Stand Up Desk from Brixton Banks

Stand up desks are a new trend right now that benefits our health and wellness. It’s been proven that sitting all day at our desks is contributing to many health problems. The new Stand Up desk from Brixton Banks is a wonderful solution to that problem.

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When I saw this cool new desk, I knew I had to start using one! Sitting at the desk creates so many problems with our health: namely, back problems. To alleviate lower back pain, standing at your desk instead of sitting forces your muscles to be working while you are working.’

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On the Brixton Banks website we learn the health benefits of standing and working:

Scientific studies claim that sitting all day is bad for your health. While that seems to be common sense you may not realize exactly how bad sitting behind a computer all day truly is.

There is more going on than just fatigue and back or neck pain or simply being uncomfortable. A sedentary lifestyle deactivates the hormone lipase which slows down your metabolism and causes you to gain weight.

This can happen within 20 minutes of being inactive. Meanwhile your red blood cells clump and thicken inside of your blood vessels slowing down circulation, insulin production slows down, energy that has not been expended from food, also known as fat, begins to deposit on your internal organs and LPP1 – a gene that suppresses inflammation and clotting shuts off.

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I LOVE this desk! It’s beautiful, first of all. And it’s very lightweight, so it can be easily moved from room to room or even outside if you are using your laptop. It worked perfect on our kitchen table for my son to use it, and  it works great for people of multiple heights sharing it. It’s perfect for active families that are looking to decrease their time sitting, and trying to incorporate more healthy options like standing.

You can get your standing desk at Brixtonbanks.com and be sure to follow them on Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram! 🙂

 

(*Disclosure – Post Sponsored by Brixton Banks, product given. All reviews are my own opinion. I only review products that I use, and that my readers will benefit from.)
I’m a Minted Artist!

I’m a Minted Artist!

I’m so excited that I am now a Minted Artist! I won an Editor’s Choice award in the West Elm Art on The Big Stage competition with my fine art photograph, “amber waves of grain.”

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There were so many wonderful artists in the competition. 6223 submissions. I am proud and honored to be in such good company.

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I can’t wait to share my minted store with you once it’s ready! I will be filling it with: fine art photographs,watercolor art prints, encouraging notecards, stationary, inspirational art, journals, and more!

 

You will be able to purchase my art and photographs at any size you want and you can even select from a variety of wonderful frames: including rustic barn wood, modern white or black frames, and more!

Here’s the full list of Editor’s Picks!

 

