Celebrate the small wins and stop overlooking the good.

A mid harvest reminder from one tired business partner, wife and mom.

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To everyone in the trenches of their harvest roles. It’s to the exhaustion point for me and im here to tell you life’s still good in the midst of these daily challenges. You aren’t alone!

Embrace the suck. And trust me, I’ve had plenty of it this week. But I’m not going to sulk in the past of yesterday or the start of today and ruin my chances of making later today or tomorrow better 

Plans change constantly in farm life. And even though it never gets easier that the farm trumps most things this time of year, my acceptance and understanding of the choices we’ve made abs how we have gotten where we are is what makes missing out of stuff a tad bit easier.

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Xoxo Whit

Monday Motivation

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS WEEK:

Happy Tuesday friend, first of all I have had heck getting this sent out with harvest and rural technology so thanks for understanding it wasn’t on time. I hope today you took some time to reflect on what defeated you last week and how you can approach it differently this week. But also on what you accomplished and pat yourself on the back for that! For me, my house defeated me last week. We are in the field and the house was let go. So i knew this morning we would have time and i kid you not i did 8 loads of laundry, folded it and we family tag teamed and got it all put away. I was INTENTIONAL with my time and did what I could to put the stress of the house to rest.

My goal this week is to do 1 load a day, and to intentionally set aside 20 minutes every morning before the kids wake up to pick up a little. Another goal of mine is to move my body before heading to the field, get some blood pumping and let my body stretch from sitting all day.

What are you goals this week?? Make small attainable goals, not a list as long as your leg and unrealistic so that you feel defeated.

WEEKLY MEAL PLAN:

I am going to be very honest with you all. Harvest is a hard time to share meals plans with you from my house. We use the air fryer a ton and I also pre freeze hamburger we can just warm up and whip into something! So I will let my friends give you some amazing recipes that are delivered to fields in harvest!

THING I AM LOVING THIS WEEK:

Well since my eyelashes were asked about this week. Here’s my favorite mascara. Butter London is by far the best I have found!

OIL OF THE WEEK: RC BY YOUNG LIVING
(THIS IS A MUST FOR ASTHMA, RESPIRATORY SICKNESS AND ALLERGIES)

This is my top 5 fave oil!

If you are ever interested in ordering oils, or need questions answered please feel free to email me: wblarson1@gmail.com

I use this oil with a carrier oil (coconut oil) add drops to my palm and apply to our chests and upper back when we are sick, have bad allergies or Layton struggles with her asthma. It basically replaces vicks in our home!

MOVEMENT I AM LOVING:

TABATA 12 (ONLY 12 MINUTES AND IT BURNS)
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CT9ecZTpn7F/?utm_medium=copy_link

CHALLENGE OF THE WEEK:

How often do we get caught up in what we don’t get done, or how far we have yet to go? When we should be stopping and admiring JUST HOW FAR we have actually come. Or what we do get accomplished. This morning I was up at 5:30 moving my body, getting our house in order and ready for school and getting lunches ready. Why is it so easy to discredit these things? Well i think because they are monotonous every morning looks somewhat the same in our home and I don’t give myself the credit for all I do. So this week I want you to be proud of your self: whether that’s in your physical movement and changes, your mental growth, your role attributions in your operations or lives or just what you have made it through this far to be the person you are!

When life starts to hand you hard days, dig deep to find the good in each day and realize you can only control what you can control the rest will be what it is.

Xoxo Whit

Ask a Farmer movement.

This is a message I received today from a follower, I immediately reached out to a fellow farmer of Almonds for an answer 🔽
I got a response and was able to get her a detailed answer in minutes.

There’s always more to any story in life. This is very true for every crop grown in America Agriculture.

Farmers are resourceful and whole heartedly believe in sustainability and improving the environment, soil and the crops we grow. We look to do better every single year. Farmers find ways to turn what we have into more.

Before making any assumptions about any foods you love and enjoy (or even some you don’t like me, I’m allergic to almonds) please understand some of the info you are subject to isn’t always 100% accurate. Perfect example was a message I received today about almonds. I’m so proud this individual reached out and i could turn what was thought to be fear based reason to stop eating almonds when there was so much more behind the story of the water usage for an almond to grow!


