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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

how to make a star wars kyber crystal necklace
The latest Star Wars spoiler is that Luke Skywalker is wearing some sort of red kyber crystal in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie - likely from Darth Vader's light saber. In Rogue One, Jyn Erso can also be seen wearing a kyber crystal necklace. Do you want to learn how to make a wire wrapped kyber crystal necklace of your very own? This is a fun DIY and you won't believe how it's made! You can follow the instructions to make your own faux crystals or buy your own natural earth crystals and skip ahead to step three to learn how to make it into a wire wrapped crystal necklace. Natalie from DoodleCraft will show you how!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today I am thrilled to declare victory on behalf of parents everywhere who want to trust that when they go to Target to buy toys for their kids that they will be getting SAFE and LEAD FREE products!

Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe Mama and I have been covering the safety of lead in fidget spinners for five months now. Wednesday morning we were thrilled that CBS This Morning ran a report about the recent study conducted by the US Public Interest Research Group that was triggered by our research. Based on our previous study of more than 80 fidget spinners, it was no surprise that they found high levels of lead in two different fidget spinners sold at Target.

USPIRG sent a letter to Target with the results of their tests and Target responded that they would not pull the fidget spinners containing high levels of lead off their shelves. They said that since the spinners in question were labeled for use by children 14 and over that they did not meet the legal definition of "toy" and were therefore NOT subject to Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations requiring toys contain less than 90 PPM lead.

After CBS and local Fox News stations ran the story nationwide, Target relented and removed the highly leaded spinners from their website and said they would remove them from store shelves. VICTORY!

What did we learn?

In the two press interviews I gave this week as well as the Facebook Live video we made after our interview with Fox News, I said that the thing that has affected change the fastest regarding toxins in consumer goods over the last decade is angry moms. When moms get educated about toxins in consumer goods, educate their friends about toxins in consumer goods and then reach out to companies and demand safer products, change happens.

This is exactly what happened with Target this week. Target wasn't going to change anything because 
legally they didn't have to. Cue the moms:





After two full days of pressure, Target finally decided to do the right thing and pull the fidget spinners off the website and off store shelves.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

If you love chickens, you will love this super easy DIY chicken Christmas ornament! Even though it is actually made from a rubber child's toy, it has the look of a ceramic ornament but without all the extra weight. Of course, you can make any rubber animal into an ornament - you could make a whole barnyard tree if you wanted to! Or make it as a gift for your favorite chicken lover.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to make stemless DIY glitter wine glasses with dishwasher safe Mod Podge

These DIY glitter wine glasses are perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to your holiday gatherings. My DIY glitter mugs are one of my most popular projects ever and people have been asking me if the same technique works for wine glasses and it does! 

It's important to keep in mind the 30 day cure time for these glasses so if you want them for Christmas, be sure to get started now so that they have time to cure and become totally water proof and top rack dishwasher safe.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

delicious gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving
If you need a gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving, you're in the right place! This gluten free stuffing is perfect for stuffing turkey or just baking on the side as-is (but way tastier than the stuff from Stove Top!)

I have a family stuffing recipe that goes back at least four generations that is unlike any stuffing I have ever had anywhere. Whenever I am invited to Thanksgiving dinner, I always volunteer to bring the stuffing because truly, once you have had my grandmothers' Italian stuffing recipe, you will not want any other stuffing. It is honestly the very best stuffing recipe ever - and the fact that I am BEGGED to bring the stuffing with me to subsequent Thanksgiving dinners is testimony to that!

Last year I had to stop eating gluten. Not wanting to give up the all-time best stuffing recipe ever, I spent nearly a month cooking batch after batch of stuffing in search of the PERFECT gluten free substitutes that still captured the taste and texture of my great grandmother's original recipe. I tried Trader Joe's gluten free stuffing mix and trying to make my own croutons with other gluten free breads and the texture just wasn't right.

Then I finally found the secret! The secret to the perfect texture in gluten free stuffing is Udi's gluten free HOG DOG BUNS. Who knew? It's so good that nobody will even know it is gluten free if you don't tell them!
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017


If you love Star Wars like we do then you will LOVE these Halloween pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns! Whether you like painting, carving or decorating, there's a pumpkin here for you!  Whether you love porgs, droids, the dark side, the death star, C3PO, R2D2 and more - there's a pumpkin for you! These 12 DIY Star Wars pumpkin tutorials are sure to get you in the Halloween spirit as you decorate your front porch for Halloween in true geek chic fashion.  

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Rock painting is the hot new hobby of 2017. Many people who are not crafty or who have never painted before want to get involved. I love that! As new crafters are flocking to rock painting forums everywhere, people are asking How do I get started painting rocks? Or What is the best paint for painting rocks?

