Home Philosophy

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Two Blog Giveaways

TWO GIVEAWAYS!

I just wanted to let all the home philosophers know that I Heart Nap Time is doing two giveaways. Now for the details!

GIVEAWAY 1: $100 Gift Card to Staples

The first is is for a $100 gift card to Staples courtesy of Avery and BlogHer. Martha Stewart launched a holiday line at Staples, so if you win and buy anything Martha Stewart, you know you’re getting pretty classy stuff . You can enter that giveaway HERE. I’m receiving an entry to win just by blogging about the promotion. Yay! Oh, and HERE are just some of the cool Martha Stewart supplies.

Source: staples.com

 

GIVEAWAY 2: Silhouette Portrait

The second giveaway is for a Silhouette Portrait. It’s a an electronic cutting tool that prints out serrated shapes, letters, etc. for you to use in your crafts. You can watch a video to see how it works HERE. This machine would bring me much happiness in making homemade cards. No more hand cutting!

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Who doesn’t love some free stuff?

Now go enter, home philosophers! I’d be so happy if one of my readers won. Good luck!


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Creating Thanksgiving Memories

I want to introduce you to some not so common traditions for Thanksgiving. I was prompted to write this post because since my grandpa died several years ago, I’ve been thinking about how to better preserve my family’s Thanksgiving memories. Let me tell you the story first.

My grandpa began declining in health around the holidays a few years ago and died right after Christmas. He was able to join us for Thanksgiving, but we knew it was going to be the last one with him. We were frantic taking family photos so we could have some visual memories. For some reason we never take holiday photos together. My grandma is relatively health, but at some point, she is going to pass on. I wanted a tradition that would help preserve some memories of my family at Thanksgiving aside from photos.

I love my grandma’s handwriting. She writes in cursive and it’s beautiful. I began thinking about how everyone knows what their family’s handwriting looks like. If a family member has passed away and we find a note or a card with their handwriting on it, we tend to feel comforted and nostalgic.

I took this idea and ran with it to make a priceless family treasure.

Creating Family Memories

THANKSGIVING ALBUM (later turned book)

What You Need:
1. 4″x6″ album: I got mine at Target for $4.00.

2. Cardstock: I would go with a light color. I also used a textured cardstock.

3. Template: You can have the one picture for FREE! I’ll also include a title page. Click on the links to download the “Thankful Card” and “Thankful Card Title Page.”

Instructions:
You can use the FREE templates I provided or make your own. If you use mine, print out however many you need and trim according to the trim lines on the printout.

Hand them out to your family and friends at Thanksgiving. You could even take a picture of each person and insert the photo above their thankful card.

Source: beckyhiggins.com

THANKSGIVING FRAMED POSTER BOARD

What You Need:
1. Poster board: traditional size 22″x28″

2. Frame:  size 20″x28″; Micahels always has great sales and coupons on their frame

3. Letter stickers: this is to spell out “GRATEFUL,” or “THANKFUL,” or whatever you want!

4. Writing utensil – markers, pens, etc.

Instructions:
Cut down your poster board to fit into the frame. Put your letter stickers on the board.

Now you’re ready to introduce it to your family at Thanksgiving. Take out the poster board, have your family write what they are grateful for, put it back together, and hang it up for everyone to see. Once you run out of room on your first poster board, there’s enough room to put more.

 

THANKSGIVING TABLECLOTH

What You Need:
1. Tablecloth/runner: make your own or buy a light colored one

2. Permanent Fabric Marker: fade resistant when washed or dry cleaned

Instructions:
Once you have your tablecloth, bring it out each Thanksgiving to have your family write what they are grateful for on it with the permanent fabric marker. Wash and put away until the next year.

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THANKSGIVING BOOK

What You Need:

1. Contents from the album you created and maintained for many years

2. Reputable book making company: Blurb makes fantastic quality books for a decent price

Instructions:
Eventually, maybe every 5 or 10 years, you could make a book from what you’ve accumulated in your binder. Of course though, a book doesn’t have the hard copy of your family’s writing. It would just be a fun, beautiful memoir to have; another way to preserve the family tradition.

Thankful Card Template

I hope you like the Thankful Card templates I made. Be sure to download the card templates I provided above. It’ll save you tons of time. If you’re wondering how I made them, let me know and I’d be glad to do a tutorial. If you’re wanting other years for the Title Page template like 2013 and so on, let me know that too and I’d be glad to provide them for you.

My 2012 Thanksgiving Tradition

I’m going to make the Thanksgiving Album a tradition from now on. It’s super cost effective. Plus you can use the same album for several years if you don’t have that big of a Thanksgiving get together. I’m definitely going to try and actually take photos from now on too. I’m going to regret not having the photo memories. I’m going to love watching the age metamorphosis. Well maybe not so much for myself 🙂

Your 2012 Thanksgiving Crafts

I want to see what you’re doing this year. Email me, comment with a link to your website or a photo of your crafty goodness, or just tell me about it! I also want to know which of the above crafts you like most or you see yourself doing at some point.

Happy Thanksgiving crafting my lovely home philosophers!


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“Grow Your Groceries”

Growing fruits and vegetables often seems overwhelming and too much responsibility on top of everything else you have going on.

