We Almost Sold Northern Nester (But Here’s What We’re Doing Instead)!

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Yes, Northern Nester was nearly sold

We had it evaluated and were in the process of signing on with an online business broker, but at the last minute, we changed our minds. 

Why did we almost let it go?

The truth is, homeschooling, no, just parenting, our 6 kids takes more of my time each year, and I felt like I could no longer keep up with the blog. It was starting to run me, instead of me running it

So, we had agreed to sell.

Most of you probably know we are in the early stages of building a house, and a lump sum of cash would be certainly be helpful (isn’t that always the case?!), but after more consideration, we realized Northern Nester is the ideal creative outlet in so many ways: aside from being a revenue stream, it has connected me with some of the sweetest people around the world who inspire me in the kitchen, and with my husband now working from home creating online businesses for other people, he is ideally suited to take care of the technical aspects of Northern Nester that get me bogged down. 

Peanut Flour Chocolate Cake (one of my favorite recipes!)

Recipe creation is an amazing niche,

but I also love gardening.

And house building.

American Kestrel – one of my colored pencil drawings from earlier this Summer (available as a print soon!) 

And art.

And animals.

And woodworking.

And thrifting. 

As our kids get older, their inner entrepreneurs are coming out too.  

With the plans of our new homestead well underway, we realized that we don’t have to stop, pause or sell Northern Nester; we can amalgamate our family endeavors and expand the niche. Northern Nester will be more than just a Trim Healthy Mama recipe resource: Lord willing, it will be rebranded in the near future as…

Northern Nester: A Simple Homestead

All the recipes are staying. 

All the recipes will always be THM-compliant, and/or gluten-free, sugar free, dairy-free, and Keto friendly. 

With hired help, my husband’s involvement, and the Lord’s blessing, we plan to grow Northern Nester! The homesteading niche fits so well with our family’s goals and endeavors, and it’s something each member can have a part in – another thing that’s important to us. Content management is what I was struggling to find my way with, and now I’ve got exactly that kind of help!  

What kind of content can you expect to find on Northern Nester in the future? 

  • Trim Healthy Mama recipes
  • Woodworking Plans
  • Gardening Tutorials 
  • Art Print Downloads 
  • Thrifty Decor Ideas
  • Large Family Minimalism 
  • Our daughter breeds rabbits…(and we’re hoping to get some chickens eventually…), so there’ll probably be a section about that too. 😉 

Coming soon to Northern Nester:

  • a new look 
  • new and improved navigation
  • options to sign up for all updates, or just the topics you’re interested in 

Moving from strictly recipes to a lifestyle niche gives us more opportunity to share our varied passions. In a sense, this blog has come full circle. I started Northern Nester with this genre in mind, but I didn’t have the resources to keep it going, so it morphed into a Trim Healthy Mama recipe resource. Now we’ve been blessed with the resources and the man-power to give it a fresh go. We’re excited to see how this unfolds! 

Instagram will be our primary outlet for sharing progress pictures of our Homestead build, the construction of our gardens, and thrifty farmhouse finds, so we invite you to follow the adventure there for the most recent updates!

Thanks for supporting us from Day 1 and for coming along for the ride! 

All the Lord willing (Proverbs 16:9).

Love,

Brad, Jacinda & the kids. 

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23 thoughts on “We Almost Sold Northern Nester (But Here’s What We’re Doing Instead)!”

  1. Sounds like the beginning of an adventure! Looking forward to the new things and thankful for the continuation of the THM recipes. ❤️

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  2. I’m so glad you didn’t sell it. As a fellow Canadian I love following your blog. Your description of yourself sounds so much like me! So this is getting better yet!

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  3. God is truly blessing your family! I’ll keep you all in my prayers as you venture into all-new opportunities. So excited for you and VERY HAPPY you’re staying with THM. Not sure what I’d do without you! Congrats to Brad too. Can’t wait to watch the progress.

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  4. Congratulations on your decision and the things to come on your blog! Your recipes are much appreciated, so I’m glad that you’ll still be sharing them.

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  5. So glad you didn’t sell it! I am a fellow THM mama but I also started following you because of the minimalism side. That is something I line up. We live in the Midwest on a small homestead so this is great! Your my favorite THM food blogger. I love the no special ingredients recipes. They are delicious!! Excited for this next adventure!

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  6. CONGRATULATIONS on this new endeavor. Anxious to see the new house and what you all do in the future.

    GOD BLESS!!

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  7. So glad you did not sell. We have really enjoyed your recipes. I have told people about your blog and great recipes. Congratulations on your new adventure! So looking forward to all of the new and helpful information. Blessings to all of you as you move forward.

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  8. You have such a gift for writing and blogging Jacinda – I’m glad you can keep doing it! I’m thankful for how the Lord uses you to inspire and encourage many and to share in the beauty of his creation! <3

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  9. Jacinda. Just want to thank you for keeping me sane when it comes to staying on plan. You have wonderful recipes that have been my go to meals. Wishing you all the best as you morph your business. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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  10. How very exciting! I can’t love this enough. Thank you for all your hard work and care you give us. God Bless you and the family.

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  11. How very exciting! It has been great fun to watch your sweet family grow over the years. I will appreciate the opportunity to hear from your youngsters as they contribute. This seems like a natural growth phenomenon. Good Luck and may God bless you all.

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  12. Glad to hear you are “staying”. I too live in Canada and appreciate your recipes, etc. Thank you for all you do.

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  13. How awesome! I love to see others succeed and grow. God is so good all the time!! Best wishes for a bright and shining future full of joy and love. Sending prayers and hugs.

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  14. I’m excited for you……your decisions seem to be from much prayer and many family meetings. Excited I am to see you bring your many talents and loves into your blog. Thank you for taking time to keep your blog public informed. God Bless.

    Love your kestrel!

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  15. This all sounds wonderful. I used to read your homeschooling blog and LOVED it and was so encouraged by it. And I myself love all things “Home”. I have 4 more children than you and can relate to so much. Thank you for your sacrifice and the THM recipes that I am so thankful for. Your recipes were the first that I actually didn’t want to gag on. Thank you and thank you!!!

    I look forward to whenever you have the time to write. Don’t feel pressured to do anything you know that the Lord doesn’t want you to do. We understand your other obligations. I will be glad to read whenever you find the time. I also love the minimalist, clean house ideas! The “quieter” my house looks, the happier I am! Yes to clutter free.

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  16. I’m very excited for you and your family! My sister told me about your blog and how great it was with focus on faith, family , food and fun…totally what we’re about…and we both enjoy your THM recipes. I wish you all of the best as you start to broaden your horizons and fulfill God’s plan for your life. Blessings and hugs from NY!

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