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goodbye november, hello december! can you believe it’s here? it’s really, really here! for me, december is a time for reflection, rest and rejuvenation. of course, it also means making gifts, planning gatherings and lots of time spent with family. it’s truly my favorite month of the year! what will december bring for you? xox, bonnie

to download december’s backgrounds: click on the coordinating image above, then right click on the image and select ‘set as desktop background’ or save and download to your phone.


to download the printable version: click on the image above to download the PDF calendar. print on heavy card stock (my favorite is premium presentation paper by epson). 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!


november roost tribe recap

December 1, 2014

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november roost tribe recap

hi everyone! i’m here to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received during the month of november. if you’re interested in receiving, it’s not too late to get it all! i’ll be sending out a recap on wednesday, december 3rd,  to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from november so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

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

whew. got it? :)

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a video tutorial on how to create social media icons + add texture in adobe illustrator!

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harvest garland pattern collection. you can print patterns, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! 

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inspirational tech backgrounds. following your dreams will be hard, taking risks isn’t easy, creating a life you love is a lot of work – but is all SO worth it!!

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customizable postcards. you can print them ‘as is’ or open the .eps file in illustrator or photoshop to add your own images + text.

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how to go turkeyless for the holidays! photo by raceytay.

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 a delicious recipe for green bean bundles. yum!

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printable grateful cards. for gatherings of all kinds around this time of year, i always like to remember the reason for celebrating: thankfulness and gratitude. use these grateful cards to place on your table for friends and family to fill out during dinner. then, get creative!


a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!  want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

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a new way to be grateful

November 26, 2014

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today, i want to talk about gratitude. here in the united states, we’re about to celebrate thanksgiving, which means we’re all reflecting on what we’re grateful for and why we’re thankful.

yesterday, marie forleo shared on this very topic and i loved what she had to say. did you know practicing gratitude will increase our happiness, improve our relationships, strengthen our emotions and improve our careers?! in short, studies show that if we’re very specific about what we’re grateful for, we’ll get the most return on our investment.

for example >>

instead of simply saying i’m thankful for:

- david
– going home to roost readers (you!)
– my job
– my family

i want to be more specific >>

- i’m thankful for david because of the small things he does each day, like making me coffee in the morning and sending me sweet texts throughout the day. he takes bear when he gets home from work and plays with him while i make dinner. he prays for our family every night and he makes a mean batch of cookies.

- i’m thankful for my readers (that’s you!) because of how incredibly supportive you are. i feel safe in this space. the creative community you’ve made feeds my soul and fuels my passions. i love to see how you help and encourage each other and i’m honored to be a part of it.

- i’m thankful for my job because it doesn’t feel like a job at all. i get so excited to begin ‘working’ each morning that it gets me out of bed before the sun comes up. i’m blessed to enjoy what i do for a living so immensely. it charges my creativity, makes me feel alive and gets me excited to share things every day.

- i’m thankful for my family because they are always present, always listening and always supporting. they are my rock and my sounding board. they are full of wisdom, love, grace and compassion.

one my favorite ways of staying mindful about gratitude is by using the gratitude journal. it’s a sweet little app that subtly reminds me to keep a journal of the things i’m thankful for. it has a beautiful interface and is filled with pearls of wisdom. i simply rate my day, write down 5 things i’m thankful for attach a photo (usually of bear). then, i can reflect on all the things i’ve been thankful for over time and even export it as a pdf to make a printed copy of my journal.

now it’s your turn.

hop down to the comments area and share with us one thing you’re thankful for. don’t forget to be specific! i’ll meet you there and see you again here on monday. :) xox, bonnie

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iced mint coffee

November 25, 2014

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generally, i’m a hot coffee kinda gal. i wake up while it’s still dark outside and most often just want to roll over and go back to sleep. but every morning, i start thinking about the creative tasks i have to do and i get EXCITED. excited to wake up, excited to be alive, excited to work and excited to have a hot cup of coffee. i jump slink out of bed, throw a robe on and try to tip toe up our staircase as not to wake up any certain someones. i hit the top of the staircase and all but run to start making my morning cup.

something switches in the afternoon though. i think every human being should nap at 3:00, but instead i ignore my intuition and have another cup of coffee instead (that’s healthy, right?!). this time, i’m craving something chilled. something refreshing.

>> insert a mint iced coffee. ahhhh.

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it’s light, refreshing, sweet and scrumptious. it’s easy enough to make on an average day, but special enough to make for a girlfriend’s brunch.

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the mint syrup is easy to make and incredibly light and fresh! it gives the coffee a sweet undertone of mint, nothing too overwhelming.

i have also fallen in love with kohana cold brew coffee! it’s impeccable smooth, rich and satisfying. they produce truly organic and sustainable coffee. and it’s good.

iced mint coffee
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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  2. 1/2 cup cold brew concentrate
  3. 1 cup almond milk
  4. 3-4 tbs so delicious coconut creamer
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  1. begin by making the mint syrup. add water, sugar and mint leaves to a small stock pot and place over medium heat. whisk until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture boils. reduce the heat and let simmer for about 5 minutes. turn the heat off, let cool completely and then strain (or leave the leaves in!). place in the fridge until ready to use.
  2. to make the coffee, pour 1/2 cup of coffee concentrate and 1 cup of almond milk in a glass. add 3-4 tablespoons of so delicious coconut creamer and 2-3 tablespoons of the mint syrup to the glass. add in a couple of ice cubes and enjoy!
  1. used in this recipe: kohana cold brew coffee concentrate & so delicious coconut creamer (my favorite!)
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zest for your nest

November 25, 2014

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zest for your nest

i’ve been a long time fan of stacie bloomfield and her shop, gingiber. if fact, the first time i wrote about her was way back in 2010! right now, i have a few gingiber prints hanging in bear’s room and a tea towel in my kitchen drawer. i love them!

as a childhood doodler turned full-time illustrator, stacie is living her dream of being a working artist (yay, stacie!). she fills her midwest shop with prints, pillows, totes and cards. my favorite thing about her work is that it’s sweet enough for children but smart enough for adults.

pssst. grab 25% off gingiber with the code “TURKEYDAY” from now through december 1st!

