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getting crafty for st. patrick’s day

I don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day decorations. It’s always fun for us to eat Corned Beef {something I don’t care for but make for my husband once a year}, wear green and listen to Irish music but it’s just not something we celebrate in a huge way around here. However, I wanted to create something green and cute to make that day{and our fun dinner} more special. Some time ago I came across a few cute little projects HERE @ the nesting place and they sort of stuck with me. I was inspired to make my own twist on these projects using just four materials and little bit of my time, on a Saturday afternoon. This is what I came up with.
::material needed::
yarn
paint chips {or card stock}
washi tape {i found this four pack at Target}
circle punch {i used this Martha Stewart brand punch from Micheal’s}
 punch out paint chip circles {this one is approximately 1 inch}
attach paint chip circles to yarn with washi tape {i alternated my green colors but you can do all the same or an exact pattern if you prefer}
fold a piece of washi tape in half {over the string of yarn} attaching it to itself until it makes a little flag
cut a small pointed banner shape with two quick snips {see picture below} to the end of your washi tape flag
continue until you reach desired length
You will end up with a cute little pile of goodness that you can string up just about anywhere! This is a quick and fun project for any color combo or occasion! Change it up with different string or by stapling or hot gluing your paint chip circles to the string or even using card stock instead of paint chips! Good Luck!

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{COLORS I LOVE}

favoriteTHINGS Friday
For the last few years I have been really into anything in the mint…aqua…sea-foam category {even robins-egg blue works for me}. I got four new bags for my birthday and 3 out of the 4 are in this color family! I have loved the color GREEN my whole life. I wear it often…decorate with it…color with it…and even make all sorts of food choices based on it {actually I just happen to love most green veggies…weird I know}! But my love of green has been greatly swayed towards my recent passion for the blue/green color family. I’m buying it to wear and accessorize with a lot these days! Splash in some coral, pinks and/or navy {along with gray…my favorite neutral} and I am good to go. Even yellow & red make the cut with these beautiful colors! Check out some of my favorite Pinterest color combo pins below or simply go to my board colorCRAVINGS to see it all!

What are some of your color cravings these days?

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greenVALENTINE {FARMERS MARKETS & CSA’s}

Have you ever considered shopping LOCAL for produce and so much more at your neighborhood FARMERS MARKETS and/or join a CSA program? its great!
The food is fresh, local, often organic, uses less resources to produce and to transport, it’s often organic….I could go on and on! We were part of a CSA membership program in Fresno for a while and we loved it.  Every week it was like a treasure hunt discovering what local & seasonal items we would be getting.  Each box would evoke smells and flavors of that season and taste incredibly fresh…yum! There are dozens of reasons to shop local farmers markets & CSA’s but don’t just take my word for it.
Check out these links for more information:

By the way, in case you were wondering…CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  Basically you pay a regular fee and pick up a box of their freshest produce weekly or monthly…it is fun & easy way to stay healthy while supporting local farmers!  I found this definition from thefreedictionary.com: A CSA consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farming operation where the growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production. They usually consist of weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme, and sometimes includes dairy products and meat.

One more thing…I’ve been so busy that blogging has been impossible…but as soon as i can make it more of a priority i will.
Peace out for now.
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greenVALENTINE {SPRING CLEANING}

Consider switching to “greener” cleaning products…after all it is spring cleaning time!

Here are a few of my favorites above. My advice is to just replace as you go…it does not make sense to waste a bunch of products that you already have.  Just try a new brand every time you run out of something.  I have tried a lot of different “green” products out there and some are much better than others so don’t give up. I have found that most of the time you can get your home very clean while also saving money and making your home safer for you and your family!  Even simple things like lemon and baking soda can go a long way!
How do you clean green?
P.S. I was thrilled to read my friend ERIN’s new blog & discover that I inspired her to make some cloth napkins for her kids.  What a great idea to sew them into little sizes so the kids don’t make a huge mess with them.  LOVE IT!
Check her out at Lime & Love .
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greenVALENTINE {PAPER TOWELS}

So, have you every thought to yourself…
“hmmm self, I really need to start thinking about “going green” but I have no idea how or where to start!” Well I am going to try to give you some ideas (every so often) so that you can slowly start to incorporate some “green” living into your life.  And the great thing about these challenges is that they will save you some “green” (cash that is)! So it’s a win/win! Don’t worry about perfection, every change in life work working at should be slow and steady!
Here is my first idea:
Buy a 12 pack of paper towels and see you if you can use just one roll per month this year!
I currently do this-so I know it’s possible!
 If you are like me…you will need:
  • a large stack of washcloths (we use about 3 – 6 everyday…one type for counters and one type for washing little hands and faces…if you prefer sponges i’m sure this can work the same way)
  • cloth napkins (mostly old, used ones for everyday and a few nice ones for guests)
  • kitchen towels (we use about 4 in the kitchen at a time…the pretty ones move from the nice spot on the oven to the fridge handle…to the laundry every few days)
  • a new mindset about laundry because you will have to wash these things every few days (This may take some getting used to but it will save you money in the long run.  Let me reassure you that if you are thinking “that is a lot of water to use…is that green?”my short answer is yes…sort of…producing paper products consumes tons of water so as long as you try to run cold, short loads the long run answer is yes it is more green to wash towels that can be used again and again than buy and use paper towels once!)
  • P.S. (If you compost you can often put the paper towels that you do use in there as long as you don’t have any grease, chemicals or animal products on them)
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One more thing,  you have to check out
Cori Derksen’s Photography Blog…she is an amazing photographer and took some great pictures for us when Paige was just a few days old!  The other day Paige and Grant got to be her models for a workshop class that she offers several times a year! Check out this link to see my little cuties! So FUN!
xoxo- *laura*
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