White County Fair – 4-H Poultry Chain 2017

White County Fair – 4-H Poultry Chain 2017

I’ve taken a break from KonMari-ing my house in order to do some fun and exciting things… like attend the local County Fair.

Around here, the County Fair is a big deal and has no age limit. Young and old all bring in their homemade goods, homegrown items, and animals to be shown and judged.

White County Fair - Poultry Chain - A 4-H Program

Poultry Chain

We participated in the fair as part of a 4-H program called the Poultry Chain.

Every spring, those 4-H members who sign up are given approximately 20 freshly hatched baby chicks. The participants raise these chickens and then take the best 3 out of the flock to the fair. They are judged, then sold in an auction. The proceeds from the auction go towards paying off the chickens. Whatever is left is split among the participants and awarded based on what ribbon they won. For example, all those who won first place ribbons will get X amount of dollars, while those who receive a second place with get slightly less.

Losh and his chickens

This is our second year doing the poultry chain, and this time both of my boys participated.

Due to restrictions where we live, we started out with 16 chicks instead of the 40 my kids were supposed to have. Unfortunately we had some deaths and when the county fair rolled around, we had 10 remaining.

Judging the Chickens

We picked our best 6 (3 each) and headed to the county fair.

Arkansas White County Fair 4-H Poultry Chain Chickens in Cages

The chickens are placed in cages alongside all the other participants and a judge looks at each chicken individually. They are mainly being judged on how big they are, the space between their breast bones and vent, and the size and color of their comb and wattle. Last year Kaia got a first place ribbon for his chickens. I was really surprised as it was our first time and I felt like we had no clue what we were doing.

This year, Kaia earned another blue ribbon, but Losh only got a red one.

Kaia and first place ribbon for chickens

I was really expecting them to both place second, because our chickens this year just didn’t seem very big, but I am glad it worked out the way it did because Kaia helped much more (including building the coop!) than Losh did.

County Fair Fun

After the auction, we walked around the fair checking out all the educational materials, items entered, and rides. One of my favorite things about the fair is seeing all the items that people have entered. I tell myself while viewing them that I should enter my own (and we did one year), but I never went back to pick up ribbons or anything.

Admiring artwork at the county fair - Arkansas White County

I love how the items are judged in order for more than one to win a first prize ribbon. So much time and dedication goes into some of these projects – like the quilts or giant pumpkins.

I can’t even grow a single pumpkin, let alone a GIANT one.

Can you imagine how many pumpkin pies that thing would make?

Giant Pumpkins at White County Fair

Unfortunately, we didn’t ride any rides or consume any delicious food (hello fried Oreos and fresh squeezed lemonade!) this night, but the fun we had made up for it.

What is your favorite part about your county fair?

5 Vloggers Who Inspire Me

5 Vloggers Who Inspire Me

When I started my vlog channel Aduke Schulist (previously known as Life As A Convert), I didn’t realize how big vlogging already was – or just how big it was going to get. Fast forward a few years, and it seems like everybody is a YouTuber. It’s way too easy to get lost in a sea of subscribe buttons, so I’ve picked out 5 of my favorite vloggers who inspire me to share with you.

Once you have subscribed to my YouTube channel, check out these 5 vloggers who inspire me:

Jesus loving, make up guru, Charis, and her handsome husband Jacob, are some of the first Christian YouTubers I came across. I was pleasantly surprised with how open and unapologetic Charis was/is about her religion. She adores Disney and has such a sweet personality. If you like fashion, Jesus, and relationship goals then you will like her channel.

I came across Julien’s channel in the same manner a lot of other people probably did, through Jenna’s, but he is so much more than Jenna’s boyfriend. His videography skills are amazing and his passion for vlogging shows through in each of his vlogs.

Fellow hairy girl, Alyse seems to share a lot of personality traits with myself. She is adventurous with her body and not afraid to step away from what is deemed normal. Her videos focus on her journey to becoming a better her through health and lifestyle choices.

This family is still new to me, but they quickly became one of my favorites. All too often people want to fake their life for YouTube views, but this family keeps it real, shares it all, and invites you to watch along. They are a Mormon family traveling the world with their 9 (yes NINE!) children and also have a heart for adoption.

Past contestant of Canadian Idol, Mikey has been gaining a lot of popularity lately because of his “I Wear Speedos” parody, but his talent has been around YouTube for a while. I found him after one of his acapella songs. His vlogs are just as enjoyable as his singing. He shares uplifting messages and has a contagious optimistic personality.

If the saying “You are who you hang around is true” then I am miserably failing. I am not nearly as cool, or successful, as these vloggers. Then again, these are just some of my favorite internet peoples.

Who are some of your favorite vloggers? 

Hey, It’s Okay

This is a collab and linkup with Airing My Laundry. She got the idea from Glamour magazine. You can add your links until Sunday.

