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Family Helping Reach Goals

Family time working together to help with self-sustaining goals.

Still working on the coop and fencing for run area, and must say it was great having family helping us and all working together for a common goal!

I never felt so proud of them all stepping up to the plate helping their parents meet our goal with the gardens and chicken preparations plus we have fun teasing each other, and listening to them teach each other or give guidance and help, makes me smile thinking we did something right! Our Third son made a gate with all refurbished wood and his added little touches! He’s a true junkie red neck!

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The inside coop is done all but a plug in and other son will finish that up this week plus he built the nesting boxes and walk ramp. Everyone had a hand in the projects from first son to last with garden boxes to fencing; A good day for us all and pizza for the hungry crew!

Mamas eggs are still in the incubator and will be hatching .

One hatched 2 Days ago now waiting for some more baby’s to keep my little one company! A few finishing touches and things to get ready!

update on chicks!  My 2 little ones passed and now have 6 new ones waiting to get big enough to move outside and when weather cooperates!

Feed, bedding, water and food containers, light, to keep babies warm for they will be inside house till it warms up more here plus get a little bigger.

This is a new adventure a long time coming for me and I couldn’t be more excited having a little touch of farm life or another step towards more self-sustainment in our little urban homestead!

Back to the gardening; I have starts to transplant to larger containers now and within a few weeks can harden off and transfer to garden boxes!  Thanks to Mary’s Heirloom Seeds!   And I have starts coming up in the garden now from Marys seeds also!

I did plant some seeds this week such as lettuce, sugar snap peas, and one row of green beans.

My goal is to plant only what we can eat, can, dehydrate and freeze! Along with kitchen herbs and some medicinal herbs. It’s a great feeling when you can grow and produce your own food!

What are you all growing this year? Mine will be Tomatoes, Green Beans, Potatoes, Green Peppers, Garlic, Cucumbers, onions, and Herbs.

Having said all this leads me to where are all my supplies to get this all done?! Well I must admit mine are all over!! So it’s time to organized these tools for canning and more in one place and don’t forget the jars and supplies for dehydrating and freezing. It’s so much easier to have these similar supplies together for when they will be needed! Check, goal accomplished plus this way you will know what you need to purchase prior to harvesting your food.

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So planning and setting goals to accomplish makes life a little easier plus when the family comes together to help makes it all worth it and a little entertainment!

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All electrical in coop is finished all left to do is paint out side, chicks to young and too cold yet to be out but maybe my 3 bigger ones in a week or two . So now more planting to do plus some of my first seeds planted are up such as sugar snap peas, lettuce, green beans and that’s it for now. yard decorations a few to do!

Happy Spring PlanningūüĆĪūüźď

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Awesome Moisturizing Exfoliant/Mask

All Natural Skin Care With Essential Oils and Dried Harvested Lavender.

 

A great skin care product that uses all natural ingredients and easy to make that you can use as a  Exfoliant and or mask, Plus the skin benefits from the essential oils! which makes this a three for one easy to use regime!

As you know their are so many skin care products on the market and have a list of ingredients that you can’t even produce or chemicals that you wouldn’t want on your face so why not try something natural. ¬†I will say if you look, their are some that are now beginning to use some natural essential oils . ¬†The use of essential oils such as lavender, geranium, neroli, rosemary and rose are none historic anti-aging choices for mature skin, and frankincense, carrot see, and helichrysum rejuvenate skin by encouraging the formation of new skin cells. ¬†Herbs such as Gota kilt and emollient herbs like marshmallow and comfrey.

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Because this lady here is of a mature age I will be making my recipe to us ladies happy and smooth skin! ¬†It is a great product to use for people who work out side a lot ¬†to to exfoliate all the debris and clogged pores removing all the gunk from our face and not to mention exposure to the sun! ¬†With the great essential oils that are so helpful ¬†for skin rejuvenation, promote skin cell growth, help with wrinkles, removes dead skin cells, ¬†skin problems, and the massaging the face as your washing also helps with circulation in the face. ¬†So what do you get a healthy glowing soft clean skin! ¬†I know there are things we can’t stop with aging, But we can at least try our best to take care of our skin plus it won’t be so bad when we really get older!

