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.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

How to Make a Personalized Monogram Pen Bag

Personalized school supplies tutorial

Let's admit it: plain school supplies are bor-ing! But when you're a family on a budget you can't always afford the fancy stuff. With a little help from a Pentel permanent marker, you can upgrade a plain pen pouch (say that 3x fast!) to a personalized tote in no time.

Check out the project I made and posted over on Pentel's blog! (link below)


Supplies

Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


Directions

Find the directions online on Pentel's Blog: Create a Customized Monogram Pen & Pencil Bag for Back to School



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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Recipe} Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancake Stack and GIVEAWAY

This post brought to you by National Peanut Board. All opinions are 100% mine.

If your family is like mine, your mornings can get hectic - especially on days when people need to get out the door in order to be on time for work, school or church! I have definitely been guilty of feeding my family something low in nutrition for breakfast just because it was quick and easy and we needed to leave about five minutes ago. Sound familiar?

To help combat the quick vs. nutritious battle raged in home nearly every morning, September has been declared Better Breakfast Month. So if you need help with better breakfasts, I'd like to present you with my new kid friendly recipe: The Peanut Butter Banana Protein Pancake Stack.

At the beginning of the week (or over the weekend), whip up a big batch of my super delicious protein pancakes (they happen to be gluten free, too!). Save them in the fridge and grab them to make this kid friendly breakfast packed with plant based protein as well as 30 essential nutrients and phytonutrients - and that's just from the peanut butter! All together this recipe has 22 grams of protein and 32% of your recommended daily iron intake. Not a bad way to start your day!


Ingredients

yield: 1 serving
Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.
Directions
  1. If you are using refrigerated or frozen pancakes, warm them up to eating temperature in the microwave or a skillet.
  2. While pancakes are warming, peel and slice banana.
  3. Place one pancake on your plate. Top with half of the peanut butter. Lay banana slices over the peanut butter. Add another pancake and top with remaining peanut butter and banana slices.
Serve as-is or drizzle with just a little bit of maple syrup. A little will go a long way - especially since you'll have all the great flavors from the peanut butter and banana.
Check out the National Peanut Board's website for more great ways to eat Peanut Butter for Breakfast.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Make Upcycled Glass Jar Mummy Votives


You guys know that I'm a sucker for good glass jar crafts - and these mason jar mummies are no exception. Not only do they help you recycle, but I love the elegant take on the traditional ratty mummy with the shiny gold paint!


Supplies

  • Glass jars
  • Gold paint
  • Rubberbands
  • Black paint
  • White paint
  • Spouncer
  • Paintbrush



Directions

Find the directions online at It All Started With Paint: Mummy Mason Jars


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Monday, September 8, 2014

{Recipe} Accidentally Gluten Free Protein Pancakes


I was introduced to the idea that you could make pancakes without flour in college. My youth pastor's wife was working through Eating for Life and the author has a similar recipe. I've modified it to make it more whole foods friendly (not to be confused with Whole 30 compliant - as these are definitely not!). These pancakes also happen to be gluten free but are super delicious and will be adored by both gluteny and gluten free family members alike.

Each pancake has almost 5 grams of protein, making a plate of 4 or so a great start to your day - especially compared to Biquick pancakes which have nearly twice as many calories and a third less protein.


Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp agave syrup
  • 1 cup oatmeal
Yield: 12 pancakes

Nutrition information is approximate (PER PANCAKE) and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients as well as the size of your pancakes (recipe should make 12 pancakes). Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.


Directions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender in the order listed. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until mixture is homogeneous and liquefied. If blending is too difficult, you may add some milk or milk alternative 1/4 cup at a time to facilitate blending. Don't add more than a 1/2 cup of milk total.
  2. Preheat a skillet on medium high heat and grease with coconut oil. 
  3. Pour pancake batter from blender onto skillet. One batch of mix should make 12 pancakes 4-5 inches in diameter. Cook until edges are drying out and center has bubbles before flipping to cook the other side for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove cooked pancakes from skillet. Serve warm with real maple syrup or berry mixture.


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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Make Your Own Cloth Napkins


One super easy and sophisticated way to go green is by using cloth napkins. You can pick up cloth napkins at a department store - but you'll be limited to the colors and prints they have in stock. Erin from The Blue Eyed Dove shows you how to make your own cloth napkins using any fabric you love. 


Supplies

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Iron


Directions

Find the directions online at The Blue Eyed Dove: DIY Cloth Napkins


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Thursday, September 4, 2014

{Recipe} Chocolate Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake

This post is brought to you by Silk.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Shake Recipe

Do you find it hard to get a healthy breakfast in your belly in the mornings? I definitely have mornings when I don't think I'm hungry when I'm home but 10 minutes later, I'm driving down the road and realize my body needs breakfast. If I planned ahead, this isn't a problem. On mornings I didn't plan ahead? Let's just say it can get ugly when your only options are Starbucks or fast food.

