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A Millenial Mom's Mantra: Pretty Doesn't Have to be Perfect

Lauren Boggs Meslar

A Millenial Mom's Mantra: Pretty Doesn't Have to be Perfect

Mommy guilt. We've all felt it - the sense of failure when we see a perfect-looking toddler birthday party on Pinterest or a perfectly stylized Instagram shot and know that our efforts simply don't measure up. For many of us, this social media-induced feeling is very familiar. (Psst! The kids don't care!!) In addition to this guilt, I also feel self-conscious that my blog and social media posts are not polished enough to represent a small, but growing business. This is a big reason why I have ten or more unfinished blog posts of projects I've done that just don't...

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Washi Tape Wreath

Lauren Boggs Meslar

Washi Tape Wreath

Looking for a quick and easy craft project this holiday season? This washi tape wreath is a fun and easy diy project that little ones can help with, too! All you need is:

  • cardboard
  • scissors
  • washi tape
  • packaging tape, double sided foam adhesive or similar

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Fireplace Renovation

Lauren Boggs Meslar

Fireplace Renovation

While I do a lot of designing for beve with product development and marketing, it's not my only creative outlet. One of my favorite things to do it to renovate. We've done lots of projects, big and small, around our house and this is one of the most recent. As it's getting chilly, I thought it was a good time to share!

Our home has a corner propane "buck stove" in the living room in addition to electric base board heating throughout. When we moved in, the brick area surrounding it was a multi-colored red brick. This was painted pretty early on when we were smoothing out our walls. The not-so-pretty, decorative wood surround remained, however. As did the flashy "gold" accents on the stove itself.

beve! design renovation project fireplace

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Why We Love Hemp

Lauren Boggs Meslar

We are very excited to launch a brand new product for beve, hemp gift cord! You may know that I majored in Fashion Design in college, but you might not know that I especially loved my textile and textile design courses. You can see my (awesome) teacher's work here. Before my initial Textiles course, I had only used hemp for making friendship bracelets. I had never seen it used for clothing and was unaware of its environmental properties. When I finished with the the course, I was quite smitten with the amazing fiber.

Hemp is a natural and sustainable fiber, meaning it comes from a plant and it, "the demands placed on the environment [from its production] can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well, now and in the future." In providing context for hemp's environmental attributes, I often compare it to cotton as cotton is the most popular natural fiber. This comparison makes it easy to see how much difference we can make by using hemp instead.

 

WATER

The hemp plant has deep tap roots allowing it access groundwater for its irrigation. In a conservative statement, hemp uses half as much water as cotton, though can be grown with even less. Cotton requires over 5,000 gallons of water to produce enough fiber to make one t-shirt and one pair of jeans. An additional benefit of not requiring extensive irrigation is that hemp can be grown in a wider range of regions more easily.

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Independence Day Inspiration

Lauren Boggs Meslar

Here at beve, we like to make events extra special by adding in some memorable details. We did this last year at our family's Fourth of July party. Take a peek at the simple, fun projects we did that really bring some American pride to an Independence Day event!

 Washi Tape Flags on Fun Paper Straws

These, simple, festive decorations only took a few minutes! Using some of our red and blue patterns, our thin red stripe washi tape and a variety of blue washi tape and a sharp pair of scissors, we were able to make miniature flags on the paper straws.

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