jesus dyed for you

April 18, 2014

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jesus dyed for you!

i agree with amanda, from wit and whistle. i think it probably makes Jesus sad on Easter if we put more emphasis on colorful eggs and chocolate bunnies than on remembering the sacrifice he made for us. i think jesus has a pretty good sense of humor though, and i like to think about him giggling over this card (just me?). i hope you all enjoy this long weekend and as you dye easter eggs and eat lots of sweets, remember what jesus did for us as well. ♥

see you on monday! xo

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hello, lovelies! today i want to share a few gifts i think would be perfect for any mom out there! i have received or used everything that i’m sharing with you today and can personally testify to their amazingness.

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i’m a huge fan of lindy laroche’s poppy soap co.! i’m always delighted to get a box of their goodies every month, and words cannot express how spectacular the products are. lindy’s soaps, body oils, salts and lip balms are so yummy i could eat them. plus, everything is organic and vegan and lindy always gives back to the community (see below).

poppy soap co’s mama love box is hand-curated and brimming over with organic, handmade goodies designed to soothe, refresh and pamper the mama in your life. you can rest easy knowing you’ll never find sulfates, detergents, synthetics, animal products, artificial fragrances or colorants, petroleum, phthalates or GMOs in any of their products (yay!). what you will find are certified organic ingredients, beneficial therapeutic essential oils and healing botanical extracts coming together to create exceptional soap handcrafted in small batches made with love. and as always, for every bar of soap purchased, they donate a bar to your local’s women’s shelter. hooray!

 the mama love box contains:

- 1 bar of oatmeal calendula organic soap. (super wonderful for your face and even loving enough to be used on babies skin!)
- a wooden soap deck to keep your soap high and dry
- sweet dreams night oil- the perfect evening companion and bedtime ritual to help calm the mind and body in preparation for a restful nights sleep.
- ginger cardamom lip love, lip balm containing beeswax, coconut, coca butter and essential oils of ginger and cardamom.
- pppy rose sea salt soak – a unique blend of dead sea salt and pink himalayan sea salt plus essential oils of rose geranium.

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what mama wouldn’t love a personalized photo gift? my go-to place for breathtaking photo goods is always artifact uprising. they print photo books, postcard packs, calendars (and more!) on recycled paper with stunning quality. the moment you hold a photo from artifact uprising in your hands, you’ll know how special it is. get your orders in by may 1st to be sure they arrive in time!

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ePantry is my latest love (read this to find out why). they make shipping sustainable goods to your home easy and affordable. in fact, i can’t find a single reason not to use them. they save you loads of time and some serious money. they only carry sustainable products and even save 25 square feet of rain forest for every shipment. and of course, they make it easy  to gift a bundle of eco-homewares!

*use coupon code GOINGHOMETOROOST to save $10 on your first order and receive free shipping for life. i told you they were awesome!

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and of course, don’t forget the card! my all time favorite place to get darling (and hilarious) mother’s day cards is wit and whistle. they’re sweet in a super-giggly kind of way.

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point and shoot 4.17.13

April 17, 2014

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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just sayin’.

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the honeycomb mug home.

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my new salt cellar.

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at home.

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bear baby. <3

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)

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applewood smoked salt and a new salt cellar

this week i’ve fallen in love with two things:

1) my new salt cellar from honeycomb studio. it’s perfect in every way. glossy on the inside, matte on the outside. complete with the word SALT handwritten on the front and paired with the most adorable *gold tipped* porcelain spoon.

2) applewood smoked salt. i found this new (to me) salt at my local heath food store, but i also found it available online here, here and here. it has the most lovely smoky aroma and we’ve been dashing it on just about everything this week. it gives our dishes a nice smooth, woodsy finish. it’s amazing!

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a garden

April 16, 2014

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tood mclellan garden stills

oh how i love this photo by todd mclellan. it captures the simplicity and beauty of gardening so perfectly, don’t you think? todd’s work is amazing, i know you’ll love his art prints as well!

spring dirt

kinfolk magazine: image via restored

we’re picking up some cedar this afternoon for a few raised garden beds david will be building this week. i can’t wait to get my hands in this warm spring dirt! i have always planted vegetables, but this year i’m really excited to plant half of my garden with flowers! i fell in love with having fresh blooms when we lived in california, and i can’t wait to have flower garden here as well. nothing makes me happier than having freshly cut flowers in my home!

so i need your advice, what is your favorite flower to grow?

