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Thursday, April 30, 2020


As weeds start to pop up in your garden beds, paths, sidewalks, lawns and more, people want easy ways to kill weeds without chemicals. 

I have five easy ways to help you naturally kill weeds without resorting to a synthetic weed killer like RoundUp.

These methods are easy to do at home and will let you kill weeds in an organic way that won't hurt your local pollinators (or your local humans!)
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

earth day recycled craft project ideas - plant markers from can lids, unicorn succulent planter from empty jar, ladybugs from egg cartons

Earth Day is a great time to do activities or recycled crafts with your kids to teach them about the importance of preserving this beautiful planet that we live on. 

One of the big messages I want everyone to understand is that we have to be responsible for our garbage. 
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Saturday, March 14, 2020

100+ ideas for things to do at home - both inside and outside

With the "the virus that shall not be named" shutting down school systems around the United States (as of this writing seven states plus Washington DC have closed all schools for two weeks or more) and families being urged to stay at home, parents are suddenly left trying to figure out what can I do with my kids while school is canceled???

While it's easy to turn to screen time, kids are definitely going to need more than hours and hours of movies and minecraft to make it through.

My goal during this time is to keep their brains engaged and active even if they aren't doing formal learning. This includes lots of innovating, art, building things with sticks and recyclables and more.

Your learning time doesn't have to look like school to be valuable!
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Friday, March 13, 2020

DIY foaming hand soap dispenser from a mason jar

This DIY foaming hand soap pump made from a mason jar is so handy for lots of reasons.

Most foaming hand soap bottles only hold 5-10 ounces of soap solution. A standard pint size mason jar holds a little over 16 ounces, so you will have to fill it up less often!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

how to make a reusable shopping bag from t-shirts

I live in Oregon, a state which recently implemented a ban on single use plastic bags at check out.

You can still get a paper bag of course, but be prepared to pay $0.05 for each paper bag you need.

But you know what's still free?

Bringing your own reusable bags!
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Sunday, February 23, 2020

How to make homemade popcorn in the microwave

As a kid, one of my very favorite snacks was popcorn.  In fact, my mom used to buy these giant packs of microwavable popcorn from the grocery store, and I would make one every day for morning snack time. 

At the time, I thought they were delicious, but as an adult, I cringe at the thought of all that fake butter, and way it coats your mouth for hours after eating it. 
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Monday, February 17, 2020

How to make an envelope out of paper magazine pages
While envelopes aren't exactly expensive, making envelopes out of paper - like scrapbook paper, junk mail or magazines - is a fun way to recycle and get super cute envelopes at the same time!

This sample envelope, for example, was made from the paper cover of Real Simple magazine. Beautiful!

Once you learn how to make an envelope, you'll want to do it all the time!

There is no better way to make your mail stand out and feel special than sending it in a cool envelope.

Making envelopes from paper is easy enough that elementary-age kids, preteens and teens can do it as a fun rainy day project. And who wouldn't love to get mail in a special, custom made envelope?

Ready to learn how to make envelopes out of paper you have at home? Let's do it!

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Friday, February 14, 2020

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Draper Valley Farms. All opinions are 100% mine.
cast iron asparagus stuffed chicken recipe
Are you looking for an easy chicken dish you can make for dinner tonight that won't take long to make and your family will love? Look no further!

This easy dinner recipe uses Draper Valley Farms organic chicken breasts together with asparagus and Italian cheeses to make an easy skillet dinner!

This is a great way to use seasonal asparagus! You might be surprised how much your family loves eating it this way.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

How to make a bug jar with a ladybug lid - easy STEM craft for kids!
I made this easy recycled ladybug bug catcher craft with my son almost seven years ago for Earth Day when he was in preschool!

It's a great way to turn an empty glass jar into something cute your kids will use and enjoy.

The lid of this jar is painted to look like a ladybug and includes fun 3D features like eyes and antennae.

Catch bugs in the jar to observe through the glass - just be sure to let them go when you're done!

This is an easy kids craft to make with your preschool or kindergarten class to encourage them to get outside, looking for bugs and exploring in the garden!
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Sunday, February 9, 2020

How to make bath bombs with sprinkles for valentine's day

Bath bombs make a perfect gift any time of year but especially at Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day bath bombs are perfect because it's one of the holidays where we often buy or make small gifts for our friends.

Skip the conversation hearts this year and make your own candy heart inspired bath bombs that smell sweet but are great for your skin.
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