About Samantha Coffin

Hey there friend!

Samm here! I am so happy you found your way here!  I am hiker, lover of the outdoors, wife, dog mom, kombucha and green smoothie lover. My husband and I co-managed rural lakefront rental cabins in Maine on a wildlife sanctuary for over 3 years and moved to Western North Carolina in 2018! You’ll find that i am passionate about adventure, minimalism and real food.

Let’s get a little bit deeper now!

I was raised by a single mom in Massachusetts, moving 18 times before I was 21. We relied on federal and state aid and were homeless for a while, yet my mom busted her butt to make sure we were healthy and safe! When I was in 5th grade, she remarried and we moved to Cape Cod.

While in college, in 2009 I interned in the D.C. area and in 2010 studied abroad in South Africa. In 2011 I graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a B.A. in Women Studies and in 2013 I graduated with an M.A. in Gender and Women Studies and a Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from Minnesota State University. All of these experiences changed my life and shaped who I am today!

But…the biggest change came in 2015! My then fiancee and I left everything and moved to the north woods of Maine! Read more about our first years living rurally here!

Then, life happened again. It has a funny way of doing that. Although our years on Moosehead Lake were amazing, we were struggling to find life-work balance and needed to find our way to a more simple life. This is how we came to western North Carolina! Here we live a simple, wild + sustainable life through adventure, minimalism and real foods!

These 3 photos remind me of those 3 key points of focus! I now pick wild blueberries and love learning how to forage for foods, I hike as much as possible, eat local veggies from local farms and explore this vast world we live in while making sure I feel balanced and happy every day!


I love hiking! I hiked 68 hikes in 2017! I will admit, I am working up a routine to allow more hiking into my live in North Carolina. Getting outside in every season is a huge priority and a big part of my lifestyle! I also love finding adventure wherever we travel! Often the adventure is the driver for a vacation.


I am a realist when it comes to minimalism and know my trash from a year will not yet fit in a mason jar, however I make small choices that I share and believe have a lasting impact from my reusable water bottles to no take out coffee, a zerowaste period and a plastic free bathroom. We buy package free whenver we can and make most of our cleaning products. I am always evolving my minimialist adventure as it helps with both my sanity and happiness as well as my love for our world.

real food

I eat a mostly clean always gluten free diet that is generally grain free and often vegan. I also pride us in eating local food as much as possible! Stay tuned for WNC local finds!

That’s a quick who I am! Check out my blog and follow along on social media where I transparently share my journey, my meals and so much more! I am so happy to have you here!

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The hubby was gone for a few days and I had one of the simplest grocery shopping trips EVER! Back to basics and favorites! Do you eat differently when your spouse isn’t around? Also, shout out to some of my fav local companies! 🍫 @tazachocolate I will find you wherever I live. My fav Massachusetts chocolate makers!! 🥒 @rootshummus I am so glad to have you in my life! Spinach hummus speaks to my soul! 🤣 ☕️ @counterculture thank fueling this coffee driven human! Tag your fav small/local foodie business I should know about! #locallove ...

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Be Brave. What does that mean? Brave the Wilderness? 🌲 How is this possible? Well after you read this, you’ll understand that YOU ARE THE WILDERNESS! As I began my journey through this highly recommended book, I found myself being brave. Instead of allowing myself to be overstimulated, I listened to what I needed and took some much needed me time. With 1 hour, a gluten free brownie and a kale salad, because #balance, I was able to smile and realize I made the right choice, a new choice and one I need to make more often. I said no to socializing so I could move inward and then later socialize truly and with good intention. Every choice we make is an opportunity to choose bravery. Are you choosing to listen, shake things up, truly belong and brave the wilderness? Pick up this book, reinstate your faith in humanity and be the change we need in the world. #book2of2020 ...

