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Backyard campfire essentials – Friday Favorites (Everything you need for the up-coming campfire season!)

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Archived | September 7, 2018

I am sharing with you ideas on how to make a campfire in your backyard plus campfire essentials!

Friday Favorites is here! It’s my favorite part of the week! This Friday it’s all about enjoying the BEST part of the seasonal changing weather…campfires! Here, I’ve linked some of my favorite backyard campfire essentials to get you through the season…in stlye!

A backyard fire pit with wooden chairs around the fire, there are neutral cushions on the chairs.   There is also a a stack of logs beside the fire pit.

Rustic campfire bliss

What’s better than a blazing hot campfire, wooden Adirondack chairs, cozy blankets, twinkling lights, and of course a large supply of s’mores! Nothing of course! Below, I’ve linked all the handy essentials you’ll need to keep you stocked this campfire season. Click the images to be redirected to their sources.

 

A copper bowl fire pit on a cement patio in the backyard.

Copper firepit

Ok… This is probably the most beautiful firepit I’ve ever seen. This copper bowl rings up for a little over $200! Not bad!

 

A propane fire pit with a round covering in grey.  There is a coffee cup sitting on the edge of the fire pit.<

Propane Firepit

If you’re looking for a propane firepit, look no further! I love how rustic and sturdy this guy it. The lovely grey cover encases the propane tank within so there are no eyesores.

 

A wooden Adirondack chair on a blue and white outdoor rug.

Adirondack chairs

There’s something about tall adirorndack chairs that scream backyard campfires. These are wooden chairs are affordable and I absolutely love the rustic wood tones. Grab a blanket and a throw pillow and you’ll be set for those chilly fall nights!

 

A brown, gold and white flannel throw.

Flannel throws

I’m loving these flannel blankets from pottery barn right now. They’re the perfect weight for those chilly nights and they’re rugged enough to drag around the leaves without it wearing holes in the fabric.

 

A row of twinkling lights on a black track.

Twinkling Lights

No firepit area is complete without pretty twinkling lights. Whether your lights are over your patio or strung up around your pergola. Outdoor patio lights are the perfect warm touch to add the ambiance to those night time family and friend gatherings around the firepit!

 

Caged string of lights hanging up.

caged string lights

These caged string lights are so fun and have a very rustic farmhouse look to them which I love… and they’re only 12 bucks!!!

 

A wooden crate that could hold many items.  Has a rustic look.

S’Mores basket

Check out this cute and rustic wooden milk crate to keep all those essential S’Mores organized. A must-have this campfire season.

Tools for making s'mores on the fire pit.

S’Mores tools

Last and certainly not least are S’Mores tools! Absolutely an essential for those nights gathered around the firepit. I know no campfire is complete without the perfectly toasted S’More…or at least that’s what my kids say!

I hope you have enjoyed all my campfire essentials, have fun creating your own backyard experience!

Master Bedroom Re-Fresh Modern Farmhouse -Boho

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Home Improvement | May 7, 2018

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Have you ever looked around your room and realized that your space doesn’t reflect your personal style? Well, sometimes instead of a complete overhaul all you need is just a few new pieces to give you that look you’ve been looking for.

Last week I was looking around my master bedroom and I was ready for a change. Instead of completely changing things up, I decided to add in a few purposeful changes to give it that modern farmhouse- boho look that I love! Want to see the before? Click here and look through my house tour and see my master bedroom. I’m just so drawn to the modern farmhouse look but sometimes it can come off as a little cold. I decided to add some specific boho features to try and warm up the space.

My budget was around $200 to spruce up my room. I decided to stick with my one stop shop. Target has been on their game recently with their new decor lines that make it so easy to find your style. I knew I wanted a lumbar pillow to lie across my buffalo plaid pillows. They just didn’t look complete without a neutral pillow tying them all together. I also wanted to get some real low-light plants for my end tables. We had some faux ones that I just wasn’t in love with. I also needed a black full-length mirror, and Target had some great options. Although I wanted something with a bit more width, this one will certainly do. The planter was on sale at Target at the time too. I’d been eyeing this one for a while now and with that spider plant sitting in it…it gives all the boho feels.

