green tree boutique: a luxurious giveaway

1.22.2013

green tree boutique giveaway bath brush
It's January and along with my desire to slough off my dry winter skin, I have a more general yearning for a fresh start. In my particular quest for newness, I've turned more than a few times this month to a luxurious bath. As I wrote, recently, I've come to believe that though there might be bad bathtubs, there's no such thing as a bad bath. (You can read more deep thoughts on bathing over here). Still, I won't deny that having a few special bathtime accessories seriously improves the luxury factor.
green tree boutique giveaway bath candle
Green Tree Boutique is a sponsor of Reading My Tea Leaves and is offering to you sweet readers, the chance to win a whole boxful of treats for making your own ho-hum bath just a little bit brighter. The gift includes the most luxurious bath brush I've ever used, a sweet porcelain soap dish and the handmade soap to go in it, a delicious soy candle (that can double as moisturizing bath oil), and as if that wasn't enough, a hanging glass terrarium for adding a little something green to your new at-home spa.
green tree boutique giveaway soap dish
For a chance to win, hop over to the Green Tree Boutique site to scope out the goods and leave a comment back here, complete with contact information and a description of your own favorite January ritual.
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The giveaway will close on Thursday evening at 5:00 pm and a randomly selected winner will be announced on Friday. Lots of luck and thanks for reading!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Meg S is the lucky lady! Thanks so much to all of you for sharing your January rituals.

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  1. Oooh a nice warm bath sounds so good right now after walking to work in the freezing cold!

    My January ritual revolves around organizing anything and everything in my apartment. I love a good purge of things that I no longer need or use! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Ashley
    petrylaka (at) gmail.com

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  2. Their shop looks fantastic! January is one of my favorite months of the year. I love filling in all the important dates on my calendar and taking a few trips to make donations to Goodwill. Gardening is already on my mind as my daffodils bloomed this week thanks to some random 60 degree days here in North Carolina.
    Meredith
    murdkitten at yahoo dot com

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  3. Green Tree Boutique is really lovely. And the thought of a bath is so nice right now! Especially with this very cold weather lately.

    My husband and I take the time every night to cook dinner together. We might have a glass of wine and talk about our day, or about nothing in particular, but it tends to make the evening more special.

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  4. Our ritual is to try to get outside as much as possible, despite the weather!
    rbeinart at yahoo dot com

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  5. So envious! As a student, my favorite winter break activity is to take advantage of a lazy Sunday, go to an early morning yoga class, then come home to a warm bath, hot coffee, and good book!

    Jessie
    littlemissmagic59@gmail.com

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  6. Oh this sounds lovely! I read your post about the ritual of baths and it inspired me to take a few myself this wintry season. One of my favourite ways to combat the dreary cold is simply to have lit candles all round our little apartment. My husband loves candles as much as I do so we can enjoy such treats together. Green Tree Boutique's soy candles look just charming! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. What a sweet little store! My January ritual involves some a lot of simplifying after the excess of the holidays -- I clean up my closet, my diet, my filing cabinet, etc. to start the new year a little lighter.

    thirtyeight20 {at} gmail

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  8. This is beautiful. I (secretly) love January. My favorite tradition is long, lazy breakfasts before class with fresh squeezed citrus juice. I buy as many oranges, lemons and grapefruit as I can afford. Thanks for the giveaway and your beautiful blog! We just moved into a 380 square foot apartment, and I'm been really inspired by you!

    hayliebrooke@gmail.com

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  9. How wonderful! I find that both my hair and my skin get so dry in and around this time of year. A solid coconut oil hair mask and a moisturizing face mask on a Sunday evening always seems to help! It's imperative to pamper yourself once in a while, if you ask me!

    larkandlinen at gmail dot com

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  10. Mmm! This makes me want to have a bath!

    As for January rituals, getting rid of all unnecessary things is a state much wished for, but seldom fully realized! What I like is starting the year slowly - the turn of the year is an opportunity to read a book (a Chrismas present, usually) without being interrupted too much...

    slecna at centrum.cz

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  11. I love taking baths and the chance to be still, warm and relaxed for a little while. I don't have too many bath accessories but they still feel like a welcome luxury, especially in winter. This is an incredibly delightful giveaway. Thanks! anna at seedlingdesign.net

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  12. Tear, sniff, sniff. This is probably the one thing I miss most about home. I had the best, biggest and most lovely bath tub and it was wonderful. Unfortunately, our one-year temporary home is lacking...gasp...a...bathtub. Just a teeny tiny shower that feels like it's getting smaller by the day. When we return home, I think it will be a race, between my boyfriend and I, from the baggage carousel to the bath tub. I hope I win :) http://hellobougeotte.blogspot.fr/2012/10/things-i-miss.html

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  13. A bath would have been lovely on this 0 degree Chicago morning! In January, one of my favorite things to do is trek down the street to my favorite pub, get a glass of scotch whisky and sit by the fire :) Especially with my someone special.

    LeahWilson86 @ gmail .com

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  14. What a perfect January giveaway! And what a lovely boutique.

    My latest January ritual involves slathering on hand cream. Lots and lots of hand cream.

