shine bright.

February 24, 2014

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shine bright

what do i do when i need a little more sunshine in my life? i create it! add some cheer and encourage those around you to shine bright with these bold and beautiful home accessories. head on over to my latest houzz ideabook to see more and grab the sources!

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practicing presence

February 21, 2014

Posted by in simple living

when katie den ouden reached out to me about joining 24 other women in coming together to support, celebrate and promote each other in sharing our journeys to truly feeding our souls, freeing their bodies, and loving our lives as part of the skinny dip society blog tour, i couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough! so today, i’m so happy to join in these other women (see the full line up here) in sharing about womanhood.

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for my part in sds blog tour, i’ve decided to answer the question:

how do you stay present in your life? why?

i’m going to start with the why.

for me, there has to be a big why. it’s much easier to go through life not being present. i find it all to easy to wish away my days by always thinking about the future and doing day to day tasks constantly distracted by other things. it feels natural and easy. being present takes effort.

my history with presence is a little all over the place. in the past, i’ve had several seasons of practicing consistent presence, followed by periods of distraction and ‘absence’.

presence: the period of time now occurring.

absence: the state of being away {in thought} from a place or person.

so why is it important now more than ever? three reasons.

1) for my marriage. for the sake of our love, our romance and our time spent together. being present when i’m with david helps nurture our love for each other, keeps our time sacred and our conversations rich.

2) for my baby, bear. i want to soak up every moment i have with him. i don’t want to wish a way a single moment. everything else (technology, sleep, cleaning house) is all so unimportant in light of him.

3) my work as a creative. now more than ever, time is of the essence. i no longer have the time (or the desire) to waist time while i’m trying to work. when it’s time to work, i (try to) work efficiently and productively.

next i want to share with you the how. it’s a constant struggle to be mindful about my time and my thoughts, but i will always keep trying, and hopefully succeeding at least on occasion.

1) keep technology at bay. technology is usually the culprit to my distraction. twitter, facebook, email, instagram, pinterest, texting or even just mindlessly scrolling through photos and apps on my phone. i like to have designated moments of totally immersing myself in mindless technology, but then put it away when there are more important things to focus on (why is this so hard!?). i keep my phone in my purse or car when david and i eat out or grab coffee together. i always put it down while we talk and i try never to mess with it while i’m with bear. emails, texts and social media can wait!

2) related to the above, i decided to not work at the computer while bear is awake. it’s not fun for either of us, so i get my online duties done while he’s asleep. this allows me to be extra present during his awake time, and he doesn’t always see his momma staring at a screen. i use awake time to play with him of course, but i also wear him around the house while i clean, prep for dinner and work on projects. it makes him happy and gives him a constant learning experience. because i’m usually wearing him, i have constant eye to eye contact with him and we connect deeply, even though my hands may be folding laundry. this is an example of where i’m being present with bear by being un-present with the laundry (and multi-tasking). who says being present means you can’t multi-task? (and who cares about being present with their laundry?).

3) never wish a way even a moment. early on after i had bear, i found myself saying, “i can’t wait until he _____!”. i quickly stopped. though i am looking forward to all of his milestones, i love each and every moment of him in the NOW. i don’t want to wish away the years by always thinking about what is to come. bear is crinkling his nose and blowing bubbles TODAY, so i delight in that. i will delight in him walking and talking when the time comes.

in a nutshell, those are the things i try to do to stay present in my day to day life. practicing presence allows me to connect more deeply to the ones i love around me and makes each moment more meaningful.

on a related note, i feel that being present also allows me to better feel the presence of the Lord in my day to day life. i have to get out of my own way in order to better be aware of His presence in my life. having a clear mind, i can focus on staying connected to God and feel in at work in every moment of ever day. my favorite way to practice presence with the Lord is to keep in constant communication with him. rather than have set ‘prayer’ times, i try to have an ongoing conversation with him in my mind each day. it draws us closely together and makes me like i’m never alone.

now it’s your turn.

how do you stay present in your life? why?

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if you enjoy reading up on the sds blog tour, be sure to also sign up for katie’s (free) 21-day freedom challenge starting.
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be sure to read caroline’s post from yesterday!

Caroline: www.musingsinmontage.com
Facebook: musings in montage
Twitter: @care_oh_line

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and to bring it full circle, head back to the first post, by natalie borton.

Natalie: www.thoughtsbynatalie.com
Facebook: Thoughts By Natalie
Instagram: @natalieborton
Twitter: @natalieborton

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point and shoot 1.20.14

February 20, 2014

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snow!

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and snow cream!

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my favorite chili (a roost tribe recipe)

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the honey pot quilt + hexagon kits.

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that’s better!

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bear baby. <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. :)

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sweet as honey tour update

February 19, 2014

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hey everyone! i just wanted to pop in and give you a little update. as you know, we’re out on the sweet as honey southeast tour this week and are having so much fun! we’ve met the most lovely people and are having so much fun seeing all the beautiful shops around the southeast. in fact, i think the tour is really just a good excuse to make new friends and drool over everyone’s pretty projects!

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the little general’s shop owner gina and her adorable son, brooks above on the left!

so far we’ve been to the little general, papanana and quilted thimble cottage. each shop has been so beautiful and we’ve been greeted with such kindness and the most lovely group of ladies. tonight we’ll be speaking at the modern quilt guild in asheville, nc before we head to kingsport, tn, franklin, nc and rome, ga the rest of the week. click here for full details on our location and times!

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quilted thimble cottage owner jenn and her cutie son, caleb above on the left!

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each time we visit a shop, we present oodles of pretty projects made with sweet as honey, demo several techniques, chit chat about the ins and outs of fabric design and how i got started, and do a few giveaways at the end. we have tons of fun and would love to see you if you can make it to one of the locations!

