Even though we are HUGE “pinners” we do have some other “go-to” resources that we trust and use often!

This post is a living document and will change from time to time! Be sure to check back!

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The Road Less Traveled (1)

To be more accurate, this road is definitely traveled. The Trans-Canada highway runs literally across Canada and connects all 10 provinces together. We have traveled this road many times, by car and by bus.

These posts are going to be relatively sentimental to me. Originally I had a plan to make this a singular post… I fear a singular post won’t do this topic justice though.

Anywho… Let’s talk about the Greyhound Bus. πŸ™‚

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Oh hi!


Tiny hiatus happening here. We hope to be back on track soon. E has been busy with school…. while I have half done posts waiting for his input πŸ˜‰

For now, here are a few snapshots on what is to come!

– L

Self-Care & Homesteading β€” Trading Desks for Dirt

I had the pleasure of writing a guest post for Trading Desks for Dirt. πŸ™‚

Check it out! Be sure to show Trading Desks for Dirt some love too – fellow Canadians who are also working towards a more sustainable and minimalist lifestyle!

We would like to offer a warm and heartfelt welcome to our guest writer for this week’s post – Laura from The Holmestead. These fellow Canadian homesteaders can be found over at, so make sure you head on over to their blog and check them out! Before I begin I wanted to offer thanksΒ to…

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Shopping Local Sundays: The Country Market!

The Thunder Bay Country Market has SO many of our favourite places…in one convenient location!

The market is located on the CLE grounds in the Dove Building and is open on Saturdays (8am-1pm) and Wednesdays (May until the end of the year 3:30-6:30)

When you walk into the TBCM you’re greeted with friendly smiles and great smells!
These are just a few of our favourite places to check out. We definitely love walking the market and love ALL of the vendors, but these are our “must have” places

Some recent market purchases include these great items!

YQT Tee from Northies
Elfarrow tunic-dress from the sale rack! (So comfy!)
Pakoras from LocalMotion

Of course, this is just a small sample of some of our favourite things… here are some more!

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MIT: Progress.

These past few weeks have been BUSY.

So here is a tiny tiny update. We’re still working on monthly write ups πŸ™‚ They’ll be out soon!

At work we’re hatching chickens! I started seedlings late…. SO much has happened. The past two weeks have been near summer weather here…yet they’re getting snow on the east coast. Eeek!

We started with 23 eggs at work. 6 hatched yesterday, today was the official hatch day…one was out when I left. We’ll see what tomorrow brings! Unfortunately we definitely lost two in the process 😦

We didn’t candle them so we’re not sure how many were suppose to hatch…but we’re SO elated with our 7! This is one of the more successful years that I’ve been a part of.

Here’s a sneak peek of what has been happening!

– L

MIT: My Painted Door Workshop

I had the pleasure of attending another My Painted Door workshop!

(I get to do it again on Tuesday .. more signs!)

This time we worked on benches. This one was a labour of love. I was the first person to do a yellow bench (I used Prairie Sunset)Β  …I definitely lost some trust in the process but fell in LOVE with my final product! (It can be REALLY hard to trust the process sometimes!)

It’s amazing what we accomplished in just under 3 hours. We started with a brand new bench, did some distressing (which was also DE-STRESSING πŸ˜‰ ) added our base coats, then our top coats, stenciled, and finished with the darker wax. I went a bit heavy on the wax in the front, but overall I’m really happy with my finished product!

What I LOVE about Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint is how forgiving it is – if you feel it’s a bit too thick, add water. Too thin? Add a bit more paint. You can even mix colours together. So many options! As you know, we’re big on versatility here at The Holmestead. The dry time is also pretty quick, which means you can finish your projects FASTER πŸ™‚

We had access to some of the stencils that MPD carries. I wanted to find the L for “Holmestead” but lining it up was a bit tricky. (We didn’t have an alphabet stencil, so we were borrowing from other stencils).

*The coordinates are missing the seconds… but it essentially points to the place where E and I met. πŸ™‚ #cheesy.

I can’t wait to make our new sign this week!
(My friend and I might have a slight addiction to MPD workshops…)