Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To

It’s been a minute since I last updated you on our lives.

These two sweet little stinkers finished their kindergarten and fifth grade years on Thursday. I am a bit jealous, since I don’t get out of school until June 8.

Isn’t this just the cutest thing ever?

Also, their dance team racked up recently at their last regional dance competition. Em’s solo won fifth place, their large group number won fourth overall, their trio won third overall and their duet won fourth overall. Next stop, Nationals in Sevierville, TN!

My shoulder has healed appropriately and I have been cleared to return to weight lifting. I am focusing on lower weights and higher reps. So far, things are going well. Pray for me, though.

This week, we are focusing on another pallet project, some more Mental Health Awareness Month goodies and a few more fabulous Friday funzies for your enjoyment.

You can expect a new podcast soon as well! I hope you all are well and happy. We will see you again soon!

Farmhouse Friday Favorites: My favorite farmhouse finds on Amazon.com

I am obsessed with farmhouse style. I love the simplicity and the beauty of it. I recently learned there are a number of beautiful and affordable farmhouse wares on Amazon and most of them are something I want to buy for myself. I decided today to share my favorites with you!

I could certainly find a lot more farmhouse “pretties” that I want to buy on Amazon, but I’d better stop before I A. bore you to tears and B. get in trouble with my husband for spending too much money. I’m sure you understand 🙂

In the meantime, check out the links below if any of these finds get your attention.

Shop this post: Clockwise from the left; 1: Large outdoor gooseneck dusk-til-dawn light fixture; 2: Lampundit 4-light farmhouse chandelier; 3: KAF Home Classic Farmhouse Stripe Kitchen Towels | Set of 12; 4. Churchill Blue Willow Soup Bowl, set of 6; 5. Hearth and Hand by Magnolia Stoneware Pitcher

Have a blessed weekend. I will see you next week!

We started a podcast!

Hey everyone! I have some exciting news- I’ve been thinking about creating a podcast for a long time but finally decided to stop talking about it and DO it.

You can tune in twice a month for my crazy adventures and misadventures in parenting, DIY and woodworking.

If you don’t mind listening to my gigantic southern accent for 15 minutes, I think you will enjoy it.

You can find it here on Spotify and here on Anchor.

I hope you enjoy it!

Woodwork Wednesday: pallet raised beds

If you follow the blog or social media for our farm Wild Orchard Organic Farms, then you already know about this project.

Where we live, the soil is red clay. This is great for permanently staining your clothes and shoes and making pottery, but it really isn’t great for planting and growing. For this reason, we have recently started container gardening and raised bed gardening. Raised beds are most certainly expensive, and so is raised bed soil. Lumber is nearly astronomical right now.

My work routinely receives shipments on pallets, of which they then have to dispose. Most of the time, pallets have broken slats, but still a lot of usuable wood on them. I took home seven pallets, took them apart (which was the hard part) and decided what size I wanted them to be. I framed the corners with some old 4×4 posts that I had.

And then I built five of them. Eventually, I will sand them all and paint them all white.

Then, I cut the bags in half and removed the bottoms and tops of them, and used them as a weed barrier. I then added the Miracle Grow raised bed mix.

My daughter even helped me spread the soil.

If you want to know more about this project, please click the link here. Have a great Wednesday!

Mental Health Monday: Small opportunities for self-care

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each Monday in May, I am going to share something mental health related.

Most people would agree that a little self-care is good for our mental health…but self-care means different things for different people. Some people aren’t really sure what self-care even means. Today, I’d like to share a few ideas as to how you can practice self-care effectively and easily.

1. Exercise

You don’t have to spend a lot of time exercising or do strenuous exercise. It’s amazing just how much a 20 minute walk outside can do for your mind. When my children and I were on virtual school (I was teaching virtually and they were learning virtually), we would make it a point to walk for thirty minutes during our break each day. It helped us to recharge, refocus and not feel so mentally exhausted.

2. Get enough rest

I type this with transparency- no one in my house gets an adequate amount of rest. We are definitely trying to improve in how much sleep we get. So far, I notice lots of positive changes.

3. Pamper yourself

Everyone needs hobbies. Do something every day that makes you happy. Get a pedicure. Try a new lotion or hair product. Buy something small that you love just because you can. Every Sunday night, I take a bath with an exfoliator and a face mask. It makes me feel relaxed and ready to take on the week.

4. Disconnect from the internet

OK, this one is hard. Sometimes I just need to put down the phone and take a break from it. Turn off your social media notifications for an hour each week. It’s not a big deal and you’ll be glad you did it.

5. Eat a serving of vegetables each day.

This one isn’t so much for your mental health as it is for your physical health. Studies have shown increasing your greens leads to lower weight, healthier colons and better blood sugars. Ideally, you should eat a serving with each meal, but even eating one a day yields a lot of positive changes.

6. Delight in the simple things

I tend to find that the things that bring me the most joy are the things that don’t cost a dime. Conversations with good friends, spending time with my family, and working in my garden are some of my favorite things to do. My greenhouse is sometimes an escape from everything that stresses me out.

Have a wonderful week. Don’t forget to practice self-care.