I was just introduced to WE’VE through my work with Pollinate, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to share their story, and highlight just one of their many amazing artists. WE’VE is committed to collaborating with artisans making a difference with the goods they make and sell. By viewing sustainability through several lenses, they work with diverse, highly-skilled people whose products and practices will have a positive impact on the environment, economy, community, and culture. They not only hire artists creating amazing products, but also work with local videographers to tell their story in a unique way. Their artists stretch the globe from Chicago, to Cambodia, so you can support people in your own backyard, or on the other side of the earth.Tech Angles Necklace by Beadwork By Amanda, and had to appreciate the irony, considering my husband’s line of work owning a small technology-based company. I’ve seen firsthand the environmental impact our need for better, faster, cheaper technology has had, and I’m proud of my husband’s refusal to simply throw computer parts in the trash, destined for a landfill, choosing to recycle them instead. Currently, 30 million computers, 130 million cell phones, and 300 million circuit boards are tossed out annually.Beadwork By Amanda takes a portion of that “trash”, and turns it into wearable art, using old circuit boards to create jewelry, including necklaces and earrings. All the materials she uses are vintage and sustainable, and plant based oil resins seal each piece. Amanda is based in upstate New York and through her pieces, reminds people that trash and technology can be beautiful.WE’VE works with. If you like what I’ve shared about their purpose and vision, please visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.
Let’s get started shall we?see it done here in this DIY. Anyhow, if you’re indecisive like me, you can go this route, but be very careful with handling because if you forget both sides are open and start moving things around too much, your beads will go flying off one end and you’ll have to start all over.
When you’re ready to complete your necklace, you take your wire and feed it through a crimp bead, and loop it over the jump ring and back through the crimp bead to hold in place. My photo in this tutorial came out a bit blurry, but you can see very clear photos of the process in the above referenced tutorial.
All week I’ll be sharing DIY’s in this same color theme of silvers, golds and bronzes. The holidays are the perfect time to add sparkle and glam in the form of these rich colors and textures, so stay tuned, I have some DIY’s perfect for gift-giving, the home and spreading Christmas cheer. I hope you’ll enjoy them, and join me back here tomorrow for the necklace tutorial. See you then.
This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Soma, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #givesoma http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcOWhen I first began hosting family and friends at our home for holiday gatherings, I continuously went with the approach of more is more when I set the table. I love the look of a well designed and very full table, complete with full service place settings, elaborate centerpieces, candles galore, and of course more glasses than you know what to do with. Those types of tables are always just so darn pretty, you know it’s true. But are they practical friends? No, no not really. I do still love them though, but have slowly, then quite quickly with the birth of my third child, curtailed my more is more approach to table settings, and have happily settled on a less is more point of view.
Less is less work, less chance of mess, less clean-up, less chance of breakage. So now when setting the table for family and friends, I include only the necessities, and leave out the rest.magnolia place cards from my post last week. I love that they require no extra cutting of paper and are literally quite green. Soma water pitcher that you see on the table. It provides filtered water, even from the tap, which tastes great. I very rarely drink water straight from the tap, especially where we live as the water is so hard it tastes quite frankly, terrible. The Soma pitcher works so well, however, that I’m drinking water from the tap, passed through my filter of course, for the first time in years.
Soma is designed to not only enhance the taste of your water, but do so in a sleek, beautiful way. The filters are made of fully biodegradable coconut shell, and new filters are automatically mailed to you every 60 days with your subscription when you purchase a Soma for $49. The cost is $12.99 (less than $0.25 per day). Shipping is always free. But besides making my water taste better in a sleek and beautiful way, Soma has also partnered with Charity:Water. Every filter you buy helps bring fresh, clean, and safe drinking water to those in need, all across the world.
The Soma makes a great gift for you, a friend or family member, or even your boss who makes multiple trips to the water cooler throughout the day. If you’re interested in learning more about Soma, you can visit them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.
So what do you set the table with? Do you add more than I’ve included here, or are you a minimalist? Whatever your table style preference may be, wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!
I wrote this post quite a few days ago, about a server offering my kids fries with their spaghetti, and boy did it piss some people off. Since Thursday I’ve been fielding tweets and blog posts and comments written in angry response to it. For the first few days, it really, really got to me. Trolls on Facebook and yahoo call you a moron and ugly, or even say your baby looks “retarded” (yes, that seriously happened), you begin to let it roll off your back because you can imagine them in their parents basement, typing away angry messages to online writers.
But this last response felt all-together different because the negativity and hate was coming from actual people. At one point, someone tweeted the story out and Andy Richter of The Conan Show read it, and responded, “God, people are fucking horrible.” You have one half of Team Coco say that about words you wrote and see if it doesn’t put a damper on your day.
