Friday, August 29, 2014

day 263 : kindness carousel {week 22}

happy friday!
i have another round of awesome links to share with you!
today, i have a few awesome videos ; but instead of embedding them here, i have just provided the links!
{it drives me bonkers that they auto-start}

1) is this german city going to be the first to end hunger?
2) LOVE THIS! such an incredible dose of perspective ----> first world problems read by third world kids <----- seriously, you guys! WATCH THIS VIDEO!
3) {another video} this one came out about 6 months ago, and i still can't write about it without getting all teary! 5,000 people come together to sing 'clouds'
4) small biz inspiration #1 : 11 things i wish i knew when i started my business
5) small biz inspiration #2 : 20 things to do when business is slow
6) this video will get you all pumped up about singing to strangers!
7) finally, do you read Humans of New York? you should! you can follow them through their site or all social media channels. for 50 days, brandon {the photographer} is traveling the world, taking pictures & sharing them. honestly, this website makes me a better human! 

anything awesome to share with us?

Friday, August 22, 2014

day 254 : kindness carousel {week 21}

another friday equals another round of rad links from around the internet.
here we go:
1) looking to donate to the food shelf {say yes!} ; here is a great list of always-needed items!
2) i started this blog almost 18 months ago, largely inspired by the tragedy of the boston bombings. this post is so beautiful & inspiring.
3) libraries are pretty much one of my favorite places in the world. here is a list of 10 of the most unique libraries in the us!
4) so sweet! this 4th grade class wrote letters to help get shelter dogs adopted!
5) another post for dog lovers ------> blind couple marries after their guide dogs fall in love
6) if there is only one link you click on ; make it this one! i love this video!
7) receive the sunday paper? find yourself with coupons you won't use? donate them here for your local food shelf!

have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

day 253 : share some fun news!

if you follow me on social media, you will have noticed i shared these photos yesterday.
the people at Minnesota Monthly magazine have a feature called '5 things.' each month, they pick something {burgers, yoga studios, farmers markets} & pick out the top 5 in the city.
this month, the column is about subscription boxes and {woo hoo} we MADE THE LIST! 
my copy came in the mail yesterday & we have already seen a spike in web traffic & sales! 

also, the boxes ship next week {i will share a sneak-peek soon!} ; and we only have 7 boxes left! 
you can head here to pick one up! 

Monday, August 18, 2014

day 252 : {GIVEAWAY & review} Veggetti Spiralizer

*the folks from veggetti provided me with product, payment & an item to giveaway in exchange for this post. as always, ALL opinions are mine*

happy monday! 
today, i have a fun giveaway, a review AND a recipe from the folks at Veggetti
the spiralizer craze seems to be everywhere right now! a spiralizer is a kitchen tool that shreds fruits & veggies into noodles! 

right now, i am five weeks away from my duathlon & have been spending a lot of time outside training! with that, i have been trying to up my water consumption. i have become one of those people who gets *terrible* headaches when i am dehydrated! 

along with more water & more time spent riding & running {and barre & hot yoga}, we are also in the middle of our weekly CSA bounty! each week, we have been receiving cucumbers, zucchini & squash {along with lots of other stuff!} 
i have been trying to eat a whole {or part of} cucumber a day, because of the high water content. {and because i love dipping things in hummus!}
at the beginning of the season, i started this pin board FULL of veggie-friendly recipes! 

so, how do you use a Veggetti? its shaped like an hourglass & has blades on the top & bottom. one side will give you thin noodles, the other, thick.
i used this recipe to create a mid-morning snack ; lemon cucumber noodles with cumin!
the noodles were crunchy & the cumin added a nice kick!
{if you read the amazon reviews, some folks say that clean up in pretty difficult. i use a small wire brush meant to clean my glass straw & it works great!}

want to win a Veggetti for yourself? 
{so easy, you guys!}
1) head to the comments & let me know your favorite fruit or vegetable
2) share this post // giveaway on social media {leave a separate comment to let me know that you entered} here is the link to this post.

thats it! 
giveaway ends sunday, the 24th.
{don't forget to leave a valid email address with your comment, so i can contact you!}  

Friday, August 15, 2014

day 251 : kindness carousel {week 20}

kindness carousel ; my favorite post to write each week!
below, you will find a round-up of rad things that are happening around the internet.
i actually revisited the 300+ links i have been collecting since october, so some of these links might be from the past, but hello, kindness is kindness! 

