Anything Is A Blessing

Anything Is A Blessing

I had spent an hour at the grocery store, carefully keeping track of each item I placed in my cart and watching every dollar. We’re working diligently to become debt-free, and the budget is squeaky tight right now. I didn’t begrudge it, but in the middle of birthday season in our family, I was stressed. I walked out with only two small bags of carefully chosen items. That’s when I saw him, at the edge of the parking lot. His…

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Egg Storage: Your Questions Answered!

Egg Storage: Your Questions Answered!

We have reached an exciting (I didn’t put egg-citing, you’re welcome) point in our little urban homestead. We actually have enough fresh eggs around here to stop buying them from the store!! You may have noticed in some of my egg posts (When Will My Chickens Lay Their First Eggs, Easter Eggs in August) that I keep my eggs in a cute little basket on the counter. I’ve gotten a ton of questions about this lately – why aren’t they…

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Proud Recipient of the Liebster Award

Proud Recipient of the Liebster Award

I’m excited to announce that I have been nominated for the Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is an award given to and by new bloggers. It can only be awarded to those bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Blogging takes more time and work than many people realize (I know I was surprised by how much effort it requires!), and it’s an honor to be recognized. The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to celebrate and encourage each…

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Homeschooling: Finding What Works

Homeschooling: Finding What Works

It’s that time of year: the smell of freshly sharpened pencils is in the air, Facebook is bursting with “first day of school” pictures, and the little yellow bus is making its way around town again! But if you’re homeschooling, back to school time is quite a bit different in your family. Supplies don’t just include scissors and crayons – it’s piles of books, science kits, and educational toys. The house slips into disarray as Mom is frantically researching curriculum…

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How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 3

How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 3

Welcome to the final post in my “How To Build A Chicken Coop” series! In Part 1 we went over the supplies you’ll need, how much money we spent building our coop, and how to build the base and walls. In Part 2 we talked about building the nest box, putting in windows and doors, and how to build and finish your roof. At the end of part 2 we already had a pretty good-looking chicken coop, with walls, doors, and…

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Easter Eggs in August

Easter Eggs in August

Today has been a day of defeat, and a day of victory. It has been a day of tears and of laughter, a day of beauty found in unexpected places. Like Easter eggs in August. Mon Petit Chou (My Little Cabbage) I went out to water this afternoon (this is how all my good garden stories start), and at first I didn’t notice anything amiss. My acorn squash has gotten huge, and after struggling to support it well, I found…

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How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 2

How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my 3-part series detailing how we built our own chicken coop – and how you can, too! In Part 1 of the series, I went over the instructions for building the base and walls of your chicken coop. You can find that post here. In this post I will cover framing the nest box, putting on doors and windows, and probably the hardest part of building any structure: the roof. When we were searching for…

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How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 1

How To Build A Chicken Coop, Part 1

Early this year, we decided that we would get our first chicks in mid-April, after a couple family trips we had planned would be over. We made a timeline for building a chicken coop, found some ideas online, and had a solid plan in place. But then our local farm supply store got chicks in in February, and well… I couldn’t be expected to NOT get them, right?! Suddenly we had four chicks in our basement, and we needed to…

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Start a Pallet Composting Bin for Free!

Start a Pallet Composting Bin for Free!

Lately the weather has been unusually beautiful for this time of year – temperatures in the 70s and low-80s for two weeks! It’s been the perfect time to do some outside projects, including making our own pallet composting bin for the backyard. If you’re like me, maybe you haven’t given composting much thought before recently. Perhaps you have questions or concerns – isn’t it stinky? Does it take up a lot of space? Will it cost me a lot of time?…

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How To Make An Easy Bucket Waterer For Chickens

How To Make An Easy Bucket Waterer For Chickens

Hopefully you already know how important it is to keep your chickens well-hydrated, especially when the temperatures are high. But it can be a challenge to provide enough water for them while also keeping it clean and fresh! Today I’d like to show you how to make a cheap, super easy bucket waterer for your chickens. In fact, it’s so easy you’ll wonder why you needed the tutorial! 😉 Supplies The first thing you’ll need, obviously, is a bucket with a…

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