Minted Editors’ Picks
These pieces will be sold online at minted.com

Sentinels, Alaric Magno A. Yanos (First-time Winner)
ruined Pontiac, Alaric Magno A. Yanos (First-time Winner)
Semicolon, Alex Isaacs Designs
Disinhibition, Alex Isaacs Designs
Abstract watercolor, Alexandra Dzh
Colorful waves, Alexandra Dzh
Open for breakfast, Alice Lo (First-time Winner)
Winter Horse, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Tropic, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Night Falls, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Summer Haze #1, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
A Summer Tale, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Bridges Of New York #9, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Bridges Of New York #8, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Bohemian Spring, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Two Boats, ALICIA BOCK (First-time Winner)
Living-Large, Alicia Youngken
Gather & Gaze, Alicia Youngken
Cascade Harbor, Alison Jerry Designs
Opal Kind of Day, Alison Jerry Designs
Deep Dive, Alison Jerry Designs
SouthBeach 1A, Alison Jerry Designs
Coral Tide, Alison Jerry Designs
In Monte Carlo, Alison Jerry Designs
Rolling Vines, Amanda Phelps (First-time Winner)
Marin Glow, Amanda Phelps (First-time Winner)
amber waves of grain, Amber Bartek (First-time Winner) <—<<< *Me!
Uncle Pumblechuck, Amy Carroll
Nelly Dean, Amy Carroll
Annie Moffat, Amy Carroll
Franz + Ferdinand, Amy Carroll
Heathcliff + Lockwood, Amy Carroll
Rocinante, Amy Carroll
sun bathing leaves, amy chapman braun (First-time Winner)
Winter Birches, Amy Hall
Summer Birches, Amy Hall
Winter Walk, Amy Hall
More Than This, Amy Moen
Girl in Stripes, Amy Mullen (First-time Winner)
View from the Window, Amy Stevenson Wilson (First-time Winner)
Washed Out I-25, Amy Stevenson Wilson (First-time Winner)
Sea Through, Andria Brooke Dameron (First-time Winner)
Shadow Palm, Andria Brooke Dameron (First-time Winner)
Guiding Lights, Angela Ellis (First-time Winner)
Pushing Through, Angela Simeone
In A Dream, Angela Thompson
Daze, Angela Thompson
Foggy mountain, Aniko Levai (First-time Winner)
Down the Street, Annie Montgomery
The Neighborhood, Annie Montgomery
Indigo Surfer at Sunset, Annie Seaton
Frost 3, Ardell McLennan
Advection, Ariel Scholten (First-time Winner)
RABAT, Austin Wyeth (First-time Winner)
Havana Rushhour, Ayenia Nour (First-time Winner)
Decadent Beauty, Ayenia Nour (First-time Winner)
Cactus Garden, Baumbirdy
llama, Baumbirdy
Agate, Baumbirdy
baby llama, Baumbirdy
black cow, Baumbirdy
Sky Suite 2, Becky Kisabeth Gibbs
Sky Suite 1, Becky Kisabeth Gibbs
Layers of green, Bethania Lima
Skip Waves, Bethania Lima
Possibilities, Bethania Lima
Part of the fun 1, Bethania Lima
Telling a story, Bethania Lima
Alternative Paths, Bethania Lima
All those lovely memories, Bethania Lima
Part of the fun 4, Bethania Lima
Zooming In, Bethania Lima
Plainful, Bethania Lima
Unspoken Conversation, Bethany Berghoff (First-time Winner)
Blessed, Brendan T Kelly (First-time Winner)
When You Dream, Brendan T Kelly (First-time Winner)
Squares and Lines, Brian Collins
The Runaway, Briana Grace (First-time Winner)
Owl Motel #1, Brooke Bristow (First-time Winner)
Owl Motel #3, Brooke Bristow (First-time Winner)
Sand Dunes, Cade Cahalan
Caked 2, Calais Le Coq
Bank Bar, Calais Le Coq
left arching, Carol Fazio
take flight, Carol Fazio
in the clouds, Carol Fazio
Buck, Carole Shepardson (First-time Winner)
Fancy Palms, CaroleeXpressions
A classic, Caroline Mint
The city evening, Caroline Mint
People’s Struggles, Caroline Mint
Montamartre, Caroline Mint
Glittery and Romantic, Caroline Mint
Colorful Paris, Caroline Mint
Calls that never happened, Caroline Mint
Pink Facades, Caroline Mint
One of many beauties, Caroline Mint
The Chiton, Caryn Owen
Curacao, Caryn Owen
Melting Glacier, Caryn Owen
Sunset at the Beach, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Violet Towers, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Sunset Forest, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Sunset Headlights, cassie adams (First-time Winner)
Velodrome, Catherine Culvenor
Black 03, Catilustre
Black 01, Catilustre
The White Horse, Charée Balm (First-time Winner)
Togetherness, Christina Flowers
We live here, Claudia Orengo
I’m watching you, Claudia Orengo
March, Clementine Studio (First-time Winner)
Softly Falling, Colby Zeiser (First-time Winner)
Blue Horizon, Colleen E (First-time Winner)
eagle feather, Corinne Aelbers
Look Up, Courtney Crane
Cover Up, David Dugoncevic (First-time Winner)
