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We have been blessed a thousand times over with Henry’s birth, and even in this time of social distancing, we’ve seen so much generosity from friends and family. However, the sweetest gifts we have been given are these plaques from my dad. The wood is from my parents’ property, and my dad has rigged up a contraption that will cut words and designs into wood (@ppetroska, maybe you can leave a better description in the comments?). I love them both so much, such sweet representations of both sides of my family, the Petroskas and the Mahoneys. And as many of you know, connecting to my heritage is incredibly important to me (and no wonder, with a dad who thinks of a beautiful gift like this). Of course, now we really ought to add the Swedish side and Mike’s French. 😂 (Thank you, Dad. ❤️)

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Earth Month Tip #6: Let the weeds be! *most of them* Plants that have over time been labeled weeds by our green lawn society are some of the first flowers for pollinators! Certain weeds, like clover pictured, have beneficial properties, like adding nitrogen to soil, out competes bad weeds, stays green, loved by pollinators, AND is edible! I learned so much about weeds and gained a greater appreciation for them in the @sustainableworldradio podcast called the Wild Wisdom of Weeds. I highly recommend!

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Oof needs to be done over here! Also, MAJOR reminder! Do NOT mix vinegar & bleach as it will release toxic chlorine gas. Use one or the other. Always look up combinations prior to using, even if using natural cleaners. . . . This is a great way to keep your machine fresh and rid of any mildew or excess build up. There are many alternatives so feel to use what works in your household! . . . #homemaking #homemaker #happyhome #artfulhomemaker #homemakers #homemakerlife #homemakingtips #housework #oldfashionedonpurpose #makehomeyours #tradwife #tradlife #traditionalwoman #traditionallife #slowhandmadehome #lovethewayyouhome #nowthatsgoodhousekeeping #howihaven #cleaningtips #aproncladarmy #homemakinghacks #homemaking101 #homemakingtricks

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🌱TAKE ME HOME🌱 Glass canister with aqua swing top lid: $34 . . . 🌿 To claim, comment SOLD and DM your PayPal email and shipping address🌿 . 🌿Please make payment within 2 hours🌿 . . #livefolk #seeksimplicity #flashesofdelight #livinglifethrifted #theartofslowliving #slowhandmadehome #simplethings #simplejoys #curatedhome #thehappynow #slowhandmadehome #simpleliving #thrifthuntlist #fleamarketstyle #secondhandfirst #thoughtfullythrifted #yourthriftstyle #forsaleinthetrove

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The first #shelfie of our open pantry. Glad to have you back old friend 😍 Curious to know, do you prefer having an open pantry? Or hidden away? Or both?!

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How is #holyweek already here? I had almost forgotten yesterday was #palmsunday without having mass to go to. It seems so strange not having my newsfeed flooded with palm crosses! . This year will be without feet washing, and our family will probably have turkey on Sunday (it’s already in the freezer) to save on buying lamb. We haven’t bought special Easter outfits and Easter baskets are going to be a little more frugal than in years past, like in many households across the world. . But you know what? Even though Holy Week will look a bit different for everyone this year His story, His message is still the same. We can still take time to mark each day and occasion. And on Sunday we can still be reminded that He is risen. . . . . . . . . #alifeofintention #bedeeplyroooted #blessedisshe #beautyfromashes #coffeebreak #darlingdaily #discoverunder10k #debtfreeby33 #domesticity #faithlovehope #faithoverfear #joyfulmamas #gracebasedmotherhood #gritandvirtue #goodmorninggirls #inspiredmotherhood #isolationchronicles #livebygrace #liturgicalliving #motherhoodinspired #nestandflourish #slowhandmadehome #stayathome

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You may have noticed the shop has a new name. I have been thinking about a name change for a little while now as “Little Kettle” felt too cutesy, but I wanted to keep the same sense of joy in the little things that inspired my shop from the beginning. “Provincial” to me means sweetness in simplicity, understated charm, and embracing the small things in life. So there you have it. Provincial Goods. 🤍 - @michellemilowe

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don’t talk to me or my son ever again🌿