    Sarah
    Happysappysarah at gmail dot com

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  15. A brilliant giveaway for a jump start to refreshing oneself for Springtime!
    I like to tend to my skin the most after the more severe winter months and start re-thinking my moisturizers, soaps and shaving creams to try to figure out what really does work best for me instead of just lathering up with anything I have procured into my stash over the winter season.
    Its a brilliant adventure each new Spring time. : )

    -elizabeth.strobolakos@gmail.com

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  16. wow! lovely things. Nothing beats a bath and a book.

    jclarke@hollins.edu

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  17. So funny that you mention baths, because never in my life have a taken as many baths as I have this winter. It all started after a hotel stay that had a gigantic bathtub and I haven't looked back since.
    Loving the shampoo / conditioner and the lavender salve - reminds me of the Bag Balm I am currently obsessing over!
    mollyamoroso@gmail.com

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  18. Lovely! It just so happens that I have been enjoying baths this January. I usually light two candles and bring a mug of tea (or a hot toddy) in to the mix. So relaxing!

    Theresa
    coppersnowflake at yahoo dot com

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  19. Green Tree Boutique is such a lovely shop! I love that the candle can double as a bath oil.

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  20. This giveaway sounds fantastic! As much as I love my teeny christmas tree, it feels so good to kick it to the curb and buy some new, springier greenery for the apt when winter is at it's dreariest. I just picked up a begonia 'escargot' and am loving it! kirsten.myhr@gmail.com

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  21. totally into their "reflections toothbrushes" - those little wooden handles would be a sweet addition to my guest bath. my january ritual this year has been sprucing up our space with some fresh paint. out with the warm tones, in with the whites. me and the mr. are enjoying it (the look, not the work!)

    ksteinbugl (at) gmail (dot) com
    AKA ksbores

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  22. Baths are my favorite! Unfortunately, I don't have a bathtub at school...when I go home I always have to use my mom's tub! It's often an hour-long affair when all is said and done!

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  23. this year, all rituals have been turned on their head as i'm now six months pregnant. i have to say i take many, many more baths than i used to and i've turned into the type that takes them and showers before bed as the hot water relaxes me and helps me sleep just a little bit better with this baby kicking all night long :)

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  24. In January, I love reading in bed in the evenings. It's so cozy and warm compared to our cold, hardwood floors. A cup of tea makes it even better. xo.simplyR@gmail.com

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  25. I recently discovered that I am slightly allergic to coffee...so my rituals of crafting lattes with my espresso maker are suspended for a few weeks. :( :( :( I have resorted to green tea this winter! annesbearn (at) gmail (dot) com

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  26. These bath supplies would be perfect in my teeny weeny bathroom. Thanks for such a nice giveaway x dwarfield (at) gmail (dot) com

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  27. This is my second January as a little wifey, so our January rituals are still in the making. So far, it has consisted of de-cluttering our bungalow, spending lots of evenings snuggled up watching Law&Order, and taking a good soak in the tub. :)

    my email is juliafaye5@yahoo.com

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  28. ooh that sounds spectacular! Up here in Maine my skin dries out completely, so this would be wonderful! Such a perfect giveaway for January! gadela at gmail dot com

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  29. Oh I just love these luxurious giveaways!! Green Tree Boutique has a wonderful collection of Eco-concious goods. My favorite January ritual is to curl up by the wood stove with a good book (Little Women comes to mind - always a treat) on a lazy Sunday and cook a fabulous roast or stew while it snows outside. sheepystitious (at) sbcglobal (dot) net.

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  30. This is my first winter in Grand Forks, ND as a grad student at UND. This morning it was -50 zero with the windchill, so a warm bath at the end of the day is something I look forward to. I like the water almost too hot, to penetrate my cold muscles and warm my bones. I would love that soap dish in my bathroom, it's adorable! Thanks for a great giveaway and showing me a new shop to check out. my email is lucy.nevanen@my.und.edu

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  32. Any shop that sells both Breast Balm and First Aid Salve is A-OK with me! There is nothing like the feeling of a warm bath, for sure... and while I'm in there, I can try to solve the dilemma of whether to get the striped carry-all or the batik tote (or, to reinforce the indulgent mood, perhaps both!). If you can't tell, I like to shop for myself in January... and always walk on the sunny side of the street.

    Thanks for letting us know about Green Tree.

    kpatters4 at gmail

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  33. What a great giveaway! I love the artisan soaps and the candles. My January rituals is to get home from work at a decent time to cook a 'comfort food' supper, put on my pjs, and watch TV or read a good book! I do try my best to get organized - files, closet, etc., but usually save that for a rainy day Saturday!

    Susan - smboyd99@yahoo.com (smboyd99 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  34. I live in the south of England, so we very rarely get a)cold weather or b) snow. But this winter we've had quite a lot of both. This is the first year of living with my partner, so we've developed a new routine because we both love baths.

    At least once a week, one of us will set up the bathroom for the other to take a nice long bath. Bubble bath, candles, the radio on at a low volume. The person in the tub gets to relax for a while, and then the person running the bath usually comes and sits in the bathroom for a chat. We don't take turns, and we don't do it on a set day but it's such a nice treat, and a lovely way of showing our appreciation for each other. I think I'll be buying this and making sure it gets left out for me to use the next time it's my turn! http://www.greentreeboutique.com/collections/bath-body/products/organic-clementine-clove-body-scrub

    I'm carla.jardim@gmail.com

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  35. beautiful! i love soy candles. in january, i love using thick lotions, and foot salve for my dry feet :)
    xx ellentarry [at] gmail [dot] com

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  36. Looks wonderful. My January ritual involves simplifying as much as possible. Getting rid of the clutter, donating unwanted/unused clothing to Goodwill, giving items I no longer use to family members... It's also a time when I take a good look at my life and decide what I really want to focus on and what I can let go. It's amazing to let go and just focus on the important stuff.

    em(dot)tudor(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. My January ritual involves taking a close look at our personal finances...and shoeshoeing, the latter of which is significantly more enjoyable. lnconant(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. Ooh, would love to win this! My January involves an exfoliating facial mask every week, lots of wine, and lots of flowers (wait, I guess that is year-round :P).

