a new way to be grateful

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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

iced mint coffee

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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.

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zest for your nest

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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!

artifact uprising holiday card giveaway

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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

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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

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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!

the darling tree giveaway + interview

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hi everyone! there’s been a lot going on in jo klima’s studio, the darling tree, lately. today, i get to share with you all about it! jo is a soul-centred designer and artist who makes beautiful websites (like this one!), art and designs. she just debuted a beautiful redesign of the darling tree this week and with it, announced the launch of a brand new line of leggings called darling legs. let’s jump right into learning more about it all!

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 Q: In case people don’t know you and your awesomeness, would you mind sharing what you do?

A: I’m a designer and artist based in Brisbane, Australia, and run a studio called The Darling Tree. Over the past decade I’ve worked with many amazing women and undeniably soulful and inspiring businesses helping them create beautiful brands and online spaces. I’m always working on many creative side projects too, I currently blog about art and life at Maps to Herself, am selling art prints and paintings, have just released a collaborative project for The Cosmic Collective 2015 Moon Energy Calendar, and I plan to create gorgeous products featuring my artwork and patterns.

 Q: It looks like The Darling Tree is expanding! Can you tell us a little bit about your new ventures?

A: I wanted to rethink the way I do things over at The Darling Tree. I’ve always loved to draw, paint, and create. But it wasn’t as large a part of my business as I wanted to be. Of course, I’d always poured my art into my websites. But I wanted to make art for use beyond just the digital space. One of the biggest changes in my business model is offering art, surface pattern and licensing services. I envision seeing my art adorned on all sorts of amazing products, some of which I will be offering directly to customers. I think this shift will also open the business up to more great collaborative projects.

 Q: What inspired you to design leggings?

 A: A couple of years ago when I became more aware of how artists could make a living from having their art adorned on all different types of products, and starting to practice yoga myself, I loved the idea of having my artwork and patterns on a range of leggings that could become a part of your everyday wardrobe. When I saw an opportunity that allows designers crowdfund their own fashion collection, which included leggings, I knew this was the perfect opportunity to launch some designs I had been working on. I shared a few hints on social media which had an amazing response, and now this exclusive collection is available for pre-order at Darling Legs!

Q: What’s your biggest creative inspiration?

 A: Travelling is an endless source of inspiration. I love visiting places that were built hundreds or thousands of years ago, learning about their unique cultures and soaking up as much inspiration from their amazing art and architecture as I can. I also love meeting up with other artists and creatives and having art dates.

 For their amazing artwork and businesses I adore Jai Vasicek and Lisa Congdon, in fashion I love the bold colourful patterns of Mara Hoffman and Mister Zimi. Geometric and tribal patterns fill me with absolute joy!

 Q: What is one random talent you have that people may not know?

 A: I have quick reflexes, which is a good thing as it counteracts my clumsiness, if I knock something over I’ll catch it quickly.

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SO, want to get your hands on some killer threads for your legs that you can wear on the street and on your yoga mat? darling legs come in three awesome designs to choose from. get behind jo’s campaign and let’s get these sexy leggings into production! by pre-ordering you are part of creating something new and seeing it advance into production.

the product only gets made if there is enough demand for it!

and you’ll be the first to get your hands on these limited edition designs. if you place a pre-order, you only get charged if the design hits the funding goal. this is a unique opportunity to support an independent label and back a limited edition collection! + you’ll go in the draw to win a custom yoga mat or huge wall print featuring the ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ artwork. you can learn more about it all here.

the darling tree elsewhere: web | instagram | pinterest | blog | facebook

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enter to win: an extra large wall print (28×39”) featuring ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ artwork – valued at $75 USD + shipping
*BONUS! pre-order leggings and be entered win a custom yoga mat with ‘A Place Yet to Explore’ artwork!

deadline: giveaway will end tuesday, november 25th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: comment on this post and complete the statement: ‘I’ll be wearing my gorgeous new leggings…’.

>> like going home to roost and the darling tree on facebook

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and hashtag #darlinglegs

>> share any giveaway image on instagram and tag @goinghometoroost and @thedarlingtree

be sure to leave a new comment for each additional entry so it counts (limit of 4 comments per person)!

good luck! xox, bonnie  


hennel paper co. holiday showcaase

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Hennel Paper Co.

hennel paper co. is a hand illustrated paper goods and design shop, owned and operated by the talented jayme sloan hennel. jayme is a graphic designer, illustrator, hand letterer, and all around creator of pretty things, living in charlotte, nc. each of her products start out as a drawing in her sketchbook before they get transformed into what you see in her shop.

i love the delicate florals and beautiful colors she weaves into the hand lettering of each piece. be sure to visit and look at her festive holiday collection, as well!

hennel paper co. elsewhere: web | etsy | facebook | twitter | instagram 

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