Category Archives: Simple Living

Chip Gardening – How To Make Chips FAST!

Back To Eden Chip Gardening We recently learned about the Back To Eden style of chip gardening. At our old homestead, we used a permaculture method in our huge gardens. We were lucky, though. We had chickens and 1.5 acres … Continue reading

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A Couple’s Yearly Vision Quest ENVISION #wholemama

envision #wholemama Every February for the last 16 years, Isaac and I have celebrated our anniversary with a few rituals. One of which is going over our goals for the year. It is the beginning of the year and the … Continue reading

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Homeschooling and Our Project Freedom

Our boys are taking a few months completely off of academia (book learning) to be part of our off-grid homestead building project. I’ve written plenty before on the involvement they have had in designing our gravity fed water system and, … Continue reading

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Winter Time Gumption

Winter Time Gumption and A Positive Attitude It’s cold and wet outside, so cold and so wet. So wet that, really, it’s ice. Everywhere.  Maya and I both slipped in the parking lot and fell while trying to run errands … Continue reading

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Ram Pump Off Grid Water System

Pumping Water Uphill WITHOUT Electricity! I know I won’t be winning any fashion awards with this one, but it was really, really cold out and we’ve been working all day! Anyway, here is my RAM PUMP video. Thanks to Engineer … Continue reading

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Gazeebo

Our Off Grid Gazeebo and Outdoor Cook Area The boys built a sweet gazeebo! They used logs from trees that we had cut down when we cleared for our building site. Izee had designed the structure from one at our … Continue reading

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Waste Not, Want Not?

I believe this is the reason there are still hungry people in this country. So. Much. Waste.  I also believe that we are on a planet of abundance, that we’ve been given all the tools we need to thrive here.  … Continue reading

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The Good Life Summers

Enjoying the beautiful day, just the 3 of them.

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I Want This Outdoor Kitchen!

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Developing Our Off Grid Water System

We are well on our way with our Off-Grid plans for our property.  We’ve designed our gravity water system.  This is a 2 part system.  This is part 1.  Here is a picture of our potable, fresh water spring.  It’s … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Teens Doesn’t Have To Be Hard. Read These 7 Tips

It seems man-boys need to conquer something. Isn’t that what has gotten our world into so many wars? Maybe conquering the useless is the answer! Continue reading

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Time or Money?

I’m almost 40.  I don’t want to wake up when I am 80 and discover that I have spent the majority of my waking hours with good energy making money so I can buy stuff I don’t really need that … Continue reading

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The Great Maple

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Progress

We are making some progress out at our property.  We’ve cleared the spot for building our shop.  The kids, Isaac and I have chopped and stacked so, so much firewood!  It gives The Props a nice, cozy feel to drive … Continue reading

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A New Phase

We’ve entered into a new ‘phase’ of our life.  We’ve sold our house, you saw that it was for sale a while back?  Well, we are now renting in a little town close to lots of our relatives.  It’s so … Continue reading

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She Turns 8

  Maya and BFF in matching dresses, with their babies, on their way to a tea party with me and Grandma!  So Fun

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Earth-Lovers Vs. Jesus-Lovers

Learning To Evolve I know we are all evolving, not from fish to man, but our minds are always growing and learning new ways.  We humans are very adaptive creatures and have found ways to adapt to our changing world: … Continue reading

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Teens’ Internal Compass

Raising boys, who become teens, can be challenging. Helping their internal compass to point towards nature is one way to Continue reading

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Zooming Kids

  Just look at that smile on her face!  I wasn’t into the idea of my youngest on her own motorbike, but after a long safety lesson and careful practice with her dad, she got ‘1st gear only motorbike certified.’   … Continue reading

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Our Garden and Greenhouse

We do a lot of gardening around here. And, as I’ve mentioned, my 15 year old is an avid gardener.  So, we’ve built a greenhouse!  He has been having such fun with it.  We have as well.  We’ve started all … Continue reading

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My Support Group

Wow! Here is a picture of our field trip to the big city! We all live in the woods. We all homeschool our kids. We are the best of friends and our kids are the best of friends. And we … Continue reading

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The Good Life Book

So, you know how my blog’s name is The Good Life?  Our inspiration comes from Scott & Helen’s wonderful book, The Good Life: Helen & Scott Nearing’s Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living. I just can’t recommend this book more highly. … Continue reading

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ON BEING A HAPPY HEALTHY HOMESCHOOLING MAMA!

