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Thursday, April 19, 2018

If you loved bread before you started keto or went gluten free, going without can be a hard adjustment to make. What do you eat with your tea? Dessert? As a snack? This delicious cinnamon cloud bread is the answer to your bready keto cravings. I like to eat them as-is with a cup of tea or bulletproof coffee. If you need a fat and protein boost, smear it with some almond butter and maybe even add a couple sliced strawberries. YUM! 

The inspiration for this recipe came from the "english muffins" recipe on page 158 of Vanessa Spina's book Keto Essentials: Your Complete Guide to the Ketogenic Diet (get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble). Her book has all kinds of really creative keto recipes (all of which are also gluten free!). If you're looking for a great keto cookbook, I highly recommend it.

If you want a bread that is more well suited for savory applications, leave out the xylitol, vanilla and cinnamon (but do whisk the egg yolks with the sour cream before adding them to the egg whites on step 5). I love topping mine with cream cheese, lox and capers for breakfast or an easy lunch.

But you didn't come here to hear me ramble. You want to learn how to make this bread! Let's get down to it!
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Monday, April 16, 2018

This post is brought to you by ThredUP for Earth Day 2018.

You know the eco slogan that took hold in the 90's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? So often people jump straight to the third one to get their eco pat on the back but really reducing and reusing are so important! When it comes to eco-friendly clothing, reusing clothing - by buying and wearing goods that already exist instead of making new ones is THE BEST choice you can make when looking for clothing that has the smallest footprint and environmental impact.

This gets tricky, of course, if you don't have time to dig through thrift stores or if the style and size of clothing you prefer isn't available at your local thrift shop. That's why I love what ThredUP is doing. ThredUP is the world's largest online thrift store with over 35 thousand brands at up to 90% off retail prices. Clothing gets reused instead of ending up in the landfill. You save money on your clothing. Everybody wins! They are truly an eco-friendly clothing brand!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

DIY face scrub recipe with essential oils
Making a homemade face scrub isn't hard! You can whip up this easy DIY face scrub recipe and have a soothing spa experience at home all for pennies on the dollar compared to expensive pre-made face scrubs (not to mention sketchy ingredients like parabens and phthalates and hormone disrupting chemicals, oh my!). 

This homemade face scrub is made with aloe, sugar and lavender oil. Aloe is a natural skin moisturizer and is used in a Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for all kinds of skin problems (read more about aloe in skin care here). Lavender essential oil is very soothing to the skin and helps reduce redness and irritation. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant that helps remove dead skin cells without the use of microplastics found in some storebought scrubs. 

I'm sure you will love this soothing homemade face scrub recipe! Just as with any face scrub (even the kind you buy at the store!), be sure to keep it away from your eyes and if any sign of irritation develops, discontinue use immediately. 
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Monday, April 2, 2018

Have you been wanting to learn how to make sugar scrub? It's so easy to make a great homemade sugar scrub with ingredients you already have in your cabinet. Making your own scrubs also lets you avoid the sketchy ingredients in some store bought body care products (parabens and phthalates and synthetic fragrances, oh my!).

Try making your own DIY sugar scrub, salt scrub or coffee scrub with this collection of homemade recipes. 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 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, March 29, 2018

coloring easter eggs naturally
Dying Easter eggs is something my family loves to do every year. My kids and I don't eat artificial food coloring, though, so it doesn't make sense to dye Easter eggs with a product that will mean we won't want to eat the eggs anymore! Coloring Easter eggs naturally isn't hard - although it does take a little bit more time than dying Easter eggs with the kits from the store. Try coloring your Easter eggs naturally this year and see how much fun it is to combine science with Easter egg decorating!

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

how to grow wheatgrass
We started a tradition of growing our own Easter basket grass from wheat berries about six years ago. I hate plastic Easter grass and needed an eco-friendly alternative. We had been using shredded green paper but this real Easter grass (AKA wheatgrass) is super easy to grow in about seven days. The best part? When you are done with Easter, the wheatgrass is edible! 

To eat the wheatgrass, blend it into smoothie, run it through your juicer or feed it to your pet rabbit or chickens! Growing wheatgrass is really easy and makes your Easter baskets look extra fancy. Plus there's no waste, so it's an eco-friendly win all around!

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Friday, March 23, 2018

learn how to make a fairy house
Have you made a fairy garden yet? You can check out the fairy garden I made last year, here. This year, I'm upping my fairy garden game with a DIY fairy house that I made myself. But this isn't just any fairy house! This fairy house is made from recycled materials AND it's solar powered! The solar powered roof collects sunlight during the day--and then at night, the windows of the fairy house will glow! Sweet!

