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It looked like they were made of mustard and ketchup 🍄 Rich Mountain... September 2019 . . . . . #mushrooms 🍄 #fungus #mushroomhunting #shrooms #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #865life #onlyintennessee #smokymountainliving #naturephotography #nature_perfection #photography_lovers #nature #naturelovers #easttennessee #onelaneroad

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Backyard bath time 🛁🐦

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he wasn't bugling yet but, he was curling that lip and sniffing the air between bites of grass. It's almost that time! August 2019

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I love her big ole paws. I'll bet it wouldn't feel great to get smacked by one of those. Beautiful Momma Bear. August 2019

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the beginning of a hot summer day in Blount County, Tennessee August 2019

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That's one fancy bug 🐝 Clear-winged Hummingbird Moth Townsend, Tennessee August 2019

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Sunrise, Sunflowers, and the Smokies.... It's a perfectly beautiful sight 🌻 Blount County, Tennessee August 2019

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You gotta blow the horn when you drive through the tunnel 😁 It’s a tradition! #gatlinburgtennessee #pigeonforgetennessee #greatsmokymountainsnationalpark #netandclaudia #realestategotogals #realestate #homesforsale #smokymountainliving

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Sunset Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee August 2019

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I’ve had a migraine all day, I don’t usually get them anymore but I’ve been waking up at 5 am for appointments. Today I had to cancel and canceled all of them, I need a week off. We have our first glamping guests this weekend! We also listed under Hipcamp and are soon gonna be on Glamping hub as well! So Hipcamp is more of a camping site and they’re actually really amazing and sending a professional photographer Sunday in return for a free night! So they’ll hand us some amazing pictures of their experience and stay, can’t wait to see them! The rates are pretty much the same on all platforms but different people use different sites and more exposure which is why we joined those sites as well. Most of our bookings so far are coming from Airbnb and it’s just so exciting to see all this come together and the sweet messages from people just sending us a message to tell us how amazing our set up is has been so encouraging! (This is what you see down the hill from our long driveway, just a peek of our cabin. Soon when the leaves fall, it will be more visible. ) #homesteading #homestead #homesteady #homesteaders #homesteadinglife #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving #farmhousehome #farmhouseinspired #americanfarmhouse

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This is my other @tjmaxx find! We literally wanted to do a river rock shower pan but it was more affordable to do a concrete floor but.... I found a river rock shower Mat! What are the odds of that!!! Yay! This is the best find 🤗 what do y’all think !?! 👇 #outdoorshower #outhouses #homesteading #homestead #homesteady #homesteaders #homesteadinglife #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving #farmhousehome #farmhouseinspired #americanfarmhouse

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Here’s a little preview of our outhouse 😍 it’s so bright in there during the day. The white was a good choice, our solar light only turns on when the sun sets or if you cover the solar panel. Above the window there will be a mirror 🤗⛺️🌲⛰ (we used vinyl floor tiles in here ) @naturesheadtoilet #outhouse #outhouses #homesteading #homestead #homesteady #homesteaders #homesteadinglife #naturesheadtoilet #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving #farmhousehome #farmhouseinspired #americanfarmhouse

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Im excited to show y’all pictures of the inside of our outhouse 🤗 we painted white inside so it would be brighter with the light from the window, our light turns on when the sun goes down since it’s solar. There’s also a solar fan powered by our big solar panel that also runs the other fan attached to the toilet. Our outhouse is really off grid and I love it! The shower and the outhouse are never hot for some reason, they are always cool... maybe because it’s under the trees on the shady part of our hill. Every homestead totally needs an outhouse! 😆 ❤️⛺️🌲 #bedandbreakfast #bnb #airbnb #outhouses #homesteading #homestead #homesteady #homesteaders #homesteadinglife #naturesheadtoilet #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving #farmhousehome #farmhouseinspired #americanfarmhouse

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Land of the Blue Smoke Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee July 2019

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Added some color for Derek, 😆 I placed the jute rug in the entry since it was more like an oval runner and then I got this circle one for the big space. Now the blue chair matches & bought another cabin pillow like the one I have at our house from amazon. A cute smokies touch with the black bears. I didn’t want the “cabin theme” to over power but I’m glad how the little touches came out. I feel like it all ties in together now with the black and whites, neutrals and the pops of blue. Let me know what y’all think ?!? 👇

