She co-sleeps, diapers her baby in cloth, eats almost strictly out of her garden, owns chickens, and sews her baby's clothes. But don't call her crunchy, granola or associate her with hippies, armpit hair and tofu — though she does like tofu.Amy Thompson is a progressive pioneer, author of the blog progressivepioneer.com.The new blogger has risen to success with impressive speed since she started the blog last April. Amy has sponsors knocking on her site's door, comments coming in by the dozen, and connections with local businesses for giveaways. She has found a niche in the Mormon (and non-Mormon) blogosphere by promoting sustainable living, urban homesteading, attachment parenting and healthy eating."Nothing can compare with the peace and happiness of simple living and focusing on your family," Amy said. "Clayton and I focus on the family, on the home, and on spending time with Sam. There's no substitute for that happiness, no matter the clothes or vacation or power career."__IMAGE1__After earning her undergraduate degree in sociocultural anthropology from Brigham Young University, Amy worked for a stint as a corporate ethnographer studying consumers in order to help clients sell more. Despite the rewarding intellectual challenge, she could not stomach the moral dissonance she experienced in her work. She went on to earn a master's degree in teaching social studies from Lewis and Clark University in Portland, Ore.Amy started the blog after hearing friends in her Mormon mommy playgroup confess to bringing a child into the bed, considering cloth diapers, or still nursing a child at almost age 2. Amy saw "a niche, a need that's not being filled" and created progressivepioneer.com in order to support women with these kinds of notions."A part of me was thinking, 'Mormon revolution, here we come!'" Amy said. "I would love for everyone in the church to say, 'This makes so much sense.' I'd love to see everyone having natural births, sleeping with their babies and eating healthy."The Maine native cranks out a post every day by simply documenting and writing about her daily activities. They range from recipes, to homemade sweater pants, to interviews with like-minded women, and giveaways from local businesses. She even delves occasionally into the family blog arena by exhibiting Clayton's latest woodworking projects. Through all of it she sticks to her rule of living first and blogging second.She has limitations set up for sponsors and requires they be "ethical, healthy for people and the planet, appeal to my aesthetic, and generally small family-run or local businesses," according to her blog. She also reaches out to companies that fit the unique feel to her blog.The blog has a unique aesthetic, driven by Clayton's vintage illustrations and Amy's colorful photography. She wants it to look "pretty," filling it with colorful, creative pictures and words.Amy's doctrinal support for her way of living spans dispensations. She cites everything from Proverbs 3:18 — "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace" — to an article written by Elder Douglas L. Callister in the June 2009 Ensign titled "Our Refined Heavenly Home.""When all the world is turning to the latest gadget, the latest expert advice, the latest health fad, we can pioneer the way back to our roots, back to simplicity," Amy said. "Choose to follow the examples of our pioneer forbears; live simply, live close to the earth and close to your loved ones."While she admits to having "strong opinions about things," she focuses on the positive in her blog, not preaching to people what they should not do, but rather sharing with others what she does.Another inspiration for her comes from Elder Dallin H. Oaks' 2007 talk, "Good, Better, Best.""Our consumer culture is really strong," Amy said. "None of (the material things) make you feel better. We don't have a TV. We try to do a lot of the better, and the best, too."Amy wore a white sweater and jeans to the interview. Clayton wore a dusty plaid shirt, arriving at the interview straight from his work as a carpenter at Ivory Bill. Both spoke about their perspectives and experience in an unassuming, easy-going way.Amy wants her message embraced by all who encounter the blog, which does not mean handcarts and outhouses."If something is beneficial then we embrace it. We have cell phones and a computer," Amy said. "We'll probably never have a flat-screen TV or an in-house intercom. We don't suggest that everyone embrace the pioneer lifestyle but more the spirit of it.""It's not like I haven't bought designer jeans ...," Amy said. "But it never reaches the same depth inside of you that living a good, peaceful life with your family does."Some people may not have the time, energy, or resources to plunge into the progressive pioneer lifestyle. In these cases Amy suggests the person "pick one thing that you want to change and start there. If it feels good, do another one."And for men hesitant to support their wives in such pursuits, Clayton said, "What do you have to lose? Give it a try. You receive no witness until after the trial of your faith."The energy exhibited by Amy and Clayton — not to mention Sam — showed that their faith has propelled them to greater happiness through simple living and focusing on family.