Red no.2, David Dugoncevic (First-time Winner)
Geometric Color, David Dugoncevic (First-time Winner)
Just one more wave, Dawn Smith
Grass Lines, Deana Clement (First-time Winner)
Bands of Sun, Sand and Sky, Deborah Velasquez
Modern Stem No. 3 on Orange Spice, Deborah Velasquez
Unity, Deborah Velasquez
Canyon, Demi and Olive
Anemone, Denise Wong
Drawing 469 – Draped Figure, Derek overfield
Hay Bales, Elan Alvarez Sherman (First-time Winner)
Colorful fan 2, Eliane Lamb
Strong-willed, Eliane Lamb
Succulent in Blue, Elisabeth Larson (First-time Winner)
Sea Urchin, Elisabeth Larson (First-time Winner)
Italian Hillside, Elisabeth Larson (First-time Winner)
Two Percent Milk, Elliot Stokes
Clothespins 2, Elliot Stokes
Moths, Emilie Simpson
Pacific North Fog, Emily Coey
Big Apple Blur, Emily Coey
Influx, Eric Ransom (First-time Winner)
Minimalist Sunset in Amsterdam, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Bright Bougainvillea, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Minimalist’s View of the Brooklynn Bridge, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Pink Hawaiian, Erica Connolly (First-time Winner)
Pink Palm, Erin Beutel
Gold Dust Night, Erin Colson (First-time Winner)
El Capitan, Erin Deegan
Pinks and Greens, Erin McCluskey Wheeler (First-time Winner)
Open Crazy Late, Erin McManness
Balboa Park, Ester M Nersisyan
50 shades of grey, Estie (First-time Winner)
Peonies by the night, FARIDA ZAMAN (First-time Winner)
Matisse Florals, FARIDA ZAMAN (First-time Winner)
Bloom on rain, FERNANDA MARTINEZ (First-time Winner)
Pink foliage, FERNANDA MARTINEZ (First-time Winner)
Modern Vase #1, Field and Sky
Geo Point, Field and Sky
Modern Vase #2, Field and Sky
At Lucie’s Table, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
And I waited there, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Invited, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Associate 2, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
They Flew At Night, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Associate 1, Francesca Iannaccone (First-time Winner)
Canal, Fred Bedat (First-time Winner)
Evening in Greece, Gabrial Reising
hold my hand, Gabriela Klafke
walk this WAY, Gail Schechter
Palm Tree Abstract, Gaucho Works
Love Letters, Gina Marie Paulson (First-time Winner)
Aligned, Giulia Doyle
Flower Water Vase, gloria blatt (First-time Winner)
Sweep, Grace Kreinbrink
Pacifica, Hadas Tal (First-time Winner)
Fonte Mourisca, Heather Deffense
Ballerup, Heather Deffense
Abstract Mountain II, Hilary Hahn
Beside Myself, Ilana Greenberg
Serendipity, Ilana Greenberg
Mountains by Moonlight, Jamie Lollback (First-time Winner)
Hotel, Jamie Lollback (First-time Winner)
Indigo 1, Jan Kessel
Floating, Jenifer B (First-time Winner)
Urban Sky, Jennette Romney
Quiet Poplars, Jenni Kupelian
Sitting Still, Jennifer Daily
Blushing Bog, Jennifer Squires (First-time Winner)
Breathless, Jenny Partrite
Shibui 3, Jenny Phillips
Shibui 2, Jenny Phillips
Upward, Jess Franks
The Bigger Picture, Jess Franks
Tea in the Fog, jessi gilbert
Iced Lake, jessi gilbert
White Aspens, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Bewilder, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Diverge, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Mystify, Jessica Cardelucci Nugent
Dusk in Phnom Penh, Jessica Niles DeHoff (First-time Winner)
Rock Flowers, Jessica Santos (First-time Winner)
Road Less Traveled, Jessie Steury
Buenos Aires, Jill Pauli (First-time Winner)
Twig- Solitude 01, jinseikou
Moonlight, Joel Dameron (First-time Winner)
Yesterday, Jonathan Brooks
Brown Leaf Study #1, Jonathan Brooks
Tahitian Pearl No. 3, Julia Contacessi
Enchantment No. 1, Julia Contacessi
Old World, Julia Contacessi
Tangled Blue, Julia Contacessi
Golden rain, Juliana Zimmermann
Think Pink, Juliana Zimmermann
The boy and the sea, Juliano Lamb (First-time Winner)
Skyscape – Kapiti Island, Justine Elliott
Hidden Paths, Kaitie Bryant
The General, Kaitie Bryant
Birds in Flight, Kaitie Bryant
Brooklyn, Kaitlin Rebesco
Tamarindo, Kaitlin Rebesco
Pedernales I, Kaitlin Rebesco
lux abstracta 844, Kamala Nahas
Palm 3, Kamala Nahas
Palm 2, Kamala Nahas
lux abstracta 732, Kamala Nahas
Painted Canyon 1, Kamala Nahas
lux abstracta 660, Kamala Nahas
Painted Canyon 3, Kamala Nahas
Mark No. 5, Kara Schlabaugh
Mark No. 2, Kara Schlabaugh
Spring Print, Kara Schlabaugh
Mark No. 3 `, Kara Schlabaugh
Mirage, Karen Kardatzke (First-time Winner)
evening reflection, Kate Ahn
LA Palms, Kate Baird
Reflections in Paris, Kate Baird
Desert Signs, Kate Baird
Stairway to Samothrace, Kate Baird
Whitman, Katherine Jury

