Monday, November 20, 2017

Homesteading Update: I'm Dreaming of a...Christmas Tree Farm?


            Hey folks! You know how in my last homesteading post I mentioned wanting to focus on berries and fruits? Well, I've kind of come up with some more money making ideas that will help us out in different seasons. You know. Because I like biting off more than I can chew...Or have money for. :)
            First of all, I have GOT to have a pumpkin patch next year. It doesn't have to be huge, but I want to have our own pumpkins again for fall next year, at the very least. We neglected the pumpkin seeds we planted this year, so no pumpkins AT ALL this fall. :( It's made me very sad. We had volunteers last year and ended up with about 20 pumpkins. It was awesome.

I think this looks like a perfect spot for a pumpkin patch, don't you?

            Aside from that, it seems like we're always short on cash in the fall. Every. Freaking. Year. It always seems to (inconveniently) happen right before Myka's birthday. So, a little extra cash for that time of year would be nice. Plus, it would just be fun having people visiting and meeting new people, to be totally honest.
            For my second plan, I got the idea for it driving past the place we bought our Christmas tree from last year. You guessed it: Having a Christmas tree farm! Nothing too huge, especially since we don't know how well it will go over. There aren't any other people selling live Christmas trees around here from their farms, that we know of, but they do sell them in town across from the grocery store. (Can't remember which group does it.)
            Obviously, I am aware it will take several years to get this project going, but I think it sounds like fun. It will be nice to have some more evergreen trees around here too! Plus, we won't have to buy one any more. Ha ha The extra money around Christmas will be nice too, of course.

Doesn't look like much, but it's a start!

            Myka actually had a good idea for something recently too. We started clearing an area out to turn into mulch for the garden. (Seriously. I promise we're not the “clear cut all the forest type of people, but we have a LOT of woods!) I've also been talking about how I would like a nice, big open field somewhere someday. (Though it probably wouldn't stay clear. I'd probably end up planting an orchard. Haha) Myka remembered, surprisingly, all these things that I had kind of mentioned offhand and suggested we make a field in the area we were clearing. Duh! It's right next to the other area we plan on planting a bunch of fruit trees. (Sooner rather than later, I hope.) So that is going to be our new project this “off season” too.


What do you think of my crazy ideas? Would you do any of them if you had the room?

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Musical Duck Race Bath Toy Giveaway

The Yookidoo Musical Duck Race Giveaway! Ends 12/10 @Yookidoo @SMGurusNetwork

Welcome to the Yookidoo Musical Duck Race Giveaway!

1 winner
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Host that put together this giveaway is Deliciously Savvy
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1 Lucky Winner Will Receive A Musical Duck Race Bath Toy! $40 TRV

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Forest 25" Holiday Swag Wreath Giveaway

Prize: ChristmasForest.com 25" Holiday Swag RV $41
The designer's choice, the Holiday Swag brings the best of the Cascades into your home. A departure from the classic Christmas wreath design, every Holiday Swag is handcrafted from the native evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, using Noble Fir, Western Red Cedar and Princess Pine. The moment you open the box you will be transported to the magical forests of the Cascades!
Dates: 11/18-11/25
Open to: US Residents 18+
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Yulu Toys Giveaway

Yulu Toys Christmas Giveaway Ends 12/15  

Welcome to the Yulu Toys Giveaway!

2 winners
This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More
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YULU Toys

1st Winner

Safe Breaker

$33.50 RV
See the review HERE.
2nd Winner

Spy Code Break Free

$19.99 RV
See the review HERE.

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THE GIVEAWAY

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/13/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Pregnancy Journal #7: Still (Barely) Going Strong for Team Green!


