Farmhouse Friday

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Welcome to this weeks Farmhouse Friday at The White Barn Farm. Many of you came by and saw us at the Rustique Divas Vintage Market. Thank you for coming! It was such a fun day. Of course I had to sneak away for a moment to explore the other vendors while there. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right?! So for today’s Farmhouse Friday I am featuring this colorful quilt that I SCORED. I love all the sweet patterns and bright spring colors. I’ve found that a vintage quilt can make for a simple way to bring color and texture to a neutral space. Aaand, we all know how I love neutrals. Wink. So a splash of color is a great way for me to ‘branch-out’ and enjoy it for a (short, ha!) season. I have quite the collection of quilts around our home as they make fantastic forts, boats, ice-rinks, cars, restaurants,…okay let’s just cover our basis and say basically anything the kids can imagine. Oh yes, and they keep you warm on a cool day/night. Or let’s not forget how wonderful a quilt is to lay out while on a picnic. And how about snuggling up with one of these while sitting by the campfire eating a s’more. Yes please, I’ll take ten of them. No not the s’mores… the quilts! Hmmm, wait, I think I may have that many. Check your local thrift shops, antique stores, or vintage markets to snag a quilt of your liking too. I hope you’ll find as many reasons to love them as much as I. Thanks for coming by the blog today, dear friends.  I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Come on sunshine show us your pretty face. Can I get an Amen?!

PS. We’ll keep you posted on our “Gather” page of future events we will be at. So be sure to stay tuned.

Farmhouse Friday- and a Happy Birthday!

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Welcome! We’re so glad you’re here because today is not only our family Farmhouse Friday, but also a very Happy Birthday to our boy! He turns SIX today! There’s not a better way to start a six year olds day than with a birthday plate (with his name and birthday on it of course), his favorite granola (with added birthday sprinkles in it of course), fresh raspberries and blueberries (with added chocolate chips of course), and a blue candle (because blue is his favorite color of course). And let me tell ya, that’s just the beginning. After this little morning appetizer we are headed into his favorite bakery for a donut. It’s tradition. And the kids absolutely LOVE it. Then it’s burgers for lunch with grandpa and grandma, target shooting for the afternoon, a deli-sandwich from Fred Meyer for dinner (lol- he saw it while we grocery shopped this week and that’s what he wants!) then lastly it’s a Davey Crocket movie night and root beer floats with his cousins to close out the big day. Wow, what a day. Oh the joys of a six year old birthday. We’re all looking forward to celebrating with some good ol’ fashion fun and adventure. He has such a tender heart and sweet spirit about him. We are so proud of the man he’s becoming. God gave us a blessing with the life of Silas. We love him so.

Thanks for coming by and celebrating with us here at The White Barn Farm. Enjoy the weekend ahead, friends!

PS. Aren’t birthdays the best?! Especially at SIX. 🙂

New Domain- thewhitebarnfarm.org

white-barn-farmHi Friends,

We have our new domain up and running! I am still learning all the ins-and-outs of this blogging gig. So thanks for being patient with me as our website was down for a few days. We appreciate you continuing to follow along in our adventure. We are truly thankful for each one of you!

So, thewhitebarnfarm.org … Here we are! Much simpler than the previous one. I like simple. Simple is good. Very good.

Farmhouse Friday

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Hi all y’all! See that half windmill above our mantel? Of coarse you do. It’s kinda hard to miss. Well, I have another one with your name on it that will be for sale tomorrow in our booth at The Rustique Diva Vintage Market. Come snag it while you can! Oh hey, see those galvanized wall hanging planters? I have a few sets of these as well. Yup, it’s true! These are great ways to add a touch of farmhouse charm to your home. Have a wonderful Friday and don’t forget to come by and see us tomorrow!

Fresh Citrus Cleaning Solution for the Home

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If you’re reading this you must have an interest in making your cleaning routine safe for you and your family to use. This past year I’ve been working towards ridding our home of toxins. Both in what we put into our bodies in the form of food as well as in the form of cleaning supplies. I’m by no means a pro. But I am trying. And that’s the first step.

