Hello 2016 – GoodBye Bad Habits!

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Welcome to your new adventures! I hope you are as excited about this new year as I. 2015 saw so many transformations for my family, I am not sure if they are/were complete resolutions or the absence of such, which allowed us to change and grow. I can say for certain they were not all pleasant and some were incredibly painful.  Moving past that, we have settled the dust and started fresh. The start of the year always resets my brain in such a way.

In order to help my family do the same and develop better habits this year, I ordered the book “The life-changing magic of tidying up“. Available in Kindle and Hardcover – with my Amazon shared accounts, its going to every Kindle in the Family :) I read once that even small amounts of clutter (or piles as people often call them) can create chaos and distraction in your brain. They can also be mood changers and cause people to become depressed or anxious. I am the latter.

Stuff comes into the house and it never leaves! This drives me bonkers. It will quickly escalate my mood to one of no patience and a sharp tone. I don’t like that lady. She’s freaking scary.

So a short list of how I am looking at 2016 so far:
1- Start the process of clutter removal with Book!
2- Clean Rental and start prepping for tenants
3- Paint
4- Clean Eating starts Monday !
5- Work out 3x a week with Pix
6- Better habits for the pets. They suck.
7- Better habits for the family. They suck too.
8- Say “No” more – it’s good for you!
9- Use These great planners to keep habits constantly improving.
10 – Take a breath ! You are really trying to make great changes in the new year – reward yourself with a healthy (mentally physically emotionally) treat.

 

 

Domesticated

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On Monday This Happens:
My love and I will become investment property owners of this charming Mid-century treasure. Built in 1961 it has original knotty pine interiors, huge back yard, and the potential to be truly loved by a family that needs a more economical residence.

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It has been very well loved by its original set of owners. I could not even fathom owning a house for as long as they had, and raising a family in it. We were really blessed to find them. I wish them happiness and peace in their retirement and the knowledge we will care for their legacy with love and dedication. There will not be many restorations needed before we put it up for rent. Stay tuned for some updates on what we are going to do to make it a little more green!

This all comes on the heels of big changes in my life. New job, new title. New life, new choices. We are looking at opening a business and furthering information about sustainability and urban homesteading in our community. 2016 is going to be a very busy year for us!

 

 

 

Chicken Mojitos

Cool Summer Treat For Your Birds
(Not a Cocktail Containing Birds for You)

Handful of Frozen Strawberries
Handful of Fresh Mint
Handful of Lemonbalm
@ 1/3 cup water to ease blending

Into the blender – think pesto consistency – pour into ice trays – freeze.

I used little brownie bite trays they make smaller cubes

Looks a little like salsa doesn’t it ?
I had all of these strawberries from last season, and with soaring temps that made it feel over 100* outside, I knew the girls needed some help with cooling off. I have placed recycled water bottles, frozen, into the coop. A pan of cold water to walk in. I have added ice to their water and made sure they are shaded all day. It is still hot.

With out having the space to freeze some watermelon – which chicks love – I decided to use up some freezer scraps and over abundance garden herbs. The Chicken Mojito was born.

The Newest Littles also got to supplement their first chicky treat. Being a week old, it is ok to start letting them tit-bit for greens, fruit and scraps. The Turks are of course 3 weeks old, so they are more than ready to try new food items. Being inside it isn’t as important for them to get cooling benefits. In fact they need to stay warm. I simply poured some blended treats directly and added greens.

Pidge, the Great Large Marge Pigeon is all broody and bitchy so she came inside to cool the frank off. She is acting like some meany raptor squawking and clicking at anything or anyone that comes near her in the nest box. Cooling her off will get her out of the brood and back to laying eggs. I don’t mind giving her a break. She deserves it, but the meany pterodactyl act is old.

Must Hustles : Monday

Old Port Trench in Navy
$49.99 On SALE LL Bean

Pair this with white skinnies for Spring, and taupe clunky heels. Perhaps a nautical striped tee for that Sailor Annie Feel !
Other colors including must have Tan, are on sale as well! I have seen trenches popping up all over fashion blogs in bright colors. Seems like I finally need to invest in a wardrobe staple.

Lipstick Queen – Frog Prince
$25.00 at ULTA
Did anyone else have one of those color changing lipstick bundles from Avon when they were a kid? Well it seems what’s old is new again, and this even includes our previous take on color changers. Poppy King – Head Mistress at Lipstick Queen has upped the game. This fairytale changes to a rosy hue based on your PH and skin. Testing it in my Ulta I Loved Loved Loved the sheer rose almost nude pale mauve color.