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Even though there are a number of things I would change about this house if I could, I’ll never ever forget the feeling of home we’ve felt here. Golden hour in our bedroom and watching the rain fall from the couch. Rearranging spaces and little corners all around. I grew up here in a sense. We started a life together here. It will be a sad day when we have to say goodbye but this place will always be our first home, together. 💛 . . . #liketkit http://liketk.it/2Mz6J @liketoknow.it @liketoknow.it.home #StayHomeWithLTK #LTKsalealert #LTKhome #thecarneysathome #documentyourdays #apartmenttherapy #apartmentliving #dominomag #abmathome #thenewbohemians #thehappynow #mycuratedvibe #thecollectedhome #myinspiredhouse #discoverunder5k #cornersofmyhome #slowhandmadehome #slowandsimpledays #makehomematter #bestofhome #sodomino #lovewhereyoudwell #seekthesimplicity #currentdesignsituation #interior123 #homesohard

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Today we have ☀️shining & 🦋 making & 🌼 picking & 🐦 chirping & 🧺 to fill with nature goodies, and it just feels good.

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One room in our home that hasn’t been touched other than paint is our bedroom! Most days I could care less, but other days, it drives me crazy not having a bedroom we love! I’ve had little motivation to decorate lately! I always get like this at this time in the year when my main focus goes to the garden, but I started switching up our room a hair! I didn’t get much done, and I lost motivation like 10 minutes into moving things! But I put together this super simple little set up on a table in our bedroom, and called it a day! Maybe one of these days I’ll get motivated to really change it up! Now I’m back to couch surfing and watching reruns 🤣 Happy Monday y’all! . . #slowhandmadehome #artofslowliving #thisishome #livesimply #mycountryhome #simplefarmhousestyle #simplefarmhousetouches #intentionalliving #aquietstyle #ourhousehold #myfarmhouse #handmadehome #farmhousecharm #mycottageinstincts #countrycottage #diyhome #myoldhouse #thisoldhouse #seeksimplicity #mycountryliving #livingthecountrylife #lifeinthecountry #upcycleddecor #thriftstoremakeover #doityourselfmagazine #easyliving #mysouthernhome #howihome #naturalhome

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Going to use this journal to have the hard conversations and questions with God that I’ve had for awhile now. Don’t wait to be honest with God.

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In @thenester 's wise words "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful" ⠀ ⠀ Construction stopped out here on the porch due to the Shelter in Place order, but that hasn't stopped us from enjoying the morning light coming through these new windows ☀️👌. ⠀ ⠀ I put together this make shift window seat using furniture we already owned and it is hands down my favorite spot in the house. ❤️⠀ ⠀ We are beyond thankful for how far both the kitchen and porch got before the crew could no longer come, and that we can still use these spaces! ⠀ ⠀ Someday we'll finish mudding the drywall, trim out the windows, and lay a floor, but for today- it's good enough! ⠀ #idhtbptbb

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My days have been slow and simple lately. They've been punctuated by rustic dutch oven baked breads lathered in butter and sage honey, Mary Oliver essays, and lots of walks in the field hunting for the first edible floras.⁠ ⁠ I wish I could be spending more time in my garden right now, but it's too early to get to work. We've still been getting regular frosts. So for now, I'm trying not to force myself into being more productive than I need to be, and focusing on enjoying the simple little joys in life. ⁠ ⁠ Check my stories for some bts of this yummy rustic no-knead bread and my daily walks in the field. ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #isolationchronicles #simpleliving #slowliving #naturalliving #liveslow #folkandstory #slowdowncollective #documentyourdays #nestandflourish #aslowmoment #alesshurriedlife #gatherandtend #gatherandgrow #liveauthentic #livefolk #livethelittlethings #simplejoys #thesimpleeveryday #homemade #ourfoodstories #cornersofmyworld #kitchenadventures #kinfolkhome #nestandthrive #daysofsmallthings #habitandhome #mystoryoflight #slowhandmadehome #simplethingsmadebeautiful #smallmomentsofcalm ⁠ ⁠

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The days are starting to blur together a bit and I’ve found myself genuinely surprised a few times last week by what day it was. Some days I’m so thankful for this unexpected time together and the chance to truly slow down while others my emotions threaten to over take me and I spend the day holding on by a string. Taking it day by day. In other news, I hope we’ll all emerge from our homes 50lbs heavier from all this baking and it won’t just be me.

