Episode 204 | Giving Our Families the Gift of a Home-Centered Life | Francesca Battistelli

It was so fun to sit down and chat with Francesca about many of the things we share in common.  We dive into what it looks like to balance the many responsibilities of a working, homeschooling, homesteading mother of many. Francesca shares the story of her music career and how it has changed throughout different seasons of life.  We discuss how cultivating a simple life at home away from the hustle can be such a gift to ourselves and our families.  Join me for this encouraging conversation about all things motherhood with Francesca Battistelli!

Episode 203 | Building a $100k Farm Business in 3 Years | Grace the Shepherdess

I hear from many of you that you want to live this homesteading lifestyle but you are wondering how to afford it.  Can a homestead pay for itself?  Can you actually earn an income from it?  With a background in business and marketing, Grace set out to start a profitable farm business, and she ended up growing her sheep farming business to $100k by the third year.  If you have a desire to draw a profit from your farm or homestead but you are unsure of the business mechanics, this episode is for you!  Grace is a wealth of wisdom on both business strategy and sheep farming.  Join us to be encouraged by her incredible story!

Episode 202 | Don’t Wait for the Perfect Circumstances to Start Homesteading | Bay Sandoval

The year 2020 was a catalyst that led many people to chase after the homesteading lifestyle, and Bay is no exception.  Fueled by a desire to establish food security for her family, Bay jumped into multiple homesteading endeavors from the get-go and learned a lot along the way.  Homesteading can certainly be expensive, but we dive into the reality of living this lifestyle on a tight budget.  We also chat about what it is like to pursue your goals in front of an audience on the internet and how we each navigate both the negative and positive feedback.  Whether you are working toward your homesteading dream or some other dream, may you be encouraged that you don’t have to wait for the perfect circumstances to get started.

Episode 201 | Natural Remedies, Groceries for a Large Family, New Homestead | Elizabeth of Purely Parsons

I’m so excited to have Elizabeth back on the podcast to share more of her story and expertise with us!  She and her family recently relocated from Texas to Tennessee to start a new homestead, so she tells us all about what led them to Tennessee and what their homesteading plans are.  As a nurse and mother of many, Elizabeth is passionate about educating and empowering other mothers to make informed decisions for their families.  We’ll chat about home remedies, supporting the body’s ability to heal, and feeding our families well as a first line of defense against disease.  Join us for this conversation!

Episode 200 | Candid Chat with Essentially Erin: Moving Across the Country to Start a Homestead + Why We Love Home Birth

Erin is a mother of six, new homesteader, retired nurse, and guru on all things natural health and wellness.  You may know her from Instagram which is her main platform for sharing information and resources to empower and educate mothers.  We sat down and answered some of your questions about their journey from California to Tennessee to find freedom, how they got their homestead off the ground, and how Erin is preparing for her fifth home birth.  If any of these motherhood topics interest you, join us for this fun conversation!

Episode 198 | Chatting Content Creation and Cheesemaking with Kate of Venison for Dinner

I’m thrilled to be chatting with another good friend on today’s podcast episode, Kate of Venison for Dinner. You all likely know her from her homesteading, cheesemaking, homemaking content, and in this conversation, we are answering some of your most common questions about making dairy products at home. Plus, we pull back the curtain on both of our content creation businesses and offer encouragement for those balancing motherhood and business (or hoping to!). Whether or not you are interested in making cheese or starting a business, I know you will be encouraged by this conversation between two moms seeking to love and serve our families in every season of motherhood!

Episode 195 | Preserving the Garden Harvest: Simple Approaches to Long-Term Food Storage | Melissa K. Norris

For many of us, it is the time of year where our gardens are producing in abundance.  All of our hard work in the garden is starting to pay off, and we don’t want to let any of that hard work go to waste.  Knowing how best to preserve your produce is just as important as knowing how to grow it.

Melissa K. Norris is a food preservation guru, and she is joining us to dive into the various methods of preserving.  We discuss which methods are easiest for beginners and address some safety concerns around canning and botulism.  The good news in food preservation is that you have a variety of different options and most are much more simple than you think!  No matter how little experience you may have in preserving, you will feel confident in getting started with Melissa’s extensive knowledge and experience to inspire you!

Episode 191 | Zero Food Waste, Getting It All Done, Pregnancy and Babies Q&A | Jessica of Three Rivers Homestead

You all have been asking me to bring Jessica on the podcast, and I know you won’t be disappointed in our conversation!  As a mother of eight and homesteader, Jessica is well-versed in many aspects of motherhood and homemaking.  We sat down to answer your questions about food preservation, minimizing food waste in your home, priorities and perspective in difficult seasons of motherhood, and more.  Join us for this inspiring discussion about some of our favorite topics!

188. You Can Become a Stay-at-Home Homesteading Mama | Katie of Lost Oak Sheep Farm

I hear from countless women who have a dream of starting a homestead and making it their full-time lifestyle.  Katie of Lost Oak Sheep Farm had the same dream, and she put her nose to the grindstone to make it a reality.  In our conversation, we talk through what it looked like for Katie to leave her full-time career as a teacher and begin her life as a stay-at-home homesteading mama raising sheep with a baby strapped to her back.  Whether the homesteading lifestyle seems like a far-off dream or it is your current reality, I know this chat with Katie will inspire you with what is possible!

Episode 183 | The Value of a Homemaker | RuthAnn Zimmerman

Homemaking is truly an art, which means each of us expresses our own personalities and interests and values in unique ways in our homes.  But one thing all homemakers share in common is the value they bring to their families.  In my conversation with RuthAnn, we dive into some of the whys and hows of homemaking.  If you are seeking encouragement and inspiration in your role as a homemaker, you don’t want to miss this chat with RuthAnn!