DO: Go berry picking!  It’s summer and that means berries!  Don’t know what’s near you?  Head to pickyourown.org to see what’s in your area…  Blueberries are winding down, but blackberries are going strong!  Pack a picnic – definitely an #itsgoodto thing – grab some friends or a date and go pick. Pie is optional…

KNOW: Speaking of strawberries…Did you know strawberries made it onto the dirty dozen list yet again, but this time the strawberry moved into first place ~ thereby making it the most pesticide-ridden fruit on the market. But why? Strawberries are like little sponges soaking up both the good and bad. In this case, it’s lots of bad. Opt for organic strawberries! Who else is on the dirty dozen  list? Apples, nectarines, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers and kale/collard greens… 

CAREPersuade Lagoon Amusement Park to close down its “Zoo”.  Two young sisters started this petition anticipating about 1,000 signatures. But guess what?  They are now at 163,000!  The petition states, “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) have inspected Lagoon many times and have charged the park with serious violations including no veterinary care for sick and dying animals, filthy enclosures, untrained zookeepers, failure to provide the animals with enough space to roam and more. ”

BE: Be brought to tears by designer Emily Henderson’s home makeover for Sylvia… Skip to 3:20 for the “open your eyes” moment & Sylvia’s amazing laugh/cry…

LOVE: Ara Collective Collection at Cherish. This wonderful collection of hand-made textiles has me weak in the knees and wishing that I hadn’t just purchased new pillows recently. Textiles are a beautiful way to add warmth and texture to your home, and handmade textiles always have that “extra special” feel to it. If you have neutral furniture and walls, you can add a fun pop of color ~ like this beautiful throw~ to lively things up. A couch or chair that is anything but neutral (red couch, I’m looking at you!) can benefit from a simple pillow in a basic color. Whether it’s a room or you (!), accessories are the easiest way to change your look and it’s nice (& good) to purchase from a company that pays fair wages and invests (10%) back into their artisan communities. Warm fuzzies all around! 

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