Monthly Archives: April 2010

Our new boys…

So, I’m just a tiny bit excited about the newest members to our farm…I managed to post pictures on Facebook and Twitter within an hour of their arrival!! (I didn’t get my kids pictures up this fast!) We are the proud new owners of a team!!

Chester and Danny seem like pretty calm guys and I can’t wait to get to know them…and for the memories to start filing away in our kid’s minds. This is an adventure that my husband and I always talked about; am I a lucky girl or what?! Not many people get to cross things off their bucket list at age 30!!

Growing up, my best friend lived on a huge ranch where they spent just about every day on horses. I loved going there and doing everything from either horseback or with the team. They fed all their cattle with a team and wagon, and in the winter would take all (7!!) of us kids out for sleigh rides, pulling our sleds behind the wagon and out to the hills. There we would have bonfires and toboggan till we couldn’t see the top of the hill anymore. I LOVED those times and think about them often! One memory is that S., my friend’s dad, would never stop the wagon if you fell off your sled…we did a lot of running to catch up!! (Good exercise…could you imagine the kids now a days?!?! They would never make it!)

This world that my kids are growing up in is so different than the one I remember from my childhood, and it really wasn’t that long ago that I was a kid…it scares me how much kids are missing because they are walking around with those (stupid) earphones in listening to an ipod, or face buried in a video game as they sit in a restaurant eating dinner with their family. What kind of memories is this making for a kid?

“Remember the time we drove to the Grand Canyon?”

“Ummmm….was that when we watched Nemo 77 times in the car?”

What happened to campfires and playing kick the can in the dark? Or laying out in your sleeping bags on the trampoline and looking at the stars? Building forts in the bales and scaring the pants off your city cousins when the coyotes began to howl? Or skating for hours and hours on the dugout while your parents sat visiting around a bonfire? Camping in a coulee and hauling everything down there on your horse? Or Riding bareback everywhere all summer?  

Memories like those don’t just appear…you have to make them. How much time and effort my parents put into making sure that we got to go fishing or camping or riding…I’m only starting to realize now how much work that must have been, but at the time, I just got to have the time of my life.

This is the first step in making that happen for my kids…

I am so excited!!


Posted by on April 27, 2010 in The Farm


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My 100…

Today I’m going to continue on with my top 100 list of things I love, adore and would be hard-pressed to live without. To see #1 to 20, click here and here!

21- Belt…I love belts, old or new, hair on hide or tweed, you name it, I’ll love it!

22- Flip Flops….nothing says summer like the sound of flip flops…it’s kinda like the smell of freshly cut lawn…mmmmm!


23- Anything animal print…ok, that’s not 100% true…I am a sucker for anything cowhide print…or leopard…or…ok, maybe it is true…(and I know this isn’t a “fashion” item…but isn’t it awesome?! I have one for my daughter and just ordered one for my son!)

Child Seat

24-Coral Jewelery…LOVE!!!!!

25- Makeup bags….these things are like magnets to me, I can’t get enough of them. Unfortunately, I only have so much makeup…


26- Oversized Sunglasses….anyone who knows and loves me must love my sunnies….or at least tolerate them!

27-Cute sundresses…now hurry up summer!


28- Rubber boots….our yard can be a mudpit…(Come on rain….)

29- Sandals…same idea as the flip flops, but I love the hair on hide ones!!!

30- Spanx…a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do!! (especially after having 2 babies!!)


Posted by on April 26, 2010 in Fashion & Beauty


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A Good Idea…

I read a great post yesterday from the ladies at Double D Ranchwear (Double Talk) and it got me thinking….

Why don’t I write more thank-you notes?

I LOVE getting real mail, you know, the kind with stamps and handwritten by someone who took the time to think of me. And I know that everyone else feels the same way…who doesn’t like a letter instead of bills and junk mail?

So I am going to challenge myself and all of you lovely people to write a letter this week. It can be just one quick “I thought of you today” note or an actual letter to someone  you haven’t seen in a while, (and thanks to Cheryl and the ladies for the great idea!).

And to “Farmer Trophy Wife” things up…here are some fabulous stationary items to inspire you!!


Aren’t these fantastic?!?!

These cards are soooo neat….you can carve the front with whatever you want!!
I love personalized anything…aren’t these beautiful?!


 And these are my favorite!!! I think I might need to order these ASAP!!

Inspired Personalized Stationery


Posted by on April 24, 2010 in Home Sweet Home


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Happy Earth Day!!!!!

This is an email that my littlest sister wrote and sent out today….

I thought it was so great that I want to share it with all of you in honor of Earth Day!

p.s. this is my sister and her NEW husband!!!

