Holidays/Events

Graduation 2017

It was a great evening and all went well! They still seem so young to me. But now real life begins. The good the bad and the ugly. I pray that they will make good choices and keep God first even on bad days. There will be many but the good always outweigh the bad. They really do grow up way too fast. Congratulations class of 2017! ūüéď

Farm Animals, Simple Living

The scoop on the coop: A Busy May Update

We have a lot going on this month, school is almost out for the summer and will be out for good for my husband’s daughter Kaitlyn. It really seems like she was just five years old and now she’s graduating high school! We have both kids awards days to attend along with a shower and wedding which I’m not sure we will be able to make it to. Oh and graduation dinner! Either way it’s way more on my plate than I’m use to event wise. So I’m squeezing in an update here because I don’t think I will get much else accomplished this month. 

The scoop on the coop: 

Our chickens have been outside for a few days now. At first I felt all worried like I was their mother hen or something. But they are doing so great and I’ve found that their favorite snacks are wild strawberries! My two favorites are the barred rocks they are very sweet birds. And the two brown which I believe are Rhode Island Reds are really mean and peck a lot! I hope they will calm down as they mature. 

 I’m not 100% sure on the sexes but it does seem like we have one rooster which I’ve named Elvis. If he turns out to be a girl it will surprise me since he has the largest comb and wattle!

This is Elvis right before we moved them outside. 

Here are a few pics of our temporary coop!

Holidays/Events

Staycation: Yay or Nay

The idea of vacationing at home is a fairly new trend that has come about in the last year or so but is it really a great idea or just simply people trying to make themselves feel better for not being able to afford a real vacation? I think the idea could be good and bad… if you are the creative type then you could probably pull it off with ease, but for others like myself maybe not so much.

The whole staying home idea seems great to me, I love the thought of making home equal to how we love vacations. I mean why not love our everyday spaces the same as we do when we are away? The biggest problem for me is getting everyone else on board. I jotted a few thoughts down on paper and passed it to my 10-year-old son who went down the list saying things like no, that’s stupid and boring. and of course, he hates the no screen time rule. I mean what could a 10-year-old possibly do without technology for a WHOLE week!!!

 

Real life activities are viewed by kids as boring, how sad. yet really it boils down to what we’ve allowed and that is the real problem. Kids become used to being “babysat” by technology so they come to love and feel comforted by it. but can this be turned around? Can we thrive again with a little of both without a major meltdown when technology is taken away? I would like to think so just don’t attempt talking them into it, they have to experience other things to realize the difference and that other things too can be fun.

How do you feel about staying home vs packing up for a trip?

If you have tried this please share how it went…¬†

  1. How long was your staycation?
  2. What all did you do?
  3. Did you have any rules? 
  4. If you have kids did they enjoy themselves?
  5. Would you do it again? 

I will be posting my list as soon as it’s finished, and hopefully, figure out some way to get the family at least okay with the whole idea, I say try it once and if it isn’t for your family you don’t ever have to do it again. but at least you tried something new.

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Household Chores, Simple Living

My Kind of Day

To most people lack of sunshine is a real downer, but being a true introvert I absolutely love a cool, overcast, rainy day! I mean unless it’s a bad storm or something. I’m just talking about a calm rain with some thunder and the best part that nice cool breeze. You know the breeze we wish we had in the sweltering summer months! I would say nothing is better, but me and my husband both love the Fall most of all and even though it’s kind of the same weather it’s always better in the OCT!‚ėĒūüéÉūüćÉ Either way a spring rain is something very beautiful and is almost always followed by sunshine which then glistens off of everything around. 

Just laying around sounds great on a day like this but I love when the air comes in while I’m washing the dishes. Which definitely helps me a lot since this is not one of my favorite household chores. I’d much rather be doing laundry on most days. But at the same time I’d never want to own a dishwasher. I know weird right!? But to me dishwashers just don’t fall into my idea of simple living and it’s just another expensive thing that would cost way too much to replace or have fixed. 

Other than rain there isn’t much going on here today, I’m just thankful it isn’t one of the rough Monday’s that like to roll over into Monday number two aka: Tuesday!!  Today is relaxing and tomorrow is back to business and most likely grocery shopping.

 Fun Fun Fun. 

 I pray that you all are having as good of a Monday as I am… We Just gotta learn to be content with little and be glad we are alive to enjoy the simple things. Like laying in bed with the window open listening to the rain.

 Little Blessings Count, God is Good Always

    

Cooking/Food

Food Fix Friday: Homemade Breakfast Pizza!

I don’t normally do well with scrambled eggs on or mixed in things but every now and then I like a breakfast pizza, This one I made the other day has sausage, egg, mushrooms, and mild banana oh and crumbled up tater tots!! The sauce, of course, is breakfast gravy which next time will have to be name brand. Some things don’t really make a difference either way but let’s face it breakfast gravy can make or break your whole meal. I also forgot to season the tots because I keep forgetting which kind we’ve bought!! Either way, it was pretty good. but my favorite is still the kind we use to get at the gas station! I really wish I knew what all they used. So I guess for my homemade pizza’s it will be mostly regular and white sauce pizza. YUM.

Here are a few pics before baking and after. Enjoy ~

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Home Organization

Our Living Room Update…

I know it isn’t 100% finished but I love the new layout so much that I just had to share!

Just a reminder of the 3D plan that I made… 


And here are the results minus the recliner where the playpen is now.

The room feels so much bigger! And my new favorite place to sit {when I actually get to} is the chair in the corner. Now I’m thinking of getting a couple of those ottoman poufs online not sure what color would go best though, I’m horrible at matching but at the same time picky that things must match lol. Any suggestions?

I know I still have clutter, mostly baby toys but it’s basically the only space for them right now. I do need to look into a better bin for storage. Something he could still be able to get things out when he wants. We will see about that soon. This is all for now I just had to share some progress which may motivate some of you to just start somewhere. You can do it!!

 

Home Organization

Living Room Layout

I’ve been wanting to redo our living room for a few months now, but time and money just haven’t been on our side. Besides, that coming up with the perfect layout seemed nearly impossible. We have a long narrow living space which can be difficult to arrange furniture around in. So I started to work on different designs and this is what I’ve come up with…

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I am happy with the results and I really think it will work for us once we are able to get¬†to work. I want to use a lot of what we already have but add two recliners then possibly a new sofa later on. Here is a photo of our actual living room… please excuse the dust! I’m definitely not loving the layout we have now. The rug also wants to walk and bunch up under the couch which drives me insane! We will fix this very soon.

 

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This photo is a bit older but we have the same layout, the main difference now is our new curtains which are light and sheer and no clutter in the chair! Sorry I didn’t have time to upload a current photo.¬†

 

After we move the television away from under the window I plan on getting a couple of cactus plants to go in the window sill. It’s probably about the only house plant we wouldn’t kill and they are cute and tiny. Please let me know what you think of my ideas and feel free to share your ideas if you like. I love interior design and moving things around makes things feel better¬†almost like we have a new house!

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