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  39. Love the giveaway~~~ January is all about cleaning, freshness and change. I love this as it all feels so wonderful when accomplished!

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  40. Nice :) I like the idea that the candle doubles as bath oil! . . .. . I also love the sweet kiddie things on Green Tree

    huettewoerz (at) gmail (dot) com

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  41. I would love this stuff! Cleaning and organizing my apartment and getting a new hair cut!

    ashlycochran@gmail.com

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  42. It's -40 where I am, and one of the best ways to cope with temperatures that cold is a nice hot bath! Especially when you have some fancy soap to moisturize the dry air away.

    My January ritual is a big closet clean - I do two or three rounds of throwing everything on the bed and forcing myself to chuck ratty cardigans and old v-necks. A well intentioned effort at living minimally!

    fdunster@gmail.com

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  43. So pretty! While I have one of those not-so-nice bath tubs, I understand the appeal of a warm winter bath. Love the blog, Erin.

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  44. Oh what a nice giveaway Erin! I would love to get my hands on some nice natural soap... that little dish is the sweetest! My January ritual often means cleaning out every area in the house. The basement was just done, and my closet is next. Good activities to do indoors, while it's still freezing outdoors.

    daniellaciotti(at)gmail.com

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  45. I wasn't familiar with Green Tree Boutique before your post, but what yummy things they have. Love the toothbrushes and the batik tote (and of course, all the bath goodies). Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

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  46. Living in Santa Monica, my January ritual is to go to the beach as much as possible before tourist season starts up again.

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  47. I'm also a big fan of decluttering in January. I think it's something about taking down holiday decorations and being left with a home that feels a bit empty but disheveled. It's nice to take time to make a fresh start for the new year. Although baths sound like another wonderful January ritual!

    annakristina28 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  48. I could definitely use something to soothe my dry winter skin too, especially because it's currently 1 degree in Chicago. One of my favorite January activities is to put on layers of clothes, snuggle under my blankets, and watch movies. It can be very relaxing.

    neuroticworkaholic(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. Thanks for the introduction to the site. I just ordered the bamboo utensils! I agree there is nothing more relaxing after a cold snowy day than a nice relaxing bath. Only thing I would add is a nice glass of cabernet:)

    My email is jmdillow77@yahoo.com

    Thanks! Jen Dillow

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  50. I l-o-v-e baths! We rent our house though, and I can't seem to get the bathtub to the point where I think its clean enough to lay in it.
    Tips?
    Kate at ummmnowwhat.blogspot.com

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  51. Not only in January, but most winter months, I have a penchant for baking all weekend. Big loaves of crusty bread, sea salt soft pretzels, extravagant cakes, and cookies...so many cookies that my husband consumes as quickly as I bake them.

    Winter, and January because it is the first of real winter this year, is also the best time for warm baths with different bath salts, lots of candles and fluffy towels and robes to wrap up in.

    I love taking a warm bath at the end of a good baking day. Then I come out of a clean smelling bath to a warm, baked kitchen.

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  52. Everything they sell is so cute! My favorite January/winter ritual is lighting a bunch of candles as soon as I get home. There's just something about the cold weather and candles that's perfect.

    summersk88 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  53. My favorite way to begin the new year is to take the time to put all our snapshots from the year before into albums --- and sip tea and hot chocolate! I don't often have time for a bath, but I do love them! All these lovely bath things . . . thanks for the chance to win them!
    bethannender@gmail.com

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  54. During this time of year, my rituals really involve around getting a good workout in here or there (even though its absolutely frigid outside!), taking the time to cook and prep meals for the week, and really focus on finding the time to spend with my husband (both students and one working on top of it). Green Tree Boutique is a very lovely, relaxing way to unwind and focus on myself, I usually forget to do that!

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  55. Lovely items, all! January rituals...I'd have to go with a long winter walk followed by making vegetable soup. And...a bath to ward off the chill in the air never hurts a bit.

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  56. I most enjoy cleaning and organizing - getting rid of all the clutter that I just couldn't seem to deal with earlier.

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  57. I like to spend time doing long-term cooking projects in January such as making and freezing stock, canning soups and stews, and making citrus marmalade. Beautiful boutique - thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. I start spring cleaning early, so January usually begins with a good closet purge. It feels good to start the year fresh, and once I'm finished passing on old clothes, I treat myself with a nice, hot bath. How lovely it would be to light that soy candle and sink into the tub!

    juwatkins@davidson.edu

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  59. Delving into baking projects. Right now I'm wading through "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day". And with that being my project, working off those carbs with new gym classes :)

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  60. That bath brush looks to die for! Baths are my go to stress relief/bad day fix. I love to sit and read, sometimes with a glass of wine. My favorite January ritual has to be a massive clean out of closets and cabinets, which clears out my space (fellow tiny apartment dweller here) and my head

    The greentea boutique is great - the clementine and clove body scrub looks divine

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  61. This stuff is so lovely! My January ritual consists of slathering my whole body in moisturizer before bed and then (being an avid reader I always get books for Christmas) tucking myself in and reading through the night.
    spcuthbert@gmail.com

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  62. My favorite all-year ritual is to spend Saturday afternoons in my favorite cozy cafe, spending a few hours in a comfy window seat with some nice hand-poured coffee and a good book. I especially appreciate these weekend retreats at this time of year, considering how cold these months are in the northeast (and how reluctant I am to pump up the heat in my tiny apartment).
    drewfrohn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. What a lovely shop! I'm thinking of giving their baby shampoo a try with our toddler. My January ritual? Hunker down under comfy blankets and read a lot. I'm working on getting our daughter on board with that.