It’s not ¬†something we have to do everyday but at least 2-3 times a week especially if you have oily skin or out in the environment working around dirt, dust or chemicals, ¬†But my thinking why not at least every other day. ¬†So let’s do this! ¬†It is so simple and fun to make.

Ingredients you will need:   Oatmeal (dry), cornmeal (dry) , essential oils,  a food chopper, glass jars with lids.

  • 2 cups of dry oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of dry cornmeal
  • carrot seed essential oil
  • 1 cup dried Lavender Buds
  • peppermint essential oil

Mix the oatmeal and cornmeal together  then pour into food blender/chopper and blend till almost fine leaving some chucks of oatmeal,  Pour 1/2 of that into a bowl, Then add the dried Lavender buds and blend together.  Now add that to the bowl and stir all together.

Now it’s time to add the Essential Oils!

  • 20 drops of carrot seed oil
  • 7 drops of peppermint oil

 

Transfer blended mix into clean jars and apply lids!  Thats It!  so easy and smells so good.

How to use it:

Moisten your face and add enough water to a  tablespoon of powder or so and apply to moist face and gently scrub around avoiding your eyes;  You can even leave it on for 10 min for a mask.

 Just play around and have fun with it and you will feel invigorated and relaxed from the oils!

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Soothing Healing Hand & Foot Salve

Dry rough hands and dry cracked feet try this.

This is a great Salve / Lotion that has natural infused Herb Calendula , Olive Oil, Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter, Bees Wax, And Essential Oils with healing properties, Anti-Fungal, Antiseptic, Astringent, it’s, Scrapes and skin issues Also Healing property’s.

It’s a great skin toner and improves elasticity, moistens skin,wrinkles, dermatitis,eczema,rashes,skin discoloring and used to Treat precancerous skin conditions also used in cosmetics for these reasons so that’s why I include it in my skin care products!

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Great for dry cracked skin and rash or irritated skin.

Out door workers, Gardeners, or Chicken mamas, who constantly wash their hands, Even my hubby likes it! What about sandal weather?  It will soon be upon us and you don’t want dry cracked heels showing!   Great for cold dry winters and warm dirt digging summers! It’s a gold like color due to the herb Calendula no artificial colors or ingredients!  Simple to make and I usually put in small jars or small cosmetic jars of glass. If you keep the glass and re-wash it can be filled again also.

The Ingredients you will need to make :

-1/2 cup olive oil

-1/2 c herb infused oil( OR 1-cup olive oil and 1/4 c of avocado oil or if you like almond oil, coconut)

-4 Tablespoons Bees Wax

-1- Tablespoon Vit- E Oil (Add LAST after you remove from stove )

In a double broiler or small pan in a larger pan of 2 inches of water heat on low then add the bees wax and when slightly melted add the other above oils. Stir constantly till melted then remove from stove. Stir Oils well.

Now add the Essential Oils

Essential Oils

-10 drops of carrot seed EO

-15 drops of oregano oil

-20 drops of tea tree oil

-15 drops of lemon oil

-12 drops of orange oil

-6 drops of peppermint oil

Stir well and pour into small jars or cosmetic containers and when cool apply lids and store in cool dark place.

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Will make great gifts or items in your shop!  And they are all natural and smell good too!

 

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Keep Fighting The Fight

Staying Strong In Your Journey

Don’t throw in the towel! Don’t give in! Believe me I know its tough and their WILL be road blocks and bumps to sway you off course , But you have to stay the course shake it off and move on. You want to reach your goal right? Right! Me too! And I have had plenty of obstacles making my journey rough and rocky! Heck we all have! Food is the necessary evil and it’s everywhere!! The good , The bad and The ugly!! We as humans have to have it to survive BUT its what we have that will sustain and maintain our health, like the right choices, amounts and the ways it is prepared! We’re getting complicated now huh! Yup how our food is prepared can make or break our healthy choices.

