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    016 :: 33 THINGS I’VE LEARNED

    1. Don’t just find time for yourself; MAKE TIME for yourself.
    2. Even if your husband NEVER watched Saved by the Bell, your marriage WILL BE OK!
    3. Choose to be a PRESENT mom over being the PERFECT mom.
    4. Sometimes GRACE comes in the shape of a cup of coffee, paper plates, a ROKU stick, or couch snuggles.
    5. Google LESS; Pray MORE!
    6. Chocolate chip cookies taste better with butter flavored Crisco.
    7. Spinach hides best in smoothies with chocolate OR blueberries.
    8. God would rather us HASH crap out with Him, than ignore Him completely.
    9. You discover the heath of a chicken by it’s poop…there’s so many metaphors here, I’ll just let your brain come up with it’s own.
    10. Stop reading the Bible though a LIBERAL lens or a CONSERVATIVE lens; the Bible does not fit into those world views. Live the way the BIBLE says we should go and that will be FAR different from either.  We are called to life a life Holy/set apart…Study biblical justice!  Your spirit will BURST! (Thank you, Tim Keller!)
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    1. Noise cancelling headphones. Get a pair.
    2. Cereal is not just a breakfast food…. even after college.
    3. Satan is a hunter… a hunter works to separate its prey from the pack to make them vulnerable & an easy target. STAY CONNECTED!
    4. Taking care of yourself is NOT selfish. Ask me about the Oxygen-Masks-on-an Airplane analogy.  That’s what made it click for me!
    5. Teach your children in the ways they should go, and then go with them…in a non-hovering parent sort of way.
    6. You should be serving with what’s OVERFLOWING from your cup, not from what’s inside.
    7. To get blood out of clothes….HYDOGYEN PEROXIDE immediately!
    8. Splashing puddles can make ANYONE smile.
    9. Unmade decisions are brain clutter.
    10. “Where there is no vision, the people parish.” – Proverbs 29:18
    11. The difference between a bull & a steer is just a couple nuts.
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    1. If you put the cream & sugar in first, then you don’t have to wash a spoon.
    2. Judgments of someone or something reveals MY open wounds & heart issues.
    3. White is the easiest nail polish color…it goes with EVERYTHING!
    4. You don’t need a PHD to Encourage/Serve/Pray. God seeks the willing; not the qualified.
    5. Chalkboard paint IS cool. I don’t care who you are.
    6. Coffee & Quiet is GOLD to a mama.
    7. Just because I don’t wear a wedding band, doesn’t mean I am not sickeningly happy in my marriage… I means, I don’t want to rip my finger off. Big difference.
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    1. God can’t fill clenched fists.
    2. What I do teaches a FAR greater lesson, that what I say.
    3. Cotton candy is my love language…besides Quality Time.
    4. Let yourself DREAM! How else will you create GOALS to work toward?
    5. Put your phone down & actually TOUCH someone…a handshake, a hug, baby snuggles… EVERYONE (except Sheldon Cooper) needs physical connection. It’s good for the soul.

    Here's to another FULL year ahead.

    015 :: 10 Things I want my Daughters to NEVER Forget

    With each of my daughters I started a journal.  I'd write in it while I was pregnant.  It holds everything from funny dreams & cravings I had to prayers that I would pray over my belly at night.

    As the girls grow, my entries have become more spread out, but last night I was taking some time to write, "...these are some Important things to NEVER Forget."

    To my girls: 

    To put into words ALL the things a mother feels about her children is IMPOSSIBLE.  You little women have shown me God's character, God's strength, God's compassion, God's mercy... His humor.  His faithfulness, above all... that is what I cling to.  The fear that surrounds me is CRIPPLING, but the faith that I have in God and his plan for YOU is my FUEL!  You each are completely different, yet the MASSIVE amount of love I have for each of you is EQUALLY infinite.  Take these next 10 things as guidance, but NEVER stop learning on your own.  

    10 THINGS I WANT YOU TO NEVER FORGET:

    1. You can do ANYTHING, BUT don’t do EVERYTHING!
    2. Speaking truth is the right thing, but speaking truth in LOVE is the best thing.
    3. Not everyone is your friend, but they are all God’s children; don’t treat them as any less.
    4. When someone is judgmental of someone or something, it reveals an open wound or insecurity of her own.  
    5. Your time is one of the BIGGEST gifts you can give someone.  
    6. Your Daddy was loved you deeper & longer than any man every will.
    7. Your point of view is VALUABLE to the world.
    8. The first thing you EVER taught someone was how to be strong, brave & BEAUTIFUL -- and that was me.
    9. Nothing will make me love you more & nothing will make me love you less.
    10. Spend your life loving others; not looking for love.
    Photo Cred: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photosbyjill10/">Photos by Jill</a>
    Photo Cred: Photos by Jill

    God called me to raise girls; I see that as a HUGE privilege, but I also believed He chose me because it would require complete reliance on Him to do so.  He hand picked me to be the keeper of Ruthie, Tessa & Joanna.  Humbling.  Thank you, Jesus.

