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11 of My Favorite Apps

Our smart phones are more and more apart of our daily life, wether we like it or not! It’s crazy how far they have come in the past 10 years! I can flip through my Bible, catch up on my favorite podcasts, edit and post a picture, and pin my favorite recipe, all on my phone! Phones are just used to call people anymore! I wanted to share with you my favorite apps on my phone! Most of them, I use daily!



  1. Google Drive

    I love having access to important documents and sheets right at my finger tips, when I don’t have access to my laptop. It’s nice to have everything to share and send easily. Especially with my business, I need to look up goals, track progress, and my business. I love having everything right there.


  2. Ibotta

    This app is SO awesome! I love that you get to earn money for grocery shopping! If you are anything like us, and don’t get to town for groceries that often, it’s easily a $300 bill. This app allows you to shop for items that you need, where you can earn cash back! When you accumulate $20 in cash, you can cash out, and use it toward a grocery purchase! They have name brand items and it’s a great and easy way to earn money back on grocery products. Here is my referral link and code to use, if you don’t have this app yet! πŸ™‚

    My Referral Code

    My Referral Link

    3. She Works His Way

    This app is great for daily devotionals for ladies who have their own business, are entrepreneurs, or are just wanting to try a new devotional! It is a $2.99 download, but you get a new, daily (5 days a week) devotional, with scripture. It’s a great way to be in the word and be inspired daily!



    4. She Reads Truth

    This is another one of my favorite devotional apps! You have access to lots of daily devotionals as well as, access to the Bible, for early scripture lookup! I use this app a lot for church, because half the time, I forget my Bible! (I swear, I would forget my head some days!)


    5. Podcast App

    Some of my favorite and more inspiring things I listen to are podcasts! I love listening to Joel Osteen, Chalene Johnson, and Women Inspiring Women podcasts! As well as other sermons or inspirational, and business related podcasts! I listen a lot in the summer, during walks and even while I mow lawn! It feeds my soul.


    6. The Weather Channel

    I love having the weather easy to access on my phone. We NEED it here in ND! I swear, it can snow and be 65 degrees all in one week here! πŸ˜€ It’s also great for tracking those perfectly timed summer rains or snowstorms in the winter! I would be lost without it! I also like looking ahead to the 15 day forecast!


    7. Beachbody On Demand (BOD) & My Challenge Tracker

    I love having all of my workouts at my fingertips! It’s great for traveling, so you don’t miss a beat with your workouts. The best part, is that you can download up to 3-4 workouts, so it doesn’t take data! And you can check them in and keep track of your progress with the My Challenge Tracker app, as well as check in with your nutrition and progress! My Challenge Tracker is the private app that I use with my private fitness groups! And it’s great to keep in touch with my girls is they or I am on the go! πŸ™‚


    8. Pinterest

    Because if you don’t have Pinterest, you need it! I have so many pins and inspiration boards, mostly for food and recipes! And who doesn’t love pinning all the things you WANT to do or make, but don’t have time for! πŸ˜€


    9. WordSwag

    I love this app for adding fun text and editing photos! It’s a great app to find lots of different fonts and even neat background, or you can use your own too! They also have filters and different sizing options for all of your photo needs! It’s $4.99 for the download, but so worth it, to have lot of design options at your finger tips!


    10. Photofy

    I love this app for editing photos! It’s great to resize and add fun filters, as well as art and even text! It’s virtually endless! The app is free, but there are optional in app purchases for around $2! It’s a great way to make your photos stand out!


    11. Instagram

    And of course, Instagram! It’s one of my favorite apps, probably even more than Facebook these days! I love the new-er-ish stories feature, that allows you to share tis-bits of your day with your followers! It’s also the best social media app, in my opinion to express your creativity and truly DESIGN your own profile and layout! It’s also fun to get to connect with other people who are just like you, buy using your favorite hashtags, to describe yourself! πŸ™‚


There are all of my favorite, daily used apps! Enjoy!









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Why I love GMO’s and not so grass fed beef

As a born and raised farm girl, GMO’s and grass fed beef were things that weren’t really talked about just a few years ago. Growing up, I would ride in the combine with my grandpa, while he was harvesting his GMO soybeans or corn. As a kid, I would be going for a bike ride while our neighbors and my dad sprayed pesticides or insecticides on their mid-summer crops. My parents didn’t buy anything organic. My dad would bring me whole wheat kernels to eat while he was hauling wheat to the elevator. And I feel like I turned out okay! πŸ™‚


Now, my husband sells his cows and steers to “finisher” feed lots, where they are fed corn and other grain to be “finished” off for a better quality, and tasting meat. Most of your better steaks and burgers are not grass fed at all. It’s honestly bad marketing. And guess what, grass fed doesn’t mean it’s healthier. It will maybe save you a few calories and it has a “cows tail” more omega 3’s fatty acids, but you can get those from fish too.




