Hi, I'm Tatyana. I am thirty three years old, a mama to a little boy named Ben, and live in a city where the average price for a decent cup of coffee is higher than that of a gallon of gas. Though I work a full time job - student loans, the cost of rent, and childcare have left me with minimal choice on the size and location of my apartment. I've been a city dweller for over a decade now and find myself in an unending predicament familiar to many: how to live a healthy, sustainable, and culturally interesting lifestyle while on a tight budget and with little time on my hands? 

I have tried tapping into various resources to help me navigate this problem. My search has, unfortunately, brought me to a sour conclusion. Most of the resources available to me - blogs, magazines, etc. - preach that leading a sustainable and healthy lifestyle is primarily measured by the amount that I can homestead and DIY. There is more focus on attaining a measure of (what I think is false) authenticity as well as intense cultural appropriation than actual discussion and useful information. Furthermore, there seems to be a lack of acknowledgement that this perpetuated lifestyle is a pure function of privilege. After reading these sources I always feel defeated instead of inspired because I can't afford to have six types of Himalayan rock salt in my kitchen and didn't hand stitch the oven mitt for my (SHAME) store bought pie crust. 

I take no issue with those who manage to live in a city, can grow and find time to preserve all their own produce, make all their food from scratch, and shop exclusively at Whole Foods and/or the local farmer's market. The idea is beautiful, but frankly unrealistic for me. It’s important to have a balance both for my own self care but also for the sake of my family.

The purpose of this website is to develop a realistic approach and discussion to living a healthy, sustainable, active, interesting life while on a budget of both money and time. (Let’s be honest- most of us work too long and hard during the day to come home and preserve our own okra afterwards.) It's high time there existed a space for honest, balanced, and non-condescending discussion of these goals. 

In this space I hope to engage my community in trying to redefine homesteading for urban dwellers in a more pragmatic, less preachy, and more diverse way. 

Join me??