Little House Living Contributors

Over the years Little House Living has gained so many new fans and followers I've had a hard time keeping up with posting all the information that's been asked for, that's where our contributors come in! Contributors are passionate about the core values that the Little House Living website was built on and they will help us stay informed with the best recipe, simple living ideas, frugal tips, and more! Of course, you can learn more about me, Merissa, here on the About Me page.


Current Contributors

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Julie name is Julie.  On this site, I am better known as "Merissa's Mom".  I am a Christian wife and mother of four children.  I have been blessed that I am able to stay home with my kids and am currently teaching my youngest two  in my 15th year of homeschooling.  I believe that writing is a God given gift.  Mine was passed down from my mother and is carried on in Merissa.  I love to write about things that I enjoy in my everyday life:  cooking, canning,  raising a vegetable and herb garden, and much more.  I enjoy helping others get started and maintaining a frugal, but happy lifestyle, utilizing what your have over what you "wish" you had.



Hey! My name is Miranda or you might know me better as Merissa's sister. I am a crazy animal lady and could talk for hours about my crazy critters​! I am graduating in May 2014 with a degree in Animal Husbandry. I married my wonderful husband last year and we are always looking for ways to live healthy and affordable lives! Even though I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as possible, I still like to crochet, embroidering, baking, and cooking!

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Hello! My name is Andrea and I try to find ways to balance my work with my home life, while striving to be a great mom to my 2-year-old daughter.  I married my tall and handsome husband 5 years ago, and I've discovered my true passion lies in cooking with real, healthy ingredients, growing fresh produce for my family, and eliminating toxic chemicals from my home and beauty products.  My other hobbies include photography, reading, organizing, blogging, and spending time with my family.

As I try out new homemade beauty products, real-food recipes, and natural health remedies, I share them on my blog, Homemade for Elle.

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Hello!  I’m Deby and I’m hooked on fabrics and sewing.  After giving up the rat-race in England 9 years ago, I moved around the world until I found a place that immediately felt like home and now am settled in the Cayman Islands.  But no, I don’t keep my hidden millions in the bank here!  Living in Cayman is very expensive and it was partly the cost and partly the lack of choice on a small island that prompted me to start sewing my own clothes, even though I had never sewn before.  I’ve now been sewing for nearly 2 years and just can’t get enough time in my sewing room.

When I’m not sewing, I’m writing about sewing or making sewing videos.  Each month I design at least one new free sewing pattern and drop in other tips, tricks and projects along the way.  I’d love for you to visit me at my own blog at So Sew Easy and give some of them a try.


Hey, I'm Jessica, mother of three and housewife extraordinaire! I'm passionate about Jesus, music, and photography. Some might call me unorganized, but I prefer creative! From crocheting to scrapbooking to learning to play the violin, if it involves the right side of my brain, I love it. Cooking for my family brings me joy...especially baking goodies for my wonderful husband and two sweet little girls. My baby boy doesn't get to enjoy them yet, but one of these days, he will.

We have a little home of our own in the mid-west where I plan to homeschool my little ones when they are old enough. My oldest has just reached preschool age. I love teaching them and watching them learn new things. I've always loved writing and my blog, Candle in the Night, is where I share about my experiences raising my little ones along with recipes, crochet patterns, tips for pregnancy and raising children, and how I find my joy in Jesus.


Hi! I'm Elise, a farming wife and mother of two, gluten-free cook, and passionate frugalista. I gave up keeping a spotless house long ago in favor of making as many things as possible from scratch from food, to beauty products, to bug spray, up-cycling, small scale gardening, dairy goats, cloth diapering, and hanging out with my family. You can read all about our adventures on The Frugal Farm Wife.


Hey there!  I'm Tara, a stay at home mom of two energetic kiddos, a wife, and a follower of Jesus.  I've always had a bit of a frugal bug in me and have always enjoyed cooking.  At a very young age, my mom taught me how to cook and my signature dish was breakfast gravy.  My momma did a great job of making sure I knew how to do all the basic homemaking skills by the time I left the house.  After spending lots of time and money getting my education, by the time it came time for me to enter the work force, I realized that my true passion and calling was right here in my own home.  It's what I loved and where I excelled.  I decided that what I enjoyed doing might also be valuable to others so I started my own blog, We Got Real.  On my website, I teach others how to stretch their food dollars, cook tasty quick and easy real food meals, garden, and live a more non-toxic life all while practicing grace in the home. 