I guess what I am trying to say that when you buy “organic”, “non-GMO”, or “grass fed”, you are really only paying for a “designer” tag. Just like buying a purse or shoes! And of course, I am going to use a fashion example! πŸ˜‰ The same sandals that you buy at Target or Micheal Kors, will get the job done and be a great shoe, but you are only paying for the name of one.


It is crazy to no end, that when most people are asked, “what is a GMO?” They have NO clue what it actually means OR what foods are actually genetically modified. First GMO means “genetically modified organism”. If it weren’t for GMO’s there would be no crops to harvest because most bugs, weeds, and other pests, would have taken over the field. They help even in drought conditions, so the seed can survive. GMO’s even help the soil and they are a great option for ever changing soil conditions and crop diversities. For example, GMO’s increase crop yield therefore less ground is needed to produce more crop.


GMO’s are also the reason why we don’t eat bananas with seeds or why ruby red grape fruits are truly ruby red! This picture from the Genetic Literacy Project is truly amazing and mind blowing! How would food look like without GMO’s?!



In fact, what most people don’t know is that we have been eating GMO’s for nearly 20 years!Β 


And this is truly the beginning! GMO’s can be used for great things, like creating allergy free nuts! My own mom is allergic to several foods, and hasn’t been able to eat dairy products, fish, or nuts most of her adult life. How amazing would it be to have an allergy free peanut butter spread!?


A sweet potato is a natural example of most liking the very first GMO, where bacteria got into the plant organism of a potato plant and puffed up the root to make it edible and sweet! That is right, sweet potatoes were NOT naturally grown at first!


But what foods are actually GMO today?!


In this GREAT blog post from Prairie Californian, she give a great breakdown on GMO’s and goes on to explain, that most foods that have been genetically modified are actually found in oils and syrups, and not in the product sections, like you would think! Yes, some are in corn and papaya, but for fresh produce, that is about where it ends!


GMO Foods
Most people also don’t know that the ONLY foods that are genetically modified are most corn, soybeans, sugar beets, canola, and papaya.


I believe that people NEED to be EDUCATED before they can truly say WHY they buy something, because most people aren’t. If you don’t have the luxury of growing up on a farm or marrying a farmer, you have to stay educated on farming and WHERE you food actually comes from. And with that, I am thankful to have a choice of what foods we can buy. Some countries do not have our technologies and are being plagued with droughts or malnutrition, that GMO’s could help with!


And as farmers, we NEED GMO’s in order to farm and do our job! GMO technologies have done a lot for the agricultural world and it’s about time that people get educated… GMO’s are NOT bad, horrible things. They are a great use of technology and literally carry the future of our farming industry in their hands. So when you eat a banana without seeds or a grapefruit that is ruby red, remember to thank a farmer and the agricultural technology that brought it to you!

A little humor because I like to laugh! πŸ™‚Β 




Grass Fed.Β 


Are ALL choices, but we need to be aware of not only false advertising, because let’s face it, EVERYTHING has a label these days. When we buy something we need to know WHY we are buying it and WHERE it comes from. I am not saying that grass fed or organic is bad, it’s a choice, but we need to be educated on where our food is coming from, and not just assume that just because something has a label, means it’s “healthier” or better.

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Things No-one Told You About Being a Farm Wife

Us farm wives are the unicorn of all wives. I grew up as a farmer’s daughter and when I got married, I said, that I got “promoted” to being a farmer’s wife! Sometimes, it’s not always that glorious though.


The long hours get VERY long. Starting about Mid-March through October, and even into November, is the prime season of a farmer or rancher. Spring is warm, and the snow meals to dark, black dirt, that needs to be dug, fertilized, planted, and sprayed. Then comes the hotter than hell summer, and of course haying season; Cutting hay and baling hay. And in between there, getting the cows out to pasture and working cattle. The fall brings harvest, more digging, bring hay home, hauling grain to the elevator, bringing cattle home, giving shots, and cleaning up the equipment for the year. Sometimes, there is so much going on, I can’t physically keep track of it all. I am sure you know what I mean!


Just know that when he is out late, you won’t sleep as well, You will wake yourself up looking for him in bed. He won’t be there because it’s only midnight, his quitting time is 3 in the morning, because there is rain coming. You will also find yourself praying a lot more.


