The Zarb Homestead

Living natural and healthy on a simple budget

Circle G Ranch July 25, 2013

We took my parents to Circle G Ranch for the first time a few months ago and sadly I have been so busy I haven’t been able to blog about it yet. This place is starting to get pretty poplar to the locals and I think this is mainly due to it always being on Groupon for 50% off. We went on a pretty weekend day, and so did everyone else. There were a lot of people there thus meant all the animals were not that hungry and many didn’t even come up to your car. Some did near the middle and the end  of the drive and of course the stupid Emu that I can’t stand was hungry. It wasn’t good as it has been for me in the past but I’ll have to go again soon.

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Happy Campers: Indian Boundary May 22, 2013


My favorite place to camp is Indian Boundary in the Smoky Mountains. I have been camping here since I was 2 years old. Whatever you are looking for in camp site this place has it including fishing, volleyball, picnic area, beach, hiking, kayaking, biking, lake and over 85 campsites with electric hookup. It is the best place to be in nature with still modern comforts of restrooms with warm showers along with a country store that has everything you need if you forget something. There is no cellphone reception and of course no WiFi for the “yippee” campers. If you are looking for spectacular mountain views, glimpses of wildlife, and a peaceful setting then you need to visit Indian Boundary.

They are open from April 19th through November. Gate opens at 6 AM and closes at 10 PM. They will lock you out but if this does happen to you, like it did to us, then you can set up camp in overflow for the night. It is $20/day per camp site. With the maximum of 5 people per site and 2 vehicles. You can make reservations online at

We stayed Friday-Monday and since there is not any cellphone reception we had no clue a frost was working its way to us. It was in the 20’s one night but we stayed nice and toasty in the pop up with the small space heater running. Along with 2 inches of rainfall on Saturday and the cold on Sunday we still had a great time. Below are some pictures from our trip.

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Happy Campers: Defeated Creek Campground April 28, 2013

Last weekend, we took our new-to-us pop up camper to middle Tennessee to get away from it all. I reserved the campground on a few weeks prior hoping it would not rain us out again like it did a month earlier. Turned out to be a prefect weekend weather wise. The only downfall was the low at night got to be about 38 degrees. It was a bit chilly but we had a small space heater to help keep us warm and it did a great job plus we kept snuggled up near the  camp fire that was going all night. Once the sun came out and took the bitter chill off everything it turned into a bight warm day. We were able to go fishing on the lake and got to try out our blow up kayak for the first time. My mother-in-law got to join us one night and I think she enjoyed herself also. Hopefully this was just one of many camping trips to come this year.

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Project 365: Week 12 & 13 April 1, 2013


See the box in the upper left corner? My fish somehow found a way to jump in there.


We went to Camping World and now I know my retirement plans, RV baby 🙂


My two favorite men


I guess someones houseboat sunk in the river.


Snow in March, oh boy


Purchased a wooden Z and covered it in yarn and put some flowers and buttons on it. I love it!



Movie night



Movie Night, again



My sweet little guy



Made my spring wreaths


reupholstering my love seat


My owl book ends were wooden and I spray painted them white.



Painted one of my moms old birdhouses and hung it in the back yard


This is before


Hung my Z on the wall


Country Living March 28, 2013

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Over the past weekend I went to visit my parent who live out country about an hour away from our home in the city. While I was there I decided to snap a few photos.

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Good old Loudon, Tn; I miss growing up here. I love the simple life country living brings. You can’t get peace and quit like that living the city life but I like where I live now. Growing up in the country it was always a 40 minutes+ to go department store shopping and a 15 minute trip just to run to Wal-Mart. I love that I can ride my bike to Market Square, listen to the fireworks booming when the Vols score at the University of Tennessee and it is only 3 miles to Wal-Mart.

Knoxville maybe where I live now but Loudon will always be my home. I may not ever to move back home but dream home would be in the country. I want land more than anything. I do not need a huge fancy home; I could live in a 2 bedroom shack if I had at least 20 acres. I have been wanting backyard chickens for over 5 years now and I am sure my husband would love for me to drop this idea but I am stubborn. I just love animals of all kinds.

Maybe I will find some land outside of the city (not too far) and build my small ranch.  I girl can only wish.


Bird Watching In The City March 25, 2013

DSC_0003 (2)This is how I know I am getting older, I am writing a blog about watching and taking photos of birds in my backyard. I have been feeding and housing birds since I moved in our house however I did it more for the cats to watch them through the windows in the house but my indoor/outdoor cat tends to eat them.

The first picture is a Coopers Hawk that lives in my woods. He/she sits up the dogwood tree watching the small birds eat at the bird feeders and picks them off. Hey, it is a bird of prey. Below are a few of my better shoots of the birdies in my backyard.

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Horseback Riding in the Smoky Mountains February 19, 2013

Back in August of last year, I purchased a few vouchers off the website Half off Depot when they were having a great sale going on. You could get 50% off the already marked-down price, came out to be 75% off most of the deals. In the deals I purchased was an 1 hour, 5 mile, horseback riding for 2 in the mountains complements of Adventure Park in Pigeon Forge, TN. Being hectic around the holidays we did not have a chance to put them to good use but since they were going to expire on 2/25 of this month we decided to brace the cold weather and give it a go.

On Sunday, we layered up in our long underwear putting all our cold weather gear into good use and drove to the mountains. The high in Knoxville that day was 41 degrees and normally in the mountains it is about 10 degrees below that but the sun was shining and it made for a gorgeous day. We arrived about 30 minutes early because we were excepting traffic but there wasn’t any. Our group was to take off at 2:00 so we checked out the stables at 1:30 and walked around the place for 30 minutes until our group was called to meet up at the stables. I was pleased to see that the stables were newer and well kept. All the horses were in good health condition matter-of-fact many could cut back on the sugar cubes.


There were 8 of us total in the riding group and everyone had little to none when it came to riding experience. I was the most knowledgeable of the group and that was frightening because I have not been on a horse since high-school and then I was bucked off and could not walk for days. Thankfully, experience was not required because the horses knew the trail well and all you had to do was hold on their reins and they lead the way. Everyone got their horse handpicked to meet their needs by our trail guy. My horse was named Max and he was a black gelding male that was tame and eager to hit the trial. My husband rode old Josephine. She was slow and wide horse but very tame and super sweet. They were the the caboose of the 8 horse line and I rode just in front of them.

I am sure I was smiling the whole time because I really enjoyed myself. It was so serene and tranquil being outdoors in the mountains horseback. I did not even mind the cold weather. For my birthday my husband and I are planning to go horseback riding in Cades Cove. They have a nice horseback riding trails in the loop but sadly they do not open until March 10th, so I will have to wait a few more weeks.

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If anyone is interested about this trail and would like to try it you can find more information at