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

how to make giant jenga game
If you have ever wanted to make a giant jenga style yard game, you're in the right place!

This life size jenga project had been on my list for two years, since my husband and I played it at an outdoor bar and decided we needed a giant jenga yard game set for our house, too. But you know how life goes: first we forgot about it, and then when we remembered we were like, "Oh yeah, let's make that giant jenga game soon!" And then "soon" turned into another year. Whoops! It's finally done, though. 

Giant jenga (or as some might call it life size jenga) is the perfect yard game to play outside at BBQs, picnics or family get togethers! It's a great beginner wood working project and it's super affordable, too (only $8!). It also makes a great gift for outdoor, BBQ and tail gating enthusiasts.

Do you want to make your own DIY Giant Jenga yard game?

Let's get started!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Star Wars Easter egg decorating with characters from Rogue One, Last Jedi and Force Awakens
Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! Today I am sharing another fun Star Wars inspired DIY project - this time for Easter. These Star Wars Easter eggs are painted with my favorite characters - Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Luke Skywalker, a porg and BB8. It's a fun Star Wars craft you can do in an afternoon. Coloring Easter eggs with paint like this is simple AND because they aren't real eggs, I can keep them year after year.  These have an adorable, Kawaii style face with the giant eyes and tiny mouths. This technique could be adapted for Peg Dolls too.
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Monday, March 5, 2018

How to make healthy easter snacks featuring annie's cheddar bunnies
If you are looking for healthy Easter basket ideas, you have come to the right place! 

When my oldest was just a toddler, we realized that finding healthy Easter treats was hard. There was so much candy and artificial food dye everywhere at Easter time! Luckily, making these healthy Easter treats is super easy and my kids love them! Even my second grade boy still loves eating these cheddar bunny crackers - so this healthy Easter basket idea is perfect for toddlers and big kids alike!
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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Best meal delivery service options - gluten free, paleo, keto
Are you feeling overwhelmed and like you just can't do it all: Work, be a good mom, keep your house clean and stay sane? You are not alone! This year I decided I couldn't keep up with it all and called in some reinforcements and I started with healthy meal delivery service. Actually, I tried FOUR different, healthy meal delivery services to see if they made my life easier and were worth the cost. 

Normally when I cook at home, most of our ingredients are organic and generally unprocessed. I also happen to be gluten free but my kids are husband aren't. I am terrible at meal planning and my three year old hates shopping. HATES. shopping. Unless it's at Costco, but I digress. Could a healthy food delivery service make my life easier? I also wanted to figure out which was the best meal delivery option for me so I could pass that great info onto you guys (were there even any paleo or organic meal delivery services available?)

I tried four different healthy meal delivery services to figure out what kind of families they were best for in order to help you make the right choice when choosing which meal delivery services to try. PLUS I got some great discounts for you so you don't have to pay full price to start!

Best Healthy Meal Delivery Service Options: A 100% Honest Review

I tried four different healthy meal delivery services and now that I've tried them all, I definitely have a favorite.
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Sunday, February 25, 2018

recycled craft using galaxy painting technique
Hi everyone, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun recycled craft with you. I love everything galaxy so of course I am obsessed with the galaxy painting trend. It is so relaxing and therapeutic to paint a galaxy, there is no wrong way to do it. Vincent Van Gogh said "The sight of stars makes me dream".  So let's get dreaming with this fun recycled craft inspired by Disney's A Wrinkle in Time!
Galaxy painting on a recycled craft made with tin cans

Recycled Crafts & Galaxy Painting Combine to Create a Unique Tin Can Craft!

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Friday, February 23, 2018

how to make a smoothie bowl
If you are looking for an easy smoothie bowl recipe to help you overcome the winter blahs, this Sunny Days smoothie bowl from my book Beautiful Smoothie Bowls will perk you right up! Even if you have never made one, this easy recipe will teach you how to make a smoothie bowl. And if you love it, please be sure to come check out my collection of 80 of the best smoothie bowl recipes in Beautiful Smoothie Bowls. You'll have a great collection of smoothie bowl recipes and nice cream recipes to keep you fueled up and healthy all year long.
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Sunny Days Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

raising baby chicks at home

Raising baby chicks at home is a wonderful and adorable way to get started keeping chickens. Learning how to raise baby chicks isn't hard and with just a little help, even your kids could take the lead caring for your new fluffy baby chicks.

Keeping chickens can be a very rewarding experience as chickens are funny as well as useful. If you want to keep your own chicken flock, this practical advice on raising baby chicks will get you off to the right start!

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