    014 :: Spring Break Highlights + I Need Your Advice…

    Man, I missed writing last week.  PRAISE GOD, the Wineingers survived Spring Break 2019!  I had a mental breakdown Thursday night, and poor Nathan got to hear my blubbery mess...but I picked myself back up & we’re back at it this week.  

    SPRING BREAK HIGHLIGHTS

    Our chickens got moved in!  For not liking chickens much, Nathan build QUITE the coop!  It’s about 90% complete. All that’s left is a door out of the nesting area & chicken wire on the exterior sides.  

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    I SUCCESSFULLY swept every day.  *I hope you hear my sarcasm there.*  One day did not go by that I didn’t step on a goldfish.  LOVE...not. Ruthie got a chance to get away & spend the night at Gigi’s house, so Tessa, Jo & I got a walk in and some yard work done.  Although COMPLETELY self diagnosed, I fully believe I have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) because winters are HARD on my spirit. So, this walk was HUGE!  

    I was determined not to spend any money, so we went to the playground a few times & rented books and movies from the library.

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    I ended the week at an event in Springfield BY MYSELF (I was pumped!), but then left early because I made myself sick out of sheer exhaustion…I think...again, self diagnosed.

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    CONCLUSION: The girls had a BLAST! Gotta love FREE entertainment.  I SUCK at Self-Care.

    THIS WEEK

    Saturday is CHICK DAY!  At the store, we will have pretty close to 1100 chicks.  We’ve already sold quite a few with special orders that have come in.  The weather is supposed to be BEAUTIFUL! That’s SUPER beneficial for chick days...it snowed last year on Chick Day & we still had 400ish birds left over.  

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    I NEED ADVICE

    You know when Jesus is trying to tell you something & it gets ANNOYINGLY obvious that He’s trying to tell you, and you HEAR it, but you’re clueless about what to do?!  That’s me RIGHT NOW with SELF CARE! Guys...I’m riding the STRUGGLE BUS….in fact I may be driving it, because I KNOW that I need to stop & take time for myself, but I am so CONVINCED that it’s selfish & I'm taking time away from my family’s needs. I promise you, that I know that the devil is weaving those lies in my head, but I think I don’t BOLT the other direction, because I don’t know what the other direction is!!  

    What does self care look like for you?
    What do you do (I don’t care what stage of life you’re in) to revamp & refuel & take some much needed ME time?

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    Thank you in advance, sweet friend, for your advice.
    Love,

    a Mama running on baby smile

    013 :: Friday on the Farm- This is Us

    For the month of March, I have been running my first ONLINE marketing campaign for the store on our Country Feed Facebook Page, and I think it’s done fairly well!  According to our insights, we’ve had GREAT interaction & honestly, it’s just been fun to feature my peeps at the store! BASICALLY, it was created to show gratitude BACK to our customers, because in actuality, THEY are OUR Country Feed Family!  *see what I did there?*

    It’s called “Your Country Feed Family.”  This last week, we featured YOURS TRULY (can I just tell you how HARD it was to sit on these FANTASTIC pictures and not share them until this week?!?!!?), so we did an intro at the beginning of the week of Nathan & me and the girls.  NOW, today we are answering a few questions that I asked Jessica & Ellie, our other employees, but I’m posting the answers here. When 2 people are answering the questions, it seemed a little lengthy for a FB post.  

    *The ABOVE photo accurately describes the situation MOST of the time...Nathan is our calm.  Who's surprised?*

    NATHAN'S ANSWERS

    L:  Ok, so we need to answer those questions today for the Facebook Page post…

    N: What questions?

    L: For the Country Feed Family post!  We did the into, so now it’s time for the “Get to know you" questions…

    N:  Hmmm

    L: Ok… If money were not option, where would you fly right now?

    N: ….

    L: Here’s where you tell me the answer…

    N: I know, I’m thinking….Probably somewhere in the Rockies.  

    L: Ok. What book are you reading right now?

    N: What are books?

    L: Alrighty then...   (Side note: To give him credit, he’s online ALL THE TIME researching & learning about LOTS of things...just not in book form.) What animals do you have?

