Why We Don’t Buy Plastic Toys

plastic toys

Something happened when I got pregnant for the first time. I looked around my house, with its hardwood floors and muted earth tones, and suddenly I could see clutter.

Plastic, light-up abominations littering the floors. Vinyl everything in ridiculously garish colors, threatening the warm zen I was trying so hard to cultivate in our tiny mountain home. Continue reading

Eli and Mattie: An Amish Christmas

amish farm in winterWood smoke curled from the chimney as Eli and Mattie stepped from the back porch onto the frozen ground. The morning was still, yet excitement filled the chilly air. Continue reading

The Made in the USA Holiday Gift Guide

made in usaI may be a blogger here at Lehman’s, but let me assure you, I was a groupie long before. This place is TEEMING with American-made goodies that are functional, durable, and make some seriously unique gifts. Check out the ones I cherry-picked for your shopping delight: Continue reading

Why USA-Made Gifts Will Brighten Their Holiday

wood workingI don’t care that it’s fall. I don’t care that your Christmas tree is still in the closet, and I don’t care that everyone is hating me for blaring the She and Him Christmas album.

I’ve already had my first blizzard here in central Montana, and that means, to me, it’s time to get to Christmas shopping. Continue reading

The Best Part of Thanksgiving

Heritage Blue Stripe StonewareWhat is the best holiday of the year? There are no costumes that need to be designed, no eggs to be dyed and no explosions going off next door. (Don’t get me wrong – I love Easter, Halloween and The Fourth of July as much as any teenager). Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it can be so simple – gather your family, large or small, around the table and share a meal together. Continue reading

Wood Splitting for Women

gransfors bruk splitting maulI’m a solo woman farmer living in a yurt that is heated with wood. My life is a pretty idyllic one—getting to live and farm in a beautiful spot near Decorah, Iowa in the driftless region is not something to be taken without buckets of gratitude. There are some things that are hard about my life, too, as is the case in all lives. There are daily chores to be done that sometimes become a slog. There’s the inevitable challenge of creating a sustainable balance between my social life, personal life, spiritual life, and work life. But one thing that is in many ways pure joy is the chance to cut and split my own wood. Continue reading

Homemade Pie: Why It’s Worth It

homemade pumpkin pieAre you a pie family or a cake family? What do I mean? Well, when you were growing up, what was served for birthdays? Or for dessert at holidays? When I was growing up, my mom made amazing Barbie dress cakes, character cakes, 3D elephants and more! At Thanksgiving, she’d make red velvet cake, and sometimes…SOMETIMES she would buy a pumpkin pie. We are a cake family. Continue reading

Meet Doug and Stacy

off grid with doug and stacy

YouTube vloggers Doug and Stacy (“Off Grid with Doug and Stacy”) have taken the homesteading world by storm. Their down-to-earth charm and common-sense advice speaks to anyone longing to throw off their stressful job and live a simpler life. Continue reading

Grow Your Own Backyard Orchard Checklist

half bushel basketsEditor’s Note: Last week, we covered sustainable, organic ways to grow your own orchard. Now it’s time to start planning! Here is a checklist organized by months to get your orchard growing. We also have this available in a pdf, so you can just print it off. Click here to get the pdf.

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Win a $1,000 Trip to Lehman’s!

Lehman's Amish Country GiveawayHave you heard? We’re offering you a chance to win a trip to Ohio’s Amish Country! And of course, this trip includes a visit to our favorite place – Lehman’s! 

If you win, you and a guest will get a behind the scenes tour of our store in Kidron, Ohio. You’ll have fun spotting all the antiques (our store is filled with them!) and exploring thousands of products. (Trust us – you’ll want to bring your walking shoes.) There will be time to shop, too, since this prize package comes with a $200 Lehman’s gift card!

Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a scrumptious lunch with the Lehman family. You might even get to meet this guy…

jay lehman, founder of lehman's

Jay Lehman, founder of Lehman’s!

This prize package totals $1,000! Here’s everything it includes:

  • $200 Lehman’s gift card
  • Lunch with the Lehman family
  • Behind the scenes tour of Lehman’s
  • $400 travel credit
  • A guided tour of Amish Country
  • One night stay for two people the Carlisle Inn Walnut Creek
  • Tickets to a musical at Ohio Star Theater

Hurry! Our sweepstakes ends November 1st, 2017. Click here to enter.

Good luck – we hope to see you in Kidron!