3 Simple Ways to Go Green

2008 seemed to be all about “going green” and for good reason….we must change some of our habits. Whether you are a green advocate or a so-so about the movement, there are a few small things we can all do that will make a big impact.

1. Ditch the “Paper & the Plastic” and opt for reusable grocery sacs. If you collect a few here and there (usually cost as little as $1.00 each) you will have plenty to use. I suggest you leave them in your car so they are handy for those quick trips into the store. Bonus: You’ll be carrying in fewer bags because the cloth hold so much more!

2. Turn off your computer at night. I am very guilty of not doing this, but I vow to change in 2009! Why waste so much energy by keeping your computer running all night long? In reality, your computer will run better with time to rest.

3. Use green cleaners. So many people I know are hesitant to change from their regular cleaners to all-natural ones. You really can clean anything with combos and variation of vinegar, baking soda, and lemon. Check out one homemade green cleaner here. Not ready to mix up your own? Try eco-friendly cleaners like Method and Seventh Generation which cost no more than their toxic counterparts.

These are just three simple tips to going a bit green. Please, share with us changes you have made!

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Room Color Inspiration

While reading through Domino, one of my favorite mags, I was inspired by their Paint Palette Combo Gallery. Maybe I was so inspired because I love color…or perhaps because I will be moving a redecorating soon– regardless, here are a few of my favorite color combos!

Bold Orange & Brown

Blue & Beige

Sophisticated Grays

I hope that these photos inspire you to play with color next time you find yourself painting! You can head over to Domino Mag for more fab paint combos and also get the specific paint names shown here.

Share with us: What color combos do you love?

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Four Festive, Fun and Simple Martini Recipes!

Four festive martinis that are oh so yummy and SIMPLE to make!

Pomegranate Raspberry Martini

3 parts Stirrings Pomegranate Martini Mixer
2 parts raspberry vodka
Garnish: Drop a couple fresh raspberries into each glass

Shake Over ice. Pour into martini glass and garnish with berries.

Lemon Drop Martini Recipe

6 parts lemon-flavored vodka
1 part dry vermouth
Granulated sugar
Lemon twist

Rim a chilled cocktail glass with granulated sugar (optional). Shake over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with lemon twist.

Champagne Martini recipe

2 Parts Champagne
1 part Cointreau® orange liqueur

Shake over ice. Strain into martini glass. Garnish (optional) with fresh fruit of your choice.

Apple Martini

2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Apple Pucker Schnapps or,
1/2 oz. Apple Juice or Cider

Shake over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with an Apple Slice

Hostess Tip:

To keep your hostess duties stress-free, I suggest you chose a festive drink recipe to serve during your party (at the most two) rather than making several different drinks to serve. This will make your bar-tending duties much easier. Also, if you plan to serve a martini recipe, you can make a large batch of drinks ahead of time in a glass pitcher (just measure in cups rather than shots) then when guests arrive you can just stir, and pour into the shaker when needed. SIMPLE!

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Holiday Decor Inspiration: Cranberries

With so many different ways to decorate your home for the holiday, I suggest trying to pick something that you love (could be a color, a theme, or an item) and streamline your holiday home decor around it. Your holiday decor will appear more thought-out and really pop. We loved these holiday decor ideas we found at BHG all inspired by cranberries!

Simple Mantle Decor: Fill glass cylinders with fresh cranberries and white candles. Use different height cylinders and candles for interest.

Cranberry garland decor

String cranberries to make a festive garland. Attach to mantle with small hooks.

Outdoor Holiday Decor

Take the cranberry decor outside! Line your porch or front step with cranberries atop fake snow in a glass cylinder or other vase.

Crannberry table decor

Carry on the theme by freezing Cranberries into ice cubes to keep your holiday spirits cold.

Cranberry Wreath

Simple way to make a bold statement! Glue cranberries to a cardboard cut out of your families last initial. {Tip} Many craft stores sell cardboard letters in various sizes that are very affordable.

Cranberry Centerpieces

Cranberry centerpieces: Glue Cranberries to foam spheres of different sizes. Display atop candle holders, vases, or cake stands.

Do you use cranberries as decor? Share with us your tips. Or let us know what other “theme” inspires you!

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Candy Cane Shot Glasses

These Candy Cane Shot Glasses will make a perfect touch to your holiday dinner or get together. Your guests will surely notice these sweet swirled shot glasses and what a festive touch to your bar setting or table top!

Not serving alcohol? Candy Cane Shot Glasses

Hostess Tip:

Serve up some sweet vanilla ice cream in these candy cane shot glasses. Garnish with a miniature candy cane and dollop of whip cream and sprinkles!

Where to buy: Grab your set of 2 ($8.00) at Like Cool {likecool.com}

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Destination Wedding Inspiration and $100 Giveaway!

Wedding season is fast approaching, and many newly engaged couples will begin planning their big day. Thoughtfully Simple teamed up with Wedding Paper Divas to bring you a fabulous giveaway! If you are considering a destination wedding, this is for you! Thoughtfully Simple is providing you with a little inspiration to get your wheels spinning…and Wedding Paper Divas is giving away one $100 gift certificate for you to purchase your fabulous wedding invitations!

Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Not only are they typically more intimate, they are definitely more memorable. From tropical settings to high mountain climates, to lush vineyards…your options really are endless.

Tropical settings

Don’t assume your color palette has to be blue just because you are beach side. Anything can really go, however I suggest colors that will compliment your setting. Here is a fun color scheme to make your wedding “pop” on the neutral backdrop of a beach venue.

Mountain Settings

Outdoor weddings in a mountain setting can be stunning. I recommend really letting nature inspire you if you choose a destination wedding in a mountain setting.

Above: We took one wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas and simply by changing the color scheme of that invitation we were able to create two different destination wedding visions. The possibilities really are endless with their fabulous collections!

Feeling inspired? want to win a $100 gift certificate to make your destination wedding vision come true? Take a look at Wedding Paper Divas wedding invitations and start planning now!

Contest Closed

Congrats to Sarai S.!

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