Make Recycled Wine Cork Pendants

Make a cute recycled craft without having to drink a whole case of wine!

Easy Yogurt Parfaits

Make tasty and healthy yogurt parfaits for a snack or breakfast.

How to Make Fresh Pickles

Fresh pickles are easy to make with fresh cucumbers from your garden or the store.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

Turn old jeans into a cute gardening apron with this tutorial.

Stamped Garden Rocks

Accent your garden with cute stamped art rocks.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Make Recycled Vanity Organizers with Glass Jars


You know I love a good upcycling project. If you need a way to put your glass jar stash to good use, try making adorable vanity organizers. I love how the lids got an upgrade with both paint and cute curio handles!


Supplies

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Directions

Find the directions online at Eighteen25: Pretty Bathroom Jars


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Dining Room Makeover Update: Chairs

This post is brought to you by Sauder.

I'm slowly plugging away at my dining room makeover and I'm WAY overdue for an update for you guys!

As a reminder, here is what my dining room looked like when I got started:

Here is where I'm at today:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Recipe} How to Make Coffee Creamer


Coffee creamer is one of those things that really makes of breaks your cup of coffee. Almost all store bought creamers, though, are made with a variety of GMO derived ingredients including corn syrup solids or high frustose corn syrup. EW. Luckily, making your own creamer is super easy and cost efficient, too!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic milk
  • 1 cup organic sweetened condensed milk (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas with Wild Mint:  A Full Month of Sandwich Free Lunches

This post is brought to you by Wild Mint.

It's time to send our kids back to school - and of course that means we need to figure out what to feed them for lunch. If you're focusing on making non-toxic choices for your family, you also want to think about how you send the food to school. Many common lunch packing items contain questionable chemicals like BPA, PVC, phthalates and lead. LEAD! Did you know that lead is a common ingredient in many lunch bags? Yuck! (go here: to learn more about lead in everyday items we use)

So what's a parent to do? Pick up a non-toxic lunch kit from Wild Mint to send your little one back to school. Wild Mint has done all the work for you to help you pick non-toxic (and reusable!) lunch items. By paying a little more up front, you'll get a great non-toxic lunch kit that will also save money throughout the year as you reuse the same durable lunch packing items. (check out this great "Lunch Savers" Guide  about how switching to reusable containers for lunches can save you more than $400 a year per child!)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

{Recipe} Make Hydrating Kiwi Aloe Popsicles


The heat and I do not get along. I'm not sure how the people in Arizona do it. Portland has had an usual number of super hot days this summer and a steady stream of popsicles has definitely been part of my coping strategy. Not only do these popsicles include fruit but the Alo beverage is super hydrating and good for you, too.


Ingredients

Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Make a Motivation Station & GIVEAWAY

This post brought to you by the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

Do you struggle to keep your smaller humans motivated to finish schoolwork? Whether you're a school teacher, a homeschooling parent or a mom who needs to motivate her kids to hit behavioral milestones, I have a great project for you! Create a "Motivation Station" in a corner of your home or classroom to reward kids for hitting learning or behavior targets.

I found this project on the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club website - they have so many great ideas this month for fun back to school projects so definitely check them out. They share new projects, recipes, and tips each month – plus membership is free!


Supplies

  • Large empty glass jar
  • Chalkboard stickers
  • Letter stickers
  • Crinkle paper
  • Treats to fill jar

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Postpartum Must Haves Guide - 10 Things Every Mom Needs After Giving Birth


Giving birth is a wonderful, magical time. Your little baby is soft and squishy and you wonder at his tiny little fingers and toes. But make no mistake - the first few weeks after giving birth can be pretty rough on mom. Between leaky boobs, a sore bottom (or incision if she had a c-section), and just wanting your baby to be happy to not be held for 5 minutes so you can pee - moms have a lot going on. 

Whether you are a first time mom, a veteran or a friend just looking to help out, here are my recommendations for the top 10 things I think every mom should have to make her either feel a little better or make her life easier in the first 3 months after giving birth. 

Please note: I have personally used and love every product recommended. Some companies may have provided sample items free of charge for the purpose of consideration, however, companies were not able to purchase a spot in this guide and I was not paid by any of these companies for my review. All recommendations are 100% my own.

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NuRoo Pocket Giveaway!


I consider myself a bit of a baby carrier junky. I have several different styles of carrier that I've either tried or owned with my first son so I thought I knew what I wanted to use with Baby #2 - until I tried the NuRoo Pocket and fell in love. It is perfect for practicing skin-to-skin (AKA Kangaroo Care) with your baby or for throwing on over your nursing tank or other lightweight top when you are out and about. And I forgot to mention - it is a bazillion times easier to put on than a wrap style carrier like the Moby.



Giveaway!

NuRoo is generously letting me give away a NuRoo Pocket to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:

I'm giving away lots of other new mom goodies this week! 
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Earth Mama Angel Baby Postpartum Essentials Giveaway!


Earth Mama Angel Baby makes some of my favorite mama and baby care products hands down. You can always count on them for healthy, natural products that are free of concerning chemicals. Of particular note are their Mama Bottom Balm, Postpartum Bath Herbs and Nipple Butter.


Giveaway!

Earth Mama Angel Baby is letting me give away one Postpartum Essentials packages (plus nipple butter!) to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:
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NuRoo Nursing Scarf Giveaway!


No matter what your nursing style is - out in the open, stealthy or totally covered, you will want a nursing scarf. In addition to being way cuter and more subtle than your standard nursing cover, this light weight scarf from NuRoo doesn't take up space in your bag because you can wear it (and look cute!). The snaps let you configure it a few different ways - which makes it extra adaptable for you and your nursing style.



Giveaway!

NuRoo is generously letting me give away a Nursing Scarf to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:


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Bamboobies Gift Certificate Giveaway!


First, they are the most comfortable nursing pad I've ever used - and really, comfort needs to be the number one factor when choosing a nursing pad. They are also leak proof and more discreet under a nursing tank than most nursing pads. The fact that they are washable and you won't need to run to the store to buy a new box every week is also a huge bonus.


Bamboobies doesn't just sell nursing pads - they sell super comfy sleep and nursing bras, too! The Brahhh is made from stretchy bamboo and organic cotton jersey and elastic so it's flexible to accommodate your shifting shape. Its flexible pull-down design lets you wear it with just about any cami or scoop neck tank so that your cami and brahh partner together to make it a nursing tank.



Giveaway!

Bamboobies is generously letting me give away a $25 Bamboobies online gift certificate to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:
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