Orange, Chicken and Walnut Salad

Sweet and salty tastes make this protein packed salad satisfying and delicious

The Secret to Better Tasting Coffee

Make better tasting coffee - no sugary syrups required!

DIY Pretend Doctor Kit

Make a functional pretend doctor kit for your favorite little ones.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

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

Wine Cork Pendants

Turn used wine corks into cute charms.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

{Kids Craft} Make Acorn Handprint Kitchen Towels

After a terribly brutal summer with record high temperatures and record low rain, I am SO READY for fall in the Pacific Northwest. While the leaves are already turning, I suspect it might be due to lack of water so I'm not getting my hopes up too high. The last few years, fall didn't really feel like it started until mid October - which seems so. far. away. So in protest of the hot weather, the kids and I stayed inside out of the wildfire smoke had some fall inspired crafting this afternoon!

We made handprint acorns stamped onto kitchen towels. I think they are super cute. And it was the second craft I'd made with baby A. His hand is so tiny and precious I want to remember it this size forever - what a great way!

Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Make an Easy West Elm Inspired DIY Outdoor Bench

Hi, everybody! I'm Paige from Little Nostalgia and I'm excited to share another power tool project with you today! This one is a little more involved than the Giant Jenga we talked about last time, but it's still totally approachable for anybody who wants to ramp up their skills. (It's also really empowering to look at a piece of furniture and know you made it. #likeaboss) I was perusing the West Elm website - as I do when the dishes need to be done and I'm ignoring them - when I saw this bench. I loved the simplicity, but the colors were totally wrong for our house AND it was $700. Hard pass on that, thanks. I kept going back to it, though, and the more I looked at it, I realized I could make a pair of my own for about $20 instead. Ready to try it?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

{Recipe} Late Summer Saucy Ratatouille

One of my favorite things about summertime is the food.  Particularly the vegetables.  My fridge is constantly filled with tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini and bell peppers.  I just love how fresh dinner is with a bowlful of vegetables.  I have dozens of veggie combinations that I love in the summer, but one of my favorites is ratatouille.  

After the Pixar movie came out, I wanted to try my hand at it, and made a gorgeous dish of it in college.  Several years later, I went back to find the recipe, but couldn't locate it, so I had to put together one of my own.  This version of ratatouille has a silky smooth vegetable sauce with juicy squash, slightly crunchy onions and is full of flavor.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to Make a Skirt from an Old Pair of Jeans

Have you ever wondered how to Refashion a pair of Jeans into a Jean Skirt? This step-by-step tutorial will show you exactly how to make an adorable jean skirt for girls or ladies of any age or size from a pair of denim pants. Forget Tommy Hilfiger, LL Bean, Saks Fifth Avenue (or any other designer or retailer selling similar skirts this season!) - you can make this one for just a fraction of the price. Of course, if you already have a pair of jeans on hand that will work, you can do it for free!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Download My New E-book: Infused!

Do you wonder if you're drinking enough water? What about your kids? If you're subbing coffee, soda, sugary or artificially flavored drinks for the water your body needs every day, my new book, INFUSED is for you!

How I got started

For 10 years I struggled with an addiction to diet soda. At one point, it wasn't out of the ordinary for me to drink 6-8 cans of diet soda in a 24 hour period. I struggled to give my body the water I knew it needed because, well, I didn't actually like drinking water!

Years of drinking highly flavored beverages made drinking plain ol' H2O highly unappealing. 

When I got serious about breaking myself of the diet soda habit, flavored water was an unexpected ally. When I had delicious fruit and herb infused waters in my fridge, my water consumption more than tripled - and it made it easier for me to say no to drinks in cans. 

After lots of experiments and taste tests with friends and family, I wanted to share my 120 favorite infused water recipes - which is why I wrote Infused!

At only $2.99, it's affordable for everyone!

I'll be publishing some of the recipes from the book on Creative Green Living this month, so if you don't already, be sure to subscribe via RSS or Newsletter (below) so you don't miss out!
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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Importance of Saving for a Sunny Day

This post is brought to you by SunTrust Bank

You often hear people talking about saving for a rainy day. For when things don't go as planned. And you need a new roof. Or you need to fix your car. Saving for life's unexpected emergencies is important because it lets you avoid digging yourself a debt hole with credit cards when things happen out of the blue.

But what about when things aren't going wrong...they're going right?

Our sunny day

I've written before about the crazy miracle that our first born son is (read the background and birth story here). Baby K is one of the biggest blessings and best things that has ever happened to me. One of the things I haven't talked about here in regard to having K was the price.

