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April 14, 2015

Book Signing- Titcomb's Bookshop

Come join me for a chicken chat, craft and book signing this coming Monday.
I would love to meet you in person.

April 6, 2015

DIY: Indoor Water Garden


 A few weeks ago, the kids started asking if they could keep some fish. 

I hadn't had fish in years, but I knew how to do it. For years, growing up, I had such fond memories of my Dad teaching me to raise tropical fish. Some weekends, just the two of us, would sneak away and drive 40 minutes to the best fish store around. There my eyes would gaze upon guppies, tetras, algae eaters and angel fish. On the way home, my lap would overflow with a few plastic bags filled with fish, air, and twisted tightly with rubber bands. And so it went for years.

In college my roommates and I had goldfish. In my twenties, I took up the hobby of keeping a salt water reef aquarium when I lived in Southern California.  Forget about the television, those days were ones where I would come home from work and enjoy seeing the invertebrates swaying in the currents and Nemo and his friends exploring their world.  After so many wonderful memories, how could I say no to the kids?

So off to the store we went, we picked up a couple of betta fish and some aquatic plants.


Within a couple of hours, we had assembled some pretty amazing betta habitats. The aquarium stones create a filtration and waste management bed. The live plants take up the fish's waste as nutrients and help to keep the water clean. All of this helps to keep the upkeep way down.


So, without further ado, I introduce to you, Silas and Fishy!

For the complete DIY tutorial with step-by-step photos, take a peek at my post for HGTV Gardens.

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest

April 2, 2015

Windy Willow Homestead Giveaway & Book Review




The other day, I received a lovely note from Nicole of Windy Willow Homestead. I was so excited that she picked up a copy of my book for her daughter. I was also thrilled when she reached out to do a giveaway of one of her lovely fabric coiled baskets and a set of her latest soap adventure- Old McDonalds Farm Collection. This adorable set features a rooster, hen, cow, goat, and horse. They are cold processed and the scent is a refreshing combination of fresh Georgia peaches and ripened raspberries, with a dry down of vanilla.

The basket measures approximately 4 inches tall and 10 inches across the top and feature fabric coils with burgundy and tan stars and a cream colored fabric with blue stars. This basket is topped off with curly q with a burgundy star button. It is so pretty! I wonder which one of you will win?

Nicole's shop is filled with delightful soaps and baskets and Tilly's Nest peeps always get 10% off their purchase using code: TILLYSNEST

a Rafflecopter giveaway


I cannot say enough great things about Melissa’s book. It all started when I finally got the book in the mail. My 4 year old daughter immediately grabbed the book out of my hands and was starting to flip through the pages. She started asking all kinds of questions about the chickens in the book. That is when I noticed that there was so much great content in it. This book not only grabs kid’s attention but it is great for adults too. From learning why chickens do what they do to great recipes to try. I highly recommend this book for everyone. I know it is geared towards children but I personally think that anyone could benefit from reading it. (Oh and the pull out poster was a huge hit too!)
~Nicole See
Windy Willow Homestead


To purchase a copy of my book click here. (affiliate link)

Soap ingredients:Olive oil, Organic Coconut oil, Sustainably harvested Palm oil, Lye,Water, Sodium Lactate Fragrance, Castor oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Kokum Butter, Kaolin Clay, and fine ground oatmeal. Activated Charcoal, Titanium Dioxide.


March 27, 2015

Speaking Chicken + Giveaway




If you spend enough time with the flock you will inevitably learn their language. We've been speaking chicken for years with our own flock and I share how you can do it too in my book. Recently I sat down and wrote a blog post for my publisher about speaking chicken. You can read it here.

Chickens are also completely trainable. I cover how to do that in my book too. A great place to start is with treats. Enter to win these delicious treats (good for training) and a treat ball from Treats for Chickens.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Photo Credit: Tilly's Nest, T4C

March 24, 2015

A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens- Tour Stop #10 + Giveaway


Good morning. Thank you for joining us again for the last stop on the book tour celebrating the release of my first book, A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens. Today, we are visiting Chris at Laughing Crow & Company. You may recognize Chris as a talented writer, homesteader, artisan and now flower farmer! She has just launched her new website. Take a peek, it's darling!


