Creating Dust Baths for Chickens

Chickens naturally want to bathe in the dirt. So why not make it the best, healthiest option for them. If your chickens are free range this might be a little harder to get them to bathe in one specific area. I have placed tires filled with this mixture all over the yard. Although they still like to dig in my gardens!

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DIY Dandelion Salve

Did you know that dandelions are super beneficial for us? The whole plant is usable, flower, leaves, and the roots. I’ve really been wanting to make a dandelion salve. The flowers have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Not only that, it’s great for dry, cracked, and/or itchy skin. To make the salve you need dandelions, almond oil, and beeswax.

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25 Free or inexpensive things to do with your kids this Summer

I’m always trying to find fun things to do with the kids during the summer, but everything costs so much and I just can’t do it. So I asked the kids what were some things they wanted to do this Summer and they had some pretty cool ideas. They’re very creative. lol. But, we did came up with a pretty amazing list!

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Friday on the Farm

This week on the farm the weather was all over the place, snow, freezing rain then more freezing rain. I had more days off than I worked due to weather.

I didn’t get very many pictures this week but hopefully in my future “Friday on the Farm” posts it will be much more interesting!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Garden Planning

This morning I’m home with my youngest, she’s been coughing for a few days and don’t want to send her to school like that. So I get to stay home too.

I decided to get my seed catalogs out and start to really think about what I’m doing for a garden this year. How do you plan your garden?

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While I’m maping out my garden plans I’m also enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee. Doesn’t get much better than that.

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I’ll be sharing my garden plans with you in just a few short weeks!

Pineapple Birthday Cake

Pineapple’s and Cacti seem to be all the rage lately and my daughter has jumped right on board with it all.

This month she turned ten. She wanted a pineapple and cactus birthday party. Well, I like to try and save a buck wherever I can, so I decided to make her cake myself! Learned a super easy technique-on youtube of course- to make her a pineapple cake, made the topper out of an old file folder then ordered cactus cupcake toppers from Amazon, and BAM! Best. Mom. Ever. Well, at least for a few minutes.

Update** A little bit more about this cake. Here is the link to the video I watched to learn a new decorating technique. Very easy, I did not buy the items she uses, you can use a sandwich bag and a spoon – like I did. I also didn’t line up my dots evenly. There is a link under the picture to the cupcake toppers I purchased from Amazon. and I found a free printable for the cupcake liners on pinterest. All I did was trace and cut on construction paper I already had. As for the topper I’m going to upload a printable for you. I just free hand the topper on card stock and then painted it.

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