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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Decorating the Heart of the Home from the Heart of Haiti

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with product for this post about Macy's Heart of Haiti and Rwanda Path to Peace. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

Hi, and welcome to my home. Today I get to show you some beautiful pieces of interior design made from artisans in Haiti and Rwanda. Through Macy's Heart of Haiti initiative and Rwanda Path to Peace, you can help people the artisans make a living to provide for their families. 

The Heart of Haiti initiative has provided some of the first sustainable work since the January 2010 earthquake. Each artisan receives half of the wholesale price, and also gets to connect through Macy's program to US artisans. This helps broaden everyone's artistic energy and inspiration. 

The Rwanda Path to Peace has been doing a world of good for the country. Helping women lift their families and even whole communities out of poverty, providing a safe place for those affected with HIV/AIDS and bring women from 2 previously opposing sides together - I couldn't be more inspired by this collection of hand woven baskets. 

Before I received pieces from these lines, my decor was, well, not so very pretty. It was really more on the side of, we just moved, I got rid of most of my decor before, and this is a good place to set stuff for now.
The Heart of Haiti pieces were just the right inspiration I needed for the top of the piano. The Papier Mache vase with Cord matched our set of snake skin drums perfectly. 

I decided to keep our little Jazz Band as well, since the style just fit right in. The kids and I went shopping for some fake flowers, and found this gorgeous, yet so simple arrangement. The orange adds just another perfect pop to the vase. 

It just didn't feel complete until I added some of the gold leaf candlesticks and our chalkboard JOY sign. It's a wonderful reminder to find joy in everything we do. From our home to our family, there should be joy in every aspect. 

I couldn't very well stop there so I headed to the kitchen to do some more decorating. Ever since we've moved in, there's been this one wall - so empty and sad looking. 

As I was looking at the Sunflower metal lantern and Blue Papier mache vase from the Heart of Hait collection, it dawned on me. I would need chalkboard vinyl, and a cute little table. I found the table at a yardsale, and ordered the vinyl from amazon. 

Would you believe that's the same space? OK, yes obviously...but the chalkboard just completely changed it for me. The kids are loving it as well, and since the the vase is papier mache, I don't actually care if the kids play around it while coloring with chalk. I even used the Sunflower Wall hook to hold a piece of chalk for quick notes.

I can not tell a lie, this basket is probably my favorite peace out of both collections. You can find it in the Rwanda Path to Peace collection. I think bread baskets are one of the most subtle ways to add style to a dinner table. When not being used for bread, I'm displaying the cutest little measuring cups my sister was getting rid of (so I gladly took them off her hands)

I still had a few more pieces, including my favorite from the Heart of Haiti collection - a hand hammered metal tray. With some more baskets from Rwanda, a soapstone dove (that the kids are convinced is actually toothless), and a few more gold leaf candlesticks, our decorating was finally complete. 

The beautiful thing about using a tray on the table, is that when you sit down to eat, it's easy to move all the decor at once - and equally easy to put it all back after eating. 

What's your favorite piece? Let me know in the comments.

Monday, September 29, 2014

How to use Fabric Softener to create Magical Mornings

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Follow #FastDrySaveTime to see how other bloggers are using the new Suavitel Fabric Softener

What's the recipe for a Magical Morning? 3 simple ingredients that include incredible scents, soft clothes, and more time! Thanks to Suavitel's new Fast Dry fabric softener I've been able to create some pretty fun mornings lately. 

When I did our first load of laundry in this house, it took 3 cycles before the load was sufficiently dry. 3 TIMES!!! I just was not OK with that. Since we had just moved, and took 3 days to drive out here, I really needed to do laundry, and I needed it done as fast as possible. Unfortunately I wasn't seeing an end in sight after only getting 1 load done that first day. 

I spent a lot of time over the next couple of weeks checking on the clothes in the dryer, finding odd places to hang still wet clothes, and finally sending Mark out to see if he could figure out the problem. As it turns out, the set up is just all wrong, and our dryer vents upwards. This had caused a huge blockage of lint in the middle of the vent pipe. Mark got the blockage cleaned out, but we couldn't do anything about the direction of the vent. Of course it doesn't help my feeling of being rushed that we also share our washer and dryer with the downstairs neighbor.

When we were walking through Walmart one day, looking for treats for Princess R and Little Prince, when we also came across Suavitel's new Fast Dry Fabric Softener. Fast Dry? I had to try it obviously. The scent - Magical Morning Sun - also pulled me in, because I needed some magical mornings with my littles that didn't include trying to dry our clothes, and make sure everyone had clean clothes before school started. 

This child! Her facial expressions totally crack me up. Even I don't get that excited about doing laundry. The bright colors had her sold though - so much so, that we may have come home with a couple of bottles....

Now that we had our fabric softener, it was time to get cracking on creating the perfect magical morning. It use to be, after we dropped the older two off at school we had to hurry home and check the laundry. Now? We take our time, because I know there's no rush. The dryer can wait. 

When creating our magical morning, I looked to Suavitel to see what ingredients I might need. Similar to what makes this fabric softener so great, our magical morning consists of the same ingredients.

You will need:
Soft ClothesYour mornings can't be Magical if you're stuck in stiff or static-y clothes. So make sure you put on something soft before creating magic. It will be the best kind of magic. We like to use the best fabric softener to get the softest clothes. 
Incredible scents Next look for some incredible scents. One of the kids favorite things to do is stop and smell the flowers. If there's one thing I've learned about our walks, it's that the longer we spend smelling flowers, the more magical the rest of the day seems. Of course if you want to have a magical morning at home, you can just get those scents on your clothes. 
Lots of timeFinally, you will need lots of time. Who wants to interrupt smelling flowers with running home only to do more chores. Come on, we all want to spend more time creating magic, so make sure you have the time! For me, I find more time by finding ways to cut time spent on chores like laundry. Suavitel claims to save you 30% of the time normally spent waiting for those clothes to dry (also saving you on energy costs, double score!)

What's your recipe for a Magical Morning?

Friday, September 26, 2014

4 ways to wear leggings {Giveaway}

I was expecting that once fall hit here in North Dakota we'd get some pretty cool weather. So far it's actually been extremely warm - like middle of summer warm. But I know it's eventually going to cool off, so we're getting ready. Grandma found us some nice coats, and then I came across these cute leggings at Girls Crochet Headbands. Princess R and I thought it would be a lot of fun to style them different ways for you.

1. On Your Arms,
Let's just jump right into the crazy here! Put those leggings on your arms. I think we may need more leggings so we can all warm up our arms in style. Plus they're just so cute. And of course if you have a second pair, you can toss them on your legs. Which brings us to the next style!

2. Lengthen Pants. 
I seriously love these white leggings we got from GCH. They've got a cute ruffle on the bottom that I like to stick out the bottom of Princess R's pants. It helps lengthen the pants too, especially the ones that have shrunk in the wash.

3. Dress Up. 
Aren't these adorable? Toss on a cute tutu, a headbow, but don't forget the rainbow leggings. I can't get over how much fun Princess R had in this outfit.

4. Under a Dress. 
Probably the most common way to wear leggings is under a dress. Normally I'd prefer a less exciting legging under the dress, but this girl you guys. She just can't get enough of these rainbow leggings.

GCH would like to give one of my readers the same package they sent me. It will include
Turquoise Tutu Top
Turquoise Tutu Skirt
Rainbow Bright Leg warmers
White Organza leg wamers
White cherry blossom headband
Red girls hair bow
Turquoise crochet headband

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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