Back-To-School Mantels / Home Decorating Ideas

There is something about the back-to-school season, that I have always loved.  With all of the fresh new supplies and clothes, and the whole new school year stretched out before us, with so much yet to be learned, it’s just always been an exciting time to me.  Even though we homeschool, and even school right through the summer, we (even the kids) still love the excitement that the start of a whole new school year brings!  All new books, fresh supplies, new experiences, and a new season to grow academically.

It’s that love for all things ‘back-to-school’ that inspired these mantels in our home! It’s a theme that fits just right, through the month of September!
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Our 8 Four Week Old Chickens, and One Sad Surprise


Well Friends, our sincere hopes and intentions were to let those of you who were interested, watch the chickens grow up, with us. But what I have found is, they grow in size faster than I can possibly keep up with! It's crazy!  Sometimes the growth … [Continue reading]

Come Meet Our Chicks!


Many of you know, I have been wanting chickens for a dang - long - time. It felt like forever, waiting to be able to get them! But that day has finally come. I have loved every second of the process of learning all about keeping chickens, learning … [Continue reading]

Protecting the Strawberries Growing in Gutters


 I've been procrastinating doing this post that some of you have been waiting for, on the topic of how we're protecting our strawberry plants from birds, squirrels, and other small creatures that may be drawn to our delicious berries, and have their … [Continue reading]

Our New (Second) Bathroom – Finally!


 Now, to all of you, this is likely just going to look like an ordinary bathroom. And in many ways, you'd be right.But to our family of 6, who has lived with one bathroom all of our growing family life, it is the end of never using the bathroom, … [Continue reading]

Wild Orange Lip Balm – Recipe and DIY How-To


I'm so happy I now know how to make our own awesome lip balm!  It's all-natural, made right at home, and in our extensive experience and personal opinion, it's the best lip balm we have ever tried. This one is Wild Orange; made with real wild orange … [Continue reading]

Strawberry Planting in Rain Gutters


 We've have grown strawberries in our gardens going for five seasons now, and we have thoroughly enjoyed it!While strawberry plants generally comes back and produce for 3-4 years before they are done, we managed to squeeze one more year out of ours. … [Continue reading]

The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil and 25 Ways to Use It.

lavender flowers on a farm, provence , france

Of all essential oils, Lavender is the most widely used essential oil in the world, and certainly one of the most versatile. It permeates a delightful scent which most can appreciate, and as most know, has proven to relax one to the point of … [Continue reading]

Ham, Swiss, and Asparagus Rolls on a Bed of Potato – Recipe


 Our family really loves to try new recipes.  We love food in general, and certainly love to be gathered around the table together, with lots of it. We have many favorite meals that we have on a regular basis, but it's always fun and exciting to try … [Continue reading]

Win a Family Physician Starter Kit of Essential Oils!

Just look at what this happy day has brought you! Another chance to win dōTERRAEssential Oils. Whether you want to add to the supply of oils you already have in your home, or try using essential oils for the first time, winning this valuable kit … [Continue reading]

My Art Style | Pushing Outside of my Comfort Zone


For the past several months, about one night a week, a friend of mine comes over to play with me in the art studio.  It started out because she wanted me to give her watercolor lessons. But ultimately, I never could get quite comfortable in that … [Continue reading]

Sat – Essential Spring Cleaning Event – Stinky Boys, Cleaning with Oils, Water Bead Diffuser


Oh my; we're really at the tail-end of The Essential Spring Cleaning Event now! Tomorrow is our last day. It hasn't been easy getting a post out daily here, but I've managed, hoping it's been a real help and inspiration for you all, in your upcoming … [Continue reading]