Anais & Jordanne grace the cover of July issue

It’s wonderful when our site and lifestyle has such a broad appeal, the range of readership is incredibly diverse and reaches worldwide.   As caretakers of creation, we are blessed that our journey has inspired and informed millions over the last decade.   We constantly hear from readers (mostly women!) who have taken up the challenge to take baby steps and transformed their homes into a more beautiful and nourishing place for their family and community.

Recently our site was mentioned at Aspiring Homemaker: Interview at the Cottage as a recommend website.  Mia’s blog is a favorite of ours, actually I want to move in with them!

Now, Jordanne & I are pleased to be a part of  Feelin Feminine’s latest issue.  In this article you’ll learn a little more about us, a bit about our “beauty routine,” and how we love bringing the revolution home.   A “homegrown” lifestyle that is not only purposeful but liberating at the same time.

Featured Feminia: Anais & Jordanne

I’m excited about this interview and have enjoyed the friendship I’ve been able to have with Anais and her sister, Jordanne. There is a lot of good information here and you’ll want to check out the links listed in the interview as well!

~ Miss Jocelyn

Read the entire interview with Miss Anais & Miss Jordanne

Hope ya”ll are encourage to tie on those aprons and start digging in the garden.


  1. Chris says:

    “We feel that it’s our way of reaching other people and showing them there is another successful way besides joining the 9-to-5 rat race and being at the mercy of supermarkets, “big-agriculture,” the economy and the ills of society that tells you to get sucked up and stuck in the consume-all, have-all lifestyle.” ~~ Anais

    Anais, I re-read this statement at least 10 times!!!
    I’m adding it to my list of Dervaes-“isms”! Well said and a wonderful article!
    RE: Coconut Oil … Very coolio! Going to try it. Thanks!

    • Anais says:

      @Chris: Glad you enjoyed the article. Actually the interview was a jointly written effort and, in fact, Jordanne was the one who wrote that statement. 😉

    • Anais says:

      @Chris: PS Yep, sure gonna have to do more post about kitchen cosmetics…. Like I said it the article we don’t buy much beauty stuff. Sometimes simpler is better.

  2. Justin says:

    Congratulations Sisters!

    BTW do I get any credit for taking the cover pic? 😉

    • Anais says:

      @Justin: Sorry forgot to mention that. LOL. Knowing how we HATE taking photos. Good job taking our mugs. 😉

      • Chris says:

        Justin … not only do you get “props” for Justin the Photographer … you are also The Soil Block King!!! I originally got my soil block from another supplier last year at the start of the growing season. I wasn’t familiar with Peddler’s Wagon at the time as I had just found your site. I tried the formula provided by that supplier and ended up with a “hot mess” that wouldn’t hold together in the tray. It sat on the shelf for a year. Thanks to your numerous photos and blog, I gave it a second shot and was able to experiment with my own mix. I had great success with germination and the using the Freedom Seeds this year. I bow to you Sir Soil Block KIng!!!! Thanks a bunch!

        • Anais says:

          @Chris: LOL. Thanks for sharing that tidbit and glad you gave soil blocking another chance. 😉

  3. Chris says:

    Thanks Anais! Jordanne … You Go Girl!!! Great Quote!!!!

  4. Debbie Boutelier says:

    Y’all are truly an inspiration. You have hit the nail on the head when you say it takes all of you to live the way you do. I try to live a simple lifestyle doing the same things you do only in Alabama. No one else in my family feels the way I do thus making it difficult for me to get everything done. There’s just not enough hours in the day!!!

    • Anais says:

      @Debbie Boutelier: Thanks commenting. Some say it take a village, but in our case it does take a family and we are extremely fortunate that everyone here loves pulling their own weight. Do any of our readers have similar situations? How do ya’ll handle it when not everyone is on board?

      • Dan Langhoff says:


        Hey there,

        I seem to be the only one in my family that is truly committed to this lifestyle. Hopefully I make some inroads with my young daughters. At least they understand food comes from the soil, not the supermarket. I cook wholesome, fresh produce for dinner almost everynight, and I know they appreciate that aspect. Sometimes though the tasks at hand are quite daunting doing it all alone. I have 1.5 acres in Ramona, California, East of San Diego in the foothills.

        • Anais says:

          @Dan Langhoff: I am certainly blessed that I am surrounded by family members who are just as committed to live a more down to earth lifestyle. We have heard from many others like yourself and can only hope that by your actions ( and good food) that perhaps others in your family will come on board and perhaps even pitch in. Any of our readers out there like Dan who would care to comment on his situation? I know exactly where Ramona is because that’s where we went and purchased one of our goats (Fairlight) Knowing how it is when your parents do one thing, and you as a kid would rather do another, I went thru a stage where I would rather eat supermarket food then what was grown in the garden. Yep, those daunting teenage years! Of course good things do rub off… if not today, perhaps one day. Good luck and keep us posted.

  5. judy says:

    What a beautiful interview. Thanks also for sharing this blog site ‘Feelin Feminine’, also a great inspiration and ray of hope. I share Chris’s feelings about you all too.

    • Anais says:

      @judy: Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. We were glad to be able to share a bit more about us with others. There’s so much to share and learn from everyone. Many blessings

  6. Ginger says:

    Well, that was pleasantly unexpected. I’m going to try your vinegar and water/coconut oil routine. I now have long hair for the first time since I was 12–I won’t say how many years that is. Anyway, I have very dark hair and don’t know how to care for it. I’d like to learn before I ruin it. What is the henna thing you mentioned?

    The cabbage picture is great! Love the aprons!

    I’ve always felt that I was born in the wrong century, too. I’m studying herbalism right now. Too bad I started all this stuff in middle age instead of growing up with it. But I did homeschool and miss it very much.

    You all have inspired me a lot since I stumbled upon your website. Thank you…keep it coming.

    • Anais says:

      @Ginger: I knew the beauty routine question would be interesting to folks. Hopefully I can get around to posting more of our kitchen cosmetics, hair care etc. Being dark hair I figured the best way to learn how to care for it (naturally with out spending a fortune) was to look at who in the world had the BEST long, dark hair. Asking that simple question “what did they do back in the old days” lead me to India and reading about how the women there take care of their hair without all the endless marketing products we have these days. Hmmm, I think I should go and write a post…. Have a lovely day.

  7. Tamara (AK) says:

    Lovely picture ladies (& Justin 😉 )! Great article! Thanks for making us (unfamiliar with the site) aware of it.

    • Anais says:

      @Tamara (AK): You are welcome. We are glad to have participated in their issue. Folks hopefully (without pegging us in) will find some information to help them on their journey.

  8. Laura @ Getting There says:

    What a fabulous article! I enjoyed reading it. 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Laura @ Getting There: Glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend. 😉

  9. Jeni says:

    Wow what an amazing article!!! You gals along with your brother and father are so inspiring to me!! I am such a Laura Ingalls and Dervaes wannabe!!! Keep it up!!!!

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni: LOL. Glad you enjoyed the article. Hmmm should start a club or something of Laura Ingalls wannabes. I wonder if she could ever image still inspiring us ladies (and men!) after so long. Her books have influence so many and will continue to have an impact with folks. Amazing! Have a wonderful and blessed holiday weekend.

  10. Cindie K. says:

    Anais and Jordanne, Beautiful article and interview! So inspiring. How I long to center my life around home and hearth. The modern pressures of working fulltime at a pressure-filled job do so take away from the enjoyment of home. Y’all remain role models for moi!

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