            Hey folks! This pregnancy is going by insanely fast! Has anyone else noticed that it seems like the more subsequent pregnancies you have, the faster they go? Crazy...
            We had our anatomy scan last month. (A week after Myka's birthday, actually!) Everything is looking good so far and is on track. It's probably a good thing, but it figures he/she was actually NOT squirmy. Further proof that my kids' sole purpose in life is to make a liar out of me. ;) But yah, I was surprised since he/she had been so squirmy the day before. Little Ninja was just kind of hanging upside down with his/her feet near their face at first. Lol
            We stuck to our guns (and didn't cave, surprisingly) and didn't find out the gender. We had the technician write it down and put it in an envelope. I sent it to my mom so she and my best friend are the only ones who know the gender! To be honest, it is driving me more crazy now than it was when I was in possession of the envelope!
            I told John I think a big reason it is driving me nuts is that we always had names picked out for our first two by this point already. We had a boy name we both liked, but...We were talking about it a few days after the ultrasound and neither of us are completely sold on it any more. We didn't have a girl name picked out to begin with. So yah. As silly as it is because we have several more months, it's stressing me out a bit trying to come up with names!
            I have several girl names I kind of like, but they all seem too girly in comparison to our other girls' names. As far as boys names, I have always liked Scottishy/Irishy names...But I find that all of the names I like rhyme with our last name because it is Scottish, I believe. It's not fair! Lol I could care less whether we have “gender specific” clothing, but not having a solid idea for a name is driving me crazy!
            Other than that, I'm not feeling nearly as crappy as I was. I don't get the overwhelming tiredness in the afternoon like I was. I do still get nauseous sometimes, which is crazy to me because I've never been so nauseous with the first two. However, my biggest complaint is something I feel like I should not be having to worry about so early: My ribs hurt! Not like constantly, but if I stand up for awhile, my ribs start killing me, from the back to front. I know. It's opposite of what you would think, right? That they would hurt more while I'm sitting since everything is getting compressed. I don't know. I'm backwards like that.


Did you find out the gender of your babies before or after they were born? Do you regret your decision at all?

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fun For the Kids Giveaway

Fun For The Kids Giveaway

Welcome to the Fun For The Kids Giveaway!

6 winners
This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
Host that put together this giveaway is Michigan Saving and More
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Laurence King Publishing

My Amazing Bubble Writer Stationery Kit

My Amazing Bubble Writer Stationery Kit

See the review HERE.
Floribunda

Leila Duly Floribunda A Flower Coloring Journal

See the review HERE.
Monkey Bingo

Monkey Bingo

See the review HERE.
DIY Board Games

DIY Board Game

See the review HERE.

Dog Domino

See the review HERE.
Johanna Basford Enchanted Forest

Johanna Basford Enchanted Forest

See the review HERE.

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site.You are not eligible if you have won a prize from the sponsor in the last 12 month. This Giveaway is valid in the United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 12/11/17. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com. If you take an entry you must stay following for the entire contest or you will be disqualified.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

L.O.L. Surprise! Toys Prize Pack Giveaway

Sponsored & Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive: 

An L.O.L. Surprise! Pets (Series 3), Lil Sisters (Series 2), & Charm Fizz (Series 2) Prize Pack!

Love, Mrs. Mommy is hosting and sponsoring this years hottest holiday toys as a giveaway! Included in this prize pack is the BRAND NEW (just released!), L.O.L. Surprise! Pets (Series 3)! WOW!  Everyone wants L.O.L. Surprise! goodies and stores can't keep them on the shelves (I know, as it took me forever to get some for my daughter!), so I decided to share the love! :) Good luck everyone!






















Open to entrants from the Continental US and must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 11/13 9:00 AM EST through 12/4 11:59PM EST
Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy will be mailing this prize pack to the winner. All other participating bloggers are not held responsible for prize fulfillment or shipment. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this, please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Open Up Important Discussions with "I Stop Somewhere" (YA Book Review)


            Hey folks! I am very excited to share with you today the latest young adult novel I was able to review. Unfortunately, it does not come out until February 2018, but you will definitely want to put it on your list of books to read. Even better, it is the perfect book to share with or suggest to your teenage daughter.
            TE Carter's I Stop Somewhere takes a look into the darkness of rape culture. To give you a better idea of what this novel is all about, here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn't need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But when the unthinkable happens, Ellie finds herself trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim, and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter's stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture, but it also reminds us what it is to be human.

