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6 Tips to help Simplify your Life!

In today’s crazy fast paced world, we sometimes forget the simple things! My simple things may be different than your simple things. So I suggest everyone to really sit and think about what you view as simple!

I have sat and thought many times how I could bring back the simple things in my life! I have come up with 6 Tips that I think would help bring the stress levels down! No body every said life was easy! But just maybe we could calm our minds and destress our lives by just doing simple things!

  1. Fruits & Vegetables! Learn how to grow and provide your family with fresh fruits and vegetables by gardening and planting your own orchards (if possible)! If you know how the fruits and vegetables are grown, you have less to worry about if it is going to make you sick! You don’t have to have 100 acres to grow vegetables. There are many posts on the web to teach you how to grow vegetables any where from an apartment to large spaces.
  2. Food in general! If we don’t have food we will not survive! Learn how to preserve food, no mater if it is food you grow on your own or food that you buy from the store. Learn how to cook with what you already have. It’s not a bad idea to have a small stock pile either. Just encase something happens in the world!🌎
  3. Organization is key! If you have a lot of clutter… It can bring lots of unwanted stress to your life. Find and learn how to organize every aspect of your life. From food, grocery lists, laundry, closets and cupboards, to bills and finances!
  4. If you research about all the forgotten skills of our pioneers, you will find many skills that you could still apply to you every day life. For example dryers have not been on this planet for very long. The pioneers used to hang dry all their laundry! Imagine if you cut back on using the dryer, by hanging your clothes how much money would you save on your electric bill? I don’t know about you… But if my electric bill would go down some, so wouldn’t my stress level. $400.00 electric bills would raise anyone’s stress levels!
  5. Learn to raise some sort of livestock! One of the easiest livestock’s to raise in my opinion would be Chickens! Not only would you be raising your own meat but chickens provide you with eggs daily. No more buying eggs at the store. They are better for you too! In my house we eat eggs daily!
  6. Family! Family! Family! In this technology bearing world we forget to sometimes just sit down and enjoy our families! If you need to set aside a date and time twice a month just to reconnect with each other, then do so! The feelings generated by spending time with the ones you love can not come from any other place! We are not getting any younger! And none of us stay here forever. So put the phones down… Lock them away for a night, and get a board game out, or fix dinner together. Just have fun!

To some, these may not seem simple! But trust me if you work very hard at these, one day you will no longer think about them, you will just do them. They will come naturally to you. If you find ways to bring down your stress level… I promise you life will become much simpler!

Until next time,

Don’t Stress, just relax!

Country Girl 🐔🐓🐣

**2017 Goals**

Every year I make a big list of things I would like to get done. Thur out the year things always get added. But this list makes everything and anything seem possible.

  • Purchase a wood burner.
  • Build a wood shed.
  • Cut lots and lots of fire wood.
  • Build a raised vegetable garden.
  • Plant vegetables.
  • Build a potatoe bin to grow potatoes.
  • Plant windowsill herbs.
  • Build a compost.
  • Make some homemade bread.
  • Make homemade laundry soap.
  • Build a clothes line.
  • Research CSA/ Farm Shares.
  • Visit the Farmers market.
  • Buy meat at a local butcher.
  • Raise meet rabbits.
  • Raise meet chickens.
  • Learn to butcher the meet chickens by boiling.
  • Learn to can multiply vegetables.
  • Learn to dehydrate.
  • Use local honey instead of store bought sugar.
  • Collect rain water to be able to water the garden.
  • Visit U pick farms!
  • Use oil lamps.
  • Try 2-3 days a week on a black out.
  • Plant a small postage stamp orchard.
  • Plant a berry patch.
  • Declutter!!!
  • Build a raised dog kennel.
  • Build a goat pen.
  • But a couple goats.
  • Research miniature donkeys!
  • Clean chicken coop.
  • New bedding for chicken coop.
  • White wash inside of chicken coop.

So far my “2017 Goals!” are getting longer by the day. Spring, summer and fall are going to be super busy.

What are somethings on you “2017 Goals!” list? Leave a comment below!!

Until next time,

Start planning!

 Country Girl 🐔🐓🐣

Planning My Summer Garden!

I love this time of year! The holiday’s are behind us. The weather is somewhat nice! Spring is right around the corner! And going to the mail box is full of excitement knowing that there is seed catalogs waiting for you inside. That’s when the planning begins.

This year the husband and I are going to do things a little different than last year’s garden. Lasts year’s garden didn’t do very good, due to our soil situation. (I will tell that story another time!) So with some conversation, I got the husband talked into a raised garden this year!

So the planning begins! For the first year I am just going to grow the 8 basics that we love!

  1. Pepper’s of all kinds. (Green, Yellow, Red, Banana, and Jalapeno)
  2. Two different tomatoes. (Big Boy or Pink, and Cherry)
  3. Cucumbers
  4. Potatoes
  5. Sweet Potatoes
  6. Zucchini
  7. Strawberries
  8. Peas or Green beans

The cucumbers, zucchini, peas, and green beans are going to need some sort of trellises.

I have been doing my research and so far I have fallen in love with the raised bed that is in the shape of a C! I think it would work well for the area I am wanting to place it.

Next step is to start gathering supplies to build it. I’m going to need something for the outside walls and some rabbit fencing to place in the bottom of the raised beds. I have some left over livestock fencing that I will be able to use for the trellises. Some pebbles to lay on top of the rabbit fencing would be ideal, but I think I will use cardboard, newspaper, and straw instead.

Then on to the plants! Where am I going to buy them from?!? I think I am going to try and stay local this year! I’m going to help out a local greenhouse instead of the big companies.

Next on the list:

  1. Blackberries/Raspberries
  2. Fruit Trees

Until next time, start planning! Spring is right around the corner!