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handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking

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 sadly, human trafficking is a major issue today, even in the united states. when i heard about international sanctuary, i immediately wanted to help! by providing self-sufficiency options to survivors of human trafficking, international sanctuary is offering the missing piece to reintegration through the making and selling of handmade products.

handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking with inspiring and affordable bohemian chic handmade jewelry, coasters and stationary, you can now purchase with a purpose. if you’re new to the effects and issues of human sex trafficking, here are a few statistics.

handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking

handmade jewelry by the survivors of human trafficking

visit international sanctuary to read their mission, faq’s, purpose and shop around.

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thank goodness for google calendars, else i would have never realized that this year is already half way over! back in january i posted a list of goals for 2012 and wanted to do a little check in to see where i’m at with them. though it looks like i have a ways to go, there’s nothing like publicly announcing your goals, it’s such a motivator! i would love to hear yours as well. :)

12 thoughts and goals for 2012:

1) start a garden at our new place.

2) keep focused on communication with all of my friends and family across the states. work in progress!

3) get my dad out to california.

4) start soaking my own beans and sprouting my own sprouts.

5) continue to educate myself on the subjects that are near to my heart (food, health and creative endeavors). work in progress!

6) continue to put God first. in my time, my day, our finances, and in every way.

7) get back into my yoga routine.

8) submit a design portfolio to the fabric company of my dreams.

9) start saving above our norm, in efforts to prepare for a home and family in the coming years.

10) practice presence. life flies by to quickly. not sure that i will ever cross this one out!

11) visit bend, the grand canyon, lake tahoe and santa cruz.

12) nourish my creativity. work in progress!

how are your goals for 2012 coming?

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things i'm afraid to tell you

well, here goes…

to start, i fell in love with this movement when i first heard about it on creature comforts. started by jess constable and kicked off by the lovely ez, i was eager to share my part.

to be honest, it’s something i’ve thought about for a long time. the idea is that most bloggers don’t share the ugly, nitty gritty side of things, but rather focus on the more lovely side of life. and, why not? the sole purpose of many blogs is to inspire! however, the issue that arises is that sometimes posting such constant and beautiful content may leave the reader feeling defeated, rather than inspired. is that ever true for you? i know it is for me.

many times i’ll get comments about people being jealous or envious over something i’ve written about. i know that it’s really a nice thing to say, but it’s just never settled well with me. it makes me feel almost guilty that something i post would make someone feel envious, because the feeling i hope to invoke is inspiration, not jealousy. i’ve even toyed with the idea of doing a point and shoot post dedicated to the ugly side of things. :)

the point is, i do live a beautiful life. but, it’s because i choose to see the beauty in the little things, and not focus on the not-so-pretty stuff. i believe anyone can do that! i choose to be inspired by the weather, the flowers, the birds and the bees. but if i were to focus on the less than beautiful stuff i would share with you my laundry, the dog hair underneath my sofa, my toenails that need to be painted and the piles of dirt that always seem to appear on my windows.

we don’t have much money. in fact, we struggle constantly just to pay the bills. that’s why i have to be inspired by the less expensive things in life. our heater usually doesn’t work and most days i have to heap on clothing just to keep warm. toaster is smelly and i swear needs a bath more frequently than any other dog i’ve met.

now that that’s out of the way, here’s what i’m really afraid to tell you:

– i’m overwhelmed. sometimes i feel like i just can’t keep up. everytime i browse the web i see bigger and better blogs and artists doing bigger and better things. sometimes i just have to shut it all off and focus on one task at a time, but i still lose sleep over it.

– sometimes i wonder if you read what i write. if it matters and if it’s interesting. or even if you like me or want to genuinely invest in me as the person behind going home to roost.

– i’m confused on my next step. i’m trying to get a new business going and don’t know what to do next. i feel like i’m staring at a blank piece of paper and can’t put my pencil to it and start drawing. sigh.

- i miss my family. deeply.

– i worry if i ever offend you. i go back and forth on whether or not to share my more personal feelings, especially when it comes to my belief in and love for Jesus Christ.

– i don’t have the best grammer, and i don’t really care.

– sometimes i debate on the direction for going home to roost. what’s the perfect mix of personal, helpful information, handmade goods and freebies? i get weary of posting about products, because i think we already live in a ‘more more more’ world. i want to help fill you up from the inside out, without the need for material possessions.

– and, i love you. sometimes i don’t know if i tell you enough or if it comes across to you as deeply as it is felt within me. i don’t know most of you, but i feel connected to you in a beautiful way. you are what makes this possible and i love writing to you every day. in fact, i’d like to hear from you much more often.

whew! that felt so good, i may have to make it a regular column. it was also hard to write. i don’t want to come off as ungrateful, because i am quite the opposite. i am incredibly blessed by you and honored that you would visit my world.

love and light to each of you! xoxo, bonnie

need to get a few things off your chest? we would all love for you to participate! visit this post to see everyone who has participated thus far and be sure to share your story with us here in the comments sections. i would truly love to read it.