So even though my family grows corn, wheat and sorghum: that doesn’t mean I’m not here to represent all parts of Agriculture and to find these answer for you.


So please. Ask a farmer, we are more than happy and willing to offer the real facts and more for you. Even if we don’t Farm what you have questions on I promise we all are resourceful and can find someone who can answer that for you🤟🏻


Proud to represent so many sectors of Ag.

Whit

Monday Motivation

“Your dreams are worth fighting for. And while you are not in control of what life throws you, you are in control of the fight and effort you put in.”

Hey its a new week! What a fresh slate to put whatever weighed you down at the door of this Monday. Carrying bricks from the past do nothing but weigh you down into your present and future. So today, set your bricks down and feel lighter knowing your past, your failures, your mistakes and any wrongs that have happened DO NOT define you.

Something to think about this week:

In what areas would you benefit from setting clearer boundaries? Do you over commit? Say yes to so much you feel like you are drowning? Its time to sit down and prioritize what matters most and what will make your future better. Set some boundaries this week: at work, at home, in relationships, set them. You are worthy of your time!

Weekly Meal Plan:

Sliders- My sis in law gave me this and we love it!
Cut a package of Hawaiian rolls in half. Brown your hamburger, add salt and pepper, mayo and a little BBQ sauce and some shredded cheese. Put mix on the bottom of the rolls, set the top back on and spray the top with olive oil, bake for 10 minutes at 350! YUM

Chicken Enchiladas: https://pin.it/2ERIvXC

Air Fryer Ch Sandy: https://pin.it/18Ljq6w

Chicken Wraps: https://pin.it/49dOYUt

Weekly Challenge:

Forgive without an apology. A lot of times those bricks I talked about above are the heavy ones of a grudge. Reality is holding a grudge holds no one prisoner but yourself. It took me a couple years to realize this and understand I was only harming my own mental health. So this week, forgive someone without an apology, let the weight of a grudge you have held onto go. Let something go. Drop that rope. Tell someone your are sorry even if you don’t get that in return just to let that weight be lifted. Its hard to be the bigger person, but i promise from experience its very freeing to your mental health and well being.

Oil of the week: Eucalyptus

What is Eucalyptus Essential Oil Used For?

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is used for a number of health problems first and foremost. A common ingredient in natural medicines, the uses of this plant span the full gamut. The following are just a few of the illnesses, ailments, and health problems this essential oil is used to treat, soothe, and improve:

Infections

An anti-inflammatory, eucalyptus can work wonders when it comes to nasty infections. It is also an analgesic (pain killer), an antibacterial, and it is anti-infectious, meaning it has all the makings of effective medication for different types of infections that may plague the body.

Of course, eucalyptus oil should never be ingested or applied to the straight to your skin. It should be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil.

Upset Stomach

As a painkiller, diluted eucalyptus oil can be rubbed on your skin to soothe upset and sour stomachs.

Coughs

 Eucalyptus oil has been known to help loosen tight coughs and clear out phlegm following a cold. As an antiviral, it works well against colds and flu.

Usually, it’s used in a diffuser or massaged into the chest.

Respiratory Tract Infections and Problems

The leaf and oil are also used to treat respiratory tract infections, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, and whooping cough. It can also be used as a preventative measure to maintain sinus health.

Acne

A natural astringent, eucalyptus oil is also used to treat acne and oily skin.

Burns

The clean, cooling effect of eucalyptus oil helps to soothe pain from burns and encourage healing of wounds.

Soreness and Inflammation

For sore muscles, joint pain, and arthritis, eucalyptus oil is a lifesaver. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties help it soothe and reduce pain. When added to a bath, it can soothe sore muscles and melt away stress, stiffness, and tenderness.

Fever

The painkilling properties in eucalyptus oil also work well with fevers and the symptoms they bring. Body aches, headache, weakness, and tenderness can be reduced and improved with the help of this essential oil.

How to Use Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil can be used a number of ways based on what you’re using it for.

In A Diffuser

Diffusing eucalyptus oil in an office, classroom, or in the home is a good way to improve the blood-brain connection and clear sinuses.

