference and ran in to some of the great people from Kidde. I was excited to speak with them and was stoked when they reached back out to us last month and asked if we could talk about Kidde carbon monoxide alarms. Despite the fact that we’ve been a Kidde family for...well...as long as I can remember, they still sent over a plug-in CO alarm. I’ll talk about that later, though.

A Tour of our Laundry Area

We still have that quirky outdoor laundry shed that I told you guys about a while ago, with no plans to bring the laundry machines back inside. We get emails asking us how we feel about this setup every few days, and the answer is that we love it! We’ve gone full steam ahead converting the old indoor laundry area into a master bathroom, and our whole family has easily adjusted to using the space opposite the washing machine as our new home stockpile. Since so many people have asked to see the other side of the room where the magical washing and drying stuff happens, we’re bringing you into the mix. It’s time to see how we store ALL the things. Come along and tour our laundry area!

Blending Minimalism with a Busy Life

I've heard people say, "Before I had kids, I was the BEST parent on the planet." It's funny how that works, isn't it? We all have the greatest intentions, and then life gets in the way. When I was pregnant with my first, I bought small-batch homemade lotion from a local boutique and stocked up on cloth diapers. Then kids came along, and we basically just tried to survive. Things got...cluttered. And confusing. I felt like I was drowning under the weight of it all and I just wanted to go back to a life that was simple.

The Happy Home Stockpile

I know what you're thinking right now. "Woah, Chelsea, that is like a metric ton of toilet paper." Indeed. People often ask how we juggle travel and home life with a big family. We've shared a ton of tips and tricks, but this is BY FAR the most important. The home stockpile.