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Hey everyone! I am so excited about today’s post! I gave y’all the opportunity to ask me anything you wanted and received questions from all over the board! Y’all asked about minimalism, my farm, gardening, and daily routines! I also want to share a few additional things about myself just for the fun of it! If you have any additional questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments! I would love to answer them for you!

The way I set up this post is the person who asked the question[s] are before the actual question and answer. I would love for you to check out their blogs, as well!

You asked, and I answered. This Question and Answer covers all things homesteading, minimalism, and self-care! Hope it allows you to get to know the person behind the blog a bit better!

Question and Answer

Marette @ Floradise

Q: Do you ever have moments where you toss your minimalism aside for a bit and how do you get back on track?

A: Great question, Marette! I have not tossed it aside in terms of adding clutter back into my life, but sometimes I do get a little spending happy. I some times buy things on a whim, whether it is a book, groceries, or something completely unnecessary. Once I realize what is happening, I am able to control it a little. Looking at my check book often does the trick! 😉

I am extremely passionate about living a minimalist lifestyle, so it is easy for me to stay on track with being tidy, consuming less, and finding a purpose. If I find I am struggling with taking the next step, I take a step back and allow reality to set in with how far I have come. So far, that has helped me get to where I want to be in my journey. If I was not as passionate, I would have tossed my minimalist lifestyle a long time ago.

Allison @ Pale Pink Beauty

Q: Hi Erin! I would love to know about your morning / night routine!

A: Hi Allison! My morning and night routine can vary depending on what day of the week it is, so I will give you my best case scenario!

Morning Routine

  • up by 5:45AM
  • I start with small stretches to ensure I will not lay back down to go back to sleep
  • Take a shower to help the waking up process
  • Style my hair or throw it in an updo
  • Turn on my Keurig and get my coffee cup ready
  • Decide on what to wear for the day and get dressed. [ I used to decide the night before. However, the weather varies too much, so I wait until morning to see what the weather is actually going to be like before I decide. ]
  • Start brewing the first cup of coffee
  • Next I put on my makeup
  • Start brewing the second cup of coffee
  • Make my toast [ I am gluten-free so I eat Ezekiel bread. ] and spread each piece with peanut butter.
  • Gather my purse, lunch, coffee, and waters. Start the dishwasher [ More about this on Monday! ]. Then out the door I go!

Related Post: My Minimalist Morning Routine

Night Routine

  • Cleaning the kitchen is a must! This means dishes in the dishwasher and clean kitchen counter tops!
  • Put on some comfy PJs
  • Wash my face and brush my teeth.
  • Grab a glass of water [I drink some before falling asleep, but I also keep it at my bedside for safe measures. Sometimes a I need a drink in the middle of the night, and don’t want to disturb my husband.]
  • If I am not completely ready to fall asleep, I will turn on Netflix and watch an episode of something with my husband.

Related Post: Simple Night Time Routine For a Better Morning

I hope this was what you were looking for in a response, Allison. If you would like me to go into more details about what I wash my face with or how I apply my makeup or anything like that, let me know in the comments. I would not mind having a separate post with more information!

Candy @ Candy’s Farm House Pantry

Q: Do you do tons of decorating for the different holidays, 4th July, Halloween, Christmas or fall, spring decorating? Large tree, small how does this fit into your lifestyle of minimalist.

A: Love this question, Candy! I used to decorate for Fall, Christmas, Winter, Valentines Day, Spring, and Summer. However, after learning that some of my anxiety was sensory induced, I cut back on the decorations. Also, downsizing has started playing a big role in how much or little I decorate.

Now that we have downsized, I plan to put up a few decorations for Fall, Christmas, and Winter. The rest of the time I will have a few pieces that work year round. I don’t have room for my 8′ Christmas Tree, but once we build our house, I will use it again.

When it comes to combining my minimalist lifestyle and decorations, the two factors have been sensory and my love for the decoration. If a piece makes me feel overwhelmed, I let it go to someone else. If I don’t love a piece, I let it go as well. By including these two factors into my decision making, I have been able to let go of about 75% of my decor.

However, I still have two large tubs of Christmas decor, one medium tub of Fall decor, and one medium tub for the remaining decor. My husband and I won’t live in 600 square feet forever, so I am allowing myself to keep the pieces I love for the future. I plan to go through all of the decorations about every 6 months to reevaluate if I want to keep it or not, so I am only storing what I absolutely am not willing to part with yet.

Kristin @ Kristin Longacre

Q: I’m always fascinated by other bloggers routine. How do you develop a post?

A: I find inspiration from bloggers and YouTubers that I follow. Once I think of something I want to write about, I think of how my readers will benefit. Then I start writing. I usually rewrite a post two to three times before I am satisfied with it. From there, I tweak my post for the SEO keyword[s], create my title, then create and insert photos for the post. I also like to add specific links at the bottom of each post. I usually base this decision on recent posts or posts that I believe need a little more attention. One post usually takes me 2-3 hours to create. [I’m a bit of a perfectionist.]

Cara @ Kindly Unspoken

Q: Do you have raised garden beds or the traditional garden? Now that we’re getting more settled into our permanent home, I’m wanting to do a garden, but I’ve yet to decide which kind to do. We have a lot of deer in our woods too, so I’ll definitely have to fence it. Any gardening tips or thoughts?

A: Great questions, Cara! We have a traditional garden, but with a twist. It has been raining a lot more than usual where I live, so we created higher rows to allow the water to run off and not drown the plants. Here is a picture to show you what I am talking about.

