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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my favorite ways to put recycled goods to use is in the garden. It's amazing what you can upcycle into pretty, funny or quirky garden art with just a little paint, glue and imagination! Check out these great DIY ideas that you can make with anything from old tires to plastic bottles, mismatched silverware or old hubcaps!
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Peppermint is an essential oil that is a must-have in your home oil toolkit. It has a wide variety of uses and benefits. It's often used in housekeeping for it's great aroma but peppermint is more than just a pretty smell - did you know that peppermint essential oil can help fight nausea? Or repel ants? Read on to learn 13 great ways that peppermint oil just might change your life!
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Can you believe spring is ready to get started here? Every year as we turn the corner from February into March I want to decorate with all things spring - succulents, flowers, butterflies and more. When PaperMart reached out to me to ask if I wanted to work with them on a sponsored tutorial using their supplies I was immediately drawn to their collection of different butterflies. Combining the butterflies with the rustic feel of a pallet board makes the perfect farmhousey style spring decor.
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Monday, March 13, 2017



Like most full time professional bloggers, I work from home. What I call my studio is a combination of craft room, home office, photography studio and writer's office. That's a lot of things to cram into one room! I need a place to sit (or stand) and work on my computer as well as store my huge stockpile of craft supplies - plus a place to photograph or make videos of everything. 

The color scheme is light and bright - with a rainbow of colors (because "rainbow" IS my favorite color). Come take a look around!
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Monday, March 6, 2017


Spring is on its way and I am ready to get all things green and growing integrated into my decor! On my front door, I have this great heart chalkboard instead of a wreath. My door is not ideally situated to have real, live succulents hanging on it (also: I would absolutely forget to water them) so I opted for some faux succulents. It's also really easy to make - and will take less than 15 minutes to complete for start to finish!
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Starting new baby chicks is a very exciting time! Fluffy chicken babies are so cute and cuddly, and everybody loves them. But integrating these same babies into an existing flock takes care and attention to keep everyone safe. 
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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you live a naturally inspired life? At the risk of sounding like the crazy hippie I have been swearing for years that I am not, I find a lot of our choices lately have been inspired by nature:

We've gotten rid of chemical fragrances in our home and replaced them with natural essential oils made from plants.

We opt out of chemical-laden ingredients as often as possible by choosing organic, and homegrown fruits, veggies and meat.

We've kicked phthalates (which also happen to be hormone disruptors) to the curb and replaced them with products that are either unscented or scented naturally without any of the ooky stuff. 
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ten days ago I published a blog post telling you about lead that was found in the paint on the glass inner liners of Green Sprouts "Glass Sip N Straw" sippy cups. You can read that whole post here: Update on Lead in Green Sprouts Sippy Cups: What You Need to Know!

Since then, Green Sprouts' parent company, iPlay has hired a lawyer to try to bully me into removing the post. Their lawyer, Heather Jones of Spilman Thomas & Battle, called me and told me I was publishing "false and misleading information" about her clients. Interestingly, when I asked which information was false or misleading so I could correct it, she told me it's not iPlay's job to tell me that
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Saturday, February 18, 2017

There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. Projects for the farmhouse were on hold for quite a while in 2016 due to needing to drop everything to write a book. The book is turned in and things are getting back to full swing and boy am I glad to have my pantry not only organized but beautiful!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If your child's sippy cup had lead paint on it, would you want to know? Would you want the cup recalled? If you own a Green Sprouts Glass Sip n' Straw Cup, keep reading!

UPDATE II (Feb 26, 2017): Green Sprouts has sent me a "cease and desist" style letter via their lawyer because they do not want this blog post to remain on the web. Read the letter and what I am doing about it here: Green Sprouts Hired a Lawyer to Shut Me Up. I Will Not Stop Talking.

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UPDATE (Feb 25th, 2017): Green Sprouts issued a statement on February 22, 2017 saying it will not recall these cups despite the high amount of lead in the paint because it "meets all safety standards." See their statement here.

The only way I can fathom that this would be possible would be if they chose to do their testing via a method called "digestive testing" where 
you grind up the object being tested down to dust and then test to see how much lead is present in the dust. A lawyer representing Green Sprouts called to tell me this is NOT how they tested their cups but refused to tell me how the testing was done or what the results of their lab tests were. Interesting.

Regardless of how Green Sprouts conducted their testing, the truth is that the paint on the glass liner still reads as containing 3000 - 4000 PPM lead when tested with an XRF. For context: if the paint on the walls in your home contained this much lead, your home would be considered a "lead paint hazard" and HUD would say it is unsafe for children to live there until the lead paint has been sealed or removed. Do you want paint with this much lead to be part of your child's sippy cup? I don't.

