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Celebrate our Beautiful Mother Earth

20 Apr

Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22 and if ever there was a time to celebrate the beauty  of our Mother Earth it is now. With all that is going on that is not to good for humans, it has been very good for our planet. Less emissions from factories, cars and airplanes have resulted in less pollution which means improved air quality; that’s good for all living beings. Plants and animals are reclaiming what has been rightfully theirs. It seems that people are rethinking how they live and how it impacts our planet.

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I have always tried to live my life in a mindful way to protect our planet and appreciate nature. In this post I’m going to share with you some ideas to help you do the same in pretty and practical ways.

  • Use cloth napkins and tablecloths both indoors and out.
  • Grow your own food, even if it’s herbs in pots on your deck.
  • Recycle and reuse whenever possible.
  • Use wooden or metal utensils for cooking.
  • Use wood cutting boards

Reducing the use of plastic is probably the biggest thing you can do to help. Plastic is not biodegradable, it will never decompose. Here are list of companies that I use as an alternative for everything from cooking and entertaining to food storage.

Patio Fashions – This is my company that I run out of my home in New Jersey. Beautiful tablecloths, runners, and napkins. They can be washed and reused, again and again. The tablecloths and runners have a hole in the middle and zipper to make them easy to put on your patio table and just as easy to take off. Proudly, they are made right here in the USA.Patio Floral web res-8294

Dot & Army – A family run business in the coastal town of Brunswick, Georgia that specialize in cloth napkins for every occasion. They have many other sustainable essentials such as bowl covers, unpaper towels, reusable shopping bags and list goes on. If you’re ever in the area you can stop by her adorable shop to see and shop for yourself

Falcon Enamelware – This is company out of England that has been around for many years that specialize in beautiful enamelware that is the perfect alternative for plastic. Falcon has everything from tumblers and cups, to plates and bakeware. They are dishwasher and oven safe as well as the fact that they won’t break, which is key for life on the patio or around the pool.Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 1.42.13 PM.png

Paper Eskimo – A real favorite! Pretty paper products, party goods and eco-friendly utensils for those of us who love have a party and be mindful of the environment. Shop by color or theme, great for children and adults; they have everything you need!Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 2.02.05 PM.png

Bee’s Wrap – Sustainable food wraps that can replace plastic wrap that are washable and reusable. Great for bread, sandwiches, fruit, cheese and the list goes on. Not only are the practical, but each wrap has a super cute print that makes you smile!

Golden Rabbit – Another enamelware company that has beautiful patterns to chose from that makes indoor and outdoor entertaining eco-chic! Durable, lightweight and non-stick this enamelware is a great addition for those who love entertain.Screen Shot 2020-04-20 at 2.12.56 PM.png

I hope you this gives you some ideas of how to be to be eco-friendly while being eco-chic.

Stay safe and be well my friends!

Pinspiration, Inspiration!

7 May

Inspiration can come from anywhere, anything or anyone. I’m am constantly inspired but I must admit that Pinterest can provide lots of inspiration for all kinds of things. I use Pinterest to find recipes, ideas for parties, clothing and so on and on….and now you can even buy that dress you found and have to have! It helps me to see where I need to be with my business, what people like; trends. I love that you can arrange things, add boards and I can add the items I sell from the website. Pinterest is a fabulous business tool. (No, I am not in cahoots with them, this is all me.)

Here are some simple but effective ideas to make your patio gatherings really great that I found on Pinterest.

1. Lighting: those pretty little white lights that everyone loves. String them around your patio or even the patio umbrella for that soft, pretty lighting that feels like you’re in Paris! *The Window Shop

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2. Place settings: Adding a touch of nature to your table setting, like this radish, so sweet and unexpected! *Better Homes and Gardens

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3. Unusual ice bucket: Use a wheel barrow, a wagon, a large tin tub for a bit of whimsy and fun. It does the job and looks really cool! * Style Me Pretty

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4. Fruity/Floral Ice Cubes: So easy and so pretty! What an impact something so small can make. Add fruit, herbs or even edible flower petals to ice cubes. They look so pretty in a glass of sangria or seltzer! *Kidsdigne

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5. Chambray: A chambray tablecloth or runner with chambray napkins. who doesn’t love chambray? I know I do, so I decided to use chambray this season. Coming soon to you, by me and Patio Fashions…stay tuned!

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*Chambray Photo thisisnotsonew

Long Overdue-Small Business Reality

26 Apr

Hello all! I’m back. It has been 5 months since my last post and I apologize. It has been a bit crazy in my life and I was suffering from a creative block. We are renovating our house while living in it, my mother was moved into a nursing home, we adopted 2 more goats for a total of 4 and I am working on getting my Patio Fashions business off the ground…all while working full time.

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I love having a busy life. I love trying new things. I love life. I am now finding balance and I am ready to dive into this blog and my business. I hope you will continue to join me  on my journey of food, entertaining and fun!

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Photos by: Kimbrough Daniels

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