Friday, August 26, 2016

How To Turn An Old Chicken Coop Into A She Shed

We moved the chickens to the barn and turned an old chicken coop into a 'She Shed'.

Our oldest daughter, Faith (15 yrs.) shares a small bedroom with her 6 yr. old little sister. There's not a lot of room, and with their nine year age difference, they don't have a lot in common. So, I thought we'd make a 'She Shed' for Faith to use as her own art studio... a place to get away, a place to relax, a place to breath.

We took out the nest boxes, roosts, and all things chicken related, gave the whole thing a good scrub with Shaklee Basic H2 and Basic G to disinfect it, and let it dry.

Then we mixed up The Prairie Homestead's Whitewash (we added 1 bottle of purple rite dye to tint it), and the kids and I got busy painting it on. We didn't quite have enough to do the floor, so left it original. I was planning on painting it white, but never got that done. (story of my life...)


 It really brightened up the inside. After the white wash dried, we hung a new curtain, sheers, laid a new rug down on the floor, and brought out a saucer chair, stand, lamp, and a vase of flowers to make it cozy. We added my daughter's easel, rubber-maid drawers, and hubby attached a counter top for a small work space. (I would still like to add a chandelier and some more comfy seating, but I am trying to make it on a shoestring budget, so I'll wait till I find what I need thrift shopping.)


We hung my daughter's paintings, drawings, and photography on the walls!

I love the outcome. Some days, when the kids are being noisy, and I need some quite time, I'll go out there and curl up in the chair, shut the door, soak up the peacefulness, and see how long it will take before someone starts yelling 'mom'!!

You can see more of my daughter's paintings, drawings, photography, and writings on her blog Written In Windsor. Her blog is brand new, so follow her on google+, and leave her a comment and let her know you stopped by!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Happiness Dare Giveaway

I love this book and want you to love it too, so.... 
I'm giving away a copy - right here on my blog... keep reading to enter!

The last couple years, I have been choosing to have more joy in my life. We have gotten rid of clutter, figured out priorities, cut back on stress in our life, and paid off our home. Life is good, but you know what??? Joy and happiness are two different things -and my life could use a lot more holy happiness in it!

Get this.... God is a Happy God - and He wants us to be Happy!

A. W. Tozer said that the people of God "ought to be the happiest people in all the wide world!" I think too often as Christians, we put a limit on our happiness in God.
 In The Happiness Dare, Jennifer says "God gave us the created world - with sugar, bluebirds, audio books, words with friends, art museums, and sex. You have permission to enjoy food, friendships, and a cool swim on a hot summer day. the devil didn't make art, laughter, music, or Sunday afternoon naps. God did!"

I read lots of self-help books and I enjoy the challenge of "trying to figure me and other people out." I have learned a lot and am fond of the 4 Types in Dressing Your Truth (I'm a Type 3 by the way) and the personality profile in Personality Plus. So, finding my happiness style makes me happy! You see, I'm an Experiencer 1st and a Thinker 2nd. I love adventures and alone time!

For years, I have tired to fit in at extended family get-togethers. Social gatherings leave me exhausted. I have never liked getting or giving gifts for holidays. (I like the music, lights, hot chocolate and the smell of cinnamon!) I don't like making big deals out of birthdays..... In my business - I don't push sales, I let people come to me! The more I try to fit in and do those type of things, the worse I feel....! Turns out, that kind of stuff doesn't make me happy - it stresses me out! My happiness style is not a relater or giver.... (don't get me wrong, everyone can be a friend to someone and help someone out) but, to try to be somebody that you aren't is NOT going to make you happy! I think, I've always known this, but reading The Happiness Dare was so affirming for me.

 I love the happiness style quiz... I've taken it 3 times in one month (yes, I have a tendency to over think things)! My hubby and kids have also taken it.... my books pages are already wrinkled, words are underlined and have been read and reread!

 "The art of being happy lives in the power of extracting happiness from common things." -Henry Ward Beecher  - Flowers, sunsets, music, bubble baths, and alone time make me happy! I am actively finding my sweet spot - the place where earthly pleasures, heavenly joy, and my unique wiring all come together - that is my Happy Kingdom Come!

