Real Food

Something that is becoming very important to us is what we eat. Changing your eating habits is not easy, especially when all the wrong things taste so good! However having struggled with my weight for several years now is what has started us on this path and learning more and more about how rotten so many foods are for you is what is pushing us to make more drastic changes. We buy very little processed food anymore, we have gotten rid of our microwave; and we plan on growing and making (snack foods, seasonings, cheese…) a lot of our own food from now on.

We still enjoy eating out because let’s face it, it’s fun and it’s always nice when you don’t have to do dishes! 🙂 We have however stopped eating fast food for the most part, and living in a place with few chain restaurants makes a difference. Our goals here are however to eat out a lot less and while during travel and hectic times like moving right now it is more difficult we are doing pretty well with it.

When we aren’t watching our shows on Hulu or Amazon Prime or watching wholesome faith based movies we have begun watching documentaries. Recently we have watched the following two documentaries (GMO OMG and Food Inc.) about food and while we already pretty much knew a lot of this stuff it was definitely eye opening to see just how bad a lot of our food really is for us! I encourage you to watch them if you get a chance, they are both on Netflix. I’d also love to hear your input if you do check them out. My next goal besides making changes for my own family is going to be advocating for healthy food so you are going to hear a lot more from me on this matter. Hopefully I’m able to open more eyes to the tragedy that is our food industry and perhaps together we can make a difference.




Plattsburgh, NY

Our new go-to mini-vacation spot is not too far away from us, it has shopping and dining options that our small town just does not have; and our favorite feature is the Comfort Inn which houses a mini indoor water park! 🙂


The purpose of our trip there this past weekend was for my husband to run the Plattsburgh Half-Marathon. The Comfort Inn and shopping and dining were all just a bonus the day before. I must say we were very impressed with how the race was organized, and the weather could not have been better for it! My husband ran a better time than anticipated considering his minimal training this time around and we couldn’t be more proud. This was his 4th half-marathon and we have yet to miss one; we are always there to see him off at the start and greet him at the finish line and I wouldn’t have it any other way.


If you ever get a chance to visit Plattsburgh I definitely recommend it; the hotel also has a bowling alley, mini-golf, and arcade indoors. We have yet to check out that feature but I will surely update my readers once we do get a chance!


~ Melanie

Welcome to our little patch of the forest!

Good afternoon! I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself to you and this blog, I am a homeschooling mom to 3 boys and married to the love of my life. We are celebrating 14 years of marriage next week and moving into our dream home at that time as well. We purchased a lovely home that sits by 10 acres of forest! 🙂 We love Jesus very much and are trying to make many changes in our lives that will truly honor God; some of those changes include becoming minimalists and as self sufficient as possible. I am looking forward to sharing our adventures with you as we homeschool in a new environment, learn to grow and make so much of our own food; learn to live our lives more simply and take on many home projects. I hope that you will enjoy reading my blog and would love to connect with you, in the sidebar you can find where to connect with me on social media and I’d love to read your comments on here as well. If you have any prayer requests please feel free to contact me as well, and if you would like to advertise or work together please contact me on Facebook via messenger.