    N: A dog.  (Wow my man of many words.)

    L: Yes...ok.  What is your favorite product at Country Feed?

    N: (Fastest response yet) The Fly Control Protein tubs...I can see a HUGE difference when I got into other herds compared to mine.  

    L:  Ok. Thanks… that all.

    N:  Hmmm.

    Connect with Nathan on IG: @nathanwineinger

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    MY ANSWERS:

    1. I’ve lately had a HUGE desire to go to Japan.  I’m a traveler...I’d consider it a hobby.
    2. I’m currently reading/listening to You are a Bada** ...I promise, once you get past the title, it’s REALLY good.  Sometimes, I just need someone to tell me I’m capable.
    3. Nathan would be correct.  We have our dog, Moose, a very large yellow lab. AND we currently have 5 chickens...but of course that’s about to change because CHICK DAY!
    4. This forgetful mama is SO thankful for our FROZEN MEAT that we carry!  Beef, pork & chicken! I resort to frozen pizza or mac & cheese before I drive all the way to Peoria if I forget meat.  

    Connect with me on IG: @thewineingerfarms

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    I'd love to get to a point where we can do a Q&A and answer more questions about what we do and who we are.  COMMENT with questions & we'd be happy to fumble through answers for you. 🙂

    HAPPY FRIDAY everyone!  Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

    If you're not already... CONNECT with US!

    Lindsay's at IG @thewineingerfarms

    Nathan's at IG @nathanwineinger

    Country Feed's IG @countryfeedprinceville

    012 :: FIRST DAY OF SPRING

    Man, the first day of Spring, for us, brings on slight panic.  Not sure about anyone else... We have so much to do before we jump into full seasons!  Around the farm, each element requires SOMETHING!

    ALL THINGS COWS

    With the cows being at two different spots, tasks are semi spread out, but these lovely ladies & babies are the biggest task.  Makes sense… they’re pretty LARGE!  Here’s what we/the boys have to do:

    • Finish the Confinement Building at the Big “W” Wineingers feed lot.
    • Repair fences around our summer pastures. We lease a couple extra pastures for the summer.
    • Wait for a few more calves to drop (be born).  We don’t normally spring calf, but we gave it a whirl this year.
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    THE BEES

    All the beehives died.  BUMMER, right?!  Nathan put our order in with the packages being distributed at the feed store mid-April.  I believe we have 8 packs coming, so these tasks are A LITTLE more pressing:

    • Clean all the dead bees out of the hives.
    • Separate out & add two more baseboards to create 6 hives.
    • FINISH BOTTLING ALL OUR HONEY! Man…have we procrastinated! (Did  you see our bottling video?!)
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    HAY FIELDS

    Remember how we talked about you all experiencing something for the first time WITH us?  Yeah…this is one of those things.  We have baled in the past for ourselves, but this year, we are working with a few farmers to grow and bale alfalfa to sell at the feed store.  I’m sure there’s things I’m missing here, but here’s where we are at so far:

    • Finalize farm leases.
    • Purchase the seed to plant.
    • They are currently looking around for equipment to make mass baling easier.

    I'm not going to lie...this all sounds INCREDIBLY boring to me...I'll let Nathan take this on.   You're welcome, babe.

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    CHICKENS

    NOW we're talking about things I love!  Did you see the picture I posted of Tessa helping?!  O man it was soo cute.  I’m one step ahead here since I got my chickens late February, but here’s what’s left to do:

    • Coop: Finish enclosing the coop & stapling up chicken wire.
    • Move the nesting boxes from The Big "W" Wineingers to our house.
    • Figure out how to get electricity to the shed (without extension cords).
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    GARDEN

    Nathan gave me strict orders that I was not allowed to do a garden this year.  I can see where he’s coming from…my most successful season I only got green beans & zucchini even though I planted about 12 things.  I was given permission to use our cattle mineral tubs & plant a handful of things ON THE PORCH.  So, here’s the plan:

    • Get the giant red tubs from the Josh’s house.
    • Pick 5 vegetables to plant.
    • Schedule planting & prepare for fertilizing & watering.

    Any plant suggestions for a REALLY bad gardener?!!

    FEED STORE

    ANY change of season at the feed store makes for some adjusting.  In the spring, here’s our biggest tasks:

    • CHICK DAY! Usually our first weekend in April.  We order and had sell around 1,300 baby chicks.  We prep special orders, then we sell the rest on Chick Day.  We have customers that don’t have/want chickens, but they just come up to see the cute baby chickens, ducks & turkeys.
    • Still being slightly new, we aren’t quite pros at taxes yet, so I spend many a late nights behind the computer getting paperwork rounded up.
    • LOTS of seminars & events at the store. Starting next week, we have something big happening whether it be a seminar or event until the last week in April.
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    Well, awesome.  After typing all of these things out, my TO-DO list has tripled!  Great…thanks.  *eye roll*  At least we’ll be outside lots.  Ok… here I go.  HAPPY SPRING!

