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Antique Dining Table Refinishing Project Tutorial June 20, 2018 07:53 2 Comments

How we turned this FREE antique table into an updated farmhouse furniture find.

11 Reasons To Own Goats - Enter to win FREE Goat Milk Soaps June 07, 2018 11:51 1 Comment

All the reasons you never knew you needed goats, plus a drawing for FREE handmade goat milk soaps!

7 Reasons to Move to Aroostook County Maine April 02, 2018 06:42

Acording to Wikipedia,  “The County”. Is the largest county by land mass east of the Mississippi.  And only St. Louis county in Minnesota is larger. 

Tips & Tricks For Painting Butt-ugly Trim March 01, 2017 22:09

Don't Let Butt-Ugly Trim Ruin Your Home

So, you want to know my tips and tricks for painting butt-ugly brown trim? Let's get right to it, shall we?

  1. Don't paint trim butt-ugly brown to begin with. Pretty sure this speaks for itself, but people do it anyway.
  2. Don't paint trim butt-ugly brown and then expect to sell your house. Seriously, nobody wants to buy a house with butt-ugly brown trim. They'll have to paint it after closing, and trust me, it is a daunting task!

Ok, so serious business now. We are moving to another house in a month, in which I will have to tape, float and mud drywall. Then I have to add trim and, you guessed it, paint it! Grr! But, since we planned to buy the house we are currently in, I began painting it and I have to finish what I started. Why finish it if I'm moving and returning the house to it's owner, you ask? Well, because it's just the right thing to do.

So, since I'm doing it anyway, I'm going to share real tips and tricks with you. Here are the reals tips.

  1. Start with gray paint. I prefer chalk paint for this purpose, since it seriously sticks to almost ANYTHING. It neutralizes dark colors so that your white, or any other light color, can go on more evenly and smoothly. It works well for trim and walls alike.
  2. Be prepared to put a total of 2-4 coats of paint on. For the trim, I put two coats of gray, (I used to just do the white trim paint, but it took like six coats to get it looking nice) and then two coats of semi-gloss white. 
  3. Another reason to use the gray first is because flat paint costs quite a bit less than the semi-gloss.
  4. Just use the gray first like I told you.
  5. My favorite chalk paint recipe can be found HERE.

Here are some before pictures. Ok, well, they are more like "Oh crap, I'm in the middle of painting, but I really need a before picture for the blog, so I'll take a photo now anyway" picture, but you get the point. 

Don't paint your house trim butt ugly brown

Here's another, but up-close.

White paint over dark brown trim

I'll update as soon as this project is complete. You will be completely shocked by how much of a difference the white makes to a room. It makes it so light and airy, and really opens up the space.

Proof That Toddlers Are Loveable, Angelic Monsters Sent to Destroy and Enrich Our Lives

Proof that toddlers are loveable, angelic monsters sent to destroy and enrich our lives

 Yup, that about sums it up. I really don't think Mr. Clean eraser pads are going to get the job done this time. Going to have to paint it before we leave, *sigh*.

Giveaway Tomorrow

Don't forget, our giveaway winner will be announced tomorrow, February 26th. If you haven't gotten in on this yet, simply click on the product we are giving away below to go to our Facebook group and join, then share our contest post on your own page. We also offer exclusive deals there.

Free towel hook coat giveaway contest

Good luck, and happy sharing friends!

 

 

 


You Have How Many Goats?! February 11, 2017 13:49

Well, That Wasn't Part of the Plan

Things have been absolutely crazy around here. Maybe it's because we are pregnant again (Dana says I like to move when I am pregnant), or maybe it's because this is an opportunity that God has brought us to that we just can't say no to. Either way, we are moving again. In the process of preparing to move, we had decided to sell off most of our livestock and replace it when we get to our new home three hours south of where we currently reside. So, the checklist went a little like this:

1) Of 10 goats, sell all but three. We sold six. Almost there.

2) Sell flock of 22 chickens. Check.

3) Sell rabbits except for pets. Check

And then, this happened:

Nubian baby goat kid

Yup, that's right. From 10 goats to four, now five. Oh, and did I mention that I checked all of the other goats and they are pregnant also? If I had to guess, I'm pretty sure we are going to end up with more than we started with. Oh, boy!

Goat Kidding in Northern Maine

Thankfully, my daughters were out feeding and watering their pet rabbits and found the little cutie out of the pen. If they hadn't found her and brought her in when they did, she would have frozen to death. She was wet and cold, and it was 20 degrees outside, which is much warmer than the 10 and seven degrees from the previous two days, but still frostbite weather. We wrapped a towel around her, rubbed some cayenne on her gums to regulate her internal core temperature, and blow dried her until she was dry. We got momma goat (Minka) and gave her some warm water-molasses-cayenne mixture to keep up her energy and prevent hemorrhaging. She is such a great mom!

