About Marie

I’m Marie and I want you to know that I’m thrilled that you’re here at Just Plain Living. I’m a mother of a large family situated in rural Nova Scotia, Canada (about two hours from the city of Halifax). With four little children still at home, we are busy developing a sustainable, self-reliant life and restoring our Victorian home.

Each month Just Plain Living reaches 48,000 people, which is rather amazing for something that started as an online journal as we learned to live a more sustainable and self-reliant life!

My Story

The quick and dirty is this – in 2013, after two years of urban homesteading in a major Canadian city, my husband and I, with two little boys and an infant girl, left the city and headed for the hills in April 2013. We moved into a little cabin five miles up a dirt road on a low Nova Scotia mountain.

No power linesno phone lines, no sewage or town water.

And then our final daughter was born in the cabin with just a friend and my husband in attendance!

We made a lot of improvements – solar electricitycell phones and a cell phone booster so that we had a great signal. We had energy-efficient laptops and satellite internet. In the summer of 2015, we installed a new septic system and composting toilet.

Alas, toxic black mold in the walls was our undoing. The cabin is being demolished, a new, smaller cabin is being built for camping, and we have moved, as of October 2016, to a tiny village. We are still quite rural and are still pursuing self-reliance and sustainable living (that is, homesteading!), just in a safe and livable environment. We are working towards turning our 1880s house into a solar-powered, self-reliant homestead.

Homesteading can be done in so many different ways and so many different places.

I am supposed to say here that “I know not everyone can do this …” but that would be a lot of hogwash.

If this is what you want to do, you can do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to build your off-grid rural retreat while living in town or if you’re looking to move permanently into the deep woods. It’s possible.

I’m going to help you figure out how to get that off-grid homestead, if that’s your goal.

Or that fully stocked pantry.

Or the garden that feeds the family and more.

And on top of it all, you’re going to learn how to live abundantly on any income. Wherever you are.

Because the fact is that there are two ways to be rich. You can have lots of money, or you can have few needs.

Even if you’re living in the heart of a major city, you can increase your preparedness, self-sufficiency and resilience. City or town, village or deep woods – there are things that are harder and easier no matter where you are.


What My Readers Say

“I’m delighted to have found your blog and always look forward to what you have to say …” L.S.

“You’re pretty much doing exactly what I want to do… only about 5 years before I’ll be able to do it. ….. I read everything from you, I might be a bit addicted.” J.

“Love reading your blog. Stay warm” L.

“We live on-grid and are addicted to this blog.” C.

“Miss Marie! I love your blog, your ideas, your honesty and your no nonsense approach to life! You make me smile every time I read your blog and what is happening on your homestead! You have taken the fear out of trial and error for me and my husband in Upstate NY! Thank you! This post (FB post joking about cake with wholesome ingredients being health food) is just another proof that you really are who you say you are and you are a real person, which I find so relieving!!!! What you write and teach, it really does make a huge difference to people! Blessings to you and yours and TY for taking the time to connect with all of us!” – K.C.

“… as always, you amaze and inspire me.” – B.

I caught myself reading all your older posts and thought, “why am I not following this woman’s blog?” ….Your information is so useful and you detail things so well, even a novice can understand.” – J

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