september desktop + smartphone backgrounds

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it’s september! for me, this month means newborn baby snuggles, bear’s 2nd birthday and the very beginning of looking forward to fall. what’s your favorite part about september?

to download september’s backgrounds: click on the image above to download the .zip file with both calendars inside – or – click here to download the desktop background and here to download the smartphone background. enjoy!

to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is epson premium presentation paper). punch a whole at the top to hang or simply stack.

please note: all images, patterns and designs © bonnie christine | going home to roost. you may not reproduce, re-create or sell in any way, but please feel free to download for your own personal use. if you share on your own blog (i’d be delighted!) please direct your readers to this post to download the file. thank you!

August’s Roost Tribe Recap

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august has come to a close and september is almost here! as i do every month, i’m sharing with you this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received last month. if you’re interested in receiving it, you still can. i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday to members with all of the content in it from last month so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during the month.

that means, that if you join before wednesday, september 3rd you’ll still get all of august’s content + september’s content as well-that’s two months for the price of one!


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adobe illustrator video tutorial on my tips and tricks for best printing practices.


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ready to print thank you cards.


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a fun and inspirational set of desktop and smartphone backgrounds.


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the deep woods pattern collection.


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a refresh recipe for a summery tomato tart!


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a list of favorite links and resources rounded up through the month.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!

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We’re off to have a baby!

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hospital bags are packed. we're off to have a baby!

i’ve been waiting to write this very post to you for a long time now. i’m delighted to say that my bags are packed and david and i are off to the hospital to have our baby!

for those of you who might be wondering, i’ve decided to have repeat family-centered cesarean (you can read about my first one here). without going into much detail, this is the decision we felt eliminated the most risks and felt most comfortable with. i’m sure i’ll be back in the following weeks to share with you our little girl’s birth story, just like i did bear’s!

as for going home to roost – i’ve scheduled a few weeks of content here to keep you busy. :) you can follow me over on instagram to get up to date news and i’ll be popping in here from time to time as well.

thank you for all your prayers and well wishes! we can’t wait to meet this new member of our family!

A Tour of our Nursery!

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we have only one designated nursery in the house right now (which works out well since we cosleep anyways!), but i still wanted to do my best to make it accommodate two. this hasn’t been so easy since bear is getting a little sister, but i tried my best to mix boy with girl with gender neutral touches. the overall theme is definitely woodsy, so i think it lend itself to double purposing well!

one of my absolute favorite touches to the nursery is the feature wall i wallpapered with a design i have called tree forest with wallternatives. it gives such a subtle, magical feel to the room (see below)! it matches my fabric ‘timberland trunk’ from hello, bear perfectly, which i used to make the curtains from (in voile).

i took some time this week to snap a few photos of the room before we welcome 2.0 later this week. i must say, the light in this room is magical for napping, but not for picture taking. haha! you’ll be able to see what i was going for though and i’ll make a list of as many resources as i can for you at the bottom of this post. <3

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RESOURCES

art:

raccoon, stag, hare and moose art prints by gingiber
create your future art print
bear print by leah duncan
watercolor owl print heidi ahmed
world painting by katie daisy

decor:

pennant flags by ordinary mommy
fox suitcases by milkbarn
baby bear pennant flat by strawberry moth
white paper bear bag
deer pillow from three bad seeds
bear’s growth chart ruler
tree wallpaper for wallternatives
blah blah dolls

DIY projects:

NEST lettering
feathered arrows
changing basket
paper mobile
paper peonies
handmade onesies
woven wall hanging (info coming soon!)
handmade bunny

thrifted:

green chair
wooden birdcage
changing table (antique)

Family Photos + 38 Weeks

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hi everyone! we had the absolute delight of spending some time with my dear friend and talented photographer, callie lynch last weekend. we headed out to one of our favorite spots and she brought her camera to document the evening. we nearly cancelled because of some rain, but it cleared up just in time and left us with the most magical light and settling clouds.

i’ll let the photos do the talking. this is our family, bear is nearly two and our daughter is due in less than a week!

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Charley and the Yellowstone Sprites (Book + Giveaway!)

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i’ve been a big fan of amy hevron’s work for a long time now, so of course, i was so excited to see a kickstarter campaign from her last year for her children’s book: charley and the yellowstone sprites. of course, her campaign was quickly funded (see it here) and i’m so happy to see her darling book is now in print!

