Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Crystal Cattle Beauty Swap - Birthday Edition

Whenever Crystal Cattle announces another one of her beauty swaps I can't help but sign up! It's a really great way to meet other farm/aggie girls and discover some new beauty products as well.

This time I was partnered with Jenessa from Nebraska and she was a great partner! I really enjoyed putting together a box of goodies for her and I hope she enjoyed it.

Here's what was in the package I received from Jenessa.

Of course the candy was delicious, and it was so thoughtful that she sent it all in a cute pink storage container! I love the facewipes, I always forget to buy them for myself when I run out. And of course who couldn't use more bobby pins!? My bobby pin stash was running low and I actually really like these kind without the ridges, who would have thought? I haven't tried the lip balm or lotion yet, but I'm sure they are great. I tried the mascara but I think I didn't let the primer layer dry enough or something, I need to try again because I really want to find another great mascara.

I love these swaps and can't wait until the next one!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

April CFBP - Think Spring!

Happy April 1st everyone! Welcome to the Country Fair Blog Party for April! This month we would like you to link up your posts about SPRING! We want to see how you celebrate spring, what this time of year has in store for you, and what spring looks like in your neck of the woods! Has spring sprung for anyone else yet? The grass here has finally greened up in the last few days, and fingers crossed, we might be done with the snow. But I won't be a believe that winter is gone for sure until May :)


But first, before we get to the new linkup, here's a few of my favorites from last month. Last month's theme was March Madness where we asked you to share everything that is the madness of March - from spring preparations to changing seasons. As usual, we had a great turnout, and these were some of my favorites:

I really enjoyed this post on how to tap maple trees by Angi at A Return to Simplicity. Tapping trees for syrup has never occurred to me (other than throwbacks to reading Little House on the Prairie!), but after this post it sounds so easy and fun!

Spring is a really, really busy time for lots of farm families. While we aren't crop farmers, the warm weather does bring busier times for us too. I've pinned lots of ideas for freezer meals, but haven't tried any of them yet because, well, you just never know. I like recipes with reviews. And Ally over at Sweet and Savory Eats shares some of her favorite freezer meals that are tried and tested! 


Alright!! Time to link up for the March Madness CFPB! (be sure to link to your post not your home page, only three posts per blog per please!Don't forget to check back through the month and share some love to the other blogs, and come back next month to see if you were a favorite pick!" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up

Monday, March 9, 2015

March CFBP - March Madness

Usually by this point in the month, I'm sitting here wondering where the last month went. But let me tell ya... I could not WAIT for February to leave. It's the shortest month, but was it just me or did it seem to take forever? While I don't buy that March is spring, because I've seen more than my fair share of March snow and cold, it's one step closer to spring!

However I'm still late to the party, and it's party because it has been gorgeous here the last couple days, and I'll take the warm weather while it's here! We've been up to our ears in getting ready for new baby pigs, vaccinating and working our cattle, and dealing with the annual Husky shedding event at our house.... the joys of spring-like weather :)

Speaking of being busy, crazy not here-not there weather, and general in-between-ness, I bring you our theme for the March Country Fair Blog Party - March Madness. Show us how you welcome the first signs of spring, how you prepare for Easter, or anything else you find yourself busy with this time of year.


But first, before you link up, check out some of my favorite posts about love from the February CFBP.

If there's one thing I love, it's agriculture and farming. I LOVED this post by Myla over at The Purple Front Door. She busts many common myths about GMOs, and this is defiantly a post I'll bookmark for the future when I need quick information on the topic.

World Conquering Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

If there's another thing I love almost as much as agriculture, it's food. Specifically carbs and sweets. It's my theory that all cheesecake needs raspberries, so therefore I'm all over this cheesecake from Angela over at Gallimaufry Grove. I can't wait to try out this recipe.

The last post I really LOVED from last month was this one from Nicole over at Little Blog on the Homestead. I'm very pro-gun, both for hunting and personal protection. I don't have a personal protection gun yet, but I'm hoping to change that very soon. Nicole goes over great points that any gun owner should know. 