 

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Next, I wanted to freshen up my frames and add a bit more size to them. So instead of 8×10, I went with the next biggest size. I don’t need curtains where I live so I don’t bother with them. We don’t have neighbors and I love all the natural light that comes in with them bare. Also, my ceilings are a bit low, so curtains look a little odd. Instead, I use picture frames to frame the windows out to give them a little more visual interest.

Next, I updated my sitting area chairs throw pillows with some warmer color instead of the white ones that where there before. I love these and the texture is awesome.

Then I added this gold tray to hold my journal, pens, and a sweet smelling candle. I wanted this area to be so inviting that it encourages me to use every day… I don’t know if you’ve been following along on my journey, but I am one anxious momma. Journaling is one of the ways that helps clear my mind and helps to bring focus to my day.

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I wanted to update the frames on the side of my window to mirror the length of the full-length mirror on the other side of the window. Proportion is so important when trying to tie pieces together. When you’re done decorating.. you want your whole room to look seamless, and not choppy. So I went with three 4×6 frames going vertically so your eye would draw a line down to match the mirror.

These pictures are so important to me. They are of my wedding day almost 13 years ago. My husband asked me to marry him and on the next day, we got married. I pinned a veil to my red sox hat and my husband wore his Carhartt pants and reef flip flops lol.. It was such a special day and I’ll always make room for these precious memories on my wall.

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Zuppa Toscana – Dairy Free Gluten Free soup recipe

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Recipe | February 5, 2018

This delicious dairy free, gluten free soup is the perfect fall/winter meal for the whole family!

Zuppa toscana – Dairy free gluten free soup recipe 

I don’t know about you all, but we’ve just recently joined the gluten free dairy free world. My youngest has had such gut issues over the past year which has forced us into this new way of cooking and thinking about food. At first It was very hard to find recipes that were family flavour approved. My kids aren’t really picky eaters… but they appreciate food that doesn’t taste like cardboard! In all my searching I came across some delicious dairy and gluten alternatives that tasted great! This way I could continue to make the foods my kids loved without the allergens!
All the ingredients for the soup laid out on the counter ready to be prepped.
The one I’m sharing today is one of their favorites. Zuppa Toscana. If you’ve ever ordered it at the Olive Garden you know it’s creamy and delicious. Its made with heavy whipping cream and flour to help thicken the soup base. Great on taste.. not great if you have an allergy. In this recipe i’ve replaced the heavy whipping cream with coconut milk and left out the flour so it has more of a stock base instead of a cream base. This soup is full of flavor and perfect for the long fall and winter months. Enjoy!
Frying up the onions in a pan.
Ingredients
  1. Ground Sausage
  2. 1 onion medium chopped
  3. chicken stock 32oz
  4. 1 bag petite potatoes
  5. chopped kale, about 2 cups
  6. 1 cup of coconut milk
  7. Salt and peper to taste.
First add the ground sausage to your pot and brown on medium heat. While its still browning add chopped onion.
Adding the ground sausage to the onions in the pan.
Adding the coconut milk and the kale to the pot.
Then add the chicken stock and potatoes-let cook 20 minutes
When potatoes are soft, add coconut milk and Kale-cook another 15 minutes
Adding in the rest of the ingredients and stirring.
Salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY!
The bowl of Zuppa Toscana soup all made and ready to eat.
I hope your family enjoys this dairy free soup!
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I’m Kori and I’m so glad you’re here! Home design has always been a passion of mine. I love to find new ways to make my home feel and look beautiful. I’m a DIY girl who loves farmhouse style with a twist. And let’s face it…a room that reflects your style can boost your mood and make you feel happy! Join me and my family on this journey as we move from city life to farm life and follow along as we renovate our 1700s colonial one room at a time. Here you’ll find design tips, DIYs, recipes, insight on child raising, and so much more! Check out my design services page to work together on your next project!

