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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If you have LEGOs, you have all the materials you need to make awesome Christmas ornaments! This LEGO candy cane Christmas ornament is easy to make. Unlike many store bought Christmas ornaments, it's lead free! Your little LEGO builders will have lots of fun building a small army of candy canes for your tree.

LEGO Christmas ornaments are also great because after Christmas, you can take them apart and keep using them the rest of the year - unlike glass balls that take up space in your garage or attic 11 months out of the year.

This LEGO candy cane was designed by my seven year old son who wants to be a LEGO master builder when he grows up. He has also started dabbling in LEGO stop motion animations and helped me make the video that appears below! If you can't tell, I'm a pretty proud of him.

 Love LEGO Christmas Ornaments?

 Learn how to make a LEGO Christmas tree ornament to go with your candy cane ornament here: 
 
How to Build a LEGO Christmas Tree Ornament





This DIY LEGO ornament is really easy to make. Stacking the red and white pieces together is great pattern practice for little one but big ones will catch on quickly. Once you have finished building your LEGO candy cane, thread a string through hole at the top and hang it on your tree! The LEGOs snap together really securely so they don't need glue unless you want to make the candy cane arrangement permanent.

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Rae Dunn pottery - ring dish or bowl

Rae Dunn pottery is taking over the farmhouse look with the tall skinny black letters and white ceramic backdrops. This simple Rae Dunn inspired bowl lets you try your hand at making simple pottery with clay and the the black skinny Rae Dunn style font everyone is crazy over. This DIY ring dish is a nice thing to have on the nightstand or next to the kitchen sink...the place where rings are removed.  The best way to keep track of them is to have a place for them.

This copycat Rae Dunn dish would make a perfect gift for any jewelry wearing woman in your life!  This knock off DIY version that can be made quickly and cheaply - no running all over town searching for Rae Dunn Collection dishes needed!

I also think it would be perfect for a country style wedding! Wouldn't it be fun to have your ring bearer carry your rings down the aisle in this perfect little Rae Dunn style dish? Then you can keep it in your home and always be reminded of your big day.

For more inexpensive DIY gifts and ideas, be sure to visit me over at Doodle Craft -but for now let's make this dish!

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to make DIY peppermint sugar scrub
If you want to learn how to make a DIY sugar scrub, you're in the right place! This peppermint sugar scrub recipe combines vanilla and peppermint essential oils to get a yummy smelling scrub that you layer to get a pretty candy cane effect - perfect for gift giving!

I love giving healthy personal care products for quick and easy Christmas gifts. Using staples that you already have in your kitchen and some yummy essential oils, you can create a great peppermint sugar scrub that will exfoliate dead skin and smell delicious at the same time! One of the best parts about this project is that you do not have to be crafty to pull it off.

The "Candy Cane" essential oil blend from Rocky Mountain Oils is blend of peppermint, orange, lavender and vanilla essential oils that smells like peppermint candy! 

Update: This recipe was originally created by using Rocky Mountain Oils' "Blend of Vanilla." Due to problems with the 2017 crop, vanilla essential oil is in short supply and RMO is no longer carrying it. My second choice oil for this recipe is Aura Cacia Vanilla in Jojoba Oil  - which is available on amazon. The vanilla in this recipe smooths the scent out and help wake you up in the shower and start your day in an awesome mood.

Can't find vanilla? If you can't find vanilla oil, you can use the candy cane oil for both colors for instead.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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best adult stocking stuffer ideas

You thought you had all your Christmas shopping done and then it hit you: STOCKINGS! You forgot about stockings!! 

If you're scrambling to find great stocking stuffer ideas, have no fear. I've got great stocking stuffers for men, stocking stuffers for her, stocking stuffers under $5 and extra special stocking stuffers that are a little more.

Here are my best ideas to help you fill their stockings with great gifts that:
  • Aren't junk
  • They will actually like
  • Won't break in less than a week
  • Aren't candy
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Baby llama with a hat Christmas ornament rom a toy
Do you love llamas? Llamas are super trendy for Christmas this year but some of my favorite blogger friends and I noticed there weren't many DIY llama ornament tutorials already on the internet so today we changed that! If you asked Santa for a llama for Christmas, we are here to deliver!

For my llama ornament, I made a baby llama with a hat, a scarf and adorned blanket. Be sure to keep scrolling below my tutorial to see more llama ornament pictures and get the links to the tutorials from my friends! If you love llamas you could end up with an entire Christmas llama menagerie!

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Monday, November 27, 2017

If you have a LEGO lover in your house, you probably have a whole bin full (or a floor full?) of LEGOs that you can use to build your own DIY ornaments! LEGO Christmas ornaments are fun and eco friendly because after Christmas, you can take them apart you can keep using them the rest of the year - unlike the glass balls that take up space in your garage or attic 11 months out of the year.

This LEGO Christmas tree was kid-designed by my seven year old son who wants to be a LEGO master builder when he grows up. He has also started dabbling in LEGO stop motion animations and helped me make the video that appears below! If you can't tell, I'm a pretty proud mama.

