• Recipes

    Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Recipe

    I don’t know about you, but in Minnesota we are experiencing record breaking cold weather! The chickens are safe in their coop, and the kids and I are hunkered indoors – pretending it’s summer. Henry had the brilliant idea to make some Fresh Squeezed Lemonade – so here we are. Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 1 Cup Lemon Juice (6-8 lemons fresh squeezed)8 Cups Water1 1/4 Cups Sugar Squeeze the juice from 6-8 lemons to get roughly one cup of juice. Set aside. Add 1 cup of water and the 1 1/4 cup of sugar to a pot to cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Roughly 5 minutes. Once dissolved,…

  • Chickens,  Hobby Farm

    Do I Need a Rooster??

    You must have started, or be thinking about starting your own flock of chickens! Yay! Congratulations! You are about to start the most rewarding journey as a hobby farmer. I like to call chickens, the “gateway animal.” Give it some time, and you’ll see what I mean 😉 A question I get asked rather frequently is: Do I need a rooster to get eggs? Answer: NO!!! Your chickens will lay eggs with or without a roo. Their reproductive cycles are not determined by whether or not fertilization occurs. Each breed produces and lays eggs at a slightly different rate. And environmental factors such as the amount of daylight a hen…

  • Chickens,  Hobby Farm

    Why Aren’t My Chickens Laying in the Winter

    Over the summer you were getting an abundance of eggs each day. So many that maybe you didn’t even know what to do with them! Then fall rolled around, and things started to slow down. By December…. you were lucky to find one lone egg in the nesting boxes. What gives?! Just like everything, eggs have a season. There are periods of high production, and periods of slow to no production. It’s all part of a healthy cycle for your hens, and there are actually a few reasons for it. Below, you will find the top reasons, and things you can do about it. Top Reasons Egg Production Slows Decreased…

  • Natural Living

    Why Non Toxic Skincare Matters

    A goal of mine in 2019 is to eliminate the toxins from my home and daily routines. Skincare is a HUGE part of that. I switched to Primally Pure this fall and was so shocked to find the results were far more than skin deep. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and what you put on it matters. Topical creams soak into your bloodstream and can affect your whole entire body. These toxins can mimic your hormones causing an imbalance, which leads to a whole slew of side affects. Things like acne, energy levels, sex drive, brain fog, weight, irritability and fertility are all affected by your…

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  • Hobby Farm,  Our Debt Free Journey

    43 Ways to Make Money on Your Hobby Farm

    Did you know you could earn a living off of your land?  The more you dive into hobby farming and homesteading, the more you realize: there is no “off season.” In other words you complete one task to move to the next, and are constantly shifting your focus based on the time of year. Early springtime means starting seedlings, and hatching chicks. Then planting season begins, which moves to maintaining your gardens, the high egg production of summer time, honey, raising cattle and pigs, cut flowers and manure. As you head into fall, harvest kicks into high gear, canning season and pumpkin season take over – only to be met…

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  • Community,  Motherhood

    Shop Small Gift Guide: Must Have Stocking Stuffers for Babies and Toddlers

    Christmas can be sooo overwhelming for us moms. We're trying to make the holidays magical for the whole family, stick to a budget, and if you're anything like me - try to do so while supporting as many small businesses as you can. It can be hard to even know where to begin. I decided to take it upon myself to do some of the digging for you to help you fill the stockings of the littlest ones in the family, while also supporting some of my favorite small businesses!

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  • Natural Living

    Are Your Hormones Holding You Hostage?

    Can I let you in on a not-so-secret secret? I have struggled with acne for all of my adult life. While I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school, once I left home, I swear my face turned red and bumpy overnight. I tried EVERYTHING I could think of – scouring the internet for the secret cream that was the answer I dreamed about. Every brand of acne face scrub I found, did nothing but burn, scratch and dry out my face. My poor skin flaked off and hurt. WHAT WAS I DOING WRONG? After speaking with and esthetician, I learned about how my diet can affect…

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  • Natural Living

    My Top 5 Favorite Non Toxic Skincare Products

    I used to think this "non toxic" thing was just a fad made up by crunchy, oil diffusing mom bloggers. That was until I took a long hard look at my life. I was struggling with a decade long battle with my adult acne - and worse than that - I was filled with anxiety, had an extremely short temper and low energy levels. Through hours of research, I found that there was a link between the harmful chemicals we use on our skin and the hormonal balance within our body.

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  • Chickens,  Natural Living

    Are Free-Range Eggs REALLY Better??

    Let’s talk eggs. With so many options in the super-market: organic, cage-free, white eggs, brown eggs, how can you be sure what you’re really getting?! Are the eggs from your local farmer REALLY any better?? The answer: YES!! How does the Nutritional Value Compare? There is often a debate of whether or not free range eggs have more nutritional value than commercially raised eggs. Since free range eggs typically come from smaller scale farms, the money to front a large study just isn’t there. Fortunately, I did find a small study by Mother Earth News done in 2007 that proves the superiority of our free range eggs.  Study by Mother Earth…

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