Saturday, December 13, 2014

Top 10 Ways to Feel Joyful


The stress can creep in. You don’t know it is happening sometimes. Your attitude changes and before you know it, grumpiness can take over. But there are so many simple things you can do to feed JOY. We reached out to all of our Soul Flower Buds to create this list of things you can do to bring Joy to your soul. When we asked “what simple things do you do to be Joyful every day?” we received a surprising overlap of advice. So we thought it best to share it so you can see how most of us keep those positive vibes flowing. Here it is (in no particular order) as a place to turn to if ever you need a little boost of Joy. Be Joyful buds, it really is contagious!


TOP 10 WAYS TO FEEL JOYFUL EVERY DAY

1 – ENJOY NATURE
Take a few moments each day outside, breathing in the air, get centered. A few minutes of respect to mother earth and all she offers can help cheer up anyone!


Each season has a smell, take a deep breath & center yourself. ~Joe
I try to appreciate a little bit of nature before I get in my car to  go to work. Take a few deep breaths of the morning air. Watch some birds at my feeder. :)~ Ryan
Be in nature every day. ~Tracy
Swimming with my dog in the ocean is something that OVER JOYS me! she gets so excited and I feel invigorated!! ~Hannah

2 – HUG SOMEONE (SOME DOG, SOME CAT, SOME BABY)
How many hugs to you get & give each day? A simple hug can do so much for you. It is rumored that we need four hugs a day for survival - we need eight hugs a day for maintenance - we need twelve hugs a day for growth. Our buds definitely follow this philosophy!

Baby snuggles ~Chad. Hug my son ~Erin. Doggy Suggles ~Maddie. Hug my family and friends, great big random hugs. ~Mandy.  Hug my dogs (or look at their cute little pictures on my desk)~Sarah. Hug my family ~Peggy. Snuggle my kitty Bella. ~Rachel



3 – PRACTICE. SOMETHING!
Take time to grow yourself each day with some sort of practice that helps to make you a better person. Feed your brain with knowledge, your body with exercise, and your soul with spirituality.

I would say yoga for any amount of time I can…even if it’s only 5 minutes! Just grounding myself in the morning before I begin my day helps a lot! ~Jenn
Finding articles and tips online to help me be more efficient at my job so I have more time in my day for me and the ones I love. ~Peggy
Paint every day. ~Rachel


4 – BE CREATIVE.
Take some time to express yourself every day & bring something beautiful from your soul into your world. Our buds are creative with their photography, art, writing, even cooking!

Take photos, doodle -make art! ~Rachel
I go to pinterest and look at how creative people are! It is inspiring. ~Sarah
I love to find a new recipe & cooking it while listening to music. ~Peggy

5- LISTEN TO MUSIC (and dance)
No doubt our buds love their music - listening to a little Bob Marley can make every little thing feel alright and with the Dead there is nothing left to do but Smile, Smile, Smile. Reggae, rock, bluegrass, hip-hop, whatever music speaks to you, it can definitely bring a smile to your face and make even the gloomiest days bright & beautiful.


-Listen by myself or with fiends, dancing to music always makes me joyful! ~Rachel
-Listen to music that makes me remember happy times or special people ~Sarah.
-Lately I've been listening to playlists of christmas music to feel joyful... but music always seems to bring joy so it's no surprise!  ~Leiah

6 – EAT HEALTHY AND YUMMY
Cook yummy food ~Rachel
I always feel good when I eat good food. Fresh, healthy, soul feeding food! Oh, and dark chocolate! That's good for you too right? ~Cindy
Eat yummy, healthy food and drink purified water... I'm so very grateful and joyful ~Raven.
Making something special for dinner ~Leiah

7 – APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS
It’s the little pleasures we can so easily overlook. All of our buds had simple things that would bring a smile to their face and joy to their heart. So take a minute to notice the little things and acknowledge that lots of little but awesome things make a big happy heart.

Here are just a few of the little things that cheer up our buds--
… warm cup of coffee on a cold day, a smile from a friend, a text from my mom, the sounds of nature, a fresh snowfall, watch birds at my bird feeder, a cup of warm tea, a familiar tv show, a piece of chocolate, lighting a candle, incense, essential oils, a clean house, a hug, mala beads, fresh air.


8 – SMILE
Turn that frown upside down. The act of smiling automatically changes your body and your spirit – it makes sense because when you smile, you are happy inside. But did you know that when you smile, you send a message to your brain that you're happy. And when you're happy, your body pumps out all kinds of feel-good endorphins.

Smile! At myself, at people I love, at strangers, and just because. It's so simple, yet it transforms me every time I do it! ~Andria
Be nice to random people that you don’t know (gas station guy, coffee lady, thrift store clerk) smiles are contagious ~Rachel

9 – SLOW DOWN and BREATHE
That “always busy” attitude is everywhere - trying to get to the next thing, check it off the list, finish one thing to move onto the next. Instead, try to spend more time in the moment and know you will get to it eventually. Take a deep breath & slow down!