    011 :: Friday on the Farm – The Feed Store

    Back in the summer of 2016, Nathan & I took the leap of faith that was Wineinger’s Country Feed & Supply.  The ENTIRE process from the previous owner approaching us 'til now almost 3 years later, has been COMPLETELY covered by God’s grace.

    Our feed store is located in picturesque Small Town MIDWEST America where football IS fall & we have 1 flashing red light in the center of town…our store is on one of those corners of that light.

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    The Big “W” Wineinger Family was approached with the purchase of this store because the previous owner knew that it would take a large family to run it. ALSO, we had animals to feed.  Nathan had coached his son in football, we had a running cattle farm, and he bought my chicken feed there from time to time, so that may be what sparked the idea.

    I can still remember the sit-down we had with the WHOLE family & him in the office of the feed store.  He was VERY honest & transparent with the business.  Leaving that meeting, I could FEEL Nathan’s wheels turning.  I was working as the Athletic Secretary at a high school & Nathan was working for the family farm & landscaping biz.  We knew that the Big “W” Wineingers were already FULL with landscaping, snow removal, water hauling, house contracting; as a whole, it couldn’t be added… But what if Nathan & Lindsay did it?

    "THAT FEELING" is HARD to describe, but that PEACEFUL assurance you get when you know God’s handling the risk of the situation... it was uncanny.  And Nathan & I both felt it EVERY TIME we talked about it.  So, we did it.  Being young & new, there really wasn’t a bank willing to give us a loan, so we reached out to friends & family and found investors (our BIGGEST cheerleaders both then & now!) to purchase the business.

    I still remember the first week of work.  I worked for about 3 weeks with the former owner.  He would introduce me to the customers as they came in & then show me how to work the computer system, invoicing, anything & everything I thought I needed to know.  The first customer that came when I was there, I will never forget, sat down, drank coffee with us & chatted about EVERYTHING for 2.5 hours.  I was LOVING it already.

    Nathan would come in around 3p and learn ordering & inventory.  He’d mess around with the fork lift & learn about feed and what each did for different species.  We LITERALLY started from scratch.  THIS PICTURE:

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    …was the 1st day we owned the store.  I went out and got a pair of cowboy boots so people would take me seriously.  Ruthie & Tessa LOVED coming to the store and would climb on bags for HOURS!  They’d create forts with the bedding while I did deposits or inventory.

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    I felt so terrible that the girls were there ALL THE TIME!  I would apologize to people for them being there, when they got in the way, when a customer would have to move barbies & blocks to get to their feed… finally someone put me in my place… “You don’t have to apologize!  Aren’t they why you bought this in the first place?!”  Yes.  Yes, you are absolutely right.  I still apologize for their toys, but I STOPPED apologizing for them.

    Photo Cred: <a href="https://emilycarpenterphoto.myportfolio.com/">Emily Carpenter Photography</a>

    The Hardest Part-

    For me, learning about the different species.  CHICKENS!  I know chickens… but to learn about hamsters all the way to cattle & horse.  OOO and being pregnant at a feed store!  That was pretty difficult.  When you lift 50# bags for a living, weight restrictions are no good.

    The EASIEST Part-

    THE PEOPLE!  The community we work with.  The kids we support through their 4H and FFA projects & show season.  The friendships we’ve made are immeasurable.

    The cool stuff we do:

    • We feed our local zoo. We order feed like Zebra Pellets, Banana Monkey Biscuits, Leaf Eater Diet, Wild Herbivore Diet… We got to go on a behind-the-scenes tour in January…AMAZING! (TOTALLY going to do a post on this!)
    • Because of the open space in our building, we have an annual craft sale, and let others use the space for fundraisers, meeting, etc.
    • About once a month, we have some kind of seminar where we bring in experts in a particular field for locals to learn & ask questions. Last month, it was Bee Keeping, this month it’s Pond Management & next month, it’s Homesteading 101!  This is one of our favorite ways to meet people!
    • We have 2 additional employees.  That's so important to me...and I take the fact that we are helping support their families as well VERY SERIOUSLY!

