4 Books on My Reading list for the Fourth of July Weekend

Although these books aren’t necessarily food related, I do believe that taking good care of yourself in other ways does allow you to be a better, more competent eater. So this Fourth of July weekend, I hope you’ll practice taking better care of yourself. For me, that starts with taking a pause and finding ways to relax my body and mind. To do that, I’m planning on settling down with a good book – even if its only for a measly 15 minutes!!

Here are a few books I’ve been wanting to read but just haven’t made the time for:


The Fringe Hours


I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book! But who doesn’t love discovering ways to make time for yourself… especially when that seems impossible to do!

The Best Yes

As a retail shop owner, I’ve learned that sometimes its just as important to say no to an opportunity as it is to say yes to others. Another book I’ve heard great things about when it comes to setting priorities and finding time to breathe in between them.


Bread and Wine


I know I said that these books weren’t super food related, but I couldn’t resist adding this one to the list! Finding community and investing in relationships can be rejuvenating. Its also important to realize that food isn’t just about the nutrients… its deeply intertwined into our daily lives. This book looks at the importance of relationships built around the table and there are recipes. Recipes! A double win if you ask me.

Secret Garden Book


Okay, so this book isn’t really one you read – instead you COLOR! Adult coloring books are all the rage and I can’t think of a better way to unwind! Have you tried coloring as a grown up yet?

Please note – we are HUGE fans of shopping local and have chosen to support a local Michigan based bookstore by sharing from their selection instead of Amazon. We would LOVE it if you considered purchasing from them or explore your own local bookstore for some of these finds! Learn more about Brilliant Books located in Traverse City and Suttons Bay, Michigan.

Have you read any of these books? If so, I’d love to know what you thought of them! Haven’t read them yet? Which looks the most intriguing?

Win a Big Green Egg from Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Beef!

Sweepstakes alert! Enter to win the ultimate Summer Grill package from Red Gold Tomatoes and Laura’s Lean Beef! Four lucky people will win a Big Green Egg, a kamodo style cooker that will allow you to be master of the grill all summer long! For a lucky 800 others, you could win a Red Gold Summer Grilling Tote Bag.

Red Gold Tomatoes
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Enter for your chance to win! Be sure to also check out all the amazing Grill-worthy recipes created by Red Gold Tomatoes, Chef JJ, and Laura’s Lean Beef.

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DIY Map Coasters

Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? This past weekend, we made a great gift for dad at thePlate Boutique and you can make it too! So roll up your sleeves, clean off your tabletop, and get ready to make some DIY map coasters with us!

Here’s what you need:

2 ceramic tiles (slightly larger than 4×4″)
Maps of your favorite state
Paper cutter


1. Take your maps and cut into 4×4″ squares. Start by cutting the map into more manageable sections and removing the areas you may not want to use. For example, if your map has a lot of blue space, a map key, or any additional information that might not look so great on a coaster. Then use scissors to cut remaining sections into squares or use a paper cutter for more even edging.

Michigan Maps

2. Put the map pieces aside and grab your cork. You can buy self-adhesive cork pieces to place on each corner of the bottom of each tile or you can buy sheets of cork and cut into 1/2″ – 1″ squares. If you choose the latter, apply glue to the bottom corner of each tile and place cork pieces on top. Press down and make sure each piece is securely fashioned.

3. Flip your tiles over and apply a layer of Mod Podge. As soon as its been applied, place a 4×4″ map square on top. Let sit for about 15 minutes.

4. Begin applying layers of Mod Podge to your tiles. I like to do 3 layers, but you can do as many or as little as you’d like. Let each layer dry for about 15-20 minutes in between each coat.

Making Tile Coasters

5. Viola! You have some pretty awesome and unique coasters that show your state pride!

Set of Michigan Coasters

Don’t have time to make your own coasters? No worries! You can always buy Michigan-inspired coasters from us at both our retail store locations!

Win a Year’s Supply of Jem Raw Organic!

If you love nut butters, you’ll love JEM Raw Organic! Stone ground to perfection, these nut butters are smooth and indulgent! Each flavor is unique too – inspired by different super foods that are sure to make your taste buds tingle!

Jem Recipe Contest
credit: Jem Raw Organics

If you love a good nut butter as much as I do, you’ll be super excited to hear that JEM Raw Organic is giving away a 12 month supply to one lucky person!

To enter, you’ll need to create a recipe featuring one of the nut butters, photograph it, and post it on JEM’s Google+ page. For the full details, visit the JEM Raw Organic website.

Thanks JEM Raw Organics for sharing this great offer with us!

Join Us In Raising Awareness For Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Disorders Month and we’re excited to bring awareness to these conditions. This month, you can help too.

We’ve teamed up with a few other businesses located in the MoDiv shopping center in downtown Grand Rapids, MI in order to honor those who have been affected by brain disease. Collectively, we’re calling this event Smile When You Remember and its something you can be apart of in a couple of different ways.

Smile When You Remember Flyer Event
June 18th 11:00am-9:00pm


All month long you can help us raise funds to support those who benefit from the Mercy Health Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders programs by shopping in our online shop, thePlateBoutique.com. For each purchase, we’ll be donating 20% of those sales directly to this organization. Funds raised will help cover the costs of various aspects of treatment that aren’t traditionally covered by insurance but are vital to the care and support of individuals and families faced with these diseases.

For our local Grand Rapids peeps, you’ll also have an additional opportunity to support this great event! On June 18th from 11am-9pm we’ll also be donating 20% of our in-store sales as well. Our fellow store neighbors, including Trovati, Apothocary on Main, Outside the Lines, Humanity, and Bokay will also be participating. And to really entice you to come on out and shop, we’ve all collaborated to make this a fun day for everyone.

We’ll be hosting a nutrition booth from 12:00-3:00pm where you can learn all about the power of brain boosting foods! Our nutrition experts will also be firing up the stove for an in-store demo so that you can sample just how tasty some of these brain boosting foods can be. Additionally, you can enjoy a fashion show by Humanity, learn a little aromatherapy know-how with Apothecary Off Main, or experience a floral arrangement demo with Bokay. Outside the Lines will also be offering face-painting for the kiddos while Trovati will have bubble blowing contests and sidewalk chalk painting options. The evening is also full of adventure with both wine tasting and a special talk with Dr. Kevin Foley, the medical director from the Alzheimer’s and Memory program, available to attend. Throughout the day you can also commemorate loved ones by leaving messages on tribute walls or by coloring tribute photos throughout the space.

Awareness is often the first step towards healthier living. We hope you’ll join us in this remarkable event and help us either spread the word, raise some money, or do a little bit of both!

For our locals, see you Thursday at MoDiv – located on the corner of Monroe Center and Division in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

Want more information on Memory Disorders and Alzheimer’s? Visit the Alzheimer’s Association.