 

Be sure to come follow along on Instagram and facebook!

 

And if you want to learn about how to take soulful photographs + express yourself through creative writing + seek the light through photo activities and photo walks with guided themes and self-care activities, then join the next class – illuminate: the art of soulful photography!

Did I mention we have a special private Facebook group to share our work in, get feedback, make friends, and build a creative community together?! 🙂

You also get a lovely pdf workbook that you can print out and journal in.

If you’re a Minted Artist – you can take 33% off the class investment!!

And take 20% off if you are a Mama! 🙂 My gift to you all!

Just email me and ask for the Minted or Mama special!

 

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Woodland Wild + Free To Do List Printable

Woodland Wild + Free To Do List Printable

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Just sold another digital download of my new Woodland Wild + Free To Do List Printable!

I love this printable. It’s so easy to print multiple copies and have them on hand to write down all the things you need to do – and it’s so cute! I love the vintage paper with the nature theme and the arrow! Very boho. 😉

Get yours today! >>>——> shopcloud9.etsy.com

If you are looking on Etsy.com for a cute bohemian-inspired to-do list, then look no further. This cute printable can be printed over and over and will keep all of your projects and to-dos organized in a pretty way. 🙂

Great gift idea, too! Perfect for the DIY gal who LOVES homemade, handmade, and gifts with heart. Download yours today!

 

#organization #todolist #printable #etsy #etsyfinds #etsyprintables #etsydesigner #diy #shopcloud9

#Giveaway on Twitter – photography workshop – illuminate

#Giveaway on Twitter – photography workshop – illuminate

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To celebrate #WorldSmileDay on Twitter I’m giving away a FREE spot in my self-care ecourse: illuminate: the art of seeking light

Go here to retweet the link and enter to win!

We explore 6 weeks of themes, slow down, learn to be present and mindful and intentional with our time, and use the creative elements of: photography, writing, and self-care to awaken your creativity.

Taught by an award-winning, published writer, photographer, artist, and teacher.

Good luck and I hope you WIN!! Bonus entries if you follow me on ALL of these: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – BUT you must come back to this post and comment – followed for it to count!

 

Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

Calling all Dreamers: Your Must-Read Book Has Arrived

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Dreamers, unite! I am beyond thrilled to announce that I am one of the 100 to be selected for the @JunkGypsyBook Launch Team!!!

I got to read an advance copy of this amazing book, and I couldn’t. put. it. down.

So good.