            First of all, this novel was insanely hard to put down! I'm sure this probably comes as no surprise since just the summary makes it sound so good, but it was so much more than that. I have two young children and still managed to finish it in 3 nights, if that tells you anything.
            As you can imagine, there are plenty of sad and just downright depressing bits in this novel. I would like to blame it on pregnancy hormones, but I'm sure they had nothing to do with the fact that I teared up more than once and completely bawled my eyes out at one point. I'm sure I am not the only one either. Don't say I didn't warn you!
            Although she is an outsider and doesn't really have any friends, I still found that most girls (and even us adults looking back on our younger days!) could relate to Ellie. We can think some weird thoughts as teenage girls and it's easy to feel like we have no idea what we're doing or supposed to do from day to day.
            All in all, I Stop Somewhere takes a hard, realistic look at rape culture in our society. You get a gritty inside look at what life is actually like for the victims after this crime has occurred. Although not exactly a comfortable subject to talk about, I think it is so important to have conversations about sexual assault with our youth. Not only is this novel a must-read for teenagers and young adults alike, but it provides a great jumping off point to have these difficult conversations with our children.

            You can purchase I Stop Somewhere from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and a whole slew of other booksellers. You can find a complete list on Goodreads. Be sure to also show the author some love on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Winning Moves $100 Choice Games Giveaway

It's Not Christmas Without Winning Moves Games $100 Choice of Games Giveaway  

Welcome to the It's Not Christmas Without Winning Moves Games $100 Choice of Games Giveaway!

1 winner
This giveaway is part of our Holiday Gift Guide – Stop by to see all the giveaways and great products.
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It's Not Christmas Without Winning Moves Games $100 Choice of Games

Winning Moves Games

Below are a sample of what you could choose with your $100 Worth Of Games.
 

Advance To Boardwalk

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Bonkers

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Clue Suspect Card Game

See the review HERE.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Gifts for the Naturally-Minded Person in Your Life (Healtop Review)


             Hey folks! We always have at least one person (or family or couple) on our Christmas list that we either have no idea what to get for them, they already have everything, or both, right? Or, maybe you're not quite sure what to get the naturally-minded family on your list? In either case, I have the perfect company and gifts to share with you today to help you out!
             Healtop specializes in natural products to keep the whole family healthy and feeling good. Their items range from lip balm to skin care, vitamins and supplements to essential oils. Even better, they offer plenty of bundles, so you're sure to find one for your hard-to-buy-for gift recipient. They even have one tailored for teenagers!
             Have a little one on your list? Here's a run-down of the toddler bundle we recently had the opportunity to check out!



Soft Lips
With the dominant orange scent, this lip balm smells (and tastes) heavenly. My 5 year old loves putting on chapstick and I feel a lot better about her using this since it doesn't have a bunch of weird ingredients like store-bought stuff. I even tried some one night and my lips were much chapped/dry the next morning! Now I need to use some on my poor 21 month old. Her lips are getting scaly-looking too.


Silky Feet
Who doesn't love a little foot pampering? Both of my kids got a kick out of rubbing this on their feet. Aside from making them feel nice and soft, I imagine the eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils will also help with fighting germs off during cold season. It's a win/win! Plus, it smells really good.


Winter Relief
We haven't actually used this one yet as it is a cold supplement. I love having natural cold remedies and supplements on hand for the kids, though. Myka is old enough she can take regular medicine now, but there still isn't a whole lot of store-bought things I can use with Ripley because of her age. Plus, even with Myka I try to use more natural methods first before resorting to the nasty cold and cough syrups full of who knows what.
Myka just got over a cold or something, but I'm sure it won't be the last for this season for her or her younger sister. I'm glad I'll have this ready to get them feeling better sooner when the nasties do strike again! Winter relief contains sambucus, mullein, and all kinds of good stuff, so I expect it to work well!

Vitamin C
Everyone can use some extra vitamin C this time of year! As I mentioned, Myka just cold over some kind of mild illness, so I'm glad I was able to use this to get her feeling better even faster. Plus, as we all know, it helps to keep germs at bay to begin with as well! (And let's be honest: Having a sick kid sucks! Especially if they get man colds like my older one. :/) Bonus: If you have kids that are weird about trying something new, you can easily slip this into their drinks and it doesn't affect the taste enough for them to notice! (I asked Myka and she said it didn't taste like anything.)

Vermor
To be honest, I haven't look much into this or tried it out. It is for intestinal worms, which, frankly, I don't see as being an issue for us. I guess in some countries, like India, this is a big enough concern that it requires remedies such as this.

             To learn more about Healtop and find more information on the products mentioned above, be sure to visit their website and check out their About Us page. You can also stay up-to-date with them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+.
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