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About Heather Estey

Believer in Eternal Hope. Craft-a-Holic. In love with Coffee, baking and frugal living. Called to write. Determined to live life to the fullest. Convinced every life is important. Blessed with a family. Honored to pour out my life for the Glory of God.

Our Top 10 Kid-Friendly Crockpot Meals for Back to School

Facebook is filled right now with adorable pictures of kids heading back for their first day of school. And what everyone doesn't see, or share, of course, is the super stressed out mom trying to balance everything, and keep many plates rotating as kids forget lunches or permission slips,  or that everyone is dressed appropriately [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Kid Friendly, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Our Top 10 Kid-Friendly Crockpot Meals for Back to School

3 Back to School Essential Oil Recipes for Kids

We do a lot of things differently around here. If you have been reading our blog for even a short period of time you know we tend to be as self-sufficient as possible, educated and curious in alternatives, and determined to give our kids the least toxin filled upbringing as we can. Yes, this sets [...]

By | August 30th, 2017|Young Living Essential Oils|Comments Off on 3 Back to School Essential Oil Recipes for Kids

Canning Blackberries in a Simple Syrup

One of the easiest things to put into a jar and preserve for later is fruit in a simple syrup. In later months (or years) when the harvest is done or for some reason the fruit does not produce for that year, what a beautiful thing to be able to grab a jar off the [...]

By | August 28th, 2017|Waterbath Canning|Comments Off on Canning Blackberries in a Simple Syrup

Summer Squash Canning Recipe

Lets face it. When you get tired of ding-dong ditching zucchini and summer squash on the neighbor's door step... When you find that you dont even want to CHECK those zucchini and squash plants again because you know you are going to walk away with about 100 new giant veggies... then you need this recipe. [...]

By | August 25th, 2017|Cook, Pressure Canning|2 Comments

Celebrating 20 years together….

Its finally come. A day that Kurt and I prayed for, and yet sometimes wondered if we would ever reach. 20 years together. This was us in 1997, just two young kids with NO idea what life was going to throw at us in the next 5 years....the loss of our first child less than [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Encourage Me|Comments Off on Celebrating 20 years together….

Gentle Essential Oil Cleaner for Old Wood

One of the things about living in a 120 year old house...you learn that it takes a good amount of time and energy to upkeep. Finding an effective, simple, and gently recipe to take care of the gorgeous wood around this house has taken time...and some experimenting. However, I love having a cleaner that not [...]

By | August 21st, 2017|For the House, Young Living Essential Oils|Comments Off on Gentle Essential Oil Cleaner for Old Wood

Loving the Little Things…

Late Summer has come with all its rush to abundance. Days are long and filled with sunlight. And also filled with work. Its that time of year where everything is rushing to be finished and completed before the cold months return and wipe their efforts away for another long winter. Day to day the girls [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Encourage Me|Comments Off on Loving the Little Things…

Forget fences…be a good neighbor

When I moved here to the MN prairies 12 years ago I thought it was so so strange that no one fenced their yard in. Coming from a place where everyone has fences, it seemed too open, too intrusive, not clear where the boundaries were. I fought against it. I begged my husband for a [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Homesteading|Comments Off on Forget fences…be a good neighbor

When Its Time To Start Again…

*************** "Storms make trees create deeper roots.." Dolly Parton *************** I have missed you, Welcoming House Readers. And I have missed blogging. I have struggled with how to share with you so many things over the last 8 months as I have walked through some dark times in my life. How to keep up with [...]

By | August 14th, 2017|Challenge Me|2 Comments

Dear “Jesse”–an open letter to the guy who I wish I knew in REAL life…

       Dear Jesse, Its been 1187 days since the beginning of our rather strange relationship, and I felt that I should finally openly introduce myself. You see, believe it or not, I know quite a bit about you, and have talked with many of your friends, family, coworkers, students, and probably even your vet by [...]

By | January 26th, 2017|Challenge Me, Faith|1 Comment