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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I love all the flavors of fall - pumpkin spice and apple pie and caramel. One flavor I've been loving to pair with my coffee this year is maple. This delicious coffee creamer marries the sweet flavors of cream, vanilla and maple together to make the perfect coffee condiment. This coffee creamer is all natural and perfect to add to both hot and iced coffee.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Have you tried letterboxing with your family yet? Letterboxing is a fun treasure hunting hobby that will have you following clues to find a "letterbox" hidden anywhere from deep in the woods to an urban train station. Once you find a letterbox, you will stamp the stamp hidden inside the box into your letterboxing passport. If the letterbox you found has a finder's log, you will also stamp your "signature stamp" into that log book. 

It is SO FUN - and one of my family's favorite family time activities that gets you out of the house.
Check out Letterboxing North America to get started finding letterboxes. (Letterboxing is actually a worldwide hobby so if you are not in North America just Google "(your country name) letterboxing" and you should find the right info for your region!)


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Has your family caught on to the rock painting or "kindness rocks" craze? We love to paint rocks so when I got a chance to play with the new Martha Stewart Marbling Medium a couple weeks ago, my first idea was to try it on rocks and I LOVE how they turned out! I especially loved that I could get the fancy, marbled effect of the rocks without having to deal with the mess of dipping them in water.

Here is a preview of the kinds of effects I got form three different techniques:

Thursday, August 10, 2017

I love keeping chickens. They have so much personality and are such a joy to have. Except for in the summer when their run is full of flies! Luckily in Oregon we don't have many biting flies but the ones we do have are still pretty gross and annoying. I thought I have tried everything to keep the flies in my chicken run under control and nothing was really working that well. It was so gross!

But then I found something that really works to keep the flies under control in my chicken area and I'm so thrilled!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Here's a fun fact about me: I am obsessed with unicorns. And clearly I am not alone! Kids, teens and adults alike are embracing the magical rainbow unicorn love. If you have a unicorn lover in your life, be sure to check out these great unicorn DIY and craft ideas sure to make any unicorn lover squeal with delight!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.

Friday, August 4, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.
When we moved out of "The Townhouse" and into "The Farmhouse", we actually moved into a smaller home. Our four bedroom home is only about 1400 square feet and the great room where we spend most of our time serves as the living room, the dining room AND the corridor to the back yard. There's a lot going on in this 20' x 14.5' space!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have you seen the headlines floating around that there is lead in fidget spinners and that they could kill your child and that you should throw them away now!!!! (so much drama!) If you are wondering if that's true, you have come to the right place! As of this date, the Lead Safe Mama, Tamara Rubin and I have done the most comprehensive testing of fidget spinners that we are aware of and have an updated set of data to share!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cloth diapering may have fallen out of style for awhile, but it's the historical norm and it's back with a vengeance! For good reason, too: cloth diapers are economical, eco-friendly, and just plain cute. There are so many crazy terms and techniques involved with cloth diapering, however, so if you're just getting started - here's what you need to know.

Friday, June 9, 2017

I love baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.  The baby version of him makes his sacrifice in the first movie so fun.  He didn't die and we get to enjoy a cuter version for a while.  I love at the end credits of the first movie to see him dancing in the planter to the music. This recycled version is like a Guardians of the Galaxy chia head - but more fun!

Apart from my love of baby Groot, I also love to craft with recyclables!  Here's the full tutorial for this fun little Groot planter using recycled toilet paper or paper towel rolls. It's a great craft for the kids for summertime!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ever since Tamara and I broke the news about finding lead in fidget spinners people have been asking me which fidget spinners are lead free. The problem is we just don't know yet. Yes, we have tested some fidget spinners that turned out to be lead free but since most fidget spinners are not brand-name items we feel like we really need to be able to test more in order to confidently recommend a fidget spinner that we trust will always be lead, cadmium and mercury free.

You know what I do trust, though? LEGOs.

New LEGOs consistently test lead free and as long as your kids are old enough not to swallow them, they are an AWESOME way to DIY your own fidget spinner from safe materials. And since they are LEGO, they are infinitely customizable. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Does it seem like every child (and half of the adults) in America has a fidget spinner? Fidgets are a tool used by educators to help kids who need to wiggle or move in order to keep their body moving so their brains can be open to learning. Now that nearly everyone has one or more of these spinning toys, some schools are starting to ban them as they become a distraction.

But what about safety? Two weeks ago I read a harrowing story on facebook about a kid who got part of the bearing from his fidget spinner stuck on his finger and after hours and hours at the hospital, he had to be put completely under to get it removed (finally!).


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links.
Cancer. It's an ugly word that has touched far too many in my life - and if the statistics hold true, probably in yours, too. This month, Cost Plus World Market and I are partnering together to share recipes specifically for cancer warriors. And because I wrote THE book on smoothie bowls, of course, I wanted to put together a nutrition-packed smoothie bowl recipe just for this occasion!

Smoothie bowls are perfect for getting lots of nutrient dense foods broken down in a blender to make them easier to digest - and because they are so pretty it's like a special little pretty treat just for you! I designed this recipe with cancer patients in mind but it's superfood packed and great for anyone - whether you are a cancer warrior or not!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Are you looking for a refreshing drink to cool you off on a summer day? Need a tasty mocktail to serve alongside the grown up beverages at a party? This raw honey limeade and honeyed blueberry limeades are the perfect blend of sweet and tart and 100% refreshing. By using honey you skip highly processed sugars and avoid GMOs. Using raw honey also keeps the recipe paleo friendly as well!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aren't cassette tapes the coolest?  They bring back some fabulous childhood memories.  Making mixed tapes of all the best songs by recording the radio. Rewinding, untangling that tape, and the inevitable glitches mid-song from a snagged tape. My children will never understand the wonders of the cassette tape.  Did you ever use cassettes? Do you still have some hanging around?  They are the perfect recycled craft medium for this fun planter. I got a bunch from my church when they were getting rid of the antiquated technology.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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When we bought "The Farmhouse" two winters ago, we had big plans for the backyard. Last year we had our first summer here and the only change we made to the outdoors was digging a French drain to keep our sideyard from flooding. Necessary but not very exciting.

Now that the weather is warming up, I am ready to get outside and make my space more enjoyable! When Lowe's asked if I would like to partner with them to show you guys easy budget backyard makeover ideas I was all over it! I had big plans for an easy way to make my patio more livable and I really love how it turned out!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The kids are home for the summer and there is a whole world of possibilities to explore. If you aren’t quite sure what to do with the kids over the next few months, we have a few ideas that will help. I have put together a list of fun things to do outside with your kids this summer. 

Our family loves to get outside as much as we can for some much needed vitamin N(ature). From playing in the backyard to a classic road trip, we are always looking for new ways to explore together and create memories that “things” just can’t provide. 

The best part about this list is that most of them are free or nearly free. So that means you can have fun outdoors more often. Take a look and start planning for more outdoor fun this summer. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

If you have big dreams of a bountiful garden but are held back by shady land, you’re not alone! Many gardeners have the frustrating task of trying to grow plants amidst beloved trees or even around tall buildings that let in less sunshine than is ideal.

Don’t give up on having an amazing garden, though. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re gardening with limited sun.
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