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Our Partner in Crime
We (my husband and I) believe in living a self-sufficient lifestyle.  I started this blog as a way of tracking all that I have learned about Urban Homesteading, nutrition and disease prevention, all the projects and recipes I have created.  I have learned that an essential part of learning is recording what you have done and reflection.  I hope that this blog will also serve to offer encouragement to those striving to live a simpler, healthier more self-sufficient lifestyle. We are newbies to all this, so come follow along in our adventures. 

Our Goal is to:
  •  Grow as much of our own food as possible.  We have a very small yard, 1/8 acre city lot (with 1/2 of our lot in almost complete shade).  So we are learning how to grow a lot in a little space using square foot gardening methods.  For the last 4 years, our garden has been about 64 ft, we increased it in 2011 to over 150 ft by tearing out our lawn, we also added a raised concrete garden bed in 2012.
  • Cook really good organic food (no more processed foods).  That's right no more middle aisles in the grocery store, just fresh produce, meat, dairy, and grains.  The benefits of making your own "processed" foods is no hidden sugar and salt, and you can add cool extra nutritional ingredients.  Impossible right?  Who has the time?  Well I'm learning ways I share on this blog to make that possible.  Mostly through making large quantities once, and then canning and freezing it.
  • Use food as medicine.  How can we have a diet so nutritious it heals us? 
  • Prevent disease Why wait until you have a chronic disease?  I want to do whatever I can to try and prevent myself and my family from getting a chronic disease.  I am constantly learning about natural ways to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, etc that I love to share.  I am also interested in finding ways to look , feel, and move healthier through natural means.  Modern medicine has extended our lives, but how do we extend the quality of those golden years?
  • Have less toxins in our environment  Ok, so I know this is a scary Pandora's box for most people.  But I think if you just go with natural whenever possible, you be less likely to have toxins stored in your body.  (Your liver takes care of the toxins in your body, but if it's overloaded it will store the toxins in your fat, which releases slowly into your body).  We're working on getting chemicals out of our house and to make my own cleaning, bath and beauty products, etc.
  • Buy less stuff and make more stuff.    Less stuff ending up in landfills, more money to invest in assets, and an excuse to work on my hobbies, it's a win win.  I'm a super creative so you never know what I'll end up making!  Check out my other blog to see all my crafty ideals and inspiration.
  • Consume less energy and to be more energy independent   We currently use public transit and walk a lot (one benefit of city living).  In the future we plan to have geothermal put into our home, and stop using natural gas altogether.

Julie in her own design
A Few Things About Me:
  • I have a chocolate addiction
  • I am a total foodie
  • I love vintage and kitschy stuff
  • I spoil my cat way too much
  • I'm currently learning how to crochet and knit
  • I teach sewing

My Other Blog Oh You Crafty Gal
I love to design everyday products that are clever and beautiful.  I particularly love fashion and interior design. I have a degree in fashion design and am currently teaching sewing and fashion design through community education. My newest obsession is learning wood working Amish style (power tools scare me).   I have started another blog to house all my DIY crafts and design inspiration and to share my crafts. 
So please visit Oh You Crafty Gal!





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I am not a doctor, dietitian nor nutritionist. I have ZERO medical training and NO formal nutritional training.  The information provided on this site, such as text, graphics, images, is for informational purposes only. It is not to be construed as medical care or medical advice and is not a replacement for medical care given by physicians or trained medical personnel.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider(s) when experiencing symptoms or health problems, or before starting any new treatment.

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