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When in the smokies, always stop at the lookouts ❤️⛰🌲⛺️ we just got back from the allergist, what the heck do you do when your kids are allergic to wheat, eggs & milk 😂 it’s not funny but sometimes you just gotta find humor in your situation. Geeze! I’m really gonna have to get creative 😆 so I gotta get rid of like 85% of the groceries we just bought cause wheat 😬 send me your best allergy friendly recipes. Please! I’m glad we know this, they said it might be due to the fact that they have been on so many antibiotics which destroy your good gut bacteria resulting in allergies. Good news is if that’s the case eliminating them can help restore those gut bacteria’s and eventually being able to re introduce foods. They had a scratch test done and i had to hold each boy for 20 min, it was crazy they kicked and screamed, Judah pierced his tongue with his teeth on my knee and blood was everywhere but we made it through. Things I heard today : 1. on the elevator- “do you like being a boy mom!?! Like really???? Who asks that???? 2. Are they all yours? 😬 3. You poor mom you have your hands full (they were behaving ) 4. Idk how you do it, you handle things very well. Good job! <- this one I was okay with hahaha also, some of these are things to say in your head but keep to yourself unless you’re gonna help a mother out 😆 we survived on to the next appointment today 🤣😅

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Basket of fresh eggs for our guests ❤️ our chickens finally started laying in the coop again. The buck we had was going in their coop and messing it all up and they seem to be picky chickens. 🐓 🐐

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breakfast is served Ruby-throated Hummingbird July 28 2019... Missing Link

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when the fields get tall, the bears have to stand up to see where they're going...which is awesome for us humans with cameras 🐻 Mindy July 2019

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Our outdoor tent greenery came in. 🙌❤️⛰ actually everything came in today. The toilet, shower, solar radio with hookups for charging phones and lightbulb. Just waiting on the bigger rug & AC but we should be done this weekend if all goes as planned. It’s more off grid than I thought it would be 😆 today: the boys had a GI follow up and he pretty much said to eliminate cow milk and chicken eggs from Laecs diet so I asked about duck eggs 🦆 lol and he didn’t know so we now have an allergist appointment set up to see if duck eggs would be okay because we would totally get ducks. #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving #farmhousehome #farmhouseinspired #americanfarmhouse

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waiting on Momma who was in the tree above him eating...and, he was bored 🐻 July 2019

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I hadn’t shared a picture of our cabin in a long time and we have a lot of new faces on here. A little about our cabin : idk how old the logs are but they were brought here from another cabin and they rebuilt the first floor. The second floor had wood when it was built and it didn’t look like this at all, it’s had a few owners since it was built in 92’ and lots of upgrades & fixing up. Thankfully we didn’t have to do the major outdoor renovations so we have been focusing on remodeling the inside to fit our needs & our style. It’s hard to get a pic of the front of our house but it’s a cape cod style hand hewn log cabin. I would need a drone to take a picture of the front or go over to one of the neighbors who live on the opposite hill 😆 we have a fenced in acre but my neighbors on both sides own 250 acres combined and we’re in the middle of that. This was the last cabin we looked at when we came to look for homes which was our 2nd time in the smokies. Crazy thinking back on it! We had put in an offer & someone else had outbid us. A couple weeks later they called us & said the offer didn’t go through & if we were still interested. So we offered less than our previous offer & got the place. 🙌 We have a shared road with one of our neighbors and their horses /mules roam in between. It’s nice that they come visit & that we don’t have to care for them but I would at some point want a horse. Our other neighbor used to have cows that would come right up to our fence line in the back but he doesn’t anymore. Our neighbor in the front does have a herd of cows that we get to see everyday grazing on the hillside under the mountains. It’s really a very private setting and a hidden gem. We are so close to downtown Sevierville & the shopping centers are just down the road. It’s hard to believe we are not in the middle of no where because most people think we live out in the wild 😆 but we are actually very very close to everything. When we moved here I didn’t even know there was hidden cabins that I had never seen on our road, I keep discovering them. Everything seems hidden due to the vegetation. What other questions do you have about our cabin, cabin life & the smokies ?

