2015 24/04

8 ways you can use a rain barrel!

Earlier this week, in honor of Earth Day, I shared a post on the SIMPLE moms all about creating your own Rain Barrel with the help of some rain barrel kits from The RainBarrel Depot. Seriously you guys! They are so easy to put together with these kits! And, if you go check out that post, you can enter to win one of three rain barrel kits that I’m giving away!

But, maybe you’re wondering to yourself: Why would I even want a rain barrel? What could I possibly use it for? 

Well, aside from helping the environment and getting free water, here are 8 ways to use the water you collect from your rain barrel…and it’s not all about gardening! Read the rest of this entry…

2015 16/04

With life comes death, a homesteading lesson

It’s just a chicken. A chicken! 

That’s what I keep telling myself. But I can easily see through the lie. The truth is that none of our animals are just animals. We take them in. We name them. We care for them. We watch them grow. We laugh at their antics. And we mourn their death.

I remember taking the kids to visit Tim’s uncle’s farm a few years ago and they immediately asked him the names of his cows and chickens. He laughed, “You’ll quickly learn, farmers don’t name their animals.”

But we do. Read the rest of this entry…

2015 10/04

DIY :: Cinched Braids

My girls absolutely love this little twist on the standard braid. And, because it’s super easy, I’m happy to oblige!


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2015 09/04

An open letter to CheapTickets.com

Dear CheapTickets.com,

Wow! Just Wow! Your lack of customer service is just amazing. After finding an unauthorized charge on my checking account (via my debit card) to your website, I quickly called my credit union to rectify this. Unfortunately, the cancellation needed to be issued by you. Should be easy, right? Apparently not.

1. How is possible that you do not list your customer service phone number anywhere noticeable on your website? I had to find it via the BBB. This should have been my first clue as to how this would go. Read the rest of this entry…

2015 01/04

When I get Grumpy-Hungry…

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WhenImHungry #CollectiveBias

I find it funny that, despite feeding my kids three meals a day plus the never-ending dishing out of snacks, I often forget to feed myself and  find myself really hungry in the most inopportune times. Like really hungry. Grumpy-hungry.

It usually hits me when I’m on my way to pick up the kids from school. I’m supposed to be happy to see them after they’ve been at school most of the day but my Grumpy-hungry self takes over. And I turn into some crazy version of Mr. Hyde or the Incredible Hulk…not the helpful Hulk but the super cranky one. Well, maybe without the abs.


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