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Service you only get from small business!

Posted by Robin Abel on

With Small Business Saturday happening soon, I thought it would be nice to share some of great experiences I've had with small businesses over the past few years.  It's been an amazing journey owning a small business and it's really opened my eyes to their strengths especially when it comes to treating people with respect and going the extra mile.   Before we opened the store, there were 2 solid months of finding local people who had products to offer.  I went to farmers markets and craft shows as well as asking other businesses for suggestions.  One day I walked...

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Trick or Treat insights

Posted by Robin Abel on

How do you celebrate Halloween?  Is it your favorite holiday or your worst?  Do your kids love it or are they on the phasing out age?  Did you learning anything this year from the holiday? ;)    Our kids still, for the most part, have fun picking costumes and going out for Trick or Treat.  The week before the holiday is filled with costume changes, questions on where we go candy hunting, who is going with whom...  This year, I walked around with just one of my kids which was a first since usually we have at least 2 with...

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BABY GOATS!!!!

Posted by Robin Abel on

Say that in your best teenage girl voice. BABY GOATS!!!!  We're in a phase that we love baby goats, and perhaps other baby animals, but can't convince anyone (notably my husband) that we should get one.  My girls think they are super cute and we need one. My son just loves animals and would have 1 of everything. I love that they eat anything and when you live on 4 acres, eating poison ivy and overgrown brush sounds like a good idea.  Did you know you can rent goats too?  See, we've really thought about it.   This Monday, I...

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Adventures as a vegetable farmer

Posted by Robin Abel on

My husband grew up with a large garden that they ate from all year round.  After moving to a rural 4 acres, it seemed logical that we should do the same.  It's sustainable, good for environment, and there are lots of resources to help us succeed.  I have books, grow lights, seeds, knee mats, a rain barrel! Of course this will be a huge success!   Not so much.     I don't understand soil, I think our garden is in a low spot so there is too much water, my broccoli looks nothing like the ones in the store and...

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Be intentional this season

Posted by Robin Abel on

We're entering into a very busy and sometimes overwhelming season.  Family gatherings, holiday parties, school concerts, and gift giving can drive anyone crazy.  Honestly, I struggle this time of year with all the money being spent and all the bustle that doesn't always equal my expectations of magical moments.   How do we make this season memorable and enjoyable without loosing our minds?  Before everything really gets crazy this year, stop for a few minutes and think about what's important and what do you intentionally want to add to the list this year.  Here are some things I've learned the...

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