Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite Things

I am a total minimalist when it comes to makeup. I prefer not to wear it most of the time. If I must get all prettied up I still try to keep it simple. The other day my mother surprised me with CoTZ Face Natural Skin Tone Mineral Sunscreen. I've used it twice and am completely and totally smitten. This is perfect for when I don't want to actually do my makeup but maybe I probably should do my makeup. This and a bit of balm from The Tiny Farm and I'm set.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tiny Soap From The Tiny Farm

A special order came my way a few weeks ago. A local bed and breakfast run by a lovely woman whom I know, asked if I would consider making mini-versions of my soap for her overnight guests.

If you have any plans to visit our part of Arkansas, please consider staying at The Carriage House Inn. The owners are wonderfully friendly and you'll get a chance to try our soap!

Look for mini-bars in all our formulas closer to the holidays. They will make great stocking stuffers and last minute hostess gifts.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beauty In Routine

I never would have thought I would be the type of person that thrives on routine, but I am. The quicker I own up to it the easier it would make my life. As of now, I keep to our routine most of the time but periodically fall off the wagon for weeks at a time. Those weeks drive me nuts!

Yesterday we picked back up with school. I now have a First/Second grader and a Third/Fourth grader. For testing purposes I report that they are in the lower grades. But half of their work falls in the upper grade levels. I'm starting a new hashtag. #homeschoolgradelevelsaretotallyinaccurate

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Whole30: Day Done

I consciously chose to end my Whole30 on Day 22.

I don't feel bad or guilty or like a failure.

I didn't fall face first into a plate of donuts or a bowl of ice cream or a huge platter of pasta.

I very quietly put a bottle of crisp organic white wine in the fridge, then proceeded to drink it without any fanfare. Although my brain did rejoice a little bit for the numbing break.

Whenever you eat or drink something off plan you don't get to keep on going. You go right back to Day 1. I don't have time for that right now.

While I was on my Whole30 I lost 5lbs and gained some knowledge. I now feel very equipped to give it another shot in August before my surgery.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Around The Tiny Farm

Oh I do love these two girls. Although we are done with milking for the Summer, they still get plenty of attention. Seriously? Those faces? They just beg to be scratched.

Volunteer pumpkins coming up out of the compost pile.

Bees enjoying the pumpkin blossoms. Do you think pumpkin flavored honey is a possibility?

Lots of things are growing! Exploding basically. I'm pretty sure we planted way too much. It's a good thing I've got friends and family to unload this stuff on.

The bunnies were getting to my carrots so I went ahead and pulled them all. Not too bad for my first time I suppose.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014


This morning I went out to tend the animals and check the garden. I toted my iphone along to snap a few photos of the first of July. Welcoming another hot hot Summer month in the South.

I posted the following sunflower picture to Instagram along with the caption, "Happy July."

What I didn't post was a picture of the dead hen I found in the chicken pen. I don't know how she died, all I know is that it was a very unexpected portrait opportunity of death that I was not willing to document. I don't share a lot of the things that go wrong when raising animals or plants for that matter. For all the gorgeous garden pictures there are a thousand I could have taken of half eaten plants, flooded gardens, sick or dead livestock. But I don't and you probably don't either. People want to see the pretty. They want to keep that ideal of homesteading, tiny farming, large scale farming, CSA, etc. etc. etc. in their head. So we fill our Instagram and blogs and Twitter with the lovely filtered view of living in the country or wherever we have chosen to eek out a simpler way of life.

Just remember that the screen provides a pretty narrow view of reality.

Whole30: Day 22

I have no pictures of food today. Today was blah. Very very blah. I'm feeling very uninspired and tired of compliant food. But in case you are the least bit interested, here is what I ate.

Breakfast: Sausage, rainbow chard, smoked salmon, and basil scrambled eggs.
Lunch: Leftover buffalo chicken in a lettuce wrap with homemade paleo ranch and a Larabar.
Dinner: Steak and carrots.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Whole30: Day 21

and on Day 21 I wanted to drink.

Really badly.

Wine and homebrew were calling my name. I called a friend and she talked me down off the ledge.

I am definitely feeling some discomfort during this Whole30. But I keep trying to remind myself that the positives outweigh all those yummy and/or comforting foods and drinks I might be missing.

Breakfast: Sausage, eggs, and more zucchini fritters.
Lunch: Larabar

I grabbed a bunch of stuff out of the fridge and started grilling. Dipping drumsticks in homemade pesto and slathering Tessamae's Wing Sauce over chicken breasts. I also threw a few random portobello caps on.

Dinner: Grilled buffalo chicken sandwiched between two grilled portobellos, drizzled with ranch ( I used this recipe), and a big garden fresh salad.