Happy Earth Day Everyone!
This year I wanted to focus on how we can change our perspective about
 being green and get you thinking about how you can live a more
 sustainable lifestyle.
What does being “green” mean exactly?
 It means reducing your negative impact on the planet; living with
 nature instead of trying to subdue it, and choosing products for
 positive impact on home, health and environment.
Going green is a process.
 It doesn’t happen overnight.  Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you
 have to do everything at once.  And don’t get overwhelmed or feel
 guilty.  Just start…somewhere…do something.  Any little effort
 that you can make to living a more sustainable lifestyle is a step in
 the right direction!
Be mindful.
 In all you do, in every step you take.  The ideal mental state is one
 of balance – being careful and thoughtful in all things.  HOW YOU WALK
Walk Softly.
 The old myth of unlimited growth alienates human beings from nature.
 To live sustainably we must respect nature and live by its rules.  We
 must walk softly, leaving as small a footprint as possible.
“Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but one thread
 within it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.  All things
 are bound together.  All things connect.”
 ~ Chief Seattle, 1855
Get close to nature.
 Camp out, hike, canoe, grow a garden, learn from naturalists.
 Understand how the natural world works.  It provides the perfect
Think before you buy.
 Is it well made?  Is it recyclable?  Will it hold its value?  Do you
 love it?  Can you do without it?  By reducing how much you consume,
 you will reduce how much you emit.
 Make this your shopping motto:
 Buy green, buy fair, buy local, buy used and most importantly, buy
Going green is not a trend!  It’s a lifestyle change that will take
 time and some getting used to but it’s the little things that will
 make a big difference in your impact on the planet and environment.
 Commit to one simple act like buying locally or using re-usable
 grocery bags.  Think about all the things you do during a normal day
 that could be modified slightly to reduce your footprint.  For
 example, instead of using the drive-thru and getting your morning
 coffee in a paper cup take a few extra minutes and walk into your
 local Timmies and use a go-cup!  These small acts will add up and
 really make a difference and before long it will become just a regular
 part of your daily routine.  
Remember that nobody’s perfect and there are going to be some things
 that you can’t “green” in your life.  Take me for example.  I have a
 45 minute commute everyday to and from work but I drive a fuel
 efficient vehicle and make more of an effort to green other aspects of
 my life such as recycling and cleaning with environmentally friendly
 products.  The most important thing is that you are trying to live a
 healthier, greener life and that you are conscious of your impact on
 the environment and others around you.
Have a great day everyone!

 Camille P.
 BCE Environmental Advisor

* some content by Linda Mason Hunter 2009


Posted by on April 22, 2010 in My Thoughts


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Isn’t he dreamy?!?

I did a post a while back about out Olympic Torch parade in our town…..

……but I can’t resist posting this picture…….he’s soooooo cute!


Posted by on April 20, 2010 in My Thoughts


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Look of the week ~ Jessica in Red!

In honor of Jessica Simpson taking a stand and being published (on a cover no less) make-up free and au-natural….I thought I’d do this week’s look of her (yes, again…what can I say, she’s my favorite)….


And this week, I’m going to attempt to do fashion on a budget…

….and based on the results of my new year resolutions, budget is not a word I use often, so this could be interesting!!!

Sunglasses for $9.50




Earrings for $8.98




Bangles for $32.00



Bracelets for $19.50

Necklace for $19.00

Rosary Necklace for $18.00

Wrap Dress for $65.00

And yes, I am aware the dress is in blue….just check the site, it’s available in red there…..

As for the shoes….we all have our favorite pair of black heels…so dust those bad boys off and have fun!!


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New Year Resolution Update…

Ok, so my goal was to update my resolutions the beginning of every month…..

Since THAT didn’t happen, better late than never?!

1-Running….I’m still at it and can run almost 3km now….so pysched!! And I’m keeping at it because……ahhhhhh….I signed up for a 5K!!! May 22nd, my friend W. and I are running!!!!! I actually signed up for a 5K and may or may not have whimpered as I registered…I’ll keep you updated!

2-Climbing a mountain…still waiting on the weather for this one…

3-Driving standard…crap…forgot about this one…ok, I’m going to tackle this one before the week is out.

4-McDonald’s…ok, I caved one day and immediately regretted it. It’ll be easier to keep now, their food doesn’t taste like food. Gross!

5-Saving $$…still doing good here, I love automatic withdrawal. The first of the month the money moves into the savings account and I have another account that I move money into on my own. Not only am I saving money, but this has opened up the world of online banking to me. Honesty, before now, I had never bothered. Now I love it, AND am saving the world one less paper statement at a time!

6-Budget…….yah, this one died a slow, painful death…maybe next year.

7-Invite people over for dinner……well, if I could stop setting off the darn smoke alarm, I might be more inclined to have company over…my cooking is a work in progress.

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Posted by on April 17, 2010 in My Thoughts


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