Tuesday, September 19, 2017

3 DIY All Natural Skin Care Recipes

Let's face it, none of us are getting any younger. Let's also face the fact, few of us age like fine wine. Now I want to go on record and say, I am NOT one of those women who really gives much time to beauty. I wash, brush and go. I rarely use makeup, but I am getting older and skin care is becoming more important to me.

And while taking care of my skin has become more of a concern, I was not all that thrilled by the ingredients and the prices of commercial "beauty aid" products. If I can't pronounce it, I surely do not want it on my face. So what's a girl to do?

Head to the kitchen! No, not to eat away my sorrows of aging skin, but to grab some common household, all natural ingredients, to make my own products! That's right, your pantry has everything you need to have healthier skin!

So what's "wrong" with your skin? Me? Well my issues vary depending on the time of the year. During the summer I tend to be oily, but in the winter I am dry. And don't even get me started on the occasional bouts of acne. While I no longer suffer like a teenager, I on rare occasions sprout a lone, evil, large, red, icky bump that used to take forever to get rid of. While I am not vain, I do not like sporting Rudolph's red nose!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Take a Peek at our Week September 10th - 16th

It's been a long week with fog, bad behavior, and a battle to win. With the weather fluctuating between summer temps and the push of fall, the mornings have been so foggy that I just keep saying "brains" in a zombie voice as I drive the country kids to school. LOL

The oldest country kid is struggling with the start of school. He isn't doing well with getting to class on time and turning in things *sigh* Not to mention at home he losses his mind when we call him on it. I hate to see the teenage years if this is a preview.

But on a better note, we battled all week long in the Purina Poultry Miss Flock-tober event to get Baby Girl one of the four spots in the final. It was close and I know October 2nd is going to be our biggest battle yet to win the title!

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 16th

Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About Molting

Does it look like a pillow just exploded in your coop? Does you hen look like a pin cushion? Relax, your flock is just molting! Molting? Yup and it's a natural and vital part of being a happy, healthy chicken!

You see chicken's feathers are made up of tiny barbs and barbules that grow off the feather shaft and lock together like velcro to create a water resistant and windproof coat. Under the protective outer feathers are the downy feathers that have more flexible barbs and barbules that allow the chicken to fluff and regulate heat.

Over time, the feathers get worn out and lose their ability to be preened back into shape. Kind of like your coat getting a hole in it. You can still wear it, but it doesn't do a very good job of keeping you warm and dry. While we can go to a store and buy a new coat, chickens have to go about growing their own. Molting is the process of discarding the old worn feathers and growing a nice new set of protective feathers that will carry them through the colder winter months.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Baby Girl wants to be Miss Flock-tober!

If you follow any of our social media platforms, you might have noticed we have entered our duck, Baby Girl into the Purina Poultry weekly photo contest in a quest to become the first duck to be crowned Miss Flock-tober! She has to win one of the weekly contests in order to reach the finals. This week is Miss Performance and we entered:

Not only does Baby Girl our duck produce an egg a day, she sometimes hatches those eggs into beautiful little ducklings! She takes performance to the next level with her amazing maternal skills!! We can always count on her for fresh eggs and a yearly hatching of total cuteness!

So what can you do to make one little duck's dream of being crowned Miss Flock-tober come true? Go to the Purina Poultry Facebook post and hit like on the above photo in the comment section to vote. It's simple, its easy, and it would mean the world to us! Being crowned Miss Flock-tober would mean a year supply of feed for our flock of ducks and chickens and bragging right that a duck won! Because not all poultry comes in chicken form, ya know!

Thanks so much for taking the time to vote!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Take a Peek at our Week September 3rd - 9th

Fall is here! I don't care what the calendar says, when it is in the 40's in the morning, it's fall, y'all. Unfortunately with the weather change, the "crud" has invaded our home. I am not sure if it is a cold thing or allergies (which I have never had before.) No matter what it is, it has nailed three out of the four of us. *sigh*

The critters are feeling the weather change as well. Our flock is beginning to molt, with Ester being hit hard. She is a fast molter which means she drops feathers at an alarming rate. Poor old girl is so frazzled looking and spends her days hiding in the bushes because I honestly believe she is embarrassed by her current state of undress.