For instance

Added Oils, sugar, butter, nuts, shortening, and many more!

This all will make you slip right off your health journey!

I’m not saying their all bad, but we have to plan them in moderation when we do! And eating out can be a night mare for healthy food choices!! How do we know what they add to prepare or addition to! I do know some sit down restaurants will omit oils and such if you ask them too or bring them on the side for you to distribute. Just plan your eating out wisely and ahead of time to do the best you can.

Another warning is the drinks and desserts!! Of course water is the best and safest option and then unsweetened drinks and no wine is sweet! Sorry but like I said you can plan for it! Nothing is ever forbidden if you work and plan for it. One other obstacle that may be rough for you is the company you eat with such as spouse, partner, family, friends, and coworkers! Yup you heard me right! It’s not that they don’t care or love you it’s just they forget , don’t know or that they DO Love you! Crazy huh!

Think about it didn’t a grandma always cook you a scrumptious meal and dessert to show her love for you?! See where I’m coming from? Then theirs some who want to test you or see you fail they either don’t care or want the old fun you to eat everything so they don’t feel guilty or intimidated !!! It happens man!!

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Well little do they understand that this just one time may just be enough for you to give in AND give up!! Also maybe they need to get healthy and won’t and don’t want you to either!! That’s happened to me a lot! Misery loves company!!

Sometimes we just may have to bite the bullet and BS and just tell them how you feel (nicely) and ask for their support in your health journey, especially if your like me and have done this healthy eating thing millions of times! Let them know your serious and would appreciate their support! It’s your life not theirs and if they love you and want you around then they will get it, and maybe it will be a wake up call for them too!

It was that way for my hubby and some family members. Be strong and fight for what you want!ūüí™

So don’t ,I say DON’T ! throw in the towel!!

You are worth it and anything worth it is worth fighting for!!

Ok so what do we do in a weak moment or times when you DO feel like giving up for any reasons? Birds of a feather stick together!! Right? Right!!

It’s time to re-evaluate your course have you been on cruise control and too comfortable? Well let’s shake this show up!!

Time to tweek your plan, food shopping, your goals, and your Honesty!! How? you might say.

Well it’s a health journey right and you want to stay strong right? well let’s make a plan a mini goal you might say .

Write down the foods you know that you can have or want that will help you reach your goal. (diet) hate that word! But you get that!

Get rid of all trigger or unhealthy foods! Like cookies, candy, anything that triggers you ! You know like the M&Ms where you can’t eat a serving of 6 But eat the whole damn bag!! That’s a trigger food my friend! Mine is those darn frosted soft sugar cookies!!

Inform your significant other and family of your intentions to get healthy and would appreciate their support! Just do it you will feel better and not have to explain your decision constantly !

Go Shopping for your healthy foods!! This is the fun part! You’ve wrote them down now go out and get’em but stick to your list and please don’t go hungry, eat before you grocery shop!

Now if your anything like me once you get home , If your hubby or whoever, is like mine and isn’t on a healthy journey or not as strong as you please keep Your food in a different cupboard! Like your crackers , salad dressing, ketchup , low cal snacks etc because when they get hungry man they WILL eat it!! Of course you both need fresh fruit and veggies and I-either make my own wheat bread or buy light breads oh and I will tell you I did not give up my butter! I refuse to eat that plastic margarine!! Yuk! I just eat a serving unlike in past times 1-2 Tablespoons of it!

I also read and get ideas for recipes on line like healthy girl, WW and health magazines all have good ideas. I include all the food plan choices , meat, veggies, fruits, healthy oils and carbs but I choose to eat those in moderation they tend to bloat me bad! AND Water,Water ,Water! Fruit juices have sugar and or fructose! Pop I rarely do and feel better for it, I prefer ice tea, and occasionally crystal light, and love my flavored waters!! Crystal Ice! All SF also.

