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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

lead in vintage pyrex bowls
photo by Emily Carlin. See the original here.

This article was originally published October of 2015. It was last updated January 23, 2018

I grew up using (what are now considered) vintage Pyrex bowls and baking in vintage Pyrex dishes. In fact, my mom and grandmother both owned a set of the same colorful Pyrex nesting mixing bowls shown above. These were the same Pyrex bowls I hoped to own one day as well.

My whole life, these colorful Pyrex mixing bowls have been my very favorite to use. As a child, I learned how to cook eggs in a microwave in the little blue one. I've made a hundred batches or more of muffins, cookies, and pancake batter in the big yellow one. 

Here is picture of me with my mom making a pie crust in the green one:
mother and child baking together with vintage pyrex mixing bowl
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

how to make a DIY unicorn headband with free pattern

If you love unicorns, you will love this pattern for a DIY unicorn horn headband. Unicorn headbands are the perfect unicorn party accessory, or for playing make believe. This unicorn headband is built on a plastic headband with a felt unicorn horn and two-colored unicorn ears. 

For Valentine's Day last year I made a whole collection of unicorn headbands for all the first graders at my son's school and they loved them! If you can cut out felt and use a glue gun, you can make these headbands! I've got a free download for a printable unicorn horn and ears pattern as well - just read through the tutorial and you can click over to grab it!
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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lego Star Wars Project Idea - make a key organizer

Hi friends, it's Natalie from Doodlecraft.  Keys, let's chat about keys.  My darling husband loses his keys regularly.  I needed a key organizer that was also a fun way to remember to hang them up at the end of the day.  This Lego Star Wars project idea was my answer - A Lego Star Wars key organizer is the perfect place to keep track of keys. It would make a great handmade gift for any Star Wars Lego lover too...and it's the perfect project for kids to help with.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Best detox water recipes - strawberry infused detox water recipe
Have you caught on to the infused water (or as some like to call it, detox water) craze yet? Why drink boring, plain water when you can make healthy flavored waters at home for hardly any money?

Doing something as simple as add fresh fruit and herbs to infuse water with flavor increases how much you enjoy your water - which makes you want to drink more - which gets you to drink more of the delicious infused water effortlessly!

Pssst. Incase you didn't know, I wrote THE BOOK on infused water / detox water recipes. Check it out on Amazon here!

....but back to the strawberry mint infused water recipe, because that's why you're here, right? 
This is one of my favorite recipes in the book! 

Something about the combination of sweet strawberries and fresh mint just mingle together in a way that is crisp - yet slightly sweet - in a way that is oh-so-refreshing!

We grow a mint plant mostly so I have a ready supply of fresh mint available for infused water! If you don't have your own mint plant, that's okay! Just pick up a small pack of organic mint in the produce aisle of your local grocery store or at your local farmers market. 
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Making DIY body scrubs like this yummy cinnamon sugar and coffee scrub are a great way to energize at the start of your day. Making this homemade sugar scrub means you can avoid sketchy ingredients that are often in commercially produced scrubs like artificial fragrance, parabens, phthalates, petroleum based ingredients and more.

The coconut sugar used in the scrub lends a toasty, caramelized scent while the coffee helps wake you up. Caffeine is known to be great for your skin as well and this coffee scrub is a great way to get it! The sugar and coffee work together to gently exfoliate your skin while the coconut oil leaves your skin feeling soft. Overall, this homemade body scrub will leave you feeling energized and your skin will feel pampered as you get ready to take on your day.

This sugar scrub makes a great gift as well - maybe even add an "I like you a latte" tag for a little punny humor.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Pretty farmhouse style pantry organization makeover ideas
There are few things nicer than a newly organized space. If you are looking for some pretty and practical farmhouse style pantry organization ideas, stick around! My pantry had been a hot mess and I needed to get it under control. After looking at some different pantry organization ideas on Pinterest, I had an idea of the direction I needed to go but I needed to execute it farmhouse style!
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Monday, January 1, 2018

How to sweeten coffee without sugar - Paleo, Whole30 and Keto coffee

One of the things people use as an excuse to prevent them from deciding to jump in and start a Whole 30 or paleo lifestyle is this:
"I just can't drink black coffee."

Good news friends! Not only do you NOT have to drink black coffee but you can actually have very good, very tasty coffee on both Whole 30 and paleo! No joke. Now, you may need to do coffee a little differently than you've done it before but the truth is that I'm actually enjoying my new coffee routine more than when I was over sweetening it with sugar.

Think of it less like how to sweeten coffee without sugar and more like how to enhance the coffee to make it taste awesome and help you power through your day!

Please note that this post may contain affiliate links.

How to get delicious Whole 30 and paleo coffee

Best Paleo and Whole 30 coffee ideas


Whole 30 & Paleo coffee tip #1: Start with good coffee

So this might seem obvious - but the number of people drinking bad coffee in this country is astonishing so maybe it isn't. If you are buying cheap, poor quality coffee, what you end up with in your cup will not taste amazing. Period. There are no miracles in coffee. If they cut corners in production you can taste it.

If you've been buying cheap super market coffee like Maxwell House and Folgers, consider expanding your coffee horizons. Find a small, local roaster if you can as the attention they pay to the quality of their coffee is usually quite high (look at your local farmer's market or on Craig's List). No one available? My favorite coffees available from big stores include Starbucks' Caffe Verona Coffee which has rich cocoa tones as well as World Market Vanilla Bean Coffee.