As a lifelong crafter, avid rock painter and professional craft tutorial writer I felt pretty well equipped to answer this question! 

This is my ultimate guide to getting started rock painting including a list of my favorite tools and paints for painting rocks.

If you are interested in learning more about the hide-and-seek rock game that people are playing with their painted rocks, check out this article on I Love Painted Rocks: How to Play the Hide and Seek Rock Game.

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Friday, September 29, 2017


Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft! With Star Wars The Last Jedi trailers and other spoilers released, we are privy to an adorable new creature that will appear in the next episode: Porgs. From the planet Ahch-To, porgs are modeled after puffins and are so cute with their little frowny faces. 

It's easy to make a porg jack-o-lantern for Halloween using paint and either a real pumpkin or a craft pumpkin (craft pumpkins are great because you can re-use the same pumpkin next year!). Let me show you how to make an adorable porg pumpkin craft to set out on your porch for Halloween!
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Saturday, September 23, 2017

girl leaf photo
Fall is exploding with color and is just waiting for you to get outside to enjoy it. The kids may be back to school but that doesn’t mean your outdoor fun has to stop. Create a fall bucket list with all the places and activities you’d like to see or do this season. Making a list will help you make time to see all that fall has to offer; the food, fall color, and family fun. To help you get started, I’ve assembled a list of 10 outdoor activities that are absolute "must-do's" with your kids. These are the outdoor activities are fall traditions in our house that we look forward to every year. Take a look and you’ll see just how fun getting outdoors this fall will be.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

I love all the flavors of fall - pumpkin spice and apple pie and caramel. One flavor I've been loving to pair with my coffee this year is maple. This delicious coffee creamer marries the sweet flavors of cream, vanilla and maple together to make the perfect coffee condiment. This coffee creamer is all natural and perfect to add to both hot and iced coffee.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Have you tried letterboxing with your family yet? Letterboxing is a fun treasure hunting hobby that will have you following clues to find a "letterbox" hidden anywhere from deep in the woods to an urban train station. Once you find a letterbox, you will stamp the stamp hidden inside the box into your letterboxing passport. If the letterbox you found has a finder's log, you will also stamp your "signature stamp" into that log book. 

It is SO FUN - and one of my family's favorite family time activities that gets you out of the house.
  
Check out Letterboxing North America to get started finding letterboxes. (Letterboxing is actually a worldwide hobby so if you are not in North America just Google "(your country name) letterboxing" and you should find the right info for your region!)


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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Has your family caught on to the rock painting or "kindness rocks" craze? We love to paint rocks so when I got a chance to play with the new Martha Stewart Marbling Medium a couple weeks ago, my first idea was to try it on rocks and I LOVE how they turned out! I especially loved that I could get the fancy, marbled effect of the rocks without having to deal with the mess of dipping them in water.

Here is a preview of the kinds of effects I got form three different techniques:
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Thursday, August 10, 2017


I love keeping chickens. They have so much personality and are such a joy to have. Except for in the summer when their run is full of flies! Luckily in Oregon we don't have many biting flies but the ones we do have are still pretty gross and annoying. I thought I have tried everything to keep the flies in my chicken run under control and nothing was really working that well. It was so gross!

But then I found something that really works to keep the flies under control in my chicken area and I'm so thrilled!
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Here's a fun fact about me: I am obsessed with unicorns. And clearly I am not alone! Kids, teens and adults alike are embracing the magical rainbow unicorn love. If you have a unicorn lover in your life, be sure to check out these great unicorn DIY and craft ideas sure to make any unicorn lover squeal with delight!
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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Don't you love going to the stores this time of year and seeing the aisles bristling with school supplies?  I do.  I love new pencils, cheap pens and all the accessories to go with them.  This year instead of just buying everything new, take a minute and make a recycled candy wrapper pencil pouch.
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Friday, August 4, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market.
When we moved out of "The Townhouse" and into "The Farmhouse", we actually moved into a smaller home. Our four bedroom home is only about 1400 square feet and the great room where we spend most of our time serves as the living room, the dining room AND the corridor to the back yard. There's a lot going on in this 20' x 14.5' space!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Have you seen the headlines floating around that there is lead in fidget spinners and that they could kill your child and that you should throw them away now!!!! (so much drama!) If you are wondering if that's true, you have come to the right place! As of this date, the Lead Safe Mama, Tamara Rubin and I have done the most comprehensive testing of fidget spinners that we are aware of and have an updated set of data to share!
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cloth diapering may have fallen out of style for awhile, but it's the historical norm and it's back with a vengeance! For good reason, too: cloth diapers are economical, eco-friendly, and just plain cute. There are so many crazy terms and techniques involved with cloth diapering, however, so if you're just getting started - here's what you need to know.
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