archive: February, 2011

missed connections

February 23, 2011

you know i love a good story. i think you’ll enjoy this one:

sophie blackall
 
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these paintings are by the amazing artist, sophie blackall and are part of her missed connections project. it’s an ongoing series of paintings based on real, anonymous messages posted online by lovelorn strangers, and i can’t help but get my heart strings all wrapped up in them.

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omm writer

February 22, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

hello, friends! i have to share with you my latest discovery (via tara gentile). in fact, i’m writing to you from it right now! it’s the most amazing program for writers, bloggers and those of you who just want to focus while you work. as tara puts it, omm writer turns your computer screen into a low contrast, high focus zen wonderland of creative flow.

with options for different backgrounds, texts, writing sounds, saving options and music choices, it really does create an exceptionally concentrative space. i like the zen music so much, i’ve found myself leaving it to play while i’m around the house, or even eager to practice some yoga to it! just watch the video above to see what i mean.

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right now, i have twelve tabs and about 4 programs running on my computer. how many do you have? normally, while i’m trying to write or focus, my eyes are always jumping between my twitter and e-mail inbox bar, or i’m being notified that someone just came or went online via skype.

serisouly? it’s an overload.

how am i supposed to get anything done? i can’t believe i have accomplished anything before now (at least in a timely matter) without omm writer. i have a feeling it’s going to increase my productivity ten fold. i find that it calms me down and helps me escape from the craziness that is today’s online world. it helps me focus tremendously.

omm writer omm writer offers a free version or their latest version, in which you decide the price you want to pay for it. how yogic! i’m in love.

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do what you love e-course
 
are you doing what you love? that’s the question that beth asks you in her new online adventure- the do what you love e-course. it will take you step-by-step on a path to discovering your true passion and finding a way to make it a greater part of your everyday life. and the best part of all? she has one place to give away, worth £69! beth believes that the world would be a better place if more people were doing what they loved. and i agree.
 

here’s how you enter the giveaway!

 
visit this blog post to read more about this fabulous e-course, then return here to tell us why you think you would benefit from the course at this particular point in your life in the comments section. you have until sunday, febraury 27th to enter. a winner will be chosen randomly and announced here on monday, february 28th. good luck!

interested in advertising on going home to roost? click here to download the sparkly new media kit!

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pretty packaging: knot and bow

February 21, 2011

Posted by in handmade

knot & bow pretty packaging

what is it about a pretty package that gets me all excited inside? there’s just something about dolling up a gift with strings and bows and everything beautiful to make it extra special for the person you’re giving it to. i love the collection of gift-wrapping-goodies that knot & bow have to offer, everything from pretty doilies to mini clothespins. hop on over to their shop to discover all the ways you can make your packages all the more prettier!

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three little ducks

February 21, 2011

Posted by in indie fashion

three little ducks

helping to put me in the mood for warm weather is this sweet shop, three little ducks. handmade in sydney australia, the style is elegant and feminine, don’t you think? perfect for a summer cocktail party or a lunch date with friends, they look perfect for warm summer days.

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pie bird press

February 18, 2011

Posted by in handmade

pie bird press
 
i found pie bird press yesterday as i was perusing one of my favorite blogs, sfgirlbybay, and couldn’t help but fall in love with it. it has that flea-market, bright and cheery vintage kind of feel to it. you know, the one that makes me nostalgic to a time i never lived in? it’s simple. it’s colorful. and it’s happy.

which brings me to.. have a happy weekend! hope to see you back here on monday. xox! bon-a-rooskies

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10 reasons to go upside down

February 18, 2011

Posted by in simple living

i do a lot of handstands. i’ll kick up against a wall while my coffee is brewing, or do a headstand for a few minutes as a nice break from the computer. it probably makes more sense for me, as i grew up deeply rooted in gymnastics, then went on to be a collegiate cheerleader, and have since put my skills to a more healthy and sustainable practice: yoga. to say the least, i’ve spent a lot of time upside down. but there’s more to it than that. it makes me feel good. it refreshes me, and makes me feel strong. inversions are healthy for several reasons, and today i’m going to discuss a few of them. are you with me?

10 reasons to go upside down
 
want to set the mood? play jack johnson’s upside down!

first, there are several ways to invert, no matter what your skill level is. above, you’ll find a few of the more advanced inversions, but simply lying down with your feet up a wall will still give some of the same benefits (here’s a great beginner’s guide). find whatever is most comfortable to you, and don’t try anything you’re not confident with (that’s my disclaimer!). :)

in general, inversions cleanse as they squeeze and massage your inner organs and improve blood flow, efficiently flushing your body of toxins as they allow new blood to flow in. they leave you with a renewed sense of overall health and vitality.

10 reasons to go upside down:

    - calm the brain, help relieve stress and mild depression. the increased circulation helps to increase blood circulation to the brain and deliver a higher amount of oxygen which help increase our level of concentration and mental sharpness.

    stimulate the thyroid and prostate glands and abdominal organs. inversions upset gravity and the pituitary and pineal gland become activated as they synergize to balance hormone levels in the body. the result? a revitalized and rejuvenated body.

    stretch the shoulders and neck, which is why this is such a great practice for anyone who sits while they work (like me!).

    tone the legs and booty. squeezing, kicking up and balancing will help get you toned in no time.

    improves digestion. there’s just nothing like turning everything upside to get things moving again. ;)

    relieve the symptoms of menopause, as inverting invigorates the brain, regulates hormones and helps shift and lighten your mood.

    reduce fatigue and help to alleviate insomnia. muscle tension is reported to decrease by 35% while inverting, which helps with anxiety, tension, and insomnia.

    therapeutic for asthma, infertility, sinusitis and headache.

    strengthen the shoulders, arms, and wrists.

    improve your sense of balance.

      so are you ready to give it a try? you can do it! head on over to yoga journal to get step by step instructions on how to do each pose and find endless articles on the benefits of this kind of practice.

      resources: photography: rory earnshaw and david martinez via yoga journal, livestrong.com, yoga for hormonal balance

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      tick tock cutesy clocks

      February 17, 2011

      Posted by in handmade

      handmade clocks

      saving for a rainy day

      handmade clocks

      sweethearts tree carving clock

      handmade clocks

      bamboo doily clock

      handmade clocks

      it’s party time

      handmade clocks

      wood panel – wild flowers

      handmade clocks

      doily clock

      handmade clocks

      goldfish clock

      handmade clocks

      kirie bamboo clock

      tick-tock cutesy clocks! i love to replace ordinary must-haves with intriguing conversation pieces. who says a clock has to be boring? turn it into something that draws attention and starts a conversation. who knows, maybe you’ll inspire others to buy handmade!

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