The paint on the cups ALSO tests positive when tested with a LeadCheck swab. LeadCheck swabs are specifically designed to test paint and wil turn red when 600 PPM of lead or higher is present. I am aware of at least a dozen leadcheck swab tests done by moms across the country where the paint on their Glass Sip N Straw cups turned red and the swabs turned red when tested with a LeadCheck swab. Clearly there is lead in this paint. Even if that is unflattering information it doesn't make it untrue.

Conclusion: there is lead in the paint on the glass inserts of Glass Sip N Straw Cups tested by Tamara and at least a dozen other moms across the country.

Green Sprouts is offering paint-free glass liners to parents who call and request them. 
As a mom, I personally think that I should not have to call a company to specifically request a lead free option of a sippy cup for my child. I will be purchasing sippy cups from other companies whose products have tested lead free and will no longer be purchasing any products from Green Sprouts.

If you would like to call Green Sprouts at 1-800-876-1574 you can tell them how you feel and request a lead-free glass inner cup if desired. 
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Monday, February 13, 2017

If you are looking for intense exfoliation without any of the sketchy ingredients in some store bought body care products (parabens and phthalates and synthetic fragrances, oh my!) you might want to try making your own DIY sugar scrub, salt scrub or coffee scrub. Or try all three! Body scrubs are super easy to make and make great gifts.

I've collected more than 20 tried-and-true body scrub recipes from my favorite bloggers to share with you here - including my own vanilla peppermint sugar scrub recipe that went viral last Christmas!

If you are looking for high quality essential oils to use in your scrubs, be sure to check out Rocky Mountain Oils - their oils are high quality, reasonably priced and you always get free shipping (even if you just buy one bottle!). I also love that they release the GCMS test results for every batch of oil they produce - this is something that DoTerra and YoungLiving consider proprietary information!

But now what you came here for!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

I'm working on a full pantry makeover that matches the modern farmhouse style happening in the rest of the house. One of the things I have in my pantry is a set of crates that hold smaller things like spices, bags of baking supplies, baking mixes, etc. It keeps small things wrangled and in the case of baking, I can just pull out the whole crate to bring to the counter when doing baking projects.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Have you ever felt tired, sluggish or just in need of a pick-me-up? What do you normally do when you feel like that? Instead of coffee or an energy drink, next time try one of these natural essential oil boosts that really work!

When I’m feeling drained, tired or simply overworked I use essential oils to rejuvenate and perk me back up. I have come to appreciate how powerful they are and now use them as a regular part of my life. They provide therapeutic benefits in a natural way without crazy stimulants.

I’m sure there are days where you, too, need a little extra pick me up. I can help! Here are my favorite ways to energize the body and mind with essential oils.

All the links below go to Rocky Mountain Oils - a company whose oils I love and use due to their quality, reasonable prices and free shipping (no MLM membership required!). If you make a purchase after clicking, I may get a small kick back from the company as a thank you for sending traffic their way without costing you extra. I only provide these types of links for products I really use and enjoy.
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Something you may not know about me is that I have a weird obsession with both rainbows and unicorns. So when I was thinking about what kind of candy-free valentines I wanted to do this year, I decided that something involving unicorns was only natural!
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Do you and your kids love unicorns and rainbows? Us, too! This year for Valentine's Day I had these beautiful unicorn valentines designed as a special bonus for Creative Green Living readers! Since there are so many male unicorn lovers and bronies out there, I specifically had them designed to use a variety of colors to appeal to everyone. 
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Saturday, January 21, 2017


In case you haven't been in the know about food trends lately, the Instant Pot is taking the world by storm. It is popular with moms who need to get dinner ready fast (and may have forgotten to thaw meat before they left to go to work) as well as healthy lifestyles advocates because it is free of non-stick coatings like Teflon (read more about health concerns related to non-stick coatings here). Maybe you even have one in your kitchen.

I recently bought an Instant Pot for myself and love it. This weekend I had the chance to work with my friend and lead safety advocate, Tamara Rubin, to test my Instant Pot for heavy metal contaminants including lead. Wondering if your Instant Pot is really as non-toxic and lead free as you thought? Read on!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about chia pudding? In addition to it being a magical science experiment, chia pudding is pretty rad because it gives you a big boost of both fiber and calcium. When you eat it for breakfast, it's like starting your day with a fancy dessert - you can't go wrong with that can you?

Be sure to keep reading after the recipe because 20 of my blogging friends and I have teamed up to bring you even more great breakfast recipes at the bottom of this post!
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30 is a fabulous way of getting yourself back in gear for The New Year.  Whether this is your first time through it, or your fifth, a tasty new recipe is sure to help you out.  

This dish is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.  Perfect for all your dietary needs, and absolutely amazing!  You can add meat to it if you like, or eat it just like it is!  Trust me, it is plenty filling without the meat!  

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