Even though I had insurance and had a normal uncomplicated delivery, after insurance paid their part, we were left with a hospital bill of more than $6,000. $6000 that we did not have. 

Our "rainy day" fund had probably $200 in it - enough to cover a surprise vet bill or a simple car repair. That $200 would only cover 3% of our hospital bill. We hadn't saved enough or planned to be financially prepared for our sunny day.

The importance of savings

Some of the most important, beautiful, fabulous parts of our lives - going to college, having a baby, retiring - are expensive. And too often, we aren't saving up for them. We might save for short term things - a pair of shoes, a great set of cookware, a vacation - but we are often woefully short when we need cash for the things that are way more important than shoes. 

SunTrust bank wants to help you get ready for your "sunny day" moment - whether it's having a baby, saving for adoption or saving up for preschool. Visit them online to get free advice, tips and tools and get started saving for your sunny day.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Make a Card from Recycled Materials and Scraps

This post is brought to you by Lesley from Decorque Cards

My name is Lesley, I run Decorque Cards and like most designers I tend to hoard fabrics, paper, cards, lace, buttons, beads, cuttings; in fact, anything with patterns and colours that spark my imagination.  

Of course, one of the easiest ways to make your own cards is just to use images from original cards you have already received, by selecting and cutting out images then remounting them in a more inventive way.  But why not try creating your own images with items you don't use anymore?

The card that I am making today is called 'The Pink Lace Butterfly' and you will see why as the card develops.  When you receive a present of a lovely plant or bunch of flowers quite often the flute shaped cellophane paper has a pattern; I always cut and keep the best pieces.  

Here are some examples in greens which I intend to use.  Alongside is a lovely pink lace patterned tissue paper used once but in good condition with a soft material like texture.  Then of course there is my button tin, well one of three!  I really like buttons, old and contemporary, I always take any really nice ones off clothes before discarding them.  Then there are the packs of extra ones you get when buying new garments that you never use or the oddments sold in charity shops, just can't resist them!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

{Kids Craft} Make a Recycled Egg Carton Frog

We're big fans of recycled egg carton crafts in our house. In fact, it might be my 5 year old's most favored craft supply! Of all the things you can make with egg cartons, animals are our favorite. Based on how many of you show up here to look at my egg carton craft tutorials, I don't think I'm alone! So when I saw this great froggy craft from my blogging friend, Amanda, I knew I had to share it with you!


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Find the directions online at Crafts by Amanda: Egg Carton Frog.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Make a Simple Command Center

When we started getting serious about battling clutter in our home, we realized part of our problem was that a lot of our papers didn't actually have a home. So they ended up on the table. And the counter. And everywhere. This command center gave us a way to keep mail clutter at bay and it was easy to put together, too!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tiny Bathroom Makeover on a Budget

There's nothing like a deadline to make you stop procrastinating, eh? When we bought our house more than 6 years ago, a really ugly cabinet that goes over the toilet came with the house. I vowed to get rid of it. And then one year passed. And two years. And three years. And, well, you get the picture. Cabinet was still there. Then last month, we decided we were really serious about selling our house so we needed to get serious about de-uglifying the bathroom!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Get Great Product Reviews & Discounts on Twined!

I don't know about you, but before I buy pretty much anything that costs more than $20, I check out the online reviews. I particularly like to read reviews on blogs but it can be tedious at times to sort through all the Google results to find the reviews I want to read and then decide on which product I end up wanting to buy.

What if?

What if there were a place to get great product recommendations, read unbiased reviews from industry experts and then also vote to get a discount on that item? That, my friends, is what the new site, Twined, is all about.

Check this out...

As a green lifestyle advocate and foodie, I'm definitely considered an expert regarding kitchen tools like food dehydrators. You want a food dehydrator. You could join the Creative Green Living Community Group (if you know about it) and ask for recommendations in there. You'd probably get some names of dehydrators and a sentence or two about why people like it. 

On Twined, though, you can read full blown reviews and also raise your hand and say "I want to buy this! Help me get a discount!" Twined will then approach the manufacturer on behalf of Twined users to negotiate a discount.  Try it - just click the picture below! (I'll wait)

Twined is new but the number of products reviewed there are expanding every day! You can also follow your favorite reviewers and see all of their reviews on their profile. Click on my profile below to see my reviews and follow me!

Don't forget to check out Twined and vote for your favorite products! You just might score an awesome discount or discover your new favorite thing.

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