Goodbye, Boston.

 Last night, we re-homed one of our cockerels; Boston.
He was our Americauna Easter Egger.
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We knew in time, we were in all likelihood, going to have to get rid of one, if not both, of the roosters.
We never intended on having one in the first place!

For those who do not know the back-story;  We ordered 8 vent-sexed 1-day old chicks, as females only, last July. But as time passed, we realized we not only had 1, but 2, roosters on our hands.  6 hens, with 2 roosters, is a very bad idea. A ratio of 6 to 1 isn’t much better!  But we figured we had at least until the end of the year, when the hens started laying, to figure out what we needed to do.… Read More

It’s the Chicken Coop Reveal!

Finally, we are ready to show you the chicken coop that has been in the works for 2 months!
We know many of you have been waiting to see it, and we have to tell you, we’re pretty darn excited to show it to you!

PLEASE NOTE: There are many photos in this post, so please give them time to load.  Then at the end there is a link to even more photos that I thought some would like to see, such as early stages of the coop being built (for those who may have missed it on Facebook), the inside of the coop, and and a closer look at some of it’s other cool features.Read More

Back-To-School Mantels / Home Decorating Ideas

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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!… Read More

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 spurts seem overnight. By the time I photograph them, load them into my computer, and prepare the photos for the blog (tasks all managed to have been squeezed into my otherwise busy Mama-agenda), it’s been a week, and the chickens have grown so much, the photos become instantly outdated!  So, we’re doing our best here, to share this new exciting chicken-keeping journey with you.… Read More

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.… Read More

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 fill of our harvest.  The reason I have been hesitant, is because I’ve come to realize I’m not thrilled with our solution, nor excited to share it with you.  I’d even go so far as to say that in all of the years Michael and I have collaborated together over creative projects, and problem-solving, this is one we just never saw eye to eye.… Read More

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, without someone waiting just outside the door.  Or, 2 or 3 people in the bathroom at the same time, getting reading to go somewhere.  At least the one bathroom we’ve had is large, and has a great sharing-layout, with the sink and vanity on one side, and the toilet and shower on the other side of a vertical half wall.  So there’s been privacy on both sides, with proper communication, at least.… Read More

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. This year however, it was truly time to start over. And so, we decided to really change things up and start anew, by planting and growing our new strawberry plants in rain gutters. We’ll be sharing with you this fun gardening experiment and the progress of it all, with any of it’s failures or successes, as we go along here.… Read More

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 spring cleaning plans and endeavors!

So here’s Friday’s hit list! Visit, comment if you’d like (us bloggers really appreciate that ;) ), and bookmark or Pin the ideas for your future references:

 
Fresh House With Stinky Boys
at The Mob Society

 MAMA IS SPRING CLEANING {WITH HER OILS}.
at Mama is Oiled

Water Bead Diffuser
at The Joyful Homestead

So here’s all week’s spring cleaning posts:

HERE is Monday’s Essential Spring Cleaning round up of posts links.
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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 spring cleaning plans and endeavors!

So here’s Friday’s hit list!  Visit, comment if you’d like (us bloggers really appreciate that ;) ), and bookmark or Pin the ideas for your future references:

 

The Bucket List” – How To clean with natural products
at A Nourished Home

Keeping The Bugs Out
at Jana’s Apothecary

Chemical Free Kitchen Cleaners
at Something For Everyone to Enjoy

Favorite ways to use Essential Oils to Springclean
at Life on the Urban Farm

 

So here’s the growing rundown so far:

HERE is Monday’s Essential Spring Cleaning round up of posts links.
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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 cleaning, with the warm spring weather is here. When we can open the windows!  Hopefully we’re in the homestretch for some spring-like weather as well.

Anyway, let’s at least just keep gathering our grand cleaning plans, shall we?

Keeping the Home in Homestead: So it doesn’t smell like the barn
at Mama Kautz

Making Musty Rooms Smell Like Spring
at Whole Lotta Somethin’

Deep Cleaning with On Guard
at Independence Farms

Room Sprays for Stinky Boys!

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Wed – Essential Spring Cleaning Event – Shower Cleaner, Aroma Therapy, Laundry Soap, Spiders and Pests Away


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It’s the peak of the week! Here’s Wednesday’s Spring Cleaning Event roundup!  Looks like some great stuff today!  Hope you’ve been checking out what these blogger’s have to share with us about living a healthier, less toxic-lifestyle, and how we can clean our homes with the same goals in mind! Bookmark or Pin these ideas, so you’ll have them when you are ready to tackle the dirt, grime and odor lurking in your home!

 DIY Daily Shower Cleaner
at The Prairie Homestead

 Aroma Therapy
at L A Ramsey

Homemade Laundry Soap
Scentsable Home

Spiders and Pests Away
at Naptime Warrior

Keeping you all caught up here:

HERE is Monday’s Essential Spring Cleaning round up of posts links.
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