Category Archives for "Life on the Homestead Column"

A Way to Work from your Homestead

The #1 Question I receive

We get emails here at From Scratch Magazine. We get lots of questions. Questions about crops. Questions about animals. Questions about food.

But the #1 question we receive is “How do we Homestead fulltime?”

This question is from people who work outside of the homestead to support themselves. They wake up every morning and leave their house to work a job for someone else. They don’t want to. They want to spend all of their time working on their passion.

So, they ask me how do you work from your homestead and not starve?

As I was working in my traditional corporate job – I asked myself this very question many times.

And I was talking with one of my dearest friends and colleagues – Shaye Elliott, from The Elliott Homestead about this very issue. You see, Shaye and I have done this very thing. We completely support our family and work full time from our homesteads.

We both started our own essential oil business with doTERRA.

essential oil doterra

Even though I have always had a passion for Homesteading and the Homesteading movement – I also had a passion for paying the mortgage and having the money to pay bills.

So, I worked for someone else while I homesteaded. I worked while we started From Scratch Magazine. I worked until I could afford to quit.

How did I afford to quit?

I worked part time while I worked full time. I worked part time on the side until I made more money part time than I did full time.

I made a decision. I decided that I was going to figure out a way to marry my passion for a sustainable lifestyle with a way to make a living.

And I did. Now I work from my homestead full time and I LOVE what I do. And you know what? My husband does the same thing. We BOTH work from home. In fact, right now as I type this – he is finishing up a book that he is writing about homesteading.

We get to live this passion.

And Shaye does too.

And we want to help you do the same thing.

So, we have decided that we are going to focus on helping people be able to support themselves financially.

Because that is what homesteading is after all.. Freedom. Freedom from the rat race. Freedom from a job that doesn’t ignite us.

So, we are having a webinar this Sunday at 8PM EST. We are only accepting 10 people for this online video call.

Shaye and I will work with these 10 people to transform their lives. And we will do it personally.

You see, we care about this community. And we see people struggling and wanting to change the way they live and we want to help you achieve your dreams.


Working 9-5?

Are you built for 9-5 work? I bet not. That’s probably why you’ve landed here in the first place. Perhaps you’re looking for satisfaction in your work that you’re just not finding. Or maybe even you’d just like the opportunity to work at your own pace and on your own terms.

What if I told you that was actually possible?

I can relate to that – always an entrepreneur at heart. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be my own boss. Set my own goals, rules, and schedule. And yet often, we begin our adult life with great passions that somehow drift away and we wake up to find ourselves following the “everybody does it” traditional path of working all day to pay the bills so we can keep the lights on and food on the table.

I worked in the corporate world and remember staring at my desk thinking “This is it. I’m going to die at this desk. This is all I have on the horizon for the next three decades.” That works for some people. Not for me. I needed a vehicle to help me fulfill my ultimate dreams and purposes. Because I had (and still have!) big ones. Do you? I bet if you tap into that piece of yourself, and actually allow yourself to dream, you can most certainly relate to those shared feelings.

The new HQ for From Scratch magazine and the Herbal Homestead


I’ve been where you are. I wanted to homestead fulltime. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. We always had grand aspirations, but never had the financial backing to make any of those possible.

I started From Scratch Magazine as an outlet to build community and share this common vision of living closer to the earth. And I wanted to help as many people as possible. I wanted something I could share with others and build a community around. 2014. That was the year I was introduced to dōTERRA essential oils.

Nope, I didn’t see the potential at first. Once I got over my initial skepticism, I had lots of reasons why this opportunity wasn’t for me. (“I’m too busy… I have a magazine… I homeschool…I have to work…”). We all have excuses. 

But wouldn’t you know it, those crazy oils kept giving me results, and after several profound experiences with them, I couldn’t help but share. My passion quickly morphed into a business, and once I made the choice to take the opportunity seriously, I started to see massive growth. At first our paychecks were small… $19, $36, $249. Within a matter of months, we were making enough for me to quit my traditional job and be able to focus 100% of my efforts on From Scratch Magazine and doTERRA.

Fast-forward 2.5 years? dōTERRA is my family’s full-time income. I set my own hours and run the business right here from our homestead while we homeschool, run a magazine and promote the homesteading movement. My husband runs the homestead and the magazine. He is writing a book right now! I get to connect with people all over the world and have a front row seat as I see lives being changed – both from the essential oils and from the business growth. We found the vehicle to achieve our financial goals and then some.

Sharing the beauty of essential oils has become a part of my life. It’s what I do. My dreams and mission have only become bigger. These oils have a big story and I’m going to keep telling it.


If my guess is correct, you may be looking for a vehicle to help fulfill your financial goals as well. Think it’s too late?