How can a homeschool mom stay happy and healthy? It’s so easy to get caught up in the hundreds of things we have to get done in a day, this is true for all moms, but especially true for homeschool … Continue reading

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Homeschooling Rhythms & Anchors

How we organize our days and our homes makes a huge difference in how our homeschool days go.  I have found that I need to Make A Plan Work the Plan Schedule Accordingly As much as I believe in the … Continue reading

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Travels

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Homeschooling Teens & Pursuing Passions

One great thing about Homeschooling through the middle school and high school years is that the kids are really able to pursue their passions.  It takes a while for them to explore different subjects and activities for them to find … Continue reading

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PMS

Why, oh why am I so afflicted with this?  Why do I find myself  acting as a martyr when I don’t REALLY feel like one?  Why does my husband bug me so this week?  How can someone I love so … Continue reading

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My Middle School year 1 Curriculum

  The following is what I am doing with my 6th Grader. Shurley English, Level 5.  Each chapter is 5 lessons.  The first lesson introduces a new concept, lessons 2-3 are review of new and old concepts, each lesson 1-3 … Continue reading

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It doesn’t get much simpler than this!

We just got done living in our 8.5 ft camper for 2 months.  We had to REALLY think simply to fit all we needed into that camper without having stuff shoved here and there.  We had to be organized and … Continue reading

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Full Moon Night

The full moon at our camp this month was spectacular!  We found a huge, dead sea turtle and our friend and the boys had a little full moon burial ceremony.  I made yummy food and we just had an all … Continue reading

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Christmas en la Playa!

Christmas Eve Eve! We are lucky enough to have evaded a potentially huge problem. As we rattled down our way back the long bumpy road from Campo in Bay of LA, our hitch broke! It must haave been on the … Continue reading

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Tis the Season!

We woke up in the night to RAIN!  I’m not sure the last time it rined here, but it has been a long, long time.  I laid awake worrying about the arroyos we have to cross to get out of … Continue reading

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Desert Crossing

Day Five: (Monday 16th of December) A long desert crossing.  We woke up a little later than we had planned but were on our way by 7:30.  The BIG SURPIRSE – waking to Orcas super close to our beach.  Big … Continue reading

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Border Crossing

Sunday morning we left LA at around 7:00 a.m.  Once again, we skipped all of San Diego traffic by going around to the East.  We were to the border by 9:00, they just let us right through after having a … Continue reading

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2nd Day on Road

Today was long.  We went from Yreka to Gordon, just outside of LA.  We had a good lunch break, but other than that, if was just an uneventful day.  Here are a few pictures of the day.  Nothing too exciting.

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First Day on the Road

What a great day, it was cold and long, but so good!  We left home around 7:00 and fueled up and went to say goodbye to my mom.  We were on our way out of town at about 7:30.  We … Continue reading

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Third and Fourth Days on Road (Sat & Sun)

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Fleece skirts

I’m so excited!  I have been wearing these fleece skirts that I make for a long time now.  They are just the best camping skirt you could ever ask for.  And the best house skirt and festival skirt.  So cozy … Continue reading

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Getting Ready To Go!

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Master Cleanse Day 4

Today was awesome, I felt great all day and just had my cleanse drink!  I’m still drinking lots of green tea, which I don’t think is officially part of the diet.  Also, I have been taking the senna tea that … Continue reading

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Day 2 Master Cleanse

UHG!!!!!!! I totally sucked today.  I did fine this morning, had a pint of the drink and made 1 qt to take to town on all my errands today.  I dropped the kids off at their classes and did some … Continue reading

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Master Cleanse Day 3

Today was pretty good as far as the Cleanse goes.  I stayed home today and went on a long walk with my friend.  I was running late so I had to run part of the way and still felt pretty … Continue reading

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Memory Lane

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My Boys Were So Cute!

Some more ‘lost & ruined’ salvaged pictures from my old laptop.

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Meeting New Friends

One of things we love about traveling is meeting new friends.  We now keep a book in our camper.  We’ve had dozens of people sign our book, leave us words of wisdom and record our experiences together.  It’s a great … Continue reading

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Traveling With Kids

So, we are getting ready for a big road trip.  We just love these mega trips down the Baja Peninsula.  It’s always a challenge for me to keep things simple.  I always want to bring way,way too much stuff.  Curriculum.  … Continue reading

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Why We Homeschool

When we first decided to homeschool, our oldest was just finishing up 2nd grade.  He was in a cute, country school and had a great teacher.  We were enjoying the experience, for the most part. Kyler was making good friends … Continue reading

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For more than 5…

For more than 50 years now, we in the United States have been gradually reducing children’s opportunities to play, and the same is true in many other countries. In his book Children at Play: An American History (2007), Howard Chudacoff … Continue reading

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Camper Checklist-First Aid Kit

Imodium Antifungal Antihistamines Antacids Triple Antibiotic Ointment Bandages & Bandaids of different sizes Gauze Burn dressing Hydrocortizone Cream Laxatives Needles & Syringe Rehydration salts Safety pins & tape Scissors & Tweezers Tylenol, Excedrin, Ibuprofin Cold Medicine Thermometer Water Purification Tablets … Continue reading

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Our View This Morning!

I just love to wake up and watch the sunrise shining on the mountains.  What’s not to love?  We’ve had some great, clear days, which make for amazing sunrises!  We don’t actually see the sunrise because we have zero Eastern … Continue reading

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