If you are in a hole of unhappiness, Jennifer teaches you that it only takes 5 min. a day to build a ladder, one rung at a time, to get out of the hole and become a happier you! If you are out of the hole of unhappiness, and your life is happy - maybe you need to jump in, and help someone climb out... Understanding someones happiness style can help you understand them better.

We become happier by changing the way we think- by finding happiness in our own life - by being "good enough' - by using our happiness (no matter how small amount it may be) as a powerful weapon - by being grateful!

"Gratitude is Happiness doubled by wonder." - G. K. Chesterton 

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DIY Bookcase Redo

It doesn't take much to give your book case a whole new makeover! 
You can accomplish it with very little cost and a little bit of time.

Step 1: Take everything out of the bookcase, including the shelves.

Step 2: Take off the back. It is easiest if you lay the bookcase front side down on the floor.


Step 3: Lay lace (you could also use material, wall paper or even paint the back a bright color.) down on the top where the back originally was. Pull snug.

Step 4: Lay back on top and nail back on.

Step 5: Stand upright. Place shelves back in.


Step 6: Put you're books back in!

Note: The key to a good looking bookcase isn't so much in the bookcase as much as it's what and how to put things in the bookcase! Group books of the same color or kind together. Have some laying down and some standing up. Add in a few collectibles (anything you love). I added a blue antique bedside glass tray, pitcher, and cup. A sprig of greenery, my letter "K", my Grandma's elephants, and our dream catcher from Arizona.


NOTE: I decided to paint my bookcase black after I finished, so I took it all apart for the second time, painted it, and put it all back together! I really like the finished look! It goes great in our living room!

It's amazing what a little styling can do to give a bookcase a whole new look! I love mine..... so go ahead, give it a try and come back and post a photo for me to see!

PS. Here's a list of my favorite books in my bookcase:

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Dressing Your Truth Experiment Fun With The Four Types

I sometimes talk with people who claim that anybody can wear anything and look good. I disagree.

Faith, my daughter and I decided to test that theory, by each dressing in all four types of the Dressing Your Truth Program. We used clothes, makeup, and accessories that we already had and really did try to dress as much as we could in each of the four type styles, even if we didn't like it. 
We both wore the same color of makeup for each of the types.

We started with Type 1:

Faith had a light aqua t-shirt, white shorts, a multi colored striped belt, a bright orange zipper bracelet and gold circle earrings.
(It was harder for me to find a Type 1 outfit, as I have been trying to clean out my closet since I started DYT and living with less). My shirt had multi color circles, which I pared with a white sweater and gold circle earrings.
We puffed our hair on top to give it an upward motion and we completed the look with blue eye shadow, light pink lip stain and a bright pink blush (which we hated so much, we tossed afterward!)

Faith said she felt most silly in the Type 1 outfit. I felt very fat! I think it shows our facial blemishes as being more red/pink and spotty.

Next was Type 2:


Faith wore dark grey leggins, an aqua striped shirt, and a grey scarf tied as a belt. She left her hair hang natural. 
I wore a grey shirt with a light grey wrap. I used the curling iron on my hair (something I used to do every day). Makeup was very minimal - grey eye shadow, and pink lip stain.

Faith wears outfits like this almost everyday, so is quite comfortable as a Type 2. I felt old, tired, and fat..... not really anything good at all in it for me.

Welcome to Type 3:

Faith wore a deep red shirt, an animal print cardigan, a gold necklace and big earrings. She pulled her hair into an edgy pony tail. (note: She had on a necklace the matched her earrings, but it was just too big and over powering her - she didn't like it and took it off before the picture.)
I wore an aqua/teal and brown animal print shirt with an aqua layering tee under it. I wore a wooden necklace and earrings (purchased at the DYT online Type 3 store). I scrunched up my hair like I usually do. Makeup was deep rose blush, chestnut lip stain, and plum and bronze eye shadow.

Faith really liked the way she looked as a type 3. But, although I think she can pull it off, I think it's a bit too much on her. I have come to love myself as a type 3. I feel comfortable, and put together. 

Last, but not least, we were ready for Type 4:


Faith wore black slacks with a black shirt and a black and silver shrug she got in Nashville IN. She pulled her hair straight back into a pony tail and wore sliver earrings.
I wore a black, white, and red zebra stripped shirt with a black shrug and black shorts. I combed my hair down (a very type 4 straight hairstyle). I wore a silver chain necklace, and bracelet and silver leaf dangle earrings (the only other ones I could find that was silver).

