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.


My name is Sammie Brakebill. I am the mom of two beautiful little girls and I’ve been married for seven years to their awesome daddy. I homeschool our daughters, and was homeschooled as well - and we love it! There’s nothing more rewarding, at the end of the day, than being a parent.

I enjoy nature and everything about it - except for the bugs! I love to work with plants and flowers and enjoy God’s creations in every form. I love to create. I can’t stick to just one thing, and love to re-do furniture, sew new creations, garden and landscape, do crafts and projects with my girls, make floral arrangements - really, I just love to be busy. I’m a huge fan of things that are outside the box. If it’s weird, usually you can guarantee I will want to own it, wear it, create it etc… Being unique is a wonderful thing. Everyone is weird, if we admit it, it’s just a matter of how much you allow yourself to just be you.

My family has a nationally touring Christian hard-rock band called, Light Up The Darkness. I am the drummer and lead singer, and it’s one of my biggest passions! Music helps you feel everything in a way that just words on a page could not. I am honored to create music that encourages others! I’m an honored member of the LHL team, and I enjoy sharing with others what I know and have experienced for myself, and look forward to learning from all of you as well! Happy living!



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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{ 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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