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Sunday, September 15, 2019

non toxic lunch boxes and stainless steel water bottles

Just this week, a member of our Creative Green Living Community Group sent me a personal message asking about healthy lunchbox supplies that don't have sketchy chemicals like lead, phthalates, PVC, etc. 
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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Draper Valley Farms.
All opinions are 100% mine.
Garlic white wine mushroom instant pot recipe

Do you have a favorite part of the chicken that you use over and over again in multiple recipes?

For me, my favorite are chicken thighs.

Meaty, tender and full of flavor, what's not to love?

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Friday, August 23, 2019

This post contains affiliate links and sponsored placements.
Adult Stocking Stuffer Ideas for grown ups from Creative Green Living

In many families, long past the time they give Christmas gifts from Santa, adults still get stuffed stockings on Christmas morning. 

Of course, filling Christmas stockings for adults can be a little trickier than filling stockings for kids. 

Anyone can buy cheap toys or plastic doo-dads at the Dollar Store but what kinds of things will they actually use?

If you are looking to find great stocking stuffer ideas for your adult children or stocking stuffers for your wife or husband, I've got lots of ideas for you!

This list is full of great stocking stuffers for men, stocking stuffers for her, stocking stuffers under $5, consumable stocking stuffers and extra special stocking stuffers that are a little more.

Of course, because we're Creative Green Living, our primary focus isn't going to be on plastic toys or cheap trinkets that will break quickly or things that will wind up in the landfill in a week.

What are the best stocking stuffer ideas?

The best stocking stuffer ideas are things that:
  • Aren't junk
  • The recipient will actually like
  • They can really use
  • Won't break in less than a week
  • Aren't candy (by all means give candy - but you want more than that!)
These are my best stocking stuffer ideas to help you fill their Christmas stockings with great gifts that meet those criteria! 

The last thing most of us need is "stuff." I love things that I can really use (and even better, use UP).

Just say no to cheap junk and give gifts they will love and really can use.

Ready to get all my best stocking stuffer ideas for adults? Let's go!
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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!

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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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