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The Lovely Language of Flowers

Most often- it is the little details that make all the difference. Little thoughtful touches can really be impressive and usually are much more meaningful. While checking out my favorite magazine, I came across this very thoughtful idea. The next time you make or order a flower arrangement for someone, consider picking out blooms that fit their personality. Did you know flowers have meaning? Me either. Not only are they gorgeous sentiments- they also can hold extra special meaning to.

If you are a bride, I love this idea over at Real Simple: Add a signature flower to each of your bridesmaids bouquets that fit their personality. Attach a small note sharing why you chose that particular flower for them. Thoughtfull right?

Here are what a few of my favorite flowers mean- in the language of blooms:

-Lily: Purity and sweetness

-Peony: Happiness and prosperity

-Sweet Pea: Departure

To see what your favorite blooms means, visit Real Simple to read their full list.

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DIY Coasters

I have a ton of magazines stacked in my house. Why? Well, they are just so pretty I can’t throw them out, so instead I keep them stacked in a basket. Not the best solution I know- so I went browsing for some ideas on what to do with them. I came across this fabulous idea for re purposing old magazines. On How About Orange I found this great way to recycle my old magazines and make them into coasters! Now I can turn pretty magazines into something that is actually useful.

Aren’t they cool looking?

Head on over to How About Orange and see the simple way you can turn 6 magazine pages into one gorgeous and crafty DIY coaster! You can even learn how to make recycled magazine baskets :). This site never fails to inspire me to get a little crafty- remember those DIY bookmarks I shared with you? They are still one of my favorite little projects!

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Get FREE stuff on Your Birthday!


Check out this website!
I find this site refreshing in the current economic time. This is a nation wide resource listing free and discounted offers you can receive on your birthday. From Disneyland to local restaurants, there is really no strings attached. Easy to navigate and fun to browse to see what you can get FREE for your birthday. Come on…how easy is this?! You can even search for free stuff for your pet!

Free Birthday Treats offers users access to free and discounted deals on items and services for kids, adults, and even pets. Now THAT is inspiring!

My tip: Sign up for their free email newsletter and be in the loop when knew freebies are added!
What do you guys think? What’s the best FREE treat you’ve ever received on your birthday? What would make a good Birthday Freebie?
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Four Eco Friendly Mother’s Day Ideas

Top eco-tips for Mother’s Day

1. Don’t assume you know what mom wants to do or as a gift. She may prefer a picnic over brunch in a fancy restaurant.

2. When buying gifts, think locally made.

3. Avoid using wrapping paper. Substitute fabric wraps you make yourself from scarves or other fabric you have on hand, or purchase from a mom-owned company like Bobowrap. These can be used over and over again.

4. Give the gift of yourself. Whatever you can do for mom most certainly will be appreciated whether it’s washing her car, cleaning her gutters, or sorting and organizing old photos. Find something you can do that costs nothing but your time. Repeat once a month for a year!

Article Courtesy of our Celebrate Green Friends:

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

Share your eco friendly or unique ideas to celebrate Mother’s Day! We’d love to hear more!
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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.

Also- for TODAY only:

In Celebration of Earth Day, buy one bottle of FURTHER and get one FREE! Plus free Shipping! Sale ends at 11:59 PM PST on Wednesday April 22 so order now. Shop Now!
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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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