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

How to make homemade yogurt in the Instant Pot or crockpot / slow cooker
So you want to learn how to make yogurt. Wonderful! You have come to the right place. This article will teach you how to make yogurt at home in your Crockpot or in your Instant Pot (or any other brand of slow cooker or pressure cooker). Using this tutorial you can make both regular yogurt or Greek yogurt (technically "Greek style" yogurt - unless you happen to actually be Greek or live in Greece of course!)

How to make yogurt in the Instant Pot

If your Instant Pot does NOT have the "yogurt" button, follow my tutorial as written. If your Instant Pot DOES have the yogurt button, How to Make Yogurt in Your Instant Pot from Super Healthy Kids is fabulous and will give you even more precise steps with photos for making yogurt with that specific appliance. My feelings won't be hurt if you pop over there and follow along with her. It's nearly identical to how I will show you how to make yogurt below but utilizes a neat feature of the instant pot that will keep it warm for as many hours as you need - no towels required!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best craft projects of 2017
It's fun to look back on the year and see what projects were the most popular. I've traditionally done this with my own projects, but this year I collaborated with some of the best DIY and craft bloggers to see what was popular on their sites as well. Think of this like your own custom Pinterest board of the best craft projects to do according to Google and Pinterest. 

When you look at what the popular projects were, you can definitely see some trends - especially in the first category of rainbows, unicorns and mermaids. It felt like you couldn't go anywhere on social media without running into at least one unicorn or mermaid a day. Rainbows, likewise were everywhere! I've also got some of the best home organization, decor, wearables and crafts for kids on this list. Take a look at see if there is a must-make project you haven't tried yet!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

You've been thinking about it for a while. That nagging thought in the back of your head: Maybe nonstick cookware isn't as safe as they say. And while I hate to be the bearer of bad news, that nagging voice in the back of your head is right: This is the year you need to get serious about ditching nonstick cookware.

Is nonstick safe?

Before we get started, I have a confession to make.
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Best meal delivery service options - gluten free, paleo, keto
Are you feeling overwhelmed and like you just can't do it all: Work, be a good mom, keep your house clean and stay sane? You are not alone! This year I decided I couldn't keep up with it all and called in some reinforcements and I started with meal delivery service. Actually, I tried FOUR different, healthy meal delivery services to see if they made my life easier and were worth the cost. 

Normally when I cook at home, most of our ingredients are organic and generally unprocessed. I also happen to be gluten free but my kids are husband aren't. I am terrible at meal planning and my three year old hates shopping. HATES. shopping. Unless it's at Costco, but I digress. Could a meal delivery service make my life easier? I also wanted to figure out which was the best meal delivery service for me so I could pass that great info onto you guys (were there even any paleo or organic meal delivery services available?)

I tried four different meal services to figure out what kind of families they were best for in order to help you make the right choice when choosing a meal delivery service to try. PLUS I got some great discounts for you so you don't have to pay full price to start!

Best Meal Delivery Service Options: A 100% Honest Review

I tried four different meal delivery services and now that I've tried them all, I definitely have a favorite.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

how to make roasted red pepper soup - gluten free and whole 30 compliant

This roasted red pepper soup is one of the finest soups that I have created in a while. There is a rich, warm, almost sweet flavor from the roasted peppers and carrots, that is nicely balanced by the drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of salty parmesan.  It is delicious. 

This soup is gluten free, paleo, vegan AND Whole 30 compliant - this makes the soup perfect for just about everyone. So bring it to your potluck or as a side dish for family dinner and everyone will be able to enjoy it!

Last week, I wrote about how to easily make your own roasted red peppers, so if you are feeling ambitious, you can make your own roasted peppers to put in this soup.  If you are not up to that, just buy yourself a nice jar of roasted red peppers.  It might not be as satisfying as making your own, but they will work just fine.  

This recipe will help you stick to your New Year's healthy eating resolutions, while still delivering a delicious flavor.  

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Lego Christmas ornament tutorials
Christmas mornings at our house are filled with lots of LEGO sets, making the joys of Christmas last longer as we put them together. I know I'm not alone! No wonder LEGO and Christmas just seem to go hand in hand for so many families.

Lego Christmas ornaments are perfect for the days leading up to Christmas.  Maybe you need to keep little hands busy when they are home from school or just want unique ornaments on your tree. Unlike many store bought ornaments, LEGO ornaments will be lead free (yay!) and zero waste because when you are done, the LEGOs just go back in their bin to play with later instead of languishing in storage. I love that you can make LEGO ornaments of anything you can imagine - everything from LEGO Star Wars ornaments to simple classics like LEGO Christmas trees and candy canes.

If you're ready to get your LEGO Christmas mojo going, here are 15 awesome LEGO Christmas ornament tutorials to get your creative juices flowing!

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Porg Christmas ornament craft tutorial -Lego BB8 ornament and lego millennium falcon ornament in background
The Star Wars episode 8 countdown is on! If you haven't already fallen in love with the porgs through the Star Wars previews, you surely will after watching the movie! The adorable porgs are native to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke has exiled himself - and I basically just want to snuggle one. While you can't adopt a real life porg, getting a porg Christmas ornament may be the next best thing! Read on to learn how to transform a humble ball ornament into an adorable porg Christmas ornament.

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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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