March 02, 2016


A  N E W  L O O K

first things first - i got a wild hair yesterday and was like, "i feel fat. how about a new blog design?!"

kidding - i didn't feel fat, but i did want to change a few things up on the ol' bliggity blog. give it a facelift.

i just jumped right on etsy, typed in pre-made blogger templates...voila! loads and loads of themes ready for the purchasing.

my particular theme was $9 and you just can't beat that...unless you code the entire thing yourself...which i could never do...never want to do...and have decided i never want to learn to do.

so...if facelifting is something you've got a hankering for...look no further than etsy. save yourself some money and buy a pre-made template. i always thought it was going to be difficult which was why i was so hesitant...but had i known i would have gone this route long long ago.

you can expect september farm facelifts on the regular.


some of us had challenging yesterdays. some of us squeaked by with an appropriate passing day.

when my farmer gets home he'll ask me how the girls did and i give them a grade. it's much more specific and forces me to recap the highs and lows. sweet moments of independent play gets them some serious extra credit.

yesterday i'd give the gals about a B- for their behaviors. there were some bright and shining moments like when we did play-doh for an hour and i only had to dig it out of bitty's mouth five times...and there were some not so bright moments like when they both followed me around for ten minutes crying and grabbing at me as i tried to get all our dirty laundry together. (it was a do or die moment with the laundry. i've been scraping the bottom of the undies bin for days. i was either going to have to start repeating or turn them inside out.) KIDDING!

in best gals are probably just a little stir-crazy.

this time of year is always so tricky on the farm. it can be ridiculously sunny, or it can be sunny with winds of 30 mph. straight up miserable. no bike rides. no walks. no trampoline. and i think a kite would turn into a weapon with those wind speeds. so...we get stuck inside and it makes everyone a little bit wild-eyed.

so, if my girls got a B- i would say my farmer would give his day a D-. it was so bad, in fact, that he wouldn't even tell me about it. he just expressed that he was exhausted.

he's working up a big water-piping project on the farm...i think it's for water conservation and power savings and blah blah blah. (kidding! those things are very important!)

my point farmer spent the entire day in a six foot trench wrestling a pipe that was probably really heavy. the whole thing was muddy and windy and cold and nothing i'd ever want to do.

bless that farmer of mine.

he didn't get home until 8pm even thought i tried to entice him with the sweetest picture of our best gals being so good to one another. we were watching a show before bed and i looked over...and this...

holding hands! lately they've truly been finding joy and companionship in one another and it makes my heart go pitter-patter. my two best gals...becoming each other's best gals. it's the best.

A N N O U N C E M E N T !

so...i got a pretty fun response for my new 10-series from yesterday. the plan is to post a new top-10 list every tuesday. so easy, right? right. so easy in fact...i'm making it a linkup!

come up with your own top 10 list. post it on tuesday. then head over here to get your linkup on.

need ideas?
10 reasons mondays are the worst
10 clothing pieces i can't live without
10 pinterest pins i'll probably never try
10 reasons i love my city
10 facts about me in high school many options!

here's the snazzy button you'll want to post so everyone knows where you're linking up! and don't forget to tell all your blogging friends!


  1. Yay, so happy are making it a link up? I was waiting at the end of your post to say and then we're going to link up every..Tuesday. I thought you might give us prompts each week, but this is just as good! Yay!

  2. Super excited about the link!

  3. I love the new look! And also can't believe that it was $9 on Etsy. And it was easy to just "install" it all on your own?? Mindblown over here.

    Yay for a new link-up!

  4. Mine was following me around and pulling at me while trying to cook dinner. #toddlerproblems Love the new look and excited for the new link up!

  5. Love the facelift and love lists!

  6. I love this link up idea! Your new look also looks fantastic :)

  7. I am so excited I clicked on you today!!! I have been wanting a new design but not wanting to invest the money. Yours looks great! I am redoing my blog tonight fo sho. Also have been feeling blah about blogging so a new link up is exactly what I need! Cheers!


  8. OMG..Kaye looks like a porcelain doll !!!

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  10. Oh I just love your new look!!! I will definitely be joining in for the 10 Lists!! =)

  11. Yay, I am so excited that you are doing a link-up! When you posted your list yesterday I was bummed that I didn't think of it first haha. I LOVE lists :)

  12. What a fun link-up!! I just did a little spring cleaning on my blog yesterday too. =)

  13. Love the new look!! That picture of the girls holding hands is so precious!

  14. Loving the new look, definitely going to go down the premade template option from now on! Cannot wait to join you for the link up!

  15. Ooh how fun to make it a link up! I definitely plan to participate!!!

  16. I'm really excited about this link-up... I'm the list making queen!!!!

  17. Doesn't it just melt your heart when they hold hands??? Arden usually does it to keep Nash's hand off the iPad or something else she wants...but whatever. Love the new linkup too!

  18. What a fun linkup! And gah, I L O V E your new design. I just redesigned mine last year around this time, but I'm already getting a hankering to do it again. I just might need to look up some new ones. Did you install it yourself?

    And how fun is your new linkup? I might just have to give it a go next week. Thanks, Karli!

  19. Holding hands!! I might have just teared up!

    Love the new link up!

    Jim usually says something like "It appears the girls are winning the war" when he comes home on crazy days lol

  20. I love the 10 on Tuesday idea. Actually, I was thinking that yesterday and wondering how I was totally going to steal that idea. Now, with your genius link-up, I don't have to be a blog criminal! ;) Great idea!

    Also, love the face lift. I bought my new theme on etsy too (because I was sick of waiting around for my graphic designer husband to help me). I'm still working on mine - it may never be done!

  21. Love the new look!! Excited to link up on Tues :)

  22. I love the new look! God bless those creative and smart people who make these premade layouts & even make them cheap for us. ;)

  23. Love the new design, and great idea for a new series! Will definitely be participating :)

  24. so excited this will be a link up!! love the idea!!


  25. Loving your new look! Also, that 10 on Tuesday button is so adorable I just HAVE to link up now!!

  26. Awww, that's a sweet picture of your young ladies. :)

    I will be linkin' up with ya on your 10 on Tuesday. Cannot wait!

  27. LOVE the new layout and how it's also integrated into your posts. That kind of makes you an overachiever. But it kind of makes you my favorite kind of overachiever!

  28. Love that link up idea! I am such a list maker..

  29. Love the new look! I bought my current one off Etsy for $5 and I freakin' love it!! Can't wait for the new linkup!

  30. such a fun linkup! will definitely join next week :D


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