Alright!! Time to link up for the March Madness CFPB! (be sure to link to your post not your home page, only three posts per blog per please!) Don't forget to check back through the month and share some love to the other blogs, and come back next month to see if you were a favorite pick!" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up

Thursday, February 5, 2015

February CFBP - L.O.V.E

Happy February everybody! The winter months seem to go by slower for me than those with warm weather, but I was a little surprised anyways when I noticed it was already February! Now, if we could just skip ahead to about April and also skip all that mud that comes after the snow, that would be great...

New month means another Country Fair Blog Party! Last month the theme was Holiday Treasure Hunt and we encouraged you all to link up your posts about your holiday traditions, gift guides and ideas, and general holiday wrap-ups. Here's a few of my favorite posts from last month's party:

Julie and her husband Milton, from In Between The Sunsets of Life, made this really beautiful barn quilt block for a Christmas present this year, and it turned out gorgeous!

Kahlua Salted Caramel Sauce

Nicole shares her recipe for Kahlua Salted Caramel Sauce over at Little Blog on the Homestead. I have an intense burning love for anything salted caramel. Add booze? Heck yeah.

Ideas for Holiday Leftovers + Recipe

Val over at Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids gives some tips on how to use up those holiday leftovers - and I know I'm terrible when it comes to using leftovers but I'm trying to get better. Val is also our newest CFBP co-host!! 

Time for the new party!! The theme for February is L.O.V.E. Feel free to link up your blog posts (up to three) about anything and anyone you love! Most loved recipes, what kind of special things you do to celebrate Valentine's day, what love means to you... the possibilities are endless! Can't wait to see what you come up with! Grab the party button as well if you link up! 

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas in the Country 2014 - Gift Reveal

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to the gift reveal link up party for the 2014 Christmas in the Country gift exchange!

We're so happy you all participated, and we couldn't have been more thrilled with the results! We had over 70 participants this year, which was over and beyond our wildest dreams. Last year we had about 25, so you all blew us out of the water with the amazing turnout! Thank you so much!!! I know you may have felt bombard with emails from us at times, and we may have asked you for the same information over and over, but we couldn't have pulled this off without you all spreading the word and being so incredibly awesome with getting your gifts out on time. I'm pretty sure I may have been the last one to mail my gift out, so thanks for being so good at following the deadlines! (Do as I say, not as I do, right?!) :)

Now onto the fun part! Let's see what everyone got in their gifts shall we??

This year I received a gift from Cheri over Ritzville Ranch Life. She sent me a goodie bag packed full of treats and trinkets from her hometown. She sent me an awesome girly camo hat, a cute notepad, some coffee, BBQ rub, mustard, cocoa, a candle and of course a couple cute little pigs!

I also sent a gift to Rebekah over at Cooped Up Creativity, but you'll have to wait for her post to see what she got! 

So now it's your turn! If you haven't yet, please be sure to write a quick blog post (or Facebook post if you're a non-blogger) sharing a picture of what you received and a shout-out to the person who sent it to you. Then link it up below (be sure to link up your actual post, not the blog homepage). Be sure to come back and check out all the other posts to see what everyone got! 

Thanks again to everyone for participating! Check out the other Christmas in the Country hosts also:

Country LINKed
Diaries from the Dirt Road
The Ranch Wife Chronicles 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

January CFBP - Holiday Treasure Hunt

Welcome to 2015 everybody!!! It's time for our monthly Country Fair Blog Party again! The theme for January is Holiday Treasure Hunt. Link up your posts on your holiday recaps, special gifts you received or gave, holiday traditions, or anything you might do to celebrate the winter holidays. Link up your posts below (only 3 per blog please!!!), and be sure to stop by a few other blogs as well and share the love!

As a recap, here's the link up from the December - Baby It's Cold Outside blog party. We had a great link up, thanks to everyone who participated! Here was a few of my favorite posts from last month:

Lindsay over at Chickadee Homestead shares how to winterize your garden - such great tips especially for a perpetual black thumb such as myself! 

