Showing posts with label entertaining. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertaining. Show all posts

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Little Farm Holiday Retreat {Evening Highlights}

We just wrapped up our second ladies' retreat, and it was so much fun! I love sharing this home of ours with others! This time, the house was all decked out for Christmas with peaceful holiday classics playing in the background. 

Our little house was FILLED with the joyful sounds of women talking and laughing the hours away. Book page trees were the craft of the evening, and everyone did a great job. 

Then all kinds of holiday treats and a never ending supply of coffee filled us all. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to welcome all these precious women into our home. The best Christmas gift e-v-e-r y'all! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Little Farm Holiday Retreat

I'm totally over the moon to announce the dates of the next Little Farm Retreat! This is an evening filled with crafting, Christmas yummies and renewal of the mind and spirit.  It is a gathering of like-minded women, where we come together {sans husbands and children} to feed and nourish our womanly souls.

The retreat will be happening here on this little farm on Saturday, December 6th from 7-10 p.m. The cost will be $10 per person which will cover your crafting supplies and all the Christmas yummies you can eat! We live in the North Georgia mountains about 40 minutes north of Gainesville. If you live in the area and would be interested in attending, contact me at my e-mail, and I'll forward you the directions.

Come and enjoy an evening in this little home of ours all dressed up for Christmas and re-charge your weary spirit. Start this Christmas season off with your body and mind renewed. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Little Farm Retreat {renewing the spirits of women}

So, this just happened.........

and it was a dream come true! I want to encourage you to identify your passion...... right now, don't put it off. Once you've pinned it down, don't wait, pursue this passion! As women, we spend every day giving to so many people both in our homes and outside. All this giving can leave us totally depleted and unless you've taken the time to identify your passion and pursue it, you are running the risk of burnout. Physically and mentally, you must be renewed! 

My dream was to host a retreat for women where they could come and be restored and renewed. I DID it! We crafted, chatted, giggled, ate lots of yummies around the fire and bathed in a renewing spirit. It was everything I had dreamed of. The women that attended, with all their unique gifts, fed me in ways that only other women can. They each brought different personalities and talents to the evening and it was an awe inspiring mix

I encourage you to STOP and THINK what it is that makes you joyful and then put one foot in front of the other and step toward your passion. The next Little Farm Retreat will be a Christmas retreat and it will take place on December 6th, so if you are in the area, send me your info and I'll get you registered {more info about registration will be here on the blog in mid-November}. Have a passion-filled week y'all!

Monday, September 22, 2014

How To Keep Your House ENTERTAINING Ready

Do you remember when you were a little girl and playing dress-up was so much fun? Putting on that twirly dress,  mamma's heels and clip-on earrings, grabbing a purse and strutting around, yes, I remember getting 'all dolled up'. Entertaining is my grown-up version of playing dress-up. It's my chance to get the house 'all dolled up' and to welcome friends into my home. I do it as often as possible and as much as I love having friends over, I have an ulterior motive for entertaining and it's really hugely selfish. Are you ready? Promise not to judge, K? Entertaining is how I keep my house clean and in order. Ugh! I really hate to admit that, but it is the only way I can keep it all together. When I know that friends are coming by, that little bit of excitement and adrenaline kicks in and it just becomes so easy to clean and get the house together. That's probably a little crazy, right? Do you get that little adrenaline rush too, when you know that folks are coming by for a visit. With the holidays coming up, why not go ahead and start a new way of keeping order in your home. I'm NOT saying that this house is always clean, goodness no. You can read some posts on just how messy it gets sometimes here and here. But for the most part, we keep it kind of in order so that it would take very little time to have it company ready. 

I'm going to give you some really easy steps to get your house in order and to keep it that way so that you can have friends over more often and this will in turn help you keep your house 'entertaining ready'. Please work on this list slowly, a little at the time, because, if you're anything like me, nothing causes me to shutdown more than being overwhelmed! Once you've worked on each step, it becomes easy to maintain on a weekly basis. 

No. 1. Keep that fridge CLEAN. Nothing is more embarrassing to me than opening the fridge to serve drinks or snacks and have it full of old, stinky food. If you can get that fridge clean and stay in the habit of keeping it that way, it just feels so good.

No. 2. If you get in the habit of vacuuming a couple of times a week, especially if you have house pets like we do, there's not so many of those fur tumbleweeds blowing across the floor. The house just feels clean with clean floors.

No. 3.  If you will teach your children to be responsible for their spaces, your life will be sooooo much easier. Nothing irks me more than families with kids that do practically no housework. How are they ever going to know how to take care of their own homes one day if all they know how to do is take out the trash and pick up toys? ALL of our children have been taught since they were little to pull their own weight as far as chores go. As they get older, the workload increases. I can confidently say that if I were to become ill for any length of time, our daughters at eleven and thirteen, could run this house nearly as well as I do. They know how to do laundry, cook and bake, clean a house with the best of them, and look after our seven year old. I think that parents do themselves AND their children a terrible disservice not teaching them how to take care of their home. 

No. 4.  A clean bathroom is a must and it's very easy to have if you just learn how to put things away after every use. Keeping the counter and the toilet clean, makes it easy to be ready for guests. If I have the time, I'll add some fresh flowers or seasonal greenery from my yard to the bathroom just to add that special little touch.

No. 5. Your yard is the first thing that guests see when they visit. Try to keep the outside in order the same way as the inside. It's all about establishing new habits. We have two porches that guests use and I always try to keep them tidy. I sweep and even wipe off my doors from time to time to get rid of all the dust that builds up from mowing the lawn. The porch is your first line of defense when guests arrive. Make them feel welcome from the moment they get out of their car.

I find that if I can keep a handle on these five things, I never feel too far behind. By far, my favorite is number five. I don't know why, but I've always felt that if my porches stay clean, the house just seems fresher and more inviting to guests. When friends come to any door at our home, I want them to feel welcome and know that I'm happy they are visiting from the moment they knock on the door. I chose to be a wife and a stay at home mom, and I feel that it is part of my job to have an organized and clean home {most of the time}. We all have off days that throw us off track, but when I'm feeling better again, I get right back on track. 

The secret to ALL these steps is that once you have them all done for the first time, you consistently check back with this list at the first of the week and at the end of the week, that way everything sort of stays in pretty good order. Now, if you decide to have friends over, nothing is such a mess that if would take longer than thirty minutes to an hour to get it in order. You'll find that once you get into the habit of living this way, you'll really enjoy entertaining in your home! And you'll enjoy the benefit of living in a cleaner more efficient and organized home every single day- guests coming or not. Now with the house all clean, let's go bake some treats for your friends to enjoy! How about some cake pops like these perhaps......

This was our first try at cake pops and they turned out pretty good. I hope that our guests agreed! Thanks y'all so much for stopping by today! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to share below in the comment section.....

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