Our Team

AvatarShanna Fischer. Managing Editor. Shanna lives just outside NYC. She has a love of music, food, and the puzzle of putting a quilt together.  You’ll often find her trying a new recipe and her favorite aisle in the grocery store is the one marked “International”.

Melissa HillierMelissa Hillier.  Community Manager. Melissa lives in Florida with her husband and five kiddos. She writes about her family life at jonahbonah. When she isn’t chasing children you can find her behind her sewing machine or her camera. Connect with her on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.



tracy bioTracy Cepelak. Wife, mom, photographer and wannabe baker. Nothing makes Tracy happier than hanging out with her family, a good cookie and a gabfest with girlfriends. Tracy has been lucky enough to travel the world with her trusty sidekick (my camera!) and now resides in hot and humid Houston, TX.


Angela EnglandAngela England. Mother of five living in rural Oklahoma with her husband and children, Angela is the Founder of Untrained Housewife and co-founder of the new Homestead Bloggers Network. She is the author of Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) (Alpha Books, 2013) and when she gets away from home, it’s usually to speak at a blog conference. She loves empowering others with whatever is the next step on their self-sufficiency journey but calls herself a get-it-done’ist, not a purist. Find her on Twitter at @AngEngland.

ChrisMcLaughlin2 Chris McLaughlin. Chris is the mother of four, as well as Sugar Mama to four grand babies. She’s a modern homesteader with a strong focus on home agriculture living on a hobby farm in the Northern California foothills. Chris is the author of six books including her latest A Garden to Dye For (St. Lynn’s Press, 2014), the Homesteading Guide at About.com, and the home agriculture Editor of From Scratch Magazine. She gets vegetable seeds into the hands of her community through her pet project, Mother Lode Seed Library. Find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

KellyGrant2Kelley Grant. Kelley is a married mother of two preschoolers living in South Texas.  When she isn’t chasing around her kiddos, she enjoys baking, blogging and photography.  She is a firm believer that her everyday chaos is messy, beautiful and completely normal.  She mixes food and family on her blog, the Grant life, and hopes to encourage moms to love the life they live.  She is also obsessed with anchors and avocados.