archive: June, 2012

dinner ideas 6.28.12

June 29, 2012

Posted by in dinner ideas

vegan dinner ideas

hello, friends! let me just tell you- late june and july are my favorite food months. the local veggies are in full swing and some of my favorites are starting to come into season. i had my first cantaloupe this week! it was so amazing. :)

monday: creamy herbed zucchini soup from vegan family meals
tuesday: white bean and veggie stew
wednesday: grilled tofu with ratatouille vegetables
thursday: veggie shepherd’s pie
friday: grilled polenta with balsamic mushrooms (leave off the cheese to make vegan!)

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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the floating farmhouse

June 29, 2012

Posted by in home decor

i just about fell out of my chair when i saw the photos of this farmhouse turned modern homstead, and just thought you might enjoy seeing it too! self taught designer tom givone, found this farmhouse in 2002 in a disheviled state, but over the years has turned it into quite the homestead. just wait, you’ll see!

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you can read more about his home and see more photos here, enjoy!

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Posted by in indie biz

 hello, lovelies! just in case you missed my online lab yesterday with etsy, you can view it right here! you can also read this article over on etsy that i wrote on how to pitch to bloggers. i hope that it’s helpful and encourages you to catapult yourself into the blogosphere. we’re ready and waiting for you! the topic is on how to pitch to bloggers and we cover lots of details on how to go about it. please feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments section, i’ll meet you there!

pssst. there’s a little surprise at the end of the video! :)

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point and shoot 6.27.12

June 28, 2012

Posted by in point and shoot

this is my week told pictorially. if you’re new to point and shoot, you can catch up here! :)

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window view.

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diy printed biz cards on avery’s rounded corner cards (who knew?!).

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so happy to ship my shop’s first batch of orders! :)

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weekly veggie box (and some toes).

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‘vintage wire bowl’ the thrift store tag said. yes, please!

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inventory for the shop!

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i mean, are you serious?

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and an oldie but goodie (from our trip to yosemite last year).

love, bonnie

do you have any favorite photos from your life this week?

instagram 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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10 grocery shopping tips for a whole foods approach by now, you probably know that i eat a whole foods, plant based diet (especially if you follow the dinner ideas posts or recipe page!). one of the ways that i make eating this way possible, is by following a few rules at the grocery store and farmers market. some may seem obvious, others a little wacky, but below are the top 10 tips i follow when shopping for grub.

10 reasons to blog ahead (1) buy whole ingredients. look for items that contain only one ingredient in them (squash, polenta, quinoa, soybeans). if you must buy items that have more than one ingredient, look for a short ingredient list (6 or less ingredients) that contain nothing but whole foods. basically, if you can’t pronounce or grow it yourself – then don’t eat it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (2) stay on the outskirts of the store. buy shopping the outer edges of the store, you’ll be much more inclined to pick up fresh ingredients, and steer clear of the packaged and processed foods.


10 reasons to blog ahead (3) buy a foreign ingredient. i seriously do this nearly every time i go to the store! pick up a new fruit or veggie that you’ve never cooked with before, and i promise you’ll find some new favorites.


10 reasons to blog ahead (4) go to the farmers market. do the bulk of your shopping at your local farmers market and use the grocery store to supplement it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (5) check the country of origin. most fresh produce and packaged goods will let you know where it came from. the closer the better!


10 reasons to blog ahead (6) look for color. the more colorful your cart the healthier you’ll be (and colored cardboard doesn’t count!).


10 reasons to blog ahead (7) shop organic. you, your family and our planet will be much healthier for it.


10 reasons to blog ahead (8) shop what’s in season. know what’s in season in your area and eat locally. watermelons should only be eaten in the summer, and butternut squash only in the winter.


10 reasons to blog ahead (9) minimal packaging. look for items that either have no packaging (fresh produce and bulk items) or come with minimal packaging.


10 reasons to blog ahead (10) 10) look for alternatives. start noticing the alternatives that your local store or health food store carry. do they have almond milk? coconut creamer? earth balance butter? coconut oil? research the healthier alternatives and start using them.


do you have any favorite shopping market tips? i would love to hear them, i’ll meet you in the comments section!

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bicycle wedding tag printable

Hello everyone, this is Abigail from The Notion Creative Labs. ‘Tis wedding season! I’m in the midst of planning my own summer soiree to wed my fiance in September. This is most definitely the year for weddings – I’m blessed to share the same anniversary year as three of my family members, in fact! But – the more the merrier. This printable card is just right for that couple that really completes each other.

bicycle wedding tag printable

Simply print out the PDF on card stock and use a paper cutter along the faint gray outlines to cut the card out. Then, line up the edges and corners to fold and write a sweet note on the inside. For the gift tag (which you can really use any time), cut out around the outline and use a hole punch to get a nice, clean hole. use it to wrap up your gift for the special couple!

bicycle wedding tag printable

If you’re a bride or groom-to-be, you can use this to give your honey a sweet note on the day of the wedding. Here’s to those of us that are ‘better together!’

mother's day printable - seed saver envelopes (1) Abigail runs her freelance business with her soon-to-be husband, and when she’s not designing they love to go camping, listen to good music, and go on foodie adventures together!

Posted by in indie biz

how to pitch to bloggers

photo by photographybykarina

hello, friends! have you ever wondered how to get more press in the blogosphere? whether you’d like to promote your shop, blog or online store, today you can read a little more about how to pitch to bloggers. i’m delighted to share that today you can find me over on etsy, talking with you about how to pitch yourself and your product to bloggers. you can also watch my online lab where i be answer all your questions about pitching to bloggers in this video interview!

how to pitch to bloggers

how to pitch to bloggers


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edgy bed sheets

June 26, 2012

Posted by in home decor

last week, i got an email from a friend who was on the prowl for some new bed sheets. she asks, “I just moved and I’m on the prowl for new bed sheets- any tips for where I can look? I want something edgy and fun.” well i went to huntin’ and this is what i found!

modern bed sheets

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i think pairing patterns and colors when it comes to bed linens can give a great eclectic, chic and cozy look. i also found this post by decor8 on how to layer patterns especially helpful. what’s your favorite look?

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