Honeychick Homestead

Homestead, Health, and Happiness

About Jen

IMG_1003Hi there! I’m Jen, thanks for stopping by Honeychick Homestead!

My site is about more than urban homesteading. Here you’ll find a mix of diverse topics, about health, real food, Lyme Disease, and my newest adventure, urban homesteading! I began this adventure in 2013 and as of July 2015 I finally have chicken’s and bees, so I’m now a “honeychick” 🙂

I had the desire to build an urban homestead when my husband and I purchased a home with little bit of land. About a half-acre, to be exact! I had spent the past 11 years at a stressful job, sitting at a desk 40 hours a week. During the weekends, I’d spend time in the yard, and wish I could be there everyday. I’d also think about the constant stress at work, and was concerned it might keep me from overcoming Lyme Disease.

After lots of encouragement from my husband, I’m taking the plunge and focusing on those aspirations, full time. I’m excited to grow my skills as an orchard-keeper, bee-keeper, and hen-keeper. I look forward to having more time to focus on fully recovering from Lyme Disease.

I love being outdoors. I’m a tomboy at heart. I don’t mind getting dirty, especially if I’m having fun or getting a project done.

I enjoy cooking real, nourishing food.

I have a passion for all things health and wellness. For many years, I had unexplained health issues, that led me to educate myself about how to truly nourish my body. I’ll be sharing what I’ve learned along the way, including some of my favorite healing foods, and recipes.

I’m honored to share my Lyme story, and promote awareness about a disease tens of thousands struggle to overcome. I’d be happy to talk with you about my treatments, including thymus and stem cell therapy at Infusio or my awesome Lyme ND. Just leave a comment in the contact me section so we can connect!

More things you’ll find here …

If you want to know more about me or real food, check out these posts:

Should I Work During Lyme Treatment?

Danger! What Toxins are in Your Body Products?

What’s Infusio?

Why I Want to build an Urban Homestead

The Top Four Food Ingredients I Avoid

Nationwide Sources for Real Food

San Francisco Bay Area & Santa Cruz Sources for Real Food

The Bees are Here!

My Lyme Story – Part One and Part Two

A little more about me…

I’m a native Michigander, so the Mitten, Motown, and The Motor City have a big place in my heart! Here’s one of my favorite views when I visit Michigan.


Detroit, Summer 2013.

It took awhile, but I let California have a bit of my heart too, marrying a native helped 🙂   I try to enjoy this local view as much as possible!

West Cliff Drive

West Cliff Drive

I’m not professional blogger, cook or a typical “homesteader.” I’m learning as I go, and that’s fine with me! I’m excited to learn from others, and have this blog as a permanent record of how my husband and I built our homestead.

Finally, the “urban” part of my homestead includes a classic muscle car, R&B, soul, and hip-hop music, my handsome, handy husband, and two cute rescue dogs!

Let’s stay connected …

I have lots to share, so check back often for new posts. An even easier way stay up to date, is to subscribe. We can also connect on Facebook.

If you have questions or comments, mosey on over to my Contact Page.

Thanks again for stopping by!


9 thoughts on “About Jen

  1. Can’t wait to hear more! Especially the adventures with the bees.

  2. Awesome Jen, good luck to you! We love our chickens and our garden… you might explore foraging too. There’s tons of great stuff growing in our California hills and shores. Cheers!

    • Thanks so much! Once I get the bees, chickens, gardening down I might move onto foraging! When I’m ready to get started I will probably need your advice!

      • You got it! I’m pretty sure I’ve written a couple blog posts on the subject. What area are you in? Santa Barbara?

      • I’m in Santa Cruz, about 5 min inland from the coast. I’ll look for those posts, sounds interesting!

      • Oh you are very lucky indeed! Great mushroom country, mussels and gooseneck barnacles in the tidal zone, etc. I’m sure there’s lots more stuff (I’m mostly familiar with Southern California, where we are…)

  3. Wow! Just happened upon this site while googling honeybees. Jen, I use honeybees for Bee Venom Therapy to heal Lyme Disease and co-infections. Have you heard of that?

    • Hi Terri, yes I have but I don’t know much! Does Bee Venom therapy kill bees? If it does, then I have mixed feelings about it, because bees are in such a sad state of health and if we lose bees we are all in trouble. I am glad people are getting better from Lyme with this therapy though!

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