Friday, July 25, 2014


It's the 1-2-3 of summer living. Pick fresh. Meals homemade. (Pull sleepyheads out of bed). Gone in seconds.  Love summer eating.
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Thursday, July 24, 2014


Some color.
 A blank slate in the form of upcycled packing paper, tacked to the barn.
 And a budding artist.
 Creating tractors during rest time is the perfect way to rest. Especially if a special stuffed animal is dressed for the occasion and back carried..
 Happy kid.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thrifted. Berry kids.

1) Thrifted

 1) Tevas for my son. A brand new game.  A flip top jar, gallon size (perfect for storing yogurt) and a whole bunch of lace incase a certain bride needs some for last minute wedding d├ęcor.  $10.00
 LL Bean Goretex boots (!!!), a mixing bowl, a brand new thermos (love for bringing hot food to work!) two books, two brand new packs of construction paper and a Lands End coat for me. $10.00

To all you readers who have not thrifted, I totally encourage you to give it a whirl! 

And just for fun, my strawberry pickers. (Or more accurately, my strawberry eaters.)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fresh Air Fun

Just this month, our family took a little Fresh Air Kid.  What is fresh air?  I'll do a little copy and paste from  "Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities."

When I was a child, before my mom got sick, we hosted a girl.  The town that I grew up in hosted a bunch of kids every summer. I remember playing with annual friends at the beach as a kid.

I didn't realize that I could do this program in Maine.  When I found out we could, I knew it was for me, particularly when my husband said "sure" straight away.  We have the perfect place for a city mouse to experience the country mouse lifestyle.  At least that was my hope.

To be honest, all the conversations I've had about this program haven't ended up positive and that makes me sad. There's nothing but positives about this program in my eyes. I debated on whether or not to share anything, but, I did share a little with some friends. And that little bit of sharing resulted in 3, yes THREE, families who have already signed up online. That's not all, another few have sent me messages asking for further information, as they are potentially considering. So, I decided to share our experience in hopes that perhaps one more person/family may consider helping out.  Perhaps by hosting, financially or even prayers...however you see fit if it's in your heart.

So I share, although I will not share all.  For it's not my story to share. It's his.  And although we love him dearly, he has a family who loves him in NYC.  His face isn't ours to share with you. It's theirs.  I can promise you that we have oodles of pictures with his big toothless grin. Pictures that your heart would melt at if you saw.  Regardless, we are so incredibly grateful to provide him with an experience that we all felt was wonderful. And he will always hold a special place in our heart. 

Having him here was marvelous, truly marvelous. This was his first time to the country and watching him experience it was heart warming. We will indeed be opening our home to more children (later this summer, perhaps?).  My heart has plenty of room for more love, I'm hopeful we can keep offering our home and unconditional love. From this point forward, I think the pictures tell the story of the experience. I hope your heart is as full as mine looking at them. <3  Although we did all this fun stuff, his favorite part of the week was making bread.  Oh, little boy, next year when we return, we will make all the bread you want. <3


 (Mud puddle stomping)




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Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet: The Hennies! ~Chickens for Your Little Farmers~ (GIVEAWAY)

Remember the chicken coop that I posted back in April? Well, that picture went all around facebook and got a lot of love.  And I got a ton of Emails asking if I sold them. Selling coops isn't in the cards, it's a heavy item to mail.  But, I wondered if I could create something else that was a simple, marvelous chicken play item, that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg to mail. So, here you have it, something that I've been working on for the last 2 months-a simple play toy that invites imagination and encourages pretend play, made by me, just for you and your little farmer (s).  You can find them at etsy at or you can just click the "for sale" tab above. Here they are!

Introducing:  Hennies.  Hennies are sweet chickens with gentle dispositions, fresh from the brooder, and eagerly awaiting you to adopt. 

These girls are hand crafted by a chicken loving mama. Each hen has at least some part of her upcycled (such as fabric/felt scraps, thrifted clothing, ribbons from gift bags, the interiors from laundered pillows, etc.), and therefore each may be a slight variation from the picture shown. They are upcycled to be environmentally conscious and to keep the prices down for the adoptive farmers.  Meet Bloom!
Bloom is one of many.

Each comes with one hen (first picture shown Height 3in, Width 1 3/4in Depth 4 in.), an upcycled origami nesting box (from paper bags), wool hay and a wooden egg.

They also come with a birth certificate detailing their date of birth, their breed and the unique and special details specific to their breed. Certificate is as follows:

Name: _______________
Date of Birth: _____________
Breed: Bloom
Likes: Watermelon and flower tops
Favorite Season: Spring
Lays: Light brown eggs

These chickens fit perfectly in the palm of your hand and are perfect for little boys or girls. (Small parts, not for children under 3).

You can buy just one (it fits perfect in one's purse for restaurants/doctor visits) or you can collect more of the same breed or one of each breed to fill your coop. Stop by again, as more breeds may become available. If you see one you like, make sure to purchase it straight away, as some breeds are endangered of becoming extinct. Collecting is best, as hens do prefer living in a flock.

Imaginative play, simple toys and creativity are such joys of childhood. Adorable moments of play are sure to be in your future with these little gems.

More pictures .

Don't you think you could use one in your house?       


Well, good news! I'm hosting a give a way!
 All you have to do is put the link to my blog or the etsy shop up on facebook or tell a friend, tell me you shared, and you'll be entered to win. I'll give away more than one if there's a lot of entries.

Who would you bring home?
 Who would you give it to if you won it?
 The brooder is full, ready to be shipped.
 And tell me, who would be playing with your henny most?  (DON'T FOREGET TO SHARE TO ENTER!).  There's a lot of memories to be made with your little henny.
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