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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Adorable Lollipop Party Theme!

I love discovering new blogs and was thrilled when I stumbled upon Kim’s wonderful decor and party planning blog The TomKat Studio! I began to get really excited as I scrolled through her adorable party ideas and when I came across this Lollipop Party Theme I fell in love! This colorfully sweet party theme is perfect for almost all ages! Shhh… don’t tell, but I can already tell you one of my little girls will be having on adorable lollipop party this year! Kim was so kind as to let me share her fabulous ideas here on Thoughtfully Simple {I just know you all will love this party too}, so without further ado…

Lollipop Party Theme!

This colorfully sweet party theme is perfect for almost all ages! Shhh… don’t tell, but I can already tell you one of my little girls will be having on adorable lollipop party this year!

Above are Yummy Lollipop invitations, Lollipop cupcake toppers, and matching favor tags that say “thank you for being sweet” tied to mini lollipops!

Here is a close up of these super cute favors! {Really, could they get any cuter??}

Here are adorable personalized lollipop cupcake toppers! Yummy!

This party theme is so yummy I couldn’t even decide which images to share with you because I love them all! You can check out all the “sweet” details of this Lollipop party over at The TomKat Studio. There is so many more adorable party details to see! Oh and Kim, not only dreamt up this fabulous party theme- she made all these cute lollipop party supplies herself! Visit her amazing studio shop and check out the Lollipop party kit, now you can pull of this adorable party theme in a snap! Thanks Kim!

If your sweet tooth still needs satisfying, check out my Sweet Slumber Candy Party ideas and Ice Cream Party ideas!
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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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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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Green Easter Ideas

Want to waste a little less this Easter? Here are some green Easter ideas, and I’m not talking fake grass. When it comes to going-green, Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are the go-to gals! Here are their tips and ideas for creating a fabulous Easter without all the waste.

Some bunny will love a green Easter basket

Easter brings thoughts of spring and rebirth, so there’s no reason not to celebrate it with the Earth’s best interest at heart. Since for many families, Easter wouldn’t be the day without the basket, here’s how to transform this traditional hit, into a gift that truly is worth celebrating.

Instead of buying a new plastic or woven basket made in a country far away, this year, how about using your imagination? Choose an item that can hold the goodies, decorate if you like and you’ve got a unique, no-cost container. How fun would it be for your kids to go on the hunt with one of these?

A purse
A backpack
A scarf tied to a hobo stick
A decorated paper bag or shoe box (add a handle if you like)
A fabric bag of any kind
A pot (decorate by drawing on a strip of paper the height of the pot, then fasten with tape)
A boot (Kids rain boots are especially cute. Tuck some fabric inside to keep goodies clean.)
A paint can (again, add fabric inside if you like)

If you’re the traditional type and like the look of grass, instead of buying the plastic stuff, why not try:

strips of fabric
real grass, either wheat grass or grass from your yard
shredded recycled paper
green scarf
strips of organic nori (seaweed available in paper-like sheets)
green napkin, washcloth or dish towel

What do you think? How will make your Easter baskets a little more green this year?

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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Easter Treats Like No Other!

My favorite princess of the baking world, Bakerella, has done it once again. I was so excited to see her that she is sharing some fabulous Easter Cake Pop creations! Words cannot even describe the pure cuteness so here are her masterpieces:

Bakerella’s Chick Pops are adorable! She also has a few other version of this edible birdie.

EGGstraordinary! These Easter Egg Pops are so clever!

Ooooh how I am loving these Bunny Cake Pops too! The only trouble is I cannot decide which ones are my favorite (I know problems right?)! So help me decide, which cake pops would you make for Easter? Please help or I will be one baking fool the night before our Easter party!

Be sure to check out Bakerella for all the instructions and many more fabulous ideas…be warned though- all of her creations are this cute!

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