35 photos from 2013

January 23, 2014

Posted by in point and shoot

instead of sharing a regular point and shoot with you today, i wanted to post a big recap of some of my most favorite photos from 2013. they say a photo is worth 1000 words and in this case, it’s definitely true. these were the absolute best memories of the entire year. here’s to a wonderful 2014, as well! (so i guess i’ll be quite now?)

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neon in the new year

January 22, 2014

Posted by in handmade

NEON in the new year!

i have to admit that i resisted the comeback of neons for a long time, but i’ve finally fallen (back) in love with these bold and beautiful colors. i love to splash just a few of them around the house to add an unexpected treat for the eye. whether you add it on pillows, planters or pictures, everyone should have a little neon in their lives! head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to see more and grab the sources!

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sweet as honey is here!

January 21, 2014

sweet as honey fabric collection by bonnie christine (4)

hello, hello! this tuesday is extra sweet because i get to share with you some very happy news! my new fabric collection, sweet as honey for art gallery fabrics has arrived and is available online & in stores NOW! eee!

sweet as honey fabric collection by bonnie christine (1)

i’ll be posting more about this collection, my inspiration for the designs and several patterns for it soon, but for now i just wanted to share with you my delight in it’s availability. you can check your local quilt shop or specialty fabric shop for it, or buy it online from a stitch in time (my mom’s quilt shop- free shipping!), hawthorne threads or the fat quarter shop (just to name a few).

sweet as honey fabric collection by bonnie christine (3)

the first colorway (above) is called spring harvest. it’s bright and cheery, and reminiscent of freshly picked flowers. the second colorway (below), is called autumn harvest which is both bold and sophisticated. both are just as sweet as honey!

sweet as honey fabric collection by bonnie christine (2)

i can’t wait to share with you all the pretty sewing patterns, quilt designs and inspirations for this collection. stay tuned!

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14 goals for 2014

January 21, 2014

Posted by in lifestyle

14 goals for 2014

today i want to talk about goals. i’m actually not a huge fan of ‘new year’s resolutions’, but there is something about the start of a new year that makes me reflect and inspires me to plan. it’s like having a new start, and placing a timeline on goals and dreams that i have can really be motivating.

i believe there’s something special about proclaiming your goals. putting them on paper and saying them out loud suddenly makes me feel more accountable to them. so above is my own list of goals for 2014 (you can see last year’s here). in case they’re hard to read, i’ll list them below as well. here’s to accomplishing LOTS in the new year!

focus on design | submit my work portfolio more frequently | read through the bible | start writing a book with my mom | redesign going home to roost | finish decorating my home room by room | garden | learn to sew garments | teach a skillshare class | do a little yoga every day | be the best mom/wife i can be | run a little. hike a little | stargaze | learn photoshop

if you feel comfortable sharing some of your own goals, we would love to here them! proclaim your goals publicly and watch them get accomplished- we can all help hold each other accountable! i’ll meet you in the comments area.

p.s. this goal worksheet is a little printable i made for the roost tribe. come join the fun!

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2014 stargazing printable

January 17, 2014

Posted by in free downloads

2014 stargazing

just like last year, i wanted to share a little stargazing printable with you. stargazing is one of my most favorite things to do. it’s so romantic and peaceful, don’t you think? watching the universe in this way always makes me feel in awe of God’s greatness and power and i feel so fortunate to be able to sit back and admire it.

to download the stargazing printable: click on the image above to open the pdf. download, print and enjoy!

january 5 - jupiter at opposition. the giant planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. this is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.

march 20 – occultation of regulus. an extremely rare event will take place on the morning of thursday, march 20. an asteroid known as 163 erigone will pass in front of the bright star regulus in the constellation of leo, causing the star to disappear.

april 8 – mars at opposition. the red planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. this is the best time to view and photograph mars.

april 15 – total lunar eclipse. a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the earth’s dark shadow, or umbra.

april 22-23 – lyrids meteor shower. the lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by dust particles left behind by comet c/1861 g1 thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

may 5-6 – eta aaquarids meteor shower. an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. most of the activity is seen in the southern hemisphere. it is produced by dust particles left behind by comet halley, which has known and observed since ancient times.

may 10 – saturn at opposition. the ringed planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. this is the best time to view and photograph saturn and its moons.

may 24 – possible meteor storm. in the early morning hours of saturday, may 24, the earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet known as p/209 linear. astronomers are predicting that this interaction may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity that could range from dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour. nothing is certain, but many mathematical models are predicting that this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.

june 7 – conjunction of the moon and mars. the moon will pass within two degrees of the the planet mars in the evening sky. the gibbous moon will be at magnitude -12.2 and mars will be at magnitude -0.8. look for both objects in the western sky just after sunset.