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charley and the yellowstone sprites follows the story of charley the bison and his friends throughout all the seasons in yellowstone park. the illustrations are stunning, the pages and beautiful and the story is so sweet and captivating. my son bear (almost 2) absolutely loves it when i read it to him, and especially enjoyed the pack of stickers that came along with the book!

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to celebrate the release of her new book, amy has bundled together of package of goodies to giveaway to one of you lucky readers! thank you so much, amy!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. congratulations cassidi (#15)!

use the from below to enter to win:

– a signed copy of charley and the yellowstone sprites by amy hevron
– a yellowstone babies art print
– a charley and the sprites art print
– set of matching postcards
– interactive sticker sheet

$120 value | enter by monday, august 24th, 2015

good luck! xox, bonnie

why we choose (and love!) to cosleep

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why we love to cosleep!

when people find out we cosleep with out babes, we usually get one of three responses: 1) a shocked face – almost full of pity? 2) a smirk because even though they don’t ‘cosleep’ their baby ends up in their bed frequently or 3) total excitement because they cosleep, too!

sharing a ‘family bed’ is something i never thought i would do before i had children, but after much research and having our first baby, bear, we fell in love with it. it’s been one of the most intentional and rewarding decisions we’ve ever made as a family!

a quick note: before you read this article, please know that the only real advice i give to any mom is to do whatever works for you and your family. every baby is different and you are officially entering a ‘no judgment‘ zone! i simply wanted to share about our cosleeping for anyone who wants to know more or who might be interested in what it looks like for our family and how we make it work.

having our son (and soon to be daughter) in our bed didn’t happen by accident. david and i made the intentional decision to cosleep with bear before he ever even entered the world. after reading and researching as much as i could about nursing, SIDS prevention and sleeping options, we decided this was what we wanted to try as a family.

i’ll first share the more ‘scientific’ reasons we decided to cosleep. (i’ll talk more about all the other reasons i’ve fallen in love with it since in a minute).

attachment parenting. we first fell in love with dr. sear’s method of ‘attachment parenting’ (which he discusses in ‘the baby book‘). in short, the three factors to attachment parenting are breastfeeding, wearing you baby and cosleeping at night. the theory is that the more attached you are as a parent, the more independent and self-secure your children will be. after two years, i can definitely attest to this! we are still extremely attached, but i’m always impressed at how well bear does when we have to leave him or he goes to play with a new group of kids. he’s well adjusted, secure and confident.

nursing. i’m so happy to report that nursing went really well with bear (after the first weeks of adjustment, of course!). i exclusively nursed him for 9 months, and then he later weaned at 18 months. cosleeping during this time made it a truly enjoyable experience and definitely made middle of the night feedings easy.

keeping baby close (my favorite reason!). keeping your baby close at night, means that they don’t have to get very upset (or awake) to get your attention at night. if bear woke up hungry or upset, he literally only needed to nudge my direction or touch my arm for me to know it. had he been across the room (or in another room entirely), he would have had to woken up completely and started to cry (pretty loudly) for me to wake up and know he needed something. knowing that i was always there made him know that he never needed to cry in order to get our attention (and it worked – he never cried!). dr. sears hints that having a baby in another room almost ‘trains’ them to cry louder and quicker to get their needs met. having them close by prevents them from ever even having to get upset in the first place, making for a super peaceful baby. (this was totally true in our case!)

SIDS prevention. SIDS is an awful awful thing and there are tons of different philosophies on how to best prevent it. it’s scary being a mom and having to choose which one to abide by! cosleeping to help prevent SIDS made a lot of sense to us, so that’s we did it. (and you should do whatever makes sense to you!). in short, dr. sears explains that sleeping next to your baby (literally touching them) helps regulate their breathing. being jostled by movements in the bed and hearing you and your spouse breathe, snore and get up to go to the bathroom, all help to regulate the babies breathing and prevent them from going into a very deep sleep (which is usually when SIDS occurs in young babies).  one test i loved to do is after waking up (slightly) and wanting to check on bear (but not wanting to wake him completely), all i would have to do is take a very deep breath. almost immediately, he would also take a big deep breath. it really does work!