In case you missed any of the fabulous bloggers on the tour, here is where we hopped about the past two weeks!  There's even a giveaway in there for a chicken coop. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 10th:
the garden-roof coop

Wednesday, March 11th:
Farmhouse38

Thursday, March 12th:
Iron Oak Farm

Friday, March 13th:
Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My!

Monday, March 16th:
Dandelion House

Tuesday, March 17th:
Louise's Country Closet

Wednesday, March 18th:
Chicken Art

Thursday, March 19th:
The Chicken Chick

Friday, March 20th:
My Pet Chicken 

Monday, March 23rd:
Laughing Crow & Company


Luv Nest is also helping us to celebrate. They are giving away "Your Choice" of one of their 5 herbal blends to 5 lucky winners. Choose from Nibbles, Layer Herbal Blend, Critter Ritter Blend, Luv Nest Chick Mix, or the Luv Nest Original Blend. Enter below.

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March 21, 2015

Porter Square Books~ Book Signing


Good morning friends! For those of you in the Boston area, I'll be at Porter Square Books at 2 pm Sunday, March 22, 2015 for some chicken fun, chicken chatting and a book signing. I hope some of you will stop by and join us!

Photo Credit: Porter Square Books

March 20, 2015

A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens- Tour Stop #9 + Chicken Coop Giveaway




I am so thrilled to announce that My Pet Chicken will be reviewing and giving away a copy of A Kid's Guide to Keeping Chickens today on their blog! Of course, kids and chickens go hand in hand and I love that the owners and employees of My Pet Chicken have kids of their own.


The other exciting news is My Pet Chicken is graciously giving away " The Clubhouse" chicken coop  (learn more about this coop by clicking on the highlighted link) to one of our lucky readers!

When we first started out with chickens, My Pet Chicken is where we began our journey. I loved that they had a breed selection tool to help us choose the best breeds for us. I was thrilled that they had many breeds to chose from and you could mix and match them in your order. However, the best part for us was that they had a 3 chick minimum order. This is what made keeping chickens in my yard doable. I didn't have to order a minimum of 25 chicks.

We purchased a very similar coop from My Pet Chicken for our first little babies. Since then, we have had such wonderful experiences with this supportive and friendly company over the years. These smaller coops are great for small flocks and also make wonderful brooders or isolation coops for those already with larger flocks.




But that is not all! Did you also know that the experts at My Pet Chicken have written their own book about chickens? It's another great one to add to your chicken library as well! Click here for more details or to order a signed copy. So head on over and visit the My Pet Chicken blog to win a copy of both my book and theirs!

I hope you will join us for the rest of our book tour to meet some new chicken friends, discover new bloggers and join in celebrating the release of my first book.

Tuesday, March 10th:
the garden-roof coop

Wednesday, March 11th:
Farmhouse38

Thursday, March 12th:
Iron Oak Farm

Friday, March 13th:
Gardens & Chickens & Worms, Oh My!

Monday, March 16th:
Dandelion House

Tuesday, March 17th:
Louise's Country Closet

Wednesday, March 18th:
Chicken Art

Thursday, March 19th:
The Chicken Chick

Friday, March 20th:
My Pet Chicken 

Monday, March 23rd:
Laughing Crow & Company

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Fine Print: One random winner will be chosen for the coop. The coop ships to a physical address (no P.O. Boxes) in the 48 continuous United States. The opinions in this post are my own and I have not been compensated to say theses lovely things.

From the Rafflecopter Entry Page: The coop will ships to a physical US address in the 48 continuous United States. Your email will be added to My Pet Chicken's and Storey Publishing's newsletters but will never be sold. One winner will be randomly selected. Good luck!