Cookie Bonanza

Its been a little crazy around here the past week.  Our Girl Scout cookies came in and had to be picked up and distributed.  Did I mention the girls sold over 100 cases of cookies?  For a first timer with no training, and not having all the information at the beginning, this was a challenge (still is…collecting money).  Hopefully at the end everything adds up…or is really close 🙂

Besides all this, we had spring break and round of some kind of stomach flu.  My husband found out that he again will be coaching little league, and this year for the first time, soccer.  Busy spring and summer is coming!  The troop learned about being friendly and helpful at our last meeting.  We also did a spring/Easter project of planting daisy seeds in little clay pots, gluing on a little wooden daisy and using a pipe cleaner to make the flower pot look like a basket.  Still trying to find some neat games that we can play.
The yard cleanup has been going a bit slow due to really windy weather.  Everytime we clean up the leftover fall leaves, more blow over from the neighbors house (who might I add, did not rake any of their fall leaves…and we have tons of trees…grr)
But TImmy’s planting project has sprouted Yay!

My Chickens Have a New Home

As many of you know I have been raising chickens for some time, and we have pretty much stuck to standard breed chicks up until this year.  We decided to add some little bantams to our backyard flock this past spring but we wanted to keep them separate from our standards.  I knew we always had the option of building the second chicken coop, but between not being sure about size and style, as well as not having any free time as it is PLUS the hassle of buying all the materials, finding a pre-made coop was exactly the right choice for us.  Horizon Structures generously offered to send me one of their amazing coops and I was so excited when it arrived!

There were actually two more coops at the other end of this trailer and I thought they looked so cute pulling up to the house.  The driver was really helpful with unloading and helping us get it to the right spot in the back yard.  Since all of Horizon Structure’s coops come fully assembled, it was only a matter of getting it to where we wanted it.
The coop is perfectly adorable and I love it! This is called the 5 x 6 chicken coop and is designed to house up to 15 birds.  The ground where we set it up was not level so we had to put something under one side, but I have already started planting hostas and ferns around it to make it even more cute.  Horizon Structures offers many options and add ons to their coops, everything from paint colors to dawn to dusk doors, you can even put it on wheels so that it can be moved easily.  I chose the colors on my coop as well as the color of the shingles on the roof.
Someone could not wait to get it ready and more the chickens in.  She even asked if she could sleep in there!
Here is a picture of the inside (with a handful of straw lol).  There are two windows that open and close on the right, underneath those there are nesting boxes that are also accessible from the outside of the coop.  To the left is their little roosting area and above that is an additional ventilation window that can open and close.  I will have to do a full video tour to show all the great features that this coop has.  I love that it is raised off of the ground, it makes it much easier to clean in there.
Here they all are checking out their new home, aren’t they cute?  My bantams are still pretty small, and won’t be nearly as big as standard chickens, this makes them an easier target for predators.  This chicken coop is completely predator safe.  We added a small run on the outside, but will have to replace it with a bigger one once these guys grow up.
I am so happy with our new coop and it looks so nice in our yard, I’m glad we did not attempt to build something ourselves.  You will have to stay tuned for a little video tour and some live footage of this cute little rooster crowing.
Disclosure:  I was sent this beautiful coop by the generous people of Horizon Structures, all opinions and photos are my own. 

Add Some Music To Your Life

Music should be part of everyone’s life and music lessons should be an important part of every child’s life.  Studies show that learning to play an instrument  can boost a child’s memory and brain power.  Taking lessons teaches kids patience, and practicing teaches them discipline.  No matter how you look at it, music is great.  Finding a good, qualified instructor, on the other hand, can prove to be a challange.  TakeLessons.com does just that, they connect students with private music teachers and instructors through out the country.  They have been around since 2006 and have worked with over 30,000 students all over the U.S.  Every instructor has to go through an interview process complete with criminal backgroud check and training.  TakeLessons.com takes care of all the details like scheduling and billing so that all you have to do is enjoy learning.

Lessons are available in home, in studio and online via Skype.  This is perfect for busy families who want to cut down on driving around.  There are over 30 different lesson types offered such as guitar, singing, piano, drums, dance and even acting and academic tutoring.  They offer 100% money back guaratee.  Scheduling is flexible and there are no long term contracts.  Lessons are available for all ages young and old and for any level of experience.

Right now you can take advantage of their spring sale.  TakeLessons.com is offering a 20% discount off all lesson packages Friday March 29th through Monday April 1st just use the promo code “SPRINGMUSIC”. You can schedule online or call 855-334-1831 to find out more about pricing and options.

 

**This post is sponsored by TakeLessons.com, all opinions are my own