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  64. My January ritual is fitting in a long run or strenuous workout and then relaxing in the tub with a book. These giveaway products look amazing!

    Lindsey: BelkL (at) musc (dot) edu

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  65. January is really when it starts to get super cold around these parts, so I often knit scarves and hats this time of the year. Thank you for this giveaway!

    llaneshazel [at] gmail.com

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  66. As a Californian/New Orleans girl now living through New England winters, I've learned that sometimes there just really isn't anything as necessary as a long hot bath to get the January chill out of your bones!

    Every January, I find I nest. I replace (and donate!) old, worn out things with new ones (as stores are trying to get rid of all their winter stock to make room for spring, I revel in winter items -- and their sales!): flannel sheets, thick coats, woolen sweaters, household decorative items. I pretty up the joint, as I will be spending a lot of time inside. I order up stacks of public library books, tea and hot chocolate.

    Instead of going out and sitting on sidewalks and patios, I invite friends over and we cook: quiches, tarts, stews, roasts. And then we cuddle up together to watch movies (everyone contributes one!).

    Januaries are a time to contract, to make our lives a little smaller, to reset and renew our homes as sanctuary for ourselves and our friends; to dismiss and discard clutters both figurative and literal and to make room in our physical, emotional, and mental spaces for tiny seeds that, with sun and spring, might bloom into new life, new laughter, new miracles.

    (I write this with a mug of hot apple cider next to me, a fat orange tomcat purring on the bed, and esconced in a turquoise boiled wool wrap from my mommy. Januaries are about quiet joys and small pleasures. Like a perfect bath).

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  67. My januaries consist of simply trying to survive the cold! That's gotten substantially easier since migrating south, so now I just try to get outside to enjoy the sun whenever its shining!

    ksmith5 at samford dot edu

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  68. Ooo this is such a great giveaway!! I'm currently moving in with my boyfriend so I'm going to need a luxurious bubble bath every now and again to relax! My January ritual has been almost bathing in lotion because it's so cold and my skin is so dry! Bring on the warm weather!!

    Ergo - Blog

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  69. I love January for the fresh start. It's always nice to get rid of a few never-used items in the closet or pick up healthy eating. It's a clean slate!

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  70. Warm showers after extremely cold runs are my favorite on these January nights. I certainly love those wood toothbrushes on green tea boutique!
    Jess088@gmail.com

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  71. Beautiful. I love the three soap set.

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  72. This is just lovely and perfect for my January routine. I get dreadful, itchy dry skin in the winter and adopt a rigorous exfoliation and intense moisturizing regime to thwart it off. The bath brush looks like the right guy for the job. Thanks so much for sharing!

    AustenPP(at)gmail.com

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  73. Drink tea, make soup, wear thick sweaters, and take baths!

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  74. My favorite January ritual is a morning run, followed by a nap and plenty of hot tea!

    adbooks (at) yahoo.com

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  75. Oh I love Green Tree! I drink lots of tea, to the point that I'm worried about my teeth staining.

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  76. There's nothing like a wonderfully hot bath full of aromatic bubbles on a chilled-to-the-bone January day. :)

    I always look forward to the hearty vegetable soups and thick cornbreads I make this month. Actually, this one has been my favorite, I can't stop making it: http://pinterest.com/pin/164874036330165596/

    alipps33 [at] gmail dot com

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  77. Every January I go look at the bare trees. If it's been warm (like it has been) they sometimes get tricked into putting out their little buds early, and if not they are stripped down, the purest form of themselves. January feels bleak, sometimes, but there are little joys in noticing. Oh, yes, and of course I try to take as many candlelit baths as possible and try not to drop whatever huge hardback book I insist on reading in there with me.

    sbhornsby(at)gmaildotcom

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  78. I really dig that Green Tree has such a variety of goods. It's wonderful that not only could I get something to pamper myself, but I could also get something for my dog or even to entertain guests!
    What a great giveaway! My January ritual is probably just to stay as active indoors as possible so that I stay WARM! That or I just hide under blankets, my dog, and/or my man the whole time ha!

    nrichardson15(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. I would love to win this for myself (at 39 weeks pregnant) and my husband (who is currently in the bathtub right now). We LOVE baths in this house!!! And Green Tree Boutique is the best for luxury, green bath products.

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  80. I love January. The fresh new start on the year. The cooler temperature. The hint of Spring around the corner.
    January has me in the kitchen baking and in the bathroom exfoliating! Such dry skin and hair!! A soy candle that doubles as bath oil?!? I'm intrigued!!

    fal699495@aol.com

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  81. Love the products! My January ritual involves cleaning out the old and re-prioritizing my life. It's so easy (especially with the holidays) to get bogged down in the extra fluff that doens't really contribute to my life, and it's nice to pare down to the essentials, and see how long I can keep it that way.

    icefire06 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  82. Loving the selection at Green Tea. In January when it is dark and cold and there isn't much to do in the evenings, I find myself going to bed super early. At least I'm well rested and ready to take the world by storm come springtime!

    melissa(dot)graveline(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. very pretty site. i'd have to say my favorite thing to do is slather my feet in coconut oil (lips too), put on some thick socks and go about my business for the day. i can't bear to sleep in socks so I prefer to moisturize during the day! also, putting my face over some steam on the stovetop also helps peel away the impurities - and keeps me warm.
    info@forefrontfashion.com