Right away I called down to my neighbor to give her a heads-up, since I assumed those does were pregnant as well. She and her husband came out, and it turns out she loves baby goats too!

Goat kidding in cold climates

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Now What?

We still have six weeks or so to figure out what to do here. I for one still hope to only take three goats down with us, but man is it hard to not get attached! My daughters named this little cutie Cream Cheese, by the way. In the meantime, we will continue to see what other items we can part with and what leftover inventory we can auction off to lighten our load. That brings me to my last topic for this post, which I will keep brief for now.

Have You Lost Your Mind?

Yup, you read that right. Let's see, we are expecting our fifth young child that will be living at home with us, we are moving to a new house, and...God seems to be putting it on our hearts to host two sibling orphans from the Ukraine. What the heck?! This started a couple of months ago when my good friends in Midcoast Maine hosted some orphans for Christmas. I kept reading their stories and looking up info, not because I wanted or felt called to do the same, because I didn't, like, at all. More out of curiosity than anything. I found myself being grateful that God wasn't calling me to do the same. 

In the meantime, God kept putting on my heart to research and study the living situations of Ukrainian orphans. The girls especially broke my heart. The percentage of girls that are tricked or sold into the sex slave trade is astronomical. You can read more about that below this post, as I've linked an article and there are many more to be had on Google.

But no, this wasn't something we could do. We are moving and having a baby and don't have the money to make this work. Nope, not us. We will pray. Then this (God, why do you keep asking me to do hard things? I don't WANT to do hard things!):

“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.” – Matthew 18:5

Ukrainian orphans

“Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless and see that they get justice.” – Proverbs 31:8-9

So yeah, she is what the Ukrainians call Afro-Ukrainian. They have it even harder than your regular, run of the mill orphan, if those really exist. There is a huge amount of Skinhead and Neo-Nazi activity in the Ukraine and these kids are severely mistreated. The police nor anyone else even make much effort to stop it. I again have posted an article below this post that you can read.

We are still praying about this situation and what exactly God would have us do. If you find yourself being called to host a child or two or three from the Ukraine (not everyone is called to this), you can visit www.hostukraine.org for more information. Oh, did I mention that the hosting fees for these two children is $6,000? Yeah God, not something we can do...Please pray with and for us.

Afro-Ukrainians:

http://observer.com/2015/08/in-modern-ukraine-people-of-color-need-not-apply/

Ukrainian Orphanages and Sex Trafficking:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laurie-ahern/ukraine-orphanages-feeder_b_7344882.html


Welcome to Same As Never and a Giveaway! February 20, 2015 13:57

You just know your life is hectic when you set out to post your first blog on Sunday, but it doesn't get done until Friday! Like so many of you busy moms out there, we have spent the week in beautiful chaos with school and jumping from project to project.


This is our first real winter in Northern Maine (let's just call it what it really is, southeast Canada). So far, it has been a wonderfully challenging adventure. Coming from Texas, four foot snow banks is a foreign concept to me, or at least it used to be. Thank God for a husband who grew up here and in Minnesota, and knows how to plow!

How amazing is he? Builder of furniture, plower of door yards (driveways for you normal folks!), and milker of goats.

This week has been a lot of fun. Thanks to Pinterest, I discovered homemade wood stain using vinegar with other items like steel wool. I whipped up my first batch a few days ago. It's so much fun to experiment! I've tried a few combinations so far. My hope is to never have to buy that awful chemical stuff again, making our furniture even more Eco-friendly. Here's what I've discovered on this week's journey:


This is simply distilled white vinegar with steel wool that I let sit for three days before applying to the new pine.

 

Isn't it awesome how simply brushing on some strongly brewed tea prior to applying the same vinegar/steel wool concoction changes the color so dramatically? This stain is considerably darker.

I entered an amazing giveaway that I want you guys to get in on. Don't you just love these hand-carved cooking utensils from Polder's Old World Market?

They are so gorgeous! If you'd also like to enter, you can hop on over to Town and Country Living and read all about them as well as enter the contest. 

And, just in case the giveaway isn't cool enough; That Raspberry Stuffed French Toast recipe Jennifer talked about in her giveaway blog? Yeah, she totally came through! Talk about a double win!

We are also super excited to announce that we will have an Instagram Giveaway of our own coming up! It's still in the works, but here's a little tidbit for you to mull over. It will be a photo contest, and popular vote will win. We will be giving away one of our most popular items: A 22"X22" barnwood picture frame. It will hold any photo 8"X10" or smaller. We want to see what you would put in it if you won, so get those creative photography skills flowing! I'll keep you guys posted on the official rules and when you can start submitting your entries.

This winter, it hasn't always been easy for us to get out to church on Sundays. It's an icy, messy 1.7 mile drive to the main road. Sometimes we end up having church with the kids here at home. This is where God brought us last Sunday:

Wow, what an amazing gift! I truly hope you find as much love and inspiration in this message as I did, and I hope it brightens your day.

Love Always,
The Deans Family