    For the future… we’re not really sure what God will do.  I think as long as we commit the store to Him and stay humble, we will be right where God wants us.  I’m proud to support the local people around me.  I’m so excited that I get to raise my girls here.  The feed store is our second home.  So, when people come into it every day, I treat them that way & want them to feel as welcomed and cared for as I would someone entering my house.

    So make sure to come visit!  I’ll start the coffee pot.

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    010 :: Picture Purging

    WE ARE ALIVE!  I repeat!  We are alive!  I've been MIA this last week, because of what started as a stomach bug (kid #3), turned Influenza A (kid #1), respetory head cold (kid #1, 3, Mom & Dad)...then of course sharing is CARING, so Rue got a stomach bug after recovering from FLU-A resulting in a ER visit... totaling 10 RUTHLESS days of SICK. (Did you see my Sick Day post?!)

    But, GREAT NEWS!  With all that time at home, I began to declutter AGAIN!  I'm re-scanning some areas I did before, being more ruthless this time, AND tackling sentimental stuff.  I jotted down some areas where I knew that if I'd jump into them, I'd lose momentum, so I planned to come back later... well, NOW!

    Last night, it was PICTURE PURGING!  Sorry, there really is no DEEP meaning to this post... they're just old, wonderful, goofy pictures.  I hope you're ready for this...

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    This is why our babies are cute...

    None of our children look like either of us as babies.  Yes, even Ruthie, my mini-me, has her own cute baby look...

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    Where it all began...

    The painting picture:  If you look behind Nathan, that's me on the ground in front of him with a roller.  We painted together on that mission trip in up-sate New York for about 3 days.  Rumor has it, my sweet friend, Cheryl, turned to someone else sitting on the bench with her & said, "When are those two going to start dating already?!"

    Man...we are good lookin'!

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    Life after babies...

    My mom guilt is showing here, but does anyone else look at sweet baby pictures of their kids and think, "I barely remember this kid at this stage in life..."  Oh, you don't?!  Oh... well then, forget I said that...

    And look at Nathan & I naively standing in front of the feed store with SHEER AMBITION in our eyes & a calm driving fear in our hearts.  Three years & 1 baby later... HA!  We don't feel much different. 🙂

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    ... and remember that one time Tessa hid her unicorn horn in her book bag, then pulled it out and wore it in her school pictures?!?!!?!  *eye roll*

    Alrights...that's all I have for your viewing pleasure.  NOW!  Next sentimental item on the list that I am TORN UP over & have NO idea what to do...

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    009 :: SICK DAYS/5 Reasons I Shouldn’t be a Food Blogger

    Everyone around me is sick…My time is coming…I just know it.  It started last week with Joanna, hit Ruthie 2x, and KNOCKED Nathan OUT today.

    Praise GOD, Tessa left on a trip with her Nana for the week, because adding 1 more to the mix would be even WORSE!  P.S.  She’s having a BLAST!  Nana keeps sending me adorable pictures… That kid.  She got her Mama’s travel bug!

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    Things that are WONDERFUL about this:

    • I got all the clothes switched. Everyone has moved up a size in clothes (whether they wanted to or not!)
    • I finished the curtains in the living room! (I just can’t show many pictures b/c there’s always someone sick in there)
    • I am only feeding myself, so I can make myself WHATEVER I WANT! Tonight, it was roasted broccoli & shrimp!  OMG it was sooo good! (See 2nd half of the blog for ½ of the pictures)
    • The 2 wonderful ladies we’ve hired at the store have SAVED me! They make it possible for me to be home with everyone!  Before, I had to bring sick kiddos to work & NO ONE liked that!
    • I’ve loaded up & taken ALL my #DeclutterLikeaMother stuff AWAY!  *weight lifted!* (Did you see my Decluttering Post?!)
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    Things that are TERRIBLE about this:

    • I can see my demise coming. I’m eating super healthy, taking active charcoal, detoxing the house with essential oils, CLINGING to Clorox wipes…BUT I can tell you very clearly 3 instances where I encountered the germs… they’re coming for me.
    • The business doesn’t stop! AND it all happened over the FIRST of the month… Monthly Invoicing/Bills/Payday all happened within the last 3 days.  I’m behind, I just know it.
    • This introvert has not been alone longer then a potty break for almost 10 FULL days. Guys…I cannot think straight.
    • My brain can’t even think creatively about something to write for the blog. And, I failed miserable at shooting pictures for part of the blog I was GOING to write tonight, so instead I will improvise and write THIS…

