GIVEAWAY: PINK COLLAR SHOP





I am excited to be hosting an awesome giveaway once again. This time from the fabulous, Aubree Hegdahl, owner of the Pink Collar Shop, and creator of Herbivore Sweets. Aubree makes, from scratch, Vegan-friendly soaps, natural lotions, soy candles, sundries, and other yummy beauty products. She lets nature do the work, and never uses any artificial colorants or dyes. The products are inspired by nature’s charm, and her inner “foodie.” Here's what she has to say about her favorite products:




The Vegan Peach Tea body butter has always been a best seller of mine, it’s a thick whipped cream made with raw shea butter. Using it for dry weather, it gives you that extra punch of moisture when you need it most. The formula is paraben free and vegan-friendly, with an original recipe of delicious essential oils of peach tea and a hint of ginger.



The Mango Peach Salsa is for the foodie’s enjoyment! The soy blend candle is a unique, fresh scent that adds a positive ambiance with the fair-trade soy wax and the sweet blend of Mango Peach Salsa.



SO HERE IS HOW TO ENTER:
1. Like Style me Green AND The Pink Collar Shop on Facebook 

2. After you've done these 2 things leave a comment below telling us what scents you love to mix, or you'd love to see in future beauty products.

*If you don't have a blog or Google account please leave an email with your comment, so we can notify you if you're the winner!

FOR AN EXTRA ENTRIES
1.  Follow Style me Green on twitter/pinterest, be sure to leave an additional comment on this post (up to 2 extra entries).

2. Mention this giveaway on twitter/facebook/personal blog, be sure to leave an additional comment on this post (up to 3 extra entries).

3. Follow Aubree on instagram @thepinkcollarlady or Erika @erikablank be sure to leave an additional comment on this post (up to 2 extra entries).

4. Pin this giveaway on pinterest, be sure to leave an additional comment on this post (up to 1 extra entry).

The giveaway ends Monday, November 5th at 11:59 PM.
One winner will be selected using random.org and will be notified by email.

*Remember you have to comment to be entered, if you don't comment you can't win.

HALLOWEEN 2012 COSTUME IDEAS

I hate store bought Halloween costumes. I get that they are super convenient, and they can look just like Spider-man or Cinderella-- but I love coming up with a fun costume idea, and spending time finding or making all of the pieces and parts that go into it. This year I was racking my brain as to what to go as, but as soon as we saw Moonrise Kingdom I knew exactly what our 2012 costumes would be:


Three years ago John and I went as the statue of Liberty and Mt. Rushmore. It was my favorite costume to make and was basically free, we were only out a can of black and green spray paint, and 2 sheets of foam board! We still have the mask and crown just in case we find ourselves in a costume pinch!




We have some friends who always come up with the best costumes ever... as you can see here:


And if you still are stumped for some fun make at home costumes try out some of these ideas:

 
Mary Poppins

Bandits

 Fantastic Mr. Fox

Cast of Mad Men




BRINGING AUTUMN INDOORS

Fall is in full swing which means it's time to switch out your summer decor with pieces that will cozy up the home. Some people change out rugs, pillows, drapery, and even art when the seasons change but I have a few tricks to get your pad feeling warm.


Adding a chunky knit throw to the edge of your bed , or over a chair will add warmth and texture. This tassel throw is from West Elm, but you can find hand made throws on Etsy, or try making one yourself. Our throw was made by my grandmother, I love to snuggle up in it, and enjoy a great book. Lately, its been my pal as I enjoy a Leave it to Beaver marathon every night, productivity killer, thanks Netflix.


Gourds can give your home an instant feeling of autumn. You can pick them up at your local market or harvest them from your own garden. They last forever so you can keep them around through Thanksgiving. And they are great outdoors or in. I love this idea from Perfectly Imperfect, if your pumpkins and gourds don't match your decor, paint them. here, they used chalk paint.


Try out some candles. When it starts getting dark earlier in the evening its nice to add the sparkle of some candles. I love pumpkin and apple cinnamon for fall. If you need a quick centerpiece, jazz up some plain pillars with an artichoke, or some asparagus.

VEGAN BOOTS

I have had to come to the reality that fall really is here last week when I need a jacket for my short walk to work. Of course I haven't gotten any of my fall/winter clothes out of storage. I have been dreading having to say good bye to the summer sun, but there is one thing I have been looking forward to. BOOTS! I love boots, well shoes in general. But I started searching the web for a great new pair of brown boots that were eco-friendly and I found so many styles I ended up loving. Of course half way through my search I had to go into the office and "hide" because John was catching onto my plan. I just have to start typing in the phrase "target" into the search engine and he takes away my computer. I am (maybe)  addicted to online "window shopping" I ended up finding a great pair, for a steal. Here are some of the other finds I was loving. Click images for link.











EXCITING NEWS

I am excited to announce I have joined Opal Design Group as one of their new interior designers! I have been working with the ladies at Opal for over a month now so I thought I'd share the great news with you.



I love the versatility that joining the team has offered to me and my clients. I am designing locally in Sun Valley, Idaho, and the surrounding areas.  If you aren't local I am also taking e-design clients. E-design offers you the option of having an interior designer assist you with your space at your own pace. Check out the details here.



If you are in the Salt Lake area I would love to meet you at the Home and Garden Show, October 12-14. I will be at the Opal Booth offering free design consultations. Please bring your design quandaries!  If you are interested in becoming a client please send me an email!


 If you plan on coming be sure to get this great groupon discount before it ends!




WINTERIZE YOUR GARDEN

 Last weekend we spent the day winterizing my Grandmother's yard. I know it's a bit early to be talking about this for some of you, but if you want those peonies to be back in bloom next year its better to be prepared to ensure disease and frost don't get the better of your green pals outside.


1. Rake those leaves! Not raking fallen leaves before the rains, frost and snow arrive can cause disease to take over your lawn and planting beds. Of course the best plan is to compost them.


2. Plant spring bulbs. Anytime between September and December, depending on where you live, as long as the soil is still workable.


3. Weed. Doing a bit of work in the fall will save you extra work in the spring by keeping weeds from getting a head start. As the old saying goes, don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today!


4. Apply a winter mulch to perennials where temperatures fall below -10 degrees F. Pine needles, straw or shredded leaves will all work just fine.


5. Cover your vegetable gardens with a tarp or weed barrier, this will prevent weeds from taking seed before you can get into it in the spring and fertilize.



6. Purchase garden tools, equipment, and supplies now. Most shops will be discounting their gardening supplies as winter approaches. If you need weed mat, or tomato cages consider purchasing now. You'll get great discounts and there won't be such a shock in the spring when its time to start purchasing plants and seeds.

CROCK-POT BROWNIES

I am a bit of a slow cooker fanatic. I don't have a lot of time in the evenings, but I don't like to compromise on healthy eating, so I tend to just throw everything in when I leave for work and it's done by the time I get home. So you bet your bottom dollar when I saw this brownie recipe on The Gracious Pantry for slow cooker brownies, I was all over that! It's a pretty simple recipe, and it's clean eatin' my friend- which makes them even more delicious. For instructions on how to prepare click on over to The Gracious Pantry. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Brownies
(Makes 32 brownies)

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup apple sauce, unsweetened
2 medium, ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup honey
4 egg whites
6 ounces unsweetened Baker’s Chocolate (6 squares)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ cup walnuts (optional)
Olive oil in an oil sprayer


Calories: 89
Total Fat: 3 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 30 mg
Carbohydrates: 16 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 10 g
Protein: 2 g