Relive your favorite moments with these #honestholiday shots taken by our Honest community members. They capture the best of last year, give a glimpse into your sweet lives, and remind us of the small but special moments that lie ahead in 2013. (There were so many great photos shared, it was impossible to pick!)
And despite the date on the calendar, don’t hang up your party hats quite yet…. The celebrations are going to continue. Join us this Thursday on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and here on the blog to help us blow out our first birthday candle. Yep, Honest turns 1!
Beauty. Community. Education. Inspiration. Thanks to these shared Honest ideals and 10 pinners we’re following in 2013, Pinterest is a virtual playground we love (okay, are a bit addicted too!). What pinners populate your boards?
Handmade Charlotte. We can always turn trash to treasure with the great DIY crafts curated by Handmade Charlotte. Time to save your Honest boxes.
Inhabitat. Whenever we are in need of eco chic gifts, fashions, and décor, the Inhabitat boards are one of our fave destinations for thoughtful ideas.
Modern Parents Messy Kids. Need rainy—er, everyday—inspiration for engaging your kids in healthy play, all while maintaining a design-minded house? Steph and the MPMK team’s colorful ideas definitely capture their motto: “mindful living, effortless style.” Now, that’s something we honestly appreciate.
Nurture Nature. Make friends and follow the boards of the Nurture Nature Project to join a community of individuals who are learning together to live a less toxic lifestyle. Although it’s hard to choose, our fave boards include refashion, repurpose reuse, kindness, and organic food.
Oh Joy! Designer and blogger Joy Cho’s curated boards are like visual candy. Her authenticity and bold sense of style across all categories of home décor, fashion, and even baby gear inspire feverish pinning. We especially love her “Make Someone Happy” and “Babyproofing Your Stylish Living Room” boards.
Paul & Paula. Find international inspiration for creating your own safe + stylish living space—especially sweet children’s design.
Real Simple. Beautiful, delicious, healthy, practical, and easy solutions for any lifestyle (all in one space!). We appreciate they’ve sought out everything for us. What more could we ask for from a pinner?
TechMama. Being a social media maven, while leading a chic family life just got easier thanks to Beth Blecherman and her simply organized boards. We appreciate that she understands how busy parents love to stay connected and communicate via online channels
Whole Foods Market. Natural + organic living made easy (and tasty). Whole Foods’s boards are a great starting place for doable healthy recipes, personal gardening, easy entertaining, and mindful activities.
Wit + Delight. At Honest, we love making beautiful products that delight. So, it’s a pleasure for us to pin and draw ideas from delightfully designed fashion and décor boards by Kate.
What other pinners should we follow in 2013? Want more inspiration? Check out 10 bloggers you should follow in 2013.
Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside. And your family won’t want to thanks to these beautifully handcrafted wooden flyers from Mountain Boy Sledworks, which have been dubbed “steerable snow rockets” by Outside magazine. It’s equally cool that the sleds are made with sustainably harvested materials, the makers use every part of the wood, and they’re designed to last for years. Now, go have a blast playing in the snow (and stay warm with Christopher’s fave hat from Patagonia).
The famous “Apple-A-Day” catch phrase is no joke! Although often overlooked as an “ordinary fruit” and not as nutritionally packed as the pomegranate or berry, apples are truly nutritional powerhouses. Apples contain a nice amount of soluble fiber (4 grams per medium apple) for a modest amount of calories (95), which makes them a filling, sweet, and crunchy snack.
Another benefit: Apples also are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C, providing 14 percent of the daily value. This is a huge benefit during this germy time of year.
An interesting study performed by Finnish researchers studying dietary data collected over 28 years from 9,208 men and women concluded that frequent apple eaters had the lowest risk of suffering strokes compared with non-apple eaters. So now eating an apple a day not only helps with lung and heart health, but also with stroke prevention. Apples also contain and are the best fruit source of a chemical called quercetin, which has been found to help increase oxygen delivery in the lungs and helps with endurance in athletes.
Researchers are continuing to find more and more phytonutrients (a.k.a. the good stuff) in apples that are beneficial to our health, and none of these chemicals work alone. They all seem to work together synergistically, which is why eating fruits and veggies has the most health benefit.
Apples are the best fast food—just grab one and go. Try apples dipped in peanut butter for a snack, chopped apples in a salad, or the recipe below for crock-pot applesauce…and opt for organic when you can.
1. Peel, core, and chop the apples. (If you peel the apples, you will not need to use a food mill…but you lose the fiber!)
2. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon stick.
3. Set crock-pot to low and cook for 6 hours. Stir the apples occasionally—apples will slowly become a delicious applesauce.
4. Remove the cinnamon stick and either mash or put through a food mill if the skins were left on to help break down the apple skin
5. Can and process as you would other recipes or keep refrigerated up to 3 weeks.
Be Well, Be NutritionWise.
~ Nicole Meadow, MPN, RD of NutritionWise
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for medical advice. Before undertaking any course of treatment or dietary changes, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
Gallery walls are a great way to personalize your space and display your favorite family photos, children’s artwork, or an eclectic mix of images and art. While the finished product is high impact, getting it to be museum-worthy can be tricky. Here’s our step-by-step guide (including some great tips and tricks) to help you along the way without leaving your wall looking like Swiss cheese.
1. A simple grid pattern using square frames is the easiest of all gallery wall configurations. However, there are many ways you can organize your photo wall. Consider the size of your wall when selecting the frames you want to use.
2. Trace the frames you plan to hang onto paper grocery bags, newspaper, or butcher paper to create a template. Cut the templates out. Align the template with the frame and mark the hanger or wire’s spot—this will be your guide for nailing the frame to the wall.
3. Lay your paper templates out on the floor and play with the configuration of frames until you come up with a combo you like.
5. Number your frames in the order you have arranged, moving clockwise and clearly marking which frame you want to be at the center of your gallery wall. (this is a great tip if you’re using different frame sizes and styles). Take note of the space between design. Keeping the space between the frames consistent helps create a more finished look.
6. Next, measure the wall and mark its center point. Tape the template you marked as your center to the wall here.
7. Tape the remaining paper frames to the wall according to your numbered design. When affixing the templates to the wall, we used sticky notes between the frames to keep the distance between each consistent. This is a trick so you don’t have to worry about being overly precise with a ruler. We are big fans of using items you have at home.
8. Check that your templates are level. Nail through your paper template, using the marked hole as the guide.
9. Remove the paper template as you mount each of your frames onto the wall (use a level and mounting putty to keep frames straight).
Voila! You now have a beautiful gallery display that will be a great focal point in your home (or, in our case, a diaper wall of fame!).
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