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Monday, May 21, 2018

How to turn an upcycled t-shirt into a pillow. Hot pink heart shaped pillow with gold wonder woman symbol centered on it.
Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing a fun upcycled clothing craft with you. Do you have stacks of worn out t-shirts with fun graphics? Maybe some old band shirts, sentimental shirts from a loved one or some shirts that just don't fit anymore?

Let me teach you how to turn that old t-shirt into a pillow! This upcycled t-shirt pillow craft is a great beginning sewing project for older children or teens.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

How to make green tea bath bombs with essential oils
If you've been near a Lush store, you have probably figured out that bath bombs are all the rage. These giant fizzing balls release ingredients that feel nice on your skin and can have other therapeutic properties. This particular bath bomb recipe features green tea along with lemongrass and lavender essential oils. These three ingredients together are great for helping you relax achy muscles especially if you have had a hard day gardening or working out. Just draw a hot bath, add your bath bomb and relax.
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Lots of great ideas for how to make a DIY crown or tiara

If you want to learn how to make a DIY crown or tiara, you're in the right place! Whether you want to make a craft to feel fancy while watching the royal wedding, need something for International Tiara Day or just need a birthday crown for your favorite adult or child, I've got you covered! 

You want  to make a paper crown? Got it!

Birthday crown? Got it?

Mermaid crown with seashells? You better believe it! 

Just choose your favorite style of crown below and click the picture to learn how to make it! All of these crowns have a helpful tutorial that will show you how to make one for yourself. 
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Get the best plant based superfood recipes that are both vegan and vegetarian
On Earth Day I mentioned over on the Creative Green Living Instagram account that I was starting a 21 day challenge to eat one plant based meal a day for 21 days. I haven't gone vegan BUT eating more plants is good for humans and good for the environment so when I heard about the challenge with OMD, I was excited to play along! (This post is being brought to you by OMD - sign up for the OMD newsletter and learn more about plant based eating here. All opinions in this post are my own and may not necessarily reflect those of OMD)

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

I love you plant marker recycled craft idea

This clever recycled craft idea lets you turn empty tin can lids into adorable plant markers. Use them as garden markers to help you remember what you planted where. You can also stamp other messages onto the lids to make them into a combination plant marker and gift tag. Tell a teacher "You're the best!" or tell mom "Happy Mother's Day". Giving a plant to someone who has a bit of a brown thumb? Maybe try a cheeky "Water me!" along with a second tag telling them the type of plant it is.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2018


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tetra Pak. All opinions are 100% mine.
Can you recycle cans? What about styrofoam? Learn what you can recycled that you might have been throwing away
Recycling is one of the cornerstones of sustainability. The more products that you can reuse or recycle, the fewer things end up in landfills or the [not so] Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. I have lots of great ideas for how to reuse your trash and turn it into something awesome (check out more than 100 recycled project ideas here!). If your product has reached the end of its usable life, it's time to recycle it if you can.

Of course, if you don't know which things you can recycle you can't do that! While I cover things that are possible to be recycled below, be sure to check with your local recycling service to see where the best place to recycle is. Some of these things can be picked up with your curbside recycling and others might need to be brought to a drop off location.
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

How to make sugar free, gluten free, keto cloud bread - they taste like scones!
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.
How to choose an earth day shirt that also helps the planet

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

How to make a body scrub at home - ideas for homemade sugar scrubs, salt scrubs and coffee scrubs
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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