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Beginning Our Adventures In Chicken Farming

Spring! The Lilla Rose/LoveLeavingLegacy crew welcomes you! We’re ready to move some mountains as we simplify and beautify morning hair routines during this season!


When I was a little girl, I wanted ten children, cows, and to live on a farm. I do live in the country, and our neighbors have donkeys, goats, chickens and roosters, peacocks, and free ranging guinea hens and wild turkeys often grace our three acres. We have been living farm life vicariously through them. We love the sights and sounds the animals provide.

We have a garden in the spring and summer time. In August, we will dice, stew, and freeze lots of tomatoes for use throughout the year. We have a strawberry patch, and once we had blueberries but we seem to have failed at the blueberries. Instead, we buy 70 pounds of blueberries from a local farm and freeze them. We also have a pretty productive rhubarb patch. Our yard has some wild blackberries or black raspberries, I’m not sure which, but they are fun to eat in the summer time. At some point, someone planted grapes. We’ve not actually done anything with them, but we are aware that there are some vines in various locations. I guess none of this makes us farmers, though.

National Farm Animal Day

We have recently made the decision to venture into chicken homesteading. We thought we were going to re-purpose a swing set into a chicken coop and run, but decided maybe we aren’t ready for even that level of design and building. Instead, we’ve just ordered an 8×8 wood shed that is pre-cut, comes with directions, and is ready to assemble. We’ll get adventurous by adding an inside wall with nesting boxes, a vinyl cleanable floor, a chicken door, and build a rectangular-ish run off the left side. We intend to bury chicken wire to prevent predators. The nesting boxes will be contained inside the shed which also will have storage for their supplies. We might also do a little bit of chicken tractoring, relocating some chickens from time to time to reduce some bug populations, and to help with fertilizing our garden before we plant.

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Heartland Belmont Gable Engineered Wood Storage Shed (Common: 8-ft x 8-ft; Interior Dimensions: 8-ft x 7.72-ft) Photo credit from Lowe’s website, lowes.com, and is not an affiliate link.

I think we’re going to put a gable vent where the window cut out is, or at least cut out a vent on the other side of the shed, and another window or two for ventilation. Eventually we hope to use solar to open and close the chicken door, as well as to keep water from icing in the winter time.

While homeschooling, owning a direct sales business, mom-preneuring with my children, grinding wheat and baking bread was never on my bucket list of ventures to take on, neither was having chickens, until last spring when I held my friend KB’s chickens. They were sweet and more like pets than hen pecking squawking fearsome buggy eyed creepy beings I thought they seemed!  I have been perfectly content buying and using my chicken-ey friends’ eggs for eating and cooking before that.

Kerrie's chickens featuring Helga

The two darker brown chickens, Helga and Peridot, are probably staying with us forever. We’re going to be chicken sitting all the chickens in June at our house while KB and her family move. The two white chickens, Big Sunshine and Little Sunshine will also stay.

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Fresh eggs!

Artistic A has recently been chicken sitting for neighbors and friends. The chickens he sits for come when they are called. Needless to say, he loves chickens. He can’t wait for coop and run building. Miss-y- E and A-Grape can’t wait to gather eggs and try their hand at raising chicks.

Honestly, there is something about being self reliant that is the common thread to most of our choices. We’re a bit tired of relying on grocery stores, jobs, the educational system–any systems, really, for our well being. The older we get, the more do it ourself-ers and independent we seem to get.

In the meantime, I totally have Spring fever and I’m hanging out on Pinterest and Amazon figuring out how to proceed with chicken farming (aff link)  from here.  Stay tuned as we add developments to this new venture. The shed should arrive on Monday.

Blessings, 

Deb

Unwrap Your Potential, Shine Your Sparkling Color!

Are you ready to unwrap your potential?
Are you ready to work and shine your sparkling colors?

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Original photo by pixabay.com

This afternoon as I am reading and preparing for the coming week, I found a blog post by Michael Hyatt about entrepreneurship and passing wealth building attributes on to the next generation. He has five entrepreneurial minded daughters, so this struck a chord with me. We have three daughters we want prepared for the real world, and we are considering ways for them to think like an entrepreneur, rather than relying on bosses and companies to always be there to support them. We fully support them being full-time wives and mothers first, but we know entrepreneurship will also help them support their families if necessary.


I’ve been one of Lilla Rose’s “Slow Starts.” I did not intend to grow a business initially. We just wanted hair clips at a discount. Dr. P. loved them in our hair, and still does. We slowly realized that there weren’t many consultants in this industry, and we could do fundraisers for our causes and we could add to our family income too, and if nothing came of our mini pursuit, there would be no risk, no loss. I never intended to build a team or pursue promotions with in the company, so for the first eighteen months, I worked only with my children. Our sons have also developed some business savvy in the process of our family working the hobby business.