I mentioned earlier I plan on times when I want to eat out or have a special treat like a piece of BD cake, Anniversary, things like that! What I do is really watch what I eat the day before and do a few more exercises or longer walk the day before, of and after, I try to work out daily anyway so what’s a little longer! If not daily at least 3-4 days a week! Honestly in the summer if I’m working in the yard hot and heavy and a lot of steps in,then I will not workout, I feel I already got it man!! Little hint I love wearing the i watch and fit bands to help you track your activity. (check this link out lastly for more info and recipes)

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So what are you thinking? You got this! Don’t throw in the towel ! It’s not easy but not hard if you have a plan and some support, sure you will have rough days and rocky road heck we all do BUT stop and think about it don’t you want to meet your goal, lose weight, get stronger, live longer, maybe get off medications, Insulin, new cloths and not to mention Energy!! You get it?? Theirs more reason to do it than not to do it!!! Do it for YOU!! That’s the key folks not him , her, parents, kids, But YOU!! YOU Matter! YOUR HEALTH MATTERS!!

This was my reason! My health and not being able to walk much or do many activities.

My before and So Far!

I have not reached my goal yet for I have 30-35# to go and this last bit of weight has been the toughest for me ! But I’m not giving up I will continue to fight this fight till the endūüí™

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What‚Äôs With All The Colors?

Color Your Landscapes

Did you ever think where all the many colors come from or how they come about?

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Especially in nature and the many things that surround us!

There are 7 Primary colors in a rainbow the 7 colors of the rainbow such as Red, Orange, Yellow, green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. In school we learn that there are Three Primary colors that combine to make secondary colors such as orange, green and purple plus some black and white. In the light we see colors as blue, red and green colors. The color theory is truly complicated so I won’t go into it any further, Plus some of it is beyond me!

So what about the colors we see in everyday life, all around us we are surrounded in color and we have become so accustomed to it we really don’t think about it, But when spring hits Mother Nature and all the trees, plants, flowers and bright colored birds appear it truly is a sight to behold!

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You wake up on a bright summer morning and see all the colored flowers and nature surround you how do you feel? Think about it, How does it affect you mood, your thoughts, or your surrounding. Colors are important to identify and recognition also.

We have warm colors and cool colors and each of them can create different emotions or feeling. Colors make us feel happy or sad, relaxed or stressed and some colors can make us feel hungry such as a bright red strawberry!

Warm colors such as Red, Orange and Yellow are all next to each other on the color wheel and all of them are warm. Warm colors can give us feelings of happiness, and energy. Red is the warmest and it can trigger opposing emotions and is frequently associated with love and anger or danger. It can even increase your heart rate and gets you exctied ! If you want to draw attention to an object, use Red. Think about some of the fast food chains, You see a lot of red and yellow with them to draw your attention! Use it moderately, It is over whelming.

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Orange, It enhances happiness and also draws attention, Its eye appealing and friendly.

Yellow, Is the energetic one! think of the Sun, warm, sunny and gives hope.

Green, We think about new starts, health and wealth. It’s easy and relaxes us, Think of a new spring day and green grass finally with maybe some starts of plants or flowers, It relaxes us and balances all the other colors around us.

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Blue, makes us think of spirituality, calming and it causes the body to create chemicals that are calming also. It is one of the favored colors! Think of all the jeans, jackets and such denim shirts, uniforms, The darker blues gives a feeling of being professional. Lighter blues are more relaxing and friendly. Think about the blue sky, advertising, internet and such, What colors do they use?

Purple, Has always been associated with royalty and wealth. It is calming and inticing. Walk down a few store isles and see how they use some colors especially in the women’s and cosmetic departments, Think of cologne bottles.

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So these are a few color Tid-Bits to think about and myself I think more of them in my gardens and landscaping especially this time of year. With the green as my canvas and now its time to play with colors and evoke some good feeling for all to enjoy!

So get out plan your gardens, flower beds and think of what colors you will use and for what reasons. God gave us all these beautiful colors to create our own pallets ! Go forth and beautifi your Homesteads!

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Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

Homemade Healthy Muffins

WW Oatmeal Muffins

ONE POINT this makes 12 muffins….. Just plain Healthier!

