tag: eco friendly

in love with epantry

March 27, 2014

Posted by in simple living

epantry + coupon code
it’s not every day that i get absolutely blown away by a company. in fact, if it only happens a few times a year i’m happy! to be honest, when i heard about ePantry, i was prepared to check it out and be a bit underwhelmed. but to my absolute delight, i was blown away! for starters, their website is beautiful, clean and super easy to use. they have a brilliant business idea and they’ve made it really fun to be a part of!

so what is ePantry? it’s a fresh new service that makes purchasing quality household products super convenient. in just three minutes, they create a customized, yet highly flexible, schedule for all your household products — with speedy delivery to your door for cheaper than the grocery store. based on your household needs, ePantry recommends the right amount of sustainable household products to keep you from ever running low.

why use ePantry? so many reasons!

eco-friendly: ePantry only carries healthy, sustainable products. you’ll find mrs. meyers, seventh generation, method, preserve, green forest and more of your favorite eco-friendly brands. though i’ve always used green house cleaning items, with a baby around it’s important now more than ever to keep my cabinets free of chemicals!

free shipping: if you visit ePantry using any of the links on this page, you’ll get FREE SHIPPING FOR LIFE (say wha?!). and your shipping is always carbon offset as well!

price: and did i mention? ePantry‘s prices come in lower than anywhere else. i did a little research (and math) and figured that by using ePantry, i saved about $12 over using my amazon prime account and at least $25 over using my local grocery store. plus, ePantry ships same day for free. that means i’m saving over $200 a year!

easy to use: ePantry‘s website is incredibly smart and user friendly, and there are no gimmicks whatsoever. you can change your ‘pantry’ (i.e. shopping cart) anytime you like and cancel an order with ease. they always notify you about one week before your next shipment so you can change, add or delete anything you need to. you can also easily add a ‘co-manager’, split the bill (perfect for roommates!), or gift a membership!

no commitment: ePantry makes your life easy, which means no commitments. you’re charged for products when they are shipped. there are no upfront payments and you can cancel at any time. if you don’t like a product, they’ll refund it on the spot. simple as that!

they’re funny: yup, that’s right! most of the time they’re instant chat bar says if you tell them a joke you’ll get $2 off your next order. now that’s just great business sense!

ePantry coupon code + free shipping for LIFE!
ready to get started? ePantry has generously offered everyone $10 off their first order. just use the coupon code ‘GoingHomeToRoost’ at checkout. plus, you’ll also get FREE SHIPPING FOR LIFE!

this post was kindly sponsored by ePantry. all views and ideas here are my own and you’ll find me using ePantry myself for years to come!

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unearthed natural paints giveaway

today, i couldn’t be more excited to share with you about unearthed paints and offer you this amazing giveaway for a $50 gift certificate! unearthed paints is a fresh new natural paint company who offers an exclusive selection of eco-friendly paints.  each one is crafted with minimally processed natural ingredients such as clay, chalk, lime and italian marble. the paints are vegan, biodegradable, and 100% VOC-free! 

each of their paints are tinted with earth and mineral pigments; ochers, sienna, umbers, ultramarines and spinels. these pigments give the paint a depth and radiance that cannot be achieved by the chemical colorants used in conventional paints.  pigments are shipped in a powder form, eliminating any chemical preservatives and extending the life period of the paint (you just mix them up in your kitchen mixer!).

unearthed natural paints giveaway

isn’t this room just to die for? i can’t wait to get started on a few projects i have planned for baby roost ‘s nursery using the vega paint in white. it’s so beautiful!

why use natural paints? for thousands of years, people have been bringing rich color to their homes using natural paint recipes.  these tried and true techniques were largely forgotten with the success of the petrochemical paint industry during the post-world war II building boom.  today, when you purchase a gallon of paint for your home -even low-VOC or zero-VOC paint- it is almost a given that you will be using a product that contains hundreds of chemicals and has been highly processed.  many of the ingredients in conventional paints are derived from crude oil, which is a very energy-intensive process that results in significant waste products that can potentially lead to environmental contamination.

all unearthed natural paints are: 

100% VOC-free

made with minimally processed, natural ingredients

vegan- contain no animal products are are never tested on animals

shipped via carbon-offset transport

manufactured in a carbon-neutral facility

accompanied by this rainforest pledge


accompanied by a full ingredient disclosure


deadline: giveaway will end sunday, june 9th at 12am, eastern standard time. the winner will be drawn using a random number generator and announced on this post shortly after.

to enter: head on over to unearthed paints and take a look around. then come back here and leave a comment letting us know what you’d do with your own supply of unearthed paints!

additional ways to enter:

>> share on twitter and include the handle @gohometoroost and @unearthedpaints

>> like both going home to roost and unearthed paints on facebook

>> share giveaway image on pinterest and include hashtags #goinghometoroost & #unearthedpaints.

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

good luck! xo, bonnie


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horsefeathers holiday showcase

November 14, 2012

horsefeathers holiday showcase

i have a special love for mother daughter teams. the unique bond that brings them together and the unmatched result of creativity is so inspiring! the two talented ladies behind HorseFeathers is chelsea farmer and her mom, tammy asher. together, they make eco friendly jewelry that is both inspiring and beautiful. inspired by rural landscape and small town living, the gals of HorseFeathers love to put a little country in every outfit and home!

