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Deanna and Daisy are old friends from grad school. They like to fool around with back-to-basics living in the burbs.

Daisy is a private gal; you’re never going to see her face. But, Deanna doesn’t have any shame. That’s Deanna up there feeding the goat.

A short list of Daisy facts:

  • Daisy taught Deanna everything she knows and writes for Birds and Blooms .
  • Daisy has 8 chicks, 4 children, 2 rabbits, and a very understanding husband.
  • Daisy can grow the best tomatoes you’ve ever eaten.
  • Everything BEAUTIFUL on the site is from Daisy.  Deanna doesn’t do beautiful.
  • Daisy is the diligent communicator. She answers every post and email. Not so much Deanna.

Deanna’s Life Story

I grew up in a rural town of 70% physicists in East TN.


She wanted a farm and twelve kids. She also wanted to be a scientist, and possibly a ballerina.

She majored in Marine Biology, then Marine Chemistry, then Chemistry, then Chemistry/Math double major, then Inorganic Chemistry. One semester into that PhD, she realized she hated lab work. Oops.

She thought about trying law, medicine, teaching, or foreign missions.  But, somehow, she ended up in grad school for Marriage and Family Therapy. Random. (That’s where she met Daisy. 1998. Shhhhh.)

In the process of that degree, Deanna got married.


In the last semester of her Masters, she realized that she didn’t like counseling people either.  But, it didn’t matter since she gave birth to her first child 8 weeks after graduation.

These days, she homeschools her five kids, writes books, and blogs.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Carrie June 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I cannot fined your recipe for the quick clear skin toner. Could you please repost or send it to me ? Thanks!

Ivory Soap June 20, 2012 at 6:12 am

I took it down because it took the HIDE off me and some people have a problem with too much aspirin in the blood system. It was basically witch hazel with some aspirin in it. If you google that, you will find where I got it from. But I’ve lost all my info.

margaret December 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm

What type of NON electric grinder can I use to make detergent?

Hratch Sarkissian October 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

Hey Deanna, my name is Hratch Sarkissian and I’m on the Business Development team at PriceGrabber.com. I’m working on growing our publisher network and thought Little House in the Suburbs would be a great fit for our display advertising partners.

I’d love to talk about buying inventory on one or more of your ad placements; obviously I can provide more detail on how we work with our partners, who our advertisers are, and your different options for working with us.

I apologize if this isn’t the best way to reach out—I hope you wouldn’t mind pointing me in the right direction if not. Thanks very much; I’ll look forward to hearing back soon!



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