Diffusers are inexpensive on Amazon.

In My Laundry

Adding this oil to your bedding being washed helps eliminate allergens like dust and dander that make you stuffy. Add a few drops straight to your washer, smells great and has wonderful benefits.

As A Massage Oil

Eucalyptus essential oil is also commonly used as a massage oil.

It is great for sore muscles and relieving stress and can even help improve blood circulation to the brain, giving you the ability to think clearly and calmly.

In A Bath

Epsom Salt baths are great not only for sickness but for the magnesium it adds to your body! Add this oil to your Epsom salt bath and it makes a great combo for congestion from allergies or colds!

Things I am loving this week:

My own wax pot. Lets be real I barely have time to shower somedays let alone make an appointment to go get my eyebrows and lip waxed. So I invested in my own a couple years ago, but it’s on sale now and wanted to share with you all how easy it is to just do yourself!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QKWFDHC?ref=exp_farmwifeguru_dp_vv_mw

I added 40 more in person tickets to my event next February! Only 25 left. would love to get to meet you in Kansas for this amazing weekend.

Also added virtual tickets for those who can’t come join the fun! Find both tickets and the lineup of speakers and amazing performer- linked below🔽

http://cultivating-courage.org

Well hope you enjoyed this weeks motivation. I pray wherever you are, in whatever season you are in: you know you loved, appreciated and give yourself some grave this week!

Xoxo Whit

Monday Motivation

Happy start to a new week!

“Your life is a garden. Your thoughts are seed, you can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.”

What a great reminder that this week our happiness is 100% our choice. We can choose to let the bricks that each day and week pile up and weigh us down or we can unload those bricks at the door each day and take on each days challenges with a perspective that they will arise but we can just face them when they come. Don’t let a bad 5 minutes ruin your entire day.

Something to think about this week: How can you be intentional in relationships in your life? Is that sending a text to a friend to just simply check in? Is that doing something a little extra for your spouse ie note in the lunchbox, favorite pop mid day delivery? Is it changing up your kids scenery for the day, like a park trip or adventure day?
Set out to be intentional this week with 1 or 2 relationships in your life and pour into them, I mean if they mean a lot to you why should we be doing these things?? Have fun with it. Tag me if you feel so inclined.

WEEKLY MEAL PLAN:

Stroganoff- https://pin.it/5YJCUj2

Cheeseburger Soup- https://pin.it/17f9o5I

Pizza Casserole-https://pin.it/1p7YiYy

Loaded Grilled Cheese- https://pin.it/1p7YiYy

WEEKLY CHALLENGE: This week I have a challenge for you. Purge one area in your house. For me I tackled junk drawer and our medicine cabinet, made a list of what i am low on in preparation for sick season when the cold hits! Do somewhere in your home, you’ll feel less heavy!

OIL OF THE WEEK: Geranium

I have been using this oil topically for some stress and emotional balance the past few weeks and notice a difference when i do not put it on!

Most oil do well on the pulse points. If you dont know what that means let me explain it a little for you! Our skin absorbs Essential Oils in about 10 minutes, they enter the blood stream, so for best results pulse points are great areas to apply diluted oils. Pulse points are are the neck (carotid artery) the wrists (radial artery and my personal favorite point to use) the groin (femoral artery, this area is used for a lot of hormonal balances) inside the elbow (brachial artery) the abdomen (abdominal artery) and lastly the feet (posterior tibial artery). Hope that helps you understand some pulse points and areas to topically apply oils a little better! Oils should most generally always be diluted when applied to the skin, my favorite is coconut oil since i am allergic to all nut oils.

I apply geranium to my wrists each morning! Hope you learned a little something new. Stay tuned for a new oil each week.