*quick note: i’m a bit of a worrier by nature, so one of the things i was most surprised at after having my first baby was how much i worried about their breathing. after i discovered the snuza, my worries were nearly eliminated! it’s a small device that clips on their diapers (it’s battery operated, so it doesn’t emit any EMFs) and monitors their breathing with delicate NASA technology. it vibrates to rouse the baby if there’s been no movement for a few seconds, and the sounds an alarm if breathing doesn’t resume. though they can’t say ‘it prevents SIDS’ their website proudly claims that they’ve never had a report of a single SIDs case while a baby was wearing a snuza. literally, a lifesaver!

*quick note #2: as you can tell, we loved dr. sears’ ‘the baby book‘. everything in this book made so much sense to us and i had nearly every one of my ‘new mom’ questions answered by reading it! i also LOVE his book, ‘the vaccine book‘. it’s the only truly non-biased take on the vaccine issue i’ve found thus far. after reading it, i felt incredibly educated and empowered!

ok – moving on from the more scientific-y reasons for co-sleeping, i want to talk about the more emotional side of it. basically, david and i have fallen in love with sleeping with out babies!

so, what does this look like for us?

we have a differently philosophy about sleeping hours, and i’m sure a lot of people think we’re crazy for it. basically, we sleep as a family and we go to bed together. this means that bear goes to bed with us around 9 or 10pm and wakes up around 9 or 10am. this allows us to spend time together as a family in the evenings and for us (mom & dad) to get up early and get some work done before he wakes up. it has worked beautifully for us and really allowed our family the evening flexibility we’ve needed. of course, you can still cosleep with with a different routine, this is just what works for us!

this also means that bear has fallen alseep in my arms nearly every single night since he was born. i also ‘snuggle’ him to sleep in our bed for naps and then move him to his crib for daytime sleeping. i can’t even put into words how sweet this time is for me. it’s my most favorite 15 minutes of the entire day! we snuggle and giggle and i rub his back until he falls asleep nestled under my chin. these snuggles will no doubt be among the most meaningful moments of my entire life, and i often think about what i would be missing out on if they didn’t happen.

i get to feel little toes on my back in the middle of the night and nearly always wake up to tiny hands rubbing my shoulders. he sleeps right in the middle of david and i (though he was only on ‘my side’ until he was old enough to start getting out of bed on his own) and we both enjoy it immensely.

of course, your spouse must be on board with the ‘family bed’ in order for it not to become a sore topic amongst the two of you. marriage is sacred and important and each other’s opinions must be held highly. if this is something you’re interested in, be sure to talk it out with your spouse, first!

all i can say is that this has been a beautiful thing for our family. david and i have no problem finding plenty of ‘us time‘ and enjoy immensely falling asleep with and waking up with our tiny human being.

so what happens next? good question! as many of you know, we’re welcoming a baby girl to the family in just 2 weeks! we’re not exactly sure how this is going to change our sleeping habits as a family, but we’re just going with the flow.

how does your family sleep? what works best for you?

Jord’s Wooden Watches

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it’s been a long time since i’ve written anything for the boys, so today i’m catching up on my duty! the truth is, most of us have a fellow in our lives that mean a lot to us. for me, it’s my amazing husband, david. i like to think of him as a super human. he’s hilarious, incredibly helpful, super supportive and an amazing daddy to our babes. to sum it up – i’m totally in love with him.

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so, when his birthday rolled around this year i knew i wanted to get him a new watch. primarily because of his subtle (or-not-so-subtle) hinting! after a little research, i fell in love jord’s wooden watches. they’re each made from sustainable wood and have a feel and look to them like no other. for david, i chose the koa & black dover watch because i loved the industrial look it has to it (plus, i knew it would look good with his tattoo!).

of course, jord makes a beautiful line of women’s watches as well (i’m especially in love with the rose gold faces)!

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when we headed out for a quick coffee date last week, i knew i wanted to snap a few pictures of his watch to share with you. in david’s words: “i love the attention to detail and the industrial look.”

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UPDATE!

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jord has been kind enough to offer a giveaway for three going home to roost readers! enter the giveaway via the form below and be entered to win one of three gift certificates for $75, $50 or $25. giveaway will end on friday, august 21st. thanks, jord!

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