10 Minute Cleaning Challenge with the kids

Do you have a hard time getting your kids to help you clean? How about presenting them with the 10 minute cleaning challenge!

Steps and Rules:

Make a list of things that you see in your house that need to be done (Picked Up, put up, cleaned, taken out)

Set a timer for 10 minutes!

Get as much done on the list as you can with in the 10 minutes!

When doing the chores you have to do it properly or they will have to redo it when the time is up!

Now mom’s the kids can’t do this all on their own! Join in on the fun! Make it fun! Make it a game! If they don’t feel that it is work, your kids are more likely to want to take the challenge again another day!

Our 10 minute Cleaning Challenge List for today looks like this:

  • Straighten Couch cushions
  • Help mommy take all the blankets to the blanket closet
  • Clean the top of the kitchen table and island
  • Take clothes to kids room
  • Pick up dirty clothes(take to laundry room)
  • Pick up all toys and put them where they belong
  • Sweep/ Hand mop front door entrance
  • Take out Trash

(To encourage the kids how about adding a reward!!)

Until next time,

Set those times,

On your mark, get set, go Clean!

Sunday Fun Day

Once a week, on Sundays, my husband and I have decided to do something new. We are going to try to do something fun with the family. This will give everyone a chance to relax (and enjoy each other company) before the long week ahead.

Today, I was super lucky! This morning my husband took me to the lake all by ourselves! For a short few hours I got to enjoy just my husband, the landscape, wind, water, fish and turtles! Talk about feeling relaxed!

A turtles sunning on a log! How awesome!

My view! Beautiful!

Until next time,

Enjoy Sunday Fun day!

Summer Time Bliss

What a wonderful time of year! Rain showers wash away the dirt, then everything looks and smells so clean.

The garden is producing just enough to get by. But that’s what happens when life gets in the way and you don’t get everything planted that you wanted too. (Next year I will be more prepared! I think I say this statement every year!)

Recipe from:

Check out the book at Amazon.com👇below:

Ball Blue Book guide to preserving
It’s on page number 37 under Soft Spreads

All my canning supplies is sitting on the counter top. The house smells amazing from the grape jelly I just made, and canned. What a great recipe. Fast, and easy! Three ingredients! Light man loves it! He tells me I am not aloud to use the store bought jelly anymore.

Tomorrow I will be making Pepper jelly! I have done all the prepping today and it is sitting in the refrigerator as I wrote this!

I have lots of things on my list of things to do. I am being to wondering if I am going to have enough time to get it all done! Back to work in little over a month. Lots to do!

Until next time…

Time to get busy,

And I Hope all is well,

Take the time to smell the rain!

Eye Opener!!

Birthdays and funerals shouldn’t go together. But sometimes you can’t schedule things on the calendar. 

This past week has been an eye opener for me.

Last Sunday my father’s mother passed away after serveral years of battling Alzheimers.

It is funny how a loss can make you see the true colors of people. 

Tuesday was my birthday. But I stopped celebrating years ago. It’s just another day to me.

Thursday was the viewing and Friday was the funeral.

Then Saturday was the husband’s birthday.

I started living the Simple Country Life because it is so peaceful. You really don’t have to deal with people if you don’t want to. I have my animals that love me and I am surrounded by the beauty of nature.

Then when something like this happens I have to leave the comfort of my home, and deal with the people.

Thursday was a big eye opener for me. I was beyond shocked to say the least. 95% of the people that showed up to the viewing didn’t know that my Father had a daughter. Hmm… Let that sink in for a minute.

I let it upset me of course. Then Friday I got to see the one and only brother that I have after almost 11 years. That was hard. He knows what it feels like to be in my shoes. To feel like you don’t belong. And what I find strange is with all the family gathered around the only people that comforted me during this mess was him and his mother. (Which we have different mother’s but the same father.) She embraced me and told me not to let these people tear me down. Not to let them steal my happiness. It is their loss that they never knew me.

After everything was done and said… I retreated back to my safe haven. 

I found several quotes that have spoken to me in the last few days:

In life, you will realize there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you. Some will use you. Some will love you and some will teach you. But the ones who are truly important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it. ~Unknown

I didn’t change. I just see things differently now! ~Unknown

As your get older, you will start to understand more and more that in life, it’s not about what you look like or what you own. It’s all about the person you have become. ~Unknown

With last week under my belt… I will not forget how it made me feel. But I will grow from this to be a better person. Words can hurt the most… But be a better person and let them guide you to become a better person.

Until next time,

Be you… No mater what others say to you. Learn, Grow, Teach, and Love.

Hard work pays off!

We started off with just a chicken coop!

Then with lots of hard work, sweat, tears and blood we ended with a mini barn! No it is not the barn of my dreams! But with my two hand I can say I built that all by my self. I am very proud of what I have accomplished.

The reason I turned the chicken coop into a mini barn was because we added two new members to our farm! 

Clover is enjoying not being caged up anymore!

And with sad news… Our Rooster has crossed to the other side of the road. Which actually was a long time coming!RIP big guy!!

Until next time…

Stay busy, work hard!

Busy life!

Summer Break 2017 has officially started! Boy have we been busy! We have got one week under our belt already! Unbelievable!!

I have accomplished so much already in the first week!

 Garage CLEANED​! ✔️✔️

Breezeway CLEANED! ☑️

Puppies Born!!! ✅✅✅

First Camping experience of the summer! ✔️

Visited the neighbors pigs!

Hanging laundry on the line to dry!

Enjoyed some unwelcomed visitors along the way!!

But all and all…the sun is shining! Lots is getting accomplished. Life is busy!! 

Until next time,

Step back into the country,

And Enjoy!!!

Learning through life!

Since December it seems life has been throwing me curve balls everytime I turn around. 

Here I thought I would try to live the simple life, then I got over whelmed with life in general. It seems I have been seeing doctor offices more in the past 6 months, than I have in my whole life. Life is funny like that. 

You never plan for the unexpected, and that is exactly what has happened in my life. The last 6 months has been very nerve racking but eye opening as well. I have learned so much about life’s limitations and how to accept them even when you don’t want to.

No my house is not spotless like my mind tells me it should be. But I have come to accept we live in it. It’s not always going to look brand new. I have a husband, child and two dogs living in it with me, things are always going to need cleaned.

I have also learned that the winter time months can get you so depressed. During the short daylight hours to the long darkness of night, your body sometimes has a hard time accepting the change. Sometimes it may feel like the walls of your house are caving in on you. I promise they really can’t do that! It’s just your mind making you think so! 😉

But I have learned that winter time is a great time to rest, start planning for spring and summer, and slowly clean your house one small corner at a time. This will make the slow days fly by.

Now that we are into Spring and before to much longer summer, I feel reenergized. 

The sun is so beautiful in the early morning hours, while the birds are chirping their happy tunes. The green grass smells so refreshing right after it has been mowed.

Life is starting to settle back down to a rythme that I have come to accept. In just a few short weeks Little Man will be out of school for the summer. I have thought of lots of fun activities to do during the break. Now if life will allow us the limiations needed that would be splended.

Just the other day, I went to our local feed store and picked up a few new additions. 

The feeling I get when I just sit and watch these 11 babies explore brings a whole new light to my day. Sometime I forget to enjoy the small things! 

Until next time,

Don’t let life decide your happiness,

Always look for the small things to bring a smile to your face!