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    In the Family

    How to boost your immune system

    ‘Tis the season to be stuffy!  Keeping yourself and your family healthy during germ season is not easy.  It can add stress to a season that should be peaceful and joyful!  How can you boost your immune system? I will preface this by saying that I am not a doctor, nor do I play one online. I am just a mom, a mother with three kids. These three kids go to school, play with friends, do extracurricular activities, and are exposed to many germs. My older two kids were sick so much in elementary school. Seriously, in kindergarten, they had something every month, and they were the healthy kids in the class! …

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    In the Family

    Get Christmas Spirit with these Christmas Song Games

    Earlier this week I posted dessert recipes for the upcoming holidays, which is kind of off-topic for this journal. This is about trying to live healthier, more active lives. But I just couldn’t resist sharing something related to Christmas, and everyone is allowed to go off-topic and indulge once in a while! I’m going to share one more holiday post that you can share with your family and friends because we all need a little more Christmas spirit. Then we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled outdoor / gardening / travel / family fun!Here are two games you can play while traveling to Grandma’s house, around the tree while drinking…

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    In the Family

    8 Christmas Dessert Recipes You Will Love

    Are you in the Christmas spirit yet?  My youngest one has the countdown going and each morning she enthusiastically reports how many days are left.  I know it’s exciting for Christmas to come, but I really like enjoying the whole season and making it last. One of my favorite traditions is baking with family and friends.  Although we really try to eat healthy all year, we just can’t resist baking our traditional desserts this month.  Sugar gets added as a food group in December.  The truth is that we just love making them, and we always set aside at least one day to spend making treats, which we usually share…

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    On the Farm

    Meet Our Farm Family

      Who doesn’t love their furry and feathered friends? We may not live on a typical farm with all types of barnyard buddies, but we’ve got a nice collection of lovable creatures around here! Today we’ll introduce you to our farm family! Buddy First and foremost, we’ve got Buddy. Buddy is our faithful watchdog. He’s a 4-year-old Australian Shepherd who could happily run forever. We got him from a farm where he was born in a barn. He hates being indoors except for brief visits to get a treat or two (leftover meat is his favorite). He’s got a cozy house outside but sometimes sleeps with the chickens, sometimes in…

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    In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In December

    We’ll start each month with a list of the top 5 things you should do outside in your yard to keep your garden healthy, your property looking great, and your mind free from worry!  Keep in mind that we are writing from zone 7b and our experience lies in zones 6 and 7, but the majority of these tasks will be applicable for most gardens, especially those that experience the change of seasons.  Here are the top 5 things you should do in your garden this month: 1. If the ground isn’t frozen where you are, you can feel free to still plant perennials, shrubs, and trees. 2. Prune and…

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    In the Family

    Top 5 Things To Do With Your Family in December

    Each month, we would like to throw out some activity ideas you may want to use to get your family together and ideally outside, active, or, at the minimum, away from technology. Most of the ideas will be for families of all ages.  If you have no nearby family, get your friends together. Lifestyles are becoming too sedentary and people are becoming too self-absorbed (in my very own opinion, ha ha). One of our goals with this website is to bring people together, and spending time with family and/or friends is one of life’s greatest joys. Because it is the holiday season, most of this month’s ideas are based on…

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    In the Family,  In the Garden

    Gardeners Will Love These Gift Ideas

    Are you shopping for a gardener?  This time of year it is hard to look outside and get inspiration and ideas for gardeners. Luckily for you, gardening is what we do year round, so we’ve got some gift ideas for gardeners in your life! NOTE: Some of the links in this post contain affiliate links, which means if you click on these links and make a purchase, Garden Shack Farm will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.  We only recommend items we love, and we appreciate your support in this way! MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION A gardening magazine is a wonderful tool for inspiration and education, especially in…

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    On the Road

    Why Camper Camping Is The Best Way To Travel

    My husband and I each have fond childhood memories of traveling the east coast with our individual families. My family always stayed in motels or with friends, and his family traveled with a truck camper. He may or may not have stories of laying on the overhead bed, looking out the front window while riding down the road at 55 miles per hour…. From the time I met him, he has talked about camper camping being the best way to travel. We traveled sporadically before we had kids, but once my father passed away, we suddenly realized how short life is.  We made enjoying life together a priority. At the…

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    In the Garden

    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Winterberry Holly

    Each month we will focus on a must-have plant that we recommend to our readers. This month, we are loving the Winterberry Holly!     Ilex verticillata is also known as black alder, false alder, fever bush, coralberry, Canada holly, and winterberry holly. It is native to eastern North America and in the wild, you will find it growing happily in wetlands areas. If you have a wet area where not much else will grow, this could be a great option. It can also grow in average soils. Winterberry holly can grow anywhere from 3 feet to 15 feet tall, and the width varies widely as well. It is easy…

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    On the Farm

    Why You Need To Have Backyard Chickens

    If you follow us on social media, you KNOW we have chickens. (If you don’t follow us, why not? 😉 We do post about other things too!) Having backyard chickens is a subject a mere five years ago I knew nothing about. Now I could talk for hours about having chickens! It all started with our 11-year-old son who was allergic to eggs but completely fascinated by them (yes, that is his personality… heaven help us!). He wanted to get chickens and sell their eggs. We had just moved to our farm and planned to open the nursery, so we thought why not sell eggs as well? We did some research,…