Hi, my name is Elizabeth Parry and I'm sharing how I went from living in Houston, the 4th largest city with a population of nearly 2.4 million, to moving to a town with 246 people.
Yes, you read that right! Two hundred and forty-six people.
It's been quite a journey! Who would have thought I’d take our son to Bluebell Creamery to get ice cream after a doctor’s appointment and that lead us to buying a farm.
We weren’t even looking!
First, let me tell you a little bit about myself and our family. I started my first career 24 years ago, launching my first official business two years post college, married my love, Robert (a redhead from south Texas), became a mom at forty, learned to navigate a debilitating autoimmune condition, started a second business from scratch (literally, in my kitchen with my KitchenAid mixer), have a child with a movement disorder (though I can hardly keep up with him!) and all the beautiful blessings in between.
My goal is to share some of the fascinating things we have learned in the past four years since purchasing our little farm in rural Texas. Every time I talk with friends, they ask what new animals we have or what's the latest at the farm so I'm writing this to keep in touch with all my family and friends. Also, to share what has worked for us and sharing what has not...a product I was so excited about LITERALLY caught on fire right before sitting down to write this. Before that, our new puppy Max decided he wanted to eat the rose cuttings we were rooting from my antique rose garden (propagating is quite easy, btw). Oh, and the bees. I can’t wait to share more about them and how they’re doing! I recently rescued two wild hives.
If you don’t already know, I’m a bit of a science nut. Our 8-year-old son, Emerson and I LOVE doing experiments here from starting our bee hives (his little business he began the day before first grade) to growing our own vegetables, hatching guinea hens in our farmhouse kitchen and all sorts of building projects. I’m a second-generation designer. My degree is in Interior Design with a focus on remodeling and construction. Our crusty old farmhouse has gone through a renovation or two, especially since moving here full time during covid.
Another passion stems from my personal experience with autoimmune issues. I've been gluten free for over five years and love talking with others on the same journey. Additionally, I have to be very careful with my allergies to certain ingredients and fragrance, especially fragrance! That is what led me to start my own skincare line that’s unscented with the highest quality ingredients possible. I was so tired of wasting time and money on things that weren't what they claimed to be, or I simply could not use so I started my own line based on my needs.
I love supporting small businesses, so I'll likely share some fun stuff I've found. My most recent is organic shiitake and pink oyster mushrooms we're growing on our kitchen island. We literally eat them off the log or toss them in a dish for dinner. Even my kid loves them! So, whether it's farm life, this crazy kiddo, beauty tips, simple clean recipes, our old 1800’s farmhouse (we’re about to do another major reno and expansion!), I’m sharing real life which is ALWAYS under constant renovation around here.
Stay tuned for posts on the 375 square foot custom chicken house (aka; the Chicken Palace) I designed in CAD and hired my good friend and neighbor to build for us after several bobcat attacks. Will have a post and include videos of the two wild bee colonies I saved with my bee mentor, Bruce Ford. I’ve always wanted to make sourdough bread from a starter (mine will be gluten free, they say it’s possible) so that might be a future post. Plus, with the cold weather, I'll share some of my favorite beauty hacks to keep hands from cracking and lips hydrated so stay tuned, please share with your friends and let’s see what great things we can learn and grow together!
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