Episode 146

Chicks or Hens?

Chicks or hens? What is the better option to get started with chickens? That is a question many wanna-be chicken owners are asking themselves. In this podcast, Marianne will explore the pros and cons of both options of starting out on the wonderful adventure of chicken ownership. Continue reading

Episode 144

by Emily Gerde

Today I wanted to provide some tips for minimizing the consumption and clutter in your lives, especially for those with kids. I am pulling from my book, “Minimalist Living for a Maximum Life” where I provide even more resources and tools for simplifying your life.


I start with ideas on gifts for your kids and/or family. How we value experience instead of stuff. We also do toy rotation, sharing with friends and many more neat ideas to keep spending and toy clutter at bay. I also jump in to how useful online garage sales can be in selling your items as well as purchasing used items. Same philosophy applies to clothes including shirts and pants for kiddos.


We have minimized our cleaning and hygiene routine by using the following items:


  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Dr. Bronner’s Soap
  • White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Coconut Oil


I also discuss the “no Shampoo movement and how that helped us conserve water, save money on supplies and creates beautiful well-balanced hair naturally.  Here’s my favorite essential oil list and I am often more cautious than this list. www.thehippyhomemaker.com/essentialoil-oil-safety-babies-children/


I go into easy and affordable cleaning routines throughout your house. I jump into some great tips to downsizing your clothes to really see what you actually wear. We often enjoy the look of our shirts and pants but we only wear them once or twice a year, so it’s not really worth keeping. The easiest way to minimize consumption is to get outside and do free activities, such as swimming, hiking, biking, climbing , etc.


Want more ideas for downsizing, de-cluttering, and minimizing consumption, grab a copy of my book “Minimalist Living for a Maximum Life,” on Amazon or wherever books are sold online. Proceeds help support tiny house communities.

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Episode 142

Building a Tiny House

by Emily Gerde

Isabelle Nagel-Brice is a tiny house consultant, guiding people through the different phases of their builds.  She has put together The Healthy Tiny House Kit, which she offers to DIY and professional builders looking to build a chemical-free and healthy tiny home with continuous fresh air ventilation. Continue reading

Episode 140

Drawbacks of Tiny House Living

We all know how much Emily loves living in a small space but are there any drawbacks to tiny house living?

In this conversation, we are exploring some of the issues Emily discovered after they made the move to their tiny home.

Just to be clear, Emily is now as much in love with her tiny home as she was in previous episodes. Maybe even more so since she is currently living in a camper. Moving back to her tiny house will feel like living in a palace.

Some of the drawbacks of tiny house living we touched on:

  • It is difficult to exercise at home – not enough space to stretch out your arms fully.
  • There is a learning curve to maneuvering in the kitchen when there is more than one person and knives involved.
  • The water tank needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. If it is installed with limited access, that can be difficult.
  • A tiny house can get messy and dirty very quickly – on the bright side: pick up and clean up is fast too.
  • Parking legally is an issue in many areas.
  • Starting plants indoors is almost impossible.
  • If you have hobbies which require lots of materials, storage needs to be well thought out.
  • The number one question Emily gets: What about privacy and being intimate when you have kids…

Drawbacks of Tiny House

Emily feels that she and her husband prepared themselves quite thoroughly before making the move. But there are things she would do differently now if they were to build another house. For example, she would install gutters on her home.

They technically would make the house wider that the regulations for being on the road allow, but she doubts that it would be an issue. Alternatively, the gutters could be installed in a way that they can be removed for transport.

She highly recommends spending some time in a tiny home before making a decision to move into one. Not everyone likes to live in a small space. Also, staying in one for a bit will give some clarity about what works for a person and what does not.

Luckily, there are more and more tiny house festivals where one has a chance to look at different homes and talk to the people who live in them. And renting one for a mini vacation is also a good way to get a feel for what life would be like.

Emily feels that the most difficult part of going small is to let go of items we have an emotional attachment to.

Overall, Emily has no doubt in her mind that the benefits far outway the drawbacks of tiny house living.


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Episode 138

Sustainable Outdoor Sports

Pia Piscitelli, our sustainable travel expert, examines in this month’s segment the impact of outdoor sports on our environment. Many of us love to be outside whenever we can.

The beaches are calling us to try out surfing. Or maybe you prefer camping in the mountains? Both are great and both have one thing in common: Equipment is needed. Continue reading