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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!  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

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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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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!
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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. 

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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!).

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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!

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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!
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