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  84. Yummy GiveAway & Green Tree Boutique is such a delightful shop, thank you for the link as I plan to do a bit of gift shopping there!
    My favorite January ritual has to be my Sunday nights...starting with a home cooked dinner, then reading & chatting by the fireside, & ending with a soothing hot bath just before bedtime!

    appaloosamoon@gmail.com

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  85. Oh man, all of that bath stuff looks so nice! I really need a new bath brush too. I'd have to say that my favorite January ritual is taking walks at twilight. Always my favorite time of year, and it's such a great way to keep track of sunset creeping later and later. :)

    jbovss(at)gmail(dot)com

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  86. What a gorgeous site—and giveaway! I'd love to have some of their beautiful items in my home. My favorite January ritual is starting (and hopefully) keeping some new intentions for the year. I love beginnings, new chapters, starting afresh, all of which January is for me! Have also been meaning to incorporate more sweeter ends to the weekends and a lovely bath with Green Tree Boutique items sounds like the perfect accompaniment!

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  87. Ooh that brush looks divine!
    My favorite winter ritual is lighting a candle before bed - just a little reminder that the days will soon be brighter and feeling warm and cozy amidst the gloom is as easy as striking a match.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  88. I always have uni finals in January and most of the time I'm totaly stressed out. A long hot bath with essential oils and nature sounds in the background (from my ipod) before going to sleep.. Pure moment of happiness!

    Great giveaway!

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  89. Beautiful products over there — I've been seeing that soap dish with the crossed arrows on it all over Tumblr recently. My January consists of lots and lots of hot chocolate (peppermint, with one big fat marshmallow on top) interspersed with long walks and thick books. Armchair travel is the only way to make it through!

    ocombe@oberlin.edu

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  90. Mmmm... Organic Clementine & Clove Body Scrub sounds absolutely divine. My January ritual involves slathering my entire body in moisturizer every.single.night. Having the heat on nonstop reeks havoc on my sensitive skin so this is totally necessary, but another perk is that my boyfriend loves that I come to bed smelling super yummy. :)

    rittenhouse [dot] d [at] gmail [dot] com

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  91. Gorgeous boutique!
    I'm a believer in resolutions and list-making, so I'm constantly making lists of things I want to accomplish this year. This is my first year as a college graduate so I'm nervous and excited for what's to come!
    sugoidesuyo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  92. Love that soap dish! January ritual: lighting a yummy candle, slathering on a face mask, eucalyptus body lotion and catching up on TV!

    alison.s.wong@gmail.com

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  93. staying in on weekends and finding ways to keep busy as it's just too cold to venture out for too long


    andromeda567@gmail.com

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  94. What a lovely little boutique. Thank you for sharing!
    This January has been about rest, and being still.
    Hannah
    hannahgthweatt@gmail.com

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  95. Lovely little things to brighten up even the darkest of New York bathrooms! January is all about cleaning out and cleaning up! Rejuvenating for the new year!
    Love your blog,
    Mary
    compton.mw@gmail.com

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  96. My favourite ritual during dreary months is to take long walks in the afternoon before the sunset. It's so energising, yet it totaly calms me down. And then when i come home, I make a big cup of gigner tea with lemon and honey to warm me up. I love it!

    Nush.fn@gmail.com

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  97. Just stumbled upon your blog and love it! Add another follower to the list! Just yesterday I was looking all over for a great exfoliant to scrub away my dry winter skin in hopes that I can show a little since LA has been warming up. I think the trick is a great bath brush like the one you show above!

    Vanessa
    vmatson88@gmail.com

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  98. I think my favorite January ritual is making delicious navy bean and hamhock soup and eating it with crusty bread while I toast my toes next to the heater. I love Green Tree Boutique! Their Bamboo Artisan Cutting & Serving Board would be perfect for the aforementioned crusty bread. And the Clementine & Clove Body Scrub sounds divine. Thanks for turning me on to them.

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  99. Hi there! I like to buy a new plant or some flowers and think about spring :)
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I love your blog and photos by the way!
    Cindy: reichle.ce@gmail.com

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  100. My favorite ritual in January is enjoying a good book with a cup of hot tea!

    Sierra
    zslf17@goldmail.etsu.edu

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  101. Favorite January Ritual: Making soup, drinking hot chocolate, and organizing my home. Love the Green Tree Boutique! jenn.coombs.red@gmail.com

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  102. Ohhh my goodness - what a great giveaway! My favourite ritual in the winter months is a tie between lighting candles and drinking red wine in the bath tub(with some soothing music playing in the background).. and cuddling up with my partner in bed as the rain falls, making promises of "one more minute" before we have to start the day.

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  103. I scrub down my house and pick up a few new plants. Spring is a long way off where I live, but it always helps perk things up.

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  104. What a lovely giveaway and a beautiful shop. Oh the occasion that I can slip away for a bath, it's the little extras that make it my time.

    sarabneal at gmail dot com

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  105. My January ritual is to go through my apartment to get rid of things I don't need. A few years ago I realized I had accumulated a lot of knick knacks, so this ritual allows me to see just how much junk I have. It's definitely helped me to be a more conscious shopper. This year I only got rid of two things (which were both Christmas presents from distant relatives).

    nicolegrubby@gmail.com

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  106. such a lovely giveaway! my new year's ritual is a purge of all things not needed any more and a good smudge. i also got together with a group of wonderful girlfriends to set intentions for the year as well a some oracle card readings for every month of the year, should be exciting to see how things pan out.

    deshaigh@gmail.com
    workhouseblog.com

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  107. My January ritual is to treat myself to having my home professionally deep cleaned. I do a fairly good job myself but there's something nice about someone else coming in and scrubbing baseboards and the like.

    amy.m.estes@gmail.com

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  108. A fresh start and a warm bath sounds SO great in this cold weather! Everything on the Green Tree Boutique website looks amazing - especially that brush!

    jennifermmayor(at)gmail(dot)com

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  109. Ah, what a sweet store! I love all the nature-inspired jewelry.

