Eating Animals

About a month ago I watched the movie Eating Animals. It was eye opening.

And a graphic depiction of our meat industry, animal treatment, and our environment.

I’ve always eaten meat. There were a few times when I was pregnant that I took a hiatus from meat eating due to my extreme day sickness.  But then I went right back to it. I’ve always been into fitness so eating meat was a staple item in my diet.

Fast forward to a month ago. I was horrified.

Horrified by the farms providing our nation with it’s meat.  It’s been 17 days since I’ve consumed meat and I’ll be honest I’ve never felt better.  I have been testing out milk alternatives, but haven’t been able to find one that tastes palatable.

Appalled by the Ag Gag laws. Shocked by factory farming, facilities where our nation gets the bulk of our meat from are downright cruel to the animals, the environment, and to the consumers. I have a heart for animals and watching the pain they endure it made me absolutely sick. It draws the question why does our nation have so many health concerns? Could it be that eating sick, and stressed animals is a cause for our health issues?

Now I do agree with eating meat from healthy animals that have lived a good life.  The animals raised in factory farming are not healthy.  They are sick, drugged, oh the list is endless.  I’d just say you have to see it to believe it.  I don’t, and can’t believe that all the farmers treat their animals this way.  Eating Animals did document the few good farmers as well.  We need more people like that raising our food.

Part of our homesteading journey was to raise our own meat.  I don’t think it’s going to be an easy experience, but I do think it’s important to raise our kids to choose better for their generation.

My husband plans to do a little hunting this year as well.  I know some people don’t agree with hunting, but I’d argue for a few reasons.

I found myself thinking about the movie for weeks after I watched it.  Sharing it with everyone I knew.

Wondering, how do we fix this?  How do we solve this?

I think a smaller scale resolution would be for us to band together and start raising our own food.  We see problems all throughout the year warning us of the latest recall on food products.  And it isn’t always the meat products we purchase.

I think it’s important that we educate ourselves, and our children to do good and be good in this world.

Just some random Saturday morning thoughts.

If you are interested I’d strongly encourage you to watch the movie.

Danielle

 

 

Can you earn income selling Young Living Essential Oils?

Yes!  For the person looking to avoid my ramble, ready to seize the day make easy side cash click here

If not, come on let’s really chat…

How I first found Essential Oils

I started using essential oils around the time my oldest pretty much stopped sleeping all together.  Thanks to my mother in law and mom for sharing their samples with me.

Desperate for any sort of sleep advice, I started to try essential oils.  I never was really consistent.  And they sat on my shelf for a long time.

Then my mom gifted me with the gift of becoming a distributor underneath her.   I was hesitant at first thinking I didn’t want to be part of a pozi scheme and spend extra money.

However this time was different.  I figured if I was going to really give Young Living Essential Oils a chance I needed to practice consistency and really try out the products.  I didn’t go crazy.  I waited each month to try something new.  I spent my time really looking into all that Young Living is, and have fallen in love with it.

I started to use essential oils daily and found myself loving every thing about them.  They are great for children, wonderful in dishes, great for the garden, helpful around the homestead.  Young Living isn’t just oils, it’s cleaning products, personal hygiene products, baby products, massage oils.  So many varieties of good, natural products to try.

I started to share with my girlfriends because I was truly enjoying this new green style of living.   I didn’t seek them out with the intention of them signing up underneath me, but they did, and it’s been so fun learning all things oils together.

Then they shared with a few friends.

It’s like a game of telephone with a paycheck.  You can opt in to purchase oils, but you don’t need to keep any in stock.

The thing about Young Living that I love is it sells itself.  It’s product driven.

Unlike most other MLM companies, Young Living products are consumable.  You can literally use essential oils in so many different ways in your life.

Part of our homesteading journey has been to live a more green life.

I use Young Living for cleaning products, supplements, for the kids, for the animals, I’ve even begun switching my makeup line over to Savvy Minerals by Young Living.

It’s such a versatile investment, Young Living Essential Oils can be used for so many purposes.  Not only can you make a little side cash.  But you can green up your lifestyle.

Do you actually make money?

After a few months I’m now consistently receiving a paycheck from Young Living.

It’s nice to have the extra cash, and always comes as bit of a surprise because I’m not actively selling anything.  I don’t have any extra oils in stock.  I only purchase what I use.  Like I said the product sells itself.

If you are interested in seeing actual $$$ you could potentially earn by selling Young Living take a look.

 

How do I sign up?

If you aren’t sure where to start, I’d suggest here

Premium Starter Kit Desert Mist Diffuser

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So what am I buying?

Your Premium Starter Kit Includes:

  • Desert Mist™ Diffuser
  • Premium Essential Oils Collection;
  • Lavender 5-ml
  • Peppermint Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Lemon Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Copaiba Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Frankincense 5-ml
  • Thieves® Vitality™ 5-ml
  • Citrus Fresh™ 5-ml
  • Raven™ 5-ml
  • DiGize™ Vitality™ 5-ml
  • PanAway® 5-ml
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves Household Cleaner 1-oz. sample
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
  • 10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Product Guide and Product Price List
  • Essential Oils Magazine
  • Essential Edge News
  • Member Resources

you don’t have to sign up to sell anything.  But I think you will find if you are heading on a more green journey this year, essential oils are nice to have around.

There are different kits to start with.  It’s really up to you.

And who doesn’t want to get a paycheck for a game of telephone?

Come join my team of tattooed, nature loving, good witches.

Happy New Year!