july 28-29 – delta aquarids meteor shower. an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by debris left behind by comets marsden and kracht.

august 12-13 -  perseids meteor shower. one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by comet swift-tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. the Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors.

august 18 – conjunction of venus and jupiter. conjunctions are rare events where two or more objects will appear extremely close together in the night sky. the two bright planets will come unusually close to each other, only a quarter of a degree, in the early morning sky.

october 8 – total lunar eclipse. a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. during this type of eclipse, the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

october 8-9 – draconids meteor shower. a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. it is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P giacobini-zinner, which was first discovered in 1900.

october 22, 23 – orionids meteor shower. an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by dust grains left behind by comet halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times.

october 23 – partial solar eclipse. a partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers only a part of the sun, sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie.

december 13-14 – geminids meteor shower. the king of the meteor showers. it is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.

resources: they sky & tom paulus

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plant based dinner ideas happy friday, lovelies! most of our meals this week were perfect for winter weather. full of warm spices and hearty ingredients. our favorite by far was the big yoga bowl. it’s so simple, though i had never thought about layering ingredients this way. i added kale and roasted red peppers, and it was fresh, filling and fun to eat. i’m already planning for another version, where i think i’ll add some roasted beets and turnips to the mix.

monday: southwestern breakfast hash (for dinner!)
tuesday: pumpkin curry with chickpeas
wednesday:  homemade falafel with leftover curry
thursday: the big vegan bowl
friday: yummy yoga pot

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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bear’s birth story

January 15, 2014

Posted by in simple living

6 weeks | 9 months | 4 months

4 weeks | 9 months | 4 months

i’ve been wanting to share bear’s birth story for a while now, and thought i better do it now before i forget any of these sweet memories. he turned 4 months last week and i can honestly say these have been the best months of my life. it’s hard to imagine life before him. he brings so much joy into our lives, and with it, a sense of completion (even though i know there will be more babies to come!). a year can make so much difference, can’t it? the picture above on the far left was right after i found out i was pregnant. the 2nd one was taken the day before i had him and the third was taken yesterday (4 months old).

i won’t go through my entire pregnancy, but if you’re interested  you can read about it in detail here. in a nutshell, it was wonderful. i remained vegan with no problem, walked routinely and managed to gain a whopping 40 pounds. the only hiccup in the entire 9 months was that he was breech and wasn’t interested in flipping.

bear's birth story

first, i want to say that everyone’s birth story is different and very personal. this is ours and though i feel a little venerable sharing it, i want to share my life with you and let other mothers-to-be know more about what to expect and the options they have. each decision we made was well researched and decided upon with care. i know pregnancy, birth and babies come with a lot of opinions but i ask that we all be respectful of each others life decisions here. :)

i’ll begin the story around 34 weeks. i had my routine check up when my doctor felt that bear might be breech. after an ultrasound to check, it was confirmed he was right side up (or wrong side up?). i knew i had a few weeks to try to get him to turn, so i made an appointment for moxibustion acupuncture, started doing lots of stretches and several inversions every day. we looked into having a external cephalic version (ecv) done, but due to the  risks involved and bear’s particular positioning we decided not to try. long story short, after weeks of exercises and moxibustion, he was still breech, so we scheduled a c-section for one week before my due date, september 3rd.

i quickly mourned the ability to have a ‘normal’ birth. i would have liked to have let my body experience labor and tried to have him naturally. though i’m not sure if i could have made it without an epidural, we’ll never know. i decided that i was happy to have a healthy baby and would just be welcoming him in to this world through a different experience.

my main concern was having the most ‘natural’ c-section possible. as long as he was healthy, i wanted to try nursing immediately and focus on skin to skin contact as much as possible. thankfully, my doctor was all for it and recommended we have a family centered cesarean (read more about them here, here and here).

september 2nd was an interesting day. we new by 9:30 am the next day we would have a baby, though monday felt like an ordinary day. david and i spent all day together, getting ready and spending extra moments snuggling. we ate a healthy dinner and went to bed early, though i’m pretty sure neither of us got much sleep. we woke up at 5:30 on tuesday to get ready and head out the door for the hospital. we were a little quiet, and i was a little nervous. all of it gave me a pretty weird feeling. i’m going to have surgery while awake today. i’m going to have a baby today. repeat over and over and over again.

