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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!


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.

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!

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!


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.
best smoothie bowl recipes

Sunny Days Smoothie Bowl Recipe


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!


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

how to make a DIY unicorn headband with free pattern

If you love unicorns, you will love this pattern for a DIY unicorn horn headband. Unicorn headbands are the perfect unicorn party accessory, or for playing make believe. This unicorn headband is built on a plastic headband with a felt unicorn horn and two-colored unicorn ears. 

For Valentine's Day last year I made a whole collection of unicorn headbands for all the first graders at my son's school and they loved them! If you can cut out felt and use a glue gun, you can make these headbands! I've got a free download for a printable unicorn horn and ears pattern as well - just read through the tutorial and you can click over to grab it!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

This tale of my epic search for loveable hypoallergenic carpet is brought to you by Mohawk Flooring Air.o Unified Soft Flooring.
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When we bought our house two-and-a-half years ago, one of the things we wanted to replace immediately was the carpet (you can see all of the before pictures of the house here). It was sixteen years old, stained and stretched out - in two of the rooms the carpet was so stretched out that it formed giant ripples big enough that you could pinch!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

How to make an envelope out of paper
While envelopes aren't exactly expensive, making envelopes out of paper - like scrapbook paper, junk mail or magazines - is a fun way to recycle and get super cute envelopes at the same time! This sample envelope, for example, was made from the paper cover of Real Simple magazine. Beautiful!

Once you learn how to make an envelope, you'll want to do it all the time! There is no better way to make your mail stand out and feel special than sending it in a cool envelope. Making envelopes from paper is easy enough that elementary age kids, preteens and teens can do it as a fun rainy day project. And who wouldn't love to get mail in a special, custom made envelope?

Ready to learn how to make envelopes out of paper you have at home? Let's do it!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

menstrual cup dangers - lead, cadmium and heavy metals in lena cup
UPDATED 2/25/2018 to include current information available about the LENA menstrual cups, Diva Cup, Luna cup and Angian EvaCup. Posts linking to product provided for informational purposes may be affiliate links.

Tamara, The Lead Safe Mama broke the internet again! This time it was over menstrual cups. People have been asking us to test their Diva Cups, LENA menstrual cups, Lunette cups, Luna cups, EvaCups and more for lead, cadmium and other heavy metals for the last six months or so. In February, while doing a healthy homes visit, she had a chance to test two different menstrual cups from LENA, the Diva Cup, a Luna cup and an Angian EvaCup.


Monday, January 29, 2018

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How to make bath bombs - even better than Lush bath bombs
If you are addicted to Lush bath bombs, why not save some money and learn how to make bath bombs at home? Most of these recipes make multiple bath bombs, so keep some for yourself and give some to your girlfriends! Who wouldn't love a little fizzy bomb that you can drop in your bath tub to make bubbles, soothe your skin and make you smell good? Lucky for you, Lush isn't the only place to get bath bombs - several of my favorite bloggers have great tutorials for how to make bath bombs that will have you crafting your very own bath fizzies in no time!

Learn how to make bath bombs using simple ingredients found in most kitchens combined with essential oils to add a soothing or cheering effect. My favorite essential oils are from Rocky Mountain Oils - so skip the overpriced oils from multi-level marketers and get high quality, reasonably priced oils from them. In addition to the essential oils you want to use to scent your bombs, stock up on some of these bath bomb essentials:

Sunday, January 28, 2018

How to make a DIY Fidget Spinner with lego

In my opinion, the best way to make a DIY fidget spinner is with LEGOs. LEGOs are identical in size and shape, so a DIY fidget spinner made from LEGO will spin better and faster than one made from handcut cardboard for example. 

Using LEGOs to make fidget spinners is perfect if your kids are already LEGO fiends and have a good size stash of different sized bricks. Learning how to make a fidget spinner is a fun way to spend an afternoon because once you learn how to make a LEGO fidget spinner from me, you and your kids will want to experiment with all kinds of other ways to make DIY fidget spinners from LEGOs or other things you find around the house.

If you have been wanting to get away from lead in fidget spinners by learning how to make a fidget spinner yourself, you are in the right place! With so much concern about lead in fidget spinners, I love being able to make LEGO fidget spinners because new LEGOs consistently test lead free. As long as your kids are old enough not to swallow them, they are an AWESOME way to make your own DIY fidget spinner from safe materials. And if you get tired of your LEGO fidget spinner, you can just make a new one! Or take it apart and use the LEGOs for a new project. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Porg craft - Free printable Star Wars valentines

If you're looking for a great Valentine's Day Star Wars craft, you will love these punny and porg inspired Valentine's Day cards!

Hi Creative Green Living crafters, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft. Do the Porgs from Star Wars: The Last Jedi have your heart too? They are adorable! They are kind of a mix between a penguin and a Kawaii cartoon. Now you can make a huddle, colony or raft of colorful Star Wars inspired Porg Valentine cards. These are the perfect porg craft for kids. Carissa and I even put together a free printable for you to make this project even easier!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

lead in vintage pyrex bowls
photo by Emily Carlin. See the original here.

This article was originally published October of 2015. It was last updated January 23, 2018

I grew up using (what are now considered) vintage Pyrex bowls and baking in vintage Pyrex dishes. In fact, my mom and grandmother both owned a set of the same colorful Pyrex nesting mixing bowls shown above. These were the same Pyrex bowls I hoped to own one day as well.

My whole life, these colorful Pyrex mixing bowls have been my very favorite to use. As a child, I learned how to cook eggs in a microwave in the little blue one. I've made a hundred batches or more of muffins, cookies, and pancake batter in the big yellow one. 

Here is picture of me with my mom making a pie crust in the green one:
mother and child baking together with vintage pyrex mixing bowl
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