Danielle

P.S. And please shoot me an email I’m happy to discuss essentials oils if you have any questions.

americanhomesteadco@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding Mini Cows to our Homestead

While I’ve been away taking a break from life.

I’ve acquired two of the sweetest mini cows.

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Ferdinand & Clarabelle.

They arrived home on November 8th.  I used an Essential Oil concoction with Lavender Essential Oil to make their ride a little less overwhelming.  They were after all both being removed from their Mama’s for the first time.  I will say they were pretty calm and relaxed considering.

To be honest for the months leading up to their arrival there was a phase where I begged and pleaded with my husband to reconsider the arrival of these mini cows.

Fast forward almost a month later and I couldn’t be more in love.  In a few years when they breed we will be able to get our own fresh daily milk.  I am excited at the idea of providing ourselves with a little more sustainability.

After a lot of research we decided on the Mini Belted Galloway  breed known for their hardiness since we happen to live in the arctic some days.  They are feed efficient, and naturally polled.  For the inexperienced that just means in simple terms the bull does not have horns naturally.

I’ll be honest the bull is in fact the sweetest.  He’s like an enormous dog with a hoarse raspy moooooo that loves apples and carrots.

Both greet me each day with such enthusiasm and the sweetest cow faces.

Clarabelle is a little more reserved, but being an introvert myself I don’t fault her one bit.  In time she will come around.

Part of our homesteading journey was to get animals that would give back to us in some way.  Provide us with a service.  For now they eat hay (and not that much I might add) and they help eat the green waste around our homestead.

I love that they aren’t full size.  It makes handling them, feeding them, and space requirements much easier to handle.  Considering I barely know a thing about cow ownership it’s going pretty flawless.  Even with a mild escape a few weeks back.

I would most definitely recommend adding mini cows to your homestead if you are considering it.

There is something so sweet and gentle about a mini cow.

 

Sensory benefits and struggles of gardening

I decided to get some new plants for my yard today. Usually planting gives me a peaceful feeling. The kids love it and I think it teaches them some important pieces to life. Not to mention the sensory input it provides.

Nevada’s high winds and hellish soil can make it quite the experience. My own sensory quirks made it a tad bit annoying today when things weren’t going as perfectly as I’d like.

My youngest loves to plant. Each plant she calls a “bible”. I have started my biblical garden adding plants and herbs found in the Bible. It will take some time but it’s something I love and can’t wait to one day finish.

Hyssop has an earthy mint smell that I just love.

We found some anemone but need to find a partially shady space for it before I add it.

HB calls it the Jesus flower. Referred to as the wild lilies in the Bible.

Love my sensory seeker. She loves getting her hands and feet all up in the dirt.

I love that it’s a family affair. Teaching them about gardening. Sharing the importance of flowers and herbs with them.

My sensory avoider doesn’t do messy. He’s a tad like me.

But even he couldn’t resist getting his toes all in.

Gardening gives kids with sensory challenges such great input.

It provides grounding. (Yes we garden barefoot)

I will say I was a tad bit agitated the wind was driving me insane. My things were blowing away faster than I could plant them. But welcome to Nevada.

I plant mums every year. They were the flowers at my wedding. So I just love them a little extra. And they scream fall.

I found this beautiful hibiscus tree to add to the walkway that will be stunning year round once I can dig through the soil from hell.

Todays planting extravaganza did not go as I had planned. Simple as that. But I do love all the new beauty around us and I’m guessing the kids sensory needs were met so they should sleep soundly with a little copaiba after an afternoon of fresh air and a lot of dirt.

Danielle

Maria

My kids are the biggest fans of The Book of Life.

So it’s only fitting that are newest goat member goes by Maria.

This sweet little beauty has joined our mini farm.

Goats are social animals and do best with a friend or two. After Gus was sent to heaven we needed to find Randy someone to spend his days with.

We have sweet friends that also have their own little ranch. So it was easy to add this gem to our mini farm.

She has the sweetest blue eyes. And a gentle demeanor.

Once her nerves dissipate I think she will find that she found a loving little farm to spend her days weed eating.

I am not sold on my ability to be a farm animal owner.

I can’t stand the heartbreak when something goes wrong.

But seeing the joy on the kids faces makes it all worth it.

Welcome home Maria.

Farm life heartbreak

Today I had to experience first hand death of a farm animal.

What started as an ordinary day quickly went very wrong. One of our Nigerian dwarf goats was suffering from urinary calculi. It was immediate and sudden. He was suffering and in excruciating pain. As the day went on his suffering continued.

My husband works long hours leaving me to make big decisions alone sometimes.

Today was that day.

Anyone who knows me. Knows that I love animals probably too much. My heart can’t take much heartbreak.

But as the day went on sweet Gus began to suffer unbearable pain.

With no vet available and the prognosis so grim I had to mercy kill my sweet Gus.

I’ve never killed an animal.

I’ll be honest I was nervous. I prayed over sweet Gus before. His goat crying was to much for my heart to handle. And so I sent him on his way to heaven.

I like to imagine all animals happy in heaven. Eating all their favorite things.

Frolicking.

Today opened my eyes to the fact that I’m too sensitive for this farm life.

I can’t stand to watch anything suffer. I never want to play God and choose to end a life.

But today I was faced with no better choice.

It was quick and I hope painless.

Has anyone started their homesteading journey to realize they aren’t cut out for certain aspects.

I never would have thought that I’d have to mercy kill one of my sweet beloved animals. I adored that sweet animal and his silly gentle nature. He will be so missed.