Easter Sunday

Happy Easter Friends! It was a wonderful laid back morning here at our house. Brunch and I treated myself to a mimosa… or two. It was a little chilly here but the sun finally peeked out around 2 or so. Every Easter we take a walk or ride down to this little spring we have in the back pasture. The kids and dogs love it. It has become some what of a tradition here on the homestead.

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Valentine’s Day Fun

Looking for a Valentine’s Day snack to send into school for your kids classroom party? I made a great trail mix to send into school tomorrow. I was able to make three big containers for each of the kids to take in.

Just simply distribute the snacks equally to each container.

I wasn’t real happy with the m&m’s they were really large and not many came in the package. But it was a welcoming change from the usually pepperoni, cheese, and crackers I’m always sending in for class parties.

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!

DIY Command Center

Are after schools at home crazy? I know it is at my house! Need a Command Center that actually works? Then you’re at the right place.

I’ve been trying different ways to make this less crazy and give the kids more structure once they walk through that door. Usually they toss their crap all over the floor and are complete slobs! ugh! Then I have to nag which turns to me yelling, then I’m the worst mom ever.

I sat down with the kids and had them help me come up with this checklist. I thought that if they helped make the list, they would be more willing to do it.

This is what we came up with…

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I’m giving you a free printable so you can try this out with your children!!


I hot glued a magnet on the clipboard, put the print out in a page protector and then taped it to the clipboard. This way they can use a dry erase marker to check off what they finished and I can swap out their chore.

They are simple chores that don’t take very long. (They helped me come up with the chores too) we wrote them on popsicle sticks and hot glued a magnet to the back of each one.

As for the activities, I wanted them to do something that didn’t have anything to do with their tablets or the TV. I also have those on popsicle sticks and they have to pick them out of a jar. I have ones like, color/draw, perler beads, slime/play dough, kinetic sand, craft (which I’m working on mini crafts for them to do), and read.

This is not a fancy command center, but it’s a practical one that seems to be working great!

Command Center Good

Anything important from school goes in the black hanging basket. We have a calendar that we can note any school activities, birthday parties, concerts, and sporting events that are going on. We also have a message board and a corkboard.

The kids have been very excited to come home and use these checklists and see what activity they have. So far they have spent the whole evening doing their activity. Mom win!

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?

Garden books

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.


Barn Door

My laundry room is attached to my dining room. Not really ideal but It’s what I have to deal with. So with three children still at home, we have a shit ton of laundry to say the least. It gets thrown in there, dumped in there, piled up in there. It’s the most frustrating thing. Anyway, I’ve been wanting a door to close when the washer is running or we have guest over.

I think I finally have a system down it’s just trying to keep up with it.

And for Christmas my husband built me a barn door. eek!

I still need to stain it but it’s there until spring when I can take it down and get it stained in the garage.

Let me see your barn door. Post picture in the comment section below.

Christmas on the Farm

So I’m a little late posting this but still wanted to share my farm themed Christmas tree. I’ve wanted one since we moved into this house and it has taken about three years to do so.

It’s far from magazine worthy but I absolutely love it. Here are some close up of the ornaments…
My friend made the wooden block ornaments that have different farm animals on them, the “Ho Ho Ho” one and I think there is a “Santa” one as well.
A lot of the ornaments I have picked up after Christmas when they were most likely 75% off. I did make the wooden star ornament in the picture above.
I picked up the flocked Christmas tree one year after Christmas at Wal-Mart for I think $20.