It WILL get lonely. Because of the long, and busy season, you will have to attend events and even travel by yourself. People who don’t farm or ranch, won’t get it. It’s okay though. Weddings, baptisms, funerals, graduations, will be things that either you will get used to going alone, or just send a card, a gift, and your well wishes. Don’t bother explaining why, if they aren’t farmers, they will never understand. Know that in your heart, it’s just a season.


Cooler food will become a primary staple in the house. You’ll have to know how to pack a cooler in three minutes tops. Grocery trips will be expensive. Seriously, how in the world did sandwich meat get so expensive?! You will have a cart full of sandwich meat, buns, bread, Little Debbies, chips, soda, and candy. Then will be your grocery items! It’s sometimes like shopping in two different worlds!


Be prepared to either stop or go on a dime. There will be times when you get asked to go on a parts run, with zero notice. Or you might have to stop doing whatever you are doing and help move to another field during harvest. {{A pro tip, make sure the parts are ready and setting out, BEFORE you get there!}} There will be times when you are ready to head to church and the cows decide jump the fence.


And then there will be times when you have to deal with a cranky farmer. Maybe it hailed in August or maybe the planter broke and you had 50 acres left. I have learned to not mention travel plans, dinner, or basically anything other than saying nothing at all.


Be prepared to make lunch at various times. It might have to be reheated, because he is running an hour late. I have learned that crockpots are your best friends and so are leftovers. Especially, when he get’s in late from harvest. It’s alway nice to keep extra cookies, or food in the freezer that he can easily re-heat, no matter what time he gets in.


And be prepared to fall even more in love. No matter what people say, spend every moment you can together, because it makes up for all the nights you have to go to bed alone and the lonely days. The heart does grow fonder and know that each day and each lonely moment, it’s just a season. Every year is so different and so is each day. He is feeding the world and his family, so give him all the grace, and all the love, and all the patience that he needs. Be there for him, help him, and even offer to help him, if you can. And most of all, fall in love with the farm.


Sometimes you might resent it for taking away your husband, but it’s his passion and his living. He probably works harder than any other human being you know, but he does it for you, and your family, and the farm. Farming is in his blood and it’s in your heart.




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Tips From One Farm Wife to Another

Happy National Farmer’s Day!


I have been a farmer’s daughter for all of my life and a farmer’s wife for almost 5 years now. I always like to say that I got “promoted” from a farmer’s daughter to a farmers wife! πŸ˜‰ I never had much interest in farming growing up. I wanted to stay as far away as possible from it. Let’s just say I had big city dreams in a small town. I dreamed of growing up and moving away and working at a high end design company. After college, I did move 100 miles away in our “big city”, but I was dating a farmer and my classmate, Β who I had known since kindergarten.

Sometimes we can “plan” all we want, but God has other plans! And I am a MAJOR planner, but God called me back to the farm, and I couldn’t be more blessed. If I wouldn’t be a farm wife, I would have missed out on my life as I know it. Life is hard on the farm, and stressful, but here are a couple of tips to make it all worth while!

  1. Go on Tractor/Combine Dates.

If you haven’t yet, make your farmer a nice lunch or dinner and bring it out to the field! There have been many times that I have made homemade chocolate chip cookies and fresh squeezed lemonade and taken them out to the field. It’s like a picnic on wheels! And your farmer will appreciate you making him a hot meal or a snack!


2. Show Interest in the Farm.

Taking some sort of interest in learning about the farm or ranch operation helps you bond and it makes your man excited to teach you! I know I did a lot of learning in the past five years! From driving tractor to working cattle! And I found that I really enjoy having livestock, no matter how much work they are! πŸ™‚


3. Have a Fully Stocked Fridge.

Even though he eats a cooler full of sandwiches, make sure hat you have plenty of food in the fridge and freezer for him when he gets home late. I know sometimes this is easier said than done, but even if it’s just a few frozen pizzas or frozen dinners. If you have time to prepare a few freezer meals on the weekends or weeknights, great! I know I always try and have something ready for him to either snack on or eat when he gets in, epically once it gets cold out!

Muffin 2

4. Spring and Fall are Stressful.

I have learned the hard way not to bring up any important topic while my farmer is out planting or combining! The less stress that you can put on them, the better! Instead ask them if there is anything you can do to help! There might not be much, but sometimes, just asking and letting him know that you care is helpful enough! Do not bring up vacation or weekend plans, especially during a breakdown. Sometimes, it’s best to just let him have his own space. These seasons are just simply seasons, I promise.


