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About carishumaker

We are trying to live The Good Life with our 3 kids out in the woods. We strive to be as self reliant as possible, with a great amount of leisure time to Live The Good Life as best as we can. We work hard so we can play hard and want to teach our kids to love life and love people and love learning. This is our journey.

Morning Walks

So, I have been reading and reading and really feel that the ideas behind Enki are speaking strongly to my family.  Especially my husband who has been trying to encourage me to be rhythmic for a long time now and … Continue reading

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Road Trip

Homeschooling and living super frugally has allowed us to take a few trips down the Baja Peninsula, Mexico.  We save and save and save all year in order to take this winter time trip.  This time we were gone for … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving With Family

We had a wonderful weekend spent with boy my family and the in laws.  Between IZ and I, we have 10 siblings, most all of them have had more than 2 kids, some up to 6 kids!  So, we have … Continue reading

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Some Real Life Learning!

For a bunch of people that only want organic food, we are HAPPY to have gotten our first deer.  We processed it ourselves, I made some of into Italian Sausage and some Breakfast Sausage, we have roasts and steaks.  It … Continue reading

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Our last day in the old boat

We had a great time going out in our freebie boat with some friends and family.  It was a beautiful day and we sure enjoyed ourselves.  There is just something about being out on the canal, the salty sea-smells, the … Continue reading

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A cute lil kitchen

 I made this little kitchen for my daughter’s birthday.  I found a little dresser at a used store.  They also had a brass sink, the lady was so excited about my project that she GAVE me the sink when I … Continue reading

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Physical Education for The Good Life!

We had a really fun “PE” class today.  The kids did a rock climbing training with Isaac.  Maya is learning to be lowered and to just feel comfortable with the harness and the ropes and the whole experience.  KK & … Continue reading

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Primary Science Checklist

For my elementary kids, I used this checklist in the front of their science notebook.  We used The Kingfisher Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia & Eyewitness Books Animal Kingdom. I would read to him aloud, or as he got older, let him read.  … Continue reading

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Homeschool Helpers

So, for our history, we are doing History of the World.  We are finishing up last year’s book 2, Middle Ages.  We will (hopefully) be starting in on book 3 in October.  For my middle schooler, I have made some … Continue reading

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

* use a dry erase to label your jars, so you don’t forget what it is! Ok, I know it’s pretty red, but it’s because of the beets.  Read on and you’ll find out a great, easy way to keep … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Chair My Husband Made Me

I just wanted to share this beautiful maple chair the husband built for me.  We had seen a chair in Mexico that was similar, but not near as cool, and he took a picture of it in his mind and … Continue reading

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Spare & Simple Diet, 1825

“A very spare and simple diet has commonly been recommended as most conducive to Health.  Aim at the happy mean-be Liberal without being Lavish, be Prudent without being Penurious.  Plent of Good Food, plainly but properly prepared, is a Feast … Continue reading

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Tea Party ~ with real tea, no politics allowed!

My daughter loves a tea party.  To dress up in something with lace, put a floral tablecloth on the grass, bring out the china, bake some cookies and drink tea! That is a perfect day for her.  I try to … Continue reading

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Raw Vegan Spring Rolls

100% Garden Food I harvested today made these beautiful ‘Spring’ rolls. So, today we are starting off on a family friendly raw food kick.  What does this mean?  We will be trying to eat way more raw foods.  This doesn’t … Continue reading

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Elections Unit Study

I can’t believe this has already been almost 4 years ago!!!!!! How can that be?  This is a copy of a post I did on another blog.  I thought I would repost as elections are coming closer.  How’d all that … Continue reading

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Raw Vegan Granola and Apples

THE PERFECT, SIMPLE, QUICK, RAW BREAKFAST TREAT YOUR KIDS WILL LOVE, SO WILL YOUR BUDGET.  This is super cheap, just a few dimes a serving, especially since we gleaned the apples and pick our berries.  To make it as least … Continue reading

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Kale, Chard & Collards, Oh My!

We have sooooo much kale, collards and chard.  I can only use so many in my green smoothies, and we have so many other kinds of salad greens that we just aren’t using these up fast enough and they are … Continue reading

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Sweetness

There is just something so sweet about watching Maya-miss with her daddy.  She LOVES him and he can’t seem to get enough of her.  Sweetness in our Good Life.  Here, they are watching the boys build a tree fort.  It … Continue reading

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Twin A & Twin B

I am Twin A, by the way.  We are at my mama’s house.  This picture was taken at our birthday dinner and my folks’ 40 year anniversary.  They have a wonderful marriage and have been a great example of what … Continue reading

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The Praise & Happiness of the Countrie-Life, 1539

“Those that live in the country are much more healthfull, and are not subject to so many diseases as citizens and courtiers, for in cities the buildings are high, the lanes narrow and durtie, the aire dull and for want … Continue reading

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37 Years!

132.  I am 37 today!  Had a great day yesterday at the beach, I did my first front flip EVER off the diving board on the dock.  I like to do something I have never done before.  I am pleased … Continue reading

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My Go-To Green Smoothie

Around here, part of our Good Life Food is eating lots and lots of fresh greens.  Even the kids.  We grow rows and rows of different lettuces, swiss chards, kales, collards, parsley and cilantro.  One really great way to get … Continue reading

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Making Sauerkraut

So, if you saw my garden post, you will have seen that I have planted a lot of cabbage.  It would be impossible to use that all up before it goes bad, especially with all the other greens and lettuces … Continue reading

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A Good Life Day!

