Going Off The Grid

Cheers to the start of another new adventure. We really thought we would settle and grow more roots in southwest Michigan. We’ve had a great time with our friends and family here and will always be back to visit. We are grateful for all the time spent and memories made. Having friends and family so close is not something we take for granted.

But in always keeping our sails open to the winds of opportunity, we find ourselves drifting westward once again.

This time we will be stopping in Northern Minnesota for about 5 months. Zach has accepted a position as a Park Ranger with the Army Corp of Engineers and I’ve decided to take a vacation…. just kidding. I am taking my time finding work that will be suitable for a fun summer in lake country.

With the gracious help of family and friends, and friends of the family, we will be shacking up in a dry cabin. Yes, this means no running water and using an outhouse. I couldn’t be more thrilled about it! Summer spent amongst “the woods” is exactly what I had in mind when we decided to move to Crow Wing County.

Will it be more work to live in a dry cabin? Will there be enormous swarms of mosquitos, ticks, and bugs? Will it be difficult without having running water? Absolutely, but amenities will be very close by. I mean, who has a dog? Are they a lot of extra work and a pain in the a** once and a while? Hell yes, but you love them and they are worth it for all the little joys they bring. And have you ever spent some prolonged time in “the woods” without any noise and distraction?  It’s simply peaceful! 🌲🌻🐸🌲🌻🐸🌲🌻🐸

I look forward to sharing our joys and trials of our next adventure and what is to follow!

For now, we are finishing a few days at work and furiously packing and cleaning another house. Another Thieves Household Cleaner success, as we were able to use the natural cleaner for the ENTIRE house (everything)!

We plan to leave by the weekend and spend some quality time cruising the Northern route through some really Great Lakes. Neither Zach or myself have been able to experience the “U.P.” (upper peninsula of Michigan) so the exploration and journey starts there.

Later, we will be putting natural homemade bug spray to the test in the true backwoods. So stay tuned for the results and recipe.

Remember, life is what YOU make it – every minute, every day, every hour.

And as always, wishing you happy and healthy trails.

Photo credits: Rose Wenck and Joe Wenck

Facial Toner Recipe: Simply Love Your Skin

Let’s start simply loving our skin with natural anti-aging ingredients.

This recipe is so incredibly quick and simple to make with only 2 ingredients, plus your essential oils of choice.

Why use a toner?
  • Toning your skin helps remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may have been left behind after washing.
  • Toning helps to balance your skin’s PH level.
  • Toning also helps to close the pores and allow your moisturizer to soak into the skin more efficiently.

I NEVER used to use toners, but as my skin ages, I found out that I love using a toner to rid of the dry and tired looking skin. My skin always looks more fresh and evenly toned for the day. Taking care of our skin by cutting out harsh chemical ingredients and using natural plant-based ingredients can also help slow the anti-aging process.

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