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free spring shipping labels

February 5, 2014

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i’ve been bee-sy over here making you all a sweet little set of shipping labels! you can use the ‘will you bee mine‘ set for your valentine’s day packages, or use the spring set to add a little sunshine to your packages year round. i just love sending (and receiving!) pretty snail mail, don’t you?

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to print: head on over to world label to download the printable PDF’s. print on full page white sticker paper and cut out along the borders. attach to your package and send some sunshine!

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an organized pantry

June 10, 2013

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how do you get an organized pantry? well, one way is to grab a varde shelf and a few droppar jars from ikea, and these printable spice labels from the roost tribe!

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i have always loved putting my favorite pantry items on display. after we moved in to our new house, it became apparent that we needed a little more pantry space, so with the help of the varde shelf, a few droppar jars and these printable spice labels, we now have the perfect place for extra food storage!

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over the years, i’ve collected several glass containers for our pantry. anytime i’m out and about and see something out of the ordinary i’ll pick it up and bring it home to clean, fill and label.

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putting our culinary spices and ingredients on display isn’t only pretty, but i think it helps inspire us to cook and use flavorful, healthy ingredients. if i’m ever stuck on what to make for dinner, all i have to do is peruse the pretty pantry!

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the jam labelizer

February 27, 2012

make your own jam labels

hey, roosters! my mom sent over a link to the jam labelizer yesterday, and i was so excited- it’s brilliant! choose from several designs, fill in your info and either print or save them- simple as that! and, it’s free!

jam labelizer here are a few i made up in just a few minutes. now you’ll have no excuse for not having the cutest jam ever. xox!

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coharu washi tape printer

February 21, 2012

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washi tape printer

washi tape printer

washi tape printer

washi tape printer

washi tape printer

oh yes, this exists. and i think it’s pretty amazing! i discovered it over on le petit pot, and you can visit this post for purchase information and more lovely photos. i think this would make for some pretty darling presents, labels and packages, don’t you? plus, it’s so cute! :)

all photos: le petit pot

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crafty packages

January 31, 2012

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besotted brand

whether your packaging etsy orders or sending love notes, everyone enjoys a little added touch of finesse to their package! besotted brand offers a modern variety of ways to dress up your packages, with everything from flag labels and thank fresh, clean, besotted brand, labels, packages, supplies, craftingyou stamps to mini clothespins and parcel twine. i just love their fresh and clean style, don’t you?

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i was tempted to title this post ‘gmo’s and what you need to knows’, but you get the idea. :) there’s been a lot of buzz around gmo’s (genetically modified organisms) lately and rightly so, it’s a very important subject! GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food and today i hope to give you the essential information on what they are, what you need to know about them, and how you can avoid them. let’s go!

GMO's and what you need to know

what is a GMO?

GMO’s, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology. this (very experimental) technology merges DNA from different species which creates an unstable combination of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot naturally occur in nature, or even in traditional crossbreeding.

but why?

virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand the direct application of herbicides and insecticides (brilliant, right?). Nope. not only do none of these practices offer increased yield or enhanced nutrition, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs to health problems and environmental damage.

are GMOs safe to eat?

most nations do not consider GMOs safe to eat. in nearly 50 countries around the world (including australia, japan, and the european union) there are heavy restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. in the u.s. however, the government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created the GMOs in the first place.

are GMOs labeled?

unfortunately, no. even though polls consistently show that americans want to know which foods contain GMOs, the biotech lobby has succeeded in keeping this information from the public.

what do GMOs do to the environment?

in short, a lot. over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. as a result, the use of toxix herbicides (think roundup) has increased by 15 times since GMOs were introduced. GMO crops are also responsible for things like ‘super weeds’ and ‘super bugs’ which can only be killed with more toxic poisons. a major concern is that we don’t really know what the long-term effects will be, but we do know that once released into the environment, they cannot be taken back.

GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food

so, which foods might be GMO?

there are several foods that are especially at high risk for being GMO. they are:

- alfalfa
- corn
- flax
- rice
- sugar beets
- yellow summer squash
- canola
- cotton
- papaya
- soy
- zucchini
- milk*
- meat*
- eggs*
- honey and other bee products*

* these are also a major risk because of potential GMO contamination in feed and other inputs.

how can i avoid GMOs?

in the u.s., GMOs are in as much as 80% of conventional processed food (think cereals, snack bars, snack boxes, cookies, processed lunch meats, crackers, etc).

-  purchase organic foods as much as possible. they will not contain any GMO’s (though there is potential for cross contamination from other GMO crops).
- look for the non-GMO project label.
- shop brands that participate in the non-GMO project, see a list of them here.

what else can you do?

- tell the fda to label genetically modified foods! sign the petition here.
- tell grocery store CEOs to refuse monsanto’s GMO sweet corn- sign the petition here.
- know what’s most important to buy organic by using this guide.
- know your labels - part 1 and part 2!

thank you to the non-gmo project for this great information, pictures and excellent resource guide!