    5 Reason I would not be a good FOOD Blogger

    1. I meal plan Month to Month… we ate EXACTLY 3 meals last month on the days I scheduled them. Now, I pick 2 meals a week & don’t put them on particular days…lowering my standards. Then I hit them!
    2.  I would cook a meal & then have to eat it all myself.  The foods I’d want to make, no one in my house would eat.  They’d have green in them, or mushrooms, or even worse?!  ONIONS!
    3. I don’t measure stuff.  The picture would look something like this:
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    …and the instructions would be,
    a. Preheat the Oven to 425.
    b. Preheat the Oven to 425…I know you didn’t go over there and turn it on!
    c. Add the oil, the panko, ooo that’s too much, only 2/3 of the panko, the parmesean cheese (ya know, go ahead and get the bag out & add a little more…it’s cheese!), a pinch of salt, some pepper, ooo not that much…add some more salt.  Ok and mix with your hand.
    d. Put it on the sprayed cookie sheet.
    e. Nope, put it all back in the bowl…we forgot the garlic and the French’s onions…my bad.

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    4.   I forget to take the after pictures…

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    Ok… AND I can’t count. There’s only 4 reasons.  Maybe this has something to do with why I can’t measure.  PS My friend, Jane, brought this up to me JUST this morning… WHY is a liquid measurement of a cup and a dry measurement of a cup different?!  I mean, I obviously know why, but for the record, I interchange ALL the time.

    Thank you for letting me decompress tonight.  If at anytime within the next 4 days, you open a dark room and I’m sitting there alone, be polite & say hello, but then you just shut that door again and don’t feel a BIT bad about leaving me by myself.  I’ll hug you…later.

    008 :: Friday on the Farm- Cow/Calf Barn

    Happy Friday on the Farm!  It was the first SUNNY day in a while here in Central IL!  My intention was to do a HUGE introductory post of WINEINGER FARMS as a whole, but we've got 2 sick kiddos, end-of-the-month GLORY at the feed store & Tessa’s leaving on vacation (LUCKY!!!) and I have yet to pack her… You just get to see the cuter part of the farm….well beside the baby chicks.... BABY COWS!

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    Today, we went & fed cows with Nathan at Uncle Bubba’s (Josh’s) house.  There, we pasture & breed cows.  Can I give you a little mini cattle vocab?  I had to learn this VERY quickly to be taken seriously…

    • Cow = A female bovine that has had a baby(ies)
    • Bull = A male with all his man parts
    • Heifer = A female cow who has not had a calf
    • Steer = A castrated bull

    SO… with that all said, at Josh’s house, we have about 20 COWS and their calves AND some breed cows (pregnant cows).  We (and by we, I mean Nathan or one of his brothers) feed them usually every day… the mamas get Purina Breeder Cubes & our calves are on a creep feed.  Creep feed is for baby calves who still nurse sometimes, but are transitioning to feed…It’s a SUPER small & palatable pellet, whereas the Breeder cubes the mamas get are about the size of a cheese puff, but look like an unbreakable dog bone….if that makes ANY sense at all.

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    Why do we breed these cows?  Well, just for the reason that you think…early on, we castrate the bulls and then, in a few weeks, we vaccinate all of the calves and prep our feed lot for the transfer of these cows to feed out & sell.  For the most, our focus in on the feed lot.  We mainly have these lovely ladies to keep our patures down.  I promise, we'll talk more about the feed lot later.  Our goal is to raise happy cows (just like in California 😊) so that we, in turn, get good quality meat.  The mama cows then start the cycle over again.  That’s just the ways of a beef cattle farm.  There’s always extra excitement when the calves are born or when we have a bottle calf (and then those involved start getting REALLY frustrated about feeding the calf all the time).  All in all, it is a process we enjoy as a family.  I didn’t grow up in this setting, so I get excited, and get even more pumped that this is a norm for the girls.

    Ruthie is still SUPER under the weather…so she came out for some fresh air, but headed back to the van for a rest.  Tessa, on the other hand, was out in a jiffy, mud on her boots, Nathan’s phone in her hand, shooting videos.  That girl LOVES the cows.

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    Joanna didn’t know what to think…she really hasn’t been around the cows yet much.  She was super tired, so I sat her back in her seat and she was OUT COLD by the time we left to go home.

    Nathan was in his happy place.  “Smell that babe..[as he refers to cow sh*t]…it’s the smell of money!” And then I proceed to ROLL my eyes & yell at him to take his boots & pants off in the garage.  But watching him out there, just fills me up.  What can I do to make it possible for him to be out there everyday?

    Well, now that you just received your mini lesson on a cow/calf operation… ha!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend!  Enjoy the sunshine.

