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    On the Farm

    How To Get Started Raising Backyard Chickens

    In my post from November, I discussed why you should have backyard chickens (even if they’re in your front/side yard like ours) and all the benefits of having chickens. If that got you thinking you should raise some chickens, here are the details of how to get started raising backyard chickens! First step: Find out if you are allowed to keep hens in your town or neighborhood. If you are not, work with your town or homeowners’ association to have it changed!  There are many ways to compromise so that neighbors avoid what they don’t want but you get what you want: chickens and eggs! • For example, you can…

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    On the Road

    What is the best way to camp?

    You know I think camping in a camper is the best way to travel, but camping in general offers most of the same great benefits. We highly recommend traveling and camping to everyone who is able to get away. We are thrilled with our little travel trailer camper, but we can see there are pros and cons to every form of camping. What is the best way to camp? People have different needs, different goals, and different budgets. Which one is right is for you? TENT:  $15 – $2000 Let’s start with basics. For the diehard outdoorsy types, this is the only way to camp and going any further in…

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    In the Garden

    Let’s Think Spring!

    Only 9 weeks to go until spring!  Until then let’s think spring with some pictures of flowers! OSTEOSPERMUM ZINNIA ARGYRANTHEMUM HIBISCUS TORENIA HOSTA OSTEOSPERMUM DOUBLE CALIBRACHOA CALIBRACHOA COLEUS BIDENS ROSE HYDRANGEA DAHLIA BACOPA IPOMEA VERBENA PURSLANE PETUNIA SALVIA PETUNIA CELOSIA VINCA MARIGOLD DAHLIA LOBELIA IVY GERANIUM MARIGOLD AGERATUM GERANIUM (Can you tell I love to take pictures of the flowers we grow???) What is your favorite spring flower?  Let us know!

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    In the Family

    The misunderstood disease that can ruin your life

    Let me begin by saying that I have no medical training whatsoever, and I cannot give you any concrete reason for taking my advice at the end of this post.  That is not going to stop me from offering my strong opinion on this matter though.  I can only tell you the story of our experience with the misunderstood disease that can ruin your life: Lyme disease.  This is our personal story, but sadly we have seen it repeated in friends and with others who have shared their experiences with us.  We put it out there with the hope that soon more medical professionals (and the general public) will recognize…

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    In the Garden

    Think Spring With These Unique Planter Ideas

    Who is thinking about their spring garden in the middle of the winter blahs?  We are!  Here is something you can actually DO right now to get ready for spring planting.  Look around your house (in your attic, in your basement, in your cabinet, under your bed), your garage, and your property.   See if there is anything you can repurpose as a planter to place on your porch, to stick in your garden, to hang on a fence, or to put on your patio. Don’t be afraid to get out the spray paint and/or stencils to change the look of something.  Clean out whatever you’re using before filling it, and be…

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    On the Road

    5 Best Reasons To Visit Delaware

    It’s the new year and that means it’s time to make plans! Do you have plans to travel this year? Each month we will pick a state we’ve enjoyed and recommend our top 5 places to visit in that state. We feel compelled to start with our home state of Delaware because we love it, and it is a wonderful place to enjoy a vacation (9 million people a year can’t be wrong)! Since most people ask, “Dela-where?” here are some facts about our state: • Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, on December 7, 1787. • Delaware is the second-smallest state in the nation and…

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    In the Garden

    Top 5 Things To Do In Your Garden In January

    Oh boy it is January! Does anyone feel like working outside in January? Well, you probably have this image of the wind howling, snow drifting up against the patio door, a raging fire in the fireplace. Here in Delaware we do get snow but it usually doesn’t hang around. Now, I understand that other parts of our great nation do, more than likely, resemble the blizzard-like description above. Well, you have to get outside those four walls at some point before you go nutty, so what to do? 1 Shovel the snow is the obvious answer. Duh, what are you waiting for?  No, pass the hot cocoa.  How about just…

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    In the Family

    Top 5 Things To Do With Your Family in January

    1. Volunteer together The holidays may be over, but the need for help never ends. People in need often need more help after the holidays when fewer people are helping. Help someone start the year off well. Children are never too young to learn about giving. Look for volunteer opportunities at churches, hospitals, libraries, schools, senior centers, food banks, animal shelters, nursing homes, homeless shelters, etc. 2. Get rid of stuff Work together to clean out everyone’s closets, toy boxes, the garage, basement, attic, storage shed, etc. Get rid of everything you haven’t used in more than a year. There are so many places to donate items year round, or…

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    In the Garden

    Must-Have Plant of the Month: Red Twig Dogwood

    My kids frequently ask me what my favorite color is. Because they ask so often, I wonder if it’s supposed to change. Usually I say blue, but switch to green if they seem disappointed that it’s “still” blue. I’ve been answering this question so long that I don’t really think about it anymore. But as I thought about my favorite plants to pick a plant of the month, I realized something. I have no idea how I overlooked it before: I love red. I’m obsessed with red actually. Our house is white and I have wanted a red door forever. Our new barn is red. I wear red a lot. If…

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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! …