Fall is such a beautiful time of year… the cool refreshing air after such intense heat of the summer, the hues of brilliant red, orange, gold and green all meshed into something of a myriad of an enormous paintbrush splashed and splattered against nature’s backdrop. It’s like the heavenliness displayed on earth. There truly is nothing like this short lived season of such intense, incredibly natural beauty that just seems to appear before our eyes. It’s not something you can create except to try and mimic through a painting which serves as a mere reflection of the creation of the Creator. The season of Fall or Autumn is a reminder to us of the seasons or rhythms of our own lives as we live out each year. The seasons of nature are synonymous and congruent with our own internal rhythms. After a summer season of long, full days of go, go, go… we naturally want to shrink back and “fall” in to a slower, quieter more restful season of slow, slow, slow. Nature’s shorter days and colder weather helps to create a natural environment to “rhythm” us into a slower space or place.
It is an incredibly fun time for people and families to take in so many special moments and activities. There’s something so naturally fun about the fall season; crisp, frost laden mornings, the most beautiful blue skies with the purest, white, lofty clouds , bon-fires, sweatshirts and long jeans (after a sweltering, hot, humid summer), outdoor roasts and orchid visits of brightly colored squashes, pumpkins and apples, not to mention the smell of dried burning leaves, hot cider and pumpkin pie. There is just something so very special about Fall which makes it my favorite season…however….it is just never ever long enough!
– Jacqui Griffith
The Farmhouse Movement Team
We recently went to the strawberry patch with several of our kids. It’s so fun. If you’ve never taken your kids or grandkids (or yourself!) to a local u-pick farm, put it on your summer bucket list. It makes for amazing memories and you walk away with fresh, local produce!
Here were a few highlights of the day:
This is my word in this season. I’ve felt so inspired to take things slower and linger with people. Less of “one thing to the next” and more of “nowhere else to go, so let’s talk…” or for my kids, “sure, I can watch you dance… we’ve got time!” and “let’s stay a little longer and get the strawberry slushee too”…
Linger, friend. The days are long but the years are short. I am intentionally lingering with people. Life is too short to always be in a hurry.
2) Fresh produce always tastes better!
I was reminded, yet again, of the importance of buying local produce. It’s healthier for our unique regions (often the pollination of the bees of local produce – and raw, local honey – can help develop immunity to local allergens)
It is literally so fresh – right off the vine! All the nutrients are still packed in the fruit and so it tastes so amazing and is healthier than store bought varieties of the same produce!
3) Don’t be afraid to get way more than you could eat in a few days.
Eat the produce early and preserve the rest! We like to wash, chop and freeze strawberries for smoothies.
- When you chop any produce, do not immediately put in a freezer container and freeze or it will be frozen like a solid brick.
- Rather, spread on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and throw in the freezer for 30 minutes to let the strawberries begin to freeze.
Remove the tray and add the produce to your freezer container. This allows the chopped fruit or veggies to be easy to scoop out time and time again without any hassle.
I hope you’ll be able to visit a local u-pick farm near you, soon! So much good + sweat (which is always a good thing!) packed into one morning!
So here’s a natural recipe for, get this, PESTICIDE! It’s so amazing because it’s not full of those toxic, poisonous chemicals that we inadvertently breathe in and destroy our immune systems.
These oils are highly effective to protect your plants and trees from insects because, plain and simple, they don’t like these oils! This formulation of oils literally repels the insects without you compromising your health, or the health of your plants. It’s a win-win for all involved!
This is what you need to do:
- 40 drops of Digize (yes, Digize!)
- 40 drops of Peppermint (strong taste)
- 40 drops of Wintergreen (strong odor)
- 40 drops of Citronella (known to repel insects)
As you can see from the photos, fill your spray bottle first with all the oil drops, then continue to fill it with water to mix them all up. Give a gentle shake and spray away! Re-apply as needed.
There you have it, plain and simple! Non-toxic, all natural insect repellant! Happy bug-free Summer (:
– The Farmhouse Movement Team
Well… issue one is in the books. We have officially submitted our final edits and proofs and we are off to press next week! I can hardly believe it’s finally here!
Launching a magazine proved to be one of the most challenging and exhilarating experiences of my life. I am really exhausted… but in a good way. We learned so much and the process will get better and better each time!
If you subscribed, look for your magazine in home around December 20
. If you haven’t you can subscribe here
Also: we wanted to let everyone know which retailers we’ll be in beginning December 19 or 20:
Barnes & Noble
Winn Dixie Supermarkets
Food Lion Supermarkets
(and a few more!)
Go grab a copy on the news stands and share with a friend! We know this Movement is going to empower so many to live simply with Timeless Truths of Healthy Homes! This is what we are about!
We can’t wait to see how you love this magazine – where we’re defying industry standards!
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I could not be more humbled, honored and passionately excited about launching this magazine that I truly hope will bless families everywhere… thanks for being a part of this journey. YOU ARE the movement. And I love you so.
Here’s the Movement Explained:
Welcome to The Farmhouse Movement Magazine!
We believe there is a movement happening in our generation. That many of us are drawn to the concepts, beauty, simplicity, and personality of a well-loved place from yesteryear… a place we call: the farmhouse. A place that is less about the farm, and more about the house.
We believe it’s the epitome of days gone by and the expectation of what lies ahead. That within its walls, the farmhouse represents a foundation of our culture and a freeing of our hearts.
We believe that this back-to-our-roots movement embodies families moving towards sustainable options. That whether we live in big cities or wide open prairies, we are embracing natural products, mindfully made things, the renaissance of lost arts and skills, and loving + leading our homes intentionally. We are asking for down-to-earth honesty about the items and influences we bring into our lives.
We believe that we are coming full circle. That We desire a more authentic lifestyle, similar to those lived out in the households of quieter times – where family values prevailed; ingredients were simple; mason jars, quilts and shiplap were commonplace; neighbors were friends; and where time well spent trumped task lists.
We believe this is a movement towards happier homes and healthier families and we are honored and humbled to be unfolding this story for our generation!