This DIY LEGO ornament is really easy to make. We used a rainbow of different studs for the ornaments but you can use whatever color studs you happen to have to decorate your LEGO Christmas tree. The translucent studs would make a great option as well because they look like glass ornaments or lights.


 Love LEGO Christmas Ornaments?

 Learn how to make a LEGO candy cane ornament to go with your Christmas tree ornament here: 
 
How to Build a LEGO Candy Cane Christmas Ornament



Once you have finished building your LEGO Christmas tree, thread a string through the plus shape inside the topper to hang it on your tree. The LEGOs click together nicely enough that it should be plenty sturdy without needing to glue the pieces together. If you don't want the pieces to be able to come apart, though, you could always glue them for a permanent LEGO ornament.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

fancy cranberry sauce recipe

Are you looking for a fancy cranberry sauce recipe to bring to Thanksgiving dinner this year? Your friends and family will be so impressed when you show up with the best cranberry sauce ever.

It truly is the most delicious cranberry sauce I've ever had - and it is SO easy to make that this year my 5 year old practically made it (he did need some help with peeling and cutting). Once you've had this slightly chunky cranberry sauce made from scratch, it's hard to go back to the blob in a can!

Not only is this an awesome condiment to serve with your meal, but you can do so much with it afterward! Try serving it over Belgian waffles. Or warm it back up and spoon it over ice cream. This year (2015) I made after-dinner cocktails by adding about 1 Tablespoon of this sauce to the bottom of a champagne flute and topping it off with Prosecco.

Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever

Ingredients
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 bag (16 oz) fresh cranberries
  • zest, juice and pulp of 1 orange
  • 1 organic apple

Directions:

Add your orange juice and sugar to a sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
recipe for best cranberry sauce


Pour your cranberries into a colander. Rinse and pick out any smooshed or ugly berries. Add the nice berries to the pan and stir to coat in OJ.
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While berries are cooking, zest the orange. Cut orange in half and squeeze the halves by stabbing the center with a fork and pressing orange halves around it. Scrape out some of the pulp as well. Add zest, juice and pulp to pan.
how to make the best homemade cranberry sauce ever


While berries continue to simmer, peel, core and chop an apple into small pieces (I like granny smith - but use what you have!). Once most of the berries have burst, add apple pieces to pan and stir.
How to make the best cranberry sauce recipe


Cook for 5 more minutes then remove from heat.
How to make cranberry sauce

Serve warm over waffles or ice cream. If using for a turkey condiment, allow to stand for about 15 minutes, then pour mixture into a bowl or ramekins and refrigerate until ready to serve.

how to make fancy homemade cranberry sauce

Recipe: The Best Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Yield: 24 ounces

THE BEST CRANBERRY SAUCE RECIPE EVER

prep time: 5 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 25 mins

Your friends and family will be so impressed when you show up with the best cranberry sauce ever. It truly is the most delicious cranberry sauce I've ever had - and it is SO easy to make that this year my 5 year old practically made it (he did need some help with peeling and cutting). Once you've had this slightly chunky cranberry sauce made from scratch, it's hard to go back to the blob in a can!

ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1  cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • zest, juice and pulp of 1 orange
  • 1 organic apple

instructions:

  1. Add your orange juice and sugar to a sauce pan. Heat over medium high heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour your cranberries into a colander. Rinse and pick out any smooshed or ugly berries. Add the nice berries to the pan and stir to coat in juice.
  3. While berries are cooking, zest the orange. Cut orange in half and squeeze the halves by stabbing the center with a fork and pressing orange halves around it. Scrape out some of the pulp as well. Add zest, juice and pulp to pan.
  4. While berries continue to simmer, peel, core and chop an apple into small pieces (I like granny smith - but use what you have!). Once most of the berries have burst, add apple pieces to pan and stir. Cook for 5 more minutes then remove from heat.
  5. Serve warm over waffles or ice cream. If using for a turkey condiment, allow to stand for about 15 minutes, then pour mixture into a bowl or ramekins and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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About the Author:

Carissa is a green lifestyle expert and mom of two boys. The owner and lead writer for Creative Green Living, she is also the author of Beautiful Smoothie Bowls (Skyhorse, 2017). You can also find her recipes in periodicals like Urban Farm Magazine. Her goal is to empower families to make healthier choices that are easy, taste great and are fun!
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Saturday, November 25, 2017



If you feel like having chili for dinner but don't have time to fire up the crock pot, this easy stove top recipe is for you. This recipe is gluten free and features the flavors of Italian sausage and winter squash in a hearty, warming chili. This chili is NOT spicy the way the recipe is written to make it more family friendly. If you love heat, though, add chili powder or hot sauce to bring it to the level of spicy heat you prefer.

This chili is a great way to sneak veggies and fiber into your kids. Between the squash, the tomatoes and the beans, they'll have a nice nutrition boost - much nicer than anything you can find in a can!

This delicious chili keeps well - so if you have extras but don't want to eat them the next day, you can freeze it to save for the next time you want chili without having to pull out the crockpot.
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Monday, November 20, 2017

peanut butter oatmeal protein cookies - best protein cookie recipe
If you have ever wondered how to make protein cookies, you have come to the right place! When PlantFusion got in touch with me to ask about partnering with them to show off their awesome plant-based proteins I was excited to try them in some non-traditional ways - like in a baked good! I've seen a lot of people online asking if you can use protein powder in baking and I'm happy to say the answer after some extensive testing is YES (for PlantFusion anyway - no promises about anyone else's protein).