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harvest and preserve

September 21, 2011

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whether we’re ready for it or not, summer is coming towards an end, but one of they many joys of fall is getting ready to harvest and preserve our seasons yummy produce. when i saw these summery kitchen labels from felix doolittle, i immediately thought about how pretty they would make a cupboard or how lovely they would make a gift of your garden’s goodies.

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with chef medallions, baker’s labels and oval kitchen labels, they are perfect for sharing garden goodies, canning, making jams and throwing parties! they all feature a gorgeous watercolor illustration by felix (he paints them almost to scale with a very tiny brush!) and come with personalization in a cute little tin, aren’t they lovely?
felix doolittle make sure to cruise by their notecard collections as well! i’ve found that if i have pretty notecards within reach, i’m much more likely to write my friends and family, something that i’ve been trying to a lot more of lately!

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    today i wanted to do a follow up to our first labels post last week and talk about a few of the more specific labels that we tend to run across nearly every time we go to the store. what do they all really mean? hopefully, this will help clear up some of the confusion between what’s misleading and what’s good information.

    free range. the “free range” food label can be found on meat, dairy and eggs, but this progressive way of farming is not always as it seems. what consumers may not know and won’t see on their “free range” foods is that the USDA regulations only apply to poultry. therefore, “free range” beef, pork and other non-poultry animals were fed grass and allowed to live outdoors, but their products are not regulated by the USDA. another misconception consumers have about “free range” is that these products are also organic. unless it’s labeled free range AND organic, free range animals may be fed non-organic feed that could contain animal byproducts and hormones.

    fresh. the “fresh” food label can be very misleading to consumers, by making them think their chicken was killed the day before, or their “freshly squeezed” orange juice was prepared that day. the label “fresh” simply means that it was not frozen or is uncooked, but many of these products are allowed to be chilled, kept on ice or in modified atmospheres to keep them from spoiling.

    cow

    white calf

    all natural. the “all natural” stamp is one of the most abused and misleading food labels used by food manufacturers today. many of these so-called “all natural” products use citric acid, high-fructose corn syrup and other unnatural additives, but still get to bear that positive label. always check the ingredients list to know exactly what’s in your food.

    whole grains. chances are you’ve seen the label, “made with whole grains,” pop up on bread, crackers or rice products now more than ever. the reality is that many of these whole grain products are actually made with refined wheat flour and maybe a small percentage of whole grains. in order to check the validity of the whole grains label, check out the listed ingredients. unless “whole grains” is one of the first ingredients on the list or if you see “enriched wheat flour,” it’s likely that your product contains a small percentage of whole grains.

    farm fresh eggs

    cage free: the label “cage free” does not mean there are any standards or auditing mechanisms behind it. As the term implies, hens laying eggs labeled as “cage free” are uncaged inside barns or warehouses, but generally do not have access to the outdoors. They have the ability to engage in some of their natural behaviors such as walking and nesting. there is no information regarding what the birds can be fed. forced molting through starvation is permitted, and there is no third-party auditing.

    free range: while the USDA has defined the meaning of “free range” for some poultry products, there are no standards in “free range” egg production. typically, free range egg-laying hens are uncaged inside barns or warehouses and have outdoor access. They can engage in many natural behaviors such as nesting and foraging. however, there is no information on stocking density, the frequency or duration of outdoor access, or the quality of the land accessible to the birds. there is no information regarding what the birds can be fed. forced molting through starvation is permitted, and there is no third-party auditing.

    apples

    apples with peanut butter and granola

    certified organic: the animals must be allowed outdoor access, with ruminants—cows, sheep and goats—given access to pasture, but the amount, duration and quality of outdoor access is undefined. animals must be provided with bedding materials. though the use of hormones and antibiotics is prohibited, surgical mutilations without any pain relief are permitted. these are requirements under the national organic program regulations, and compliance is verified through third-party auditing. currently, there are no federal or state programs to certify aquatic animals, including fish, as organic.

    certified humane: the animals must be kept in conditions that allow for exercise and freedom of movement. as such, crates, cages and tethers are prohibited. outdoor access is not required for poultry or pigs, but is required for other species. stocking densities are specified to prevent the overcrowding of animals. all animals must be provided with bedding materials. hormone and non-therapeutic antibiotic use is prohibited, while surgical mutilations without any pain relief are permitted. compliance is verified through third-party auditing. 

    were you familiar with the meaning behind these labels? i knew many of them, but still learned quite a bit about the specifics while doing research for this post. to me, this is a great testament to eating local if at all possible. talk to your farmers, ask for a visit, and see what the animals are like and what the growing conditions are like for your fruits and veggies. it’s easy to have fun getting to know where your food comes from, and if you have children, what a fun lesson for them to learn!

    resources: eggindustry, meat and dairy labels

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