Make Recycled Wine Cork Pendants

Make a cute recycled craft without having to drink a whole case of wine!

Easy Yogurt Parfaits

Make tasty and healthy yogurt parfaits for a snack or breakfast.

How to Make Fresh Pickles

Fresh pickles are easy to make with fresh cucumbers from your garden or the store.

Farm Girl Apron Tutorial

Turn old jeans into a cute gardening apron with this tutorial.

Stamped Garden Rocks

Accent your garden with cute stamped art rocks.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Healthy Back to School Snacks with Nature Box

Do your kids love to snack like mine do? Who am I kidding? I love snacks, too! With a new baby at home, having easy snacks that require zero prep beyond opening a package or portioning it out into a bowl has been a lifesaver. Finding healthy snacks that require zero prep, though? That's been a little trickier. 

I want snacks for my family that:
  • Are GMO free
  • Aren't full of artificial sweeteners
  • Aren't full of chemical preservatives
  • Are MSG free
  • Are nutritious
  • Taste good
  • Are easy to serve
  • Are easily accessible
Told ya is was a little tricky. So I was delightfully surprised when I found snacks from Nature Box that fit all these requirements! Because seriously: we were in a snacking rut and needed help!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Make Recycled Jar Lid Owls

I think the hippie mom version of mismatched socks in the dryer is mismatched glass jar lids. Sometimes I just have extra lids and I'm not sure where the jar it belongs to went! Next time you run into this issue, don't toss it! Make a cute owl instead. Slap a magnet on the back and you'll have a cute note keeper for your fridge, too!


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Find the directions online at Crafts by Amanda: Owl Craft Using Recycled Jar Lids

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

{Recipe} Chocolate Peanut Butter Treat Bars & Win a Trip to Costa Rica!

This post is brought to you by Nature's Path.

One of my favorite things about blogging is introducing you you companies I love. So when I found out that Nature's Path and their Envirokidz line were running an awesome contest that will take winners to Costa Rica (!!!) I was excited to tell you guys about it. Because: Costa Rica! Plus their breakfast foods are pretty awesome.

If you are aren't already familiar with the EnviroKidz line, you definitely want to pick up a box the next time you are at the grocery store. Their cereals are all Organic, GMO free and gluten free. And they taste good. The boxes have interesting information that teaches kids about animals and protecting the environment.

What was that about Costa Rica? EnviroKidz is sending three lucky families on an EnviroTrip to Costa Rica to help save the sea turtles at SEE Turtles, a non-profit wildlife conservation travel operator in the beautiful OSA peninsula. The whole things sounds amazing. Read on at the bottom below my recipe to find out more!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Make Recycled Vanity Organizers with Glass Jars

You know I love a good upcycling project. If you need a way to put your glass jar stash to good use, try making adorable vanity organizers. I love how the lids got an upgrade with both paint and cute curio handles!


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Find the directions online at Eighteen25: Pretty Bathroom Jars

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Dining Room Makeover Update: Chairs

This post is brought to you by Sauder.

I'm slowly plugging away at my dining room makeover and I'm WAY overdue for an update for you guys!

As a reminder, here is what my dining room looked like when I got started:

Here is where I'm at today:

Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Recipe} How to Make Coffee Creamer

Coffee creamer is one of those things that really makes of breaks your cup of coffee. Almost all store bought creamers, though, are made with a variety of GMO derived ingredients including corn syrup solids or high frustose corn syrup. EW. Luckily, making your own creamer is super easy and cost efficient, too!


  • 1 cup organic milk
  • 1 cup organic sweetened condensed milk (I get mine at Trader Joe's)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Easy Back to School Lunch Ideas with Wild Mint:  A Full Month of Sandwich Free Lunches

This post is brought to you by Wild Mint.

It's time to send our kids back to school - and of course that means we need to figure out what to feed them for lunch. If you're focusing on making non-toxic choices for your family, you also want to think about how you send the food to school. Many common lunch packing items contain questionable chemicals like BPA, PVC, phthalates and lead. LEAD! Did you know that lead is a common ingredient in many lunch bags? Yuck! (go here: to learn more about lead in everyday items we use)

So what's a parent to do? Pick up a non-toxic lunch kit from Wild Mint to send your little one back to school. Wild Mint has done all the work for you to help you pick non-toxic (and reusable!) lunch items. By paying a little more up front, you'll get a great non-toxic lunch kit that will also save money throughout the year as you reuse the same durable lunch packing items. (check out this great "Lunch Savers" Guide  about how switching to reusable containers for lunches can save you more than $400 a year per child!)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

{Recipe} Make Hydrating Kiwi Aloe Popsicles

The heat and I do not get along. I'm not sure how the people in Arizona do it. Portland has had an usual number of super hot days this summer and a steady stream of popsicles has definitely been part of my coping strategy. Not only do these popsicles include fruit but the Alo beverage is super hydrating and good for you, too.


Friday, August 8, 2014

How to Make a Motivation Station & GIVEAWAY

This post brought to you by the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club.

Do you struggle to keep your smaller humans motivated to finish schoolwork? Whether you're a school teacher, a homeschooling parent or a mom who needs to motivate her kids to hit behavioral milestones, I have a great project for you! Create a "Motivation Station" in a corner of your home or classroom to reward kids for hitting learning or behavior targets.

I found this project on the Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club website - they have so many great ideas this month for fun back to school projects so definitely check them out. They share new projects, recipes, and tips each month – plus membership is free!


  • Large empty glass jar
  • Chalkboard stickers
  • Letter stickers
  • Crinkle paper
  • Treats to fill jar

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Postpartum Must Haves Guide - 10 Things Every Mom Needs After Giving Birth

Giving birth is a wonderful, magical time. Your little baby is soft and squishy and you wonder at his tiny little fingers and toes. But make no mistake - the first few weeks after giving birth can be pretty rough on mom. Between leaky boobs, a sore bottom (or incision if she had a c-section), and just wanting your baby to be happy to not be held for 5 minutes so you can pee - moms have a lot going on. 

Whether you are a first time mom, a veteran or a friend just looking to help out, here are my recommendations for the top 10 things I think every mom should have to make her either feel a little better or make her life easier in the first 3 months after giving birth. 

Please note: I have personally used and love every product recommended. Some companies may have provided sample items free of charge for the purpose of consideration, however, companies were not able to purchase a spot in this guide and I was not paid by any of these companies for my review. All recommendations are 100% my own.

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NuRoo Pocket Giveaway!

I consider myself a bit of a baby carrier junky. I have several different styles of carrier that I've either tried or owned with my first son so I thought I knew what I wanted to use with Baby #2 - until I tried the NuRoo Pocket and fell in love. It is perfect for practicing skin-to-skin (AKA Kangaroo Care) with your baby or for throwing on over your nursing tank or other lightweight top when you are out and about. And I forgot to mention - it is a bazillion times easier to put on than a wrap style carrier like the Moby.


NuRoo is generously letting me give away a NuRoo Pocket to one lucky reader! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter:

I'm giving away lots of other new mom goodies this week! 
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