Christmas Goodies – Beauty Swap Edition

Christmas Goodies – Beauty Swap Edition

So this is my 3rd #ccbeautyswap and I’m loving it more each time. This time my swap partner was Kylie (@graygirlfarms). Kylie is a busy Mom just like me and she knocked it out of the park with my swap box! Big Sexy products usually don’t disappoint if you just want something fairly inexpensive that works. Kylie sent me a full bottle of the Spray & Play hairspray. She had to have known I was out and getting ready to…

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Farmer Favorites – A Christmas Gift Guide

Farmer Favorites – A Christmas Gift Guide

  Call me crazy, but I keep a wish list all the time of the things I want.  If I don’t, I have a hard time giving my family ideas for Christmas and birthdays.  Let’s be honest, the list is useless to some people (aka my husband) because they wait until the day of anyway!  He may consider not waiting until the last minute when he realizes that there are a few of my wish list items that he can…

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Deep breaths, deep thoughts

Deep breaths, deep thoughts

Well it’s no surprise that I have taken an obvious break from my blogging excursion.  Yea, I know, I have a total of like 5 blog posts, so it has hardly been an excursion.  Let’s be honest, I have very little free time (ok, so I have NONE) and blogging is not at the forefront. Right now – Sunday, November 15th at 11:38 pm – I cannot sleep.  My mind is racing and my back aches.  What is on my mind is nothing short of the typical…

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Our Way of Life

Our Way of Life

Originally written for the Ask The Farmers “Know Your Farmer” blog series. My name is Alison McGrew and I am from Good Hope, Illinois.  I am one of many Ask The Farmers volunteers that simply volunteers time to answer consumer questions regarding agriculture!  My family and I raise beef cattle on our farm, but I grew up on a grain (corn, soybeans, and wheat) farm.  My husband is the manager at a family-owned farm supply company so from time to…

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What he never said….

What he never said….

My Daddy & me As Father’s Day 2015 approaches, I find myself trying to determine WHO exactly influenced me the most – my Dad or my Grandpa Bud.  Of course they both, along with the rest of my family, influenced me, but the kind of influence I am divulging into is in reference to my passion as an adult. I am a farmer’s daughter, a farmer’s granddaughter, a wife, a mother, a sister, a cattle producer, a teacher and many…

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Summed Up!

Summed Up!

So here is how things have been shaking around here lately!  Aside from the usual hustle & bustle of spring in the Midwest and being married to a seed salesman/farm supply company manager, things have been fairly calm!  Calving is DONE….I repeat….CALVING IS DONE! Check, check.  We also have our “wintering” pastures chiseled, mulched and seeded back down and ready for some sunshine & moisture!  For those that aren’t familiar with my jargon – “wintering” pastures on our farm are…

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#ccbeautyswap Dirty 30 Style!

#ccbeautyswap Dirty 30 Style!

My partner Melanie (@travelingcowgirl) and I had a great swap!  This is the second #ccbeautyswap I have participated in and I AM IN LOVE! Before this, I really never bought anything fancy or thought about what products I liked or disliked. For example…the basics from Walmart with the basic applicator that breaks after 3 uses or the $1 Wet n Wild mascara! By the time I really started liking something, it would be discontinued or I couldn’t find it anymore!…

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“So God Made A Farmer”

“So God Made A Farmer”

I must say as I start typing this blog post, I AM PUMPED!  I participated in an Illinois Farm Families social media & networking webinar back in early January (when I started typing this post).  I really use the term “participated” VERY lightly because I had 2 sick kids – my husband and my 5 year old daughter!  For those of you that know me – I kind of have 3 kids (insert sarcasm)!  I was watching and reading the…

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That was fun…#ccbeautyswap

That was fun…#ccbeautyswap

So this is completely off topic of what I intended to blog about when I started this blog, BUT I am kind of committed to because…well…I received some pretty awesome stuff through the Crystal Cattle Anniversary Beauty Swap from my new friend Tori (Instagram: h3faulkner). I am so glad I got signed up for the #ccbeautyswap in time to participate and I will definitely do it again!  So here are the items that Tori sent me – all wrapped up…

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Time Off…

Time Off…

So here goes nothing… The title.  The title explains where I am at right now in my crazy life as an ag….uh former ag teacher.  That is probably one of the hardest phrases I have ever had to mutter.  This is what I was put on this Earth to do.  Teaching others – impressionable minds – about agriculture is what I am good at.  It is my thing! I miss my students past and present.  I miss the teachers that…

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