Fellow co-host Nicole over at A Kansas Farm Mom wrote a post about Fab Lab. I'm not sure if we have one of these around here where I live but I have the urge to visit one now, my crafty side would be in heaven! 

 Cristen over at Food and Swine linked up a recipe for her mom's Apple Cake. I know some people try to get away from sweets after the new year, but this has apples so that means it's healthy right?!

Be sure to link up your posts below, and join in on the January fun! 

If you link up please remember to grab our party button, designed by Kelly of Old Blue Silo

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Life Lately (and #cozyboxswap2014 reveal!)

I haven't had a post here about anything involving "real life" in quite a while. Life's been moving fast lately, like it always seems to do around the holidays. Here's what's been happening lately...


Not much has changed since my last home addition post back here. We added some insulation on the inside, but that's about it. That hole on the inside of the house where the new part connects to the old part...

is now a wall of blue foam board to try to keep the heat in. I've covered it in plastic and a huge canvas drop cloth, true redneck fashion, which is slightly better than the blue foam board. Most of the contractor work on the house is done, or they are waiting for us to complete something before they can finish. For a while I was really worked up about getting it all done, but it's cold as (snow)balls over there right now. We're getting there slowly. I was really stressed about getting the work done for a while, but I've reached the point of just "being" and enjoying our last few months in this tiny little house that's been our home for the past five years, before it's completely different.


Part of the reason I've been so MIA lately is that my position at work has changed up a little bit. Basically I've kept my current position but in addition added another position, that works in conjunction with what I was doing before. It's not too much, but it's a little overwhelming trying to train in the new stuff and keep up with the old stuff. Before I had quite a bit of free time most weeks, and now not so much. But, I am very thankful for this opportunity because it's getting me more experience in a new field. Yay for leaning new things! Since I don't have pigs at work anymore, I still get my pig fix at the hog barns with the hubs when I can.

Like for my birthday this year, I took the day off work and spent it helping him ship in new baby pigs. When they first come in off the trailers they're clean and sleepy and small enough for me to cuddle them as much as I want. #heaven

Deer Season

The hubs and I also took a week off and went up north to my dad's house in the middle of November for deer season. If you've been around this blog for any amount of time you know that hunting and deer season are a BIG deal in my family. Unfortunately, we didn't see as many this year as we normally do. But thankfully, we did get one each. Hubs shot a little seven point buck on the first Sunday evening, and later that week I shot a small doe. Since I had lots of free time we were able to get it all processed and in the freezer, so that along with the company-provided pigs that we took the locker the other week, our deep freeze will be stocked up again on meat again soon!


Last month I also participated in a Cozy Swap Box with Brandi from Lipstick and Tractors. I'm really behind at posting about this, life just got too busy! I was paired with Sarah from Laze L Farms, and she sent me the sweetest box! I got a super cool journal, an awesome frame that's just my style, and a cozy infinity scarf. I'm not a big scarf wearer, but I want to start, so this will definitely help! Check out her blog to see what I sent her.

Fall Calving

When we came home from deer season we finally had our last calf of the season. These cows, I swear. I love them, but they have a mind of their own. This year we had one calve super early in July and this last one in November. Our calving season is supposed to be Sept-Oct. Whoops. Our Red Angus bull is really making me happy by dropping all of these red calves, even out of our black cows. He's back out with the cows again, so all are happy.

Christmas 2014

Can you believe that Christmas is only two weeks away!! Crazyness! I'm so behind with gift buying compared to what I normally have done. I'm hoping to get everything finished this coming weekend. Since we're in the middle of the house stuff I actually thought about not even bothering with putting up the tree, but some good friends convinced me to. I didn't break out all the Hallmark ornaments like I normally do, but I did put some up, and made a new burlap garland that I saw on Pinterest. It looks really nice and I love it, but what Pinterest doesn't tell you is that these things take forever to make!

So what about all of you? What's been going on in your lives lately? Is everyone else ready for Christmas? Tell me I'm not the only one that's behind!