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Heart shaped waffles, homeschooling, and the start of the week leading up to Easter. Last week I rode the waves of several different emotions but yesterday was such a good day. The sun was shining, the girls were able to get their bikes out of the shed and ride in the quiet driveway. I soaked up some much needed vitamin D while planting our new black raspberry bushes in the back yard, they are two years old so we should be able to harvest a crop from them this year! I’m dreaming of all of the pies and jams. 🥧 And— taking further advantage of yesterday’s weather we grilled flank steak for carne asada, can we say hello leftovers for rice bowls today! 🥩🍛 Everyone single one of us is feeling similar and different emotions during this climate of uncertainty and change but— looking for those bright moments and holding on to them, no matter how fleeting they are, lies the silver lining of this whole situation. Have a wonderful Monday! You are loved. You have grace extended to you. And you are never, ever forgotten.

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I'm pretty sure there's no better activity than this for quarantine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Baking is the best. You kill a couple of hours stirring, weighing and cooking your cake, like little magicians. You can learn about where food comes from and how it's made. And the best part is that you get to eat it all at the end! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here are a few ways you can bake more sustainably: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌿 Make your cake vegan. Replace eggs with aquafaba, flax eggs or mashed banana. @minimalistbaker has a fab post all about egg substitutes. Use coconut oil in place of butter and plant based milks instead of dairy milk. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌿6% of global emissions come from food waste. Use up what you have on hand even if it's not exactly what the recipe calls for. Courgettes in place of carrots, ground hazelnuts in place of almonds, honey in place of golden syrup... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 🌿 Use up the wastage from your other ingredients. We candied the peel from the oranges in the recipe, and adding it as a topping! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Have you done any baking in lockdown? _____ #ecoparenting #naturalparenting #lowwaste #lowwasteliving #sustainableliving #slowlivingforlife #slowhandmadehome #diysustainableliving #lesswaste #veganbaking #ecocooking

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words to live by. ☀️

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My little introvert corner 💛

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A little Palm Sunday meditative weaving. I tried to make a fan but couldn’t quite seal the deal. You win some, you lose some 🤷🏻‍♀️ #processoverproduct

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We spent this lovely Sunday evening on a picnic blanket in the garden reading, kissing, laughing at Oakley, eating dinner, staring at our sleeping daughter, and dreaming about all that will grow here this spring, summer, and fall. These are the days I never want to forget.

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For today’s Sunday cake, Felix chose cinnamon rolls. A favourite of ours, and an Easter tradition, usually shared with good friends. #bakingonbennett #sundaycake #slowhandmadehome @randi__dandi__

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Welp, we’re under contract. 👏🏻🏡. . . 30 more days to make memories in this sweet house and we’re off to the next adventure. We priced it a bit lower than the realtors initially suggested, but with the pandemic and volatile market, we’re feeling super fortunate it was offered on the first day. 🙌🏻😭.

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My mother in-law dropped off sour dough for me to pop in the oven 🍞 ✨⛅️ this is how she turned out @superparentx4pics ❤️. . . . . . . . #childhoodmemories #slowhandmadehome #thriftedhome #pocketofmyhome #livinglifethrifted #habitandhome #theartofslowliving #holdthemoments #howwedwell

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Earth Month Tips #4 & #5: Revamp and Repair! We REVAMPED our two year old white cotton napkins because even though they were clean, they still had stains all over them. So we decided to dye them blue one evening last week! It was a creative and relaxing activity (I bought the dye pre-covid-19 so maybe try natural dying with things like avocado skins and pits or certain plants!) We also took this time to REPAIR some clothing items that had gotten a hole or lost a button. These are pretty easy sewing fixes if you have some thread and a needle because they don’t have to be perfect!

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Sunday’s bake is chai spiced baked doughnuts! I know these are good because Nick and I have done Keto for 7 months, and he ate 2 of these!! And they ain’t Keto! They are packed full of all the yummy! Cheers to a happy day! . . #slowhandmadehome #artofslowliving #thisishome #livesimply #mycountryhome #simplefarmhousestyle #simplefarmhousetouches #intentionalliving #aquietstyle #ourhousehold #myfarmhouse #simplekitchen #handmadehome #farmhousecharm #mycottageinstincts #countrycottage #cottagekitchen #countrykitchen #diyhome #farmhousekitchen #myoldhouse #thisoldhouse #seeksimplicity #mycountryliving #livingthecountrylife #lifeinthecountry

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Did you know we’ve got a handy Bottle-ometer on our website? It’s a great way of seeing how many bottles you’ve saved. Each time you order a refill your score goes up! ⬆️ You can check your score by logging into your account. What’s your number? Let us know in the comments below! ♻️

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Day 21 of perpetual bed head 🤘🏻 Happy ☀️day, friends!