Faded Glory Tshirt Dress
$8 Walmart
(On My $30 or Less Plan)
I love designers glam and sparkle. I think some wardrobes are just full of clothes that end up costing you more money when you wear them all the time. That white poplin shirt that requires $6 dry cleaning is not exactly budget friendly, when I wear it at least once every other week. College. I am paying for the Kid’s College !
For summer this year I am going to try to find a few pieces each week that are less that $30 for a complete look.

Is Avian Flu A Risk To Your Backyard Flock?

If you are currently in the Mississippi Flyway
Have free ranging flocks that frequent the same areas as water fowl
Do not provide good Bio- Security

Yes Your Birds are at Risk.

Can you save your Birds?

Yes.

What States are affected?

Arkansas
California
Idaho
Iowa
Kansas
Minnesota
Nevada
Oregon
Utah
Washington

So far flocks that have had to be culled are coming out of these areas. The two biggest culprits for spread have been interacting with outside migratory birds and water fowl, and cross contamination from other sources including feed.
Testing is being done to source these contaminates and I am sure more will be available.

By next fall predictions are that the birds migrating back for winter will impact the east coast.

The biggest first step we can take as responsible flock owners is to stop fussing over other’s birds :)
I know we all want to pick up cuddle kiss and love the new babies during chick season, and chicken math being what it is; we start with 2 and end up with 14.
DONT GO HOME AND THEN LOVE YOUR FLOCK!

Change clothes shoes and even your undies – wash – keep the new babies separated
(because you bought them I know you did)
Keep them separated for 21 days.
That is the HPAI H5N2 gestation cycle.

Pamphlet – Protect Your Birds
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amphlet – Bio-Security

Backyard BioSecurity Tips

Q&A About Bird Flu

Other Resources USDA

Please start sharing and educating your fellow chicken friends. I see so many posts about “what is this illness” “why are my chickens dying”. Let’s educate each other.

Signature “Scent-ses” Aromachology

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I try to use social channels and participate in reviews when my Ipsy bag comes each month. I love to share beautiful new finds and great makeup tips for the ladies in my life.
Last month, no joke, left a serious “wah thumbs down wah” in my mouth. Nothing in my bag made it to my makeup box in the bathroom.
“Its’a Alright Yah’Man”
That will happen.
Then you get another month. Boy do you get another month.

1- This month’s theme was Bohemian.
Meh I lived it in the 70s as a child – went through that phase in HS -not my thing

2- Soft feminine touches cute bag
but wait… maybe I like this

3- Holy Cow ! What smells so incredibly good?!?!?

Oh do I love this bag. I will absolutely cover more of the samples, but I need to tell you how fabulous I smell today.
I smell really good. Like you want to eat me up good.
No not chocolate cake good, like rose petal washed linens on a sunny afternoon good.

I may go running through a field of daisies screaming “NO NUKES” now.

I really wish Aromachology offered a mini trial scent set so I could see if their other fragrances are this skin licking delicious.

I was looking for a new signature scent this year. I have the worst luck with parfum. It doesn’t stay. Clarifies down to vinegar on my PH wonky skin and/or I smell like the cotton candy booth at the fair. Cute but not appropriate for me. This fits my bill, and I may even dabble in creating my own custom scent. Stand back.
I love how the pictures on the site also explain to you the scent variances and tones.

! BRAVA !

A Book For Mother

Well-Read Women

Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines

My mother loves beautiful things, strong characters, and a good whiskey.
It is no surprise she has always been “Daisy Buchanan” in my literary mind’s eye.
Innocently helpless, yet dispelled; sparkling glorious things surround her to distract her from the pain eating away inside.
Her one great love left behind, and saved by men who needed to save her, not love her.

Through it all, she raised one strong ultra feminist alpha female. Me :)
I devour books in single sittings and learned this great love from her. She always had another to tell me about, or put into my hands growing up. I was and am still under the belief, there is nothing in life Jane Austen can’t solve.

Her home is full of colorful beautiful paintings, colors and things that make you smile.

This is the perfect gift for any mom, literary nut, or lover of beautiful watercolors.

 ladiesSamantha Hahn takes stunning characters and brings them to life in dizzy floats of her brush. Memorable quotes follow for those daily reminders of the strength in each of us.

Help your mother remember some of her favorite books, you know the ones she tried to get you to read!