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Bold Brows! How to Shape and Fill your Eyebrows

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DIY | February 5, 2018

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Bold Brows! How to shape and fill your Eyebrows

You may’ve noticed that eyebrows have made a comeback. When I was in high school the style was the skinniest little caterpillar eyebrows. We plucked those things until they were almost gone. Over the years – thankful mine have gown back and with a few brow tools I’m able to have full brows again. Now, I’m not talking Brooke Shield brows in the 80s, but still full shapely brows. I look back to pictures of myself in high school and my face looks rounder. My weight has fluctuated slightly through the years… but I pretty much look the same. The only difference is that instead of my face looking round, It looks a little more oval. My secret is eyebrow shaping! Here I’ll show you how to get those full brows you’ve been looking for.
Here are the tools you’ll need to shape and fill your brows. I get my supplies at Ulta, but I’m sure most beauty supply stores will have them. When choosing your brow colors remember if you’re a brunette don’t choose black, but a darker brown and if you’re blonde don’t choose a yellow, but a very light brown.
  1. tweezers… I like tweezerman
  2. magnified mirror
  3. brow pomade
  4. brow powder
  5. brow tools
  6. brow gel
The key is symmetry. Draw a line with the tip of your eyebrow angled brush from the corner of your eye diagonally out. This is where the start of your brow should begin. Next draw a line with your angled brush from about the center of your eye diagonal to the arch of your brow. Then draw a line from the other end of your eye crease up and out diagonally. This is where your brow should end. This is the basic Shape of your brow.
Now that you know the shape of your brows from the diagram above you’ll start the process of plucking your brows and allowing the spots to start to growing back where you’ve over-plucked. The magnified mirror helps to get those small stubborn hairs that you just can’t see.
First start with combing our your brows so all the hairs are going in the right direction using the brow tool with a comb end.
Next outline your brow lightly with the brow pomade and the small angled brush. Once outlined, start filling in with the pomade.
Then use your brown powder to fill in the whole brow giving it a more natural look using the small angled brush. Lastly use your brow gel to comb over your brow and to lock in the color.

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That’s it…Beautiful bold Brows that compliment your face shape!
I hope you enjoyed and don’t forget to share your finished brows on instagram with @thefarmhouselife to be featured on my instastories!

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Wreath Making for Every Season

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Home Improvement | February 5, 2018

I will show you how to make a wreath that is basic so that you can use it for every season!

Wreath making for every season graphic.

Wreath Making for Every Season

Making wreaths came be very easy and very affordable! Convincing yourself to spend $100 on a faux wreath can be tough, so why not make DIY a wreath yourself?

 Sometimes we associate wreaths with the holidays, but wreaths can be used for any season! The green that you choose to use is really going to give the impression for the time of year. For instance for warmer months I like to use eucalyptus, magnolia, redwood, boxwood etc. For the colder months I like to use the more traditional earthy greens like pine, blue spruce, cedar, or juniper. There’s also the option of using fresh material or faux. For the colder months I like to use fresh material because I think it adds to the fun holiday spirit, but in the warmer months I like to use faux for the longevity. The preference is really yours.
Today I’m going to show you how to make a faux eucalyptus wreath. To follow along you can choose any green stems, the choice is yours. The project shouldn’t take more then 20-25 minutes total.
The supplies for making the wreath on the table ready to assemble.
List of supplies
  1. Floral Sheers
  2. Floral wire
  3. Wreath frame
  4. Greens of your choice.
I went to Michaels and brought three bundles of faux eucalyptus branches for about $12.00 on sale. That was just enough to cover my frame.. But If you want a more full look you may want to buy more bundles of eucalyptus.
A bundle of Eucalyptus on the table.
First ~ Cut your greens to size. Cut off all the stems to make your greens about the same length. This makes for a more cohesive wreath.
Next, take a handful of greens (about three pieces) and weave the stems through the wreath frame. Cut your floral wire a good 4 inches and began to wrap and secure the stems to the frame. Then repeat this process until the wreath frame is completely covered! Make sure to layer your greens on top of the stems of the previous layer. This ensures that you won’t have gaps in your arrangement.
Weaving the stems of Eucalyptus into the frame of the wreath.
Using the wire to put the eucalyptus on the wire wreath.
The wreath all put together on the floor.
And Walla! Done! Now you have a beautiful DIY wreath to display on a door. mirror, or mantel!
The Eucalyptus wreath on a grey door in the house.
Be sure to share your finished product on Instagram with @thefarmhouselife to be featured on my insta-stories!

