Introducing Shop Blue Poppy!

Readers, we are so pleased to announce that today we have launched our very own Etsy shop! 

The shop is called shopbluepoppy, and right now we are having a grand opening special. Just use coupon code 'LOVEBLUEPOPPY' at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. We will be specializing in selling handmade items as well as great vintage finds. Head on over to shopbluepoppy now and see more. You might find something for yourself to treasure! xoxo

Earth Day

As the world we live in is advancing, demanding more and more materials each day, we are traveling down a path that will become narrower and narrower as the years pass by. Our climate is changing for the worse due the lack of clean environment. Tomorrow is Earth Day, and it's all about being conscious of the environment we live in, understanding what harms it, and knowing what you can do to fix it. 

Tomorrow take a vow to make an impact on the world we live in. Earth Day is a time to reconsider how you live. There are some simple changes you can make not only tomorrow, but for each day that will allow you to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem. Here is how you can help:

  • Conserve energy: be aware of leaving lights on or the television on while you're out of the house or asleep. Households are an enormous contributor to nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Turn everything off before you leave the house tomorrow and save energy. There's no sense in having something on when it isn't being used!
  • Go meatless: no one is asking you to give up your chicken wings and hamburgers forever, just on Mondays. Meatless Monday has become a trending concept with food bloggers, magazines, and other social media outlets over the last few years. Not only is it great for health reasons, but giving up meat one day a week helps limit the number of greenhouse gas emissions used by farms and factories that are producing meat in our country. A stunning fact - if you skip meat one day a week for the course of a year it would add up to the equivalent of taking your car off the road for five weeks. That's a lot of emissions. Learn more here.
  • Reuse: something as simple as using reusable tote bags for groceries instead of walking away with countless plastic and paper bags each time will help reduce waste tremendously. Many grocery stores now have reusable bags for sale at an inexpensive price. Spend the extra one or two bucks tomorrow and use those bags each time you shop.
  • Literally go green: planting your own herbs, whether in your garden or in pots inside your home is a great way to say yourself money on your grocery shopping trips, improve air quality, have some fresh cooking ingredients at your fingertips, and lead you in the right direction towards helping the environment. 

Join the movement. One small step for you, one big step for man kind. If we all did at least one of these things tomorrow, and vow to make a change from now on, we could achieve so much. Praise the land we live on - don't abuse it. Happy Earth Day!

Shop Etsy Sunday: Sonadora

For this week's Shop Etsy Sunday feature we have Sonadora, a shop that offers home decor wall hangings. Each piece is handmade in Nashville, Tennessee by designer and maker Lisa Garcia. She uses both vintage and found materials such as driftwood, wool, and various types of fibers to make each hanging that is carefully curated for your 'sacred space.' 

Each wall hanging uses a blend of materials that come together beautifully and evoke serenity and peace. Though Garcia has a limited amount of items in her shop, each one is made with care and is of outstanding quality. Whether it's displayed in your sacred space, or somewhere else in the home, guests will be sure to notice it, admire it, and talk about it. 

All of the items available in the Sonadora shop can be found here on Etsy and you can like their Facebook page for coupons and sale updates. 

Friday Finds #11

It's a gorgeous day outside here in the Northeast, so after you read this post why not go out and find a place to day hike near you? Local Hikes can help make that happen.

Currently listening to Nocturnal by artist Yuna - her voice is enchanting and the album is perfect Spring time music for those warm sunny days.

This dish I made for dinner the other evening is delicious, and might be one of my last sweet potato hurrahs as we transition into summer time and lighter fare: African Sweet Potato Stew with Red Beans.

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This globe is perfect.

Michael Pollan, known for his writings about nature, culture, and the environment, shares some of his favorite rules on eating. 

Introducing a new tumblr blog dedicated to the #gramablebarn hashtag on Instagram. Check out the blog gramablebarn to learn more as well as how to get your photo published.

Dee Williams is a woman who understands that material items are not necessary in order to be happy. In fact, she's taken it farther than that by downsizing her home, by a lot. Great eye-opening read you need to check out.

Flower Glossary is an online catalog from Design*Sponge for all of your floral needs.

If you have little ones, or are just a big kid at heart, these Krispy Easter Eggs by The Pioneer Woman is a great way to spend time together and make tasty egg treats that everyone can enjoy this Easter Sunday.