Faith still loves black (I think it might be a 'cool' teenager thing), but her make up looks like she's a performer - ready to go on stage. I hated everything about the type 4 style. The makeup felt extremely heavy. The hair was awful. I felt depressed. I think I now know what Gothic feels like! It just didn't work at all for me! It felt like I was trying too hard to be someone I'm not.

Overall, it was a really fun experiment that I got to share with my daughter - we had some good laughs! Follow this link to browse the DYT online store!

I really think Faith looks good in most of the styles (maybe that's because she's 15 and beautiful), but I think she's most living true to her nature as a Type 2!!!

For myself, I was raised dressing and told to act as a T2, spent my early 20's dressing as a T1, my late 20's - early 30's as a T4 with a T2 hairstyle...., have found myself the last few years in my mid 30's as a T3 .... and I think I've finally found my true nature! 

"Life's a trip - but it's better when you know your truth!" 
-Rhoda Kindred

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Born For This Book Review by Chris Guillebeau

To be completely honest - the first 30 pages took me awhile (like almost two weeks -yes, -that's crazy, I know!) to read..... I simply was having a hard time getting into this book. Then, in a flash - that all changed! I finished the next 279 pages in two days and have started reading it for the second time! It's another great book to add to my bookshelf!

"The conventional assumptions that we have been taught about choosing a career and how we look at things in general are often misguided and simply wrong!"

Why is it that if you hold down a job for years that pays well - people think you have it made! they say you are doing well - that you have arrived. Even though, you hate that job. The job is depressing, dragging you down and slowly killing you inside. 

I don't believe God ever intended us to live that way. God wants us to be fulfilled and happy. He wants us to take pride in our work, to be a good steward of the talents He gave us. And while you do need to work, to provide for yourself and your family.... to sacrifice your happiness is not the way to accomplish it.

So what, if you have 10 jobs before you find the one that works for you... as long as you are actively pursuing, learning, and heading towards your goal - it really shouldn't matter.

The career you were born to do has the following key factors:
Joy - what you like to do
Money - what supports and sustains you
Flow - what you are really good at

When you find them all - you will find what you were born to do - you will win your career lottery!

"It doesn't really matter what or how many ideas you have, if you never do anything with them. Just pick one idea and do it...."

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Getting Rid of the Swimming Pool

We said goodbye to our pool today. We had a grand party - one last hurrah - a pizza party with homemade ice cream floats!
There's a few things about it that I'm gonna miss....
  • the beauty it brought to our backyard.
  • the sound of the water.
  • going for a late night swim- just hubby and I.
  • cooling off on a hot summer day.
  • the memories we made together as a family.
  • and especially the reflection of the water dancing on my ceiling in the evening.
We bought the pool to have something to do as a family, and to be honest - I feel guilty taking that away from the kids.... but there comes a time in life when you gotta face the facts. And the fact is too much is just that - too much!

The excess of things and luxuries are not always worth it. The pool was costing us hundreds of dollars a year to run, It took time to balance, sweep and upkeep it. The supplies, toys, towels, chemicals, sweeper, hose, - all adding to extra clutter. Where we live, it is always windy, a pool cover never stays on in the winter. Even with a solor cover, most summers, the water isn't warm enough to use the pool often (especially when you factor in the wind).

 (For a fun read check this article out.... it's pretty much true only in our case, it was cats... always cats drowning!!!)

Everyone has to find their place where enough is just that - enough. Not more. For our family, having a pool was no longer a luxury - but rather, it had become a headache, a chore, clutter, .... too much.
Here's to living a simple pool-less life..... where it really is enough to be without a pool.

PS. we kept the deck.... but that's a story for another day!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Looking for a quick brunch idea for a special occasion, or maybe just a little something special to serve your family this weekend? Try these Cream Cheese Roll-ups - they are quick, easy and taste amazing with a cold glass of fresh milk!


1 loaf of white bread
1 bar (8oz) of cream cheese softened
3/4 - 1 cup powdered sugar
¾ cups sugar
1 TB cinnamon
½ cup butter, melted


With a rolling pin, flatten bread. (I used 12 slices.)


