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1 KATHLEEN Anderson October 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I enjoy your website very much. I have made the laundry, dishwasher .soap. and lotion, so far and look forward to making more household products. Thank you. .


2 Kaye October 31, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Thank you Little House Living
I live in Adelaide South Australia and have been searching for a lot of the items you have on your web page.
It is wonderful to find them all together.
I will be trying many of your ideas, recipes, and sewing projects.


3 Merissa October 31, 2013 at 6:12 pm

Welcome Kaye!


4 Janice Kennett December 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Hey There, from South Carolina!

Surfing this site has been THE MOST fun. I can’t remember the last time I saw so many interesting articles and really easy-to-follow instructions. Thanks for sharing. ~ I also signed up for the weekly newsletter and I’m looking at my budget to see about advertising here.


5 Alysha January 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

Really glad to have found your site. It’s nice to have some guidance as we inch towards our changing lifestyle. Thankyou!


6 Suzanne Hanson January 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

I am fairly new to your site and I am enjoying your work. In this complicated and busy world it is refreshing and encouraging to see young people living their lives in just positive ways. I admire your strength in publicly sharing your personal trials. You and your family are an insperation to many. Best of luck to you in this next journey of yours.


7 Sandy Nowakowski February 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Thank up for this wonderful, informative blog. I am enjoying it so very much:)


8 Sandy Nowakowski February 9, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Thank you for this wonderful, informative blog. I am finding so many wonderful tips and enjoying it immensely:)


9 Connie February 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I am so sorry to hear some writers have said some terribly hateful comments to you. Please try to focus on all of the kind, appreciative, and gracious comments, of which I see many. Your blog is great! Never lose sight of all the good you provide, or that ignorant people must be ignored!
Connie in Virginia


10 Thelma February 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I love your site. I am 56 and so much enjoy reading your site. Please keep doing exactly the way you have been. Such a blessing to many. Jealous people are envious and cruel. Don’t let them steal your joy. I look forward to reading this everyday. So relaxing to come home and feel like a part of this. Tried many of your recipies and still learning new things.


11 KAREN February 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I am new to your blog as well. I saw where something was posted about negative comments towards you. I feel like some people have to run down others to make themselves feel better. Mostly inspired by jealousy. You are an inspiration to me as my family is transitioning into smaller living so that we can have more land. Thank you for what you do!


12 XmasDolly June 20, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Hi, what a neat blog you have. I’m from Batavia, Illinois near the Fox River. Loving so much variety of things that you share. Have a great day.


13 Merissa June 20, 2014 at 2:26 pm



14 Norma Bessent June 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm

I want to sign up for your newsletter, but I cannot find the link. Please help. Thanks in advance.


15 Merissa June 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Hi Norma, you can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here.


16 Kimberly June 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot finding your blog! I am enjoying reading all the articles and am making notes feverishly! Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned. You are living the life, for sure!


17 Merissa June 30, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Welcome Kimberly! I’m glad you found your way here.


18 Lindsey July 7, 2014 at 11:21 pm

So happy I found this blog! I feel like I found it at just the right time too! I’m getting married in a few weeks and received a whole canning set as a wedding gift from a dear friend. My fiance’s family owns a nursery and tree farm business in Southern Illinois so I’m becoming more immersed in gardens, canning, and preserving. Can’t wait to use some of these recipes! They will definitely be needed!


19 Merissa July 8, 2014 at 8:07 am

Welcome Lindsey, I’m glad you found your way here too!


20 Deborah July 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Merissa, you have done a wonderful job with your Website! There is so very much useful information! You seem to be a Proverbs 31 woman 🙂
I appreciate your user-friendly advice and information–including those
great recipes. Blessings to you and yours!


21 jackie August 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I would just like to say that I stumbled upon this Blog when I was looking for something on the Internet. Geez, I even forget what I was looking for *giggle* I have never read a Blog or anything, but let me tell you how thrilled I am to have visited this one. WOW, the things I have learned are so amazing and I plan on sharing with my friends.

I am so sick and tired of buying garbage in the stores and have recently been working on trying to free myself from many store brand buying. For one, the taste and two, the cost, and finally knowing what is in what I am using during cooking.

Thank you so much and know that all you share is so greatly appreciated.


22 Merissa August 27, 2014 at 8:14 am

Welcome Jackie! I’m glad you stumbled on the site.


23 Julian September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

first guy!! whoop! love the site, thanks for the soda syrup recipe. definitely will be using. thank you!


24 Julian September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

from Maine!


25 Marilyn M September 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

Just found your website after clicking on a pin from pinterest… so glad to have found you, and really have enjoyed reading your posts so far!


26 Merissa September 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

Welcome Marilyn, I’m so glad you found the site and are enjoying it! 🙂


27 Donna October 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

Hi Merissa, I found your site by looking up living a simpler life. I am enjoying reading many of your ideas and suggestions. I was just wondering what a typical day is for you. I would love to hear about it. I am looking forward to your upcoming 2014 gift guide. Hope to hear from you soon.


28 Merissa October 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

Yes, that’s something I could post about, thanks for the idea! 🙂


29 Donna Currie October 1, 2014 at 8:56 am



30 Carole Harris November 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm

I signed up for blogs and thought that I downloaded the free e-book to my Tablet. I also have a lap top and cannot find where the e-book is. I have to say that I am not so great at the technology. Can you please give me advice? I am also getting a yellow exclamation mark when I click on to contact you. Thank you.


