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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!

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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

I love baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy.  The baby version of him makes his sacrifice in the first movie so fun.  He didn't die and we get to enjoy a cuter version for a while.  I love at the end credits of the first movie to see him dancing in the planter to the music. This recycled version is like a Guardians of the Galaxy chia head - but more fun!

Apart from my love of baby Groot, I also love to craft with recyclables!  Here's the full tutorial for this fun little Groot planter using recycled toilet paper or paper towel rolls. It's a great craft for the kids for summertime!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Ever since Tamara and I broke the news about finding lead in fidget spinners people have been asking me which fidget spinners are lead free. The problem is we just don't know yet. Yes, we have tested some fidget spinners that turned out to be lead free but since most fidget spinners are not brand-name items we feel like we really need to be able to test more in order to confidently recommend a fidget spinner that we trust will always be lead, cadmium and mercury free.

You know what I do trust, though? LEGOs.

New LEGOs consistently test lead free and as long as your kids are old enough not to swallow them, they are an AWESOME way to DIY your own fidget spinner from safe materials. And since they are LEGO, they are infinitely customizable. 


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Does it seem like every child (and half of the adults) in America has a fidget spinner? Fidgets are a tool used by educators to help kids who need to wiggle or move in order to keep their body moving so their brains can be open to learning. Now that nearly everyone has one or more of these spinning toys, some schools are starting to ban them as they become a distraction.

But what about safety? Two weeks ago I read a harrowing story on facebook about a kid who got part of the bearing from his fidget spinner stuck on his finger and after hours and hours at the hospital, he had to be put completely under to get it removed (finally!).


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This post is brought to you by Cost Plus World Market and contains affiliate links.
Cancer. It's an ugly word that has touched far too many in my life - and if the statistics hold true, probably in yours, too. This month, Cost Plus World Market and I are partnering together to share recipes specifically for cancer warriors. And because I wrote THE book on smoothie bowls, of course, I wanted to put together a nutrition-packed smoothie bowl recipe just for this occasion!

Smoothie bowls are perfect for getting lots of nutrient dense foods broken down in a blender to make them easier to digest - and because they are so pretty it's like a special little pretty treat just for you! I designed this recipe with cancer patients in mind but it's superfood packed and great for anyone - whether you are a cancer warrior or not!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Are you looking for a refreshing drink to cool you off on a summer day? Need a tasty mocktail to serve alongside the grown up beverages at a party? This raw honey limeade and honeyed blueberry limeades are the perfect blend of sweet and tart and 100% refreshing. By using honey you skip highly processed sugars and avoid GMOs. Using raw honey also keeps the recipe paleo friendly as well!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Aren't cassette tapes the coolest?  They bring back some fabulous childhood memories.  Making mixed tapes of all the best songs by recording the radio. Rewinding, untangling that tape, and the inevitable glitches mid-song from a snagged tape. My children will never understand the wonders of the cassette tape.  Did you ever use cassettes? Do you still have some hanging around?  They are the perfect recycled craft medium for this fun planter. I got a bunch from my church when they were getting rid of the antiquated technology.


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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When we bought "The Farmhouse" two winters ago, we had big plans for the backyard. Last year we had our first summer here and the only change we made to the outdoors was digging a French drain to keep our sideyard from flooding. Necessary but not very exciting.

Now that the weather is warming up, I am ready to get outside and make my space more enjoyable! When Lowe's asked if I would like to partner with them to show you guys easy budget backyard makeover ideas I was all over it! I had big plans for an easy way to make my patio more livable and I really love how it turned out!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The kids are home for the summer and there is a whole world of possibilities to explore. If you aren’t quite sure what to do with the kids over the next few months, we have a few ideas that will help. I have put together a list of fun things to do outside with your kids this summer. 

Our family loves to get outside as much as we can for some much needed vitamin N(ature). From playing in the backyard to a classic road trip, we are always looking for new ways to explore together and create memories that “things” just can’t provide. 

The best part about this list is that most of them are free or nearly free. So that means you can have fun outdoors more often. Take a look and start planning for more outdoor fun this summer. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

If you have big dreams of a bountiful garden but are held back by shady land, you’re not alone! Many gardeners have the frustrating task of trying to grow plants amidst beloved trees or even around tall buildings that let in less sunshine than is ideal.

Don’t give up on having an amazing garden, though. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you’re gardening with limited sun.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Just this week, a member of our Creative Green Living Community Group sent me a personal message asking about healthy lunchbox supplies that don't have sketchy chemicals like lead (yes, really!), phthalates, PVC, etc. 

This is a pretty popular topic every year in August and September as families get ready for back-to-school shopping so I wanted to put together an easy guide with all of my lunch gear favorites in one space. If you are looking for the best non-toxic, eco-responsible lunch gear all in one place, you've found it!

To make it even easier to shop, I have links below so you can buy the items on Amazon! If you aren't already an Amazon Prime member, Amazon is offering a Free 30 day trial for Amazon Prime for Creative Green Living readers. It includes free 2-day shipping.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine. All opinions are 100% mine.
Even though Earth Day was last week, there is still one week left in Earth Month! And since every month is "Earth Month" here at Creative Green Living, Tom's of Maine asked us to partner with them to tell you about their great line up of products (some of which are only available at Target) AND share a fun upcycled project with you as part of the #lesswastechallenge.

Monday, April 24, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tasty Bite. All opinions are 100% mine.
I love gardening and teaching others how to grow their own food. You don't need a big yard to grow your own vegetables - almost anyone can grow something right where they are. One of the easiest foods to grow (especially in containers?) LETTUCE!

When I see a company I already like getting in the mix to inspire people to get outside and growing - as well as supporting humanitarian initiatives like Ample Harvest, I'm excited to get on board. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my favorite ways to put recycled goods to use is in the garden. It's amazing what you can upcycle into pretty, funny or quirky garden art with just a little paint, glue and imagination! Check out these great DIY ideas that you can make with anything from old tires to plastic bottles, mismatched silverware or old hubcaps!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Peppermint is an essential oil that is a must-have in your home oil toolkit. It has a wide variety of uses and benefits. It's often used in housekeeping for it's great aroma but peppermint is more than just a pretty smell - did you know that peppermint essential oil can help fight nausea? Or repel ants? Read on to learn 13 great ways that peppermint oil just might change your life!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Can you believe spring is ready to get started here? Every year as we turn the corner from February into March I want to decorate with all things spring - succulents, flowers, butterflies and more. When PaperMart reached out to me to ask if I wanted to work with them on a sponsored tutorial using their supplies I was immediately drawn to their collection of different butterflies. Combining the butterflies with the rustic feel of a pallet board makes the perfect farmhousey style spring decor.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Like most full time professional bloggers, I work from home. What I call my studio is a combination of craft room, home office, photography studio and writer's office. That's a lot of things to cram into one room! I need a place to sit (or stand) and work on my computer as well as store my huge stockpile of craft supplies - plus a place to photograph or make videos of everything. 

The color scheme is light and bright - with a rainbow of colors (because "rainbow" IS my favorite color). Come take a look around!
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