*EXCLUSIVE discount for GHTR readers! Enter code ‘ROOST’ during checkout to receive 20% off your order. thanks, chelsea!

HorseFeathers: etsy | blog | website | facebook | twitter

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earth day is coming!

April 17, 2012

earth day sunday, aprill 22 is earth day, one of my favorite reasons to celebrate! this year, consider doing something to make our earth a more beautiful place. maybe plant a seed, clean up a road or install more energy efficient appliances! check out earthday.org to learn more about what you can do to help mobilize the earth!

one: a wearable planter – $30
two: organic shopping bag – $33
three: eco-friendly travel mug – $45
four: organic vegetables sign – $34.95
five: mineral eye shadow – $12
six: small dog bed – $68
seven: organic tote with lace – $26
eight: 3 hanging planters – $120
nine: the earth is alive – $15

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If you’re looking for ways to upcycle or use materials you already have at home this holiday season, there are endless possibilities for gift ideas. Clothespins are versatile, and you may already have them around your home. Here are three sweet and simple gift ideas using clothespins – perfect for stocking stuffers or Secret Santa at the office.

Make Photo Gallery Clip Kit

example by SmoothPebble via sfgirlbybay

Wall photo galleries with wire and metal clips are quite popular, but you can make your own with clothespins and twine. Packaged neatly in a small drawstring bag, this gift is both useful and resourceful (see top photo).

Cut your twine to the length you would like – mine is about 1 yard. Tie the ends in a loop for hanging, and knot them tightly.

Air Plant Planter

This project is quite simple – all you need is an air plant, a plastic container, and clothespins. I suggest using a short container, such as a yogurt cup or any plastic container about two inches tall. This is a wonderful opportunity to reuse plastic. If you don’t have one short enough, you can always cut one down.

Pin the clothespins to the edges of the cup, all the way around. Place the air plant in the center of the pins. That’s it!

Decorative clothespins

Clothespins can also be used as desktop organizers, and are useful on calendars and cork boards. Use calligraphy to label clips for days of the week, tasks, and names.

Or, you could cover the clips with adhesive fabric, felt, or decoupaged paper. Hot glue flat thumbtacks to the backs of the clothespins to be used on cork boards as organizers. The possibilities are endless!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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reusable food storage wraps

October 20, 2011

Posted by in simple living

is anyone else fed up with plastic wrap? every time i gently tear off a new piece it inevitably get’s stuck to itself and i think to myself, ‘is this really the best solution’?

reusable food storage wraps

i was so excited to run across these reusable food storage wraps in the latest issue of whole living. a new, less wasteful leftover-storage solution- finally! abeego’s washable hemp-cotton squares use beeswax and plant extracts to cling to the edge of bowls and keep food fresh. genius!

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all natural kitchen cleaners

This week I had the unfortunate occurrence of a broken garbage disposal, and it seems to be beyond a normal jam. The end result is  trapped food and muck that has quickly made an unpleasant scent in my kitchen. I normally use ice cubes and lemons to clean and refresh my disposal, but with broken blades, I had to get more creative.

I’ve always heard of baking soda and vinegar as great sink basin and faucet cleaners, but had considered them for inside the drain. If you find yourself with a broken down garbage disposal, give this technique a try – you will need:

– 1/2 cup baking soda

– 1 cup of vinegar, microwaved on high

– 1/2 gallon of hot water

First, dump the baking soda into the disposal drain. Pour in the cup of heated vinegar, and let the effervescent chemical reaction take place for about five minutes. Follow up by pouring the hot water down the drain. You may find that you need to repeat this process.

If muck persists, you can further clean the disposal out with a bottle brush, sponge-tipped if possible (note: turn off the power supply to the disposal before sticking anything down there). Until the disposal is repaired, it may be nearly impossible to clean it 100%, but baking soda and vinegar have a great deodorizing effect that I noticed immediately.

You can continue to use just these two common household items to keep your sink clean:

– soak a towel in vinegar and wrap it around your faucet overnight to remove grime buildup in the morning

– make a paste with baking soda and water; spread it around your sink and scour with a sponge. Rinse with warm water mixed  with a splash of vinegar

– keep 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water in a spray bottle for daily sink touch-ups and wipe-downs

– sprinkle a little baking soda down the drain daily to absorb any unpleasant odors


ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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happy {almost} earth day!

April 21, 2011

earth day

did you know that tomorrow is earth day? it might be my most favorite holiday! in honor of our mother earth, i put together a little collection of eco-friendly handmade goodies.

clockwise: organic orange chocolate chip cookies (yes, please!), organic french macaroons, organic green tea, recycled cloud earrings, recycled half diamond pillow, bamboo sweet tea ruffles dress

in other noteworthy earth day news:

– plan an earth day party
– shop eco friendly goodies
– read about earth’s embrace
– check out this print: everyday is earth day!

do you have plans for earth day? xox

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