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I don’t think I’ve ever shown this full view. 💫 Mostly because the tv is such an eye sore...but now that I have some art on it 🤷🏻‍♀️ What do you all think? My next project will be making a frame for it so it can blend in with my gallery wall better and replacing/rearranging some of the art with bigger pieces. Do you want to see that process? I am STOKED. ✨ Anyway, this is our view today. ☁️ It’s dreary here - the perfect excuse to stay right where we are; cuddled up on the couch. Have a beautiful Sunday, friends. 💛

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we’re finally at the age here where we understand patience (kind of) so we gave natural egg dyeing a whirl! we used what we had on hand, which was paprika, tumeric, red wine + black tea. thank you to @illume.co for the simple how-to on her blog, which we used as our guide. i may try a little bit of vinegar with the dye next time, as they sat for 12-24 hours and a couple we dipped twice to get a darker hue. #slowlivingthroughtheseasons #alesshurriedlife #slowhandmadehome #nestandflourish #magicchildhood #motherhoodunplugged #storytellingmama #spring #mindfulliving #midwestliving #fromabove #livethelittlethings #thesimpleeveryday #aslowmoment #documentyourdays #simplethingsmadebeautiful #howwehome #habitandhome #folkandstory #mymidwesthomestead

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would anyone be mad if stewart and i stayed in bed all day listening to gardening podcasts? 👩🏼‍🌾🐄 asking for a secondhand goodboy ———— p.s. i have a victory garden update!! i filmed it yesterday but forgot to share 😅 it doesn’t look like much yet but head to my stories if you want to see the beginnings of a thing ☺️ moral of the story: you don’t have to know everything before you start! [art on the dresser is by uncle brian, @bk.architect_] . . . . . #stayhome #shophandmade #buysecondhand #secondhandfirst #shopsecondhand #adoptdontshop #thriftlife #thriftingfinds #zerowastehome #sustainablehome #thriftedhome #howyouthrift #livinglifethrifted #broughttoyoubythrifting #mindfullymade #slowhandmadehome #minimalistliving #minimalstyle #lowwastehome #liveslow #embracingaslowerlife #seekingsimplicity #slowmornings #earthinspiredhome #naturally_imperfect #theperfectsimple #zerowastehome #ecostyle #lowwasteliving

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Woke up this morning & shared a little walk around the farm in my IG Stories✨ Praying you find peace & rest today in the little moments around you.💫 . . . #smallhomestyle #homesteading #smallhomes #flowerbeds #farmlife #simpleliving #slowhandmadehome #freckledhenfarm

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Good morning friends! I hope you're all enjoying a quiet Sunday morning! And for those of you that are working today, THANK YOU!! So what are you baking, movie are you watching or what house project is on tap for today? 😂

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Another quiet day, another vignette 🌿.

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Zelfgemaakte yoghurt als ontbijt vanochtend; het is gelukt! Geheel plantaardig en net zo makkelijk te maken als koe-yoghurt 🌿 • Deze eerste batch is gemaakt van ongezoete sojamelk en een paar eetlepels ongezoete sojayoghurt, na 24 uur fermenteren en 12 uur opstijven in de koelkast bleek het geslaagd te zijn 🎉 • De tweede batch staat nu in een warm raamkozijn te fermenteren, dit maal met een beetje van mijn zelfgemaakte yoghurt als de yoghurtcultuur die het fermentatieproces op gang brengt. • Zo lang je steeds een paar eetlepels van je yoghurt bewaart om in de volgende batch te doen, kun je yoghurt blijven maken. Hoe gaaf is dat? • En ja, het kan ook met zelfgemaakte melken, zoals havermoutmelk of notenmelk. Je voelt h’m al; dat gaat mijn volgende projectje worden 😉

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Yesterday I made a large batch of Trailmix.🥜 Sometimes I get the premade ones from the bulk bins, but I prefer to make my own. That way I can choose exactly what ingredients I want, and they're usually healthier. Also, it's a fun thing to do with all your extra time at home these days. Here's what I used... Homemade Zero-Waste Trailmix: • raw almonds • raw cashews • raw peanuts • raw pumpkin seeds • raw sunflower seeds • dried cranberries • semi-sweet chocolate chips *all ingredients purchased in reusable bags at @sprouts