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This is our potato rows when we first planted them. Typically the dirt would be flat when you plant them, but I was worried about them drowning, so we planted the potato at ground level and built a mound on top. We have done this for our carrots, beans, and peppers as well. I did not do this with our tomato plants, because I decided to mound each one individually instead. So far this as worked great for us. We were the only one of our friends to not have plants drown the first go around due to all the rain we have had.

As far as a fence is concerned, we have an electric fence. I wanted a pretty Pinterest inspired fence, but we weren’t sure if the place we chose was going to work for years to come. This is our first garden on our land, so we decided an electric fence was easier to move versus my pretty fence. Also, it is great for keeping our dogs and any pests out of the garden! Our dogs do not understand the concept of garden rows. They believe they can run straight through without damaging anything, and that is definitely not the case! haha!

My tips would be to do plenty of research for what works best in your area. Talk to farm stores about what farmers are growing, and ask them about soil testing. [It is usually free and they can tell you if you need to use a certain fertilizer.] Also, grow what you love to eat. It is easy to get caught up in wanting to grow everything, but if you don’t eat it, it is kind of a wasted effort. I could go on and on with tips and tricks that I have learned, but if you have anything in specific you want to know, feel free to email me or I may write a separate post for it. 🙂

Christine @ The (Mostly) Simple Life

Q: Can you show some pictures of your farm and house and animals? And share about your current house. I’m nosey 🙂

A: Of course, Christine! But I am going to be honest, I am not ready to show off my house just yet. You see, my husband and I [mostly my husband] built our shop, and put up a temporary wall so that we could live in part of it and have a shop in the other part. Since we have done this ourselves, there are certain parts we have put off finishing until we have had the extra cash. We are getting close to being done with everything and I promise, as soon as we finish, I will give you the grand tour!

First are my babies: Chevy [on left] and Harley [on right]!

Happy #NationalDogDay from #Chevy and #Harley #dogosofinstagram #dogo #furbabies

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Chevy is 4 years old and a lover! She loves to give kisses and lick toes! Harley is almost 2 years old and a big ole baby! She loves to be pet and races to the gate in the mornings. I couldn’t imagine life without these two! [ Infact, Harley is hopefully going to be a mommy soon! We have finally decided to breed her! ]

Our farm animals: 26 Chickens and 3 piglets

This is when we brought our chicks home.

 

This is them about a week or so ago!

 

 

We purchased all of our chickens unsexed, which means we did not know what we purchased until they were about a month old. They were so much fun watching grow from babies to being big enough for The Coop! I loved seeing them transform, because I had no clue what they would look like when they grew all their feathers! Now they are crowing and roosting like big chickens!

We have 5 Easter Egger chickens [All hens. I named them Falcon, Bambi, Bonnie, Clyde, and Pedro], 15 Rhode Island Reds [lots of hens and roosters… need to count], and 4 Buff Orpingtons [2 hens and 2 roosters]. I am going to be honest, and tell you we only plan to keep 1 rooster [A buff named Handsome! He’s a sweetie!]… the rest will soon be processed and put away in our freezer…. But we are keeping all of the hens to have fresh eggs, sell eggs, and possibly hatch some baby chicks next spring!

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I’ve wanted pigs for a while now, and we finally have the space! They are the most curious animals I have ever come across! They are named Big Mack, Whopper, and Beef Master [Yes, I realize they are pork not beef, but the names stuck!]

A Few Additional Things…

  1. I knew my husband was the one the moment I saw him…. and I was 15!
  2. My dreams scare me to the point that I don’t turn them into goals. [Working on that]
  3. I have recently decided to join my friend’s Young Living Essential Oil team!
  4. My top travel destinations are Alaska and Ireland.
  5. I hope minimalism takes me farther than I ever hoped I could go without it. [So far so good!]

Thank you all so much for your questions! I really enjoyed answering all of them! You all gave me inspiration for future posts, and I hoped you learned something about minimalism, farm life, gardening, and me! If you have any other questions, please leave them below in the comments! If I get enough questions, I may do this again!

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9 Comments

  • Reply
    Ellen from Ask Away
    May 20, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I’m sooo freaking out about the chickens! and the piggies!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    http://www.askawayblog.com

  • Reply
    Ms MoneyPennies
    May 20, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Those chicks are so cute! I am hoping that I can eventually live somewhere where I am allowed to own chickens so that I can get fresh eggs on a regular basis! Also, that is great advice to talk to local farmers. I just planted what I wanted to eat in my garden and some of the veggies aren’t doing as well as the others. Lesson learned 🙂

  • Reply
    Christine @ The Mostly Simple Life
    May 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Yay! I love this! Thank you for sharing. Your dogs look like such sweeties! My inlaws are on their second batch of collie puppies and they are so much fun, you’ll just love it!

    • Reply
      erin@thetannehillhomestead.com
      May 21, 2016 at 10:51 am

      You’re certainly welcome, Christine! My babies are so sweet! I will try sharing more of them on Instagram! I cannot wait for her to be a mommy! I really cannot wait to see how my husband will be with her, because he has never seen any of the process. The introduction of the sire was completely different than what he had imagined, so I know it will not only be an experience for Harley, but him as well! The hardest part will be rehoming all of the puppies. I am debating whether or not we will keep one, but only time will tell!

  • Reply
    Emily
    May 21, 2016 at 12:36 am

    This is such a great post! Everyone had such excellent questions and I loved reading the answers.

  • Reply
    Sherry Nappa
    May 21, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Wow! You have a full day. I loved reading about it.

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