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Crystal Brothers blogs at Serving Joyfully, and is the author of Intentional Marriage: The Art of Loving Your Husband (A 31 Day Devotional). She homeschools her two rambunctious boys, while she and her husband do what they can to live a homesteading life...while renting in town.

Previous Contributors


Amanda G.

I am a homemaker living in Maine with my husband and daughter, and our little family is on a journey to becoming as self-sufficient as possible. We currently keep chickens for eggs, maintain a stockpile, and have a modest garden in the growing season. I am also what you might call obsessed with making things from scratch. From bread and lotion to scarves and curtains, I feel that most things in life are simply better when they are homemade.

I am an introverted chocoholic with a great love for the WWII/Post-war era. Big band music (Glenn Miller, please), black and white movies (The Big Sleep, anyone?), and Margaret Anderson (Father always did Know Best)- I love it all! I am an avid reader who will take the classics over modern literature any day. I have traveled to Scotland, England, Ireland, and Italy, and hope to visit Puerto Rico, where my father grew up. I also love coffee, used book stores, orchids, and fog. You can find me blogging at Grace and Gusto.


Dominique B.

I'm Dominique Burleson. Young mommy to a little boy and girl (with number 3 on the way!) who totally rock my world. I'm married to a fantastic, musically inclined red head, who has swept me off of my feet for 5 years. We live in a small town outside of Charlotte, NC-but our hearts long to move to the mountains.

My life consists of trying to be the best homemaker ever! Couponing (I teach at the local college!), organizing, writing, reading, and trying to break the bonds of debt with learning to be frugal are my favorite things to be involved with. I also love making this house a home. A place where my kids feel safe, and where they can learn and grow. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life! I thank God each day for such an opportunity! You can find me blogging at Barefoot in the Kitchen.


Erin T.

I'm Erin and I'm a nurse, a blogger, an LHL Contributor, and a childhood friend of Merissa. Me and my husband are newlyweds who love adventures, crafting, cooking, reading, and living off what we have. Together we keep our own blog called Mr. & Mrs. Toews (pronounced "taves" as in "caves").

Recently me and my husband moved from the big city on the East Coast back home to the Midwest to be closer to family and friends. With this big change comes: new jobs, a new budget, a new place to live, a new routine, and a fresh start. As I put my new home together, a big emphasis will be placed on the theme: "Frugality."

On my own blog, you will find stories of our adventures, favorite recipes, home videos, interesting finds from different websites, and DIY & craft ideas.



I'm Sarah White, Owner of Mindfully Frugal Mom, and I believe passionately that eating natural foods does not have to break the bank. I devotes my time to creating a healthy lifestyle for my family while saving money. In my limited spare time I can be found having dance parties to musical theater with her 2 preschoolers.

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Margo Failing May 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I LOVE these blogs! Am so proud of you young women!!!


2 Bianca gobo June 2, 2013 at 11:03 am

Great work :)
love this site


3 Lynda October 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I have used Olive Oil as a relieving treatment for tendonits…simply massage a few drops into wrists and hands…you can feel the warmth of the oil going transdermally. Works on any muscle aches!


4 Nina December 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Thanks to all of you for working so hard to promote frugal living! Keep up the good work, you are making the world a much better place by helping so many people!


5 Pamela January 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Thank you so much!. I really enjoy all the effort you all put into this site.
I would be very unhappy without your ideas. It is the highlight of my day to read them. Now I want to start to actually do more of them.


6 Merissa January 2, 2014 at 4:29 pm

That makes my day to hear, Pamela!


7 Sue January 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Merissa- I just found your website in the past week via a friend who posted on FB. I check it almost every day. Your info is invaluable. Have you thought about contacting HGTV to discuss a show? Your ideas and info needs to reach a bigger audience.
Thanks for helping us to realize the importance of returning to a healthy lifestyle!


8 Merissa January 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

I haven’t. I’m such a little country girl I’m not sure if I could do something like that! :)


9 Marna Larsen March 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Found you connected with Grit magazine. Now that I found you, I’ll visit more often. Thank you for all the home made ideas and things. I’m a crocheter, knitter, sometimes spinner. I always wanted a cabin in the woods but live in a neighborhood. I used to have the energy you gals have and just could become re-inspired by reading your posts. Thanks! M. Larsen of Northern Calif.


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