4 packages of sugarfree oatmeal (got mine at Walmart)

4 eggs

Four 4 oz containers of Unsweetened applesauce

4 teaspoons of cinnamon

Mix all together and bake at 350¬į for 20 minutes….

Sometimes I add a 1/2 cup dried cranberries the one with 50% less sugar for an extra point if your counting.

Sugar Free Chocolate Muffins with a SF Chocolate Cake Mix

 


Homemade but easy way!

1 Sugar Free Chocolate Cake mix (I get at Walmart).

1-reg size can Pumpkin Puree

1-Egg

1/2 cup dried cranberries 50% SF

1/4 tsp baking powder

Add nuts if you like

Mix well

Makes 12 large

Bake at 350 degree for 17-19 min.

I have added dried fruits, slivered Almonds, Walnuts etc.

Just have fun and enjoy!

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It‚Äôs a Full Moon Time to Transplant

Seedlings are ready to transplant and It’s also a full Moon perfect timing!

My Tomato and Pepper Seedlings are ready now to transplant to bigger containers and wouldn’t you know it the April Full Moon! Pink Full Moon they call it, And no the moon won’t be pink . It was given that name by the native tribes because of the spring pink flowers that spread on the ground. Pretty cool huh!

I will say it pays to buy Heirloom seeds and non-GMO for this is the first time my seedlings have ever survived! Happy Camper here I might add.

I used a starting potting mix and potting cups and they look good this evening.

Hopefully in a couple weeks I can harden them off and get them ready to plant in garden! Have you planted your gardens yet? These above are Jalape√Īo peppers and Tomato plants both Heirloom plants.

I’m hoping for a good harvest this year with the new plant boxes and more energy(losing weight helped me there)! Plus I love gardening and planting new Perennials on my trails and small flower beds.

I plant mainlyPerennials because one they last longer and two I don’t have to replant every year! One of my favorites are Lavender and Echinacea (cone flower). Both of these plant are hardy in my area and so beautiful when in bloom not to mention they both have medicinal qualities also! I like to dry my Lavender and use the wonderful smelling buds for soap, lotions and sachets, the lotion is very relaxing just before bed ,heck I have even sprinkled some on our sheets and pillows at night! The cone flower I dry for tea especially during cold and flu season it’s a great Immune booster!

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I planted some seedings of Heirloom seeds only a third came up and holding their own still small so time will tell.

What grows in your garden?

Experiment and have fun with Mother Nature and don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Happy GardeningūüĆĪūüĆĽ

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CHICKENS

Spring Time and New Chicks Hatching

My first little chick hatched today! Are we ready?

A cute little black one with more hatching over the next several days. Can I say I’m excite and a little nervous YES!

So much to do and get ready feed, water, bedding, heat lamp, and container to house them in until their ready to go outside to coop. Do you have baby chicks?

It’s my first time on this Urban Homestead so I have done a lot of reading and studying to prepare myself and hope that will guide me down the chicken path with success!

I first introduced the chick to water several time but the chick did not drink so I will keep working on that every hour or so don’t want the little guy to dehydrate! The baby seems warm and comfortable for now so until next time and next chick we’ll keep clucking on!

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I Love Me!

Do you value yourself?

So how would you describe your self-esteem right now?  Low? High? Or somewhere in between?!!

What is Self- Esteem?  It is how a person describes themselves a belief that he or she deserves to be happy and can handle everyday life.  TO LOVE THEMSELVES!

Does it have anything to do with the number on the scale?? NO!  BUT I will tell you we sometimes believe that our self-worth and our weight go hand in hand,  I DID!!

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WE have to value our self-worth no matter what our weight! ¬†and I know that’s tough for I fought it all my life and the prejudices of other people. ¬† ¬†We have to separate weight and self-esteem and I know it can be hard for some but we have to have this super woman or man esteem to get through this health journey and our life plans or we will become stagnant and give up and I won’t have that!! ¬†It will keep us going during the hard challenges we face and make us more likely to pursue our goals.