    I, too, have been taking my fair share of baths this winter (although it was 65 in Denver today). I've also been trying to purge and organize my home, being mindful of what I actually need to own.

    Katibop@gmail.com

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  110. i love bringing a good book into a warm bath and just soaking for a long time. nothing better.

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  111. January is my last month before I start despising winter so I just try to soak in all the winter-ness before I start going stir crazy!

    mysecretagentloverman at gmail dot com

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  112. My ritual for every Sunday (not just in January) is to run a bubble bath and relax with a magazine, cup of tea and biscuits with a soothing face mask. It is a beautiful treat to look forward to at the end of the week!
    bonjourangelina@hotmail.com

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  113. In January I paint, a lot. I paint bare trees, birds, and wintery skies, until I get it out of (or into) my system.
    Lovely shop, full of lovely things.
    arielle.mossberg@gmail.com

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  114. January is my time for pampering, oiling, and moisturizing. Coconut oil hair treatments are wonderful in this cold, dry month.

    Amy k
    Akolb14 at comcast dot net

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  115. I spend my winters being as cozy as I can, which usually means curled up on the couch with blankets, coffee, kitties, and a book!

    erin.clouthier@yahoo.com

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  116. The shop looks great, I want everything :-)

    My favorite thing to do in January is to go skiing, then take a hot bath, make tea and read a book.
    Katie
    mulberrymelody@gmail.com

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  117. Love Green Tree Boutique (& your blog!). My favorite January ritual is sorting through (and emptying/organizing) junk drawers + recycling all my old magazines from the previous year - which inevitably leads to me creating some sort of recipe scrapbook from all the nifty recipes & fun food ideas I tear out of various magazines as I discard them.

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  118. My favorite January ritual is a long, brisk hike followed by a long, hot bath.

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  119. January is for new beginnings, warm, wool, socks, lovely candlelight and lots of hot tea! I try and go for a long walk each day and enjoy the crisp, clean air!
    Katie

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  120. I'm a sucker for a terrarium! corvaxgirl [at] gmail [dottie] com

    Deb

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  121. Heather says: i love so many things on their site i really can't decide like the soap dish lets see january rituals new calendar with addresses and phone numbers and start throughing out the old stuff.
    hg temp addy at hot mail dot com

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  123. A cup of herbal tea sipped in a warm epsom-salt bath with a lovely-smelling candle burning is my favorite January ritual!

    jennyprobus@gmail.com

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  124. I can't stop eating half a grapefruit before bed IN my bed. I also have lots of candles burning and beacoup amounts of tea! Love your blog :)

    sabrielparker@gmail.com

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  125. ooh, I wish I had a bathtub at school - now I'm craving a long hot soak! favorite January rituals - curling up in a down comforter in my favorite sweats with a delicious book. shivanimb at gmail

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  126. i never had a january ritual, so i will start one now. i will start by getting rid of the old and in with the new. i want to get rid of things i don' t use anymore and donate/ sell/ throw it out! make room for new and amazing things for 2013!!!!
    lovely store!

    abegailb(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  127. fav January ritual - tea, tea, tea, some more tea, good books and wrapped up blanket with my skin still warm from a bath.
    els_dejong(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  128. My January ritual is out with the old and in with the new. Thankfully this year I am getting rid more than usual as I am leaving my tiny space of two years and into my own home! Green Tree Boutique has some wonderful serving dishes that will be great for entertaining. That terrarium would look wonderful by my stain glass windows! Thank you for helping me organize my studio and inspiring my holiday wreath!
    Lmg1388@gmail.com

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  129. January involves socks and some rich moisturizing cream at bedtime. my humdrum bathroom could use some fun things!

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  130. Mmm... it is true that baths are always wonderful.

    aewetzel at gmail dot com

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  131. I love to simmer orange and lemon peels, cinnamon, cloves and allspice on stovetop to make my place smell wonderful. Love the shop!
    Tracyjm@gmail.com

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  133. My January ritual is to clean house. I move furniture, throw out old items, and buy a few new things. It's also when I go back to worrying about getting "me time." A warm bath and a good book are my go-to.

    sbowley at gmail.com

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  134. January = brand new calendar & journals, organizing everything, and trying new hobbies (this year: quilting). Such a fun month!

    jordanmiddle (at) gmail (dot) com

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  135. My January ritual: red wine. By the box. To be enjoyed while soaking in the tub.

    paulieandfrankie@hotmail.com

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  136. Oh! These sweet things would make for the perfect bath. This month I've been drinking a cup of peppermint tea each day as a midmorning treat. It's especially good when I've got chocolate to go along with it. It warms me up and gives me energy for the day.

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  137. That would be lovely! I'm at adornvintage at gmail dot com!

