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Friday, December 7, 2018

AvoBath Inspired Lush Bath Bomb recipe - make it with or without soap coloring to make your homemade bath bombs your desired color

Lush is highly regarded as the makers of some of the best bath bomb recipes. This recipe will teach you how to make bath bombs with avocado and essential oils just like the AvoBath bath bombs at Lush!

The official Lush bath bomb recipe is a little different (and of course top secret!). We do know that they use avocado and extra virgin olive oil along with bergamot and lemongrass scent.

These homemade bath bombs use avacado along with coconut oil and essential oils that still capture the same scent profile as the Lush AvoBath recipe. 

Rumor has it that the real Lush bath bomb recipe uses rosewood essential oil. Even at my favorite provider of essential oils for bath bombs, it's really expensive!

To make our DIY Lush bath bomb recipe more affordable, we use the Love essential oil blend.  It still uses bergamot and other yummy citrus oils. We also add in lemongrass oil for that fresh, avo bath scent.

I start with lower amounts of essential oils in my DIY bath bombs so that they are safe for everybody. If you love a really strong scent to your homemade bath bombs and you know you don't have sensitive skin, go ahead and add more! Sniff and adjust as you go!

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Best gift ideas for creative tweens & teens

Have you been racking your brain trying to find tween gift ideas?

Your daughter, friend or niece is the creative type. She sews, doodles, makes friendship bracelets, knits, crochets, adores washi tape and glitter - or maybe she just aspires to those things. 

If you know a creative girl in her tweens or early teens, she will love all of these gift ideas!

Whether you need a crafty birthday gift idea or something to put under the Christmas tree, all of these creative gift ideas will have her making and creating instead of getting sucked into screen time.

Whatever her favorite crafting medium is, here are the best gift ideas that every crafty teen or tween is sure to love!

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(Need a gift for someone else? From four year old boys to dads, I've got a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for anyone! 
Click here to see all the Creative Green Living gift guides)
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Monday, December 3, 2018

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Best stocking stuffers for her. This list has lots of ideas for the adult ladies in your life that she will really love. Perfect for mom, your wife or girlfriend. Lots of great store bought ideas and some DIY ideas, too!


If you are trying to find worthwhile stocking stuffers for your wife, girlfriend or adult daughters, you are in the right place!

Finding stocking stuffers for the women in your life can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be!

I've put together a helpful guide to Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for her that she will:
  • Really love
  • Actually use
  • Not break in less than a week
She may even end up loving the stuff you put in her stocking more than what's under the tree!

If you have been scratching your head about what kind of stocking stuffers to get for your wife, girlfriend or daughter, here are some of my favorite suggestions.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Goodbye, elf! How to get rid of your elf on the shelf and break free! Mom hacks for an elf free Christmas brought to you by Creative Green Living

Do you totally regret getting your kids an Elf on the Shelf

Are you trying to figure out how to stop doing Elf on the Shelf shennanigans and send your elf packing? 

Need to reclaim your time? 

This is the post for you!

If you've been asking yourself when will this elf on a shelf leave??? pretty much as soon as you've gotten him or her out for the year, you may be experiencing Elf Regret.

It's a real thing.

Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. You heard of elf on a shelf. Maybe the kids' friends have one. You think why not.

You adopt the elf. Take it home. Name it. 

Everything is fine and dandy until you realize that now your elf needs to do things.

Which of course means you need to figure out what to make the elf do.

The next thing you know, you find yourself constructing elaborate scenes for your elf.
(which of course, now you also have to clean up)

You're up late in bed Googling 101 elf on the shelf ideas.

You get tired of messy elf mischief and move on to trying to find easy and quick elf on the shelf ideas.

But then you hit the point where you are totally over it and just start wondering when is this elf-ing elf going to leave???

Don't worry. I've got your back.

Mamas have to stick together.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for grown ups from Creative Green Living

In many families, long past the time they give Christmas gifts from Santa, adults still get stuffed stockings on Christmas morning. 

Of course, filling Christmas stockings for adults can be a little trickier than filling stockings for kids. Anyone can buy cheap toys or plastic doo-dads at the Dollar Store but what kinds of things will they actually use?

If you are looking to find great stocking stuffer ideas for your adult children, stocking stuffers for your wife or husband, I've got lots of ideas for you!

This list has great stocking stuffers for men, stocking stuffers for her, stocking stuffers under $5 and extra special stocking stuffers that are a little more.

Of course, because we're Creative Green Living, our primary focus isn't going to be on plastic toys or cheap trinkets that will break quickly or things that will wind up in the landfill in a week.

What are great stocking stuffer ideas?

In my mind, I think the best stocking stuffer ideas are things that:
  • Aren't junk
  • The recipient will actually like
  • They can really use
  • Won't break in less than a week
  • Aren't candy
These are my best ideas to help you fill their stockings with great gifts that meet those criteria! 

The last thing most of us need is "stuff." I love things that I can really use (and even better, use UP).

Just say no to cheap junk and give gifts they will love and can use.

Ready to get all my best stocking stuffer ideas for adults? Let's go!
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Starbucks knock off caramel apple cider hot seasonal beverage

What are your favorite seasonal Starbucks drinks? If you said the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice (a yummy, hot apple cider drink with cinnamon and caramel!), you aren't alone!

If you want to learn how to make a Starbucks caramel apple spice inspired hot apple cider drink, this recipe is for you!

Starbucks calls their version of this recipe a Caramel Apple Spice.

I call it delicious!

There is just something comforting about the warm cinnamon and sweet caramel sauce mixed together to make yummy, warm drink that is perfect for fall or winter!

Homemade apple cider is super easy to make.

Hosting a large gathering? You can even make this apple cider in your crockpot!