31 Merissa November 4, 2014 at 6:10 pm
32 Nicole Buquet December 28, 2014 at 11:12 am

My family of four has been living in a 700 sq ft home on 32 acres just outside of San Diego for 3 years now. We have just started to store food and prepare for gardens in the spring. We are struggling with organization and are trying to make this simple life work for us. I am so glad I found you!!!


33 Merissa December 28, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Welcome Nicole!


34 Kathy February 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Hi! I am so excited to find your site! We are officially empty nesters and approaching 60.. Our goal is to downsize and buy acreage. I was brought up around farm life and love canning and all the old fashioned ways I grew up with! My husband and I look forward to learning all we can about acreage, gardening and downsizing! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us all!


35 Merissa February 16, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Welcome Kathy!


36 Maryjane Parry February 22, 2015 at 10:35 am

Love your site…keep up the good work!! I love gardening, having spent many hours with my Grandmother growing up in Vermont. I have lived in Southwest Florida since 1992 and it was a challenge for many years learning the proper growing techniques here but hopefully will complete my Master Gardener’s course this Spring!


37 Jackie M February 22, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Just found your site love it.So much to read and some sewing patterns.will be back soon.Thank you for all the great things you have posted.


38 Merissa February 23, 2015 at 7:55 am

Welcome Jackie!


39 Vickie March 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm

So many great ideas~love your site! Thanks for sharing!


40 Jewell March 22, 2015 at 7:18 am

I just signed up for your e-book but my confirmation email has no content.


41 Merissa March 22, 2015 at 7:43 am
42 Janette March 25, 2015 at 7:48 am

I see your links on Pinterest a lot and am pleased to be on your mailing list now. Uk measurements are a bit different but I have worked out conversions. We are trying to live a simple life in a big city so things like meal planning and crockpot cookery are so useful when travel takes so long on weekdays.
Thank you so much


43 Mazie March 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

Hello from coastal North Carolina! I happened upon your website while looking for recipes for homemade laundry soap. Thanks so much for sharing your wealth of knowledge; it’s one of the best websites I’ve ever seen, and I look forward to getting your newsletter.


44 Merissa March 30, 2015 at 7:57 am

Welcome Mazie! 🙂


45 Autumn Murphy April 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Hello! My husband and I are strongly considering (about 90% and growing every day lol) taking a huge plunge and moving from suburbia Washington to small farm/country living in Ohio. I just discovered your blog and can not wait to dive in! So much information I’ve been wondering about and that we’ve been talking about!! Thank you so much for making such an informative and awesome blog!! 😀


46 Robyn June 15, 2015 at 11:39 am

I just stumbled upon your blog because of something I was pinning on Pinterest. My new motto is “Simplify,” and I think your blog and newsletter will be very helpful to me. I’m loving what I’ve read so far!

When I went to like your blog on Facebook, I discovered that my best friend from college already follows you. Go figure!

Don’t think I’d want to live in an RV, but admire that you were willing to do what was necessary, not just once, but twice, to have a better life. Looking forward to your postings, and getting to know you better.


47 Jess August 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm

What a cool site! Thanks for all your tips!


48 Alice November 2, 2015 at 8:46 am

I live alone with my mini poodle am 62 yr old disabled female. I have always preferred scratch cooking over premade preservative full ingredients. This year I have purchased a food saver, a turbo dehydrator and a smaller crock pot 5 quart.

Finding your recipes for scratch cooking and baking is a huge plus for me. With my food saver I freeze meals so that I can have it again another time, using meal size containers, then pop out the frozen meal and sliding it into the food saver bag. The meals can be kept up to 6 months to a year depending on what it is and no freezer burn.
I can also package dry goods like your cheese crackers and saltines.

I love your blog Marisa and will be trying out so many of your ideas and recipes. Thank you!


49 Lucille Lozier January 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

I just found your web site. Thanks for all your tips. This a great site. I grow a garden and I can and freeze all vegetables. I like to sew and I love keeping notes on everything . This is the best web site I have every seen.Thanks so much for all you ideas.


50 Lucille Lozier January 17, 2016 at 12:03 pm

This a great site for keeping house and living. Thanks Thanks.


51 Dawn January 23, 2016 at 8:38 am

Just found your hand Warmers. Plan on making them for my grandchildren this afternoon! Love your blog.


52 Sarah March 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

I’ve found an ingenious way to make homemade eye-liner!
Just mix some charcoal (the kind you use for eating) with a little bit of water. Stir until it is not lumpy, and store in an airtight container (I use an eye lenses case, which works great). Apply a small line of eyeliner with a small makeup brush. If the eyeliner gets dry, just add more water.
It stays on pretty well, and it looks great!


53 Sarah March 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

I’ve found an ingenious way to make eyeliner. Just mix some charcoal(the kind used for eating) and mix it with some water. Store in an airtight container and apply with a makeup brush as needed. If it gets dry, just add more water!


54 Lizzette Carmona June 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

Thanks for sharing your ideas, thoughts and information. I sincerely love your blog. I am so happy to have found it. Many blessings and keep up the great work.


55 Heather @ Simple Fresh Natural June 9, 2016 at 9:03 pm

This blog is such a wonderful resource on all of my favorite things. I love the simple joys in life, and I love trying to live more naturally every day. There are so many amazing posts full of information. Thank you so much!
much love,


56 Martha A. July 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

You have a great looking blog site! Love that. I’m going to enjoy getting to know your blog/articles. In advance, thanks so much for the wonderful info you’ve collected for those of us who are into homestead living and a simpler lifestyle. Blessings.

Make it a great day, on purpose!


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