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  138. My January ritual is de-cluttering and simplifying. Getting more sleep and drinking lots of tea as well!

    jessicab95829@yahoo.com

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  139. My January ritual is to pick myself up daily from the winter doldrums in tiny ways. Some days I'll have a cup of tea in bed, I'll do something small for a friend like leaving an anonymous gift outside their door, and sometimes I'll indulge myself in something I wouldn't normally.
    It's so wonderful that all of these things in this giveaway are actually things I have wanted to buy myself at some point or another but could never justify spending on. Maybe if I don't win I'll have to gift myself something wonderful from this beautiful store.

    x missdottidee.blogspot.com

    my email is theantiquepearl@live.com

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  140. a cold weather/january ritual my husband and i have would be to eat hot pot (a traditional asian dish where you cook everything in one pot) and watch netflix at home. and this giveaway sounds awesome! everything seems so luxurious! [lyndagp at gmail dot com]

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  141. This giveaway is great, thanks! I'm right there with you. Just last night I soaked in a bubble bath until I was raisin. Cured what ailed me.

    virginiasalo@gail.com

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  142. Oh my! it's wonderful! I loved their jewelry! and the tiny jars of skincare that look like marmalade!

    Thank you for this giveaway and for your blog, so inspiring!

    claragcarreira@gmail.com

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  143. This sounds like an amazing give away! Definitely what's needed to brighten up these winter months. My January ritual is to make homemade soups to warm up with. As well as to curl up with new books and read after the sunsets.

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  144. That site is wonderful, thanks for passing it along! For rituals, I have a dry body brush which I try to make use of as much as possible. For a pick me up, I like to use nail polish in super bright colors and pretend summer will be here soon. small.lisa@gmail.com

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  145. Hi there. I love your new writings and influences since you took the plunge to be self employed. I respect you greatly and respect your work, too. My January ritual is to refresh, repurpose, or regift. I am not talking regift in the mean sense, but in the sense that someone, be it a person that frequents Goodwill or a friend of mine, may be able to use something that I have and no longer need. For example, I just regifted a charger to a friend in need. I refresh my house, my kitchen, my habits. I repurpose items I already have or get rid of them. Contact me on Twitter: @secondmercedes

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  146. In January I like to go for a walk in the snow, if we have some, and then come in for a cup of tea and a good book. All those products look amazing...I'd love to add a warm bath to that list!
    hdunning at gmail dot come

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  147. The shop is lovely. My January rituals include a deep cleaning of my home, cleaning out my closets and donating items, and a cleanse of myself that includes a diet of lots of veggies and NO sugar.

    amylparks@hotmail.com

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  148. ooooh, multi-stripe carryall. My January ritual is trying to thin out my tiny house of clutter - sometimes it works, sadly most often not :-)
    stephanieholaday@hotmail.com

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  149. I don't really have a ritual, though maybe it's about time I did.
    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

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  150. Thanks for the great giveaway! I hope I win!
    My fave item would be these toothbrushes http://www.greentreeboutique.com/collections/bath-body/products/reflections-toothbrushes#.UP_050RDpYw
    My favorite January ritual is laying under the blanket browsing Instagram, lol!

    Thanks again!
    Elena
    queen-of-pain at yandex dot com

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  151. One of my January rituals, although I didn't realize it was ritual until this question was posed, is reflecting on new beginnings.

    Adding comforting baths to that would be nice, particularly since I have a nearly 9 month old and have to incorporate more self-care!

    I really enjoy your blog, thanks for posting!

    Raquel

    raqrod at gmail dot com

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  152. Wow putting a terrarium in the bathroom is such a great idea!!
    What an awesome site!
    I drink SO much tea this time of year. It warms me up on the inside :) I have also been known to make some tea and drink it in a bath when I am super cold.

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  153. That terrarium is so fun! I think I need to have a splash of green in my bathroom. Rituals around here include purging and donating...5 boxes yesterday! Feels so good. And drinking tea with the hubby after the kids are in bed.

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  154. What a lovely shop, thank you for sharing. My January ritual is organizing and writing up my goals for the year.

    fequs-shop at yahoo dot com

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  155. I am dreaming of summer every year around this time.That lovely candle would be wonderful right now and a perfect early birthday gift for myself.
    gmgcherry@yahoo.com

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  156. Oh, what a beautiful shop! I do have to say the first thing from the post that caught my eye was their air plant terrarium. I love the idea having greenery in my home, but in the bathroom it would create a nice spa feeling. The glass soy candle has already caught my eye for a great gift for a friend!

    I'll be coming back even if I don't win, thank you for sharing and to them for sharing this giveaway. :)

    My favourite January ritual is to start the year off with a calm night after all the festivities and to do a tarot card reading.

    cris.gilb24@hotmail.com

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  157. Everything in that shop is beautiful. Handmade soap is such a joy.

    January rituals for me involve a lot of homemade chai and knitting, but most of all, it's the time of year when my guy and I spend most of the time snuggled under our huge down duvet. Playing cards, reading, even working is just so much cozier done like this.

    poppyandsparrow (at) gmail -dot- com

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  158. what a beautiful shop! everything about January makes me want to curl up in a ball with lovely candles and tea.
    xo, sarah

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  159. january ritual: drinking lots and lots and lots of hot beverages at home: spiced cider, chai, coffee coffee coffee. there is always something brewing at our house.

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  160. Beautiful shop! My favorite January ritual is pulling out all of the hot beverage options for dessert each night - rum spiked hot chocolate, warmed whiskey with lemon, cafe mochas with whipped cream. It's such a great little January indulgence.

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  161. Oh bookmarking this shop now... I love everything!
    My January tradition is... spring cleaning! Seriously, I like to do a cleanup right about now, when the coats and other winter stuff are driving me nuts (and to get rid of all the Christmas clutter!)

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  162. Lovely. My favorite January ritual is to get a mug of hot chai and sit in a window knitting or finishing a good book. clairekilgore(at)gmail(dot)com

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  163. what a fun giveaway!! My favorite and newest January ritual is to grab a bunch of dried sage and smudge the heck out of my house. Smudging is a ritual thought to rid the area of bad spirits or juju or whatever you want to call it. When i do it, i burn the leaves (like incense) and carry it to the corner of each room in the house... it may be a placebo, but I always feel refreshed! I may start doing it once a month!!

