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    Sourdough Starter Tutorial

    Why, oh why do we over complicate the heck out of easy, simple stuff? Are we just bored? People have been capturing wild yeast and making naturally leavened bread from them for thousands of years. Before modern day kitchen scales and even before super accurate measuring cups. Creating a sourdough starter is simple. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You WILL need a few things though. Wide mouth glass jar or other glass or plastic https://amzn.to/2OHPyAG Lid for your container https://amzn.to/3eMXzit Wooden spoon https://amzn.to/3eMXzit Flour Water (if you have city water with chlorine added it may not work as well, or it could work just as well… I don’t really…

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    Boho Modern Farmhouse Living Room Makeover

    YAY! I am SO excited to share with you our living room makeover! I mean, if you remember the gold duct tape holding together the red leather chairs that have been around for WAY too long, then you understand why I am so excited. Sectional or No Sectional? When we went all in and replaced all our living room furniture, we debated about getting several different pieces or one large sectional. The downside to getting a sectional is if we decide we don’t like it or want to rearrange the room later, we are kind of stuck. Also, there are only so many places sectionals can be placed in (even…

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    Quitting Homeschool?

    I’ve shared informally that my oldest, who is 16, will be attending public school this fall. Many of you were curious why and how we came to this decision. This post will share some of our reasons. AJ is our oldest. He will be 17 at the end of this year. Wow, even typing that seems crazy! This is the same boy I have homeschooled since he was 4. He is almost a legal adult now. Keep in mind, even though I have 8 kids, I am ALWAYS a first time mom with him. We jokingly tell him he is our guinea pig child and, at best, we are winging…

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    Weekly Wrap Up: July 8-15, 2018

    New Videos: Did you catch this week’s new videos? We finally set up our little temporary pool! The kids were begging to have something to swim in. We all worked together to get it set up and then ran around getting odds and ends to finish the project. In Wednesday’s video, I released the first half of a LIVE Q and A I filmed on my Facebook page. I touched on a variety of topics. In Friday’s video, I shared my newest aluminum-free deodorant recipe! It’s amazing and easy and only contains 2 simple ingredients. I shared my original recipe here, but some people have baking soda sensitivities and the…

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    Weekly Wrap Up | June 11-15th, 2018

    New Videos: Did you catch this week’s new videos? In Monday’s day-in-the-life we enjoyed a lazy sleep-late (thank you Serenity oil!) kind of day, and I asked for some advise on a new rug (BTW, so many of you said you had the EXACT RUG I was looking at and LOVED it!). I also showcased our porch and what new plants are blooming on it, did a little bathroom cleaning, made a super simple meal for dinner and even snuck in a GORGEOUS sunset workout! In Wednesday’s video I shared with you a tour of our chicken coop and how we built it for absolutely FREE! And today’s video was…

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    Halloween Costumes 2017

    Happy Halloween! I wanted to share what our kids dressed up as for Halloween! It was so easy this year because our neighbor across our road dropped off a large assortment of costumes from his daughter and we keep most of our store bought and homemade costumes (that are worth saving) in a bin. I hung them all up and had them “shop” from what we had! Cora, Ezra, Georgia and Faith all picked out their costumes from those. Cypress dressed in the bear costume I made for AJ 14 years ago. It was the first garment I ever sewed! All 8 of our kids have worn it and it…

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    Breathe it in…

    He is the most like me. He is the one I butt heads with the most. The one that first called me “mom”, and he’s growing up. He hangs somewhere in the midst between boy and man, lingering in each category for a while before returning to the other. Reminders of his boyhood like these sometimes catch me by surprise. I know they will become fewer and fewer. Car keys will replace small boyhood toys, a deep voice replacing his once squeaky coos. We’re in the phase of letting go. Very slowing letting go, but letting go all the same. It’s a stage I embrace and mourn at the same…