Spring into spring – Bring in positive boho living vibes.

Spring into spring the bohemian way!

Little things you can do to help bring positive boho living vibes your way.

At JadeCrate, when we talk about positive vibes, especially positive, boho living vibes, sometimes all you need is a quick cleaning and re-organization of a space.  Springtime is perfect for decluttering and reconfiguring living areas.

I know, cleaning, the bad word for some of us, which means, something unfun, unless you make it fun. I see it as an opportunity to rejuvenate. Pick a spot, just one eye-sore in your home to be scrubbed and re-organized. The area could be your office, a hallway or entrance, even your desk, just pick an area.

Remove everything you can, wipe down surface area, floors. If you are going for a full room scrub down, remember to wipe down ceiling lights and/or fans.

The fun part of cleaning is the chance to create that boho living space just for you. Before moving everything back, ask yourself “how else can I re-tool this space to make it brighter, happier, and maybe even repurpose it into a niche area for my time?”  If you start realizing, you have more stuff in the removal pile than what you want to return to the newly cleaned space, maybe it’s time to give that space a breather and keep it fresh, with clear clutter free areas. If you have a box of clutter when you have set up your space, consider donating it to charity.

When planning to rearrange and change your space or room, great boho vibe additions include house plants, colorful pillows or pillow covers, throw rugs, any décor fashioned to create the mood you want to create for your space. Do a walk around your home to see if you already have items to redecorate this newly cleaned space.

In my case, I found a runner in another area of my home that I found was better suited my studio space. In the dining area, I rediscovered two hand painted wood serving bowls from India, which belonged on a shelf on display rather than in a cabinet.  I also took a walk outside to see what plants I could possibly bring in for some vibrant natural color and ended up with a few succulent plants.  All these changes cost little more than a dose of hard work and a few cups of coffee for motivation.

I also discovered a homemade cleaner that really cleans up window grime as well as glass.  This glass cleaner worked excellent on the windows inside and outside.   Cleaning recipe provided by www.thespruce.com. *They did mention to be careful not to use on reactive surfaces.*

In a spray bottle combine the following, shake well, spray, wipe, and watch the surface shine.

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

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Did you say “Jungalow?”

Have you heard of the term “Jungalow?”

Our DIY tip for the month is inspired by Rachel, the founder of #TCMillennial.  She put together a blog post for an inspired boho home office space.  Check out how to create those positive boho vibes in your home office while keeping it functional and uncluttered.  The concepts she uses are simple and if you have a home office or any room, you can derive inspiration from Rachel’s quick read blog.  Read the article here

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Mindfulness Monday – Simply Breathe

The purest form of mindfulness is to breathe simply.

The caveat here with the exercise is to breathe with conscious effort.  All those breaths have a purpose besides keeping your heart and brain going.  We challenge you to start a 5 Mindful Breaths exercise you can do every day, before work, at work, after work, anywhere you like.  Rules of engagement are you will use these five deep breaths of fresh air to think free and preferably concentrate on only the breathing.  This exercise is particularly useful if you are feeling restless, anxious, angry, or stressed.  Use the time to focus on only one thought or image.  If necessary close your eyes and picture something that brings you peace, joy, makes you feel relaxed and hold on to it.  When you complete the exercise, you will notice a difference in your state of mind and a big dose of H2O is healthy for you too. Like what you have read?  Download our newly published, free eBook, A 7-Step Guide to the Bohemian Lifestyle here.

About JadeCrate:  JadeCrate is both a subscription and gift box business with our core principals and foundational beliefs centered in bohemian living both physically and mentally. Our boxes are filled each month with products catering to your inner flower child.  They include a mix of boho chic styled accessories, décor, natural skin care, artisan teas, fair-trade wares, and organic snacks. In addition to great goods, each box includes positive vibes with insider tips on bohemian living, recipes, and exercises to help you get through the month with a smile.  Find out more today at www.jadecrate.com.

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Today is International Day of Friendship

At JadeCrate, we work with several fair-trade partners and international companies.  We say take a moment today celebrate diversity and peace.  This day is also a day to promote friendships, regardless of what country you are from or your friends.  An opportune day to go out for lunch or dinner at an ethnic restaurant and celebrate other cultures.  Peace.

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Free Therapy Everyone

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Final call to order the last of the JadeCrate Summer Series Boxes

Last day to order your JadeCrate Summer Series box is 7/31/2018. Use coupon WELCOME18 for free shipping on your first single subscription box order with us.

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In Season – Watermelon

The JadeCrate newsletter comes with a recipe, usually comprised of in-season vegetables and a protein.  However, it’s July, it’s hot, thirst beats out hunger in this simple recipe.

If you are looking for something refreshing and unique and maybe you are a vegetarian or vegan, you just might love this recipe from allrecipes.com (modified slightly)

Fresh Watermelon Water

  • 4 cups cubed seedless watermelon – deseed if you are using one with seeds, otherwise, the texture is too grainy.
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, or to taste (original recipe calls for 1/2 cup – way too sweet)
  • 12-24 fresh mint leaves (this is a to taste option)
  • 2 Tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • Lime slices for garnish
  • Lots of ice

Puree the watermelon and water in a blender until smooth. Muddle the sugar, lime juice, and 12 to 24 of the fresh mint leaves.  Evenly distribute the muddled mixture into the bottom of 6-8 glasses.  Fill each glass with ice. Pour in the watermelon water, and stir before serving. Garnish with lime slices and a few mint leaves.

If you are looking to create an adult beverage, you can add a jigger of GOOD vodka to the glasses before pouring the watermelon water.  Cheers and Enjoy

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