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Saturday, February 18, 2017

There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. Projects for the farmhouse were on hold for quite a while in 2016 due to needing to drop everything to write a book. The book is turned in and things are getting back to full swing and boy am I glad to have my pantry not only organized but beautiful!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If your child's sippy cup had lead paint on it, would you want to know? Would you want the cup recalled? If you own a Green Sprouts Glass Sip n' Straw Cup, keep reading!

UPDATE (Feb 15th, 2017): Most current information including a phone call with Green Sprouts. This post will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.
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Monday, February 13, 2017

If you are looking for intense exfoliation without any of the sketchy ingredients in some store bought body care products (parabens and phthalates and synthetic fragrances, oh my!) you might want to try making your own DIY sugar scrub, salt scrub or coffee scrub. Or try all three! Body scrubs are super easy to make and make great gifts.

I've collected more than 20 tried-and-true body scrub recipes from my favorite bloggers to share with you here - including my own vanilla peppermint sugar scrub recipe that went viral last Christmas!

If you are looking for high quality essential oils to use in your scrubs, be sure to check out Rocky Mountain Oils - their oils are high quality, reasonably priced and you always get free shipping (even if you just buy one bottle!). I also love that they release the GCMS test results for every batch of oil they produce - this is something that DoTerra and YoungLiving consider proprietary information!

But now what you came here for!
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

I'm working on a full pantry makeover that matches the modern farmhouse style happening in the rest of the house. One of the things I have in my pantry is a set of crates that hold smaller things like spices, bags of baking supplies, baking mixes, etc. It keeps small things wrangled and in the case of baking, I can just pull out the whole crate to bring to the counter when doing baking projects.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Have you ever felt tired, sluggish or just in need of a pick-me-up? What do you normally do when you feel like that? Instead of coffee or an energy drink, next time try one of these natural essential oil boosts that really work!

When I’m feeling drained, tired or simply overworked I use essential oils to rejuvenate and perk me back up. I have come to appreciate how powerful they are and now use them as a regular part of my life. They provide therapeutic benefits in a natural way without crazy stimulants.

I’m sure there are days where you, too, need a little extra pick me up. I can help! Here are my favorite ways to energize the body and mind with essential oils.

All the links below go to Rocky Mountain Oils - a company whose oils I love and use due to their quality, reasonable prices and free shipping (no MLM membership required!). If you make a purchase after clicking, I may get a small kick back from the company as a thank you for sending traffic their way without costing you extra. I only provide these types of links for products I really use and enjoy.
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Something you may not know about me is that I have a weird obsession with both rainbows and unicorns. So when I was thinking about what kind of candy-free valentines I wanted to do this year, I decided that something involving unicorns was only natural!
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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Do you and your kids love unicorns and rainbows? Us, too! This year for Valentine's Day I had these beautiful unicorn valentines designed as a special bonus for Creative Green Living readers! Since there are so many male unicorn lovers and bronies out there, I specifically had them designed to use a variety of colors to appeal to everyone. 
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Saturday, January 21, 2017


In case you haven't been in the know about food trends lately, the Instant Pot is taking the world by storm. It is popular with moms who need to get dinner ready fast (and may have forgotten to thaw meat before they left to go to work) as well as healthy lifestyles advocates because it is free of non-stick coatings like Teflon (read more about health concerns related to non-stick coatings here). Maybe you even have one in your kitchen.

I recently bought an Instant Pot for myself and love it. This weekend I had the chance to work with my friend and lead safety advocate, Tamara Rubin, to test my Instant Pot for heavy metal contaminants including lead. Wondering if your Instant Pot is really as non-toxic and lead free as you thought? Read on!
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Have you been wondering what all the fuss is about chia pudding? In addition to it being a magical science experiment, chia pudding is pretty rad because it gives you a big boost of both fiber and calcium. When you eat it for breakfast, it's like starting your day with a fancy dessert - you can't go wrong with that can you?

Be sure to keep reading after the recipe because 20 of my blogging friends and I have teamed up to bring you even more great breakfast recipes at the bottom of this post!
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Whole 30 is a fabulous way of getting yourself back in gear for The New Year.  Whether this is your first time through it, or your fifth, a tasty new recipe is sure to help you out.  

This dish is gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and vegetarian.  Perfect for all your dietary needs, and absolutely amazing!  You can add meat to it if you like, or eat it just like it is!  Trust me, it is plenty filling without the meat!  

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Last year my Christmas decorating was really limited to having a tree and doing up my mantel. This year, I expanded my holiday decor to match my modern farmhouse look and set up a few new things including this JOY sign. 

I have a massive wall behind my couch which needed a large decor piece and this worked perfectly. I didn't happen to have any huge pieces of barnwood on hand so I used a faux barnwood treatment to get this look and paired it with milk painted letters and a pretty wreath. Even though my finished piece is 24" x 48" this whole project scales up or down beautifully to be any size you need for your space. 

Here is how I made it:
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Friday, December 16, 2016


One of my favorite Christmas traditions is to make ornaments with our kids throughout the month of December. I love having new ornaments made by little hands every year.

Kid-made ornaments are like mini time capsules that bring you back to a snapshot in time. I never understood why my mom kept using the "ugly", ratty ornaments we made as small children even into my teens - until I became a mom. I love those little sloppily painted, crooked, wonky ornaments so so so much. This year, we did personalized wood ornaments with the kids. These are easy enough that any baby big enough to scribble with crayons can make them but big kids will still have fun, too.

Make a few for your tree but don't forget the grandparents - they will love these sweet little scribbly ornaments, as well!
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