Guess what? It’s not. You still have an opportunity to create a job that YOU LOVE. The best way to start out on a new path is to find someone who’s been there, done that, to walk alongside you. And I’m willing to be that person.

I’m currently looking for highly-driven, motivated people to partner with on my dōTERRA team. I’ll provide the training, you bring your passion and determination. My team is already filled with success stories. Will yours be next?


  • The opportunity to share life-changing products as you partner with a mission-focused, humanitarian-minded company.
  • Coaching by me and my frontline team leaders–it is our goal to see YOU succeed in your business.
  • Access to to our exclusive calls, webinars, targeted trainings, incentives, and challenge programs.
  • Access to our password-protected team training website.
  • Access to our private team Facebook discussion groupswhere you’ll learn how to use your oils and build your essential oil business.
  • Access to our three-week ‘Launch It’ training that will fast-track you to effectively and confidently sharing oils with the people who need them.
  • The ability to get the deepest discounts possible on essential oils & products.
  • The opportunity to create real residual income from a very legitimate home-based business.
  • The limitless possibilities that come with experiencing joy in your work.



No. Pyramid schemes are actually illegal. This is authentic network marketing– they are very different. doTERRA is a product-based company with an extremely high customer retention rate because the oils work. 

“If you are a person with big dreams and would love to support others in achieving their big dreams, then the network marketing business is definitely a business for you. You can start your business part-time at first and then as your business grows, you can help other people start their part-time business. This is a value worth having – a business and people who help others make their dreams come true.” — Robert T. Kiyosaki, Entrepreneur and Author

“The future of network marketing is unlimited. There’s no end in sight. It will to continue to grow, because better people are getting into it. They are raising the entire standard of MLM to the point where soon, it will be one of the most respected business methods in the world.” Brian Tracy, Author and Motivational Speaker

“Network marketing is the big wave of the future. It’s taking the place of franchising, which requires too much capital for the average person.”–Jim Rohn, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Entrepreneur 


After starting with your initial kit (these start at $150), simply commit to ordering 100PV (roughly $100) per month. This ensures you are using the product you are sharing, and gives you a chance to try all the products.

Other than that, there are no quotas, no sales minimums, and you do NOT need to keep closets of inventory. When you compare that to the start up costs of a traditional business, it’s quite remarkable, and makes it attainable for anyone to enter this business.


I can sum it up in one word: SUPPORT. I get frustrated emails from folks constantly who signed up under a random person, and now feel confused about how to use their oils or how to effectively share with others. My team stretches all over the globe, and I am crazy-passionate about making sure you have the information and training you need to feel confident in both using and sharing your oils. We’ve been there, done that, and will show you how.


How fast do you want to build? You get to pick your pace, although I will say that it is easier to build fast than it is to build slow. I have people on my team sharing part-time at 5-15 hours per week, and I have others growing more quickly by committing 20-40 hours per week. This is definitely something we can discuss more over the phone.


Most people have the best success with small, informal gatherings. (Either in their home, or at a restaurant or library). We have materials and scripts to help you get started with these. You can also share one-to-one or hand out samples, etc.


I have used my blog platform to share oils with many people. However, believe it or not, I recommend that the majority of people NOT start this way. Unless you have an existing blog with traffic and existing readership, attempting to only share oils online can be extremely tedious and frustrating. You are much better off (and will see better results) by sharing locally. I am happy to discuss this more over the phone, though.


No, you will need to stay where you are. In order to preserve the high-integrity culture of doTERRA, I do not participate in cross-recruiting or coach people how to leave their existing teams. However, you will likely be able to find the support you need by reaching out to an upline higher in your particular structure.


  • Highly passionate and decisive 
  • Ready to make major life changes
  • Willing to actively share something they believe in
  • Willing to start out with an enrollment kit (these start at $150)
  • Willing to devote focused time each week to sharing oils with others
  • Dedicated to placing a consistent, monthly order. (This enables you to earn commission and bonus checks-I will show you how to quickly build your income to cover the cost of this monthly order.)

“Network Marketing has come of age. It’s undeniable that it has become a way to entrepreneurship and independence for millions of people.” -Stephen Covey

(Interested in enjoying essential oils, but not looking to start a business? I can show you how to get wholesale pricing with no obligations. Click here for details.)

My favorite seed storing tips and methods

Now that we’re in the full grip of Summer here in North America, there’s some things you just shouldn’t be growing until the weather gets a bit cooler. For us in North Carolina, it’s too late to start tomatoes, summer squash, cucumbers and a few other odds and ends. But I’ve still got tons of seeds lying around that I definitely don’t want to throw away.

So, I’m going to store them until the Fall season rolls around — or some until next February.

The great thing about knowing how to store seeds is you can take advantage of clearance sales.

Here’s my favorite methods of seed storage. Try them out and share your ideas in the comments below.