THINGS IM LOVING THIS WEEK:

Did you know that I cohost a podcast! And the Midwest Farm Wives Podcast Ep 55 is live listen to it here>https://open.spotify.com/episode/0g8b07Worh8D41HHppX7y4?si=MkCYLYjkRVGTjMWSZTTxiw&dl_branch=1

This workout from my coach Cait! Only 12 minutes long!
https://www.instagram.com/tv/CR_W7sjn4Of/

Cedar O Mop- Makes mopping maybe more fun? But definitely easier! I use hot water and a 1/4 tide laundry detergent. Linked below.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VWL357N?ref=exp_farmwifeguru_dp_vv_mw

I hope you enter this week grateful and with a sense of your worth. Practice embracing your role and really being where your feet are. If you are folding laundry find something to be thankful for in it. If you are delivering field meals, find joy in your time doing that and providing for others. If you are in the field, be present and don’t cast worry on what you aren’t getting done somewhere else. Have a great week and chat with you next Monday.

Xoxo Whit

Hey girl⬇️

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So you “only” deliver meals to field in harvests? Lady. Fed tummies are happier and more apt to work harder! Thank you!
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So you “only” run grain cart? I mean have ya ever ran a combine and been without, that role MATTERS!
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So ya “just” chased your older kids in sports so they have someone in the stands that loves them? Friggin kuddos yo you!
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Supper was “just” chicken nuggets. Last time I checked that’s a great quick protein. And fed is fed! Bravo!
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You “only” sat in an office and worked on books all day. Way to go!
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So you “just” went to your off the farm job. What?! Your job there matters big I’m sure of it, the farm knows that!
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So you were “just” in survival mode today with your kids while you’re husband is in the field? Uhhh.. they’re alive breathing and I’m sure if they got asked by any stranger love you as big as the sky! Good job lady! 🤟🏻
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But you “only” got to half of your to do list? Hmmm there’s tomorrow right? Good job!
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You failed in several ways today? Well don’t we all? Grace and the hopes of a better tomorrow sis ❤️
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And you “just” have enough energy to get everyone to bed and be done for the day? Well I’m proud you gave it your all and are able to feel exhaustion, you’re alive friend find some amazing gratitude in that, not everyone gets another day here . ❤️
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We need to stop our “just and only” talk and start embracing our roles and what we’re able to do. Don’t let the accomplishments of women on the gram or your town friend shadow what you ARE DOING
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I’m just here to tell ya today, I’m proud of you. I may not know what all you got done or how little you accomplished but I know you need to hear I’m proud of you regardless. Offer yourself some grace on the hard days and kick ass on the good ones 🤘🏼I know there was some good today no matter how small or big, lean into those feelings most
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As we enter harvest for so many states, please don’t waste an ounce of energy comparing to another farm girl. You be famous to your family and your operation in the way that works for you, that’s all that really matters! #famoustomyfamily

Let it go, let it go!

If you’re here for homesteading advice today… this is all I have⬇️
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My garden got way out of hand and i can grow pig weeds taller then my best zucchini plant. I was so stressed about it. Summer has truly been insanely busy and went so fast, my garden got put on the back burner and wasn’t deemed top of my importance list, and you know what? That’s ok.
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It’s ok to fall behind and have to prioritize what’s more important in your life at that time or in the season you are in
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We gave a lot of time to 4h and fair this summer and it made the too of the list. Falling behind doesn’t make you a failure. It means you’re human
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I tend to think I can do it all and please everyone in my life. I can’t and its exhausting to try if I’m being 100% honest
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So this week, I’m saying goodbye to my garden and shopping farmers markets for the rest of the summer and im proud to do so!
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Let go of the things weighing you down this week. Life’s too precious to sweat the small stuff
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I pray you have the best week and spend the rest of summer grateful and where your feet are ❤️🌱

Xoxo Whit

BEEF Matters

I am a fixer
But as a advocate for Ag and fellow farmer, I find it hard to not be able to bridge every gap or explain exactly what we put into this lifestyle and get the same understanding back that we feel
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Bridging a gap that the other end may not want to cross is hard


