A little tidbit that most people don’t know about my family is that we have chickens. Along with my love of fashion and homemaking, I love to cook and have big dreams of supplying our family with as many necessities as possible. Chickens were an obvious addition in order to accomplish this.

Those that know me also know that I have a paralyzing fear of birds. These two things don’t go very well together. Over the course of my journey as a chicken-owner I have had to fight off a hawk with a 46″ wing span (I googled this. I also ran for my life that day with my tiny lab that I was certain would lose the battle to said hawk, a shockingly small stick considering the trees I have, and a squawk reminiscent of that of a dying seagull), chase chickens that escaped my newly constructed hawk-repellent run and configure a plan of feeding and collecting eggs that didn’t require me to wear a suit with the likeness of the Bubble Boy’s.

While conquering those road bumps, I’ve come to have a new understanding for a lot of different things. I see my daughters interest in them and am so thankful that she can grow up with a love for animals and have gratitude for the things that we are able to enjoy because of them. I enjoy knowing what is going into my body when I eat my eggs. A big one for me has been learning to appreciate something, even though I don’t like it. There’s something incredibly simple and beautiful in that. I jokingly tell people that I have a love-hate relationship with the girls because some days, I seriously don’t feel like taking care of them, but it is a hobby that I am required to commit to. It’s been interesting and hysterical all at the same time! Here are some quick little facts about me and my chickens.

Are they free range?

You may see the enclosed run and think that they are not free-range, but actually they are. They are not pasture raised because of the possible dangers of predators. Feel free to inquire with me about the requirements of free-range vs. pasture raised! It’s actually really interesting!

How many and what kind do you have?

We have seven chickens. We started with nine, but lost one to the hawk and one to disease. I have four dominiques that lay brown eggs and three easter-eggers that lay varying shades of blue.

What do they eat?

They eat any and all vegetable scraps, yogurt, grains and their feed that we purchase from a local farm co-op.

Do they have names?

Indeed. Penny, Kentucky, EB, Templeton (she was one that we didn’t order but snuck in), Louise, Little, Chanticleer

Does your dog give them trouble?

No! It’s actually great, when one of them gets out of the run, Willow actually helps me to herd them in a very non-aggressive way!

How many eggs do you get per day?

On average 4 per day, but they are fussy little things. When the days are shorter, they lay less (putting lights in their house has helped) and the temperatures also change their output. You can find all sorts of tips in chat groups!

I hope that you guys enjoy this and if you are contemplating getting chickens, please ask away! I was in no way knowledgable to begin with, but there are some really great community resources and books out there!

 

Valentine’s Day DIY

Any excuse to have a themed party, is one that I jump on. Elliot enjoys the little details and I am hopeful that one day she will know how much love was put into them. That being said, to go out and just buy everything that I see and love gets pricy. Seasonal garlands can get expensive and they are SUPER simple to make. I’ve used felt and yarn, but you could easily do with cut construction paper or whatever you have!

Today I have the step by step pictures for two projects that I used entirely with things that I already had just being repurposed! Below are pictures and lists of the supplies that I used for each step, in addition to some written instructions. Head over to my Facebook page for a video and some toddler cuteness that helped along! Friday I’ll have a video on Facebook of Elliot and I making lollipops for all of her little friends!

Valentine Garland

Supplies:

Felt hearts (similar here)

Yarn

Hole puncher

  1. Organize hearts in whatever pattern you would like them to appear.  (I wanted no pattern, so I threw them on the floor and let Elliot hand them to me. Accomplished my task and she loved it)
  2. Go through your stack and two holes at the peak of the heart for stringing later.
  3. Thread the hearts! Be sure to pay attention that the yarn is on the front of the same side as you thread the hearts.

Heart Craft

Supplies:

Heart stencil

Pencil

Scissors

Cardboard

Tape

Yarn

  1. Trace any heart-shaped object that you’ve chosen to use (or just draw one!)
  2. Cut out the heart shape
  3. Cut a large amount of yarn depending on the size of your heart
  4. Tape yarn to center of heart and begin wrapping yarn around the heart
  5. Tuck the loose end in and tape as inconspicuously as possible

Tip: If you want to use less yarn, paint your heart and let it dry before the wrapping process!

At Home Hair

Hair has always been the thing that makes me feel more confident when everything else is a mess. If I’m having a down day, I take the extra time to do my hair and always feel better. I am also an exceptional control freak when it comes to my hair. For example, on my wedding day, I called the salon to cancel my appointment (that I had already had a full consultation and approved of the style) because I was terrified that I would have a disaster on my wedding day. When everyone went to the salon, I sat, peacefully curling and braiding my own hair and couldn’t be happier with that life decision.

I feel like the biggest mistake that I made for years, and probably still do when it comes to color, is wanting things that don’t work for my hair texture. I’ve learned through trial and too many bad hair days that product and understanding how to style your hair type is super important. My hair is very fine, but I have A LOT of it so at first glance it’s flat with little texture, but when you dive in it’s a lot to work with. It really requires the extra time of curling small portions of hair and using products for texture and grip. Ones I resolved to my hair type, things got exponentially less frustrating.

Below is a gallery of different looks that I did within 15 minutes after an initial prep time of about 30 minutes. The prep includes dry shampoo, velcro rollers, a blow dryer, curling iron, texture dust (I have no clue what this is actually called, but it should be called fairy dust it’s so good), a comb and my good old hands (but not too much because the oils will counter all of the product used). I realize that the list sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t so overwhelming. I’m curious if you guys would like a video tutorial to explain? Let me know what you think and I’ll follow-up this post with some video content to show what I do!

Hope you have a great Wednesday and P.S. Click on the images for an explanation of the hairs! xx C