 

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Creating Farmhouse Charm on a Budget

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Home Improvement | February 5, 2018

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It seems like every store is capitalizing on farmhouse styling options. I swear everywhere I look.. there it is! And It can be tough to decipher where to splurge and where to save. I’m here to help you create that farmhouse charm on a budget. There are so many places to shop that are wallet friendly. Some of my favorites are Target, Amazon, and Thrifting.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure we’ve all experienced targets ability to take all of our money. I repeat to myself when walking in “toilet paper and bananas, toilet paper and bananas” and still walk out with a bill too embarrassing to mention. I know I’m not alone here. Targets done their job well. It’s become a retreating place to quietly shop, sip your starbucks, and browse the newest trends.. because somehow they are always up on them! Farmhouse style is all over target right now… Plus it doesn’t hurt that they have a deal with the one and only Joanna Gaines with Hearth and Hand. Their decor items are very affordable and in moderation can add to that farmhouse charm that you’re looking for.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazon is another great place to find that Farmhouse decor as well. Whether your looking for that rustic light fixture or that perfect farmhouse wreath to complete your mantel (check out my DIY Wreath making for any Season HERE) Amazon has it! ~ and at just about every price point. Although sometimes you have to be willing to spend time searching and reading through reviews to make sure you’re getting a quality product, it’s still very convent. Especially if you have prime and qualify for 2 day shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite thing about The Farmhouse style is that really – its mixing a few new pieces with a few old pieces. For instance, like the picture above…I have our bedroom side table painted black with a gold lamp. The lamp is new from Ikea and the older table has been restored with some chalk paint. I added the old fashioned alarm clock (which is an amazon find), the antique books from thrifting, the new green plant, and an old picture frame with a water color eucalyptus plant that my sister painted. The cost of this whole area wasn’t more the $30.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this next area I wanted to create a place that would invite me to grab a cup of coffee and journal. So it was important to create something practical and inviting. I started with a very neutral farmhouse color pallet. I used white, black, gray, and a tough of green. I started with these basic gray upholstered chairs from Wayfair. They were on sale for only $100 per chair! They aren’t the best quality, but since they aren’t in my main living area and won’t have three children jumping and drooling on them, they should last. The side table was something I had sitting in my barn. Next I spray painted with chalkboard paint an old mirror I found on the side of the road and wrote our Love story on it (Well actually my cousin did becuase she’s amazing). I also placed an amazon boxwood wreath over it to really give it that farmhouse look. Next I purchased this black and white buffalo check throw blanket on eBay used (washed it of course!) and the white throw pillows came with my comforter set. The antique books I bought from thrifting and the green plant helped complete the look. Plus the personal picture frames make the area look more homier.  This area probably costs me a total of $250.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember you don’t need to spend a lot to create that beloved farmhouse look. Just get creative with some of the older pieces you have and mix in new inexpensive pieces to complete your look!
 
Make sure to show you competed look on instagram with @thefarmhouselife to be featured in my Insta-stories!

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Five Reasons We left the City and Moved to the Farm

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Home Improvement | January 29, 2018

I am sharing with you the main reasons why we decided to move our family to the  farm and live the rural country life!

