Moving To The Country

I’ve always lived in a city, or a small town. Never out there in the country. Moving to the country had always been a dream of mine, and finally back in May of this year that dream of mine came true. However, I was completely unprepared for how different life in the country is to that of life in the city.

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Here are a few things I have come to know about living in the country…

  • Internet service can be frustrating. Even finding an internet provider was tricky for us, we finally found one, but their system is based on sharing. So let’s just say it can get very slow at night when all their customers are on it at the same time. Our family jokes that once the farmers are done with work, they hop onto the internet and go on Farmers Only dot com. So anytime our internet isn’t working, you can hear somebody in our house say “Ugh, Farmers!”. Then you will usually hear someone else start singing the jingle “You don’t have to be lonely, at farmers only dot com”.

 

  • There are so many flies. Never in my life have I ever seen so many flies before.

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If you live in the country I highly recommend having these amazing Fly Stik’s and tons of fly swatters around your house. We have purchased 5 fly swatters so far since moving to the country and right now we have 3 remaining. 2 of them broke from how much action they were receiving.

But seriously can I talk to you for a minute about how great these Fly Stik’s are. Just look at this up close picture of one of them covered in flies. This was taken just the next day after hanging it up. That’s how fast it worked!!!

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  • The sunrises & sunsets are breathtaking.

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then you know how much I love to share these beautiful sunrises/sunsets. Back in the city we had so many houses and buildings blocking our view.

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  • The air smells fresher. Which is totally weird because we are surrounded by farm animals, but I swear there is something about this country air. It just smells fresh. Back when we lived in the city, in a subdivision, if we went outside we would smell our neighbors cooking, or their laundry, or their dogs/cats, or the occasional skunk. But out here we just smell the air, unless it’s a windy day then we smell the stench of farm animals. Surprisingly we haven’t had any skunks, yet.

Those are just some of the things i have noticed since moving to the country. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Take care!

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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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Spring Clean Series {Day 1 – Pantry}

Hi Guys!

This week i’m starting a new series. It’s going to be all about decluttering/minimizing/organizing/cleaning all the trouble areas in my house.

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Today i’m tackling the pantry, because let’s be honest, the pantry is my most trouble area.

I don’t know about you guys, but my pantry pretty much looks like a disaster area 24/7. I try to keep it somewhat organized, but i have 4 kids that grab whatever they want out of it and hardly ever return said item(s) to their original space.

Today i’m sharing how crazy my pantry really is with you guys, and how i attempt to keep it organized.

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Here is how i organize my pantry:

  • Baking Stuff together – Flour, sugar, baking powder, etc.
  • Spices/oils/syrups/PB together – extra salt, extra seasonings, soy sauce, evoo, bread crumbs, etc.
  • Rice & Beans – I keep them in a corner together
  • Canned goods together – I also keep pasta with the canned goods
  • Snacks/Breads/Cereal together – Tortillas, chips, crackers, snacks, bagels, bread, etc.
  • Plastic/Paper goods – Paper plates, ziploc bags, plastic forks and spoons, etc.
  • Potatoes & Onions together – I also keep big containers of Vegetable oil here as well.
  • Small kitchen appliances together – crock pots, griddle, etc.

 

The top area of my pantry is for overflow items or things we want to keep out of reach of children. We also store things up there that we don’t use that often.

I’m just going to share a bunch of Before & After pictures…

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That’s it! That’s my pantry organizing. Whew, it feels so much better to have a organized pantry!

Behind the scenes stuff….

I threw away a lot of stuff that was empty and or expired.

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And because we are moving, i was also able to box up some stuff that we won’t be using for awhile and that helped make my pantry look less cluttered.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s spring clean post! Be sure to check back tomorrow for another room i’m going to tackle.

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