New Family Members

Hi Guys!

As you can tell from the title, we have added some new members to our family. I thought today would be a good day to introduce them to you.

Meet Bear

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He is a 2 month old German Shepherd. His father weighs 105 pounds and his mother weighs 80 pounds, so Bear is going to be a big boy one day. He was a father’s day present for my husband, because my husband has always wanted a German Shepherd.

Bear is super active and playful, yet he has a lot of moments where is he super sleepy.

He has also chosen to be an outside dog, every time we bring him inside the house he whines.

We all love him and we were very excited to add him to our family.

Now, i’d like to also introduce Snow White

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She is a 6 month old Lionhead rabbit. My husband surprised me with her as an early birthday present, since i love bunnies.

She is fluffy and cute and the perfect addition to our family.

I hope you enjoyed meeting Bear and Snow White, and if you have any tips/tricks/advice on raising dogs or bunnies please let me know in the comments!

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Last Day of School 2017/2018

Hi Guys!

We finished up our 5th year of homeschooling on May 11th, so i thought today i would sit down and share how our 5th year went. The good and the bad.

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For our 5th year of homeschooling we switched things up and went over to a year round homeschooling schedule. Which i think we all really enjoyed. It was so nice to take several small breaks throughout the year, i felt like we were less burnt out by the end of the year.

We tried out new curriculum this year, My Father’s World and Heart of Dakota, I liked them both, however i’m not sure i will use them again. There were just certain things that i feel like didn’t work for our family with each program.

Some of the issues i had with My Father’s World, was i just thought it was too easy for my 7th grader. Same with Heart of Dakota, it was way too easy for my 1st grader.

Also i can’t get over the price of My Father’s World. It’s just way too expensive.

Although our 5th year of school is over, we will still do some work over our summer break. We will continue to do some math, reading, and writing because i feel like those things are important to keep up with.

Our new school year (2018/2019) will start in early July, so look for all my curriculum picks and details about our 6th year of homeschooling coming up next month.

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Welcome To The Farmhouse

Hi Guys!

I have really wanted to just sit down and share with you all the after pictures of all work we have done to our new house. Ever since we signed the papers and got the keys to the house we have been super busy with projects going on, on the inside and outside. So i think what i will do is share what has been done, and why it was done, along with what we are still wanting to accomplish.

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I’ll start with the inside first.

What has been done:

  • new paint on the trim/base/doors/woodwork,
  • new paint on the walls
  • new paint on the ceiling
  • new paint on the cabinets
  • new carpet throughout house
  • added some base that was missing in the upstairs room
  • deep cleaned entire house
  • fixed 2 toilets that weren’t working properly

Here are some before & after pictures of the interior

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In case you are one of those people asking why? The house looked move in ready in the before pictures, so why did you spend so much time/energy/money on painting everything and ripping out/replacing carpets??? I’ll explain a little bit.

Well, our house is in the country. In the country mice are very present. We bought the house with the knowledge that mice were present/or had been present in the house.

So our first plan of attack once we got the keys was to see just how bad the problem was, is it a current problem or a past problem, and then go from there. There was a ton of mice droppings in our garage and some throughout the house. However we haven’t seen any live mice in the house, yet. So it appears to be a past problem, but it was needing a good cleaning up from.

We felt like for the safety of our children, giving them a fresh clean house was absolutely necessary.

So that’s what’s been going on inside the house.

Future plans for inside the house would be to maybe either replace the current hardwood floors, or just give them a makeover. Not sure yet if/when that would happen. We also would like to redo the master bathroom’s shower and tub, once again not sure if/when that would happen.

That’s about it for inside the house.

Here’s what has been done to the exterior:

  • backyard has been scrapped
  • 2 corrals have been scrapped
  • topsoil has been layed down near the house

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We really needed to scrap the yard it was filled with nasty weeds, especially a ton of goat heads. Oh, how i hate goat heads!

Here are the plans for the yard:

The 2 corrals that we had scrapped are going to be used for a chicken coop. We plan to seal around it with wire fencing, and built a little something in there for chickens.

The back half of the backyard we will eventually use for growing fruits and veggies. That will happen next year.

The front half of the backyard we will lay down sod and put up a fence, that way little babies and future puppies won’t be able to escape. That should happen within the next week or two.

The front of the house, we are still debating on what we are going to do with it. So no plans as of yet for it.

We do plan to eventually build a shop somewhere on the property. And there is talk of building a little school house also on the property. We’ll see what happens though.

I hope you have all enjoyed this little update on the house and that i’m not completely boring you with non-stop blog posts about our new house. I promise to get back to my regular content soon.

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We bought a house!

Hi Guys!

I realize i haven’t updated you all on the house buying process recently. Well, as you can tell from the title, we bought a house!!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you know all of this already because i update there more frequently, but we closed on the house May 1st!

Since then we have been busy doing yard work, painting, ripping out carpets, and dealing with wildlife.

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We are finishing up all the painting today and tomorrow, then Sunday we will go in and do a final cleaning from top to bottom. And on Monday we have new carpet being installed!

Which means Tuesday will be our official moving day! We are all so excited to move into this house!

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I can’t wait to show you all the house once it is finished and ready to move into. Until then, i hope you all have a great weekend!

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Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle

Hi Guys!

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about this awesome Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle, before it expires on Monday (April 30th).

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Passion

The other day i was filling out forms for my blog, and one of the questions on the form was “What is your passion?”.

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With passion being defined as “strong and barely controllable emotion.”, this was a hard question of me.

I had to stop and put the form away. I couldn’t answer that question.

I have no passion.

Nothing.

That got me thinking.

Is that normal to be passionless?

I have things i enjoy, but nothing i am truly passionate about.

This worries me.

This makes me feel like i will live a life that is dull/boring or unfilled. Life is short, it is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest. But if i have no passion/nothing that drives me, what kind of life is that?

How does one even go about finding their passion? Do they seek it out, or does it naturally come to them?

When i am feeling this way about something, of course i head to Google for some answers. I typed in “how to find your passion” and was thrown into a virtual world of pretty pictures, flow charts and questionnaires.

My hope was high as i clicked on “ten questions to help you find your passion”, but that hope filled bubble burst when i was stuck on the very first question.

Will i ever be able to find my passion, if i can’t even answer the first question?

I closed my laptop and went off to bed with that gloomy thought lingering in my mind.

So, if you can’t answer a questionnaire to find your passion, do you then experiment with a bunch of different hobbies/jobs/volunteer work until you find it? Or, like i previously said, do you wait for your passion to come to you naturally?

I’m still not sure. I’d have to check Google, but i don’t want to get sucked down that wormhole again.

All of this brings up another thought…

Do purpose and passion go together? Can you live a life without passion, but with purpose? Or vice versa?

Clearly i don’t have any of the answers to these questions, but hopefully today’s blog post has given you some food for thought.

Oh and in case you are also searching for your passion (and are better at answering questionnaires than i am), here’s Oprah’s 10 questions to finding your passion. Good luck!

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Tip Tuesday #5

Hi Guys! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday today!

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Today’s Tip Tuesday is a little bit different.

Motivational Wallpaper!

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It makes total sense right?! You look at your phone several times a day, why not be looking at something that is going to encourage you!

Here are a few of my favs!

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So that’s my quick little tip today… Motivational Wallpaper! I hope you have enjoyed this, and all my other tips!

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