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 about breeds, picking out which ones we’ll get first, ordering them, and finally, getting them!  They are all hens, God-willing, if they were accurately sexed.  We don’t feel we have enough property for a crowing rooster, and getting one would be inconsiderate of our neighbors.

I took lots of photos of us getting the chicks, of their set up we’re keeping them in for now, and transitioning them into their temporary home. Their coop is all designed, and about to be built. We plan on sharing more on some or all of that soon.
But for now, we are just eager to introduce you to each one of our chicks!! [Continue reading]

Protecting the Strawberries Growing in Gutters

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 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!

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 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

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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

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 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.

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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

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 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

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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

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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]

Fri – Clean with Natural Products, Keep Bugs Out, Chemical-Free Kitchen, and Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils to Spring Clean

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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]

Thur – Essential Spring Cleaning Event – Home Odors, Musty Rooms, Cleaning with On Guard, Boys Stinky Room Sprays

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It's Thursday, so we're in the homestretch now, with our Essential Spring Cleaning Event!  Anyone itching to put all of their new cleaning tricks to work? We've done some things, but like my friend said, I too will be more motivated to really get … [Continue reading]