Mother and babyHappy Mother’s Day!!! I hope all the moms out there had a wonderful day yesterday. We spent the better part of the day planting lilies of the valley, strawberries, rose bushes, and a couple more elderberry bushes. The best part was how worn out the kids were from helping out (translation: playing while Eddie an I worked, though they had fun poking holes for the lilies), they took their baths and went to bed early without protest.

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted regularly here. Honestly, it has been QUITE the year of ups and downs and turnarounds.

It’s been a full year since my mom passed away. My son is nearing completing of his first year of homeschooling (Kindergarten), and he started karate lessons. Two more people dear to me were lost to cancer.  Finances dictated that I open a local herbal practice. Also found on iTunes!
Also found on iTunes!

However, I started a more specialized herbal website,, focused on herbal medicines for emergency preparedness, as that’s what really excites me when it comes to working with herbs. As part of the herbal/preparedness activity, I now cohost a weekly live podcast (The Medic Shack), host my own solo podcast (The Herbal Prepper Live), and publish a weekly podcast (The Herbal Prepper Podcast).

Plans for moving to our homestead location have been stalled, though construction has continued. It’s just not in my nature to walk away from an aging father who just lost his spouse. In some ways, this is a good thing, as the rush to just throw a workable shelter together is lessened. Now, we can take some time, and  do it right with permaculture design principals.

Krav Maga means "close combat".  For self defense, this is so effective! THIS is what my husband is training to teach. :)
Krav Maga means “close combat”. For self defense, it is highly effective! THIS is what my husband is training to teach. 🙂

This also let’s my husband continue his krav maga training, as it would have been seriously hampered if we were to relocate now. Clearly, there’s a business opportunity for him to open a krav maga training center when we do move! I must admit to really enjoying having Eddie teach me some of what he knows. It’s very empowering to learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones. That’s why one of my goals this year is to become a firearms instructor.

With all this activity, this blog, Homesteading Mom, was left to flounder. I had always hoped it would be so much more than just a recipe site. There are tons of them out there already that do a far better job than I do at creating original recipes. I had always wanted it to be more about independence, and creating increasing levels of personal freedom and prosperity. I wanted it to be more about opting out of broken systems, and building better ones. It’s well overdue for a bit of tweaking, adjusting, and fine-tuning of purpose.

I’ve been going around and around in my head for a few months now trying to come up with what that might be. Some of the questions rattling about in my head have been:

  • Should I morph this into a preparedness site?
  • Should I continue to post recipes, or focus on food storage methods (like canning, dehydrating, etc)?
  • Should I post about non-food-related emergency preparedness topics, like self-defense?
  • Should I focus on permaculture and the design of our future homestead?
  • Should I double down on posts with frugal, DIY tips?
  • Should I include posts about homeschooling?
  • Should I provide commentary on things like GMOs and pesticides? What about instances where the FDA, USDA, and EPA (or any alphabet agency) interferes in private property rights, farming rights, etc?
  • Should I start posting about herbs here as well?

Truth is, I hate limitations. Tell me that I can only talk about this or that is to act as if I am only allowed to know about one thing!

So, I’m going to write about all of it. is now a prepper/permaculture/food storing/gluten-free/DIY/homeschooling/opinionated activist blog by a mom passionate about independence, homesteading no matter where you live, herbal medicine, and providing for my family.

Over the next few weeks, expect to see a new breed of posts and a facelift for the website, a new tagline, a new look, and most of all- new content! As a head’s up, the first batch of posts will still be food and garden related, as I discuss gluten-free and low-glycemic/diabetic friendly recipes for your long-term food storage.

For those who have subscribed to updates from my site for the recipes, I hope you remain subscribers. For those who choose to unsubscribe, I wish you safe travels. For those who remain, I will most likely be switching the email update service to MailChimp from Feedburner, so updates in your inbox may look somewhat different.

And yes, the cabin is still growing- check out the addition and the new deck!

So much more room with this addition- can't wait to put one up on the other side!
So much more room with this addition- can’t wait to put one up on the other side!
After the other side addition goes in, the deck will be extended and covered. No place I would rather be than that deck.
After the other side addition goes in, the deck will be extended and covered. No place I would rather be than that deck.
About the Author Homesteading Mom

Homesteading Mom is run by Cat Ellis, an herbalist, prepper and aspiring homesteader. Cat is the author of two books, Prepper's Natural Medicine and Prepping for a Pandemic. Cat Ellis also blogs at,, and

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