2015 30/03

Spring on the Homestead

Despite the fact that the temps have barely crept above freezing since Spring officially arrived, it is, indeed, Spring here on the Homestead. And there are signs of our Michigan Spring all around us!

From fat little robins bouncing around the yard to little green plants and a few flowers sprouting, I know Spring is on it’s way!

flowers

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2015 25/03

Why I love our useless horses

When we found our horses late last fall, it really was a deal too good to pass up. They had been “rescued” from an older man who just couldn’t care for them but they were still in great shape. On the younger side of the horse-world so the rescuing couple were quick to tell us that both horses were untrained.

Since we aren’t horse trainers, we knew this would be a hurdle to overcome but, again, too good to pass up. And by “too good” I mean $100 for both healthy horses delivered to our pasture that same night.

horses

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2015 23/03

Celebrate the Sweet Sixteen with something sweet!

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I love post-season basketball tournaments! Somehow, in that brief time between regular season and post-season, a whole new group of sports enthusiasts emerge and all anyone can talk about is brackets, brackets, BRACKETS!!!!

And the worst of it is when someone’s bracket gets busted in the very first round because a lower ranked team beats the higher ranked team in a one-point upset. Ouch! You’ll be hearing about that around the office for a the next few years!

But the competition really starts to heat up as we move into the oh-so-fun named parts of the tournament — Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four. That’s when hearts get broken. Friendships are tested. And families need to be reminded that blood is thicker than basketball!

So, whether your basketball fans are celebrating their team surviving the Sweet Sixteen matchup or you need to help them drown their sorrows of defeat, here are some fun Sweet Sixteen Sweets for your week: Read the rest of this entry…

2015 20/03

Good-bye, Winter! Hello, Spring fashion with Carter’s!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation.

With the temperatures finally creeping above freezing and the sun making it’s appearance here in Michigan, we don’t need the calendar to tell us that Spring is on it’s way. We know we’re finally saying ‘good-bye’ to Old Man Winter! And we’re sending him packing with our hats, mitts, snow pants and all those other wintery clothes and colors!

We’re ready for bright colors, sun hats, and flowy dresses! We’re ready for Spring! Read the rest of this entry…

2015 06/03

beyond the garden

The other day I was perusing some homesteading blogs and, a podcast and a few clicks later, I found myself tumbling down a rabbit hole until I landed at a documentary called “Back To Eden“. Surprisingly the documentary in its entirety is on Vimeo so I started watching it after the kids went to bed, totally expecting it to take a sharp turn toward weird hippy-ville and I would be back to watching reruns of Criminal Minds in no time.

But that didn’t happen.

Two minutes into the video, I was captivated and so intrigued by this man’s gardening methods. And then he began talking about pesticides and how he doesn’t use any. But it wasn’t really that he didn’t use pesticides that gave me pause. After all, I know plenty of gardeners who steer clear of pesticides or use natural/organic pesticides. It was what he said about why we started using pesticides that got me.  Read the rest of this entry…

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