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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two weeks worth of bento box lunch ideas

If you need easy gluten-free bento box lunch ideas for school, work or picnics in the park, I've got you!

UPDATE: The FTC requires I tell you when content is sponsored. Wallaby told me via their agent that they would pay me to create this kick-ass gluten free bento box post featuring their products -- as such, they are prominently featured throughout this post.

But Wallaby has since refused to pay me. Uh, awkward.

In the meantime, I definitely do NOT recommend you purchase their products. Who wants to give their business to shady companies who promise to pay people and then don't come through after hours and hours of work was put in to the job? Not me!
Stonyfield and Organic Valley are two organic yogurt companies who've never done me wrong and make great products. I reccommend you support one of those businesses instead.


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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Outdoor Jenga

If you have ever wanted to make a giant Jenga style yard game, you're in the right place!

This jumbo Jenga project had been on my list for two years - since my husband and I played it at an outdoor bar and decided we needed a giant Jenga yard game set for our house, too. 

But you know how life goes: first we forgot about it.

Then when we remembered we were like, "Oh yeah, let's make that giant jenga game soon!" 

And then "soon" turned into another year. 

Whoops! It's finally done, though. 

Giant jenga (or as some might call it life size jenga) is the perfect yard game to play outside at BBQs, picnics or family get togethers! 

It's a great beginner woodworking project and it's super affordable, too (less than 10!). It also makes a great gift for outdoor, BBQ and tail gating enthusiasts.
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Sunday, July 28, 2019

This is the best Whole30 Iced Latte recipe! Learn how to make iced coffee that is paleo, keto and vegan.

You've recently gone Whole 30, paleo or keto and you are missing Starbucks! If you are trying to figure out how to make an iced latte that you can actually enjoy on your new eating plan, you have come to the right place! 

I love coffee and as a former barista myself, I've got your back. 

Making iced lattes is super easy. Thanks to NutPods (who is sponsoring this blog post), you can use their awesome Whole30 coffee creamer to make a Whole 30 compliant Starbucks style drink that is sugar free and only has 3 total carbs--making it perfect for people looking for awesome paleo and dairy free keto lattes as well!
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Friday, July 5, 2019

How to make salt and vinegar kale chips in a food dehydrator - the best way to get crispy kale chips that aren't soggy

If you are longing for a healthy vegetable chip that is crunchy and salty with the tang of vinegar but doens't have all the carbs of a potato chip, you are in the right place!

These salt and vinegar kale chips are crunchy and delightful and literally melt in your mouth. 

If you have been eating kale chips from the store, you have NEVER had a kale chip quite like these!

What is the secret to making the best kale chips that melt in your mouth instead have that gross, clumpy waxy feel?

A good dehydrator!
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Kids Play Tent Project

When my first blog was in its infancy, one of my most popular projects was a DIY kids play tent. 

That project and those (terrible) photos are long gone now but I still love a good play tent!

When I was sent a review copy of Upcycling Outdoors by Max McMurdo, I saw his take on a play tent using pallet wood and fell in love with it.

I invited Max to come teach you guys how he made his awesome DIY pallet project into kids glamping tent!

Check out Max's tutorial below and then be sure to pick up a copy of his book, Upcycling Outdoors. You can find it at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Easy DIY pallet project

Carissa

Upcycling isn’t just for adults – in fact being creative with junk really brings out the child in me!

When I was growing up I’m pretty sure I spent my entire school holidays building dens.

The joy of this design is that you can create a magical space in your garden or a den for the kids using just two identical pallets, some fabric or a bed sheet, a hammer, and nails.

The joy of using pallets the same size is that the wood is already the right length so you don’t even need to cut anything!

That means you can get the kids involved.

What could be better than helping your children create their own teepee out of reclaimed materials and then watching them make it their own, enjoying the great outdoors with their friends.

Of course, if you’re a big kid like me you might consider creating a larger, adult-sized teepee using more than two pallets and a couple of bed sheets.

To add a real magical sense of fairytale glamour, dress it up with lots of scatter cushions, some soft throws and a string of battery operated lights.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

This easy keto cloud bread recipe is made without cream of tartar or cream cheese

This very simple low-carb cloud bread recipe is high-protein, low-calorie, gluten-free and almost carb free. 

It is made with only 3 ingredients (eggs, full fat cottage cheese and white vinegar) and the only thing you will need is a hand mixer and 2 bowls.

Are you just here for the recipe? If you are one of those "just give me the recipe!" people, SCROLL DOWN. The printable version of the recipe without the helpful hints is at the bottom of the post
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Thursday, May 23, 2019

best healthy natural sunscreen guide

You would probably have to be living under a rock to not know that sunscreen has come under fire recently. 

Sketchy ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate have been demonstrated to cause harms to coral reefs and in some areas like Hawaii and Turks and Caicos have banned sunscreens that use those ingredients.

A study published in early 2019 showed that common sunscreen chemicals are absorbed through the skin and enter the bloodstream in amounts many times higher than FDA standards (read Consumer Reports' write up about it here)
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Mermaid inspired DIY bath bombs

These delightful mermaid-inspired bath fizzy sprinkles are easier to make than a bath bomb but just as fun to use!

Instead of having to make sure your moisture balance is just right for packing the bath bombs into molds, the fizzy bath sprinkles get the same bath-time effect but with less work and a larger margin of error.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

How to make hummus in instant pot

Do you love lemony, garlicky hummus? You will absolutely adore this recipe!

This recipe is super easy to make in your Instant Pot and food processor. If your family goes through a lot of hummus (like mine!), you will love being able to make it yourself at home.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

AvoBath Inspired Lush Bath Bomb recipe - make it with or without soap coloring to make your homemade bath bombs your desired color

Lush is highly regarded as the makers of some of the best bath bomb recipes. This recipe will teach you how to make bath bombs with avocado and essential oils just like the AvoBath bath bombs at Lush!

The official Lush bath bomb recipe is a little different (and of course top secret!). We do know that they use avocado and extra virgin olive oil along with bergamot and lemongrass scent.

These homemade bath bombs use avacado along with coconut oil and essential oils that still capture the same scent profile as the Lush AvoBath recipe. 

Rumor has it that the real Lush bath bomb recipe uses rosewood essential oil. Even at my favorite provider of essential oils for bath bombs, it's really expensive!

To make our DIY Lush bath bomb recipe more affordable, we use the Love essential oil blend.  It still uses bergamot and other yummy citrus oils. We also add in lemongrass oil for that fresh, avo bath scent.

I start with lower amounts of essential oils in my DIY bath bombs so that they are safe for everybody. If you love a really strong scent to your homemade bath bombs and you know you don't have sensitive skin, go ahead and add more! Sniff and adjust as you go!

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