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Well, let’s give this a try: hatching baby chicks.

Broody Chicken // thepapermama.com

Well, our lovely girl (Ms. Pickles) has decided to go all broody on us. K, what’s broody? Well… it’s when your chicken can feel the start of Spring, loses her mind, and decides to hatch everything she finds. The thing is, we don’t have a rooster and therefor no fertilized eggs. All this egg warming is doin’ nothing, poor thing. She’s so serious about it. She sits in her little box ALL day. I mean, all day. We had to push her out a few times to make her eat and drink water.

So, because of all this we decided to try something new. We wandered over to a little garden shop, Pistils Nursery, to look around. Turns out they had a little basket of fertilized eggs from their garden chickens for $1 each. We bought 3 (and they gave us 2 extra, since they were a bit old). They told us to put those eggs under our broody chicken and we should have some baby chicks in 21 or so days! We wanted more chickens this year, but weren’t too excited about the idea of raising those little girls inside (since chicks are so messy). If our broody chicken hatches these girls she will also raise them! Yay for us! So, cross everything that these eggs hatch and we get 0 roosters (since those aren’t allowed in our city).

Chicken Eggs // thepapermama.com

Wish us luck!

- Chelsey

What do you look for in a blog?

Chelsey // thepapermama.com

Ok, I want to know. What do you look for in a blog? It’s been a while since I’ve really asked this question on the ‘ol blog. I know what I look for, but I know we’re all different. My husband loves food blogs for recipes and restaurant reviews (cause he loves to cook), and my mom tends to wander to art-based blogs for inspiration. What is it you’re looking for? Or, maybe it’s not a “thing” you’re looking for, but that connection. I personally tend to go back to blogs where I feel like I “know” the person writing.

Are you a sucker for pretty photos? You love a good story? Maybe you love all those DIY’s? Whatever it is, I’d love to hear in the comments below. Tell me what it is you look for. I’m always curious. If you have a blog, feel free to share the link (I’d love to check it out). I’d also love to know if any of you are interested in a project share. A section on my blog to share projects you make (not just projects I share, but anything you make). Thoughts?

Okay, happy mid-week to you!

- Chelsey

Ok. Let’s organize this place.

Monthly Calendar Printable // thepapermama.com

Ok. Let’s organize this place.

I sort of let my blog get messy and unorganized. It’s time to do a bit of cleaning and get this place up to speed.

Last summer I downloaded a monthly calendar to keep my blog posts and other to-dos organized. I got a bit overwhelmed and my organized calendar list sort of disappeared in November. Time to get back to schedules.

I was so excited when I found this really cute 2014 monthly calendar collection on Snapfish! It’s free and there’s also a couple other items you can download (like menu planning and shopping lists).

Are you a calendar person, or do you have an amazing memory?

- Chelsey

11 things.

11 THINGS // thepapermama.com

11 things. I love this little meme. I’ve done it once in 2012 and once in 2013. It’s sort of fun to wander back and see my past answers…. PLUS: to check out the answers my readers shared in the comments. Love it. It’s 2014. I’m sitting here cozy on my sofa, watching a bit of Antiques Road Show (nerd alert) and I’m ready to do this again! I’m going to answer the questions I asked in 2013…. here goes:

1. If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

Maybe I’m an odd case, but I really love my name. I guess if I HAD to change it… maybe Piper. I’ve always thought that was a fun and unique name.

2. Are you a collector of anything?

I’m always a collector of things. When I was little… I collected bears. All the bears. This moved on to mini antique tea cups. Now: I collect furniture. Ok, maybe I’m not really a collector anymore. These days I’m usually on the look out for gently used furniture to update the home.

3. What is your first thought when you wake up?

No.

4. Do you prefer sweet or salty foods?

Salty. Always.

5. Name one thing you miss about being a kid.

Sleeping whenever I wanted to.

6. Are you a morning or night person?

Lately I’m a night person. I stay up WAY too late… then I’m sleepy during the day.

7. List 5 items on your life’s to-do list:

- Save enough money for surrogacy.

- Master balance in my life.

- Illustrate a children’s book.

- Enjoy working out. Ha! Ok.

- Eat all the fried chicken.

8. Share one thing that people may not know about you.

Hmmmm. Well, I don’t really like sweet things. I love chocolate. I love apple pie, but all that other sweet stuff isn’t really for me. I think jelly beans are gross. Hee.

9. What is your all time favorite song, movie, and book?

- Favorite movie right now: Hmmm. Not sure. I did love Catching Fire.

- Favorite song right now: I LOVE this acoustic version of Wake Me Up. Aloe Blacc’s voice is amazing (guitar: Mike Einziger).

- Favorite book: I loved the Divergent series.

10. Do you have any hidden talents?

When no one is looking, I’m a good dancer.

11. Are you a really clean or super messy person?

I’m good at small details, but I always miss the big things. I’m a clean and messy person. Right in the middle.

My questions for you:

1. Are you a cat or dog person? Or, bird person?

2. What was your favorite food as a kid? Is it the same, or has it changed as an adult?

3. What is your favorite hobby?

4. If you HAD to move to a different state (or country) where would it be?

5. Are you a winter or summer person?

6. What makes you happy?

7. What is the weirdest question you’ve ever been asked?

8. 2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why (question found here)?

9. 3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next (question found here)?

10. What was your first job?

11. What is your favorite utensil?

I’m opening this 11 questions meme to all of you! If you answer my questions, please come back and put a link in the comments. I’d really love to come and learn a bit about you! <3

Happy Tuesday,

- Chelsey

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