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Everything comes full circle. One of the things I’d pray for when I was praying for my future spouse was that he would have a heart for traveling, that he’d be a man consumed by wanderlust. When I was young my father used to travel for work as well and i loved moving around, it wasn’t until I was in 4th grade that we stopped traveling so it was always a desire. Fast forward to 21 and I met my match. A traveling man. He took me lots of places and one of them was Lake George, NY. His grandfather who is a former P.O.W came back from the war after being captive for years. He married his love and bought a property with a fixer upper home in Lake George. He built it from the ground up and now it’s a gorgeous camp with 360 degree views at crow point. He built decks on rocks and a beautiful lake house and later added a tiny cabin with a loft. I’m glad he is still alive so that he is able to know that his grandson inherited his gift of building and creating. It’s amazing to experience someone build something from the ground up on rocky ground or on a mountain side. Everything comes full circle. It makes sense that after years of traveling we would build a little travel destination from the ground up, if you would’ve told me years ago or even last year that we would begin this journey I would’ve thought you were crazy. It’s amazing to see where God leads us if we realize what our gifts are and how we can use them. ————— “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.” (Pic: Baby Liam and mommy 😭 babies don’t keep )

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THIS PHOTO IS NOT UPSIDE DOWN 🐻 silly baby in a cherry tree July 22 2019

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my favorite bear in the whole world. she's just so beautiful...it looks like she wears eyeliner lol July 2019

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One of the things I enjoyed on our travels was all the different types of structures people built in different areas of the country to use as shelter. All of them had the same thing in common which was that they were used as shelter and protection, they were used mostly at night and during storms but for the most part people spent their lives outside working the ground and roaming the land. Gathering or hunting, building & creating. I was definitely born in the wrong century, I’m an old soul ❤️ this was at a hut in An Amish interpretive center in Ohio. They showed different types of Native American dwellings. One of the biggest influences for us buying a cabin was knowing how they can last a century or two, you’ll see a ton of cabins that have withstood time in the smokies.

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Derek: “why is everything black and white? You need to add some color” 😂 Me: it’s called “in, it’s in” but i guess we could add some greenery 🤣 Can someone update Derek on current trends..... (I am going to buy some faux green plants today lol ) #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving #farmhousehome #farmhouseinspired #americanfarmhouse

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“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. No matter how you’re heart is grieving, if you keep on believing... the dreams that you wish will come true. “ - Cinderella ————— I guess I learned a little thing or two from all the hotels we’ve stayed at over the years! Like which blankets I loved the best while on vacation, which are the warmest and which feel fresh and comfortable. I feel like cotton is definitely the way to go when it’s warm out and it’ll make an easy transition into fall/winter. By then I’ll add a comforter but for now these are perfect for the weather. We’re working on adding a fan or a portable AC. My friend also went with me and helped me pick everything! TJ Maxx finds (cotton bed set, cotton queen blanket, pillows & accent pillow. ) #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving

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Our next adventure..... ❤️ ^ ^ In Jan of this year, we wrapped up a huge, year long remodel on our #Idahome ( #baxterhaven ) Well.... this will be a completely new gig for us, but #herewegoagain 😄 ❤️We officially own a little slice of #NC heaven. ^ ^ 🛶⛵️It's going to be so much fun building our #mountainmodern home here together.... ^ ^ #letsroll #smokymountainliving #lakelife #buildingadream #baxterwild @cherokeerealty @le garland

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I just thought I’d say Good Morning with this shot I took last fall. This is our private view during autumn and I’m so ready for fall but first I need to go to the beach just once 😆 P.S. Liam woke up well today! He’s playing and I can see why they said it’s easier for kids to go through a hernia repair than grown men! He’s also on pain meds but playing like normal. (copyright Legere Photography - please ask before using )