I don’t know about you but it gave me the self-confidence to keep going to keep fighting the fat bulge ¬†and not worry about what others thought or worse to compare myself with others! ¬† Think about it when we are feeling healthy and confident in our skin we treat ourselves better, we are happier, we make better choices. ¬†We have a better body image of ourselves which will boost us to work harder and lose more weight! ¬†I have been there done that! ¬† ¬†How do you feel when you made a bad choice? doomed, down, want to give up, give in? ¬†You start to think you’re not worth it right? ¬† Do you see how the cycle goes?? ¬†It can be vicious!! ¬†We must stop it right now right here and at that very moment! Don’t give up, ¬†ok you made a bad choice, deal with it! ¬†Tomorrow is another day and a new beginning. ¬†Hey were all human and ¬†snickers happen man!!

Being healthy and on a weight loss journey is not punishment!  Its taking control of your life, your choices along with your thoughts and beliefs !

When I was younger with four kids at home and being a stay at home mom while hubby worked It seemed like all I got done was change diapers, clean, and COOK!! ¬†What’s the big deal you say? ¬†Well with a family of six back in the day we ate a lot of carbs, we couldn’t afford all the healthy food, only if the garden produced well and on occasions. ¬† So the weight keep piling on ¬†c-section after c-section (4) to be exact! The old fashion way too! ¬†You know mommies can get stressed too and what did I do? ¬†Comfort eating!! Yup stress/food, sad/food, lonely/food, angry/food, ¬†See the pattern their! ¬†Another cycle started which lead to more weight, low self-esteem and low self-worth. ¬†You know as I sit here now writing this out I’m thinking why didn’t I see this then??? ¬† Did I miss the boat? Or what!! ¬† ¬†Its simple take away the self judgement and criticism and replace it with kindness and compassion! ¬†Boost that Self-Esteem ¬†see yourself as a friend or a relative would, with appreciation, love and acceptance.

Do you have a person or relative that really cares about you? ¬†I’m sure you do.

Well think about that person for a minute,  What do they look like?  what color are their eyes, Whats their personality?

What makes that person special to you?  How does it feel thinking about them?  Are they happy, loving, what does their voice sound like?

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Now imagine that YOUR THAT PERSON! ¬† See yourself through their eyes, ¬†What do they notice about yourself? ¬†Now shift your perspective. ¬†Now those thoughts and feelings are things you like about yourself!! ¬†Write it down if it helps, ¬†keep it for a booster!! ¬† Take one day a week and do this excercise and practice seeing yourself through a loved one’s eyes.

Self – Esteem is not about changing what you look like or what you do, It’s about changing your attitude about yourself and your worth!

Example:

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I can’t really feel happy till I lose this weight.

POSITIVE THINKING

I can feel happy no matter my weight, yes I’d like to lose and get healthy, but my weight does not define me, ¬†I like who I am.

  Stinking Thinking : Theirs no way I am going to stand up and give a talk at school

Positive Thinking:¬† ¬† I love to entertain and speak to people, ¬†the scale shouldn’t hold me back, ¬†Everyone will be watching me and admiring my voice and humor.

You get the point? ¬†We as humans can be so hard on us and beat ourselves down constantly! ¬†I did it for years! ¬†It’s time for a reality check man!! ¬†Do you not love your relative any less or best friend if they don’t live a healthy life style? ¬†Of course not! ¬†I had a fluffy Grandma and never thought nothing of it, she was loving, my role model and full of spunk and confidence.

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Be an Inspiration to others and to your selves!  Being a part of a health group where we all are working on our healthy life style,  I have never seen a bunch of loving, caring, supportive men and women helping each other plus never looking down on each other!  Only love and support.  It made me think about how I felt about myself, my worth and my confidence!  I sat in the back corner for months watching and listening to praises, support, ideas, clapping and cheering each other on and suddenly I felt different!  I felt comfortable in my skin, I felt a part of something, something BIG!!  SOMETHING MEANT FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!  Confidence, Love of  Self, Acceptance and ready to meet a challenge !!  I had new confidence in myself and my ability to be a healthier me!! I was ready to take on the more active life, make more healthy choices and except a slip up now and then and pick myself up and keep on trucking on!!

