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DIY Gorgeous Wood Kitchen Counter for less than $200

DIY Countertops When our Airbnb guest house flooded, the insurance unsurprisingly gave us peanuts to redo it.  Hiring someone else would have left us with crappy flooring, crappy fixtures and a crappy laminate countertop.  We of course decided to just redo the house ourselves and put in quality work. To do it yourself or not do it yourself One of the big expenses was the countertop, which we priced at thousands of dollars.  I don’t believe I found anything for less than two grand.  So of course I called up my big sister, Tashelle, and said I have an idea…

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Farm Lights

  I woke up early before the sun was up to get some beautiful pictures of the sky and enjoy the quiet of the desert before the farm animals wake up.  I wish I’d had more time as the sunrise was extra beautiful and the weather extra perfect which is rare in the extreme desert.  But alas, I had to teach my psychology class at Victor Valley College. After a super interesting class on false memories and cult methods for brainwashing members, I headed back to the ranch to keep working on our renovations.  The bathroom is looking good with a…

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Visit from a Waldorf homeschool group

  I gave a farm tour today to some wonderful people from a homeschooling Waldorf group from Topanga Canyon, CA who are considering bringing their whole group here for a field trip.  I love Waldorfers.  It’s a style of teaching that is very hands on and very connected to nature and to doing REAL things.  Very much how we teach the kids who visit the farm. There were three adorable little munchkins who just ran all over the farm loving on the animals, especially Bologna the pony.  The kittens were of course the big winners. I really love waldorf because the…

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The farmstay guesthouse flooded!

  I haven’t posted much about this even though we’ve been struggling with it since january. I was walking past the farmstay guest house and noticed water leaking out the walls. I ran inside and there was just inches of water covering the entire first floor. Disaster! I was so upset. The hot water heater’s heating element had shorted out and water was just pumping out. We’ve had to tear out and replace the carpet and the dry wall. The kitchen cabinets had to go and we are replacing them-well at least the bottom ones. The top ones of course…

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10 tips for exploring the farm safely on a farm days out with the kids

There are few better ways to spend a day as a family than to spend a day at the farm petting animals, collecting eggs, milking goats and exploring nature. We all get a healthy dose of fresh air, build muscles as we run around trying to catch a chicken, and slow down our pace of life by listening to the sound of sheep baa’ing and pig oinking.  It’s nature’s therapy.     Before you pack the kids into the car excited about seeing a duck. Here are a few tips for exploring the farm with kids: 1) If it’s a…

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Great 2014 California Holiday family destination: The Mojave Desert

Choose the right destination and you and your family could have the best holiday of your life. Trying to decide where to go and what to do while at the ranch besides playing with the animals? If you can’t decide where to go on your 2014 California family holiday at Flip FlopRanch, read on to make sure you all enjoy the break you deserve. PHOTO REGIONS DESCRIPTION Deserts Highs and Lows: Furnace Creek to Anza Borrego Travel from the lowest spot in North America to pine-topped peaks on an epic desert drive. Trip len…   more… Deserts, High Sierra Take…

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A Dutch Wwoofer in Lucerne Valley

This is a guest post by our recent Wwoofer (World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms-an organization that connects volunteers to farms throughout the world).  Herma is from Holland and we really loved having her here. A few days ago I posted a picture on my Facebook of a beautiful orange-pink sunset with the caption: “I don’t think anyone can appreciate a good country-song until they’ve visited Lucerne Valley”. That’s how I would describe my experience here on the Flip Flop Ranch; living the life that Johnny, Willie, and Hank sang about. On a searing hot Friday morning I got off the…

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Day Two at the LA Trade Show

Good grief I’m tired.  We started at 10 and I only sat down once before we stopped at 5.  All day long I gave my little speech about what farmstays are and how fun they are and how important they are because they help to keep farms in business and food on the table.  I had that spiel down pat before the end of the day!  I think I’m going to be saying it in my sleep lol!! But it really went well.  I am very happy with people’s reactions and I’ve already had emails about booking for this summer…

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LA Times Travel Show Day One

So as a consummate marketer, I decided to join Scottie of Farm Stay US as she traveled to the LA Times Travel Show.  This show is where different travel groups or destinations can flaunt their stuff.  Scottie is the great white knight of agritourism, fighting to support little tiny farms like ourselves.  Farm Stay US showcases all the farms around the country so that visitors can find them to stay the night and put a little bit of money in the farmer’s lint-filled pockets (or more like hay-filled). Our first day at the show has gone fabulously (excluding the tuberculosis outbreak in…

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