Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ducklings!

So the other day I was doing chores when I heard little peeping.  I looked over and there were ducklings!  Our duck had hatched ducklings!


She had 7 of them...  They are the cutest things in the world!

The cool thing was we didn't even know she was laying on eggs!  So it was a complete surprise!

You should see them walk around with their mother.  In the morning when I come out for chores she already has them out walking around.  We've even seen her dig a small whole for her babies to try to find worms.  She is such a devoted mother.  She finds food for them, watches them, protects them, and keeps them warm.  Every night they sleep underneath her.  

Let's Talk
~ Have you ever had ducklings?  Aren't they the cutest thing? ~
Lily πŸ–‰

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Healthy Snacks


Do you ever want a healthy snack but you don't know what?  That has happened to me before and if I don't find something healthy I sometimes end up eating something bad (floury, sugary, or anything unhealthy).  I don't want you to end up eating something unhealthy so today I will tell you some healthy snacks that are my recipes!

Peanut Butter Balls
My family loves peanut butter balls!  Normally my mom makes a big batch but lately I've been making a small batch for just myself.  They are filling and yummy.  
Recipe (the big batch):
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup powder milk
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • optional; chia seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seed, coconut shreds 
(feel free to print this out for yourself)


Trail Mix
I don't normally buy trail mix, I make it myself.  It's simple and easy to make.  
Recipe:
  • almonds
  • peanuts
  • chocolate chips
  • dried cranberries (or dried mix berries) 
  • sunflower seeds 
You can use any kind of nuts but these are the ones I normally use.  

Cream Cheese, Salsa, and Chips
This is a super easy but really delicious dip.  I like to make this for myself sometimes whenever I want a snack.  
Recipe: (I layer it)
  • cream cheese (bottom)
  • salsa (top)
  • optional; shredded cheese
  • chips (tortilla chips, blue chips or whatever you want)


Fruit
Sometimes I'll cut up an apple and dip it in peanut butter.  Grapefruit, oranges, or grapes are good too!  Also you could have peanut butter and banana.  I don't like banana alone so I always add peanut butter with it.  My one brother likes to snack on frozen blueberries.  :)


Apples and Cheddar Cheese 
Apple and cheddar cheese is SO good together!!  You have to try it! 

Now instead of grabbing a cookie, candy, or something unhealthy for a snack try one of my recipes!

Let's TalkπŸŽπŸ§€
~ Do you ever eat any of these?  Are you going to try any of these?  If so, which one? ~


BTW!!!  All pictures that have my link on it was taken by me.  But if it doesn't have a link I either got it from pixabay or from a friend.  
LilyπŸ–‰

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Photo Dump!!


I've seen a few blogs who have done photo dumps and so I thought it would be fun to do.  Also since I have had a break on my blog I need to catch you all up on some things.  😁





(we went to a field trip to a bread shop)


(my goat, Amy)


(baby goats are here!!!  more posts coming about babies)


(Winnie, my new baby goat)


(We went to a really cool place that had a climbing wall.  It was AWESOME!)




(my brothers and I)




(baby kitten!!)

Let's Talk πŸ“Έ
~ Do you like photo dumps?  Have you ever been to a place that had a climbing wall?  Are you excited for the post about baby goats?! ~
Lily πŸ–‰

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sweet Sixteen


I am now 16 years old!!  
My birthday was April 12 but I felt like it was all week.  Why, you might ask?  Since I'm the only teen girl in my church right now the ladies from my church had a birthday party for me. πŸ’— My mom and youth leader's wife planned the whole thing (it was all a surprise for me).  The devotional was so special!  My mom put together a basket with wrapped gifts in it.  Each gift I would open there was a short devotional with it.  Each devotional was unique because it was different ladies in my church.  I learned a lot!  There was a game, presents, and snacks.  The theme was books!  I love to read so this was so cool.  The whole thing was wonderful! 




