Thursday, July 2, 2015

Time to Celebrate!

Although Saturday is technically Independence Day, many people have the day off work tomorrow and will be beginning their celebrations then. So I thought it would be fun to share some beautiful 4th of July inspired images today, before I sign off for the long weekend myself.

I'll be spending the holiday weekend at the final Grateful Dead shows at Solider Field here in Chicago. Most of you probably aren't aware of the fact that during the summers in my older teens, I followed the Dead around the country in a van with my friends, selling my handmade jewelry and clothing to get from show to show. Some of the best memories of my entire life are from that time. And to this day, even though I don't listen to them as often, they remain my all-time favorite band. My clothing company (Mountains of the Moon) was even named after a Dead song. I'm so excited to once again be in the exact place where I was 20 years ago almost to the day when the last show with Jerry Garcia took place. Hundreds of friends, many who I haven't seen in years, are coming into town for the event. It should be pretty epic. I'm ready to get my hippie on!

Before I go, I also wanted to say a quick thank you for your kind words on our big announcement earlier this week. We are absolutely thrilled, and it made us really happy to read all of your sweet comments. Enjoy the holiday if you're here in the states, and if not, enjoy your weekend!

Images from top:  1. Blood and Champagne  //  2. Oh Happy Day  //  3. A Beautiful Mess  //  4. found on Pinterest (anyone know original source?)  //  5. designlovefest  //  6. Say Yes 


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Console Tables Forever

By Home Contributor Paige Ronchetti

Six Stylish Console Tables // Bubby and Bean
left: top // middle // bottom         right: top // middle // bottom

How YOU doin', gorgeous collection of console tables? Why aren't any of you in my house?

As far as furniture goes, poor consoles don't get a lot of attention. They're not necessarily a major purchase like a dining room table, and you won't be spending a ton of hours on one like you would a sectional, so I kind of understand how they might seem a little... unimportant at first glance. (Which is false, but I get it.) It's a cryin' shame that these fall through the cracks because the best thing about a console table is how versatile it can be. You can stick one in a narrow hallway, under a TV, behind a sofa, or even use one as a desk depending on how its shelves are situated. They're a good "I'm not sure what to put here!" solution for weirdly-shaped spaces, and they make a smart landing zone for mail and car keys.

I'm also a fan because they can be a cool statement piece that doesn't overwhelm everything else in the room. We've all seen the basic Parsons-style consoles floating around, and they're fine, but let's go for something a little more interesting, shall we?

BOOM. First of all, I'd like to live here. Secondly, the room itself is so stark that it needed the industrial console table (and giant mirror) to add some oomph. If either of those were simpler and/or smaller, the space would seem rather uninviting with all of that white. Chilly, if you will, so going a little rustic and oversized with the console was a good move.

Do you have a console table at home? What's your favorite way to use one of these? And speaking of favorites, which of these makes your heart sing? (Top Left can come home with me anytime.) Who else kind of wants a Dutch door now that we've seen the inspiration image? - Paige

Console tables forever! Second down from the right is calling my name so hard. Thanks Paige, for always nailing it! In addition to writing for Bubby and Bean as our Home Contributor, Paige works as an Interior Designer (check out her biz, The Room Kit) and blogs over at Little Nostalgia. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Some Big News!

Surprise! Essley is officially going to be a big sister in early January! I'm not quite sure what it is with our family and birthdays around the New Year (Essley's is December 28th; mine is January 1st), but in about six months we're going to have another little Capricorn on the loose. Obviously, we are overjoyed. Being a mom has been the most incredible adventure of my life, and I can barely keep the tears in my eyes from pouring down my cheeks (ahhh, the drama of pregnancy hormones) every time I think about getting to do it all again. I'm so thrilled you guys.

Although this pregnancy journey has been different than ours with Essley in that it happened very quickly (which was quite a surprise to us), the majority of the less-than-fun parts of the experience so far has been almost exactly the same. Just like last time, the first trimester was full of nausea and vomiting, food aversions, and eczema breakouts on my face and neck. And once again, the fatigue has been extreme. This time, I also had a toddler to manage while I was heaving over the toilet, so that took things to a new level. Do you know what the great thing is about the woes of those first 12+ weeks though? I feel like they are almost completely overshadowed by the absolute wonder of a new life growing inside of you. I mean, how intense and weird and awesome is it, when you really think about it? It's been impossible for me to let the physical difficulties drag me down because I am so thankful for the experience and so excited for the end result. It's not all rainbows and fluffy clouds, but it's hard to complain when you're ultimately so, so happy.

