Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crystal Cattle Birthday Beauty Swap

It's about time for another #CCBeautySwap. Crystal hosted this latest beauty swap in celebration of her birthday, what a great way to celebrate by including so many other amazing women! This time I was paired with Juli, a rancher from Montana. We sure had a lot in common and shared in our passions of agriculture, horses and quilting! You can follow along with Juli and her ranch life on Instagram @myfarmranchlife.

Juli sent me a huge assortment of beauty products including: Garneir Under-eye Dark Circle Correction, Physician's Formula Mineral Wear Bronzer, Frizz Ease Syrum, Clean&Clear Morning Burst Face Wash, Maybelline Rocket Volume Masara, Flip Flop scrub for summer time (I love it!!), lots of Lipsmackers for my girls, of which they always love!, and some can coozies, and post cards from where she lives in Montana, and a notepad that says: "I just don't have time for the NERVOUS BREAKDOWN that I deserve!" Thank you Juli- I love it all!

I apologize for the terrible picture, as you can see we had just returned from the grocery store, and the girls were excited to see what was it the package on our front porch!

It is always so fun to connect with new Women in Ag from all over, and always so much fun to participate in Crystal's Beauty Swaps. Thank you Crystal for hosting, and Happy Birthday!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along

I am super excited to participate in a sew along with Lori from Bee in my Bonnet. She just came out with a new book called Farm Girl Vintage, that is so adorable. I love everything about it! The blocks are adorable, and since I am a farm girl who loves to quilt, I couldn't think of a better way to mix the best of both worlds together.

We will begin the sew along on Friday May, 1, and end in October. So follow along here on the blog, or on Instagram, we will be using the hashtag #FarmGirlFridays. For more info or to join the sew along checkout Lori's blog at Bee In My Bonnet

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

National Agriculture Day!

Take some time today and thank all who are part of the agriculture community. The ag community is made up of so much more than farmers and ranchers. Teachers, agronomists, veterinarians, mechanics, salesman, administrators, Agvocates and so many more careers are all part of the amazing community of agriculture.

Thank you to all who help agriculture be as amazing as it is today!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas in the Country 2014 Link Up

This past month I linked up with some fellow bloggers and rural women to exchange some Christmas gifts with one another, I had so much fun participating in this swap. There were over 70 participants in this years swap. It was hosted by COUNTRY LINKed, Diaries From The Dirt Road, The Ranch Wife Chronicles, and This Uncharted Rhoade

I was paired up and received a gift from one of our hosts Jamie from This Uncharted Rhoade. 

Jamie sent me a package full of fun gifts from her hometown. I received a scarf that she knit herself, along with some candies that she made, some soaps made by a fellow farm wife, some glycerin hand treatment from Angel Ranch, that I absolutely love! I also received three Christmas ornaments, a pretty notebook, that I am happy to say is being put to good use taking notes for a new Bible study that I am participating in, and she didn't leave out my girls and sent some horse stickers for them. 

The scarf that she knit is adorable and perfect to pair with my red wool church coat. and is also great for the frigid -31 degree weather we are having today here in Wisconsin.

Thank you Jamie for all of the wonderful gifts! 

My gift was sent to Nicole over at Midwestern at Heart. Head on over to her blog and check out what I sent to her. Also head on over to our host's pages and check out the link-up and see what all of the participants received. Thank you ladies for hosting this fun link-up!

I had some a fun time participating in this, and I can't wait to link up again next year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crystal Cattle Anniversary Beauty Swap

It has been one year since Crystal Cattle hosted her first Beauty Swap, so in celebration, she hosted another one. I always have a lot of fun participating in these, and this time I was actually paired with two partners. My first partner was Sonja Lapak from Michigan, and my second partner was Shannon Steen from Ontario. 

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From Sonja I received, Bare Minerals blush in Rarest Rose, Essie nail polish in Jump In My Jumpsuit, a dual blush and eye shadow makeup brush from Bare Minerals. Also from Bare Minerals I received eye shadow in Velvet Charcoal, Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia, Vaseline Lip Therapy in Creme Brulee, and Neutrogena makeup remover clothes. And also who could forget the Dove Chocolate that I also received from Sonja!

From Shannon I received Clean & Clear Facial Cleansing Wipes, Clean & Clear Facial Scrub, Aveeno Skin Strengthening Hand Cream, Rimmel London Stay 3D Lip Gloss, and also some Hot Cocoa with marshmallows and candy canes for the cold winter days. And lastly Hershey Kisses in Candy Cane flavor!

I haven't had a lot of chances to try many of the products yet, but I certainly cannot wait!

I had so much fun getting to know these two ladies. That is always the best part of the Swap is connecting and getting to know others. 

Thank you Crystal Cattle for hosting this Swap, and thank you to Sonja and Shannon for the wonderful beauty products and gifts. 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas in the Country 2014

I am excited to say that I am participating in Christmas in the Country gift exchange between agvocates, agricultural bloggers, and country folks! This exchange is hosted by Laurie of Country Linked, The Uncharted Rhoade, Robyn from The Ranch Wife Chronicles, and Erin from Diaries from the Dirt Road

 I can't wait to find out what Christmas in the Country will bring. Check back on January 7th when we link up to see what we all receive. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A litte Thanksgiving Gratefulness

As I sit here writing this post, I slip back in time and sadly sound so much like my grandmother. Were you ever told as a child that you have to eat all the food that was put on the plate in front of you without complaining because there are millions of people in the world that are starving and would love to have any food?

There are roughly 925 million people world wide that are undernourished. 14.5% of American households are suffering from food insecurity. Those are not the people that you will find complaining about the food that they receive. The won't refuse it because it isn't organic. They won't check the label to make sure it doesn't contain a product made with GMOs. They gladly accept knowing that all food will provide them with nourishment.  So why as consumers, do we find ourselves complaining about our food? Why are there people scaring others into thinking that our food is killing us, when science has proven otherwise?

My Grandparents, John and LaVerne.
As a child, my brother and I lived with my grandparents and one thing that we were not allowed to say in our home was, "I am starving." I remember making the mistake of saying that only once! My grandfather slammed his fist on the table and then spent the next two hours giving us a sermon about what being starved was really like. See, my grandfather grew up poor in Germany, the son of a blacksmith, with 12 brothers and sisters right in the heart of World War II. He immigrated to the U.S. soon after the war ended in 1947. He knew what starvation really was because as a child he was starved. My gramps would eat anything and everything. If it had mold on it, he would scrape it off, leftovers would become a conglomeration of an everything soup, and he would chew chicken bones because he felt that the morrow in the middle was the best part of the chicken. I could share some of the war stories that my grandfather shared, but that would be an entire book as his stories always ended up as a several hour sermon, and most times the Bible would be opened and it would become a parable of sorts! 

All farmers, organic and conventional, work very hard to provide the world with as much food as possible. Without modern day farming practices there would be a lot more than 925 million people starving in this world. As farmers, we support each other, encourage each other, and help each other to provide a vast bounty of healthy food to feed the world. Complaining and picking apart our food, demanding that farming practices change and just simply degrading the food that is grown by farmers is not going to help feed the 925 million starving people nor the well-fed 7 billion people in the world.

So as Thanksgiving approaches here in America, take some time to think about the food that we have on our plates every day and then think about those that won't be having any food today. Be thankful and grateful for the bounty of which God has blessed us with.

Would you turn down food made with GMOs if it meant that your family would go hungry this Holiday season?