Goat Love

A furry addition… or two… or six!

About a month ago now, we had a pretty big addition to our family of four. Pure goat love is the only way to explain it! For those of you who know us personally, this shouldn’t come as a surprise but others may think we have lost it! One of the things I have said from the moment we started saving for our forever home was that I wanted goats. Well the stars aligned shortly after we moved in and we found the perfect situation. I’m here today to introduce you to our little herd of Pygmy Goats.

Petunia and Luna are our mamas and to give you a little background on their story we adopted them from a family that is moving out of state. They have been with the family since they were babies and are the sweetest girls ever. In fact Luna was Petunia’s first born. The family they were with loved and cared for them for years but when they learned the cost of a livestock certificate for each animal when moving to Montana they realized they were better off finding their herd a loving home and starting fresh.

Now just to clarify, I planned for two goats. Two and I ended up with six! Turns out Petunia and Luna were both expecting when we found out about them. As timing would have it they both gave birth to twins and of course I just couldn’t separate the bunch. It was hard enough not adopting the other eight the family had!

First up is Petunia…

She is our mama and grand mama. Petunia is a lover and will rub all over your legs until you provide her the attention she deserves. She is about five years old now and had Luna about two years ago. Ironically enough the two are inseparable now, but Luna never took to Petunia so she was a bottle baby.  Petunia is always keeping an eye out on things. She checks out everyone who enters the pasture and is the one standing guard in the pen if it’s late and she hears a commotion.

Totes and Margarita…

Above you see Totes (as in Totes my Goats… yes my husband named him) and Margarita. These two are the older set of twins and belong to Petunia. Totes is a total lover boy and will snuggle away. He comes up for all the pets and has begun head-butting you with those little horns if he’s ignored. Margarita… not so much. She will just now let you give her some head scratches, but if you want cuddles then you have to catch her! She likes to play hard to get.

Luna…

Luna is Petunia’s daughter, Totes and Margarita’s older sister and Hermione and Minerva’s mama. Are you keeping up? I think I need a family tree to explain all this. Anyway, since she was a bottle baby she has always been around people and is sweet and kind. However, food is her main source of motivation. If there is grass or a full bowl of food she doesn’t have time for you! She is also the only one who will try to climb you to reach her bowl. Very greedy!

Lastly, Hermione and Minerva (Mini)…

Hermione is our other cuddle bug. Where Totes will come up and ask for snuggles she plays hard to get at first but get jealous when others are getting the love. She is also the noisiest of the bunch. If she wants to be held she will tell you. She’s also the one you hear screaming for me when I’m walking up to the pasture. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Minerva or Mini as we call her is an entirely different story. She’s all black with baby horns and is just now starting to come up to sniff the humans. She also seems to prefer keeping to herself. As the tiniest of the bunch I am always worried about her. For a while I thought everyone was ignoring her, now I realize it’s her who is ignoring them. A bit sassy if you ask me.

What’s next?

These new additions have been just what we needed around here. I am absolutely in love with each and every one of them. As they are growing up, we can see their personalities more and more. So your welcome, or I’m sorry for all the goat pictures you will be subject to in the future!

Stay tuned for more on what we did to prepare for their arrival, and what that arrival actually looked like. I’ll give you a hint… think puppy melt down. Yup, it was as crazy as you think.

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Getting Ready for Spring

Spring is coming! Although it may be hard to believe for those of you that are still covered in snow. Here in Florida it’s time to prepare. I know there is a common misconception that we have no season’s down south. I hate to break it to you that’s just not true. The time frame from February to March can be temperatures that are in the high 80’s some days and in the 50’s other days. For us it’s time to get some work done around out property in order to prepare for spring and summer. Getting ready for spring is a big project when you own a new home. Let me share with you what we have done!