I grew up in the biggest city of New Hampshire and I knew absolutely nothing about living in the country, let alone anything about farming. Although I did have one year of experience working at an outdoor camp while in high school, but I was still a city girl at heart.
I eventually made it out to Missouri for college where I met my soon to be husband on the first day of classes. He grew up on a 230-acre dairy farm, raised a little of everything and anything. We fell in love and about a year later we were married. He actually proposed and we eloped the next day! It’s a very romantic story, but that’s for another time. We ended up finishing school and moving out to little old Rhode Island where my husband started grad school. Then we bought the cutest little colonial house that was all in all maybe 1,200 sq ft. We happily lived there about 8 years. We brought all three of our babies home from the hospital in that little house, which we renovated little by little to meet all of our needs. As each new season came and went our needs for the family changed, and we made sure to make the little house fit them all. But as you can imagine, 5 people living in 1,200 sq ft in the city can get pretty cramped.

 

A white house with blue shutters and trim.

 

We knew it was time to move and try spreading our wings. As we allowed ourselves to daydream, we realized it was pulling us out of the city and towards a quieter home life on some acreage. We knew eventually we’d leave the big city, but we’re just waiting on the timing. We always admired simpler times where people would grow and raise their own food. Also, we wanted our children to develop a good work ethic. I’ll tell you, you can’t find better work ethic than that in a good o’l farm boy. My husband is the hardest working person on the planet and still comes home from work and is an active part of our farm and family. Another factor influencing our move is that we’re both kind of homebodies and we loved the idea of our home being what we did every day.

 

A large colonial style house with lots of windows on acreage.

 

So we did it! We did our research and soon realized that this meant leaving the life we started for ourselves in Rhode Island. We bought a beautiful historic 4,000 sq ft colonial house on 25 acres in New Hampshire. The rustic house was built in the 1700s and had SO much potential and homespun charm! Leaving our friends and family was hard, but we were ecstatic about our future! Plus, I would be a quick hour away from my mom and sisters who still lived in New Hampshire.

What We Have Learned

Now It’s been about a year since we’ve moved in. Click HERE to see what we’ve done with the place! Even though there is much more to renovate and lots to do to expand the farm, we are still looking forward to endless possibilities. As we look back we can see how each season of our lives taught us something important. Even though some of those lessons were hard, we can now see the why behind some of them and are thankful that it brought us here.

There are thousands of reason we left the city and moved to the farm, but I’m going to share with you my top 5! 

 

Hands holding dirt with the words Work Ethic.

 

 

1. I touched on it earlier, but we wanted our children to grow up with a good work ethic. I truly believe that we all bring something to the table and can contribute to this world. We didn’t want our children to shy away from rising to a task at hand even if it seemed daunting. We certainly want our children to be children and to be able to play, grow and learn, but at each new age comes new responsibilities. It’s important to realize that we’re all a part of something bigger than just our day to day lives and that there is something bigger and more important in motion than how we’re feeling in that moment. I have to remind myself that I’m not doing them any favors by letting them off the hook; because we are all trying to raise self-sufficient adults. So we all have chores! They may be small and insignificant, but in the big scheme of things we are taking care of our farm property and feeding and caring for our farm animals. They may complain about having to shovel out the chicken coop or having to bring the water feeder in to unfreeze by the wood stove (ugh. farming in NH), but soon they’ll realize that it’s more than just chores. This is how we eat and make money (although, we do have jobs outside of farming). It’s important to make the connection between work, food, and money. Because without one you really can’t have the other. So whatever season of life they’re in, whether working hard on a school term paper or finding the cure for cancer…whatever it may be, they’ll know that hard work is just apart of life, and that it does pay off. 
 

 

A little girl holding a chicken with the words Being Self-Reliant.

