Finally back in the garden, with Rodales!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales 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.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales 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.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales 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.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales 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!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales 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!

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desktop decor: modern magnolia desktop wallpaper

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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!

2560 x 1440 | 1680 x 1050 | ipad | iphone

PS: A few other editions of spring/summer desktop decor here, here and here

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color me monday: citrus and marsala

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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!

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secrets to a fashionable pregnancy + maternity brands to shop

fashionable pregnancy outfits, maternity style tips, maternity brands to shop, fashionable pregnancy 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!

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Handmade Pillow Giveaway with Bonnie Kaye Studio!

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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!

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color me monday: ruby, mint, and soft lilac

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Hello lovelies. I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend, regardless of what holiday you were celebrating. We spent quite a bit of time outside which felt awesome! On Saturday we did a little work in the garden and picked up 20,000 bees. Yes, you read that correctly. Sean’s been wanting to set up a honey bee hive, so we had to collect our (well packaged) colony that were driven up all the way from Georgia. Sunday was spent eating way too much bunny-shaped chocolate, and getting the bees cozy in their new home.

I’m always a fan of mixing muted colors with a pop of deep, saturated color. I feel like I’ve never seen a color palette quite like this one, but truthfully that’s always my goal! Have a nice week, and be sure to stop back in on Wednesday for a fun giveaway!

PS: You can view more color me monday posts here, here and here!

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the big deal gender reveal!

official baby gender reveal! I had originally planned to post this yesterday, but decided to hold off. I didn’t want anyone to think I was april fools day joking about this VERY big news! Finally, yesterday we learned this little baby in my belly’s gender… whether we’d be welcoming a brand new little girl or really moving out of our comfort zone by adding a baby boy to the mix! Since it’s officially spring, I thought I’d let big sister Eva and some appropriately colored flowers break the news! Find out what we’re having, blue or pink, after the jump!

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color me monday: citrine, grey, and bubblegum pink

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Hello friends, it’s been a while! Last week I was super sick and crummy, and just couldn’t possible put together a worthwhile blog post for you. Now I’m back, it’s officially spring, and I’m ready to rock. It was a pretty quiet weekend around here. Eva went to my parent’s house on Friday, and we met her there on Saturday afternoon. It was still pretty cold so minus a Sunday morning walk in the woods, we were inside huddled by the fireplace most of the weekend.

Despite the way it feels, I’m ready to think spring. I like the juxtaposition of this girly pink against the darker, gender-neutral citrine color. I hope you have a nice week!

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muted illustrations by HSIAO-RON CHENG

muted illustrations by HSIAO-RON CHENG, flower portraits, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, pastel portraits, illustrated portrait WOW! Just wow! I stumbled across these insanely gorgeous muted illustrations by Hsiao-Ron Cheng, and knew I just had to share. She is a Taiwanese digital artist and illustrator. She just started working in 2012, which absolutely blows my mind. You’d never suspect her recentness when looking through her portfolio, each piece is incredibly strong and refined. Hsiao-Ron has been seriously busy for the past few years! She’s also painted many a red-headed muse, which makes me like her work even more. I specifically chose these images because c’mon, faces crammed in flowers just radiates an irresistible spring time vibe, don’t you think? I strongly advise you to check out her website and print shop, and have a super lovely weekend!

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