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turn your hobby into a business course

next monday, i’m thrilled to be joining four other business experts in teaching turn you hobby into a business. in this four day class, you’ll learn how to turn your hobby into a bisuness as we share with you the paths we’ve taken in building the businesses that we love. learn how to create a business that sets you apart from competitors, attracts your ideal customers and empowers you to grow the business of your dreams. create a brand that inspires you and expresses the best of yourself and what you do.

in my part of the course, i’ll be sharing the 5 most important steps i’ve taken to building my blog, brand and business. i can’t wait to chat with you all about it!

the course will run february 24-27 from 1:00-2:00pm est. (it will also be recorded for on-demand access as well.)

the course is $150. *special discount for going home to roost readers! enroll by february 18th and join the class for just $99. use code ‘LAUNCHIT’ during checkout.

Enroll here!

schedule:

SESSION ONE: FINDING AN IDEA AND CREATING YOUR PLAN
arianne segerman is a freelance editor and the founder of award-winning blog, mabel + riv. learn with arianne how starting your own business doesn’t have to mean spending thousands of dollars on setup costs before you even open your doors.

what you will learn:

identify your strengths and weaknesses and learn how to use that information to monetize your existing skills. how to vet ideas and know if your business will work before you launch create a business plan from scratch. we will show you how to set achievable goals for your business that lead to steady growth.

SESSION TWO: BUILD A PRODUCT FROM THE GROUND UP
maggie whitley took her sewing hobby and built a nationally recognized online shop. maggie will discuss the process of going from idea to product, and share all of the lessons she learned along the way. you can start small with just one thing. it can be a product or a service. it can be something that saves time or creates fun. think of your one thing. this session will show you how to turn a great idea into a new product.

what you will learn:

how to price your products effectively. the secret to knowing when to expand your offerings. create multiple revenue streams in a way that minimizes risks and maximizes your income.

SESSION THREE: POSITIONING YOUR BRAND FOR SUCCESS
abby kerr is the founder of the voice bureau, a boutique branding agency serving micro-businesses with an online presence. she works hand-in-hand with online businesses to develop a voice that stands out from the rest.

you can make sales just learning how to switch from the language of a hobbyist to the language of an entrepreneur. an entrepreneur isn’t something with a lot of money and a huge business. it’s someone who has an idea for what people might want to buy. this session will help you talk about yourself in a way that allows you to see yourself how you want to be. then others will see you that way, too.

what you will learn:

learn how to look outside of yourself to develop a unique selling proposition. position your brand in a way that aligns with your values and attracts the perfect clients. create a brand voice that allows you to stand out from your competitors and show the value you bring.

SESSION FOUR: MARKETING FOR CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURS
with bonnie forkner (that’s me!) & cassie boorn

it costs nothing to start a business online. and it costs nothing to build a community of people who are interested in what you are doing. learn effective marketing by being true to yourself. that’s the way the best businesses grow.

cassie spent her career building national marketing campaigns for fortune 500 companies, while building her personal brand from scratch. she launched her blog in 2009, which has been featured across national media outlets including the new york times.

what you will learn:

how to create a marketing plan from scratch. the secret behind landing press coverage for your business. learn the path to getting your business in front of the customers that matter.

SESSION FIVE: PRODUCTIVITY AND BALANCE AS YOUR BUSINESS STARTS -AND GROWS
over the last year kyla roma has put balance, ease, health, connection and fun at the center of her life, and wrapped her work around them. the result has been energizing, transformative, and exciting. she’s working less, earning more, making new friends, and enjoying the kind of life she used to think wasn’t possible.

what you will learn:

how to build a business around the life you want to live. tools for seamlessly integrating productivity into your daily routine. a plan for managing the growth of your business without losing your mind.

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sweet as honey southeast tour - see you there!

as you might have heard over on facebook and instagram, sweet as honey is hitting the road! i’m so excited to debut my new fabric line and meet and greet with you all at your local quilt and fabric shops. we’ll be showcasing a large trunk show full of beautiful projects, present a couple of demos and chit chat about the ins and outs of designing fabric before we close the day a sweet giveaway. it’s going to be so much fun!

you’ll see our schedule on the flyer above. can’t wait to see you there!

p.s. new to sweet as honey? jump in the sweet as honey lookbook to get inspired!

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plant based dinner ideas

happy valentine’s day my little sweet potatoes! i’ve been beyond excited to discover the first mess this week. i’ve been drooling all over my keyboard as i scroll through laura’s vegan archives, and have even been able to try my hand at a few of her recipes this week. i’m happy to say that i have a few new favorites myself and can’t wait to start cooking my way through her blog!

monday: chana masala
tuesday: veg chicky parm (made vegan by using substitutes)
wednesday: favorite tofu – topped everything this week with it!
thursday: red pepper rapini with white beans and grits (made vegan by omitting cheese & egg, topping it with above tofu)
friday: favorite lentil soup

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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printable tea tags

February 12, 2014

printable tea tags

hey, all my little sweet potatoes! today i’m sharing a set of printable tea tags i made for world label – just in time for valentine’s day (or any love filled day)! you can find david and i sipping tea together on most any given day, so i’m excited to surprise him with a few of these myself. they are simple to print, cut out and attach (see below). with several tags that would work for a sweetheart, friend or family member – i hope you’ll enjoy using them!

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instructions for the tea tags: head on over to world label to download the tea tags. print on full page white sticker paper and cut out along the faint grey lines. remove the backing and place the string from a tea bag in the middle of one side. fold in half. optional: for a professional look- use a hole punch to cut out notches at each top end, or scissors to bevel each corner.

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