**update! since writing this, i’ve posted a little appreciation post. i am so thankful for all your sweet comments!**

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journals and notebooks

April 20, 2012

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journals and notebooks

are you a list maker? note jotter? sketcher? if so, could there be anything more fun than filling a beautiful journal with all the inspirations you collect? anytime we go to a bookstore, browsing all of the artful journals is one of my favorite things to do. above are a few of my favorites from chronicle books, all illustrated by some of my favorite artists!

carpe diem journal by mary kate mcdevitt | dots & jots journal by denyse schmidt

native herbs journal by jill bliss| ahoy! eco-journal by julia rothman

botanicals notebook by rifle paper co. | sunblooms bound  journal by amy butler

drawing nature:  a journal by jill bliss | little mountain home journal by mike lowery

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the 2012 blend retreat

April 16, 2012

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blend retreat

i know i don’t usually post about having kick-butt workouts or running miles on end, but the truth is that taking care of my body (heart, soul and mind) is one of the most important things to me. not only for me, but for my family and my future- it’s so important to stay healthy! here to help motivate us is my dear friend, lindsay.

lindsay is one pretty awesome gal. she’s not only the buffest momma i know, but is also incredibly sweet, kindhearted and genuine. anyone who has her in their life is blessed, and you might just have that chance!

she’s recently started a super-kick-butt-blog (literally) called lindsay’s list, and is hosting a new retreat this spring called blend- a weekend retreat where bloggers and friends become blends!

if you need a little motivation, love to workout, or just need a little pick-me-up and chance to meet and greet, then this retreat is for you!

the blend retreat will be a relaxed, laid back retreat for healthy living, food and fitness bloggers from all over (though you don’t have to be a blogger!). to learn more, check out the about page and then scurry over to registration- retreat is in 3 short weeks!

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avanti cafe david and i were able to sneak away this past weekend for a quiet beach-side getaway, and were so excited to discover a new favorite restaurant. that doesn’t happen often, as my last favorite restaurant ranked first for over 2 years, but avanti cafe located in newport beach, california has easily surpassed even my highest expectations!

avanti cafe with a completely vegetarian menu, avanti cafe is tucked away in an unassuming shopping nook. upon the first moment you walk in, you’re greeted, sat down and immediately served some scrumptious veggies and onion jam. candles are lit in hanging metal nests in the window and the just-loud-enough-music sets a jazz type vibe.

avanti cafe everything they serve comes out on unique handmade pottery dishes and pieces, and amongst my favorite was this salt and pepper tray. the first time we ate here (yes, that means we went twice!) was for dinner. we got the peanut & pumpkin hush puppies, hot tacos, arugula & spinach pesto pizza and the shiitake artichoke pesto pizza.

avanti cafe during our whole meal, we just kept shaking our heads. we were completely blown away with the flavors, and could have ordered the whole meal again as soon as we had taken our last bite. it was quite possibly the best vegan fare we’ve ever had.

avanti cafe when we learned they were serving a special easter brunch, we were sure to plan our day around it!

avanti cafe easter brunch consisted of cranberry walnut french toast and golden tofu bruschetta, all served with seasonal fresh fruit, oven roasted herbed home fried red potatoes & garnet yams, coffee or tea and this delightful dessert of a vegan cookie and chocolate cupcake. seriously y’all, this is good eats.

avanti cafe

avanti cafe so needless to say, we were happy campers and fell in love with this sustainable, seasonal, vegetarian and completely delicious new find. we’ll be sure to go every time we’re in the area!

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switch easy

i ran across these stylish avant-garde iphone cases by switcheasy this morning and instantly had to know more! found via erin godbey’s pinterest, i particularly fell in love with this seafoam blossom case. made from tough polycarbonate, they not only protects your iphone from damage but their 3d form gives the user an extra tactile grip. check them out here!

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last week, i was so excited to have my dear friend katie daisy and her country-folk-singing-beau, luke redfield, come stay with us. they were able to take a quick break from their road trip around the country to swing by our humble abode and rest for a bit.

for those of you who might not be familiar with katie’s work, you should hop over and take a glance at it before reading the rest of this post. she’s not only the most talented artist i know, but her work represents a much bigger purpose. beneath the fluttering butterflies and spring colors lies a deeper meaning. each piece overflows with katie’s beautiful soul and longing to make the world a more joyful place. her work is heartfelt, stunningly beautiful and an inspiration to so many people!

much like her artwork, katie is full of life, energy and good vibes. she is ever so kind, lovely and intentional with her day to day life. i am so blessed to have her as a friend, and as i know many of you enjoy her work, i thought you might like to take a glimpse into the few days we spent together!

frolicking with katie dasiy

along with our many adventures of visiting the farmer’s market, walking amongst the lavender fields and feeding the ostriches (say, what?) we of course took some time to paint!

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

frolicking with katie dasiy

we stayed up late (really late) a few nights and painted together. i’m no expert so i enjoyed watching katie’s process and tried to soak up every little detail along the way. can you guess which side of the table i was painting on? :)

frolicking with katie dasiy

i especially enjoyed watching katie prep some art for a new project she’s working on. she looks pretty good at my computer, right? i’m thinking she should just move in..

frolicking with katie dasiy

and perhaps our favorite moment? when we realized we’re going to have to start collecting sunglasses to use as camera filters. (can you see me in the reflection? click on the picture to make it bigger!)

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