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december is almost here, can you believe it?! this is the time of year for gathering gifts, making festive meals and sending holiday cards. i love sending our friends and family a little love note around the holidays to remind them that we’re thinking of them and wishing them all the best. this year, we’re using artifact uprising’s 3-in-1 card pack for our christmas cards!

the 3-in-1 card is stunning (as is everything that artifact uprising makes). it’s a card, a photo print and a gift tag – all in one! with perforated seams, the 100% recycled card can be repurposed by recipients. family & friends can tear away the photo print for year-round display and use the gift tag for holiday gift-giving. perfect!

today, we’re offering a giveaway, for one free pack of 25 holiday cards! fill in your email address in the form below to enter and we’ll announce a winner on december 1st. it’s as simple as that! good luck! xo, bonnie

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terri wilhelm holiday showcase

November 24, 2014

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terri wilhelm
terri wilhelm’s designs are inspired by the outdoors, from nature and the garden to the farmers market, botanical gardens, woods, hiking trails and more. terri loves to take photographs and collect field guides for inspiration and reference. visit terri’s notebook for a glimpse into her process and her etsy shop to purchase notecards, maps, field guides and more.

terri wilhelm elsewhere: blog | etsy | spoonflower | portfolio

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bonnie + bear's list of essentials - part 2

hi friends! as a follow up to our first list of essential (0-6 months), today i’m sharing our new essential list for ages 6 -12 months-ish!

as i’ve said before, i remember early in my pregnancy when it was time to start thinking about a registry and i froze. i had no idea what i needed! all i knew was that i wanted to go about raising my baby as simply as possible. i wanted to stick to well made products that would last in our family for generations to come. and if i could help it, i wanted to avoid plastic as much as possible.

the first thing i did was e-mail a handful of my favorite momma friends to ask them what their advice was. i had them list the top 10 must-haves and then let me know about anything they really felt was unnecessary. from those lists, i compiled everyone’s must haves and made a list for myself. then i began researching. i looked in to each product, where they were made, if there was a greener or more organic option and whether or not i thought we really needed it or not. safety was of course taken into consideration as well (for example, safety won over being green when it came to a carseat). whenever possible, we also tried to use hand-me-downs or purchase used goods.

even though we were incredibly thoughtful about what we asked for, we still ended up with too much, a few things we don’t use often and lots of lessons learned!

of course, every person, every baby and every situation is different, but when i was researching, i found everyone’s ‘must have lists’ super helpful. so here’s mine! bear is currently 14 months old, so this list is probably good for 6-15 months-ish.

must haves:
- charlie’s soap. we love this for all baby clothes and cloth diapers.
- ergobaby carrier with infant insert. i like to use this for longer, more strenuous wears (like on hikes and to bike races).
- carseat (of course). we got the britax marathon 70-G3. we like it b/c it’s an ‘all in one’ and we won’t have to buy another one later, BUT the downside is that you can’t pop it out and carry him around in itt, though it’s not been an issue for us.
- organic baby soap. we love sweet baby shampoo
- inglesina table chair (instead of a high chair)- oh man do we love this! attach it to any table and take it to restaurants. bear loves his and happily plays in it while we eat and cook.
baby gates. after trying several, we decided we liked the easy and simplicity of this one.
- baby monitor. this wasn’t necessary until he started napping in his own room, but now i like to be able to see him!
blender & food processor. for making smoothies and food more baby bite-sized!
books. all of the books!

optionals (that we LOVE):
- zutano booties – the only socks/shoes that will stay on. seriously.
snuza hero. clip it on their diaper (or pants) while they sleep and it vibrates if they stop breathing, then alarms.  we finally just stopped using this when he turned one, but i loved it for the first year!
snugly blanket – we’re attached to this one from from saranoni.
sippy caps – we use and like these from lifefactory.
- stroller. becoming more and more helpful the heavier he gets!
music. we love listening to music and making noise with music makers!
- crib. we still don’t use the crib much yet, though i’m sure we will use it more and more. (we co-sleep. gasp!)
- little remedies tylenol – just in case of an emergency. this brand doesn’t contain parabens, high fructose corn syrup, dye or gluten.
- baby in-sight mirror – so you can see your babe while you drive.
- organic waterproof pads – for under the bed sheets or crib sheets.
- travel crib – for traveling, this is a must! we love our baby bjorn travel crib light.
safety precautions - like this, this and this.

nonessential: (in our opinion!)

- baby tub. i just put him in the bath with me. :)
baby spoons and dishes. we just use things we already have, it works great!
- wipes warmer – if it’s really cold i just run the wipes through a little warm water.
- hooded towels or baby bath cloths – we just use regular towels.
- any kind of play mobile thingy (we make-do just fine with things from around the house).
- baby swing. we haven’t had one and haven’t missed it (though i know every baby is different!).
- noise machine – we haven’t used one and haven’t missed it.
- bouncer or walker
- nursing bras/tanks – i just wear tops that i can either pull up or down.

books i read (and recommend!):
- the baby book
the vaccine book
the womanly art to breastfeeding
the eco-nomical guide
vegan pregnancy survival guide

now it’s you’re turn! what do you find absolutely necessary? nonessential? i’ll meet you in the comments section!

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