1) YES ----> 36 things i wish i had figured out sooner
2) animal lover? me too. 13 creative ways to help out your local shelter
3) i love it when famous people use their money for good! james patterson gave away $1 million to indie bookstores! 
4) $5 if you can read these without bawling! humans are really amazing!
5) i love nora's blog! love it! such an incredible dose of reality, beauty and a great reminder to be so very grateful for the little things.
6) i love all the work that farm sanctuary is doing! you can head here to sponsor a farm animal!
7) last fall, jimmy jensen became the first runner with down syndrome to complete the new york marathon. i came back to this story all the time!

thats it for this week! anything awesome to share with us?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

day 250 : {NEW IN SHOP} // plantable flowers

i added these to the shop last week, but wanted to share them on the blog! 

looking for a fun mini-gift? something to add with your tip at your favorite cafe? a fun add-on to the letter you are sending your grandma? 
these plantable paper flowers are fun! bright colors, full of wildflower seeds & easy to keep in your wallet or purse for that perfect 'be kind' moment! 

each packet contains 6-7 flowers and they ship for FREE! 
they have been selling pretty fast, so right now, there are only 21 packets left! {i am ordering new colors now!}
you can purchase them here.
my friend nic made the tags & the folks at bloomin' made the flowers! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

day 249 : August Be Nice Box {REVEAL}

happy august!
i am running a bit behind with the reveal this month! 
the boxes went out a week behind schedule due to some folks stealing the test tubes & the art prints from my apartment building! 
both artists were SO amazing & understanding in regards to sending replacements in a timely manner!

i have hinted a bit on social media & am not ready to release all of the details yet, but starting with the october boxes, our format will be different! i am super excited to share, but just not yet! ;) 

August Be Nice Box Reveal 

theme // hello, my friend {all good deeds are ways to connect with people in our lives}
gift // {each month, the subscriber receives as small gift as a thank you for making the planet a better place} an awesome assortment of art prints from lindsay at pen+paint

this months good deeds // 
1) surprise a far-away friend with a letter //  INCLUDED happy mail kit
2) UNPLUG! turn off all electronics & play a game or do a puzzle
3) invite a friend to be active! yoga in the park, a bike ride, a walk around the neighborhood
4) spread the message & tell someone she is beautiful // INCLUDED balloons
5) give someone a real 'i love your guts' hug
6) remember birthdays! write them down in a calendar ; don't rely on FB notifications
7) make a lunch date with a friend // INCLUDED lunch date cards
8) tape a silly joke to a co-workers computer monitor
9) spread the word! tell someone about your favorite band, cage, hairdresser or subscription box service ;)
10) leave a plant or fresh flowers on your neighbors doorstep with a note
11) know someone who is stressed out? tram them to a relaxing bath // INCLUDED handmade lavender bath salts 
12) does your friend have a birthday, wedding or anniversary coming up? donate money in her name to a great charity

items included in this months box // 
happy mail kit from sweet heritage paper  // balloons from you are beautiful {search #yabsticker on social media for inspiration!}  //  lunch date cards from invitapaper studios // handmade lavender bath salts 

our artists are awesome & i *always* recommend you check them out, find them on social media & support them! we wouldn't be able to do what we do without the awesome companies we work with! 

there are still spaces available for september! the theme is 'for the littles' and is perfect for young kids & families! {totally awesome for adults w/o kids, too!} // here