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  164. My favorite January ritual is to purge! Clean out the closet, clean out the desk. Get rid of it all. It feels dope.

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  165. Just favorited Green Tree Boutique for later -- such cute things for yourself and others! My January ritual has been juicing every other morning. My boyfriend got me a juicer for Christmas and I absolutely love it. By day my only ritual is job hunting and interviewing... not my favorite nor relaxing ritual but hopefully I can get into better day rituals in February! By night I love cooking up new and healthy recipes, spending time with the ones I love and having a nice cup of ginger tea or red wine, depending on what kind of day it is. ;)

    Lindsay
    lindsayann.hobbs@gmail.com

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  166. One of my favorite January rituals, more like a practice, is to set an intentional time to reflect and dream. I get to reflect on the previous year and dream about the new year in front of me.

    I think the Green Tree Boutique is so lovely. I love the Loop glass bottle, manta ray ring, and shopping jute tote.

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  167. Oooh! I love baths. I need to get back into that ritual. My bf and I just started a "ritual" of cooking together when we get home from work. We often start off tired and unwilling, but now I'm excited each night for what cooking adventure awaits us! The soy candles in their shop look wonderful!

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  168. What a beautiful boutique! The soap dish is precious. Every January I write out my goals, there's something about seeing them in print that makes them feel so possible and tangible.

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  169. My January rituals would have to be long soaks in the tub and too many cups of tea.

    amiegramo@gmail.com

    xoxo

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  170. January means... wearing sweatpants and huge sweaters more than usual! Chelsey, nisbetch@gmail.com

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  171. i love everything in that store--and it just happens that i "froke" out at my dry winter skin today and spent an hour bathing, exfoliating and moisturizing.
    thanks for the giveaway!
    inesleesantos at gmail dot com

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  172. With the temperature outside being 14 degrees a bath sounds just perfect to combat the cold. My favorite January ritual is sitting down to an early Sunday dinner of a stew that's been cooking all day long. In these months where it becomes dark earlier my family tends to follow suit.

    Camille cmh21sax at yahoo dot com

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  173. My favourite January ritual? A shared birthday with my very best gal and twin sister, Mally. Twice the cake and twice the fun. Thanks Erin!

    Clara:
    claramcgregor@hotmail.com

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  174. january: love the newness, and the cold? not so much.

    my rituals are: slippers, hot tea, ACTUALLY painting my nails and doing a heck of a good job, and a weekly clay face mask while watching Dear Genevieve.

    Kate | kt.j.todd@gmail.com

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  175. Only one January Ritual matters...cleaning out the old. Come January 2nd and through the whole month I plurge my life of all things not necessary. Old clothes that Ive kept all year, books Ive read that I dont want to keep, receipts that dont matter anymore etc. Makes me feel great to get all the extra stuff gone and start new. I also get a massage/mani-pedi afterwards! :)

    Bostongemmie

    bostongemmie@gmail.com

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  176. I have started a few new January rituals this year! I'm going to the gym 5 times a week (sometimes more). I'm using a new hair conditioner and deep conditioning treatment with Moroccan Oil. And I'm working on accomplishing small goals daily. Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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  177. to combat dry, itchy winter skin, I've been grinding up whole oats and adding them to a warm bath... it leaves your skin soooo soft!
    kathleen.m.mullins(@)gmail

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  178. January is my month to make a positive change in my life. Last year, it was making my bed daily (turns out, mom was right on that one!) This year, it's keeping my bar cleared off...the dumping ground for anything that doesn't quite have a home.
    thank you for the great giveaway. The products look amazing! Mollyt80@yahoo.com

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  179. I have decided to get rid of all the clothes I no longer wear and give them to charity. I am itching for a bit of a clean-out!
    Beautiful giveaway.

    thehomette@gmail.com

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  180. As I often think that the New Year should start with spring, my favorite January ritual is spring cleaning! Beautiful giveaway :)

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  181. i just found your blog thru nat the fat rat -- thanks for the giveaway. i just had babies 15 months apart, so my ritual is a hot shower with either a hot hot coffee OR a cold cold beer {depending on the time of day, HA!} great little shop...i want the wooden toothbrushes!!

    charlene.friesen@gmail.com

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  182. Hello...my name is Karen Anderson, I am one of your followers on Facebook (I liked your "Reading Your Tea Leaves" page) ... I went to the Green Tea Boutique page and enjoyed looking at all their wonderful products. I liked their Facebook page right away...what lovely pictures and blog posts they have !! Besides loving the crisp cold air of January, I enjoy the feeling it gives me of a time of renewal and reflection. It also allows me to think over the past year and evaluate what it will take for me to become a better person in the New Year. When I read your, "Soak" post, it made me realize how much I value and need my bath time every night ! It energizes me to keep up my January renewals... so I sure would enjoy all of those wonderful bath time treats !!!! :-)

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  183. Thanks for continuing to offer so many ideas/sources of inspiration! My favorite ritual in January is to look ahead at the new year and makes tons of lists - places to visit, books to read, birthday treats to send in the mail...
    -Marina

    mmorrone85@gmail.com

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  184. Baths are such a lovely way to wind down after a long week!my favorite Sunday morning ritual at the moment is to get up early and make coffee Ndbreakfast, then leave all the dishes for later and get back in bed to snuggle and watch movies. Supremely luxurious. ninaruckerATgmailDOTcom

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