Thursday, December 1, 2016

Homesteading - Why Backyard Chickens?

My family got started with chickens many years ago when we moved into a home where my brother was moving from and my dad and him had some chickens that was going to stay in the chicken house there on the land.

We didn't know anything about them and I was not looking for something else to feed or clean up after!

Little did I know how much we would grow to love raising and having chickens. Fast forward 10 years or so and we still have chickens and love them.

Currently we have 19. 

Over the years I have learned several benefits to having them and I want to share that with you.

Healthy food that you know everything about. You know what the chicken has ate and for how long. If your goal is to eat the chicken as we have done you know how healthy your food is before you eat it.

We love getting fresh eggs. If you compare the fresh eggs to store bought you will notice a difference in color and taste! Trust me fresh chicken eggs are better for you all around.

We do rotate our chicken flock by slaughtering the chickens and replacing with new ones. We love having the fresh chicken that we know was raised healthy and without hormones and steroids.

Backyard chickens help with bugs! If you allow them to free range you will notice that you will have a decrease in the pests that your other animals fight or your children.

Fertilizer! If you grow a garden or have plants that could use some help their poop is a great natural fertilizer.

Chickens are very easy to care for. Depending on the amount of land you have you will not have to feed them unless you want. We do feed our chickens food from the supply store however they also get table scraps and special treats from us that we make for them from time to time. Also our chickens free range in the fall so they enjoy a lot of bugs and worms.

If you have children allow them to care for them, it gives them a great responsibility.

Last but not least they do make a great pet. Yes, if you have children more than likely they will be a pet for them. 


Monday, November 28, 2016

First Half of the School Year Wrapped Up...

I can't believe in just a few weeks we will be half way through our schooling year. For us we only have about 2 weeks left of school for the year then the new year is a different story!

This school year has been very different for a few reasons

- Hubby/Daddy is home more - a lot more and that throws the kids into a whole nother world...

- No more fostering for our family so we have a good routine most days

- We are keeping my cousins daughter daily so that has been an adjustment

- The kids are older this year and able to work mostly independently

Here is a break down of what we are currently using and how it is going:

Zachary has been doing really good in reading and language where his struggles always lie. From the beginning of the year the only curriculum change has been taking out Primary Language Lessons and going ahead and adding in All About Spelling level 2. I had a thought I would have to do that and sure enough I did. I need to work on cursive more with him. Some days his dyslexia really causes him to struggle. We have started an omega complex supplement in hopes that those studies are going to prove correct for us!

Lexi actually has dropped 2 pieces of curriculum this year, WriteShop and her language. Actually I dropped her language it made me mad one day while checking and explaining things to her so I told her it was gone. Writeshop honestly is my fault too - Lazy I guess but we just found a different way that worked for us but may try it again after our Christmas break. She is in love with Life of Fred and actually this week finished her first book of the year!! She is learning a lot in her aromatherapy and herbal studies and we have made many things that are awesome!

Kyle is a hard worker and I am super glad because with his job and school it has been a challenge. I have had a hard time allowing him to balance it but I knew it was something I had to step to the side and allow. Math U See Stewardship is wonderful, I can not brag enough about it. Real life math right there! He completed his Economics course a few weeks ago and after the first of the year we will add in another elective. Forensics is a free course but man is he in love with it! I think it may be his favorite study yet. Movie Lit has also been another huge win for us this year, making a movie easier to watch for a teen boy who isn't interested in reading but can still get exposure is great.

My parents moved so that has been an interesting change. They visit about every 2/3 weeks and stay several days. I love seeing them but we just put school on the back burner while they are here. We may need a better plan.

Hubby and I are good, it has been a huge adjustment with him being home daily into our routine. He is preaching a lot and I'm flipping furniture a lot!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Savings & Sales!

We love Bright Ideas Press. We have enjoyed Christian Kids Explore and Mystery of History. Currently we are on volume 3 of Mystery of History and actually completed all Christian Kids Explore!

Years and Years worth of money saving right here! I have to admit when I first bought this several years ago I was thinking we wouldn't use it ---- WRONG. Going on year 6 and we actually still use it!

Cyber Weekend Membership Sale

I love deals at Educents! They have awesome toys and curriculum on the cheap!! So hurry and go check them out too!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Our New Farmhouse Table & Benches (We Built It)

I've been asking for a table for a few years that was old and farmhouse looking. A few months ago I brought it back up and my wonderful husband politely let me know I had never gave him plans but I did sit him down to Pinterest several times so he knew what I wanted. Long story short I sold my dining table to get the ball rolling and I didn't care if we had to sit on the floor to eat I was going to get my new table now lol! Yes, I really did that. I handed him the plans and he went to Lowe's and bought the supplies. I helped with cuts and construction but if it wasn't for his muscle I wouldn't have been able to do it.

Took us several hours to cut and assemble. The next day I stained and painted. I wanted a white-wash on the bottom with the top stained a dark wood. I then placed poly on it for protection. I love the way it turned out and it is holding up great. We use it daily for school and for our 3 meals. This table will be used deeply and truly. 

Thanks to my wonderful husband for building me a dreamy farmhouse table.