I spent several days baking batch after batch of protein cookies and getting feedback from my kids and husband and I think what I've come up with here is pretty awesome! They have a great peanut butter oatmeal cookie flavor and boast a whopping 11 grams of protein! These would make a great afternoon snack when you need something with sticking power. If you don't normally eat breakfast, these would be a great alternative to help fuel you without having to eat a whole plate of food.

Thank you to PlantFusion for sponsoring this post! Be sure to read all the way through and enter the giveaway at the bottom for the sample kit of your choice!
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How to Make Protein Cookies


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

how to make a star wars kyber crystal necklace
The latest Star Wars spoiler is that Luke Skywalker is wearing some sort of red kyber crystal in the Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie - likely from Darth Vader's light saber. In Rogue One, Jyn Erso can also be seen wearing a kyber crystal necklace. Do you want to learn how to make a wire wrapped kyber crystal necklace of your very own? This is a fun DIY and you won't believe how it's made! You can follow the instructions to make your own faux crystals or buy your own natural earth crystals and skip ahead to step three to learn how to make it into a wire wrapped crystal necklace. Natalie from DoodleCraft will show you how!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Today I am thrilled to declare victory on behalf of parents everywhere who want to trust that when they go to Target to buy toys for their kids that they will be getting SAFE and LEAD FREE products!

Tamara Rubin of Lead Safe Mama and I have been covering the safety of lead in fidget spinners for five months now. Wednesday morning we were thrilled that CBS This Morning ran a report about the recent study conducted by the US Public Interest Research Group that was triggered by our research. Based on our previous study of more than 80 fidget spinners, it was no surprise that they found high levels of lead in two different fidget spinners sold at Target.

USPIRG sent a letter to Target with the results of their tests and Target responded that they would not pull the fidget spinners containing high levels of lead off their shelves. They said that since the spinners in question were labeled for use by children 14 and over that they did not meet the legal definition of "toy" and were therefore NOT subject to Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations requiring toys contain less than 90 PPM lead.

After CBS and local Fox News stations ran the story nationwide, Target relented and removed the highly leaded spinners from their website and said they would remove them from store shelves. VICTORY!

What did we learn?

In the two press interviews I gave this week as well as the Facebook Live video we made after our interview with Fox News, I said that the thing that has affected change the fastest regarding toxins in consumer goods over the last decade is angry moms. When moms get educated about toxins in consumer goods, educate their friends about toxins in consumer goods and then reach out to companies and demand safer products, change happens.

This is exactly what happened with Target this week. Target wasn't going to change anything because 
legally they didn't have to. Cue the moms:





After two full days of pressure, Target finally decided to do the right thing and pull the fidget spinners off the website and off store shelves.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

If you love chickens, you will love this super easy DIY chicken Christmas ornament! Even though it is actually made from a rubber child's toy, it has the look of a ceramic ornament but without all the extra weight. Of course, you can make any rubber animal into an ornament - you could make a whole barnyard tree if you wanted to! Or make it as a gift for your favorite chicken lover.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

How to make stemless DIY glitter wine glasses with dishwasher safe Mod Podge

These DIY glitter wine glasses are perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to your holiday gatherings. My DIY glitter mugs are one of my most popular projects ever and people have been asking me if the same technique works for wine glasses and it does! 

It's important to keep in mind the 30 day cure time for these glasses so if you want them for Christmas, be sure to get started now so that they have time to cure and become totally water proof and top rack dishwasher safe.
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Friday, October 20, 2017

delicious gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving
If you need a gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving, you're in the right place! This gluten free stuffing is perfect for stuffing turkey or just baking on the side as-is (but way tastier than the stuff from Stove Top!)

I have a family stuffing recipe that goes back at least four generations that is unlike any stuffing I have ever had anywhere. Whenever I am invited to Thanksgiving dinner, I always volunteer to bring the stuffing because truly, once you have had my grandmothers' Italian stuffing recipe, you will not want any other stuffing. It is honestly the very best stuffing recipe ever - and the fact that I am BEGGED to bring the stuffing with me to subsequent Thanksgiving dinners is testimony to that!

Last year I had to stop eating gluten. Not wanting to give up the all-time best stuffing recipe ever, I spent nearly a month cooking batch after batch of stuffing in search of the PERFECT gluten free substitutes that still captured the taste and texture of my great grandmother's original recipe. I tried Trader Joe's gluten free stuffing mix and trying to make my own croutons with other gluten free breads and the texture just wasn't right.

Then I finally found the secret! The secret to the perfect texture in gluten free stuffing is Udi's gluten free HOG DOG BUNS. Who knew? It's so good that nobody will even know it is gluten free if you don't tell them!
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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!  Whether you love porgs, droids, the dark side, the death star, C3PO, R2D2 and more - there's a pumpkin 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

girl leaf photo
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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