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Kinfolk Workshop / Natural Holiday Decor

18 Dec

Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending my first Kinfolk event. They provide different themes for each month’s gathering and December’s workshop theme was Natural Holiday Decor. Kinfolk’s website describes the event as follows:

We are looking to good old-fashioned nature to creatively refresh us, as well as to provide the materials needed for bringing something fresh indoors. The earth’s widespread palette of color and texture are a tried-and-true source for creating unique decor not merely for the holiday season.

Rebecca Gallop, my dear friend who I met in college and has since become a well-known blogger, prop styling, and wedding designer, hosted this particular event. She, along with the ladies of Sweet Root Village, taught us how to bring the outdoors inside and make them into beautiful decorations for the holiday season.

I’m excited to show you some pictures I took from the event! It was a great workshop where fellow creatives came together, ate a great meal, and made beautiful wreaths and garlands.

The location was just around the corner from the National Portrait Gallery and the Spy Museum and is called the Loft at 600 F. You’ll see how beautiful this space is in the next few pictures!


Here is what the entrance to the building looks like. Rebecca had set up this sign to direct us upstairs.IMG_4526

What did I tell you? This loft is darling and super classy! I can’t wait to host the Gathering Project’s first workshop here in January.

They decorated with natural greenery and those glass balls hanging from the rafters have tiny candles in them.IMG_4541

This was the workshop space where we crafted natural greenery in to holiday decor for our homes. IMG_4535 IMG_4537 IMG_4539

The natural light in this space was gorgeous!IMG_4540 IMG_4542

Rebecca shared with us a way to make beautiful greenery imprints on cloth! (this project featured: hammers and strong arms)IMG_4543 IMG_4547 IMG_4548

Favors at our lunch spots! Such beautiful taper candles by Talia Olmstead and a forage guide to greenery by Jennifer Olmstead.IMG_4549

Lunch showcased amazing soups, accompanied by a mixed greens salad and hearty bread. IMG_4550 IMG_4551 IMG_4555 IMG_4557 IMG_4561

After lunch, we started the wreath and garland making! I couldn’t help but snack on some fresh pomegranate and delicious chocolate cake while listening to Lauren teach.IMG_4563 IMG_4565

They brought so much fresh greenery from the generous Wollam Gardens. I used cedar branches for my wreath.
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Finished product!IMG_4569

By the afternoon, the entire loft smelled of the natural outdoors.
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As soon as I got home, this wreath went up on my front door. Such a nice touch to the apartment!IMG_4578 IMG_4581 IMG_4582If you ever get the chance to attend a Kinfolk event, I would highly recommend you do. It was so much fun to taste amazing food, learn a new skill, and meet other creative types! You won’t be disappointed.


Product Review: Simple Green Smoothies

19 Apr

I’ve been a fan of Green Smoothies for about a year now. Before that, smoothies didn’t appeal to me, no less ones with vegetables in them. Then I realized how good fruits and vegetables were for me and how eating them at every meal would keep me full, give me great vitamins and nutrients, and help me lose/maintain weight. Some how I had to get them in my body. Maybe I could disguise them? (great story right?)

Two weeks ago, I discovered Simple Green Smoothies. Their mission: “an online resource for rawesome people who want to learn how to blend healthy green smoothies that taste really good. By introducing more leafy greens into your diet, you will reap the benefits of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals.” Interested, I signed up for weekly emails (free) and continued to read.


For those of you who don’t know much about Green Smoothie:

  • Green Smoothies are a simple way to incorporate large amounts of greens into your diet.
  • They are plant-based drinks packed with leafy greens, fruits and a liquids… and they taste delicious!
  • Recipes are easy to make: all you need is a blender, some leafy greens, fruit and water!
  • Simple Green Smoothies are as clean and nature-based as possible, which means we try to buy organic produce, and avoid processed sugars and dairy in our smoothies.

(taken from their website)

For me, green smoothies are way to drink my fruits and vegetables for breakfast when I’m in a hurry and want to start my day on the right foot. They are so easy, so tasty and so good for you!

The girls behind Simple Green Smoothies, Jadah and Jen, send you weekly emails with tips and tricks and new smoothie recipes for the week. They also include a shopping list, which makes it even easier to get the ingredients! I’ve tried 5-7 of their smoothies recipes now and can say with confidence that each one tastes better than the last! Their recipes are definitely well thought out and much better than me just throwing every item of produce I have in a blender. They have actually though about taste and texture! It’s exciting to see myself drinking healthy nutrients for breakfast instead of rushing past the drive-thru or starving myself until lunch.

They also list different smoothie recipes for your varying needs: mood-booster, immune defense, cleanse, refresher and Free Radical Fighting Super Smoothie! (if that doesn’t make you want to drink your veggies, I don’t know what will!) 🙂

Final Word: I’d greatly recommend signing up for their emails and hopping over to their site. If you’re interested in introducing more fruits and vegetables into your diet and aren’t sure if they could ever taste good, try a Simple Green Smoothie. You’ll be surprise and glad you did. If you try them out, report back to me! I’d love to hear what you think.

(All pictures and quotes are from simplegreensmoothies.com and all reviews are my own)