Taking a deep breath to center myself. ~Joe
Let the Rushers pass you by. When cars are tailgating me on the highway-I switch lanes so that they can pass me. They must be in a hurry to get somewhere and I usually have time. Tailgaters stress me out-so it's a win-win really...~Tracy

10- FIND YOUR FAMILY
Happiness is being with the ones you love. Whether you are related to one another or have created your own family of friends & like minded people, these are the ones you choose to spend time with.

But second to none of course are my children. Nothing else would mean anything without them to share it all with. ~Erin
I just think about my kids and it brings a smile to my face. ~Peggy
My daughter climbs into bed with me about 6:30 every morning whispering excitedly trying not to wake up her baby sister. I can’t think of a better way to wake up ~Chad
Quality time joking with my husband. ~Leiah

There you have it buds, a few simple things you can do to bring Joy to your lives every day. EnJOY!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

13 Oz or Less - A Recycled Bottle Mailer DIY

You can mail just about anything these days. Receiving snail mail is already fun, but how about we kick it up a notch? Keeping your package under 13 ounces means it's cheaper to ship. A Soul Flower t-shirt in a bottle? Yes, please!



The best thing about this DIY is how clever it is. Did you know that our heathered Soul Flower t-shirts are made from 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled plastic? That's recycled plastic, like plastic bottles: water bottles, soda pop bottles, etc. What an awesome story!



The basic supplies you'll need are:
  • a clean, dry plastic bottle
  • a t-shirt
  • some packaging tape
  • X-acto blade or something similar to cut with
  • small piece of paper & pen

  • I also used a bit of re-used pink tissue paper to pad the inside and add a pop of color. You could use wrapping paper, newspaper, ribbons, or if you're feeling feisty - glitter! I'm sending this shirt to my sister. While I think she'll like the pink, she probably wouldn't appreciate a smattering of glitter ;)



    OK, so how do we fit a t-shirt into a bottle? Hint: it doesn't go through the bottle's opening! Draw an outline of a "trap door" onto the bottle where the label used to be.



    Cut the flap open so you can slip your rolled-up t-shirt inside. I had to cut mine open a little bit more in order for the shirt to fit through.



    Fold your t-shirt nicely, then roll it up tight. I folded up the bottom half first so the printed graphic would show around the entire roll. This t-shirt is a women's size large Three Little Branches Tomboy T-Shirt.



    It looks like it will fit! You could secure the roll with ribbons or a rubber band.



    Start filling the bottle from the bottom up.



    I included a few small goodies for my sister: two stickers (Soul Flower and a HomeStateApparel sticker) and a button pin (vintage). They are light so they won't add too much to the final shipping weight.



    I rolled up the stickers in the shirt to help protect them from folds.



    Slip the rolled-up shirt into the bottle and pack the top with more tissue paper.



    I wrote a little note to my sister (on a 3x5 index card) and wrote her address on another piece of paper (I used the backside of my business card). I folded my notecard in half and slipped it right under the opening of the plastic flap. I covered the flap with a piece of washi tape and wrote instructions "slit open here - carefully!" This way, she'll know where to cut, and the doubled-up notecard will protect the shirt from cuts.



    After everything was in place, I covered all the flap door seams with packing tape, and put a piece of tape around the bottle cap. It's not the most elegant package ever, but we want it to survive the jostling of the mail system, so more tape is better! :)



    Love how the t-shirt print shows through!



    When I took this bottle to the post office to send it off, the postal worker said it was totally fine to send. It ended up weighing 4.8 oz - way below the 13-ounce maximum for First Class mail! I sent it from the east coast all the way to the west coast, and it cost me $2.68. I added tracking for $1.05 for a total of $3.73. Not bad!



    Sending a bottle through the mail this holiday season would make a super fun gift, especially for kids. It was a little difficult for me to fit this shirt into the 20 oz. plastic bottle I used, but you could use a slightly larger one. A 2-liter bottle would be ideal for fitting all sorts of goodies into. Just keep it light to keep it under 13 ounces.



    What else could you mail? A couple of recycled headbands would look amazing, an organic baby bodysuit, a bottle full of jewelry... What would you send in a plastic bottle?



    Happy Holidays!

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    Show your Soul Flower! #mysoulflower

    Hey there Buds, you have all been uploading so many amazing photos wearing your Soul Flower Threads - we wanted to show you just a few of these beauties. Keep the love coming - post to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook with #mysoulflower and you might just end up in our customer gallery. Peace and LOVE LOVE LOVE.

    Organic Cotton Hoody


    Tie Dye Leggings

    Elephant Tunic

    Don't Hate Meditate Tee

    Rock Climbing Tee

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Ben Good Vibes Yoga

    Here are a few shots we recently took with Ben GoodVibes, yoga instructor extraordinaire - and a perfect Soul Flower spirit. Ben is one of those souls whose positivity and peacefulness is always showing. We got these great shots from photographer, Jeff Corcoran. Here are some of our favorites- enjoy! (All clothing is available at Soul-Flower.com.)





     










    A huge thanks to Ben and Jeff for this awesome shoot. Peace Buds!