Interior Clean Up

So, as you may already know we are living in a construction zone. It’s not as bad as you may imagine however, the inside of our house is just not ready for the public eye. This means things have been slowly falling to the way side. A quick clean-up of any Valentines décor and putting out a few spring touches was in order. We may be living with a tarp covering a hole in our ceiling but that doesn’t mean I can’t have pretty things.

Sprinkler Repair

When we bought our home, we had a pretty large task in getting the sprinkler system working again. Luckily, we found a reliable company and had them come out to get the first part of the job done. This means we now have 2 working zones and a plan in place to slowly add more over time. If you have a system that needs repairs get it done now. In those spring and summer months the last thing you want is your grass dying. It may be something as simple as a sprinkler head, it may be a system overhaul like we had to do. Just get on it! It will be worth it in the end.

Garage and Barn Clean Up

80 Piece Peg Board Set

It’s time to get organized! Get down and dirty in that garage and get rid of what you no longer need. We cleaned out the barn and got it semi organized as well as the garage attached to our house. A simple pegboard and label maker kept me going for this project. Do what you need to do in order to keep yourself happy. For me, that was labeling all the things. Tools were everywhere! So, I bought an awesome accessory kit for the barn’s pegboard and plan to put an Ikea system up in the garage attached to the house.

Vegetable Garden

February is a big planting month in Central Florida. Depending where you live it’s worth doing a little research. We had one bed already in place from the previous home owner. I was anxious to build more but concluded I have too many projects going on right now. Instead, I weeded, fertilized and planted. We started with tomatoes, cabbage, eggplant, basil, parsley and rosemary. If you have limited space plant what you know you and your family will eat. (Just so we are clear, my husband will not eat cabbage… that’s all me.) You can always add to it down the road!

Yard Work

One of my least favorite tasks is also one of the most rewarding ones. Least favorite because I feel like our Grandfather Oaks are working against me. I sweep a leave and they drop five. An afternoon bonfire (make sure it’s legal where you live) and a leaf blower are two of my best friends. Although we have done this twice already, our property is ready for another go of it. The best thing for us is to plan one big yard day a month. This will be used to clean leaves, cut back vines and patch fences. We also hired a company to come in and clean up some trees. We had a few dying pines that left us with some awesome firewood.

Well there you have it! We have been making headway over here, but there is still so much to be done. If to do lists weren’t my love language, I may be a bit concerned. Since they are, I am just fine with what we have going on!

So, tell us below, how are you getting ready for spring?

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

To celebrate or not to celebrate?

Valentine’s Day has never been a big thing for us.  I mean if I want chocolate, I just buy it! My fondest memory of celebrating Valentine’s Day was our first one together. It’s a fond memory because it was ridiculous. My hope is this Valentine’s Gift Guide will help you, because a simple gift would have been a much better idea!

Happy First Valentine’s Day…

I don’t even remember how long we had been dating at that point, however for our first Valentine’s Day I wanted to do something special for my man. Well, that turned into me cooking dinner at around 10:00 at night because Jose was working. I decided on bacon wrapped filet and shrimp cocktail. I’ve always been a decent cook, but I was so nervous that night I burned the heck out of my hand on my cast iron pan.

Since I didn’t want him to know I pretended it didn’t happen, set the table
and served the yummiest meal ever. The problem was, it was so uncomfortable we didn’t even know what to say to each other. You see, back then we were grab a plate and curl up on the couch kind of couple. Not sit at table and eat fancy food kind of couple.

At one point my future hubby looked at me and I asked if we could just go
sit on the couch like normal. We laughed and it thankfully did just that. I
wish I would have realized then that a simple gift and a night of cuddles would have been the best first Valentine’s Day ever.

A gift and a cuddle…

Here are some ideas for all the ladies… which is probably you! So, feel free
to forward this on to your special person or just print it and put a sticky
note that says “buy this”.