5. Communication.

For every and any relationship, communication is really the key, especially as farm or ranch wife! It can avoid a lot of arguments, if everyone is in the know! Keep everyone up to date on upcoming events or trips to town, where he has to keep you up to date on if he will be late for dinner or if something broke down. Texting or calling each other a couple of times through out the day, to keep up to date on the actives is important. Or having a down time, with no tv, no phone, just unplug and talk to one another in the evenings or mornings! Know what is somewhat happening before everyone leaves the house, and it makes for a better day!


6. Support One Another.

One of the biggest things that I have learned being married to a farmer, is that each of you will have different, VERY different at times, goals and dreams! But don’t let that get in the way! Be supportive of each other! I remember, talking for several months about being able to quit my full time job, before I did. We were both scared, but my farmer supported my decision and now, he wouldn’t change it for the world. He supports my dreams and I support his! It’s so amazing having your spouses support and encouragement! It is truly the best and makes you want to chase your dreams, that maybe you never had an opportunity to do so!


7. Celebrate the Small Wins.

After harvest, or planting season, plan a night out! Go out on a DATE! Not a tractor date either, a REAL one! πŸ˜‰ Plan a fun evening of food, or a movie to celebrate a victory in the field or with the cows! It’s fun and it will be something to look forward to during those long, lonely nights of being by yourself during harvest or planting! And it’s something that you can both celebrate!


8. Have ALL the Patience.

Being married to a farmer you will learn that patience is really something that is learned. Meals will be cold, cows will get out on Sundays even though you are ready for church, things will break at the worst times, you will have to attend weddings and events alone, but you have to remember that the busy seasons are only busy for a little while. Be patient with your farmer and with yourself.


9. Plan Together.

It’s also important to be planning budgets, vacations, and life together. Know when things are tighter finically on the farm and pitch in to make the money stretch. Include your farmer in on your vacation plans, even if you are the one who is doing all the planning. Planning together all has to come back to communication and why it’s so important. Have designated roles when planning the budget or family trips. This will help make things more organized and that way you or your farmer will have a part in every aspect of plans, finical or fun!


10. Get Off the Farm!

And I say this in a GOOD way! Your life doesn’t revolve around the farm or the cattle ALL the time and every, single day! It can do everyone good to get off the farm, de-stress and focus on each other. Every year, my farmer and I get off the farm by planning a mini vacation. It dines’t have to be anything big, but it’s nice to spend a night or two away in the city at a nice hotel. Or else have your own hobbies and friends! Be able to set time aside to pursue the things that give you life! Go shopping, or plan a fun girls trip away! You 100% have your own hobbies, interests, and life off of the farm or ranch, so enjoy life every now and then! πŸ™‚


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A Farmer’s Wife Harvest Prayer

Let’s face it. Harvest is either here or around the corner. We got done with our wheat a couple of weeks ago, and soybeans will be here before we know it. In the mean time, we have been busy getting hay home and getting the last bales of millet made.

It’s a cool Labor Day on the farm today, and cooler weather makes me think that harvest is only getting closer and closer. This season is busy, but it’s also my favorite because I know that the calm is quickly approaching! Before I married my farmer, I always loved summer. Don’t get me wrong, I still do, but fall and winter is where my heart is. It’s when the crazy comes and the slower season, and calving are getting closer! The end IS in sight, ladies! We also have more corn and soybeans compared to wheat, so our crazy is just getting started! {{Bring it on!}}

So with that, here is a prayer dedicated to all of us farm wives from losing our minds during this crazy, hectic season of life!

Photo credit: Β Laura Schlenker.Β 

Dear Lord,

Please watch over us during harvest. During the busy. During the crazy. During the parts runs, the harvest food runs, and elevator runs. During the fast paced on the go unloading, and the slower than slow break downs. Grant us the weather conditions that allow us to get harvest done in a timely matter. Guide and protect all of us during this season.

Help my husband to be safe always. Give him reason and time to think and somehow, enjoy this busy season. Cover him in your grace and blessings. Allow him patience during the breakdowns, because we know they are enviable. Allow him quick reflexes and thoughts when he has to think on his feet. Allow him the love and strengththat he needs to function during this busy season.

Help our children to understand why dad is busy, can’t tuck them in at night, or can’t be home for dinner. Guide their little hearts and bless them. Help them to understand this season and grow up with an appreciation of the farm and knowing how hard their daddy worked to provide for us. Help them to remember and cherish this season, as a time to harvest.

