In this Small Scale Life YouTube video and Podcast Episode, I am having Tea Time with Red Dragon Herbs and Teas.  We are going to be talking about backyard homesteading and starting a small business from home.  Who knows? Maybe Ryan’s story will motivate you to try that small side hustle that brings in extra income for you and your family.  You never know!  

Red Dragon Herbs and Teas is a small tea business from Des Moines, Iowa. Ryan and Mary Lewellin started Red Dragon Herbs and Teas in 2015, and they have grown the business through word of mouth and at local (and sometimes not so local) farmer’s markets.  This is their story of international travel and tea tasting, humble beginnings, government regulations and overcoming them all.

 It’s tea time!  Grab your favorite cup of tea, put on your headphones and enjoy the show!

Hall of Heroes – Gratitude

hall of heroes, gratitude, practicing gratitude quote

“It’s hard to have a bad day when you START your day with gratitude.”

As part of intentionally Practicing Gratitude, I am starting this podcast episode by recognizing some folks who have been active on Small Scale Life.

These folks have reached the Hall of Heroes for this episode of the Small Scale Life Podcast:

Thank all of you for listening to this podcast episode, and if you want a shout out in our next Hall of Heroes, get active and participate on Small Scale Life.

What are you grateful for?  Maybe you should tell that person or that organization (or favorite podcaster).  Give it a try!

Another Milestone and a Special Thank You!

News from Around the Bend: Happy Labor Day 2019

Finally….I am so grateful for ALL of you!

Ladies and gentlemen, I have a special announcement for all of you: this morning, we broke 130,000 downloads of the Small Scale Life Podcast on our current hosting service Fireside.FM.

This is an incredible milestone for us, and I am so grateful.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for listening to this humble podcast, laughing at my jokes, enjoying the guests and being there for us through thick and thin, even during the hard times this summer when the whole world around us was literally burning down in Minneapolis. Thank you for reaching out and offering help and sticking with us when we disappeared for 6 months.

We have come a long way in our 5 years, and I am proud of what we have accomplished.  We started with nothing, and we have come a long way.

I am really excited for what Julie and I are planning next. We are going to build something that will inspire you to start homesteading, gardening, making money, saving money and/or building a tribe no matter where you are in this world.  We are going to inspire you as much as you inspire us to keep going and pushing forward.

Thank you for listening. Thank you for being part of our Small Scale Life.  Let’s learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday together!


Do You have a Side Hustle or Business?

Cash, escape velocity, financial freedom

Some of you have great projects, side hustles or businesses. Perhaps I could learn from you, and it would be FREE advertising for your project, side hustle or idea.

Be like our guest today and share your story by being on the Small Scale Life Podcast!

Send a message to me using the Contact Us page on This is your chance to teach us as we continue to learn, do, grow and be a little better everyday!

Red Dragon Herbs and Teas

red dragon herbs and teas, escape velocity, small business

Source of photo: Red Dragon Herbs and Teas; used with permission

Speaking of Escape Velocity and Small Businesses, my guest Ryan actually reached out to me after listening to my show with Glen Tate, Shelby Gallagher and Mr. Tactical.  He wanted to tell his story about backyard homesteading and starting a small business.  Seemed like a perfect match to me, and after some emailing back and forth, Ryan and I got together to talk homesteading and tea.

Welcome to tea time!

As you’ll hear in the show, Ryan did provide a discount code for the Small Scale Life Audience.  To use the code, follow these steps:

1. Go to their Red Dragon Herbs and Teas Website

2. Order your favorite teas (and some for your family and friends)

3. Use coupon code “ilovetea” when ordering your tea for a discount

4. Do it!  Do it now!

I hope you order some tea and enjoy it. I have gotten into teas, and we have some that we are ordering from our friends at Red Dragon Herbs and Teas. We are going to shop in our Lifer community more in 2021, and this is a great way to kick off that Resolution!

Listen to this Episode!

 red dragon herbs and teas, escape velocity, small business

Source of photo: Red Dragon Herbs and Teas; used with permission

Listen to the Small Scale Life Podcast on any of the following apps:

To download and listen to this episode, click this text.

Special Thanks

For Small Scale Life Podcasts, I would like to thank Sean at Osi and the Jupiter for the intro song "Harvest."  Sean wrote this specifically for us, and I really enjoy all of his work.  You can find more Osi and the Jupiter at their Bandcamp site:

I would also like to thank Austin Quinn at Vlog Vibes for the intro and outro music. For more information abut Austin and Vlog Vibes, please see the Vlog Vibes YouTube Channel:



Reviews on iTunes

How to Complete an iTunes Review

We love reviews!  It helps us grow the show.  To leave a review of the Small Scale Life Podcast on iTunes, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Click on this link or the image above.
  2. Go to ratings and reviews.
  3. Click on the number stars.
  4. Subscribe to the podcast (optional, but appreciated)!
  5. You can also write a quick review or some words of encouragement (optional, but GREATLY appreciated)!

You can also write a longer review, though it’s not necessary.  Again, thank you for listening and your review!

Ratings and reviews help us grow the podcast and the blog, and I appreciate your reviews.  I will be reading reviews out on future episodes of the Small Scale Life Podcast!