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I asked yesterday as farmers why it’s hard to do and these were some responses
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Farmers aren’t rich, the loans we rely on and inputs to grow these crops and raise these animals sometimes ends in a break even and no profit. Some years are better than others sure, but we are doing this for something much bigger than a paycheck. We truly love the land, the animals, the work and striving to leave the land better for our children then we found it
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The hours of work are endless. We skip vacations, weddings and events to make sure animals are fed, crops are tended to and so many other factors. Sure we chose this life and that’s apart of it. But far too many forget if these sacrifices weren’t made, the food supply and surplus wouldn’t be as affordable as it is. We do this for us, and you
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Agriculture is much more than a corn crop or a cow: it’s medicines, it’s biofuels, it’s by products and land management. There’s so many things that come from a crop and an animal other than just a grain and a piece of meat
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While we do receive government payments, that doesn’t mean we are doing ok, sometimes that’s simply bailing some out or paying off debts. We as producers would much rather see fair commodity prices and not have to rely on those payments to make farming and ranching work. While sure those payments are nice: the equipment, man power, insurance, cost inputs and so much more drain out accounts much quicker. Again a lifestyle we STRIVE to make work for our families
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Gmo, Organic, Conventional, Non conventional: no one is better than the other. There’s so many diverse ways to farm and ranch. And we yes we, as consumers as well are lucky to have such SAFE food regardless of a certain label
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And finally carbon emissions. We’re trying y’all. And have came a long ways from 10 or even 5 years ago!


I want to be and do better.
How can we advocate for our industry better with no bitterness yet effectively?⬇️

Water is important! Do your part and conserve it.

Water conservation is the practice of using water efficiently to reduce unnecessary water usage 💦

So you all know I have been practicing reducing food waste in our home. Now onto water. Where our homestead is we are nearly out of water at our current well and in the very near future will have to re drill our homes well at least 7 miles away to get us water to last here for another 25 years and then after that will continue to have to drill farther south. Is scary to think water isnt just a surplus and available everyday at no cost or loss. So I have researched some ways to save in our home and I hope you’ll join in too!

Check your toilet for leaks.
Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl., you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day

Stop using your toilet as an wastebasket: every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water

Put a plastic bottle in your toilet tank: Put an inch or two of sand or pebbles in the bottom of a one liter bottle to weigh it down. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and put it in your toilet tank, In an average home, the bottle may save five gallons or more of water every day. Doing this next week in all ours!

Take baths: A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers. Making my middle kiddo start more baths, she wastes a lot of time and water in the shower

Turn off the water while brushing your teeth

Use your dishwasher for full loads only. Every time you run your dishwasher, you use about 25 gallons of water. Guilty and being more intentional!

Use your washing machine only for full loads only: It uses 30 to 35 gallons per cycle. Also guilty!

Keep a bottle of drinking water in the refrigerator. This puts a stop to the wasteful practice of running tap water to cool it for drinking. Starting this next week too!

Water your lawn only when it needs it. Watering on a regular schedule doesn’t allow for cool spells or rainfall which reduce the need for watering. Step on some grass. If it springs back up when you move your foot, it doesn’t need water.

Water during the cool parts of the day: Early morning is better than dusk since it helps prevent the growth of fungus. Position your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden, not in areas where it does no good. Also, avoid watering on windy days when much of your water may be carried off to the streets and sidewalks.

Plant drought-resistant trees and plants. Many beautiful trees and plants thrive without irrigation.

Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and steps Using a hose wastes hundreds and hundreds of gallons of water. Remember im a driveway snob?? I HAVE to get better at just brooming not rinsing, had no idea how much i was wasting.

Don’t run the hose while washing your car. Soap down your car from a pail of soapy water. Use a hose only to rinse it off. Or use the ends that spray when you use the handle!

Repurpose Greywater: Greywater is the lightly-used water runoff from your bath, shower, or sink. Simply put a bucket in your sink or shower to collect extra water, or use a bucket to scoop up water before you drain the tub — then repurpose that water by watering plants, your lawn, or your car. You can also do this with that glass of water that goes stale on your nightstand every night. Starting this in the shower! Who says chickens cant drink extra shower water?!

Using a sink’s built-in garbage disposal to get rid of food scraps uses a lot more water than you might think. Instead, compost your food scraps — not only will this reduce your water usage, but it will also help create nutrient-rich soil for your garden. I am so excited to partner and start composting!

In short, we could be doing more and be doing better with our food, water and for our planet. And hopefully these simple tips you can apply in your home. I know I will be!