I FINALLY BELEIVED  IAM WORTH IT!!! ME  YOU!!  WE CAN DO THIS !!

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So You Want To Be A Chicken Moma

Are you ready? Have your supplies? Did you study up?

 

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Theirs a lot to think about when it come to chickens , Believe me I’m learning fast!

I’m that new chicken mom readying , reading and asking a lot of questions!

First of all decide where are you getting your chicks? Ordering chicks, hatching some yourself or getting older chickens.

Then where are they going to live? Do you have a coop already or are you building one or buying a kit OR Revamping one ?

 

The Coop Is Done

So now we have to decide what kind of chickens we want ; Laying Hens or Meat chickens, But for me it’s going to be Laying Hens plus they are a good first animal for your new homestead and if you’re an Urban Homesteader that’s about all you can have!

Things to buy before you have those babies are a must and if your new to this adventure as I’m then I will tell you it’s a whole different world unlike dogs, Cats, and such! I’ve never seen so much Chicken stuff in my life! I was in heaven! food, toys, water- containers , feeders, vitamins, worm meal, aprons, boots, signs and much more! Chickens have become a big Trend! Makes me wonder what animal is next? But that’s ok with me I Love animals and I would have more on this urban homestead if I could!

Did you know chickens are attracted to red and when their peeps the red feeders and water containers great for the little ones and don’t forget to show a few how to drink by sticking their beaks into the water bowl and the rest will follow.

It’s a good idea to purchase some electrolytes to add in their water if you notice their getting sick or preventive care my friend has some good info for that!

Don’t forget their feed starting out , they need Chick feed with the vitamins and Antibiotics this will help give them a good start in life. Now you can’t let the babies loose yet you have to keep them in a warm safe environment until their old enough to be out in the coop on their own, So think of them as toddlers and watch over those peeps and protect them! After all your their mommy now!

That brings us to a container and heat lamp for warmth and containment. Some use totes, wood boxes, empty swimming pools but just remember keep them safe and where you can check on them frequently!

 

Oh and they do pee and poop so you will want to put some straw, shaved wood chips or such in the bottom of their containers plus it will add to their warmth. You will have to change it occasionally but you got this! After all you’re the mom the head clucker of the coop! Speaking of poop theirs this thing they may get that’s called “Pastey Butt” on their little rectum that gets crusty like with poop and you will need to wash it off gently or they can’t ūüí© another mom job!

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It’s a good idea to also purchase chicken powder for lice and such to have on hand along with bedding, feed, scratch and some grit. A big must is to protect them from predators with fencing and netting plus around the coop where smaller predators can dig under if your coop sits on the ground or low to ground a good idea is put metal up against the coop or chicken wire.

So what kind of chickens do you want?? With over 200 varieties theirs a lot to think about huh!

You Should include your climate, egg production, and breed temperaments. You can combine all breeds they will eventually establish a pecking order.

Did you know Hens can produce eggs without a Rooster?? You only need a Rooster if your hatching your own eggs!

Daily Cares:

Check their water and clean /refill as needed: Keep it clean a lot of straw, poop and shavings can mess it up. Use soap and water and a little bleach to sanitize them.

Feed Chickens: You can schedule feed them or Free feed them with a large feeder.

Collect Eggs: Check daily it minimizes cracks and keeps the eggs cleaner. Check twice a day will keep them clean and prevent them from eating them also. Keep their nesting boxes clean and change out monthly.

Watch and Observe them: Spend time with your chicks to check on their health such as bright eyes, active, smooth feathers and not being picked at from other chicks.

Every six Months: Clean and sanitize coop. Wash it down with one part bleach to 10 part water plus adding diatomaceous earth (DE) in the coop will cut down on mites and keep those hens healthier. (safe for them to eat).

Don’t forget Winter prepare for that also! Heaters for water, light to keep the hens laying and a place to roost.

So there are a few basics for you to get started or maybe excite your interest in chickens and there is always books and internet to gain more knowledge plus I will be keeping you posted once my babies get here!

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