Phew! I'm stoked to finally be able to break the news. Man is it hard to keep this kind of secret when you're falling asleep at your work station in between barfing episodes on the daily. But mostly, I'm grateful for all of the encouragement I received from my readers during my last pregnancy - and for the opportunity to share some peeks of this adventure with you as well.


Monday, June 29, 2015

Fueling My Morning Routine (+ a Giveaway from Naked Juice!)

As my regular readers know, I make an attempt to eat in a way that is healthy and balanced. I'm a big fan of plant-based foods, and I'm huge on smoothies. For a long time, I was making smoothies and/or juices every single morning. But then my baby became a toddler - which was accompanied by things like major breakfast messes, drawn out processes of pretty much everything (getting yourself and a 1.5 year old dressed in an efficient manner is near impossible), and morning lessons and play dates, all while trying to start my work day at a somewhat productive hour. Suddenly the prep time and subsequent clean up process that accompanied making daily smoothies felt like a hassle, and it fell to the bottom of my morning priority list. Before I knew it, I was only making them once or twice a week, and could usually be found cramming a piece of toast (more often that not, burnt) or a granola bar into my mouth as I quickly guzzled a cup of coffee.

I realized after a few weeks of this that I needed to find a healthier way to fuel my morning routine on days that I couldn't commit to making smoothies or juices from scratch. At first, I tried making them the night before, but the consistency was often pretty unpleasant by morning. I also have a lot to cram into nights once the kid is asleep, and again, I watched the smoothie making fall to the bottom of the list. So I decided to go another route. I'd been a fan of Naked Juice (fresh juice blends of fruits and veggies with zero added sugars or preservatives) for years but hadn't had one in a while, and when I heard about their newest juices, I decided to give them a try. I mean, you can't get much more convenient than grabbing a bottle full of already prepared fruits, vegetables, and other healthy plant-based ingredients, and drinking as you go about your business, right?

It turns out that I made the the right move. You can now find a bottle of Berry Almond Nutmilk, Kale Blazer, or Chia Cherry Lime (or all three of them) in my fridge at all times. They are perfect for me on the days that I'm not able to make my own smoothies, not only because they're major time savers, but because they're packed full of ingredients that give me energy. They're also all vegan and gluten-free. And they taste really, really good. Berry Almond Nutmilk is just like a dairy-free milkshake-style smoothie (with 11 grams of protein!). Each bottle contains 26 blueberries, 8 blackberries, 2 raspberries, 1 strawberry, 24 almonds, 1 3/4 apples and 1/3 banana! Kale Blazer is the perfect blend of greens: almost 6 kale leaves, 15 spinach leaves, cucumber, celery, oranges and apple with a hint of ginger and lemon. It's 100% juice (and an excellent source of potassium and vitamins A and C). Chia Cherry Lime is super fruity and perfectly sweet, with 10,000 mg of chia seeds, 10 1/3 cherries, 3 2/3 apples, lime and plum. (In addition to being a great source of potassium, I love this one for its chia seeds - which provide Omega-3s, fiber, calcium, iron and some super-powered pep for when daily crunch time comes around.) I grab a bottle and sip it during our morning activities around the house, or bring a bottle with me on morning power walks or errands.

If you're like me and, despite busy, rushed mornings, feel that it's important to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet - but don't always have the time to chop, slice, cook, or blend - I recommend giving Naked Juice a try. They're so good you guys. And they've been around in 1983, with a commitment to creating nutritional beverages packed full of as much of Mother Nature’s bounty as possible into every bottle. Their newest products (including the three I mentioned above plus Bright Beets, Chia Sweet Peach, and Proteins & Greens, and Kale Blazer) offer a delicious blend of fruits and vegetables and pack a nutritional punch.

And now for the best part: Naked is giving one lucky Bubby and Bean reader six bottles of Naked Juice of your choice! To enter, just use the form below. Giveaway runs through July 7th. Winner will be randomly chosen shortly after and announced here on the blog, then send six vouchers. Good luck!

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Have you ever tried Naked Juice? How do you fuel your morning routine?

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