Raised In A Barn Design Space File

December 15, 2016
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When I first started working on this post, I made a huge typo. I shortened the file name and the permalink without even noticing. I titled the post, “Raised in a Bar,” which is quite a bit different from being “raised in a barn.” I’m just glad I caught it before I hit publish, and I’ll blame the error on pregnancy brain. It can easily be resized in Design Space to fit various shirt sizes from newborn to adult; someone had even requested I cut a vinyl stencil to create wall art using this Raised in a Barn Design Space File. I think it would be equally cute on a tote for a farmer, 4-H leader/parent or anyone that appreciates farm life.

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What Is Roost Crate? A Farmer’s Market In A Box

August 23, 2016
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I recently received a message from my friend Kelly of Eat Picks asking if I would be interested in reviewing her newly curated monthly subscription box called Roost Crate;I quickly responded yes. Subscription boxes can be so much fun. What’s not to like about a monthly box of surprise goodies? The Roost Crate is like a farmer’s market in a box. You can read more about the items in the August Roost Crate, watch an unboxing video below, and find out how to subscribe to Roost Crate.

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Tips For Cleaning Your Bathroom In 10 Minutes

August 15, 2016
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Don’t you love how social media can make someone’s life and home seem spotless? My friends have commented from time to time how my house always “appears” so clean. FYI, you’re getting the highlight reel of our lives, and not the entire movie. I can’t stand clutter and I don’t let the house get too nasty, but we live on a farm. I live with my husband and 6-year-old son in a farmhouse with 3 cats and 2 dogs. Did I mention it’s a working farm with cattle and chickens? I would have to clean every waking hour to keep this house as clean as it looks on my blog. Who wants to admit that you haven’t had time to clean your toilet in two weeks or that you have a pile of dirty laundry in the bathroom floor?
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I know a few people who try to keep your homes clean, always looking for the best steam cleaner to help get the job done. Here are a few tips for cleaning your bathroom in 10 minutes and a few photos of what my bathroom really looks like most of the time.

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Spring Honey Harvest: Pictorial

June 21, 2016

Currently, Hall Farms is home to three honeybee hives; two that Jeremy purchased and one that an exterminator asked him to retrieve. Jeremy loves his bees. I love the honey they produce, but I’m allergic to bees. I’ve been taught that unless I bother them, they won’t bother me. I try to keep my distance as much as possible. A week or so ago, I ventured a little closer to photograph Jeremy pulling frames from one of the hives. I created this Spring Honey Harvest Pictorial to allow readers to get a closer look at small scale spring honey harvest.

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Easy Chemical Free Weeding With Weed Zinger

June 19, 2016
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This post is sponsored by Weed Zinger, however all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

We spend a lot of time outside on our 2 seat patio set, soaking up the rays and taking in plenty of fresh air, so I try to take pride in my lawn. I know that there are a lot of other people who take pride in their lawn as well. Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to sit back and relax in your garden. It’s easy to look after as well, you don’t have to get too creative when it comes to having a visually appealing garden. Your main focus should just be on having a good lawnmower (you can look at these cordless electric lawn mower reviews if you don’t own a lawnmower and would like to get one), as so long as the grass is mown then that is the main thing you need to think about. Of course there are other useful garden tools that can keep your garden looking at its best too. For example, we are currently considering purchasing a leaf blower. We have a few large trees in our garden that often shed their leaves so to keep our lawn tidy it is crucial that these leaves are dealt with. A friend of ours told me that there are some fantastic leaf blower reviews on websites like Thebestleafblowers.com so I might take a look to see if I can find one that catches my eye. Do you have any leaf blower recommendations? Anyway, leaf blowers to one side, if you want a lovely lawn, you should probably think about weeding as well. Which, again, doesn’t take very long to sort. Many people think they need to douse their lawn in harsh chemicals to make it look beautiful, but that isn’t necessarily true. If you’re looking for a company to hire to revitalize and maintain your garden, look into services that provide Lawncare from Trugreen in Georgia (they operate in many more states too) or similar. We live on a farm where much of the grass around us is used for hay to feed the cattle during winter months.
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Gabe and our dogs love to roll and play in the grass, and Jeremy’s honeybees love to come get pollen and nectar from the clover and flowers. Many yard products aren’t safe to use around bees, and contribute to the declining honeybee population. I was excited to to receive a Weed Zinger for review, because it’s an easy and chemical free way to weed our lawn and garden.

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Printable Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

June 14, 2016
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Regular and routine vehicle maintenance is important to the “health” of your vehicle, and your safety. Once your vehicle reaches a certain milage (or every 12 months), it will need a professional service, which you can find out more about by following the link. But there are things you should be doing and checking yourself in between these services. It can be tough to remember what needs to be done or scheduled, and when. Today I’ve creating a printable vehicle maintenance checklist. I’m discussing what should be checked monthly and the types of routine maintenance that needs to be schedule.

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LIGHTIFY: The Automated And Adjustable Lighting System

May 12, 2016

This post was sponsored by OSRAM SYLVANIA as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary merchandise to facilitate my review.

I specifically had our cabinet maker add a light rail under my kitchen cabinets because I eventually wanted under cabinet lights. My grandmother always had them and she used them much like a nightlight in her kitchen. We wouldn’t have to disturb the whole house by turning on the kitchen lights when we wanted a snack or a glass of water late at night. Of course, like many new home owners, certain projects get put on the back burner for whatever reason. I had dozens of other projects that were prioritized over installing lights under my kitchen cabinets. My friend decided to look into timing relay for her floodlights outside and got a bit of automation on that go with that too, it seems to be all the rage these days! I might have to consider it for outside lights as well but I digress. Installing under cabinet lights used to involve lots of wires, bulky lights, and hours of installation.
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The new LIGHTIFY automated and adjustable lighting system by OSRAM SYLVANIA makes it easier than ever to install automated, adjustable, Wifi-enabled, lights.
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Here’s a glimpse of our new LIGHTIFY under cabinet lights, how they function, and how they were installed.


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