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What I realize now is that God has been doing a work in me for the last three years. For the second eighteen months of my being in the industry and company and direct sales structure, I have trained, trained, trained while working in learning marketing, branding, and leadership. In order to be a good leader and to mentor other women, including my own daughters, I needed to build a solid foundation in these business skills, as well as to learn live video streaming, the art of making graphics and slideshow videos, sending newsletters, and other great things. stretching and growing in skills I never needed or thought I’d want to possess. We have begun to incorporate many of these real life skills into our homeschooling program.

We still get to do fundraisers, work with hostesses in online Style Boutiques, set up pop shops in assisted living facilities and retirement homes, homeschool co-ops, restaurants, and hair salons. We attend festivals, crafts shows, and networking events. Our children are learning real life skills and entrepreneurship by actually being in the real world, and then helping with marketing skills, tracking inventory, customer care, and business math too.

As Michael Hyatt said in this post, “A slow start offers the time and testing you need to build the right foundation for success.” I feel so encouraged at the work that God has been doing in me in order to have that right foundation. “What feels like a curse is really a huge blessing. Slow starts are to our character what winning can be to our finances. But if we jump for the win without developing the maturity to manage it, we run the risk of losing it all in the end,” also said by Michael Hyatt.


So what do you think?

Are you ready to unwrap your potential?
Are you ready to work and shine your sparkling colors?

Do you wish you had extra money?
Do you want an opportunity that is still ground floor with fewer than 7000 consultants in the country?
Do you need a low start up cost?

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You could give yourself the gift of entrepreneurship!

Is it perfect? Nope.
Is it easy? Nope.
Do we work hard? YES!
Are we having fun? YES!

Are there benefits? You bet! Join Lilla Rose for as little as $50, and receive biz supplies and 5 clips to use for sizing or keep. It’s still ground floor with fewer than 10,000 Stylists in the country, and only 10% of those working the business.

But there is more:

• Free website
• 30-45% Commission–Pay checks for working at home!
• No sponsoring requirements-but additional income if you do
• No monthly quotas- a yearly $30 in product is all
• Flexible work hours
• Team support
• Fun!

Join us!


If you end up being a Slow Start at anything you try, don’t cave to doubts or frustrations, or let anyone downplay your successes. Don’t criticize yourself or talk negatively. Maybe God is doing a work in you too, preparing you for great things. Maybe your life season is not yet right. Attitudes of condemnation are not from the Lord, are not motivating, and are not a method of success. You don’t have to do things the same way or on the same timeline as anyone else in order to be successful either. If you are moving forward, you are moving forward. ♥

“…who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…” Colossians 3:23

“…acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsakehim, he will reject you forever. Consider now, for the Lord has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:9-10

Blessings, 

Deb

PS Speaking of Fundraisers for Hannahlee:

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Flip Flop Frenzy!

 

The Ultimate Success

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. Moliere (French Playwright, Actor)

This quote probably has more to do with patience than success, except that sometimes success requires patience.

For instance, success requires the patience to develop vision, plans, habit formation, and work ethic.
Patience, in turn, develops persistence, fortitude, and dedication.

There is a willingness to suffer disappointments, failure, and to make sacrifices, all to form the deepest roots for success.

The strength of success in any endeavor is the depth of roots, just like with trees.

“The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.”  Attribution to quote unconfirmed

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I want to believe I’m successful, but why should my success matter?

What is success?

I am a work in progress. I’m not always good at what I do. I don’t always speak kindly. The winds of life blow, and I bend and break. I often need to realign my priorities, my routines, and my methods.

The growth of my business is sometimes slow. There are set backs. Occasionally there are disgruntled customers, and team members who can’t work. Some events are fantastic, and some are not.

We have awesome homeschooling days or moments. We have cranky, lazy days.

Sometimes I upset my husband, my children, my in-laws, my parents, and my siblings. I disappoint friends.

I’m working on developing the fruits of the spirit. I press on toward the goal, whether I’m limping along or speeding along. What matters is that I press on and move forward.

There is only failure if I stop trying to develop Christ like character and attitudes. There is failure if I don’t choose to learn from my mistakes. There is failure if I stop learning new skills or habits that ultimately would be used to glorify God. There is failure if I believe I have nothing left to learn or to offer to others. There is failure if I don’t try new methods or set new boundaries. There is failure if I refuse to acknowledge than an activity I’m doing no longer benefits my growth or that of my family.

Today, especially, I realize I need to say “no” to a few more activities in which I’ve been participating. I need to realign priorities and set more boundaries.

Does that mean I have failed in an area?

No.

It means I’ve grown in wisdom and discernment. It means I’ve stretched and grown and readjusted my path to the ultimate goal of glorifying the Lord.

That is success.

Blessings,
Deb

 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:20-21‬ ‭

 

 

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September Hair Accessory of the Month – Skye hairstick

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September Flexi of the Month – Skye