Wednesday, November 22, 2017

My Wish List: A Gift Guide for the Eclectic Farm Family


            Hey folks! I have been blogging almost 5 years (WHAT?!) now and have never made a holiday gift guide. To be totally honest, I'm not exactly sure how they work from the blogger end. It seems like there are several ways people do them and the version I am familiar with from my early blogging days is not the same as what goes on now. So, consider this a “wish list”, not a “gift guide”. ;)
            Also, to be totally honest, John and I usually aren't into the whole gift exchange thing. But, I have to admit that I have come across some cool things both in stores and while perusing my mom's Lakeside Collection catalog recently. So, at the very least, I hope you find this list entertaining or helpful in some way for your holiday season!

I am not affiliated with or receiving any form of compensation from the following companies or brands...I just thought they had some cool stuff! All rights for pictures belong to whatever website they came from.


For the Kids!

Wal-mart finds...

I thought this looked like something Ripley might like. And bonus, it's educational!(There was one with the alphabet too. Of course I couldn't find a picture of it online.)

Uuummmm so I kind of meant to get this for Myka's birthday and forgot to write it down, therefore I forgot about it. :/ Oops! She saw it the other day, so I definitely won't forget now!


Rural King finds...

Myka is obsessed with horses. (What 5 year old girl isn't?) For some reason, she has gotten it in her head that we are going to own horses some day...Which is totally not happening. Maybe a toy pony will do?

New Ray/Country Life has tons of different farm and outdoor playsets. I really like them, but I'm still trying to decide whether the kids would too. Sometimes they like minis, sometimes they don't!

Imagination Adventure Series also has some great sets for the little outdoors lover in your life. Fishing, camping, ATVs...What's not to love?!


Lakeside Collection finds...

Myka is interested by geography, so I really think she would like this. Fun and educational!...For both of us! ;)

Both of the kids are obsessed with this giant checker board at the library, so this is a no-brainer. Myka and I have even been playing the regular sized checkers at home.

These books are as much for me as they are for Myka. I love reusing things for crafts and I'm sure I can work some of these into school stuff too!

All of these look fun. (There are 4 different ones in the catalog.) My kids are interested in all of these things and I like that they're compact!

Dinosaurs never get old in our house, so this is a no-brainer. Ripley likes them now too and Myka has been into them since she was 2!

A train AND bubbles? Say no more! Shut up and take my money! Ha ha

Again with the dinosaurs. Myka has been really into dinosaur books lately. And being Smithsonian, you know they're good.

I've been wanting to get the kids one of these for awhile. These ones actually look decent-sized too.

I've seen these things over the past few years, but never really looked into how they worked until I helped promote a giveaway for one recently. They look fun and unique!

A dinosaur that makes noise AND has a remote control?! 100% sure my kids would fight over this.


For Mom AND Dad!


Not only would this come in handy while camping, it would actually be even more useful for nights around the fire at home!

We LOVE watching shows on National Parks, so this book looks amazing.

Not gonna lie: We've both been wanting one of these for awhile. Then we would have a better excuse to make a chicken tractor!

We've both been wanting one of these since we moved into our current place. One day, one day...


For Mom!

I actually got some of those fleece-lined leggings at Walmart recently. They're just as amazing as I thought they would be!

Just because we live on a farm doesn't mean I'm into the whole kitchy farm décor or even the ever-so-popular farmHOUSE décor. But...I thought this set was cute. :)

I debated whether to put this on here since I will only have 2 months left by the time I would get it. I don't really care to where as long as they have PLUS SIZES and stuff that's not hideous! It is so hard to find plus size clothes that aren't fugly as hell.

You know what else I would love? Some more photo books! My mom actually made these for me one year, but I think a present to myself this year might be some more! At the very least, I would like to get a bunch of pictures printed and start an album.


For Dad!

He wasn't really specific, but don't most guys not mind getting tools? I don't think mine necessarily just meant like your pliers and whatnot. I think he meant gardening implements too.

John keeps bringing up hoop houses every now and then, so this is the first thing I thought of when I tried to think, “If money were no object, what would John want?” lol

Have you ever seen the prices on these things? They're insane! I know they're good, but jeese...The only reason I have some are because they were on super sale at Rural King last year.

Because you can never have too much storage!


Just for fun, what is on YOUR wish list this year? (It can be something that is purchasable or not!)

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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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Christmas Forest 25" Holiday Swag Wreath Giveaway

Prize: ChristmasForest.com 25" Holiday Swag RV $41
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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
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Safe Breaker

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Spy Code Break Free

$19.99 RV
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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
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This contest is hosted by the Social Media Gurus Network!
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Dog Domino

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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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