the hospital was wonderful and very accommodating. i just so happened to be surrounded by female doctors and nurses the entire time and they were all so sweet and nurturing. after checking in, they took us to a back room where they hooked up a few monitors to watch bear’s heart rate and gave me an iv (3rd try was a charm!). they allowed both of our families to come back where they hugged us and kissed us and prayed for us. shortly after, they took me to the cesarean room while they had david dress in scrubs. the anesthesiologist gave me an epidural while the sweetest nurse held my hands. it wasn’t bad (in fact, i think the iv was worse!) and the numbing immediately began to take effect.

they asked me what my favorite pandora station was and put it on to play for us. i chose ray lamontagne because it’s so soothing. david came in, sat beside me and began stroking my hair.

i’ll stop here for a moment to tell you more about the family centered cesarean. it opened up several options for us to discuss and choose from, all of which i believe made our experience much better. in short, it means everything is a bit more relaxed. they allowed me to keep my arms free (sometimes they strap them down for the procedure) and keep my contacts in (i hate my glasses). and most importantly, if bear and i were both healthy they would put him directly on my chest for skin to skin contact and allow him to try and nurse.

back to the story. after they checked me for numbness, they began the procedure. david was wonderful the entire time and just kept looking at me and whispering sweet things. i felt no pain at all, though i did feel a lot of tugging and pushing which i hadn’t really prepared for. it was fine, but very weird feeling. it only took about 5 minutes before i heard ‘i see boy parts!’. i felt a huge weight lifted off of my abdomen. they quickly wiped him off (to keep him warm) and placed him on my chest within about 45 seconds. he was beautiful.

he first gazed into david’s eyes for several seconds and then mine for several more. he was quiet and very observational. though it took 30 more minutes for them to finalize the surgery (aka stitch me up), i wasn’t aware of it. i was so deeply consumed with meeting my son that i didn’t care about anything else. after about 5 minutes on my chest, bear began to root around. ‘he wants to nurse’ i exclaimed! so i positioned him lower and he immediately latched and nursed for about 20 minutes. i couldn’t believe it! i had been so nervous about the whole breastfeeding thing.

after they had finished my surgery, they quickly took bear across the room to weigh him, stamp his feet and give him the standard vitamin k shot. we decided to opt out of the eye drops (since i don’t have chlamydia and he wasn’t going through the birth canal anyways) as well as opt out of the hepatitis b vaccine. in most cases, they only give hep b at birth to help at-risk families get protection early, though there’s a very low risk of having any issue with heb b until much later in life (if ever). since the major side effects for the hep b vaccine is poor nursing and crying, we decided to wait so we could get off to the best start possible.

all of that only took about 2 minutes, when the put him back on my chest and wheeled us to recovery. we spent a few hours in recovery where he nursed again and napped a while. we were up in our room and seeing family by 2:00 that day.

in a nutshell, everything after that was downhill. we spent four days in the hospital where david learned how to swaddle bear and change his diaper (in fact, he had to teach me how when we got home!). the recovery went well, and though i wasn’t eager to jump up from the bed for awhile i was able to walk up and down the steps by the time we got home. 6 weeks later and i was ready to start jogging again. the weeks to follow were wonderful. though i had to get through about 2 weeks of extremely sore nipples (tmi?), i’m  happy to say that breastfeeding has gone exceptionally well and i’m so happy we stuck with it.

bear has been the biggest blessing to our lives thus far. i’m so happy to be mama bear!

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gifted

January 15, 2014

Posted by in christmas

favorites from santa

hello, loves! as i’ve been reflecting on christmas and how much fun we had with our families, i keep thinking about how blessed we are with love so much for each other, health and lots of happiness. i’ll be the first to admit that both of our families are way too generous when it comes to gift giving. we all truly believe that it is more blessed to give then to receive- but that just means we all still end up with lots of gifts to open- haha. so, i thought i’d share a few of the things that i’ve been enjoying since christmas!

1. baxton studio rocker. i’ve needed a rocking chair for months now and this one is just perfect. it’s small (perfect for our house), super comfy and most importantly enjoyed by bear!

2. arch ring from another feather. this might be my most favorite gift from david. it’s so beautiful, light and smooth that i never take it off!

3. knit tassel throw (in yellow). a warm and cozy blanket perfect for these chilly evenings.

4. iphone 5s. i know, i know. my dad splurged big time on this. but i needed a new one badly and will cherish this one for a long time.

5. dream traveler. a beautiful carry on bag from amy butler’s collection with kalencom. made from organic canvas cotton, it is indeed dreamy!

6. full story. my favorite mascara.

7. striped leggings. comfy enough for around the house, cute enough to run to town.

8. bkr in chip. my new favorite water bottle!

9. wall bin. hung by my desk for odds and ends.

10. hand blender. how i ever lived without one, i’m not sure. (it makes pureeing smoothies and soups a cinch!)

what was your favorite gift this year?

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