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One Thoughtful Idea! More Birthdays Campaign by ACS

When it comes to birthdays, my friend Julie from Free Birthday Treats knows her stuff. If you are looking for a birthday freebie, special discount, or a budget-friendly way to celebrate, Julie is your go-to gal. So when she shared the news of the More Birthdays Campaign recently launched by the American Cancer Society with me I was so thrilled! As you know I love to celebrate, and the more thoughtful the better. Naturally I was on board with this campaign.

I’ll let Julie tell you about it herself (she is the birthday guru you know) :)

Take it Julie!

Thank you! Well, I created FreeBirthdayTreats.com because birthdays are a celebration of life and should not go past without some acknowledgement. In the weakening economy though, it’s tough spending money on celebrations. So I track down birthday freebies and discounts to help others continue to celebrate their special day.

To say the least, I’m very passionate about birthdays and this brings me to an email I received today from the American Cancer Society: Join the Movement for More Birthdays. I adore it! Declaring the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday…awesome! It just launched today and will be an ongoing long-term campaign.

For me, this is a no brainer, but then I lost my dad to cancer over 16 years ago. Had he have been diagnosed sooner, he might still be with us today.

I joined the movement and would like to invite all of you to do so as well. Just visit http://www.morebirthdays.com to declare the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday, join their Face Book group, send an e-card, download their More Birthdays Kit or start your own birthday page like I did:

I created this page in honor of my father, Joe Jameson. My goal is to raise $2,500 to help create a world with no cancer. Donations are welcome at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/Events/BirthdayPages?pxfid=492974&fr_id=19690&pg=fund Thank you!

Thanks Julie for sharing! I predict this new ACS campaign is sure to take off- it’s such a thoughtful idea!

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13 {Simple} Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

“Going Green” is a great decision on any day, however Earth Day is a great reason to make some Earth-friendly changes if you haven’t already done so. Check out these 13 {simple} ways you can help Mother Nature this Earth day with these no-cost ways to celebrate Earth Day in ten minutes or less!

1. Turn your thermostat down two degrees and keep it there. And turn it off altogether tonight, heaping on the blankets if necessary.
2. Send Happy Earth Day e-cards to a half dozen friends.
3. E-mail your state or national representatives about a green initiative.
4. If you’re in the supermarket, track down the manager and encourage him or her to source local products.
5. Make signs to put on the mirror over faucets to remind family members to turn off water when they are brushing their teeth. (You can save an average of nine gallons every time you do this.)
6. Cancel subscriptions to newspapers or magazines you don’t really want.
7. Go online to CatalogChoice.org to free your mailbox from junk mail.
8. Call several people and arrange to carpool for an upcoming event such as a child’s sporting activity or a club meeting.
9. Go online and join a group like Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Kids for Saving the Earth, the Wilderness Society or Co-op America.
10. Make a family pledge to walk everywhere today.
11. Talk to the principal at your children’s school about instituting environmental education in the curriculum.
12. Check to see that your tires are correctly inflated.
13. Sign the ” Healthy Yard Pledge” at Audubon.org.

More about our Green Guest Bloggers:

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at http://www.CelebrateGreen.net

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Wedding Inspiration: Yellow and Blue

I have seen this color combo around lately, and it really grew on me. Something about the yellow and blue pair is unexpected and I like it! In all shades, I think this color combo gives off a preppy (yet fun) vibe!

The yellow and blue table inspiration above came right from the pages of InStyle Weddings. Listed as the editors favorite and I can see why! The beauty with this color combination is that you can play with it. Love Yellow more than blue? No problem! Want more blue and just a touch of yellow? This will look great too!

Bring your color theme together in the small things. Serve a yellow cocktail {like this Margarita} and serve yellow desserts. You can even add pops of color like above with this cobalt blue cake stand and stemware. I am loving how unique these are and how they tie they tie in perfectly into the wedding theme.

Hostess Tip:

You can find many, many more cobalt pieces to accent your wedding or give as gifts to your wedding party! Here is my favorite place to shop!

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DIY Bookmarks With Some Color

I have become a huge fan of Jessica Jones and her very crafty blog How About Orange…. Not only does she have fabulous style (I happen to love the color orange myself), she shares some super cool DIY projects that you can try even if you are not Martha Stewart. I am loving these DIY bookmarks…..so SIMPLE!

Made from old paint chips, this project is not only clever, but earth friendly- how thoughtful!

Read the original post to get the inside scoop and DIY instructions.

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Tiffany Blue Wedding Inspiration

If you are considering Tiffany blue as your wedding color, you have many options. I was looking around for some “blue” inspiration and found so many different shades. You can choose baby blue to navy, and everything in between. My favorite shade of blue is this Tiffany Blue shade, I think it is crisp and cool and can really pop.

Little touches of this fresh color can really make an impression. Try pairing Tiffany Blue with either pale yellow, grey, or a chocolate brown. Above inspiration found from The Knot.

  • Simple and modern programs let guests know who is in the wedding party. Tied with a single blue ribbon.
  • Tiffany Blue bridesmaid dresses paired with yellow bouquets compliment their dresses.
  • Yummy cupcakes with just a touch of blue tie in the theme. Consider these instead of a traditional wedding cake, or serve these at the bridal shower before the big day.
  • What better than a signature drink at your reception? Check out these Blue Martini Recipes.
  • Fans help keep waiting guests cool. Consider fans if your ceremony will be in warmer months and outdoors.
  • Simple touches throughout the wedding site, like this blue ribbon, can really pull your theme together.
  • This Wedding cake is gorgeous! A peek of yellow from the lilies is the perfect touch.
  • Reception tables draped with Tiffany Blue overlays and topped with chocolate brown napkins.

Wrap up your favors in these tiffany blue boxes! I have used these several times, and they really are great quality and very impressive!

And what a way to pull it all together than these modern wedding announcements, blue of course!

This blue modern wedding announcement is from Wedding Paper Divas ($1.44 each).

If you’re looking for more tiffany blue wedding invitations, check our our round-up here.

Thanks to The Knot for the fabulous Tiffany Blue wedding photos!
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How to keep cut flowers fresh

 

How to keep cut flowers fresh

4 tips for how to keep cut flowers fresh

Give Them Some Pop

  • If your cut flowers are looking a little wilted in their vase but you aren’t quite ready to toss them out, try giving them some life by adding a carbonated lemon-lime soda to their vase. Just don’t grab the sugar free version- they like it sweet!

Pour in the Vinegar

  • If your flowers are looking a bit thirsty, you can also try giving them this vinegar mix: 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.

Touch Up Their Roots

  • To keep your blooms around a bit longer, add 2 drops household bleach, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1 quart water.

Sear Them, But Don’t Eat Them

  • If you have a gorgeous arrangement of flowers such as poppies, dahlias, or orchids you can sear their stems before putting them into the vase. Why? Well these type of flowers have hollow stems that secret a milky-types substance when cut. Searing the end of their stems will keep them perky a bit longer. Simply hold their ends to a flame for a quick sear and then place them in a vase with warm (not cold) water.
What works for you? I’d love to hear your secrets!
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