alkaline water

| simple living

our body’s crave an alkaline pH. i first learned this when i read thrive, a book i highly recommend! in a nutshell, keeping your body in an alkaline pH zone is one component of long-term optimal health. disease, viruses and bacteria can thrive in a more acidic environment but struggle to survive in an alkaline environment. adding more alkaline-forming foods with a clean, plant-based diet can help you combat inflammation, reduce stress, and protect bone health.

unfortunately, the typical american diet is acid-forming, consisting usually of animal-based meals and processed, or refined foods. generally, the more processed the food is, the more acid-forming it is. adding alkaline-forming foods is easy though and it can help keep your body at a healthy pH!

here’s a short list of alkaline and acidic foods:

acid forming foods:

processed foods, artificial sweeteners, sodas, all meat, seafood and chicken, dairy, milk, cheese, eggs, coffee, candy, chocolate, sugar, tobacco, wine

alkaline forming foods:

most fruits , most vegetables, almonds, chestnuts, ginger, honey, kelp, tofu, nutritional yeast, brown rice, olive oil

see a more complete list here.

alkaline water for tea and coffee

water generally has a pH of 7.0 (which is neutral), but essentia water has an alkaline pH of 9.5! since coffee and some kinds of tea are just about the only thing i consume on the acidic side, i’ve started to make both of them using alkaline water. i love it! it really seems to make them both taste a little brighter, and my coffee less bitter. reducing the acidity of coffee will also make it easier on your stomach!

so in a nutshell, consuming an alkaline high-pH water helps neutralize the body’s ongoing acidic contaminants. keeping your body on the alkaline side of things will help you maintain bone health and bone mineral density, fight inflammation, reduce uncomplimentary stress, improve your sleep, combat fatigue, support cellular regeneration and improve your overall body composition.  you can read more on all that here!

so, it’s a no brainer right?! eat less acidic foods and more alkaline foods. drink alkaline water to help optimize your body’s pH and offset the acidity that you do consume.

this post was kindly sponsored by essentia water. however, all views and ideas here are my own.

winged at quilt market

| bonnie christine design

hello love birds! i’m back from spring quilt market and just wanted to pop in with a little recap. i fell in love with pittsburgh and had a fabulous show!

winged by bonnie christine (2)

above is my booth for winged, my new fabric collection with art gallery fabrics (available july 2014). i envisioned a dreamy little camping site so it’s outfitted with a butterfly ‘tent’, luscious sleeping bag (pattern coming soon!), a slouchy backpack, a roll and go, a few hexagon situpons and a sweet little campfire.

winged by bonnie christine (3)

the butterfly quilt is called alation: the state of being winged and will be the free quilt pattern released when the line begins to ship this july. stay tuned, it’s such a fun quilt to make!

winged by bonnie christine (1)

i’ll be sharing more about the show with you soon. i met some wonderful people and will have some very exciting news to share with you in the months to come (!!!). for now, i’m heading off to unpack and unwind. i’ll be back to our regular blogging schedule tomorrow! love, bonnie

meet me at quilt market!

| bonnie christine design

winged | bonnie christine | quilt market 2014

hello lovelies! i’m putting all the finishing touches today on several projects before heading up to pittsburgh tomorrow for international quilt market! i’ll be debuting my brand new fabric collection, winged, for art gallery fabrics. i have several gorgeous projects to show off + a free 5×7 print for anyone who stops by my booth. look out for a beautiful camping site with a glorious butterfly quilt tent, billowy sleeping bag, lace camp fire and more! you can find me (and bear!) at the art gallery fabrics booth, #2135.

i’ll aslo be presenting winged during a schoolhouse presentation on thursday, may 15th in room 327 at 2:55pm and announcing my brand new thread collection with aurifil in room 305 at 1:20pm (more on that soon!!!).

i hope to see you there!

winged | bonnie christine | quilt market 2014


master series: tara gentile

| roost tribe

the master series: tara gentile

this friday, the roost tribe will be welcoming THE tara gentile to the master series as she joins us to discuss “the power of positioning“. tara and i go way back (almost 6 years!) and though i’m not sure if she knows it, she was one of the primary people who helped me get my creative biz off the ground. over the years, her business insight has knocked my socks off. she’s total rock star and marketing GENIUS and i’m honored to have her contribute to the roost tribe this week.

tara is the creator of kick start labs, a microbusiness community and resource library where over 200 members support each other in navigating the new economy. she’s also the founder of CoCommercial in astoria, oregon–a coworking and education space for independent works and thinkers. her work has been featured in fast company, forbes, dailyworth, design*sponge, creativeLIVE, sxsw, etsy, and the new york times bestselling book, $100 startup by chris guillebeau. just to name a few!

LIVE THE FUTURE/the show tara’s latest endeavor is one you won’t want to miss. LIVE THE FUTURE/the show is an an 8-part audio miniseries, aimed at understanding how we’ll live in the future and how that future is now. it aims to bring leads across all aspects of life together to discuss what’s already changed, what’s shifting now, and what we can expect in the future. the goal is to bring you new ideas, inspire you to make fresh changes, and open your eyes to emerging possibilities.

tara will be interviewing over 20 thought leaders and pioneers on our rapidly changing culture and what we can expect in the years to come. you can see the full guest line up and sign up to receive every episode (for free!) here.

tara elsewhere: web | twitter | instagram | facebook

so come join the roost tribe and get your learn on! don’t forget, tara’s article on “the power of positioning” will go out this friday, may 16th.