Just warm the apple cider (and keep it warm all day) in the crock pot and add the cinnamon syrup, caramel sauce and whipped cream immediately before serving.

In my humble opinion, this really is the very best apple cider recipe and I think you'll agree!

Of course, because we are huge fans of avoiding GMOs and eating organic as much as possible, I also have a clickable shopping list that will let you buy organic ingredients if desired so you can take your hot apple cider recipe to the next level!
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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Backyard chickens eating a flock block inspired chicken snack loaf

Have you ever wished there were an organic version of the Flock Block®? I totally have!

With this homemade chicken snack block recipe, you can make your own version of an organic flock block for your favorite hens.

This recipe is easy to make and is pretty flexible. You basically need about 6 cups total of mixed chicken friendly grains, nuts, seed, etc. So if you don't have the ingredients I list, be creative.

It's a great way to clean out your pantry!

Stale corn flakes? (organic, of course) Throw them in the block!

Tried quinoa for the first time and it's definitely NOT for you? Throw it in the block!

Killer deal on bird seed at the feed store? You get the idea.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Yellow, greem red and blue vintage pyrex bowls for cooking
photo by Emily Carlin. See the original here.

This article was originally published October of 2015. It was last updated October 28, 2018

If you are wondering if your old Pyrex dishes contain lead or are still safe to use in your kitchen, you have come to the right place!

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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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Homemade chicken soup recipe


There are a lot of things you can do with a whole chicken but one of my favorite things to do is make homemade chicken soup in my Crockpot because it's easy, delicious and super healthy.

By starting with the whole chicken, you don't need to add chicken broth - the chicken makes the broth for you! It turns out absolutely divine and is perfect as leftovers or to freeze for later.

I use my slow cooker to make this because it's more energy efficient than using my stove.

This isn't a magical "set it and forget it for 8 hours" recipe but it requires very minimal work from you - which is perfect for a day when you'll be home working on other stuff.

Your soup can cook while you toodle around your house working on other projects. The end result is delicious homemade chicken soup in a rich broth you made from scratch.

This soup is naturally gluten free, is keto friendly and perfect for those following paleo or Whole30 diet plans.

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

How to decorate in rustic farmhouse style for fall

With the leaves changing and the weather becoming more cold and blustery, it's time to decorate for fall! 

Beautiful, farmhouse style decor is the perfect way to decorate with pumpkins and leaves in chic style. 

I love all of these different rustic decor ideas because they will take all the way from first fall to Halloween and Thanksgiving. Just decorate once and you'll be set until Christmas!

I've linked to my favorite farmhouse decor ideas for fall. Some are small projects and others are whole home tours! Be sure to read my blurbs because that living room shot you love might actually have 10 more of the whole house if you click over to see!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

No-carve unicorn pumpkin craft with unicorn horn, flower crown and eyelashes
If you love all things unicorn, you will absolutely love this DIY pumpkin craft that is perfect for Halloween!

Hi Creative friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun no carve pumpkin craft featuring everyone's favorite animal: unicorns!

I have two different ways you can make this easy unicorn craft for Halloween:

You can make a cute unicorn girl pumpkin or a cool unicorn boy pumpkin with sunglasses. Easy and adorable!

If you hate the mess of carving pumpkins, this is an especially wonderful solution to decorating pumpkins. No sharp tools or goopy mess required!

I made these with fresh white pumpkins but if you want them to last forever, you can buy convincing looking fake pumpkins online.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Two weeks worth of bento box lunch ideas

If you need easy bento box lunch ideas for school, work or picnics in the park, I've got you!

The post is brought to you in collaboration with Wallaby, the organic yogurt, kefir and sour cream company that uses an authentic straining and culturing process to create yogurts and kefirs that are tart-free and taste great! And are gluten free (of course!).

All of these easy gluten free lunch ideas are perfect for taking on the go and are kid-approved (but adults love them, too!).

Whether you need school lunch ideas, gluten free lunch ideas for work or gluten free picnic ideas, this post will give you everything you need to pack delicious gluten free lunches that will be the envy of even the most avid grain eaters around you.

All of the ingredients used for these healthy bento box lunches were picked up at my local Whole Foods (including the Wallaby products!).

I've got 10 great ideas for you to help you pack healthy gluten free lunches both kids and adults will love.

Inspired? Use this printable coupon to get a discount on Wallaby yogurt at the grocery store!


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How to make a Unicorn Christmas ornament - an easy DIY craft project for kids

If you are obsessed with unicorn crafts like I am, it only makes sense to carry that obsession over into Christmas!

This easy unicorn DIY project lets you turn a humble wood slice into a unicorn Christmas ornament.

This unicorn craft is super easy and perfect for kids to make. You could even personalize the unicorns by painting the back and then writing the creator's name (or a gift recipient's name).

You can make your own wood cookies from trees that fall down during storms or buy them online.

Besides the wood cookies, If you are crafty at all, you likely have all the craft supplies you need to make these easy unicorn Christmas ornaments.

Ready to get started on this fun unicorn Christmas craft? 
Let's do it!
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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

How to make Halloween luminaries with recycled glass jars


If you're looking for an easy Halloween craft to do with kids, look no further than your recycling bin! 

With a little help from Mod Podge and tissue paper (or napkins) you can transform empty glass jars to adorable Halloween luminaries. 

These recycled glass jar luminaries are easy to make and a perfect first Mod Podge project. 

This Halloween luminary project I designed was featured on Hands on Crafts for Kids in December of 2015. 

While the version of my Halloween luminaries aired by Hands on Crafts for Kids is a little different than the way I designed it (they used Elmer's glue instead of Mod Podge for example), watching the video below will give you the basic technique for making them.
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