 

  1. Jewelry doesn’t have to be expensive, just meaningful. Check out this wonderful Alex and Ani that will keep you in her thoughts throughout the day: https://www.alexandani.com/true-direction-charm-bangle-rafaelian-gold.html
  2. For your music loving lady. These beats are probably something she has longed for but didn’t want to spend the money on. Spoil her here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LRK9DTA/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i13_d_p0_qd30_____________________pKsEjfafJjfEKmESksPp
  3. A cozy blanket to cuddle up with makes a great gift for any lady in your life: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DTM4J5J/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i12_d_p0_qd37_____________________hxbeWGSe5xMV24RhV1H1
  4. A good book about something she is interested in can go a long way, combine it with a cozy blanket and some me time and it’s a win win: https://www.amazon.com/Homebody-Guide-Creating-Spaces-Never/dp/006280197X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=MGK43PX8I9ZO&keywords=homebody+joanna+gaines&qid=1549806070&s=gateway&sprefix=home+body%2Caps%2C362&sr=8-1
  5. Photo loving ladies will love this fun camera to capture those special moments: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WWLJ7KY/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i13_d_p0_qd4______________________t8p90VOkzwRXznVMBGae
  6. What woman doesn’t love candles! Find a scent you know she will love not something new that the sales lady recommends. Check out her current stash at home and duplicate it: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y6577K6/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i12_d_p0_qd44_____________________DNJsvHvbLZ9VeUw4dOvc
  7. This is an investment piece for any woman, but many don’t want to spend this much! Depending on your budget, this is the hair dryer of all hair dyers. So I’ll just leave this right here for you: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077WZNKGY/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i7_d_p0_qd17______________________gFEQkBcKnkAJ9nPfBTta
  8. Your working woman could always use a new laptop case. Make sure you get one that fits her laptop so she doesn’t have to worry about returning it to find the right size: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M273424/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i13_d_p0_qd4______________________mbiaXyB1qnf9qxXtvzpo
  9. Movie night will always score you brownie points. Make sure to pick something you know she will love: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5EED9Y/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i14_d_p0_qd48_____________________yxKQUzfj2zldrhsxgqp0
  10. Got a lady whose cell phone battery hovers around 7%? Well here is a simple fix for that: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075WVYBJP/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i13_d_p0_qd31_____________________EqPr6F10hHvDnlZvULJn
  11. Salt scrubs line up with self care which is so important for the busy lady in your life. Check this one out for a easy add on to a gift or just a stand alone item: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JNC96N6/ref=cm_gf_aHE_i8_d_p0_qd15______________________ToK2J4jzKhPCYFAkj7VV
  12. Cozy socks are another winner. Let’s be honest, anything cozy will win the heart of your special lady: https://www.amazon.com/CHOWISH-Pairs-Slipper-Winter-Fluffy/dp/B07F8KC7MK/ref=sr_1_27?keywords=cozy+socks&qid=1549809593&s=gateway&sr=8-2

I hope you will find these recommendations helpful! Remember, unless she asks for it a vacuum cleaner is never an appropriate gift. Happy shopping!

IKEA Kitchen Design

Before we even found a house, we found a kitchen. Crazy I know. However, walking through Ikea one day I saw what I thought would fit perfectly regardless of what house we bought. When my husband  was even drawn to it, I knew I had a winner. Ikea offers a few different ways to design your kitchen. Ultimately, we decided to do our Ikea Kitchen Design in store, and it was one of the best decisions I made.

Your three options…

  1. Online Planner- Use IKEA’s online design planner and create your entire kitchen on your own.
  2. In Person Measurements and Design – For a fee IKEA can send someone to your home to help you measure what is needed for the design process.
  3. In Store Design Appointment- You do the measuring, they help with the design.

Now to Decide What’s Best…

At first impression I decided I was going to do this online on my own. I mean why pay someone when I could just figure it out? Well, after reading all my handouts and measuring instructions, as well as creating my account I was stuck. I don’t think it is overall a difficult site, but for me it was a bit too much. There are so many options it was hard to tell if I was choosing the right things and putting them  in the right places.

