The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Christmas in January January 10, 2013

I know I haven’t been writing much in the last month but we have had a lot going on in the family and doing too much traveling to stop and type out a blog. Anyway, enough with my excuses, I wanted to let you all in on how our Christmas went. Just like every year, we traveled to Nashville to visit my mother-in-law and stay a few days. It was a little sad this year due to the fact Phil’s sweet grandfather passed away a few days before Christmas but we made the best of a sad situation. I know our fur babies made it an interesting trip. My husband grilled a awesome turkey and we had a great Christmas dinner. It was nice to get away from home for a bit.

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Stop # 2. Off to my parents house in Loudon to celebrate. My mom cooked us lunch and as always she cooked too much so we were stuffed. No pups with us this time just their little dog Gizmo and my brothers dog. I feel like I never get to spend enough time here on Christmas because we still have one more stop to go.

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Stop # 3. Off to my father-in-laws house in Farragut, TN. Here we have Christmas dinner with my father-in-law and his wife along with a couple of their close friends, my brother-in-law and grandmother. As always, great food good times.

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Stop # 4. Home sweet home. We always get home pass midnight and I always have to work first thing in the morning, but it is worth it.

I hope everyone had a happy holidays this last year!


Project 365: Week 52 January 2, 2013

This is it! The finally week, 52, of 2012. I did it! I took 366 pictures everyday of 2012. It was hard at first and I didn’t think I was going to make it but in the end I really enjoyed it so I think I will continue it into 2013.

cookie 2012

This is very fitting for me



Mr. Z grilling the bird



Mr Mal enjoying Christmas time



Christmas at my parents house. So happy to finally have a sewing machine!



On our way to Michigan. I guess they ran out of road.

DSC_0194Catching a hockey game with the family


New Year’s Eve


Project 365: Week 49 December 9, 2012

You know me, late again with posting my pictures from last week for project 365. Oh well, better late than never!


After buying 2 comforters and spending them back I am finally happy with this one from Anthropologie. I still need to get the euro shams but that can wait.


The center piece on my tree


This was my grandmothers owl ornament


Last tree picture I promise. My new 2012 ornament.

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Party Bus!


My hubbys idea of photo of the day


Project 365: Week 48 December 3, 2012

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Putting up the Christmas tree. I know you can’t see it very well but it has became an owl tree.



Putting up the holiday decor



I had to take a picture of this sweet little guy.



Dear Santa I have been good this year 😉



Downtown Knoxville’s Christmas tree

phil's deer

Mr Z’s kill of the week


Make Do with What You’ve Got – Dog Bed November 3, 2012

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The number one rule in our house is not to waste anything. We try to be sustainable and have as little impact on the earth as possible. I am always tiring to be “green” about my store purchases and try to make what I can instead of buying ready-to-use items. Always, back to the the reason I started writing this blog. While we were on vacation my crazy dog decided to wreak havoc on our bedroom. She destroyed the following in the matter of hours.

  • Comforter
  • Area Rug
  • Her Dog Bed
  • The Other Dogs Bed
  • The Door
  • The Wall
  • Surge Protector
  • PJ
  • etc

I have to replace all these things due to me being anal about my bedroom being clean and organized. On a side note, if my mother reads this she is going to think I’m nuts because growing up I had a messy room,a messy car, everything messy. 10 years later, I get mad if someone leaves a candy wrapper in my car or my bed isn’t made perfectly.

While I can can buy the small dog bed for next to nothing at the store the X-Large dog bed is well over $50 and that is for a cheap one. Solution, I let my fingers do the walking to Pinterest. There I found a no-sew dog bed.

  • 2 fleece blankets (cut the ends and tie together)
  • Egg crate mattress (had extra one in the attic)

Total $5.00


Project 365: Week 42 and 43 October 30, 2012

Sunday was the formal captains dinner

Monday we arrived at Half Moon Cay

Tuesday I was in Nassau

Wednesday was our last fun day at sea

Came back home on Thursday and the trees had already changed colors


This is what happens when you left a husky alone


My package arrived from my secret Halloween gifter. I think they got it right 🙂


Making some Halloween cookies. I love these!


Oh my, I found another Frankenweenie shirt for Mr. Mal to wear


Found my last piece for my Halloween costume


Subway is giving these out in their children meals. I have 2 as of today.

Making the huge tutu’s. This is mine on top of my friends. That is 500 years of tule!


Burr it is cold. Someone does not want to get out of bed.

Halloween Party time! This is my Witches Brew

More pictures to come!