But that wasn't the only surprise...  On my birthday my mom had a surprise for me.  We left home and headed to my first surprise which was, getting a hope chest!  The first store we check there was a beautiful hope chest.  It was just the right size and even painted already.  We left the store with my gift in the back and an exciting time in front of me.  Now most of our way to the next place was in silence because (I found out later) my mom was trying so hard not to give away the next surprise.  Pulling into Panera Bread I thought to myself, how nice, we're going to have lunch together.  We walked in and I noticed in a party room a birthday party going on.  Awe, someone's having a birthday party!  I thought to myself but then I saw my aunts all standing there!  My aunts were all there!!!  My mom had gotten my aunts together for a surprise birthday party for me.  πŸ’•  I was almost in tears!  We got lunch, had a photo shoot, opened presents, and talked.  This was one birthday I was never going to forget!  

(my hope chest)











(my mom and me)
But that wasn't the end!  After the surprises we picked up my best friend and went home.  My friend and I got to sing for the first time together and even take a fun walk in the woods (with my brothers).  Then we went bowling!!!  My Grandparents, family, and friend were all there.  We got to play a lot of games for 2 hours.  

(Isn't this the best picture ever!  My friend took it.  BTW  she's really good at taking pictures.)


(me and my friend)

(taken by my friend)

(taken by my friend)

(me and my friend got to sing together)

(taken by my friend)

(taken by my friend)

(taken by my friend)


During this birthday I realized the importance of relationships.  I saw this quote on Pinterest and I just loved it!  

(I did the design and everything except for the quote)

So in the end I must say that I think this was the BEST birthday EVER!  


Let's TalkπŸŽ‰πŸŽ‚
~ Have you ever had a surprise like that for your birthday?  How old are YOU?  What did you do your sweet sixteen birthday?  Do you like the pictures my friend took while bowling and taking a walk in the woods? ~
Lily πŸ–‰

Monday, April 16, 2018

Why am I blogging?


"Why should I continue blogging?"
"My template is not an original..."
"Half of my followers don't ever comment..."
"Blogging takes up my time."
"If I'm going to continue it needs to be worth it!"
Does this sound familiar?  I've been having a lot of these kinds of arguments with myself lately.  I've even seriously considered to stop blogging.  I could do other things and focus on other things other than blogging.  But you know, all I have to do is ask the question, "Why am I blogging?"  and I decide to stick through it.