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Me, also known as Momma, mom, mommy, mama, mum MOMMMY, babe what’s for dinner...✨ also got dressed and felt like myself again today. . . . . . . . #childhoodmemories #slowhandmadehome #thriftedhome #pocketofmyhome #livinglifethrifted #habitandhome #theartofslowliving #holdthemoments #howwedwell

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These two babes are part of our Spring Picks section, because eggs just mean Spring to me for some reason. Is it that chickens have begun laying again? Is it Easter? I don’t know, but you’ll find these keeping good company with spring cleaning supplies, bud vases, garden books, clothespins, and more. What does Spring make you think of? 🌿

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The heart of our home is in the kitchen💕 This quarantine journey has been unexpected and completely unpredictable but one thing is for sure: we have loved gathering around the table for meals. Between the extra time together and the money we are saving from not eating out, I think it’s safe to say that God willing we will come out of this experience with a new perspective and new found appreciation for h o m e 🌷🍞 #freshbread #homemadebread #breadmaking #slowhandmadehome #handmadehome

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Today was the slowest, simplest day I’ve had in a long time and it was MUCH needed. I haven’t been sleeping well, I know many of you haven’t either, and last night, it all sort of came to its point, leaving me feeling drained and well, sort of exposed today. So, I took it easy. I made a nourishing breakfast, drank plenty of water and took a nap on the couch. And now I’m feeling so much better. ✨✨ All that to say, listen to your body, and if it’s telling you to slow down, slow down. You can’t pour out to others from an empty well. 💛 If anyone is needing a little virtual hug, I wrote a blog post a few weeks ago on finding the calm in the chaos, which you can read via the link in my bio. I hope it serves you well. ☁️

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Posted @withregram@beckyocole Mixing up a fresh batch of natural skincare ✨a sugar body scrub scented with spices, a nourishing, supportive facial oil, the *best* cleanser/mask with chamomile, rose and carrot (I may be sharing this recipe on tv very soon!), green clay & lavender face mask and a natural deodorant that actually works! These are all the products that I teach on my Natural Skincare workshops here at the farm 🌱Making natural skincare is one of my favourite things to do-I think this is partly due to having a scientist dad and partly due to my obsession with the Lush catalogue when I was younger. (I was able to list off all the ingredients to any product 😂 )Then on a trip to a bookshop I begged my mum to get me a copy of @jofairley natural beauty book. I would pore over her recipes wondering where I would ever source the ingredients from (internet shopping wasn’t really a thing back then). Now I’m in an incredible place where I can make all my own skincare using the best ingredients and growing a lot of it myself! 🌸 And even better I get to teach others too! Using pure, natural products is so good for our skin and doesn’t overload our systems. As someone who has an autoimmune condition I’m always looking to reduce inflammation and be gentle with my body, and this is one of the ways I do just that! My next workshop is in February and I’ll be teaching on online version too! I’ll be announcing the online class via my newsletter so if you’re interested pop over to the blog and sign up and I’ll send you across the details soon! 🌞 . . . #natureandnourish #thegoodlife #gardenblogger #homesteadinglife #slowhandmadehome #botanicalpickmeup #kitchenapothecary #theartofslowliving #homesteader #asimplelife #reconnectwithnature #theslowdowncollective #nontoxiclifestyle #farmhousekitchen #rhythmsinthehome #onmykitchentable #zerowasteliving #botanicalbeauty #herbalism #theartofnaturalliving #cleanbeautyblogger #herbalistlife #naturalskincare #homemadebeauty #diybeauty #homemadeskincare

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A million things to do but I’m just gonna lay in bed and stare at this painting bc it seems like a nice place to vacation right now, maybe if I stare long enough it’ll become a reality? • • • #thatsdarling #vsco #VSCOcam #slowliving #seeksimplicity #thirftedhome #darlingmovement #hygge #momentsofmine #thehappynow #theartofslowliving #livinglifethrifted #slowhandmadehome #simplejoys #flashesofdelight #theeverydayproject #habitandhome #howyouhome #makehomematter #doudsweetdoud #thrifted #coronavirus #stayathomechallenge