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Yoga. It is always changing me 🧘🏼‍♀️ changing me in beautiful ways! As life happens, we have our days above the clouds 🌞 and our days we feel stuck in a storm ⛈ Throughout all of this, if we let life happen, we realize it is all happening just the way it’s suppose to. But sometimes when you are in the heart of the storm, it just doesn’t feel like you are “suppose” to be going through such hard shit!!! Am I right? Whose with me? Well, while my life is currently emerging from a storm, every now and then a lightning bolt finds it’s way down. I was starting to get a little fatigued. But then I walked myself into my first ever Bhakti Yoga class and y’all, this is the card the teacher placed in front of me. I got just the message I needed. It was face down and after a wonderful class centered on our sacral chakra, I flipped it over, read it and exploded with emotion. YASS!!! Thank you 🙏🏼 universe! It is working out beautifully! But more than the words, it was the picture paired with these words. No matter how many years or obstacles, I will become a mom! I will, I need not worry. It’s all working out beautifully. 💕🙌🏼 #yoga #ttc ...

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🍜 5 minute #paleovegan ramen! Yasss! I have been working hard to come back to what my body wants when it comes to nutrition. Some days I only have a few moments for lunch and this has been a winner time and time again! 🍜 Veggie Broth 🍜 Pre-roasted veggies of choice 🥦 🍠 🍜 Spiralzied zucchini 🍜 Turmeric, Pepper + Salt All I do is bring the broth and roasted veggies of choice to a boil, add spices and pour into a bowl. I add the zucchini to the warm broth to lightly cook and not get too soggy and enjoy! When I bring it to work, I keep the broth and veggies separate. I heat up just the broth and pour it over the veggies and enjoy! 😋 #eatplants ...

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How some books find their way into our lives can be funny. This one, I’ll never forget. While driving to the grocery store one day, a woman quickly pulled into the spot beside me and waved ecstatically as if something was terrifyingly wrong or we were long lost friends being reunited. This sweet woman had waved me down because of my bear bumper sticker. 🐻 My sticker had excited her so much, she needed to talk to me about her love for them! Now in Asheville, black bears are seen frequently very close to homes. We are after all living in their 🏔 mountains. After a lengthy conversation about my time in Maine and love for both wildlife and the wilderness, she recommended this book. Skeptical at first, I wasn’t sure where she was going with it when I heard the title. But, let me tell you, if you are into wildlife, wilderness and are even a little eco conscious, you’ll want to borrow this book from your library! Within these pages, I was reminded of so much that brings me joy. I was reminded why I live a low waste, plastic free lifestyle. I was reminded why I make the daily tiny choices I make. I do it for 🐆🌳🐬🌻🐢🌵🦌🏔 all of them! I am grateful for each one of you who think twice before using single use plastic, refuse straws, buy in bulk, remember your reusable cups and bottles, use shampoo bars and so much more. I am grateful for @paulrosolie and all the work he has and continues to do. I am grateful for the courageous woman that waved me down to thank me for caring for our wildlife by having a simple sticker. Thank you! #bethechange ...

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It’s almost time to make this plant hanger at @arworkshopasheville!!! On January 29th at 6PM we are going to come together to make this beaut here in the middle! Whether you are ready to add a new plant to your life 🌱 or give one you already love a fancy new resting spot, this class will guide you through each step. No prior macrame experienced needed. Register via the link in my bio and DM me with any questions. Too far away to take the class? 😭 No worries, dry those tears. These puppies are for sale too! 💚 #macrameplanthanger ...

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🥑🍫 Avocado Chocolate Mouse I’ve got a sweet 🦷 like you wouldn’t believe! I love chocolate 🍫 and cookies 🍪 and all things that can be made gluten free! When I moved to a grain free vegan-ish lifestyle, I cut out sugar. Done, over and out of my life! But your gal still needs some treats! This recipe is a FAV!!! Are you ready? 🥑 2 avocados 🍫 1/4 cup cocoa powder 🍁 1/4 cup maple syrup (or 🍯) 🥛 3-4 tbsp plant milk (i use oat) 🧂 1/8 tsp salt (my fav is pink Himalayan) Blend it all together in a food processor and enjoy! It’s that simple! I like putting mine in the fridge for a little to make it taste like pudding. Yummmmm! Feeling like adding something fun? Try adding cinnamon OR @enjoylifefoods chocolate chips and #treatyoself ...