This is one cleaning solution that works well for cleaning counters, sinks, and floors. It’s super easy and it makes use of all the orange peels we go through with four little citrus lovers.

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  • 1 quart mason jar
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lemon peel and juice
  • white vinegar
  • water

**Fill a wide mouth mason jar with the orange and lemon. Then add the vinegar until filled. Let sit for 12-24 hours. Mix 1:1 citrus cleaning solution with water. Place in spray bottles and use as desired! There ya have it folks. Simple, fresh and clean.

**add more water if needed depending on your vinegar tolerance. wink.

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Farmhouse Friday

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Welcome to Farmhouse Friday at The White Barn Farm. Thanks for coming by today. We are always happy to have you join in on our story! Speaking of story, look at this cutie boy reading his “Vroom Vroom” book. A book with tractors (AKA vroom vroom) is a favorite with this kid. For today’s Farmhouse Friday I wanted to share with you how we keep a box of library books in our living room. It’s an extremely helpful way to keep the ‘library stash’ separated from our other books in our home. I simply use an old apple crate and the kids know it’s where they can always find the library books. Anytime, a book is not far off. I love it. And I think they do too. The easier it is to access the more likely they will venture into that box to read. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to read to this cutie boy about his Vroom Vroom’s. His mama will talk to you again soon. Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

A chick and a girl

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I can’t even. This girl is in love from the very movement they arrived. What a team. She carries them around in her hat, her baskets (of all sizes), her bike, her scooter, her shirt, and her bed if I’d let her!…and no, no I haven’t. I’m not that crazy farm lady (yet). It’s true, getting chicks brought into your life makes you take another step into ‘farm life’. I do believe we’ve succeeded. They’ve arrived. They’ve survived (for now). And they are beyond loved. Even the smell in our garage, because let’s be honest there is a smell, is welcomed. I’m loving it. My farmgirl-mama heart is happy. So, I join you L-Belle in loving this sweet simple life of holding a chick and taking them wherever we roam. Let’s do this for years to come. I’ve been learning that it’s either stirred within to embrace the farm life or not. For me… let’s just say my wooden spoon is getting worn out from all the stirring! This could be an exciting adventure folks. Thanks for coming along with us.

A White Barn Farm Easter

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We are welcoming Easter this weekend with hearts made new. What a glorious day to celebrate. Our home is a reflection of such joy. After all, our Savior is Risen! He has Risen indeed. As I am doing my best to simplify our life (more to come on that another day) I still have found it rewarding to decorate our home for the joy of the season. The kids love it, and I do too. Here is how our home is all ‘dressed-up’ for Easter…

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Vintage garden tools make for a rustic and homey means to decorate while bringing the freshness of the gardening season indoors.

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A few burlap and lace wrapped Easter eggs hang from our dining chandelier. It’s the little things.

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An oatmeal colored linen table cloth runs the length of our table. I love the consistency of color and the farmhouse design it brings.

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A galvanized lantern with some faux greens to bring a splash of color as well as height to our center piece. The rustic box is another fabulous way to gain height and set apart your decor.

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I had fun using garden stakes for name settings this year. I love these chalkboard ones so I can reuse over and over. The herb stakes at each napkin setting are a cute way to add some spring fling to the table as well.

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This multi-color felt garland makes for a perfectly cheerful splash of color to our table. I casually set it across the table and raised center piece. Don’t over think it. Mix and match textures and layers. I guarantee you’ll be happily surprised at all the beauty you can create in your home. Give it a try!

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We don’t have the ‘traditional’ Easter baskets, rather these adorable floppy eared bunny bags. Cute, I know right! I’ve enjoyed having them ‘hang-out’, no pun intended, all month for us to enjoy and anticipate the upcoming holiday.

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That’s all folks… Tomorrow is Easter Morning!!!