point and shoot 2.27.14

February 27, 2014

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a little bit of life lately. :)

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my dad’s childhood camera.

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greenhouses.

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the sweetest gift from muddy heart!

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story time.

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bundles of joy sweet as honey.

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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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where are you going little one?

i have fallen in love with this sweet little book proposal by bryanna millis where bright collages and rhyming couplets take readers on an adventure in each month of the year.

bryanna’s inspiration: “When I became a mom in 2011 I struggled to fit art making into my life. Hours of experimenting with a wide variety of collage materials were a thing of the past, as time and space went to the baby. Yet he also provided a new source of inspiration. In the very early days, my son loved to lie on his changing table, kicking his legs and laughing. “Where are you going, little one?”, I’d ask him, and offer up rhyming answers of my own. As new nicknames came to mind–little fish, little star, little dream–I would rhyme couplets about the adventures of each character.

her inspiration is so sweet and completely relatable, don’t you think? head on over to bryanna’s kickstarter project to help make this book come to life. i hope to read it to bear one day so badly!

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bonnie + bear's baby essentials

before i had bear, i had never spent much time around babies. in fact, my first diaper change was on my own son after we got home from the hospital (other than the few practice runs i did on mr. fox)! 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 (handmade if possible) 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 though i 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! consider it ‘bonnie and bear’s list of essentials‘. and please keep in mind that my babe is only 5.5 months old. hence, this list is probably good for 0-6 months. i’ll most likely need to post a new version for 6-12 months and so on.

lessons learned: had i knew then what i know now:

1) i would have not stressed out over getting his nursery finished (other than a few diaper changes, he hasn’t spent much time in the room yet).

2) i would have ordered 1 of several different kinds of cloth diapers to try. there are so many different kinds and it’s impossible to know what you’ll want for your baby before you try some different types out.

must haves:
- charlie’s soap. we love this for all baby clothes and cloth diapers.
- babybjorn babysitter (we have the organic one) and LOVE it. it’s the perfect place for him to hang while i shower or cook dinner, and it’s bounciness makes it double as a bouncy seat. it’s also great for newborns with little neck strength.
- wrap - i have a solly wrap and am not sure what i would do without it. i wear him around the house, around town and while i grocery shop.
- organic nursing pads. i had no idea how much i would be using these!
- sleep sacks- the perfect nighttime gown.
- 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.
- lots of snuggly swaddle blankets- especially for those first few months! we also made several using organic sherpa cloth.
- disposable diapers for the first few weeks/months until he can fit into cloth diapers (if you’re cloth diapering, or unless you bought newborn size cloth diapers). we used 7th generation and loved them.
- moses basket – this is the perfect basket for daytime naps and diaper changes (we found ours second hand).
- organic baby soap, lotion and diaper rash cream (we like burts bees and babyganics)
- cloth diapers (more on that below)

optionals (that we LOVE):
- cradle- i have the cradle my grandaddy made me when i was a baby and this is where bear naps during the day.
- 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. it helps me sleep so much better (i’m a worrier).
- inglesina table chair (instead of a high chair)- oh man do we love this! attach it to any table and take it to restaurants so they don’t use those gross high chairs. bear loves his and happily plays in it while we eat and cook (though he couldn’t sit up in it until he was about 4 months old).
- rocking chair- we lived without one for months and didn’t really miss having one, but use it frequently now that it’s in our living room.
- bottles. we have some glass ones, but i’ve never used them. however, if you ever want to leave your baby for more than 2 hrs in the first 6 months you’ll need some, or you could always use a baby syringe (the kind without a needle).
- pump. i do have a pump but have only used it once. it’s nice to have but has not been essential for us. (note: check with your insurance, most all will cover this expense for you!)
- stroller. the only time i’ve ever used my stroller is when i go run. for around town, hikes and walks i just wear him. if you don’t run, i think you could get by without one.
- baby monitor. i’ve just recently started using one when he falls asleep in a room that i’m ready to leave, but i usually just keep him close.
- crib. we haven’t used his crib yet, though i’m sure we will use it more and more in the months to come. (we co-sleep. gasp!)
- bumbo – we just started using this because it seems like he really wanted to sit up ‘on his own’.
- sophie the giraffe – not sure why, but she’s a big hit for teething days!
- little remedies tylenol – just in case of an emergency. this brand doesn’t contain parabens, high fructose corn syrup, dye or gluten.
- mother love nipple cream. trust me.
- baby in-sight mirror – so you can see your babe while you drive.
- organic waterproof pads – for under the bed sheets or crib sheets.

nonessential:
- travel crib or pack-n-play (depends on your sleeping arrangement though).
- baby tub. i just put him in the bath with me. :)
- 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 with things from around the house).
- baby swing. we haven’t had one and haven’t missed it (though every baby is different).
- noise machine – we haven’t used one and haven’t missed it.
- bath toys (maybe later?)
- bouncer or walker
- nursing bras/tanks – i just wear tops that i can either pull up or down.

if your cloth diapering:
- cloth diapers (a different topic by itself! we’re using a mixture of gro-via diapers with organic inserts,  organic bumgenius and organic babee greens with wool rebourne covers.)
– organic cloth wipes
- diaper sprayer (will only need after he starts eating solids, around 6-12 months)
- 2 wet bags (one large for the house one small for the go- you’ll put dirty dipes in it until you wash them)

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!

photo by my dearest friend: callie lynch.

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shine bright.

February 24, 2014

Posted by in handmade

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

Posted by in point and shoot

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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

Posted by in handmade

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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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