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Beautiful Bluefaced Leicester. It’s a crossbred BFL from @cactushillfarm and awfully soft. So soft I can’t imagine how BFL are raised for anything other than their wool. Long locks, lovely to spin or felt in lock form, or to card into roving or batts, or comb into top. Takes to dyeing as well. No wonder it’s such a favourite among textile and fabric artists. #bfl #bluefacedleicester #wool #handspinning #felting #sheep #locks #textilearts #rawwool #slowhandmadehome

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James birthday breakfast❤️ Biscuits and gravy and fluffy scrambled eggs! Now we are all going to be as lazy as possible today and watch movies and make junk food!!

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🎊This Weekend only!!🎊 Grab a conditioner and get a shampoo for $12!! PLUS free shipping PLUS a free shampoo pump PLUS a free gift!! . Personally, this platinum duo is my fav!! Keeps my blonde from getting brassy and keeps it feeling smooth and not like straw!! 🙌🏻 Such a great time to try out these products or stick up on the ones you love!!! Message me for all the details!! . . . . . . . #freshstart #habitandhome #showmeyourstyle #theinstagramlab #slowliving #simpleliving #theartofslowliving #modernsimpleliving #handmademodernhome #livewell #inbeautyandchoas #apartmenttherapy #slowhandmadehome #thatdecorlife #thebloomforum #bestofhome #darlingmovement #smmakelifebeautiful #atmine #howyouhome #littlestoriesofmylife #kismetcheckoutmyhouse #whitewalls #seekthesimplicity #myhomevibe #modernfarmhousestory #lifegivingsquares #pocketofmyhome #omysa #dominomag

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Today let’s celebrate being alive, being loved and being happy. ⛅️ . . . . . . . #childhoodmemories #slowhandmadehome #thriftedhome #pocketofmyhome #livinglifethrifted #habitandhome #theartofslowliving #holdthemoments #howwedwell

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There is no better time then now when we are all stuck in isolation to get planting our little green friends. And friends is exactly right as unbeknown to many of us plants actually give off serotonin boosting oils, known as phytoncides, into the world. These help to boost our mental health, lower blood pressure, improve immune systems and much more. I thought I would share a few ways we can all get planty regardless of whether we live in a flat, house or palace. 1. Grow some windowsill herbs - Perfect for those without a garden and super easy too. You can use any old container, order seeds and compost online or order a whole set like I got with my chilli plant in the photo above. It came with all I needed to start my own little chilli plant empire! Not only will the herbs release their lovely oils in your room they will also release them into your body and nourish you when you eat them. And they are super tasty to boot! 2. Grow a window box - another one for those without a garden providing a bit more space. Could be a flowers, herbs, salad you name it. Buy seeds you can plant out now in April and enjoy watching them grow. 3. Order some house plants - you can still order plants off some sites and they make a perfect addition to the home. They help to reduce pollution in your home (which is actually worse than outside!) and are proven to improve mental health. 4. Grow a pot of speedy salad - inside, outside doesn’t really matter they just need sun and water to keep them going but a nice pot of speedy salad mix is super easy to grow and has the bonus of providing you with food. I am about to plant my speedy salad out in a pot in the garden and according to the seed packet I should have salad to enjoy within a month. 5. Use your one daily outing - just walking in your local area you will rub up against trees, bushes and flowers. Enjoy your neighbours plants as you walk by, get out to a park if you can or even go for a longer walk round the countryside. You’ll still get lots of plant oils/phytoncides doing this and your body will certainly thank you for it! I hope this helps provide you will some much needed green joy and inspiration 🌿