Help me as a wife, Lord. Help me to stay strong. Give me the strength to pack the coolers, help with the homework, clean the house, do chaff filled, dirty laundry, prepare and think of easy harvest meals, and somehow allow my heart peace during this crazy time. Help me to find time for You and for me. Even though I go to bed a tired, and alone woman at night, I know You are there protecting our family. Watch over my husband during the late nights and early mornings, and grant us the rest we all need.

Most of all, thank you for the harvest season. We know it’s tiring and seems endless, but it is just a season. And with You, every season brings a time of hustle, crazy, tears, and also joy and blessing. We are so blessed for this harvest, for this season, for our family, our love, and for You. Please lead, guide and direct us, during this harvest season, and in Your perfect timing and love.




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7 Years of Us… And Counting

August 15th marks our 7th anniversary of our very first date, but actually Taylor and I go beyond that! We have technically known one another since kindergarten. πŸ™‚ However, we didn’t start dating until after we graduated. You could say that high school drama was too stressful for the both of us!



I remember talking to Taylor a lot in first grade about Scooby-Doo episodes! I think we were the only ones in the class who openly loved Scooby and the Mystery Gang! πŸ™‚ Otherwise, I remember not liking him, AND he would throw spitballs at me in 5th or 6th grade! I remember going home CRYING because I had a tangled spitball in the back of my hair! Gross! Those years of school, I would probably rather just forget, wouldn’t we all!

Fast forward to high school, and to when I started to take notice of Taylor more, he says the same of me too, but I took school seriously. Probably too serious at times. I was there to learn and get good grades, and graduate. I had one really close friend and we are still friends to this day. Taylor was more social than I was, but his priorities lied with the farm. Which, I on the other hand, wanted NOTHING to do with farming or marrying a farmer/rancher for that matter! (Funny how that works!)


I very well knew the stresses of growing up on a farm and being a farmer’s daughter, and a fifth generation farm girl. And I wanted nothing to do with it! I had my big dreams of moving far away, somewhere by the ocean, and working for a big, fancy design company.

So how did God bring a farmer and an anti-farm future fam wife together?


Well, it just so happened that my dad needed a grain cart driver the summer we graduated. He had me do some asking around to a couple of my guy classmates to see if he could borrow them for a couple of days. My cousin, had left the farm to pursue his own dreams, and so we needed a new hired man altogether. I am still not sure how Taylor managed to pull driving grain cart off, because he has cattle and grain as well! I guess when God has His way, He makes it happen!


I took one ride too many on the grain cart and we planned a “Date Night”, however, I though it was just “friends”. I secretly was hoping for more, but since I was leaving for college, I had no idea where things would lead anyway.


On our first date, we went to Expendables – probably the worst move playing at the theater. If you haven’t seen it, it’s an action movie and you aren’t missing much at all! All through the movie, I keep questioning why I was even here. I kept thinking, “he doesn’t like me that way!” About more than half way through the movie, he reached for my hand. I remember asking him a FEW times, “are you sure?!” Because in all my life, NEVER did I ever think I would date a classmate, much less marry one. But God had different plans!


Back to the story…. πŸ™‚

On the way home, we talked about us being a couple and how we would make it work, since I was going to college, and he was staying at home to farm. We figured that we had to try. He took me home, asked to see my swimming pool (which I lived in during the summer) and kissed me, under the stars on our first date! And I NEVER kiss on first dates either!


I guess, we have learned through 7 years of dating, 4 years of marriage, and knowing each other for nearly 20 years, that never say never! And don’t stand in God’s timing or direction! I am so blessed that God picked this farmer to be mine, forever. Every day, he makes me laugh, teaches me patience and kindness, and shows me love. I am so glad to be his wife!


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Fall/Spring Cleaning Check List

I pretty much grew up in a family of neat-freaks and I am a proud one myself, to a point. I love coming home or being in a clean, organized home. I sleep better at night knowing my house is clean. I like cleaning when I can take my time and somewhat β€œenjoy” it. I am on an every-other-week cleaning schedule for my household cleaning, like dusting, vacuuming, scrubbing my floors (yes, I do it by hand) and do touch-ups when needed. I actually schedule my cleaning, otherwise it would never get done!

However, spring and fall cleaning are not my strong points. I HATE cleaning out cabinets, closets, flipping mattresses, cleaning windows, cleaning the oven, and ALL of the above. These are things that I do when they are absolutely needed or else they are so dirty/unorganized I can’t take it anymore! Therefore, I created a schedule to get cleaning when they need it throughout the year and check them off as I go.

Feel free to print and edit the list as needed! Post it on your fridge or even laminate it, so you can use a dry erase marker on it!

Happy Cleaning!!

Cleaning Check List