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About us

We are Ed and Laurie Essex. Since you’ve wandered onto this page you must want to know about us and how Good Ideas For Life got started. Here is our story...

Ed comes from a retail and construction management background. Laurie is a licensed healthcare professional and certified horse trainer. We have been planning our lifestyle change for the last few years and are currently practicing the art of self sufficiency from our off grid home in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington State.

While we all enjoy a modern lifestyle, it just seems that in the pursuit of convenience we have lost our way in some respects. We have lost faith in our food sources and we are using more natural resources than we need to. We aren’t here to tell you how to live your life, but rather to offer ideas that may appeal to your values for living in the twenty-first century.

Good Ideas For Life offers products that help you become more self reliant whether you live in the country or city, on acreage or in a condo. These products will help provide you with your own safe food and clean water and help you prepare for any emergency you and your family may face in these uncertain and trying times.

We have spent the past few years living off grid, learning new gardening techniques, learning how to pressure can food we have grown ourselves, learning how to grow food all year long (even in the winter) both indoors and outdoors, in short, learning how to be self sufficient and take care of ourselves.

Ed blogs about modern homesteading and off grid living for Mother Earth News. You can see those blogs and read about all of our experiences at our blog site Off Grid Works. Join our Facebook Page  and follow our progress on new products and product testing as well as food growing tips and techniques as we experiment.

We are different than most retailers. We use the products we sell. Our experiences in self sufficiency (both good and bad), are posted online for all to see. Join us online to see what works and what doesn’t. Give us a call or drop us a line via the Contact Form. We will always answer your questions as quickly and honestly as we can.

Thank you for your interest and please let us know if we can help you in your own quest to make healthier choices and become more self reliant.

Ed & Laurie Essex


mother earth news, MEN, blogger, off grid expert