Rural King Run…


Every week I make my usual trip to Rural King. It’s probably one of my most favorite times of the week. Only five minutes away down country roads we drink warm glass sodas on the way home each of us excited about something we found from the Rural King run. We go for the chicken food but we leave with waaaaaay more.

Today I’m sharing things I would have bought if I had money to burn and no adulting to do. I think you would be surprised at what they have to offer. Maybe you will understand why I call it “Farm Target”.

This little dandy sir made it into my cart. He was just so cute with his wooden handle, pink bristles, and snazzy tie. Wood is in right now.


Plus, he is made in Germany so of course I love him.

I always smell this soap when I pass by but I haven’t bought it yet. I would love to eventually have it in my outside bathroom. It’s where all that farm hand washing happens and it could use all the extra good smelly goodness it can get.


I haven’t had poison ivy for years but I was happy to see Burt’s Bees Poison Ivy Soap. I didn’t read the back but I think it’s to use after working somewhere that might have poison ivy. If you take a nice lukewarm shower after you have been expose to poison ivy, especially with a special soap like this, you will lessen your chances of getting the rash. I speak from experience I use to be extremely allergic. Don’t use hot water when you shower because it opens your pores making it easier for the pollen dust to get in.


It is .18% unnatural though…hehe.

This next one is the wake up the inner JoJo in you. Look at this galvanized watering can. How classy is that? You can do all kinds of things with it. Use it as a planter. Just have a cute watering can. Build your own water feature with it. The possibilities are endless. Ok, not endless but there are a couple really cute things you can do with it!


I don’t know about you but I have seen these small wooden paddle cutting boards all over Pinterest kitchens lately. So when I saw this one at Rural King I thought yes, you need to come home with me. So into my cart it went.


I really, really, really, REEEEEEEEEAAAAALLLLLLY want this pool. I can see it now. Charlie sliding down the slide. Me relaxing with my drink. The chickens just hanging out enjoying the summer vibe. Yes,  I do see this pool in my future.


It even has cup holders.

Now I can’t forget some summer BBQ add ons! I am putting these away in the ol’ memory bank for our next shindig. Toppings can make all the difference!




All yummy additions for burger, dogs, and summer sammies. I am especially looking forward to trying the pepper jam. That sounds so yummy.

The last addition that any cart at Rural King needs before check out though is the glass bottle soda section.



I love to use these when entertaining. I’ll pick up a fun selection for guests to try. My favorite so far has been salted caramel root beer. #YUM These would also be so cute at a bridal or baby shower. There are all kinds of colors to choose from.

They would be really cute in a large galvanized bin with ice. Thats one of my entertainment goals. I have had both but I haven’t been able to put them together yet. Someday. Someday.

So thats what I got for ya today. Come back tomorrow to learn what a farm cooperative is!


Farm Girl Style Vol. III

When I was really little my dad had a big old yellow truck with a wooden bed that we called “The Yellow Monster”. I remember thinking it was huge and I loved to watch my dad shift gears and how the whole cab smelled like gasoline. The steering wheel was large enough I could sit on it and hold the sides and swing back and forth. I spent a lot of time swinging on that steering wheel outside the hardware store in Ogden. If I could drive any car I could choose it would be something like that truck. Or like this…


or this…


or this…


or maybe this is more my color. If you have been inside my house you might agree.


The point is I want it old and a little junky. I have images of the bed full of pumpkins and fall mums to sell. You would buy those pumpkins and mums too because they would look so cute in my little ol’ truck you’d think you just needed to have some on your front porch too. See we will both mutually benefit from me having a cute old truck.

Maybe I should start a go fund me page for The Happy Chicken Farm Yellow Monster…


Farm Girl Style: Vol II

I use to love this Hallmark line called Fresh Ink.  They were hilarious. Sadly, I must have been one of the only people to think so because they no longer make them. One of my favorite cards read:

“Wear cute boots. Cute boots make you feel like you can do anything

-that or kick it really hard…”

And I kind of have to agree. Boots instantly make me feel cool. As cool as a 32 year old stay at home mom turned chicken farmer can be…Sometimes I just can’t wait for summer to be over because I am SO excited to wear boots again. But I don’t want to wear my good cute boots when I do my farming and sometimes I need something more heavy duty then rubber. But they still need to be cute. I need the cuteness factor in my farming. It’s an important ingredient. Just like one must cook with love, one must farm in the cute.

It’s a rule. Write that down in your homesteading journal.

Plus I just keep picturing myself in a cute pair of skinny jeans, a flannel shirt, and some Timberlands only laced halfway up. Is that cute or weird? You know what? I don’t really care I think it’s gonna happen. Not the Timberlands. Don’t get me wrong I like them. I just don’t spend that kind of money on shoes and by I, I mean Ryan doesn’t let me, I.

You should start a go fund me page for boots for farmer Ashley. Then I would get the Timberlands. I don’t know why you are pressuring me so much to get the Timberlands. I’ll think about it ok?





How adorable are these boots from Rural King? (Still need a go fund me page for these babies, goodness looking good in work boots is expensive business.) Makes me wanna put on a sundress and go to a county fair. You know you want to too. Mostly because we are all ready for it to be SUMMER?! Can I get a Mama amen?

We need summer. We need summer bad. Every day it’s nice enough I shove Charlie outside, tell her to breath as deeply as she can and we stay out as long as possible. Then she sleeps like the dead instead of rolling out of bed at 6:30 am. Wednesday we made it a record 3 1/2 hours outside. Woohoo! I love it.

It was seriously the sweetest thing. I was cleaning out the brooders, sweeping the garage, and cleaning out my disgusting car while Charlie was playing mama hen to all the baby chicks.  This little one went about picking up and rocking each little chick. She would quietly sing to them until each one was just a little piece of chicken putty in her hands.

Literally they would just lay belly up, eyes closed in complete and utter chicken contentment. This is why we are The Happy Chicken Farm. We sing and cuddle each chick- ok and we give them mealworms for treats. Chickens can’t resist a mealworm. It also gives them a nice little protein boost and I like to think the eggs have more protein. But I’m no scientist I would have to google that.


What are you favorite things to cuddle? Do you snuggle your poultry too? Or perhaps you have cute boots. I like links to cute boots…

Farm Girl Style Vol. I

I love aprons. I use to wear them all the time and I have a huge collection of vintage ones but I never wear them anymore. So you know what? I’m bringing aprons back.

I decided that if I’m going to go full on farmer I need to look the part and I need to look cute. I’ve decided my farm girl style is going to be somewhere between hippie dippie mother earth and vintage- of course you knew the vintage part because you are smart and know me so well.

Are you having a hard time picturing what I mean? Allow me to share with you a few pictures that inspire my inner farm girl…