join the roost tribe! >>

what is the roost tribe? the roost tribe is a membership that welcomes you to a family of creatives for just $5 a month. by joining, you’ll become a part of an incredibly inspirational community. members receive a welcome packet with several informational e-books covering blog growth, pitching your products, writing product descriptions, going home to roost’s creative story and a list of top industry resources. additionally, each month members receive printables, patterns, illustrations & clipart, a plant based recipe, adobe illustrator tutorial, iphone & desktop background, special guest articles on creative topics and more all delivered right to their inbox!

sisters of nature clutch giveaway

| giveaway

happy monday, folks! i’m delighted to hand over the blog today to kim parker, creative behind the sisters of nature mobile boutique. wtih a few pieces of my fabric, sweet as honey, and kim’s expert handbag making skills, we’ve joined forces to bring you one great giveaway! without further ado, here’s kim!

sisters of nature handbag giveaway

I’m Kimberly Parker, handbag designer, DIYer, and owner of Sisters of Nature mobile boutique. I have been making handbags for over 15 years. I know that’s hard to believe since I’m not quite 30 yet, but it’s always been in my blood. I remember being a teenager and riding my bike to local boutiques to pitch my handbag collections. Sometimes it worked and they would sell my line of bags and sometimes they would just laugh at me because I didn’t know the difference between wholesale and retail and didn’t have a clue.

Sewing and making handbags seems to be the one passion that has stuck around over the years. My mother first taught me how to sew when I was…well before I can even remember. People lovingly called her “the bag lady” because she was always making little totes, filling them with homemade sourdough bread, and taking them to people who needed a little cheering up. I have fond memories of her sitting behind me and coaxing me along as we’d have to stop every few minutes for her to detangle the mess I had made of the bobbin. Really it was her belief in me and her constantly saying, “Kimberly, you NEED to start a business,” that led me to actually doing it.

Today, I create and sell my handbag line along-side many other talented makers and indie designers in my mobile boutique in Nashville. Each of the bags I create are all unique and have their own personality. I sometimes like to imagine the woman who will use it and all the fun places she’ll go with it. I can’t wait to see where our mobile boutique goes next and I hope you’ll stay in touch so you can see where we go too. Thanks for letting me hijack Going Home to Roost for a few moments. I hope you are having fun with Bonnie’s lovely fabric collection too. Now go out and be creative!


enter to win: one handmade clutch. made with sweet as honey by sisters of nature (winner chooses one of the bags pictured above).

deadline: giveaway will end sunday, may 18th 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 letting us know which clutch you would choose: 1) bed of daisies – yellow 2) cherished deer – red 3) orchard blossom spring – blue

additional ways to enter:

>> like going home to roost and sisters of nature on facebook.

>> share giveaway on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @sistersofnature

>> share either giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #sistersofnature

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

good luck! xox, bonnie


my mom

| lifestyle

maxine ramey

my mom (3)

my mom (2)

i can barely begin to start typing words. my mom is amazing. she’s so amazing it’s hard to put her into words. her name is maxine.

as a women. she’s selfless, beautiful and kind. she’s a lady. she carries herself with confidence and speaks with wisdom. she’s modest and stunningly beautiful. she’s not just a mom, but a sharp business women, a good friend, a loving wife and an incredibly talented artisan.

as an artist. the mediums of art beg to be in her hands. she can master the art of just about anything she touches. cameras, clay, cloth, beads, paint. she’s a potter, a photographer, a seamstress, a quilter, a painter, a jewelry maker, a doll maker. and she does it all superbly.

as a mom. she’s supportive, nurturing and encouraging. she’s my biggest advocate and inspires most anything that i do. she’s faithful through and through. she’s thoughtful and intentional with her words and her actions. she’s an excellent teacher and a great mentor. she’s a good listener and always gives sound advice.

as a grandmother. she’s kind and gentle, funny and caring. i think she loves bear just as much as she loves me. she delights in him in every way and loves to see him learn and grow. she’s careful and protective and makes me know he’s safe in her care.

thank you, mom for having a flower garden just because i loved the blooms. for baking cakes on every special occasion. for teaching us how to cook and craft. for letting us play in the dirt and the sand and in the woods. for supporting my education, my dreams and my impossible goals. for telling me to stop plucking my eyebrows so thin and to eat something in the morning to keep my breath fresh. for rubbing my forehead when i have a headache and for rubbing my back when i’m tired. for teaching me about the Lord and reading the Bible to me every night. for showing me how to live instead of telling me.

photos by emily goodin, myself and callie lynch

dinner ideas 5.9.14

| dinner ideas

plant based dinner ideas if you follow me over on instagram, you know that we’ve been spending the week at the beach! after having a few days of not feeling well and being slammed with work, it’s been a much needed break. of course, when i get back this weekend i’ll hit the ground running, as next weekend is international quilt market! (more on that, soon.)

when we travel, we always try to cook our meals. it’s healthier and saves money, but we also love to socialize over cooking a good meal together. we packed several basics (spices, chopping knife, cooking oil) but went straight to the nearest health food store when we got in to town. exploring new markets is part of the fun, as well! here’s what we’ve made:

monday: spaghetti & no meatballs
tuesday: yam & carrot coconut milk soup
wednesday:  roasted potato and asparagus lentil salad
thursday: butternut squash burritos
friday: summer vegetable curry

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!

point and shoot 5.8.14

| point and shoot

a little bit of life lately. :)

bonnie christine + going home to roost (1)

snippets of winged.

bonnie christine + going home to roost (2)


bonnie christine + going home to roost (3)

spring fever.

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in the works.

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bear and the little blue wagon.

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the ocean. <3

love, bonnie

do you have a favorite photo from your life this week? post a link to it in the comment section so we can see!

this post was made possible by the lovely iphone app, instagram. you can follow me here or find me by searching for @goinghometoroost. all photos by yours truly. :)