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    007: Lindsay’s MOM-Hacks

    So, I’m going to share Mom-Hacks & I have this feeling that some will be like, “Why is she sharing MOM-Hacks?!  She’s a baby when it comes to motherhood.”  Yeah…maybe, but I learned all these hacks from mamas interested in helping other mamas, so I just want to pass on the love.

    I’m only a six-year-old mom, so I have lots of learning to do, but for now…here’s some of the stuff that makes our FAM of 5 WAY more cohesive/steam lined/present/all the good stuff.  I’m willing to admit that some of these items are silly OR stage-of-life appropriate.  Others you’ll read and wonder if I’ve been living in a whole for 6+ years.  Humor me…give me the benefit of the doubt…then tell me I’m beautiful & smart and click on a different post when I’m not looking.  Ok?  Thanks... Here we go.

    ONE | SodaStream

    *OMG she bought one of those?!*

    Yes!  Here’s my story…I went on a trip to Vancouver in November to visit my long-time friend, Tricia.  She had one of these & I COMPLETELY questioned her motives.  But, then she showed it to me & used it every day to take a bottle of water to work with her….I became a convert.  I guess I was under the impression that you had to ONLY buy the Soda Stream flavors, but you don’t.  We get the water flavor squirt bottles at Aldi (Shout out to my Aldi shoppers!) & it’s awesome!  La Croix/Prerrier/Bubly drinkers, I recommend you give this a whirl & your pocket books a break!  The only costs are the CO2 tank (which I’ve replaced once since early December) & the flavorings.

    P.S. My girls LOVE making their own!  And they create flavors with the squirt bottles….loved by all for sure!

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    TWO | Echo Dots

    I promise, Amazon did not ask me to write this, ALTHOUGH I affiliate with Amazon, so see the banner under this sections... I know that there are other products that do the same thing, but I really LOVE our echo dots.  ALSO, we only have the little dots, not the towers or anything fancy.  We have 4…I got a STELLAR deal at Thanksgiving for 3 & the 4th I got from my BIL when he converted to Google Home.  Here is a BEAUTIFULLY bulleted list of WHY I love them:

    • Home intercom: They’re located in the kitchen, living room, our bedroom & the big girls’ bedroom.  I can “drop-in” to their dot and talk with them.  Now, whether or no they respond….
    • Alarms & Reminders: Just one example- the girls have an alarm in their room that goes off at 6:30a…they get up & dressed, come down and eat breakfast.  THEN at 7:15a, a reminder goes off in the kitchen and the living room that says, “Here’s your reminder… HURRY!  It’s time to catch the bus!”  LOVE IT!  You can obviously do lots more alarms & what not, but Echo telling them to do something takes LOTS of pressure off of me & ALOT less YELLING in the morning!
    • Music: You can do a FULL HOUSE dance party & play the same music in all the rooms, OR at night the girls play lullabies to go to bed.
    • Audio Books: It reads me my Audible books… I “read” books again!  *sigh….wonderful!*
    • Timers: Timers while I’m cooking.  Like multiple timers going at once.
    • Shopping List/Any list: I have a running shopping list… “Echo, add avocados to my shopping list.” Also, "Echo, add fix the curtains to my DIY List."
    • Amazon Notifications: She notifies me when my Amazon orders arrive!
    • BONUS! Joanna runs around the hosue yelling, ECHO!!!  (So cute… I’ll try to catch it & post it on IG!)

    OK I need to stop there, because I still have TONS more to talk about!

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    THREE | Online Ordering

    *Gosh, what a hypocrite!  She’s a small business & an online shopper...*

    Hear me out…LOTS of my online shopping is with small businesses online.  AND if I have the choice to buy something through the BIG GUY or a Small Biz, 9 out of 10, I’m supporting the Small Biz.  ALSO, If you are a small business, and you’re not online, chances are, you won’t be around too much longer…sadly, that’s kind of where we’re at in society.  BUT, alls to say, my time is valuable, so if there's something that I can delegate to online shopping to save me time AND money (which in many case equal the same thing) I'm soooo there!

    So, I’m going to shamelessly list everything I shop online with referral links, so that, should you decide to jump on the ONLINE Shopping bandwagon, we BOTH get perks out of it…. you get a 1st Time Buyer's discount/cashback & I get a referral discount!  Win/Win!

    - Walmart Groceries  :: The first time I filled my car with groceries w/o taking 1 kid out…I almost cried. (No referral link, but email me with name & email and we both get $10 off our order!) 

    - Amazon Prime :: For anything that I need in a bind OR anything I can't find anywhere else.  AGAIN... they didn't pay me write this post, but they advertise on the page...see the banner on the right.