 

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hello, lovelies! i’m so excited to personally offer you a grand giveaway today! i’ve bundled up a big stack of my latest fabric collection, sweet as honey, and i’m ready to send it to one of you creative ladies (or gents!). enter to win 1 yard of each piece of sweet as honey in your choice of colorways (see below). that’s 10 yards total- valued at over $120!

before we get to the fun part, i wanted to share with you a little about the inspiration behind the collection. i happily designed sweet as honey while we were living in this sunny cottage on the central coast of california (we’re now snuggled up in the mountains of north carolina!). the days were always sunny and the weather was always perfect. in fact, it was like a little slice of heaven! i gardened year round and always had fresh flowers ready to pick. i spent most of my time outdoors, soaking up nature in all it’s glory. our tiny town also just happened to have the sweetest honey i’ve ever tasted in my life. i purchased it from a local farmer and could eat it by the spoonfulls! in fact, i love it so much that i still have my friends mail me a jar every now and again. it rarely rained, but when it did i soaked up every drop. birds could be seen flying over the vineyard in front of our cottage at any given moment. it was the perfect place to dream up this fabric line and i’m so happy to share it with you. i hope it brings a little sunshine to home!

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giveaway

enter to win: 10 yards of sweet as honey (1 yard of each 10 pieces of fabric in the colorway of your choice).

deadline: giveaway will end monday, april 21st at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post letting us know what aspect of your life is sweet as honey?

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #sweetashoney

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #bonniechristine

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie

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The Key to Creative Business Success

I have coached hundreds of creative businesses, and I can tell you that we all have one thing in common: we want success already

I was on a call last week with a creative business owner who said something that sounded very familiar to me, and if you’ve ever started a blog, Etsy shop or website, I’m sure you’ll recognize her desire too.  She wanted to build her online presence and increase traffic to her Etsy shop, so I asked her to start a blog. Her response:

“I tried that, but nobody visited the blog. I barely even have any interaction on Facebook! I might get like, 10 people to engage.”

She went on to further explain why my advice to build an online presence was a waste of time, because if she wrote a blog post, who would read it? I said to her:

“So, what you’re saying to me is that you want instant gratification, and you’re not getting enough of it.”

Because I get it! I want instant gratification too.

However, that’s not what a successful business is built on. A successful business is built one brick at a time. It’s built with a blueprint of your dream job, and a solid foundation consisting of commitment to work hard even when there is no recognition or reward. Each blog post is a building brick. Each Facebook engagement is a building brick. Each new e-mail on your list is a building brick. With out these bricks in place, you cannot build your empire.

To say you want the customers and traffic without the online presence is like expecting the palace of your dreams to appear in your backyard without providing any plans or materials!

The key to a creative business’ success is understanding the long-term build. Social media accounts, Etsy shops, blogs, and websites are part of an online web you create to funnel like-minded visitors to the hub of your business.

The hub is where you have products or services for sale. It’s where all of the relationships you’ve built on the web by giving your time, energy and attention can give back to you. The long-term build is always about relationships.

In the comments below, leave a few links to the web you’re building online for your creative business’ success so that we can support each other!

Image credit: lovefromginger.com

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Lisa Jacobs is creative biz wiz who teaches online sellers how to get more sales and professional recognition. She owns the Energy Shop on Etsy and writes the blog, Marketing Creativity.

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dinner ideas 4.11.14

April 11, 2014

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plant based recipes

this week’s meals were a mix of comforting (can you say mac and cheese anyone?) and healthful (yummy zucchini soup!) and both were deeply satisfying. i took a few days off from cooking over the weekend and it made me realize just how much i love being in the kitchen. ingredients, smells and tastes make me come alive and i love to serve up something tasty and nourishing to my loved ones.

monday: curried egg toast (breakfast for dinner!)
tuesday: mung yoga bowl
wednesday: vegetarian chicky parm
thursday: cauliflower mac and cheese yummy!
friday: herbed zucchini soup served with leftover mac and cheese

what was on your plate this week? any favorite recipes you’d like to share?

we follow a whole foods, plant based diet. the dinner ideas posts are a way for me to log our dinners, how we make eating this way easy, and hopefully inspire you to try some new things as well. they are always meat free, dairy free and often gluten free. you can follow the posts here, and i encourage you to share your favorite recipes with us as well!

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