But let me tell you that it’s actually quite simple if you have the right resources to help you. Not to mention the awesome benefits.

1. It’ll improve your and your family’s health. The Journal of the American Dietetic Association published a study that found preschool children who were almost always served homegrown produce were more than twice as likely to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day – and to like them more – than kids who rarely or never ate homegrown produce.

2. Save money on groceries. There’s a couple ways this will happen. First, you know you won’t be buying an excess of produce, which is a money waster. I know there are times when a recipe calls for a fresh herb, so I purchase a small container and don’t end up using all of it. Total waste! The second way you’ll save money is by buying seeds, which are inexpensive, and watching your garden flourish with fresh produce. You can even save the seeds from the best producers, dry them, and use them next year. It doesn’t end there though because you could learn how to can and preserve your summer and fall harvest to have tasty meals until the next season.

3. Better tasting food. Tomatoes totally taste better homegrown than in the grocery store.  This isn’t the only food that produces those results. Fresh always tastes better, wouldn’t you agree?

4. You know where your food came from and what’s on it. Okay, so how many people have touched the produce in the grocery store? What’s that waxy stuff on apples? I wonder where that dent came from. That looks like a fingernail went through it. I wonder how much pesticides and herbicides are on this? Now that I’ve grossed you out… 🙂 You get my point though.

5. You’ll be super proud of yourself. The sense of pride one feels when that sprout comes up is a joyous one. It’s working, it’s working! And when it’s fully grown, you pick it off the branch, look at it and realize you accomplished something super cool. You now get the gratification that YOU did this. Growing your own produce has multiple purposes and you made it happen.

Now that you know about the perks, you may be thinking that you don’t have a big fancy garden or your own yard to do this. Well, you don’t need those things. My friend is one of the biggest green thumbs I’ve ever met. She builds her vegetable garden in pots and containers and puts them on her balcony at her apartment. Non-traditional and it totally works.

You can even find out if your city has a community garden where you can rent your own plot. Check out acga.localharvest.org to locate a community garden near you or do a Google search for “[your city] community garden” and see what comes up.

Another amazing resource that I came across is SproutRobot. You put in your zip code and it tells you what and when to plant according to your area. It gives fantastic instructions on how to plant each vegetable/fruit, when it should sprout, and when you should harvest. They even email you to remind you when to plant. It’s easy to use, user friendly, and a fabulous system to have in your life. The site is definitely worth checking out.

Source: sproutrobot.com

If you have children, get them involved. They’ll learn a skill that they can use for the rest of their lives that will help them stay healthy and productive. Help them to develop their own home philosophy all while continuing to develop yours.

Whatever your motivation to start growing your groceries, chances are good that you’ll enjoy a new hobby, thin your wallet, and eat healthier.

This is certainly something I’ve been wanting to do, so try it out with me. I’d love to see photos of your garden (whether it’s in a yard or in a pot) and hear about your experiences.

Happy planting, home philosophers!


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There’s No Place Like Home

So what does this “home philosophy” thing mean and what does it mean for you?

When you think of your “home,” what images and words does it conjure up? You might have thought of family, comfortable, safe, refuge, and a variety of other fantastic things that make your house, apartment, or condo a home. There’s an intimate relationship we have with our personal space. A lot of us spend our time and creativity on our homes because it’s one of the awesome things in life we can manipulate and control. Other people may not spend any time at all on decorating because it’s the space, other family members, and the things they’ve accumulated over their lifetime that make the home.

Whether you’re one who loves decorating and updating or one who enjoys life’s accumulations, most of us have at least one thing in common. We worry most about how our homes make us feel, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We want our living space to nourish and comfort us after work, after dropping off the kids at grandma’s house, and when we’re sick. We want it to relieve us from stress, and we crave the opportunity for privacy and socializing.

Most of us like to add small touches that spur those feelings I mentioned above. Colorful fragrant flowers, candles, photographs, a quilt/other blanket, couch pillows, china, wall fragrances, books…I could go on. When life gets difficult, do some of these items or other items you thought of, help restore you, even just a little bit, even for a moment?

How can we get more out of our home, especially when we begin to feel “stuck at home” or “need to get out?” Rather than constantly engaging in passive unsatisfying time-killers, we should discover those activities that we take pleasure in or feel accomplished. Some examples:

+Read a novel a month (or more)
+Clean out a closet or junk drawer
+Gather all of your recipes into one place
+Do a puzzle/crossword/Sudoku/word find
+Go through clothes with the purpose of donating the things you don’t wear

There are a billion more things. Google “active things to do at home when bored” and you’ll get some really great suggestions.

My desire for myself and for you is to create something dreamy, serene, and lovely. A living space that is an expression of who you are, what you represent, what inspires you. Surround yourself with things that make you happy. OBVIOUSLY! 🙂

To get back to my original question, what does home philosophy mean? It’s your study of the basic concepts of what makes your living space a home. So let’s explore and learn together on how to make our homes have more attitude and aesthetics, discover the value of our home, and develop our home ideology.

I’ll include tutorials, photos, advice, trends, recent developments and news, guest bloggers/readers, anything and everything home!

Have a fab day, home philosophers!