Homestead

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

How to install a Hot Tub Anywhere. Seriously, Anywhere.

When we bought our house, it came with a hot tub. The sellers made it part of the deal that they could leave said hot tub where it sat, and we soon learned why. It was dead as a door nail from day one! There was something wrong with the overly-complicated electrical setup, and soon this massively-heavy beast of a machine was acting as a makeshift sanctuary for wayward frogs and snakes. It HAD to to be replaced, but we didn't have a ton of money for this task or the first clue about how to install a hot tub.

Deodorizing a Kids’ Room by getting everything in its Place

Kids room deodorizing
Dealing with smells caused by diapers and laundry from four boys all born in 5 years is NO JOKE.

Wait, Don’t give up on Front-Loaders Yet!

Top-loader washing machine
We're still working on our outdoor laundry room, and I can't WAIT to unveil the final project and share how we made it happen from start-to-finish. In the meantime, we've received a few questions about top-loaders versus front-loaders. So let's get technical, shall we?

A Clean, Catch-all Entryway

Entryway renovation
We're rolling right along with renovations on our little farm house! For our latest update we decided to make a clean, catch-all space in our entryway so we'd have a place to put jackets, purses and little notes to ourselves about things we need to take care of before the next time we run out the door.

Getting Rid of Parvo after your Dog gets Sick

Getting rid of parvo
We recently brought a new pet into our lives! Please welcome Moby, the Bengal cat. We put a pause on getting any more house pets after Bjorne almost died of parvo. I was SO freaked out by that experience, I couldn't imagine bringing another animal into this environment until I was positive that we could provide a clean, healthy space.

5 Home Air Health Essentials to help Survive Farm Life

Home Air Health Essentialsvideo
Having a little farm, it turns out, is a LOT of work. Nate and the boys are constantly shuffling around wood and dirt and hay - and I'm in a never-ending battle to keep all of that stuff from getting tracked all over my floors, couches and even counters.

The Easiest Home Security Camera EVER

The Easiest Security Camera
Our house at the farm is a ranch-style setup. It's one single level, all spread out with everything pretty much visible from the porch. You basically walk into our house and it's like, "Oh hey, here's everything we own!"

How to Safely, Smartly put a TV in a Playroom

The kids have been begging for a TV in their playroom for awhile now. I've always reasoned that it's unnecessary because we have one in the living room and it makes for good family bonding time. Plus, frankly, I want to be in control of everything they're watching.

Preparing your Home for a Busy (and Germ-y!) Season

Home busy season
Back-to-school happenings are in full force around here, and it'll be the holiday season before you know it. We're preparing our home for one heck of a busy season, as several family members have moved recently and that means lots of houseguests are headed our way. Time to batten down the hatches and load up on ALL the supplies!

How to Paint a Door (the Right Way!)

Front doorvideo
We've been rolling right along with home renovations! One area I've been neglecting in a major way is the front door. We replaced the old oak door with a Craigslisted glass panel door awhile back, which really brightened the space up. The gal we bought it from, though, unfortunately let Pinterest woo her into chalk painting it. Chalk paint + front door = no go UNLESS you slap on a bunch of varnish to seal it afterwards.