In a small bowl combine cream cheese and powdered sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl combine sugar and cinnamon - set aside. Spread 1 - 1½ tablespoons of cream cheese mixture onto each flattened bread piece and roll up.


Dip each rolled bread into melted butter and then into the cinnamon and sugar mix. (I have found using a paper plate for the melted butter and cinnamon sugar, makes it easier and is less mess!)


 Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Repeat for remaining pieces of bread. 
Note: can I just say that I love my USA pans! They are awesome!

Bake at 350 for 16-20 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm. ENJOY!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

What Does Family Mean to You?

 Who are your family? Have you ever stopped and really thought about that question? The past few weeks, I've been giving it a lot of thought.... here's my opinion on the matter and the answer to the question!
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of the word family is as follows:
1 - family. noun.  fam·i·ly \ˈfam-lē, ˈfa-mə-\  - plural. families.
: a group of people who are related to each other

: a person's children

: a group of related people including people who lived in the past
1. : a group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head : household

2. a : a group of persons of common ancestry : clan

    b : a people or group of peoples regarded as deriving from a common stock : race
3. a : a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation : fellowship
    b : the staff of a high official (as the President)
4. : a group of things related by common characteristics: as
   a : a closely related series of elements or chemical compounds
   b : a group of soils with similar chemical and physical properties 
   c : a group of related languages descended from a single ancestral language
5.  a : the basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children; also : any of various social units differing from but regarded as equivalent to the traditional family. (1): a single-parent family (2): spouse and children

6.  a : a group of related plants or animals forming a category and usually comprising several to many genera
    b : in livestock breeding (1) : the descendants or line of a particular individual especially of some outstanding female (2) : an identifiable strain within a breed

7. : a set of curves or surfaces whose equations differ only in parameters

8. : a unit of a crime syndicate (as the Mafia) operating within a geographical area

Okay, so when I looked up the definition of family, the one thing that stood out to me was this.... even a group of criminals can be a family. That folks, got my attention! 

People have often told me that your extended family - brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., are supposed to be your 'most important' family and that you should never turn your back on them - that you should always keep the peace, and put them first in your life. Here's what I find wrong with that statement. 

As you grow up, move away, get careers, form your own beliefs, get married, have kids, do life, etc., -you grow apart. You no longer have things in common with your siblings. I come from a large family (there were 7 of us kids, we were never close growing up - most of us are now married with kids). Most times, when we're together, we try to get along. But as I get older, I have realized, we just don't have much of anything in common anymore. It seems like we are trying too hard. It's becoming a fake. Conflict is always there. Your aunts, uncles, and cousins turn into people that sometimes seem like strangers. You come away from a get together stressed out and frazzled. To put it simply - Life changes. Yes, they will always be part of my family in the definition that we all came from the same ancestry tree, but they are no longer my 'family'. Let me explain....

To me, my family is my hubby and kids

"Family is the people I love, the ones who care about me, the ones I know, and care for deeply. The ones I talk with, laugh, cry, and live with.... the ones who I do daily life with, who know me inside out - they are my family."

So, to wrap it up.... the answer to the question is this.... Family is what you make it! It is the people you love, feel close to, do life with. Family doesn't have to be big, little, blood, or any other thing. 

Family is simply what you choose it to be! 

This is my family... they are not perfect, but, they, are my everything!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé by Jacob Wachob

  Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé 
by: Jacob Wachob
5 Stars

I absolutely agree with this book 100%!

Every one who is interested in building wealth or their health, or even just wanting to live a good life should to 2 things:

#1. Read this book!
#2. Visit to start living, building, and taking charge of your Wellth!

I love all the quotes in this book.... especially this one..... 

"The first wealth is health." 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I like the stories that the author puts in each chapter, it keeps your attention and makes you want to continue reading.

I love that the author is open minded. I am thankful for both western and eastern medicine, but we personally have see so much good in using all natural supplements, you can read our story here.

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With our cozy minimal lifestyle, we only keep books that we will read over and over. This book is definitely a keeper, one that a lines with my beliefs and one that I will definitely recommend to others.

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If you are interested in changing your life and building wealth, this book, along with Shaklee is the answer you've been searching for!

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