Second option was to have them come out, measure and help me design. Unfortunately, we learned this is limited by zip code. They did not have anyone that services our area. So, we decided on the third and last option… a In Store Design Appointment.

Luckily, we had our contractor already doing work, so he was able to help me get the measurements I needed. With my fancy drawing I was able to schedule an appointment to design my kitchen I the store. We paid a small fee that will be applied to the purchase of our cabinets. I would recommend checking with your local store for fee information, as it may vary from place to place. Go to www.Ikea.com for locations near you.

The Day Finally Arrived…

To say I was looking forward to this would have been an understatement. The kitchen holds a huge amount of importance to me. I cook every day which to some may seem crazy. In addition to that we entertain often and have  large family that needs a lot of space. Since I overthink everything, I already had a picture in my mind of exactly what I wanted our kitchen to look like.

The employee who assisted us listened to everything I had to say while navigating the design system. When we were done, he even took the time to disassemble and reassemble a cabinet to show us how easy it would be if we wanted to do our own installation.

The Best Part…

The Ikea Kitchen Design system is very detailed. The best part was the second it was completed we were able to see a full 3D rendering of exactly what our kitchen would look like. We left with printed plans, a price sheet and a list of the hundreds of pieces we would need to buy.

A sneak peek of our kitchen!

IKEA Seasonal Sales…

Now we wait. Why you may ask? Because Ikea is getting ready for one of the largest sales events, they hold all year. The Spring/Summer event is soon to come and in it we expect to find at least 10% off kitchens. Waiting it never fun but when you are spending thousands of dollars on your dream kitchen it’s best not to rush things. In fact, over the last week or so I have already thought of a couple small changes I want to make. Now, I get to head back to Ikea and have someone from the Kitchen Design team help me do it.

This is a huge project that we simply can’t wait to get into. We will take you along while we purchase, assemble and install our Ikea kitchen. Since they have made this process so easy for us, we would recommend them in the future!

Have you recently renovated your kitchen? What did you choose drawers or cabinets? Tell us below about your experiences!

Ikea Bookshelf Hack

Let’s talk bookshelves! I have always dreamed of having a library in my home. Being honest, I will never have a home large enough for a library. So, I needed to get creative. As soon as we walked into the home we bought I could see the potential for a bookshelf in our living room. This one long wall has turned into my favorite spot. My Ikea Bookshelf Hack was the answer to my dreams!

Expensive tastes…

Built in bookshelves are extremely expensive. Since moving in we have taken on one DIY project after another. I knew there had to be a way for me to get my built-in bookshelves and not spend thousands of dollars. Enter Pinterest and pictures of an Ikea Bookshelf Hack!

Perfect for Holiday Decor

Now I know what your thinking, Ikea anything is impossible to assemble. I would have to agree, but with the help of my mother anything is possible. She can follow instructions like it’s her day job! I however prefer to just decide my own way. Long story short that didn’t work.

There are a few things to make this easy!

  1. Tape Measure
  2. Paper and Pencil
  3. Ikea Book Shelves
  4. Ikea Book Shelf Extenders
  5. Nail Gun with Finishing Nails
  6. Miter Saw
  7. Crown Molding
  8. Base Molding
  9. 3-inch Center Molding Pieces
  10. White Caulk

Let me start by saying this task can be done with even less supplies. We had a lot of these things on hand, so it wasn’t difficult. A good example is a circular saw, jig saw, or number of different things can be used for making your cuts. It doesn’t have to be a miter saw.

Now what?

Before you do anything, you need to take measurements. Make sure you measure the length, height and width of the wall you are using. We wanted ours to reach to the ceiling, so we ended up purchasing the extenders as well. For a lower ceiling this wouldn’t be needed.

Draw it out…

Next, I drew out exactly how I wanted everything to look. I even went as far as going on to Ikeas website www.Ikea.com and copied and pasted pictures of the exact bookshelves I wanted. This allowed me to move the pictures around until I decided on the pattern I wanted. You will see I chose two small bookshelves for each end.

