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

darling legs


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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petit pippin by ez pudewa

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petit pippin by ez pudewa

i’ve been so excited for ez pudewa to open her latest creative endeavor, petit pippin. though i will miss her daily musings over at creature comforts, i’m so happy to see her beautiful new business take off! petit pippin is where ez and her lovely daughter, kaia, make handcrafted softies and art prints. though they’re currently sold out (yay, ez!), they’ll have everything restocked shortly. be sure to follow them on instragram for announcements!

new website inspiration

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new website inspiration

1 – wild and free print // 2 – unknown, please share if you know the source! // 3 – mara zepeda // 4 – winter landscape mug // 5 –  invitation by feast // 6 – momentary escape hand cream // 7 – simplexity // 8 – powder coated desk clips

if you’ve been reading lately, you know that going home to roost is getting a new design! jo klima from the darling tree (stay tuned, her new website is launching TODAY!) is working her magic again for us. since she designed this very blog for 6 years ago, i knew i wanted her to do it again!

i’ve seen the first glimpses of the site and they are jaw-droppingly gorgeous (i shared a tiny sneak peek over on instagram today!). i just want to curl up and live there forever. which is good, since this is pretty much my second home, anyways! above are a few of the things we used as inspiration for the design (all linked above).

i’m possibly most excited about a brand new page we’ll be launching for the roost tribe, as well! it’s about time this special membership has a special home. :) we plan to launch the new design on monday, january 5th. i can hardly wait!!

a vegan festive menu

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hi everyone! as promised, i’m sharing with you my favorite vegan menu for the holidays! this is the menu i used for our feast in the forest, and also what i plan to make for our family’s thanksgiving later this month. who knows, maybe i’ll make it again come christmas! 

interested in more? i’ve talked about why you might go turkeyless for thanksgiving here and shared lots of plant based thanksgiving recipes here and here.

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this meal is so delicious and encompasses the feelings and flavors of fall perfectly. though it may seem light, i can assure you’ll be stuffed! especially with the apple sage ‘sausage’ stuffing. it rounds out the meal and makes it hearty and full of flavor.

it’s flavorful, filling and festive.

as you can see, it’s easy to make for any amount of people – from 4 to 24! the soup and pies can be made several days in advance (even frozen) and the green bean bundles can be made 1-2 days in advance. i suggest putting the stuffing and kale salad together day-of, but you can prepare all the individual ingredients ahead of time for that, as well.

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winter pumpkin soup

– 1 medium pumpkin
– 1 tbs coconut or olive oil
– 1 butternut squash
– 1 onion
– 3 cloves of garlic
– 1-1/2 cups apple juice
– 1 can coconut milk (full fat!)
– veggie stalk*
– 2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp each of cinnamon, cloves, cumin & ginger

step 1: preheat oven to 425°F. wash the pumpkin + squash thoroughly and place in the oven on a pan (using a piece of parchment paper will make clean up easier!).

step 2: roast the pumpkin until it’s easily pierced with a knife, about 45 minutes (the skin will begin to brown).

step 3: remove from oven and let cool long enough so you can easily handle it. remove the stem (it will just pop right off!) and begin to peel back the skin- it will easily slide right off.

step 4: cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds.

step 5: heat oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. add onions and saute until translucent ~ 5-7 minutes. add pumpkin, squash, spices, juice and coconut milk. *if needed, add just enough vegetable stock in order to nearly cover the pumpkin.

step 6: let simmer on medium heat for 20 minutes. puree either using a handheld blender or by transferring the mixture to a blender and back in batches.

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the best kale salad

lemon juice, cranberries and pecan ‘parmesan’ make this kale salad truly the best. seriously! i made it exactly according to angela’s recipe over at oh she glows.

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homemade rustic bread. it’s even easier if you own a bread machine!

>> to make the rosemary dipping sauce:

melt 2 tbs of earth balance butter over medium heat in a small stock pot. add 1 tsp of minced garlic and 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary. serve alongside bread.

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green bean bundles - making individual servings of green beans is easy and beautiful, and fun for guests!

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apple sage ‘sausage’ stuffing.

this is my all time favorite recipe for stuffing. it’s hearty and delicious! i made this recipe for the roost tribe over a year ago, and am happy to share it all with you now. click the link above to download the pdf!

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sweet potato pie – i used this recipe and replaced the eggs with ‘egg replacer’. i also added this delicious pecan topping. it was the first pie gone!

apple pie – i used this recipe for the filling, but added my own crust and lattice top using this wholly wholesome organic pie dough (available from whole foods) and this lattice top tutorial.

a feast in the forest

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this past weekend we hosted a friendsgiving at our home called the feast in the forest (did you know we lived in the forest?). i’ve been dreaming of this very gathering for several years, but never quite had the right spot to do it. this year, we finally had the right place. we used a piece of land right across from our home where our neighbors chop and store their wood. it was even complete with ‘stump chairs’ and fuel for the bonfire!

24 of us gathered together to give thanks and reminisce. even the farmers who grew most of the food for our dinner came. it was so special! we drank hot apple cider, broke bread and painted wooden coasters. i’ll plan to share the menu with you tomorrow!

all of these lovely photos were taken by my dear (and talented!) friend, callie lynch (she’s available if you ever need a photographer in western north carolina!).

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resources & more info:

invitations: designed by me and cut using the cameo silhouette
plates and silverware: by leafware
napkins: purchased here and hand dip dyed
paper tablecloth: purchased here and splattered with white and gold metallic paint
moss accents: by supermoss
paper straws: by sweet lulu

bobbie lou’s fabric factory

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bobbie lou's fabric factory

chelsea graham opened her online fabric shop in 2009 after having an excess of fabric from the makings of her etsy shop (don’t we all know the feeling!). the part i love most about chelsea’s story is that she named her business after her grandmother, bobbie lou. bobbie lou was an amazing seamstress who sewed clothes, dolls, blankets and whatever else her imaginations could conjure up for her three daughters and eight grandchildren. chelsea keeps the spirit of her grandmother as the inspiration for everything she does.

bobbie lou’s fabric factory is filled with fun, bright fabrics for endless beautiful creations. chelsea only sells fabrics she truly loves and would love to sew with herself. i’m sure her grandmother would approve!

bobbie lou’s fabric factory elsewhere: shop | instagram | facebook 

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