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“In the meadow I go walking, in the early morning breeze... Rainbow colored flowers kissed with early morning sun The aster and the dahlia and wild geraniums Drops of morning dew still lingers on the iris leaves In the meadow where I'm walking In the early morning breeze .” -D.P. I took a walk down our driveway today before going to women’s study and it was so peaceful... we have a quarter mile road that leads up to our property and it’s always nice to take a walk and get a breath of fresh air. P.S. our rugs came in & I love them! #airbnbhosts #beourguest #airbnbexperience #airbnb #smokymountains #smokymountainsnationalpark #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #sevierville #knoxvilletennessee #knoxrocks #mountainretreat #homesteadinglife #homestead #entryrug #ourhappyplace #mountainliving #smokymountainliving

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One of my biggest accomplishments was hiking 10 miles up to Harneys Peak in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I haven’t done an introduction in a while so I thought today I’ll share a little about me. I’m Aby; it’s my middle name (Abigail ), my first name is Linda which I still introduce myself as when I meet people haha but Derek and my family call me Aby. My life in the smokies is literally a Dolly Parton song 😂 fun fact: My husband and I met online (bet ya didn’t know that one 😂 but I hear that’s the new norm ) we’ve been married 5 years, we traveled for 2 1/2 yrs non stop from north to south and coast to coast (I wish I had IG back then ) we decided to buy a log cabin in the Smoky Mountains which was where we honeymooned. My husband still travels for work ( he’s a travel welder ) and we started to homestead this year on our acre. We have chickens + goats & are learning to be more self sufficient. We are also starting a small business through Airbnb, Derek built a Glamping tent site all by himself & I will be decorating the inside of the canvas tent. We have 3 boys, liam the oldest has left ear hearing loss which I forget often 😆 while Judah + Laec were diagnosed/born with a genetic mutation that causes #cysticfibrosis We have learned so much over the years and we love bringing y’all along! We do a lot of local travel still and share lots about the smokies and why we love it here+our farm+DIY+ recipes+ our Canvas Tent ⛺️💕 thats just a little about me+us. Tell us a little about you, where you live!? And why you love it? Thanks for Following along on our little adventures as we also spread #cfawareness

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I think hunting mushrooms may be one of my top 10 favorite things ever 🍄

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The corn, the Smokies, and the heat. July 2019 Walland Tennessee.

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This morning I did a ton of calling to make sure our calendar and appointments are all scheduled in and that I don’t forget them! We got the boys throat cultures back and Judah is officially cleared from pseudomonas (a terrible cf bacteria he caught a while back and did 28 days antibiotics for ) this is his 2nd clear culture. Then Laèc : last week we talked about him being possibly colonized with staph because he kept having staph in his cultures but today she said his culture test was normal as well 🙌👏 praise God! Cause I was starting to worry. This week we have to go to the ENT for the boys and Liam has his hernia surgery 😬 such a busy week and then Derek leaves for an out of state job while I hold the fort down on the Homestead with the boys + animals + Airbnb should be listed by then! I know a lot of times people ask how I manage when he’s gone but I actually thrive better when I’m put in high stress situations and it keeps me so busy I don’t have time to dwell on anything else besides getting things done. I’m also looking forward to being able to go on vacation when he gets back! I have no idea where we will go but this is the first year we haven’t done a lot of traveling and have done more settling. #smokymountains #smokymountain #smokymountainliving #homesteady #homesteadlife #homesteadinglife #homesteadersofinstagram #momofboys #boymom #motherhoodbliss #motherhood #motheringboys #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreekids #outdoorkids #playoutside #mountainmomma #letthemplay #letthembelittle #letthembewild #letthemexplore #kidsoutside #farmlifestyle #gatlinburg #pigeonforge #familytravel #familytravels #travelwithkids #travelwithtoddlers #toddlertravels

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the Turks Cap Lilies are blooming in the Smokies and they're sooo beautiful! July 12 2019 Newfound Gap

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sunrise from under the daisies and orange fog on Clingmans Dome July 12 2019

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This bull elk’s antlers are in velvet as they continue to grow in preparation for the fall #elk #elkfest #smokymountainliving #smokymountainlivingmag #gsmnp #greatsmokymountains #nature #naturephotography #wildlife #wildlifephotography #m #nanpapix

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