Monday, March 16, 2015

A Visit to the Farm

On Saturday we visited a dairy farm about an hour north of Fort Worth. I have been waiting to go for weeks, because I really wanted my husband to come along too since it was our first trip out there. A scouting trip of sorts. I called the dairy farmer before we drove out to see if he was available to show us around and if my kids could look at his animals. There are not only cows on his farm, he also has pigs, bunnies, and even a litter of 10 puppies. We had such a great time, we stayed for nearly 3 hours. Mr Steadham showed us around and explained what steps he takes each time he milks his cows. He also talked to us about how he is against GMOs and refuses to use any GMO feed for his animals. The farmer makes raw cheese, and sells free range eggs, along with raw milk and cream. In his little shop he sells grass fed beef and pastured pork products. I was very impressed with how clean everything was and that Mr. Steadham cared so much about what goes into our food! It was refreshing to say the least. When we first arrived he offered us all a glass of milk as he was pouring milk into gallon jugs to sell, he poured each of our kids their own cup to sip. Here are some pictures we took while we were there.

 Dry Valley Dairy
 Mr. Steadham was quite the character
The kids drank their milk with chocolate and strawberry syrup
 30 lb blocks of cheese
 The piggies were SO cute!!
 4H Rabbits raised by Mr. Steadham's daughters
 The cows coming in from grazing to get a drink

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Time Saving Tips

How do you get it all done? I get this question a lot. Truth be told, being a mom of 6, I don't get everything done. That in itself is key. I don't try to do it all. If I did I would still not be able to get everything done and I would go crazy trying. Over time I have figured out ways to save myself time and my sanity. This post will be the first post in a series called, Time Saving Tips for Families.

The first tip I want to share with you is a huge help. I came up with this idea when I wanted to make it to my favorite thrift store, the Goodwill, on dollar day (everything is $1 that is a certain color tag) In order to find those hot items I would have to be there Thursday morning right when the doors open at 9 am. Maybe for a normal person it might be a little easier to get ready and be at the door ready for it to open. But for me, I had 5 small children plus myself to get ready. On Wednesday night we have church. I always change my kids clothes right before we leave for church on Wednesday so that they are fresh and clean. This is how I came up with the idea to have my kids go to bed in their clothes after we get home from church on Wednesday night. That way, when I get them up early Thursday morning they are already dressed! This worked out so well that I could drive to almost any Goodwill in Phoenix and still make it there before it opened. I saved my family a lot of money shopping dollar days. Good ole days. They don't have that kind of sale here in Ft Worth. But hey, any time I need to get out the door in a hurry the next day. I just have the kids get dressed the night before. Hope this post will help you get where you need to go early in the morning and save you from getting stressed out by the logistics of it all.  Blessings to you this week!