This book starts with such a  beautiful story that any female entrepreneur who has set out to blaze her own trail will connect deeply with. You’ll love these ladies even more after you read their story.

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This book is full of heart, soul, grit, adventure, DIYs, glitter, road trips, trailblazers, family, and free-spirited wisdom.

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This is the anthem for those who –  in the words of Robert Frost – choose instead the The Road Less Traveled, to go ahead and blaze their own trail.

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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If you haven’t already pre-ordered the book – you should.{You will even be entered to win all sorts of Junk Gypsy prizes too!}

>>—> http://www.junkgypsybook.com

And, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first Book Signing during the Antique Show on Sept. 24th! There will be butter + biscuits, live music, and books! Come meet the Gypsies and get your book signed!

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Question of the Day:

What is it that is calling to you? What sets your soul on fire? What is your purpose? What is your dream?

Leave your answer in the comments below. Tell me one thing you can do today to bring yourself closer to your dream.

 

#JunkGYpsyBook #JGBLT #junkgypsies #dreamBIG #thecrossroadsofwonderandwander #dowhatyoulove #inspirationalquotes #inspiration #girlboss

 

an ode to gardening – Bella Grace Magazine – published

An-Ode-to-Gardening

words by Amber Bartek / photo by Brooke Cagle

Imagine a lush garden in your backyard teeming with growth and abundance — full of life. You grow your own fresh ear of corn you can pick right off the stalk, your children can climb up your apple trees and pick juicy, sweet apples right off the tree, and you can pull crisp cucumbers and squash right off the vine for your supper.

There is something about growing my own food and working in the garden, getting my hands deep into the earth — that makes my spirit come alive. My soul awakens when I grow the very food that will nourish me and my family.

> Read the rest of the article over at Bella Grace magazine. {Please share and comment!}

I’m so excited to be a Contributing Writer, Artist, and Photographer at Bella Grace Magazine! It’s a dream-come-true.

I adore this soulful magazine that speaks to the heart and soul about embracing the slow, savoring the simple, and celebrating everyday magic.

P.S. – If you LOVE Bella Grace Magazine – stay tuned. There are some giveaways in the works. More details to follow on my instagram >> @cloud9photographer / @simplelivingwriter and on facebook >> @photosbycloud9 .

TPW Summer night sky photography workshops coming up at Enchanted Rock State Park

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This looks amazing!
Repost from @texasparkswildlife using @RepostRegramApp – Summer night sky photography workshops coming up at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Spend the night under the stars while learning how to take amazing pictures.
Details and registration in the link on @TxOutdoorPhotos bio.
#TxStateParks #EnchantedRock #atx #nightphotography #igtexas #camping

#GIVEAWAY – Win a FREE Spot in my soulful photography ecourse

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#GIVEAWAY time!

 

Head over to @cloud9photographer on Instagram to enter to WIN a FREE spot in my soulful photography ecourse: illuminate.

 

For an extra entry – comment below and reblog this post! 🙂 Good luck!

Living A Mighty Faith by Angus Buchan : Book Review

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Living a Mighty Faith: A Simple Heart and a Powerful Faith is the new devotional from Bestselling Author of Faith Like Potatoes, (which was made into an amazing and encouraging motion picture) Angus Buchan.

This hardback devotional is full of the wisdom that can only be handed down by a wise farmer whose very vocation is built on trust, faith, perseverance,  and patience.

I found the devotionals to be poignant and deep with good takeaways to reflect on. The words were meaty and the stories were an insider’s look at life on a farm. I love how the devotionals point to God and use great life analogies to connect with the scripture. These devotionals lead us to an understanding of Christian character traits and the fruits of the spirit.

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Living a Mighty Faith is great for families with older children – as the devotionals are short and can be read aloud each day. I recommend this book to Mothers who long for a bible study but may not have the time to read a longer book, and who want their children to learn alongside them.

 
(* I received this book free from the BookLook Bloggers program.)

What books are you reading right now? Do you have any recommendations?

Please comment below.