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all natural sunscreen

March 17, 2011

Posted by in simple living

all natural sunscreen

{say yes to carrots, alba, burt’s bees, terra sport, badger}

i know some of you still have snow covered grounds, and others of you may be pulling out your jackets for the upcoming winter season, but no matter what the weather, we all need to protect our precious skin, right? it seems that every year i struggle finding a decent sunscreen. i get weary of reading labels and finding chemical after chemical listed. i have tried several all natural sunscreens, and while some have worked, others have left me burnt, white streaked or greasy. so my question for you today is,

have you found an all natural, chemical free sunscreen that you like?

please do share! i’m desperate.

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Posted by in sponsor welcome

nicole's handmade treats

yum yum yum yum yum. are you hungry yet? nicole’s homemade treats look so delectable and scrumptious, she’s got me craving chocolate already this morning! handmade with care and only the best ingredients, these sweet treats are sure to be devoured up in no time.

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help japan

March 16, 2011

help japan
 
it is so wonderful to see the handmade community pull together to help the relief efforts in japan after it’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. click over to each of these items to learn more about how you can help the effort. also, please share any other relief efforts you know of in the comments section, so that we can all partake in helping. love and light to you, dear japan!

clockwise: help japan, i helped japan, red circle organic tee, help japan- rising sun soap, help print, japan disaster relief bracelet,

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umbrellas

March 16, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

umbrellas i miss the rain. colorado gets over 300 days of sunshine every year. my hometown in north carolina gets just under 100. though the sunshine is wonderful, i miss the pitter patter of rain drops on the roof, a day off from running outside, and a special time to curl up with a good book and gaze outside the window. i also miss what the rain brings. green luscious grass, gardens galore with plants of all kinds and flowing streams and rivers around every bend.

lucky for me, they make umbrellas for both rainy and sunny days alike. i’ll take any one of these fabulously feminine canopies.

clockwise: dianna wedding umbrella, white heidi, abigail lace parasol, giselle pagoda, camilla anglaise parasol, petite star dome

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squirrel mailing labels

March 15, 2011

Posted by in free downloads

free printable
 
these squirrels and acorns make for one of the sweetest mailers i’ve seen. from one of my new favorite go-to-diy blogs, how about orange, jessica jones designed this free download to help pretty up your packages. see this post for full instructions on how to download, and be sending out adorable notes in no time!

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peaceful

March 15, 2011

Posted by in photography

sylvia c photography

today i love these muted colored, serene photographs by sylvia c. they make me think of sunny days, spring breezes and blooming flowers. i especially love this one. oh how wonderful it would be to look out over those calm waters!

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Posted by in bonnie forkner

road trip
 
hello lovelies! well, we’re off on our big road trip and i wanted to share with you our first few days on the road! i won’t be talking about the trip everyday (don’t fret), but will try to give you a few updates a week. that way, you can see the country with us!

road trip
 
day 1: drive. arrive to new mexico just in time to hit the sack.

road trip
 
road trip
 
day 2: set up camp in new mexico. go to david’s bike race. swing on the swings at the empty playground and let toaster get dirty. really dirty. bathe toaster in the (freezing) river. build a campfire (and almost start a forest fire). make and eat dinner (pasta and soup). play a (long) game of bananagrams. go to bed.

road trip
 

road trip
 
day 3: pack up camp. drive to arizona. ponder why the plants are so angry. set up camp. go take pictures of the super neato cacti. gather firewood and build a big fire. make dinner (veggie burgers and green beans). lay under the stars. pick out the satellites and the galaxies. be in awe of the universe. go to bed.

road trip
 
road trip
 
these cactuses are huge!!

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Posted by in cooking ideas

As a vegetarian, veggie burgers have been a staple in my diet because of their high protein and convenience for lunchtime; however the high price tag for frozen veggie burgers has been stinging lately – usually $3.49 – $3.99 for a pack of 4. So, I decided to give a bulk veggie burger recipe a try – and I love them!

These are great because not only do you know exactly what is in your veggie burger, but these only cost me roughly $0.27 each when made via this recipe, and they can be easily frozen and stored for later.

The recipe is adapted from The New York Times:

ingredients

  • 1 can black beans – drain and rinse
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, with chili or onions – drain and rinse
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 cups quick rolled oats
  • salt and pepper, to taste

directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Blend all ingredients except the oatmeal in a food processor until smooth. Stir mixture into a large bowl with the oatmeal; stir. Scoop mixture onto lightly oiled trays, flattening and shaping them into patties. Bake for 8 minutes; flip, and broil for 2 minutes until tops are crispy brown.

This recipe gave me 12 veggie burger patties, and took about half an hour to complete. These burgers are great on wheat buns with toppings like onion, tomato, lettuce, and avocado. If you freeze them, microwaving them straight from the freezer for 1 minute, 20 seconds, should could heat them thoroughly.

If you’re not into the Tex-Mex style of veggie burger, there are many other recipe out there – Cooking Light has a veggie burger recipe slide show that is worth a peek!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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