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When you think about organic food, you’re probably think about vegetables, fruit and maybe your meats. You might have even seen the Dirty Dozen list or even the Clean Fifteen. But do you ever think about your dairy products?June...
I’ve been sharing some developments on the home front in my Instagram stories lately. If you follow my stories this might not come as a surprise to you because I often share projects and specific design elements from my...
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Having backyard chickens is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, From sprawling country acres to small plots of land in cities like Chicago, the number of chicken owners is growing in the United States...
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Christmas can be the most financially stressful time of the year. With gifts to buy, extra food to make and parties to either host or attend, it seems like the money goes up in smoke after Santa goes up...
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I'm one of those people that sort of loathes all multi-level marketing companies. I've hated them forever because I feel like they force your friends to become product pushers and all of a sudden complete strangers on Instagram will...
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