 

 

2. Another reason we left the city and moved to the farm was that we wanted to be self-reliant. It’s also important to know where your food comes from and appreciate someones hard work. We’d always had a good sized garden in Rhode Island. Although it took up the majority of our yard, it was important to us. So now that we aren’t limited to space, we wanted to expand. Now our garden is MUCH bigger and we’re working on the plans for a greenhouse which will expand our food growing season. We also raised 50 chickens last fall and sent them to the butcher, so now our freezer is stocked. There’s a sort of confidence that comes with knowing that you have food stored up to last you a year. We feel that sustainability is an important part of farming and we hope to incorporate it into the way we farm. So far we’ve started composting, moved animal pens to different areas of our land to help fertilize, we use chickens for bug control, and burn wood on our property for heat. And although this is a new learning experience for me (not for my husband the pro), It has brought me such joy to be able to provide good healthy home grown food for my family right from our farm.

 

Holding a small sprig of plant with the words Room To Grow.

 

 

3. As I’ve said before, we are sort of homebodies. Don’t get me wrong, we like to hike, swim, snowmobile, etc. but I’d much rather do them all at home. We wanted a forever home where we could do all the things we loved right out our front door. We also needed a place that would meet our family’s needs as it continued to grow. A place with a pool, hot tub, a permanent fire pit where we were free to have campfires without our neighbors calling the fire department on us. (Yes, that happened to us frequently in Rhode Island, but campfires were just too important to us). As our children grow, we know they will want four-wheelers and snowmobiles, and maybe even dirt bikes (we’ll see). There’s also the practical side of having a large home…for instance being able to host Christmas dinner for 60 people with room to spare. One day, when the time is right we could even take our parents in when they become snowbirds. We even talked about building an apartment above our barn and doing Air B&B. Really, the possibilities are endless if you have the room to grow.

 

 A small church with the words Small Town Community.

 

 

4. Another reason we left the city and moved to the rustic farm was that we always dreamed of small-town community. A place where hospitality was still a thing. Maybe I wouldn’t get flipped off at the stop light for not accelerating quickly enough?! We wanted a community that looked to help one another.  Don’t get me wrong, we had wonderful neighbors in Rhode Island and In a way, it was like a small town community. People in Rhode Island can seem cold and distant at first, but when they finally let their guard down they’re like family. I also wanted to be able to tell my kids… “Let’s go to town today” Because it was special and we didn’t do it every day. There’s something that a small town can offer that you just can’t get in the big city. Our small town has little amazing festivals, traditions, and celebrations. It may not have a big budget like some places do, but what it lacks in dollars it makes up for in heart and soul. Another reason small town living is beneficial is the lack of fast food joints or any place that delivers! So It has definitely saved us some cash and the temptation to eat out (our waistline also thanks us). There’s something so simplistic about having one grocery store to shop at instead of 5 to choose from. For me, simplicity brings about less stress. I’m not one for wanting 30 choices. Things seem to be a little slower here. No one seems to be in a huge rush to get places. There is just something to say about a small-town community that I haven’t seen anywhere else. People generally want to help out, and you do seem to get to know EVERYONE. I mean, your kids are in the same class at school, and in dance, and soccer, and then you bump into them at the only grocery store in town. The bottom line is that to us it feels like home, and now that we’ve experienced it – we’ll never go back.

 

A master bedroom and The Big Picture is written.

 

 

5. Lastly, and the fifth reason we left the city and moved to the farm was that we wanted an investment that would pay off into our retirement years. There are a million ways we could make money here on the farm, and believe me we are dreaming of them, but the most promising is that we hope to run a bed and breakfast in our home when we retire. Each renovation we do now is thought out and purposeful with our future in mind. For now, my family will be able to enjoy this home and maybe even our parents one day. Hopefully, our grandchildren will be able to experience a childhood like their parents’: digging in the dirt and chasing chickens. And then when the time is right we can open up our home to people looking to retreat to a comfortable and quieter place and experience the farm and small-town life.
 

 

Three children and the Mom and Dad all on the sofa laughing.
 
Thanks so much for reading all about our newest journey in moving to the farm! I hope it encouraged you wherever you are in your journey.

 

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