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What a year 2019 was. I have so much to be grateful for! First of all, thank YOU for being a part of my story! So our year in review: We adopted Targa 🐾 We bought a home 🏡 We didn’t shovel snow ❄️ I strengthened my treasured friendships 💕 We celebrated 4 years of marriage 👰🏼 I traveled to Nashville 🎷 We watched 3,347 episodes of Family Fued 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 We traveled to Curaçao 🏝 We had many house guests 🛏 I grew my side hustle 🎉 I read 23 books 📖 We continued to explore Asheville 🏔 I bought a new car 🚗 I let go of that which did not serve me ❌ I joined a community that is positively transforming my life! 🧘🏼‍♀️ Now, I welcome 2020 with wide open arms! #letsdothis ...

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A few weeks ago I was spending $11 a loaf on sprouted #glutenfree #vegan bread. Yup, that’s insane! 😳 But it is what it cost. Then I decided to head to Pinterest and see if there was a way to make this in my own. After some hilarious failed attempts 🧱 , I think I’m just a few alterations away from yummy healthy sprouted bread baked right at home! I haven’t yet calculated the cost but my guess is less than $5 a loaf. Once I’ve got it perfected 🍞 , I’ll be sure to share. As a preview, it contains buckwheat, chia, flax, avocado oil, salt and homemade baking powder. 👩🏻‍🍳 Do you buy expensive bread or make your own? ...

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Do you need a little extra wisdom to help you start 2020 on the right foot? 🦉 Join me at @arworkshopasheville on January 4th to create this macrame owl wall hanging. 🧶 Bring your friend, your child, your partner or your lovely self as we knot together this reminder that you are wise, you are capable and you are loved! Registration is limited to 10 to keep this workshop personalized and fun! 💕 No macrame experience necessary. Link in bio. Will I see you there? ...

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Happy #GivingTuesday!! 💕 Some of you may know, food security is an issue close to my heart and something that has touched many people in my life, including myself. The biggest struggles I faced and watched others struggle with is access to healthy food and nutrition education. This time last year, I discovered @bounty_and_soul Soul! They are a Western North Carolina nonprofit bringing people FRESH PRODUCE!!! 🥒🍅🥕They set up like a farmers market with cooking demos, classes and more while simply asking participants how many are in their household. The dignity. The love. The community and the education! This nonprofit is changing lives in numerous unimaginable ways. I spend time each month volunteering with them and I ask you to join me in supporting their mission by donating this #GivingTuesday. Be it $5 or $50, every dollar gets an apple 🍏, green pepper or perhaps an avocado 🥑 into the mouths of someone in need. 💕Together, let's be the change we wish to see in the world! #Donate via the link in my bio! 👆🏽 ...

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Being sustainable means different things to different people. When I look at this moment in my life, I feel gratitude 🙏🏼 and success on my own journey to a 🌏sustainable life. This clothing rack was rehomed years ago when I simply asked if anyone had a wooden drying rack they were not using. The clothes are mostly thrifted or from sustainable companies like @wearpact. The hangers are a mixture of wooden and plastic. The cloth pads from @gladragspads eliminate my period waste entirely and my use of them has sparked many life altering conversations and friendships. The plant coming in from the left was from a cutting and has produced many 🌱 plant babies I have been able to gift. The sun catcher is from my mother in law and catches the morning sky just right, reminding me to find gratitude in every day. And this view is out the back window of my home I am building with my husband. I have begun to learn to be happy with where I am today, where I was yesterday and where I will be tomorrow. I invite you to do the same. It’s a journey, not a race. 🐢 #simplelife ...

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