Mason jars

I try to put most of my seeds in Mason jars, jelly jars to be specific. It’s the right size to hold most seeds, unless you’re dealing with pounds of cereal grains that you need to put up. I just put them in the jar, screw a lid on, and use a dry erase marker to jot down the variety and date on the top. If I avoid smudging the dry erase marker for a while, then the writing will stay and then when it’s time to reuse the jar, a bit of rubbing alcohol takes it right off.

Plastic zipper bags

This one is pretty self explanatory: Put seeds in a bag, zip it closed. Label it.


If I’m going to be using a seed within a couple of months, I’ll usually just stick it in an envelop with the variety and date on the front. This keeps light away from the seeds and they can be put in a file-folder for later use and better organization.

Plastic bins

Plastic bins are great for larger amounts of seeds, especially things like grass seed and cereal grains. I’ve got about 10 pounds of blue corn seed stored away in a plastic bin. You can get these at dollar stores, big box stores and more. Just take your seed, dump it in there and close it off.

The main thing to remember whenever storing seeds is to keep moisture away from it and keep them in a cool space. Sealed mason jars do a pretty good job of that, as do zipper bags. Plastic bins usually aren’t air tight, but if you keep them away from moisture in a cool dry place (I keep them in a cabinet in a storage room) then you shouldn’t have a problem. The Rodale Institute suggests making a desiccant package from powdered milk, which I’ve never tried. I have used bags of baked sand (take playground sand, put it in a shallow pan, bake it at 250 degrees in your oven for about 3 hours, put the dry sand in a thin, cloth bag, tie it off) to absorb moisture in my plastic bins. Other uses have success storing seeds in freezers for long periods of time, but I’ve never had to keep seeds more than a season or two. The sources suggest allowing your seeds to reach room temperature if you keep them in the freezer before opening the package they’re kept in: It’ll prevent moisture from condensing on the seed.

Also, if you keep your seed in the freezer, you’ll have to use airtight methods, like Mason jars or freezer bags.

So, now you know how to keep seeds for a minute, go out and get a bunch of vegetable seeds on sale and have them ready and waiting for next season. Enjoy!

Having a Homestead Hanukkah


For our Jewish readers, Dec. 16 marks the beginning of Hanukkah, the festival of lights.

For the next eight days, Jews all over the world will be lighting candles, enjoying wayyyy to much fried food and generally having a great time.

The holiday commemorates the Miracle of the Oil and the triumph of the Maccabees. But it’s also just a great chance to get together with family and enjoy each other’s company.

Here’s our list of the best way for homesteaders to celebrate the holiday:

1-Turn off the TV

I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in the Talmud about enjoying the classic stop-motion animation of Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer (I’m a big fan of the Island of Misfit Toys), but there’s something to be said about declaring at least a brief moratorium on the use of the magic brain eating box for the holiday (or any holiday for that matter. We’re considering a screen-ban during Flag Day even). It’s a lot easier to have those great conversations over meals if you aren’t competing for the family’s attention with Netflix, Hulu, cable and video games.

2-Make your own Menorah

The menorah is the candle holder used to commemorate the religious aspects of the holiday. And while beautiful examples of menorahs abound, there’s something to be said for making your own. You can get the whole family involved too. All the kids (and adults) can put together their own spin on this classic item. And there’s nothing that says homestead more than doing it yourself. Check out these great ideas here.

3-Fry some food

Latkes, or potato pancakes, are a classic dish for Hanukkah. You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy them either, but you might want to invest in a food processor or sucker one of the kids into grating all those potatoes by hand. Here’s a great recipe. Enjoy them with apple sauce, sour cream or jelly!


  • 1 pound potatoes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup olive oil


Grate the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes into cold water to prevent discoloration. After grating all the potatoes, drain them then use cheese cloth or a towel to squeeze the moisture out of the grated potatoes. Heat the oil in a skillet on the stove. Mix all the ingredients together and spoon about two tablespoons of the mix into the hot oil. Use a fork or spatula to press the mounds out slightly. Cook about five minutes on each side. Remove them from the oil and put on a draining rack or paper towels. Makes about a dozen latkes.

Tip: Make them fast. Your family will starting eating them as soon as the first batch comes out of the oil.

4-Make your own candles

A big part of Hanukkah is the lighting of the candles. If you really want to get hardcore Homestead, then why not take this chance to make your own. You may not have the time to render fat and make candles that way, but making beeswax candles is a lot less time consuming. Here’s a great tutorial.

4-Listen to Hanukkah music

There aren’t many Hanukkah songs, but thanks to Adam Sandler and the like, Jews get to enjoy the musical aspects of the Holiday season just as  much as everyone else.

Here’s our favorite Hanukkah songs: