Happy Earth Day, my friends! I am so delighted that the weather has finally warmed up enough to enjoy my garden! It is my absolute favorite place. It’s where I go when I’m feeling stressed, or just have a few minutes of free time. The garden is part of my home that my whole family enjoys immensely, and I’m so grateful to have.
Rodales recently sent me some goodies to use in the garden, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rodales, it’s the relatively new e-commerce site from the publishing giant, Rodale. They sell products for the whole family, home, and garden with an emphasis on quality and concern for the environment. As a total garden geek, that’s the section of their site that I’m particularly drawn to at the moment.
This past weekend, Sean, Eva and I got serious about some garden planting. When I say serious, consider what that means for a four year old…lots of giggling, excitement, and barefoot dancing in the fresh-cut grass. Eva just about burst with excitement when we opened up her very own secret garden kit, and she discovered that it came with a key! Super exciting! We planted all the seeds and are expecting a nice variety of flowers for her own little corner of the garden.
The thing I was most excited about has to be the milkweed seeds! Milkweed is just as described, a weed, but a very important weed! Milkweed sap contains a mild poison and tastes bitter, so most animals leave it alone. Monarch butterflies aren’t affected by the poison and for this reason, they actually seek out the plant to lay their eggs. The larvae eat the milkweed plant, and then form their chrysalises on them. When they emerge as the beautiful butterflies we know and love, their bodies are toxic to predators from all the milkweed consumption. So, if you care about monarch butterflies, the best thing you can do is plant some milkweed! The beautifully packaged kit from Rodale’s actually contains 4 packets of seeds. If you want one, mention it in the comments below! I’ll send them out to the first three people, and contact you privately for your address. Unfortunately, I’m going to limit my offer to the US only as policies about international seeds vary from country to country. I think earth day seems like an appropriate day to do our part in a little butterfly saving!
Here’s one last outtake of the quickly growing belly bump. Several of you have asked, and I didn’t want to disappoint! I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and are able to spend some time outside appreciating nature!
This post was written in partnership with Rodales in exchange for product. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!
That peachy pink color from Monday inspired me, and I wanted to create a little something just for you guys to download. After spending my college years down south (at SCAD), Savannah, GA will always have a special place in my heart. Magnolias are the flower that I think of most from that time in my life. I designed this wallpaper with a botanical illustration and some clean modern lines (which I’m kind of into!) to grace your desktop, iPad or iPhone screens. Don’t forget, the BKS handmade pillow giveaway ends tomorrow. Have a nice weekend, friends!
Hi there, happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend, and your week is off to a good start. Sean’s birthday was yesterday, so my in-laws flew in to spend the weekend with us. We stayed relatively close to home, enjoying some fresh air at Greensgrow, a little shopping in center city, and a lot of yummy meals out. Unfortunately, the weekend ended with a bit of a medical scare that put baby and I in the hospital, with the birthday guy by our side. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned on here that I have type 1 diabetes and have since I was 8 years old, but I do, and it was causing some problems for me. We’re all fine now, baby is good, and I’m mostly recovered too. I’m just hoping to spend the rest of the week celebrating my wonderful husband, he couldn’t possibly be any more deserving of some special treatment.
Anywho, on that note, colors! I love that top left citrus image, and thought that with citrus season coming to an end, I bet hurry up and find a way to use it. I think the brighter citrusy tones work really well with the deeper, moody marsala hue…and who am I to argue with Pantone?
Have a nice week, and don’t forget to enter to with TWO gorgeous handmade pillows from Bonnie Kaye Studio. The giveaway ends this coming Saturday! If you can’t wait until then to shop the BKS product line, you can use the code CLEANLINEGIVEAWAY for 20% off of your purchase!
Women have been giving birth since you know, like pretty much the beginning of time. The majority of us ladies are mothers, or will become mothers at some point in our lives. So why oh why is it STILL so difficult to find something attractive to wear during that magical time on your life? Maternity clothes tend to come in really lame pastel colors and are often cut in super matronly styles. I’ve found it to be of a lot of work to dress the way I want while preggers, but since I’ve already done it once (and I’m half way done with round 2, woot!), I thought I’d share some favorite brands and tips and tricks with you. Not pregnant? Pin this for later, you won’t be sorry!
This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Tera. If you aren’t the lucky lady, don’t despair! You can use the code CLEANLINEGIVEAWAY for 20% anything in Bonnie’s shop from now until May 2nd. Kind of perfect for Mother’s Day, don’t you think?
Philadelphia is by no means a small town, but things in the art/design community can sometimes feel remarkably cozy. I had JUST been admiring Bonnie’s gorgeous screen printed wrapping paper when she reached out to me about this collaboration. My answer, obviously, was a swift and decisive Y-E-S. Bonnie Kaye Studio makes beautiful things, period. She creates simple designs from nature and turns her images into a variety of innovative repeat patterns. She then screenprints and sews all of her products by hand, so each piece is truly unique. Learn more about Bonnie and the details of the giveaway after the jump!