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Melody Joy Elick
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SCRAP DOLL: Easy kid-friendly craft and homemade gift idea using fabric scraps.
Do you have piles of fabric scraps lying around? Me too. That's why I thought this kid-friendly craft idea was so cool! It's a great way to put some of those scraps to use, while engaging with a child you care about.  In my family, we've made a tradition of...

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Buying country property? Don't rule out that fixer-upper! (Find out why...)
Let's talk about my ugly house, shall we?  For a long time, I've wanted to tell you about my house. But it's terribly ugly fixer-upper. I mean ugly, like it scores a zero in country charm and character. (In fact, it used to be a duplex, which kinda adds a h...

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Help for an EGG-BOUND HEN: Know the symptoms, causes, and prevention of this life-threatening condition.
Recognizing an egg-bound hen...  It was the end of a 95 degree day (one of many in a two-week hot streak). The sun was setting, and soon it would be time to put the girls to bed.  We called our chickens in from free-ranging. They all came running. All but C...

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CHICKEN KEEPING: Free Range, Tractor, or Permanent Coop? (Which is best for your chickens)?
Decision, decisions... When my hubby and I started our flock of eight birds two years ago, we were total greenhorns. Our heads were full of romantic ideas. Like how fun it would be to gather fresh eggs for breakfast each day. And to watch our pet chickens s...

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Best layered ENCHILADA CASSEROLE: Easy, delicious and budget-friendly.
It was one of those nights... I wanted, no--NEEDED--to come up with something new to make for dinner. It had to be EASY. It had to use stuff I already had in my kitchen. And it had to be FAST because my family was hungry!  That's when I pulled out a fun new...

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DIY borax-free LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP--dirt cheap & easy to make!
I showed you how to make laundry powder , and dryer balls . Today let's talk about making liquid laundry soap. (This stuff works great)! Pin this! Are you tired of trying to guess about the safety of the chemicals in your laundry soap? Imagine, you're in th...

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DIY Perfume: How to blend essential oils for homemade perfume.
Would you like to make your own perfume? Creating fragrances from natural essences not only offers a healthier alternative to synthetic perfume, it can be an exotic, exciting adventure! The array of beautiful aromas that come to us in essential oils is like...

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Easy DIY GEL AIR FRESHENERS with essential oils. (Great homemade gift idea)!
Don't you just love the aroma of Christmas in the air?  I sure do. To me, nothing beats the smell of a real Christmas tree in my living room. Or the smell of cinnamon, clove and ginger scenting the air in my kitchen. But there's one thing I don't love about...

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DIY stress-relieving FOOT SOAK and DETOX: Relieve stress and ditch toxins with this soothing lavender-lemon recipe.
I've talked about the wonders of an epsom salt fizzy bath , but today, lets talk about taking just our feet for a dip in a soothing lavender-lemon foot soak. Farm life is busy... This made-from-scratch life keeps me on my toes , but beyond that for some odd...

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