Fall also means fundraiser time. We recently had our 4-H club bake sale which is always fun. I love getting to watch the oldest country kid learn to engage and interact with people. Alas, it's also fundraising time for our school band. I really don't like the door to door selling they want the kids to do, but alas, it's part of being in the band.

So what made me smile this week?

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Simple Saturdays Blog Hop September 9th


Welcome back to another week of the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop! We can not wait to see what you have been up to! 

This blog hop is brought to you by a group of co-hosts committed to the simple ways of life and learning to be more self reliant.  Simple Saturdays Blog Hop is a way for each of us to share the various ways we are learning to do more for ourselves in our homes and on our land. This is all about building community, learning new skills and growing more self-sufficient!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

DIY Scented Candles on the Cheap!

Before you drop a small fortune on scented candles, try this easy DIY instead!

A candle is a simple thing, but there is something about lighting a candle.... the flicker, the scent... It makes a home feel even cozier. I admit I have a love affair with candles. But I am not in love with spending an arm and a leg on products at a store that don't last very long. There had to be a way to get all of the comfort from a candle without breaking the bank!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A Trip Back in Time.... Riding a Steam Train

Recently hubby had a week of vacation time. Since we really couldn't afford a "real" vacation, not to mention we can't really leave all the critters to fend for themselves, we did a couple day trips to add a little spice to our lives.

The littlest country kid had been asking for some time if we could ride a train. There are tracks that run through our tiny town and he loves to ride his bike to the end of the street to watch trains pass a few blocks away. I really wanted to make his dream come true, but was having a hard time finding anything local and affordable. I was about to give up when I came across the Little River Railroad about an hour from our house.

Normally they charge $20 a person for their steam train rides, but lucky for us they were hosting their Lazy Days of Summer Specials. Of course the ride was shorter than their normal run, but then again, it was only $10 a person, which was totally doable for our budget! So we decided to load up the country kids and make a little boy's dream come true.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Take a Peek at our Week August 27th - September 2nd

What happened to our Week of Homestead Photos?!?! Nothing! It's still the same, just a new name! It's all still here, I promise!!

Summer is coming to an end. The country kids have already been in school for four days, but to me, summer doesn't officially end till Labor Day. This was the first year the boys have had to go back to school BEFORE Labor Day. It just feels so weird. But the early return to school didn't put a damper on our week one bit.

Despite the country kids being in school, the garden still grew, and the critters were up to their normal antics. We did have some out of town visitors this week. It was nice to spend time, reminisce and giggle about old times. It is always fun to slow down a little and just take time to connect with others.

So what made me smile this week?

Friday, September 1, 2017

DIY Rustic 2x4 Pumpkins

Pumpkin season is almost here once again. A time of warm days and crisp night. A time for giving thanks and trick or treating. I admit it, Fall is my favorite season, sorry summer. I love the smell of fallen leaves baking in the sun, the juicy apples right off the tree and cornstalks leaning on my front porch!

When it comes to Fall, I love to decorate, be it for Thanksgiving or Halloween. What I don't like are the high prices in stores for cute decorations. I am a frugal (or as my family puts it, cheap) woman. I prefer to make my own decorations at a fraction of the cost. I even impress myself sometimes at what I can pull of like spider pumpkin candle holders and mummy jars. And for Halloween I turned yard flamingos into vultures and whipped up our own headstones for the yard.

This year my oldest son got into the crafting spirit with me and we made a some rustic 2x4 pumpkins that were not only super easy to make, but are down right adorable. This project actually came about because our county fair has a class for seasonal decorations and my oldest wanted to make something to enter.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Week of Homestead Photos August 20th - 26th

The county fair is over and the country kids are already planning projects for next year. Meanwhile, this mama is making plans for the start of school! The backpacks are filled and linged up by the door, ready for little minds to learn great things. Okay, maybe mama's just excited about the silence! Yeah, I might be little too excited. LOL

Hubby was on vacation this week. Of course we can't afford to go anywhere and wouldn't think of leaving our critters unattended, so we did a few day trips and traveled the world by eating meals from forgein countries. We have done Egypetion, Indian, and Italian and have plans to do Polish and Austrailian recipes next week even though hubby will be back to work. We had to give the country kids a break every other night as they weren't used to such a varied meals. LOL

So what made me smile this week?