Hey, It’s Okay

Hey, It's Okay to do these things a little bit differently... #motivation

  • to sleep in on a weekday. We homeschool!
  • to leave the laundry unfolded for 2…..weeks.
  • to have hot dogs for lunch two days in a row.
  • to keep an eye on your kids’ social media profiles.
  • to spend a little too much time on YouTube.
  • to WANT to date as a single mom.
  • to say no to a friend who needs help if you can’t provide the help they need.
  • to not feel guilty for saying no.
  • to have no idea what you are going to cook for dinner at 4pm.
  • to drink out of the milk jug.. Oops!
  • to have no clue what you are doing as a Boy Scout mom.

In a world where we are pressured to fit in and be perfect, what are you okay with doing differently? 

Don’t forget to leave your links at Airing My Laundry’s blog.

 

First Impressions of the KonMari Method

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First Impressions of the KonMari Method

From a young age I was interested in organizing things and I liked my space to be tidy. I grew up with 3 sisters and my room was always the tidiest.

While I didn’t have a hoarder’s amount of belongings, I did have organized clutter. As I got older and collected more and more stuff, it felt like a never ending cycle of decluttering. I would go room by room and get everything neatly organized and within a few weeks or months it was back to disarray.

First Impression of the KonMari method and a BEFORE of my house

Making My House A Home

Currently, I live in an older style rental house with terrible floors and wood paneled walls. Everything is outdated, from the floor to the ceiling. I like the layout and the space the house gives my family, but cosmetically, it is lacking. This year I am really working on making my house a home and updating it as much as I can as a renter. I previously blogged about how I re-did my laundry room and bathroom, but now it’s time for the rest of the house.

As I get to the bigger rooms I notice they need a lot more than just a fresh coat of paint. They need the KonMari method. This is a peek into my older son’s bedroom. As you can see, it has turned into a storage room of sorts since he hasn’t been sleeping in there.

Cluttered bedroom before decluttering and organizing using the KonMari method

The #1 Recommended Method

I noticed a trend on Facebook of people asking for advice on how to declutter and one common answer was among all threads. The book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying-Up  by Marie Kondo, AKA the KonMari method.

I got my hands on a copy of it within a few days, read it quickly, and couldn’t wait to get started. Her method of decluttering and tidying up takes you category by category instead of room by room.

The KonMari method takes somewhat of a minimalist approach where you keep only things that bring you joy. Even though I had just made over my laundry room and gotten rid of a lot of things, I realized I held onto items that could have gone. As I was reading, I was thinking of all the things that were stored in there that I didn’t actually need or want.

Putting The Method Into Action

While I am following her advice and using a majority of the KonMari method rules, I am not going category by category for everything. I have started in my living/dining room and oldest son’s bedroom with the items that I KNEW I could get rid of with no problems. So far this is working. I am even making some money off of selling all the items that are no longer taking up space in my house.

Okay, technically they are still taking up space, but only temporarily. I have the middle of my living room designated as the place to put all items that will be finding a new home.

Decluttering using KonMari method - Things to get rid of

As a busy single mom – that just started a new year of homeschool – I don’t have a lot of time to do the entire house at once, but I am slowly getting there. I can’t wait until my house is in order and actually tidy! I already notice a change just from the things I’ve already done – Hello, less dusting!

I’m excited to finish so I can show you guys some before/afters.

What are your tips for decluttering and tidying-up a house?

Treat Your Good Boy To Homemade Dog Treats

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Homemade Dog Treats

When your good boy is a great boy and needs a special treat, regular store bought treats just won’t work. So, gather these ingredients and make your favorite pup some delicious homemade dog treats.

Homemade Dog Treats - 5 Simple Ingredients - by Aduke Schulist

These treats contain only 5 ingredients and come together within minutes.

Homemade Dog Treats Ingredients

Ingredients:
 1 cup whole wheat flour
 1 cup oats
 1/2 cup flax seed
 2/3 cup broth
 1/4 cup peanut butter

Directions:
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all dry ingredients together. Add the broth and peanut butter, stirring until the mixture forms a ball of dough. If mixture is too dry, add more broth. Roll out the dough on a slightly floured surface, cut into desired shapes. Bake for 10 minutes, turn treats over, and bake an additional 10 minutes.

The best part about these treats is I always have the ingredients on hand. So grab a mixing bowl and your favorite dog shaped cookie cutters and treat your good boy – or girl – to these homemade dog treats.

Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored
Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored
Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored
Homemade Dog Treats Yum

Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored

What I lack in decorating skills, these treats made up for in taste. Rok (our husky) LOVES them.

Homemade Dog Treats - Peanut Butter and Beef Flavored

 

Have you ever made homemade dog treats?