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Earth Day Find! Further Soap

How fitting that on today, Earth day, I came across this very fab {& thoughtful} find. Check out Further hand soap you will be amazed at this product and it’s story.

This eco-friendly {and fresh scented} hand soap was made by a husband & wife team who know a thing or two about being eco-friendly. Marshall (who was green before green was the new black) and Megan (a former event planner for Vogue), make this soap from recycled grease they pick up from local restaurants. They also happen to fuel both of their family cars with their grease-converted-into-bio-fuel mixtures. Now THAT is green! You can read more of their awesome story here.

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Self Symmetry- Jewelry That Inspires

If you have never heard of Self Symmetry, you are in for a treat. This flourishing company has one inspirational message: Balance. Owner Katrina Rogers deeply believes that “Self Symmetry is all about balance within self” and has made it her passion to create one cohesive message in all she does. In 1999 Katrina fell in love with Yoga and her passion has only grown since. In 2004, she decided to combine her love with Yoga with her passion for fashion and began designing jewelry. Her one-of-a-kind jewelry is inspired by her enthusiasm for balance, and is handmade from healing gemstones.

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a sample from Self Symmetry’s inspirational jewelry line. I have to admit, that the pieces where even better than I expected them to be. Not only if the message behind each piece wonderful, the jewelry itself is really fabulous!

This is a piece from their Be Charmed line, which I just love. They are a strand of gorgeous stones that you can attach to almost anything; handbags, yoga bags, diaper bags, you decide. Kat shares the meaning behind this line:

“The idea is that when you see your charm you take a deep breath and find your stillness. You can associate a positive affirmation with it and say your affirmation when you see your charm, or use it as a reminder to take a moment to just Be; not doing, not judging, not thinking, just BE Charmed!”

Who can argue with that? I also love their stone bracelets (especially the wisdom stone they sent me, how did they know?) Here is a gorgeous Opal bracelet from their line that is believed to stimulate creativity when worn, love that!

And I have to say, these Agate Earings would make the most thoughtfuly {and fabulous} Mother’s Day gift! The Agate stone is thought to be a grounding, yet energetic stone. It calms, cools and lifts thoughts… perfect for every mom I know!

Thanks to Kat Rogers and Self Symmetry for creating such inspirational jewelry, a truly thoughtful company in my book!

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10 Simple Steps to Prepare for Your Party

I was so excited when Jennifer Tankersley of List Mama Blog agreed to share one of her oh-so-organized lists with Throughfully Simple readers! Anyone who knows me (just ask my Host… aka Husband) will tell you that I make lists for just about everything. The difference between my lists and Jennifer’s..well hers you can understand and they are fun to read! Here is one of my favorites that you can use time and time again.

List of Steps to a Fun Night of Entertaining Friends

{via Jennifer at List Mama Blog}

I love the idea of having friends over. I like the planning and the scrambling. I think for me it is a bit like running a race – kind of painful preparing, but always worth it! It is easy to get overwhelmed with what may seem like a lot of details in the planning. If you break the planning and preparation up into smaller parts, then you will see that entertaining friends in your home on a Saturday night can truly be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. Here are some of the steps to entertaining in your home.

  1. Decide on the menu. This will indicate how formal the evening should be.
  2. Create the guest list. Will it be an intimate gathering or more of a party?
  3. Decide on a date and time.
  4. Invite your guests. The final number will help you know how much food you’ll need to prepare.
  5. Create a shopping list. Don’t forget the beverages, napkins, and even candles.
  6. Make your cleaning list. I love having people over because it is the only time I am truly motivated to deep clean my house. Look at it as an opportunity!
  7. Plan some entertainment. Browse through your favorite tunes to find some appropriate music. Rent a movie for the kids. Dust off a game or two.
  8. Make ahead anything that can be made ahead: dessert, cut vegetables, casserole or soup.
  9. Create a timeline so that you are not preparing up to the minute your guests arrive.
  10. Enjoy! This is supposed to be fun, remember? Relax and enjoy old or new friends.

ListPlanIt.com has many of the pages you need to plan a fantastic evening with friends. You’ll find party planning pages, grocery lists, cleaning lists, and even a timeline to plot your preparation and party. Use promo code “listmama” to get a yearly membership for just $19.95.

Tell me, wouldn’t this list be super helpful? Well, go ahead print it out and use it :).

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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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5 Simple Ways to Make “You” Time

As women, moms, and wives, we often find ourselves doing several things at once. And free time? What’s that, right?! For many of us, it seems like there is always something that just has to be done; that just can’t wait. Well, I want to tell you it can and it should! The next time you find yourself with “free” time and are about to clip coupons, switch the laundry, or check your emails STOP! Yes, those things do need to be done at some point I know, but for now just trust me. Do one of these 5 simple things instead (come on, just this once). Even though they may not be the most thrilling or glamorous things-they are sure to lift your mood, even if just a bit. Don’t stress, the coupons can be clipped later.

1. Paint your toe nails. Yes, paint them. I don’t care if it is winter and no one sees them-paint them. Trust me.

2. Visit your closet. We so often run to our closet and grab something to pull on as we run out the door to school drop off. Remember when you used to take an hour to get ready, trying on top after top? Go ahead- change your clothes. Oh… and take your time!

3. Make a smoothie. Yes, I know you probably remember to eat (I sure hope so). But how often do you make something YOU want to eat? If you’re like me you probably just make an extra PB&J in the afternoon for yourself right? Make something for yourself, not just what the kiddos are requesting.

4. Walk to the mailbox. It doesn’t matter if it is at the end of your driveway or a block away, why not take a stroll and check the mail today? I know that I usually drive up to it, grab, and go. This will force you to take a stroll even if it is a short one.

5. Watch TV! Yes, I said it. For me this is hard because I often think of what else I could be doing. But let me tell you, sit back and watch your favorite 30 minute sitcom (for me it is Friends hands down) and your mood will surly change. Sometimes we have to force ourselves sit back and relax.

These are just 5 ways I suggest you take some “you” time this week. But really, the point is to make time for a bit of relaxation time- even if for only 30 minutes. The house will still be standing and the children will be safe, I promise!

What are your favorite way to use your “free” time (and don’t say to clean, please!)?
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5 Ways to Ruin Valentine’s Day

You should not be stressed out when coming up with Valentine’s Day ideas, but you probably are right? The pressure to do the “perfect” thing and buy the “perfect” gift can be a bit overwhelming (especially if you are dating). My advice is to keep it simple and intimate, perhaps even a bit fun. Here are 5 ways you can ruin Valentine’s Day– so please avoid them!

1. Stress yourself out about the details and in doing so stress out your boyfriend/other half. Guys already feel the pressure, no need to add to it.

2. Go out to a formal dinner, because you think you have to. If you both wouldn’t enjoy it on a normal day….what makes you think you’ll enjoy it now?

3. Spend a ton of money on the “perfect” gift. Why not make or buy something less expensive that he will actually enjoy? How about a new CD or book? Even just bake him some sweets…. most guys really don’t care about extravagant gifts.

4. Get your expectations up. If you expect to be wooed and swept away, and this does not happen exactly how you had dreamed- you will be disappointed. Why not just except to have a nice day together, and I bet all of your expectations will be met or exceeded.

5. Sulk. If you are single, don’t sit around and dwell on how you rather be dating. Instead, grab someone else who doesn’t have plans and hang out with them. Make plans with a girlfriends or even surprise your mother or grandmother and rent a movie and just stay in.

By: Tori Tait
Share! What are your suggestion for keeping Valentine’s Day simple and fun? I would love to hear what you are planning!
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