❁~~~

So why am I blogging?  That's a good question and here's the answer...
I'm blogging because I want to encourage people, inspire people, and share my writing.
Just the other day a friend of mine said that my blog was very encouraging to her sister who was going through a hard time.  That touched my heart!  πŸ’™  Also I've heard from my mom that some friends like to watch my blog!  My blog must be at least somewhat good because they wanted to look at it.  To all those bloggers out there!!  Not everyone comments!  They might look at your blog, get something from it, and walk away not commenting.  That's something I've learned to accept.

~~~❀ 

My blog doesn't have to be perfect or even popular.  It doesn't have to make it to Pinterest or Instagram.  It can be a blog that friends, family, and a few other bloggers follow.  Also, here's something I learned just today.  I don't need an original template.  It can just be a normal template from blogger.  As long as the context is good it doesn't matter too much.  Although if you want a big blog that has like 200 followers then I suggest that you do get an original template.  

Now after having a blog for quite a while I've decided to make it a Lifestyle blog.  Filled with tips, ideas, inspirational, songs, background music, smiles, links, writing, books, style, adventures, fun, goats, blessings, encouragement, health, ideas, and a lot more fun things.



Let's TalkπŸ“Š
~ Do you ever feel like quitting?  I really hope this has helped you!  What keeps you blogging?  Do you like this video.  I've used one of those recipes already and it turned out pretty good! ~

Also I want to say thank you to all those people out there that have encouraged and helped me with blogging!  
Lily πŸ–‰

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Big Announcement


Welcome everyone!  Today I'm going to interview a new blogger, Justin, who just started a blog and is very excited about it.  He started it on January 9, 2018 and his blog is titled Living the Dream.  BTW he's my brother.  😁  I encourage everyone of you to check out his blog, follow it, and subscribe to it.  He would be greatly encouraged!  Make sure you check out his blog!!


Me:  What is your blog about?
Justin:  About survival, backpacking, and farming.
Me:  What kind of posts do you do?
Justin:  Survival tips, what's happening at our farm, and more like that.
Me:  Tell a little bit about yourself.
Justin:  I'm 14 years old and I like sharing about adventures I have.  I enjoy hiking, farming, and hunting.
Me:  What inspired you to do this blog?
Justin:  Lily did.*
Me:  What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Justin:  To be able to share with everyone my tips, stories, and more.

* I did not bribe him to say that!!  What a kind brother!


Let's Talk
~ Did you look at his blog?  If so did you like it or follow it?  I hope you liked my very first interview with my brother, Justin. ~
Lily πŸ–‰


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

4-H Friends



In 4-H I've met a lot of people, some younger, some older.  I've learned to deal with different people from sweet to annoying.  I'm going to share some pictures and memories of times with 4-H friends.


This girl does dairy goats in my 4-H club.  Last year at the fair we had an awesome time riding rides.  I thought she was going to throw up on one of them (that got me really nervous).  We also got to get ice cream together and walk together around the fair grounds.  She's really fun and has a cute little brother.  😊
4-H Friends do things with each other!

(These are two kids from my 4-H club.  This pic was taken at my county fair in 2015)

At my county fair there's lots of fair rides and normally on one of the days during the fair us 4-Hers like to go on them.  I remember one year when I was riding a spinny ride with a boy from the picture above (the picture with that boy on the left and a girl on the right).  As we were riding the ride it started to spin very, very fast!  I looked over to him and he was not smiling (I was smiling because I was having fun).  "Are you okay?"  I yelled, over the sounds of the ride.  Now, I thought he said, "I can't breath."  My heart jumped, he can't breath?!  But when the ride finally ended I asked him why he couldn't breath.  He said,  "I didn't say, 'I can't breath' I said, 'I can't scream".  I will always laugh at that scary but funny memory.
4-H Friends make memories!

One thing you don't want to happen at the fair is let your goat get loose.  Yeah, your goat might trust you and follow you every where but once it gets loose at the busy, loud, crazy fair it will run!  I remember one year when someone's goat got loose and us 4-Hers had to help catch it.  Goats are fast, BTW. 😁
4-H Friends work together!

(pics of us on the rides)

Yes, at the county fair you have a lot of fun with 4-Hers.  I normally get to know them better during the fair too.
4-H Friends have fun with each other!


4-H friends don't only have fun with each other they also do things that aren't fun.  Like studying the Dairy Goat Score Card (not fun!!)!!  I really don't like the Dairy Goat Score Card but in the end it was worth studying because I needed to know it at a showmanship show.
4-H Friends do hard things together!

(watching my brother show his pig)
4-H Friends are always there for each other!

~Pig Barn Friends~
This year is going to be my first year doing a market pig for 4-H but my one brother has been doing it for four years.  
Now this is really funny!  The first year my brother did a pig he and his friend found something up in the rafters in the pig barn, a plastic alligator.  For three years they would play with it during the fair then when the fair was over they would hide it back up in the rafters.  They had a lot of fun playing with that alligator until last year they cut it up and threw it away.  Okay weird ending but it's a memory that my brother and his friend will laugh at for years to come.  
4-H Friends do funny things together!

Not only do 4-Hers have hard and funny times they also have embarrassing times...  My brother who brings a pig to the fair was washing his pig one day at the fair.  Now when it's time to wash your pig you need your friend's help to direct the way for your pig and keep gates shut.  As my brother brought his pig back after it's washing something really embarrassing happened.  A gate some how wasn't shut and his pig ran right into a wool demonstration!  That was embarrassing!  My brother and his friends ran in after the pig and all worked together to get the pig back to it's pen.
4-H Friends have embarrassing Times!

Let's Talk
~ If you're apart of 4-H or was please tell me (in the comments) or a memory about a friend you had in 4-H!! ~
Lily πŸ–‰