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Do you need a free chore chart? . . Keep reading for a chance to win this!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hello, my saving grace, AKA the chore chart. This time of year feels crazy. Especially as a working mom whose children are now homeschooling and all our routines have been turned upside down! .... For years I let the anger of the messes stress me and keep me from the joy of being at home with my blessings. . Maybe it’s my #enneagram1 heart that needs to have things in order. Maybe it’s a bit of #ocd 🤷🏻‍♀️ Maybe it’s a little of both. . Creating a chore chart, sister, gave me peace. My Martha 🧡 needed to be able to rest. Here’s why this works: everyone KNOWS what and when they are supposed to do their job. . The link in my bio takes you to all my tools to help create some simple systems to combat all the chaos, and TEACH YOU HOW to create your own systems that work for your family! . I want to gift you with a workbook to help you create your own chore chart that will work for your family dynamic! . HERE’S HOW TO ENTER: ↗️ FOLLOW me here (@stephanie_dunning ) ⬇️ TAG a friend below. ➡️ SHARE this in your story and tag me @stephanie_dunning for an opportunity to “win” a your “Home of Peace” Workbook from me! ... I’ll announce the winner on Sunday (04.04.20 at 8pm CST). Love and Blessings from my toolbox to yours! 💛Steph ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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What a happy accident that I planted tulips the exact shade of these branches I foraged from my dad’s yard! #fullandsimplelife #thefarmonthehillflowers

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Who’s been opening their Splosh delivery today? Don’t forget to tag us in your pictures!

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I tidied up the office a little bit this week and realised I don’t really feel like spending much time in there at the moment. My mission this weekend is to make it lovely again, starting with repainting the floor white and finally finishing the skirting boards and radiator 😴 I’ve seen loads of posts recently about not feeling like you have to be productive while we’re in this weird time and while I do agree, there shouldn’t be any pressure around it, I don’t think there should be guilt if you need to be productive either. I know personally if I don’t have things to do and a few easy goals to achieve I’m going to go a little bit crazy. Some days it will be watching Desperate Housewives in bed and some days it will be painting everything in sight, it’s all a balance isn’t it? What have you been up to today?

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Thought today would be the perfect day to share one of our favorite comfort foods! You better believe it involves mashed potatoes!!!! . Home style Creamy Mushroom & Chicken Gravy over Mashed Potatoes! 🤤 . It’s actually a recipe created by Mom! She really worked her “use up what’s in the fridge and make it amazing” magic on this one! . I know you’re going to love it as much as we do!!! . Link to the recipe can be found in my bio! . . .

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Truly grateful my husband is home with me today and tomorrow. A slight reprieve, a respite together. He is considered essential and has been working so much lately out in the midst of the public, we haven’t had much time together, more than a day or few hours in the evening here and there at all in the last several weeks leaving him exhausted. My anxiety is through the roof lately worrying about him and everything else. I’ve stopped reading the news every five minutes and tried to breathe from social media because it only fuels my fear. Instead checking in on friends, lots of prayer, taking long walks after work and reordering my days to flow as normally as possible in spite of my own work ramping up. Finding some calm in our pre pandemic weekend routine of coffee, Netflix, Instagram memes and never leaving the house 🥯🥨🥞🍨🍿☕️🥡🍕👵🏻🧓🏻 I hope you all are staying safe, healthy and resting in moments of calm. What are you finding gratitude in today?

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Vintage blouses in heerlijke lentekleuren bij @bluebirdsdordrecht 😍 • En kijk het koperen kledingrek, zo mooi! Wie me een (klein) beetje kent, weet dat ik dol ben op alles wat koper/rosé goud is. Altijd al geweest, grote kans dat het blijft 😜

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What craft will I do next...🤔🧶

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Snow days in April? We’ll take it. We spent the morning making snowballs and catching snowflakes. Followed by a warm epsom soak and some ABC Mouse time. Finding a rhythm has been a challenge for me and screens have won out more than I care to admit. But I am so truly grateful to have a yard, the mountains and trails to retreat to. Here’s to finding joy in the pockets of the unknown. I’m slowly coming to terms with the idea that we will have another month of this at minimum. One of the things getting me through is the idea of being able to get away in June to early July. I’ve been dreaming of a trip to Costa Rica, Sequoia National Park, Oregon or Alaska. 💭 Dream with me. Where is the first place you’d like to visit when we resume some semblance of normalcy? I’ll pick a random person for coffee on me. ♥️