    - Grove Collective :: All my cleaning supplies/laundry detergent & some basic health & beauty supplies.  Just recently, I’ve gone a little GREENER & more natural with our cleaning supplies b/c of some research, so this seemed like a GOOD streamlined, natural selection… AND I dig their style.  (1st time buyers get a FREE 5-pc gift set & I get $10 off!)

    - Stitch Fix :: Take 3 kiddos in a dressing room sometime & tell me how that goes!  😊  AND now that we declutter ALL our clothing I can REALLY see the value of GOOD QUALITY clothing vs cheap clothing; most noticeably in our farm gear & clothing.  Granted, I’m not going to wear many of my Stitch Fix clothing  when I’m working, but hopefully, you get what I’m saying… (Referral code: we both get $25 credit!)

    NOW, because I online shop, I use Ebates for CASH BACK on 90% of my online shopping.  Ebates doesn't really require you to do ANYTHING besides download the widget into your browser & activate the discounts as Ebates finds them per the sites you shop.   I've made just shy of $150 without thinking about it so far!  (Referral bonus: You get $10 cash back after your first $25 purchase *super easy if you start with Walmart Groceries* & I get a $25 referral bonus!)

    My Direct Sales Mamas that I LOVE supporting ::

    Norwex – Megan K.; DoTerra Essential Oils – Kelsey King; Noonday Collections – Jessica Hendrichs; Chloe & Isabel – Emily Kemp; Mary Kay – I know a girl *wink*

    I know I’m missing some, so I’ll edit when I remember!

    ONLINE is the BOMB…DOT COM!  (ALL the puns in the world intended!)

    FOUR | Afternoon & Evening Showers

    I love the idea of getting up & showering to feel refreshed & wake up…ahhhhh…. It sounds so GREAT just typing it, but that just isn’t possible for me in this season.  AND when it didn’t happen, I felt so defeated & gross the rest of the day.  Once I allowed myself (which is kind of silly of me) to shower during afternoon naps or after the kiddos went to bed, MAN, GAME CHANGER!  Something so simple made such a difference.

    FIVE | Dishes Routine

    I OWE ALL OF THIS to Allie Casazza.  Well, I mean, I take all the grunt work cred, but she gave me the ideas to make the change.  With a major overhaul on all our dishes (my Decluttering Saga), this chore is a fraction of what it was before.  When everyone only has 1 cup all day, our meal dishes, and my morning coffee cup & evening tea cup, I fill the dishwasher after dinner and run it.  Then, in the AM, while I’m waiting for my coffee to brew, I unload & we start again.  (In the summer time, this is one of the kiddo’s chores!)  I think I allowed it to cause me a TON of stress also, and once I changed that mindset, It grew to be not that big of deal.

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    SIX | Laundry

    Again…kudos to Allie C-wizzle!  “I load a day keeps the MOUNTAIN away!”  These are our basket… Whatever is fullest, gets washed.  I try to get it done in the morning.  BUT in order for it to count, it has to be dried, folded and put away.  Sounds like a lot, but it’s one load.  If I’m home & have more time to do more, then I pick a bed & wash it or get the blankets we use in the living room or curtains or ANYTHING… AGAIN… a shift in the mindset.  I was LETTING it stress me out.  *Get away from me SATAN!* <- slightly humorous, but slightly serious!

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    SEVEN | A Hook on our High Chair

    This started out as being the bib hooks.  We only had a few bibs, so they just stayed there.  When they were dirty, they’d go in the laundry and then make there way back.  Now, it’s become Jo’s bag & coat hook.  We always know where her stuff is, & it’s right where we need it to refill before we head out the door.

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    EIGHT | The Control Station

    There are SOOO many amazing designs of Family Control Centers on Pinterest, but this has been the ANSWER to what keeps our papers under control…. THERE’S SOOOOO MANY PAPERS!  When Ruthie & Tessa empty their book bags, all the papers go here.  Then, at the end of the month, they go through their box with the rule that they only get to keep 5 items.  Now, this includes the 5 items from the previous month.  So, if the previous items make the cut, great, but ALL but the 5 must go.  Then, at the end of the year, the 5 things that are left, go into the girls’ yearbook.  (Now, I will pull out things that I absolutely love, but most times, you’re fighting back an eye roll when you see what they want to keep.)

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    If I figure out some more, I’ll do another post.  BUT I’m ALWAYS game for learning what works for other mamas.    SO PLEASE HELP A MAMA OUT!  Leave your MOM-Hacks in the comments!  Let’s work TOGETHER & lift each other up and not keep secrets.  #powertothemamas