With a little bit of forward planning, you can have have a nutritious breakfast smoothie that takes just a couple minutes to whip up and is easy to take on the go. Use my mason jar / blender hack and you'll have next to no clean up. Swap your daily coffee drive through habit for this instead and you'll have plenty of fuel to help you make it through your morning - no caffeine needed! Serve this recipe to your kids and they'll think you've gone nuts (dessert for breakfast?!) but you'll be happy because you know that's it's good for them! This recipe contains more than 10 grams of protein, 25% of your daily calcium intake and 15% of your daily iron recommendation

Ingredients



  • 1 1/2 cups organic unsweetened Silk soy milk
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • Approx 2 Tbsp organic chocolate syrup​
  • 2 Tbsp peanut butter


  • Yield: 2 servings


    Nutrition information is approximate and may vary based on the freshness and brand of your ingredients. Nutrition information calculated at: Calorie Count.

    Directions

    1. To prepare frozen bananas: At least 12 hours in advance, peel bananas and break them into 3 chunks each. Add chunks to a gallon size zip top plastic bag and freeze. When ready to use, remove from freezer and take out just the number of chunks needed before returning them to the freezer.
    2. Add all ingredients in order listed to blender or mason jar.
    3. Blend on high until well combined.
    If you're running out the door, take your mason jar with you as a to go cup! If you're staying home, make it feel extra special by drizzling chocolate syrup inside a glass before pouring shake in (as pictured).

    Soy milk is a great dairy alternative - especially if anyone in your house is sensitive to milk or lactose. Be sure to buy Non-GMO Project certified soy milk (like Silk) to guarantee that what you're putting in your body is free of GMO contaminants.To find out more about the benefits of soy in your diet, visit Silk here.



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    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    Make Recycled Cardboard Tube Monsters


    With a family full of boys, there is a strong fascination with monsters in my house. That is just one reason why I love this project from Amanda at Crafts by Amanda. Of course, it gets bonus points for using recycled cardboard tubes and for its timeliness with Halloween. I think it would be fun to make a little village of these monsters to live on a shelf or a ledge!


    Supplies

    • Cardboard paper towel tubes
    • Construction paper
    • Wiggle Eyes
    • Markers
    • Yarn
    • Crinkle paper
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


    Directions

    Find the directions online at Crafts by Amanda: Cardboard Tube Ghoul Family


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    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Healthy Back to School Snacks with Nature Box






    Do your kids love to snack like mine do? Who am I kidding? I love snacks, too! With a new baby at home, having easy snacks that require zero prep beyond opening a package or portioning it out into a bowl has been a lifesaver. Finding healthy snacks that require zero prep, though? That's been a little trickier. 

    I want snacks for my family that:
    • Are GMO free
    • Aren't full of artificial sweeteners
    • Aren't full of chemical preservatives
    • Are MSG free
    • Are nutritious
    • Taste good
    • Are easy to serve
    • Are easily accessible
    Told ya is was a little tricky. So I was delightfully surprised when I found snacks from Nature Box that fit all these requirements! Because seriously: we were in a snacking rut and needed help!

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Make Recycled Jar Lid Owls


    I think the hippie mom version of mismatched socks in the dryer is mismatched glass jar lids. Sometimes I just have extra lids and I'm not sure where the jar it belongs to went! Next time you run into this issue, don't toss it! Make a cute owl instead. Slap a magnet on the back and you'll have a cute note keeper for your fridge, too!


    Supplies

    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


    Directions

    Find the directions online at Crafts by Amanda: Owl Craft Using Recycled Jar Lids


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    Saturday, August 23, 2014

    {Recipe} Chocolate Peanut Butter Treat Bars & Win a Trip to Costa Rica!

    This post is brought to you by Nature's Path.

    One of my favorite things about blogging is introducing you you companies I love. So when I found out that Nature's Path and their Envirokidz line were running an awesome contest that will take winners to Costa Rica (!!!) I was excited to tell you guys about it. Because: Costa Rica! Plus their breakfast foods are pretty awesome.

    If you are aren't already familiar with the EnviroKidz line, you definitely want to pick up a box the next time you are at the grocery store. Their cereals are all Organic, GMO free and gluten free. And they taste good. The boxes have interesting information that teaches kids about animals and protecting the environment.

    What was that about Costa Rica? EnviroKidz is sending three lucky families on an EnviroTrip to Costa Rica to help save the sea turtles at SEE Turtles, a non-profit wildlife conservation travel operator in the beautiful OSA peninsula. The whole things sounds amazing. Read on at the bottom below my recipe to find out more!

    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

    Some of the links in my supply lists may be affiliate links. 


    Directions

    Find the directions online at Eighteen25: Pretty Bathroom Jars


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