All the while I was thinking, people are really getting this upset about some french fries? It’s not like I wrote a post titled “Obamacare Sucks!”, or other controversial topics. It was about french fries and spaghetti. People accused me of harassing the poor server and some said I was lazy for taking my kids out to eat spaghetti when it was so easy to make at home. It got to the point where the comments became just so ridiculous I stopped reading. And then I stopped caring at all and I realized how silly I was being by caring so much. By the way, most of the really negative comments which added nothing to the conversation were deleted by Babble. Responses calling me a twat, entitled bitch, pathetic snob, you, know, the usual internet hostility…
I’ve learned a major lesson from all of this though, and that is I need to do a better job of clarifying my position on things before I write, especially on hot-topic issues such as food and kids. Some of the feedback was valid and I can see where people were confused. At the urging of the team, I wrote a response which I hope clears up my position a bit better. For those who provided constructive criticism, I’m appreciative. And for those friends who have been reading from the beginning, or know me in real life, who stuck up for my position in the comments, thank you. It was nice to see some friendly faces in a sea of negativity.
There was so much more I was going to write about this whole subject, but after sitting on it for a few days, I’ve realized I need to just move on and let this go. Lessons learned, point taken, yadda yadda. From here on out, I’m making a vow to be a lot more encouraging and positive online. No more tweeting the NBC Today Show, saying Matt Lauer is a jerk.
Thanks for everything friends. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. See you back here on Monday.
Metallic and/or White Chalk Pens
Clean Smooth Leaves (you can rinse with water and dry, or wipe down with baby wipes)
A Thankful Spirit
I love the idea of place cards and thankful notes, but don’t love the idea of extra work, so these work especially well because there is no additional cutting or assembling involved, and they blend seamlessly with the existing decor if you’re already incorporating fresh leaves or greenery into your table scape.
Make sure you get your leaves nice and clean beforehand though so the pens can write smoothly, then just place extra leaves and pens at the table for you all to write notes in between courses or at the start or end of the dinner feast. Because I was just setting the table for 4, I had enough to set at each place setting, otherwise for a large group, just put greenery and pens in bowls or cups and let everyone share and pass around.
See you back tomorrow where I’ll be sharing how to make thankful leaves using fresh magnolia leaves and gold pens. The kids will be so excited you’re letting them in on your secret stash of craft supplies. And to make sure you receive all updates, follow For The Love Of on bloglovin or friend me on Facebook.
I will of course continue with my Gwyneth Made Me Do It column over at Babble, because I just love it so much, and wrote about kids and kid’s menus and picky eaters and taking responsibility as parents for such pickiness.
On Picky Eaters -
But the more time I spend on the path to a healthier way of eating for my family, and the more parents I speak to about having fellow “picky eaters,” the more I can’t help but think that I am responsible for some of my son’s food aversions. The other day as my son was having a “moment” and I was trying to get some dinner going, and help my daughter finish a school project, I absentmindedly offered him a “snack” to settle him down. Maybe because now I’m just more sensitive to the subject of food, but I finally realized that for years I had been using foods, and in particular “snack” foods he loved, to diffuse situations when my “difficult” kid was acting up. Crying in the store, here’s a snack to calm you down, fussing when I’m trying to do housework, sit in your high chair and have a snack, and on and on. And most of the time, the only snacks I knew would really settle him down were the type that come from a box or a bag.
Essentially, I had used snack foods of the processed kind to calm difficult behavior because it was just easier, plain and simple. To read the rest of this article, please click here.
On Kid’s Menus at Restaurants, and what I wish servers didn’t do -
I butted in and replied, “No, fries are not okay.” I had to catch myself because I was on the verge of sounding like one of those crazy control-freak moms, I realize this. So I gently backed down and asked what other options they had.
Turns out they had a whole host of awesome sides that were not only healthier for my kids to eat, but a lot better suited for a pasta dinner. I mean, who in the hell eats fries with spaghetti anyhow? Amongst the choices were 2 types of salad – Caesar and mixed greens, applesauce, carrots and ranch dressing, sliced apples with yogurt dip, steamed veggies and grilled veggies. As far as kids menus go, we had struck the holy grail in terms of nutrition and assortment, right?
So why was the server suggesting fries at all, let alone fries with pasta? To read the rest of this article, please click here.
Around the web I found and pinned some lovely things.
- I’m in love with these light floors, a good alternative to totally beautiful but totally impractical white washed floors that bloggers are going lady gaga for.
- 7 Cardinal Rules of Life – I love #4 and #7
- These Simple Sesame Noodles actually do look really simple to throw together.
- I am all over this look for the holidays – black and bronze glitz yeow!
- And I just ordered this amazing midi skirt – I hope it’s as stunning in real life as it is on the web. Plan to wear with a form fitting cream or black sweater.
- I pulled together some Thanskgiving printables for FREE over at Disney Baby
- These photos of Hayden, and how he’s been naughty and nice the past week completely crack me up. I love that kid.
Have a lovely weekend everyone. See you back on Monday.
When you release the iron completely, you’ll have a semi-loose looking barrel curl. When you’ve completed the whole head, you can gently work your fingers through the curls to loosen and break them up a bit.
Here’s another go around.
As you can see the back comes out looking just a bit textured, and not really “curly” which is fine by me. I like the way the waves frame my face and the rest of my hair just sort of has some full body to it. I’m sure my stylist could do a better job in the back, but not bad for a quick run through. This whole process takes me less than 15 minutes. I’m sure if I spent more time they could come out perfect, but I’m not aiming for perfect. Fairly decent is good enough for me. visit my Facebook page for funny outtakes from this awesomely awkward shoot.
Also, if you’re more of a video tutorial type of gal, this one by Whoorl is pretty similar to how I do it here. Enjoy!