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Whew, what a fun week!! 😊 happy Friday! In case you missed it in my stories, today is the last day of giveaways and challenges for #wearethehomemakers 🏡 • • Sarah from @littlebitoflovely is hosting today’s giveaway so head over there stat to enter!! 👏🏻 it’s a fun one and she’s letting the winner choose!! 🤗 • • Today’s challenge for the #wearethehomemakers challenges is showing us how you incorporate sense of hearing into your home! Love fun playlists?! Always have a podcast on? Happy with loud and rambunctious noises or feel better about peace and quiet?! We’d love to know so tag us and use the hashtag 💛 thanks so much to everyone who’s participated this week we’ve had such a blast 😊 • • • • • #homemaker #homemaking #slowliving #myseasonalstory #slowandsimpledays #country_stilllife #theartofslowliving #makehomeyours #aproncladarmy #livingthecountrylife #makingahouseahome #homeblog #femininefamily #howwedwell #darlingdaily #womenlivingwell #countryliving #countrylivingmag #seekthesimplicity #thehappynow #homesteading #homesteadlife #oldfashionedonpurpose #thatsgoodhousekeeping #happyfarmily #cultivatingahomestead #slowhandmadehome

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Feeling all the spring vibes over here in the Texas countryside. 😍 . Took a much needed day out in the wild appreciating the little things in life. I don’t share about it often, but we have a small piece of land that we are slowly, and I do mean slowly, building our little homestead on. We have been spending more time this week while we have time making plans and figuring out how we want to start getting more work done out there. Now more than ever we’re motivated to be more self sufficient! There’s really not much to our homestead right now, but I’m excited to start sharing more of our little journey and what we’re doing as we go! . Wishing you all a happy Friday, and great weekend, sending you all love. Stay safe, my friends!

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My mind and emotions have been all over the place the last few weeks, but one thing I am so glad for right now is the fresh spring green leaves popping up on every tree limb. It’s a sign of fresh, a sign of hope, and a sign of growth. It’s reminding me to be thankful for the little things and to slow down and enjoy small moments with my small people. I still wish I could get outside my house and off my property, but I’m so thankful for those that I am sharing this time at home with! . . . . . . #minimalistfarmhouse #hobbylobbyfinds #decoronabudget #decorandfriends #dogwoodtree #decornewbiesunite #springblossoms #gallerywalldecor #farmhousegallerywall #nesttoimpress #slowhandmadehome #loveiskind #1corinthians13

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Beautiful large wooden box which formerly held a wheel of Wisconsin cheese ☺️ What would you use this for? Stationery? Toys? Knitting? A gift box? Your shoe shine kit? ✨

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Earth Month Tip #3: Have you ever heard the phrase, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow” 🤔 Well, that’s the bathroom motto in our house! I know toilet talk is not always wanted, but this is probably the best time to try this earth friendly practice out! There aren’t any guests coming over, so why flush every time? Skipping a flush here and there can save money and water! Oh yea, don’t forget the second part of the saying... “if it’s brown, flush it down” 😁 Happy Friday! Also, happy Spring Break to my Charleston County School District coworkers who have been working so hard the past couple of weeks to support students from afar!

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Friday vibing in the home office. ✨✨ It’s been such a weird time for us - filled with really good moments and really weird ones. What a time to be alive! I can’t wait until we can share all the things that have been going on but let’s just say my Pinterest is getting a bit full. (p.s. if you’re into Pinterest you can follow our inspiration at The Carneys Bloom!) Anyway, hope you’re having the best day. Its Friday for all my work at home peeps and homeschooling parents! We made it! 💫💛🤟🏻

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I am still processing how a month ago Fridays were my favorite day and stood for so much, and now it just all seems blah. Weird times. Soon this hall will be finished! We will continue the wood floors throughout. Hard to believe that where that gray door is now was our closet and part of the bedroom at the end of the hall. Our plan is to switch out all of the doors in here with the gray ones, we just haven’t had time to do that, but hey, maybe we can check that project off of our list?? . Trying to stay positive and let go of all of the unknowns. That is super hard for me. Excited for the weekend. My husbands job is considered essential, so he has been gone a lot and it’s just always better when he is here! How are you spending this Friday? . . . . . . #freshstart #habitandhome #showmeyourstyle #theinstagramlab #slowliving #simpleliving #theartofslowliving #modernsimpleliving #handmademodernhome #livewell #inbeautyandchoas #apartmenttherapy #slowhandmadehome #thatdecorlife #thebloomforum #bestofhome #darlingmovement #smmakelifebeautiful #atmine #howyouhome #littlestoriesofmylife #kismetcheckoutmyhouse #whitewalls #seekthesimplicity #myhomevibe #modernfarmhousestory #lifegivingsquares #pocketofmyhome #omysa #dominomag

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anybody else missing the thrift store? 🙋‍♀️ #slowhandmadehome

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