Weighing in at 129.8 today but only after a long mountain climb.  Not bad, love to see that number under 130.  Ate really well the last few days, mainly just garden food, but did have a big hamburger last night.  … Continue reading

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Yummy Zucchini “Chips”

These were really, really good.  Even my non-zucchini loving kid loved them.  We were fighting over the last one.  Really delish dipped in spicy garlic mayonaise, which my son always makes.  Yummy! Medium Zucchini (as many as you think your … Continue reading

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Drying Clothes

I just love the feel of sun dried towels. They wick the water right off of you and are so rough you can exfoliate as you dry.  What more could you ask for? Not to mention, Mother Nature is providing … Continue reading

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My License Plate Frame

I love to watch people laugh as they pass my car because this is funny, I don’t care who you are!

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Aahhhhh, Peace & Quiet!

The husband took all 3 kids out to go get firewood this morning, which leaves me . . . Home Alone! This doesn’t happen very often and I love it! I have decided never to blog or sit at the … Continue reading

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Garden Vegi Calzones-Vegetarian

OK, so I kinda got confused when writing the last post.  I actually saved out some of the filling from the casserole to make some calzones or empanadas or whatever you want to call them.  I knew we were going … Continue reading

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Garden Vegi Casserole

This was really good.  I just made a yeasted pizza style dough with 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached flour.  I used kale, chard, zucchini, leeks, onions, garlic, parsley, red pepper, carrots and whatever other vegis were in my garden.  … Continue reading

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A Garden Salad

So, garden food for The Good Life. We try to make a huge portion of our food be in the form of raw vegetables. In the summer, this is an easy task. We have made it easier by making our … Continue reading

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Linae’s Taco Soup

Linae is the sister. She does once a month cooking and she’s all around amazing.  Here is her recipe: 2 lbs ground beef 1 onion 1 can green chilis diced taco seasoing 1 packet ranch dressing mix 4 cups corn … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Wise Words

These words mainly come from Helen Nearing’s book, Wise Words for the good life.  I just really love history and the wisdom that comes from the days gone by.  It seems that in a time when people were more in … Continue reading

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Chores and Work Ethic

Let me preface this with: We really want to raise kids equipped for The Good Life. Whatever that may be, for them. We know, though, that being a happy worker is a good thing. So is a worker who has … Continue reading

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Garden Tour

Here is a photo tour of our garden. We have it worked out pretty well.  Isaac does all the heavy lifting, dirt moving, building of things and ‘squaring off’ (or else everything is crooked and catty-wampus, which I think is … Continue reading

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Beer for The Good Life

So, what do I do when I’ve asked the husband to bring home some Corona and he brings home Sessions beer? They are not the same. It is hot out, we are going boating, and now I have these short, … Continue reading

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how to eliminate almost all products, their packaging and eliminate the crap you put on your skin, hair and in your mouth.

Lots of talk always going on about ‘buying green’, but if we don’t buy at all, we don’t have to worry about how recyclable our product containers are. Really, the ‘greenest of all green’ (I don’t care for that term, … Continue reading

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I haven’t washed my hair in years…….

……with shampoo and conditioner, that is. I’m POO FREE, we’re a NO POO Household! And, no, I don’t stink and my head and hair are both clean. All is use is Baking Soda and water with a few drops of … Continue reading

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Chantrelle Ceviche, Fresh Figs Food for the Good Life

Oh to go back to Gardening Harvesting Season! It snowed today, like 4 inches. Uhg. I like the snow is Nov & Dec, but it’s almost March and we had a taste of some really good Springtime weather. It was … Continue reading

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Gadgets and The Good Life With Kids

I think it’s hard to know when to say when with certain things. My kids’ cousins have Wii’s, Kindles, I pods and pads and phones. Inevitably, after a family gathering, the boys come home with a bad case of the … Continue reading

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A Good Life Day ~ Foraging & Gathering

So, we love to forage and gather and just find food for the taking. There is something so great about finding free food that our Earth provides for us, it just makes me wonder why we didn’t know about these … Continue reading

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Sunday Family Day

Today was a Fun Family Day. We went south, to our Capital city, where we found a mast for out sailboat. Last fall we brought home a 22 ft Catalina sailboat that my uncle gave me. It was a mildewy, … Continue reading

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I Made A Felt Playhouse!

My felt playhouse! Imaginary play for Good Life Kids!

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Terrarium Fun!

We had a great time making terrariums together. We found some of the glass at the Goodwill for $2.99 each and the vases we found in all of junk. I have lots of cupboards to declutter! These we made for … Continue reading

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Family Hikes and The Good Life

We think weekly (or almost weekly) hikes are part of our Good Life. Here are some pictures of some of those. My sweet nephew was with us on this one.

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Our Story – How did we get here?

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The Good Life With Kids

We are inspired by Scott & Helen Nearing’s book, The Good Life, written in the 50′s, I think. My husband and I both loved the book right from the start. We first read the book about 2 years ago and … Continue reading

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Our Homeschooling Journey

We believe homeschooling is part of our Good Life.  This is our fifth year homeschooling our 3 kids.  My oldest is in 7th-ish grade and we started homeschooling him in 3rd grade (besides a half of a year of kindergarten), … Continue reading

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