All the bookshelves regardless of size are the Billy Bookcases from Ikea. We followed the instructions and assembled them as instructed. I have to say I had to call in a helper on this one! I attempted to assemble one on my own… it didn’t go well. Notice the hole? Yep, that was me! Maybe add Gorilla Glue to that list.

Molding…

The molding pieces were a different story. I took measurements of the top, bottom, sides and the place where each bookshelf met the other. Then I headed to Lowes. I just stood in the aisle and picked out what I liked. I’ll be honest, it was a bit overwhelming at first but when I gave up on getting it perfect it worked out just fine.

These bookshelves are a huge focal point in our house. We are in the process of opening our floor plan and you can see them as soon as you walk into our home. We read a lot, so we have a lot of books, however I am surprised at how much I have enjoyed styling this spot in our home.

If your considering giving it a try, I say go for it! We absolutely love how this Ikea Bookshelf Hack worked out for us.

Many items pictured here are from thrifted finds. Check out our posted on thrifting here:

https://ourfloridafarmhouse.com/2018/08/13/a-love-for-thrifting/

Kid’s Guest Room

The most exciting moment…

I can not believe it but, we are officially done with one room!!! It is by far the most exciting moment we have had since moving in. While working relentlessly on this house we have shifted our focus. Our original plan was to do everything all at once… well that wasn’t working. So, with the holidays upon us we needed to get one thing done at a time. With the motivation of family coming to stay with us for Christmas my first goal was to get our Kid’s Guest Room completed.

The finished product!

Family First…

Having loads of nieces and nephews, as well as family and friends that live out of town, we knew from the beginning we wanted a room designated for kids when the come to stay with us. The difficult task is taking the ideas I have in my head a reality. This project turned out to be bigger then planned. I will go ahead and post some before photos here.

The Before…

Just a few changes…

As you can see the previous homeowners where big fans of color. I am not, so one of the first things on the Kid’s Guest Room “to do” list was paint. Covering the paint was one of the biggest projects. We started with Kilz primer and decided on Behr paint in the color Silent White. I was beyond impressed with the Behr paint we purchased from Home Depot. The coverage is amazing and, in the ability, to use only one coat with a primer or two coats without one has been a life saver.

For the love of shiplap…

One of the biggest projects was the faux shiplap/paneled wall. The paint on this wall was a super deep color. I was concerned about getting coverage, so I had planned to wallpaper it as a accent wall. The problem is, these walls are very textured. I honestly did not think it would work. I am so much happier with what we decided on! Stay tuned for an upcoming post on the process.

Next, we added laminate floors that look just like wood, and we were ready for furniture! Trying to decide between bunk beds or two twins was tough. My childhood dream of bunk beds kept getting in the way. You can see by the placement of the windows two twins ended up working best. We ordered them from Wayfair. Everything from Wayfair has been impressive! Their prices are great, shipping times are great and if something goes wrong, they are always there to help. Here is a link to the beds we chose: Andover Mills Panel Bed

Now to decorate! I must be honest, I’m concerned that after Christmas this room is going to be bare. We will need to redo somethings when we take everything down, but I love the way it turned out.

One of the things that was important to me was having a place for all my books. I collect children’s books. I have struggled with overcrowding my book shelf so now we have some stored in the closet. When we do decide to add some additional decor, wall shelves are in our future.

My advice to anyone looking to start a project is, give yourself some time. Since we were figuring things as we went along it too longer then normal. It’s okay just enjoy the process! There is nothing more rewarding then walking into this room and knowing we did it all on our own.

What’s your next project? Redoing a kid’s guest bedroom? Or major construction? Share your thoughts and plans below! Everything is linked for you on our Link Tree. It can be found on Instagram. Tell us what you think!

For more on our Christmas favorites for a new homeowner click here: https://ourfloridafarmhouse.com/2018/12/15/gift-guide-for-the-new-homeowner/