Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts

Monday, January 14, 2019

How to make an easy DIY wreath that lasts all winter

I love the subtle elegance of white and silvery winter decor.

When I took down my Christmas wreath in January, I knew I wanted to do something pretty and classic that would last through the rest of winter.

This pretty DIY winter wreath featuring snowflakes was my answer!

If your family doesn't do Christmas and just wants a pretty non-Christmas wreath for your door, this is great for this, too!

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Bath bomb recipe with activated charcoal

So you want to learn how to make black bath bombs? Want to make your bath water black? I've got you!

Last year, black bath bombs blew up on Instagram (check out black bath bombs on Instagram here).

For the most part, black bath bombs are made black by their use of activated charcoal rather than black dye or soap coloring.

Activated charcoal has been used in traditional health care settings as something you take internally (you swallow it!) to help poisoning or overdose for basically forever (learn more about medical use of activated charcoal here).


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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Cake Mix Bath Bombs with essential oils and sprinkles

Bath bombs make a wonderful Christmas gift! Luckily, learning how to make bath bombs at home isn't hard!

This Christmas bath bomb recipe features some yummy smelling essential oils. It might just end up becoming your favorite bath bomb recipe yet!

These DIY bath bombs smell like a vanilla cake topped with candy canes! Of course, you can use whichever essential oils you prefer for your homemade bath bombs but I especially love how these smell together!


You could even make this a family project. Make some bath bombs with your kids for winter break. They make lovely gifts and will make you kids look forward to bath time!

Tell the Lush bath bomb recipes to move over - this yummy cake mix inspired bath bomb recipe is the bomb!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The best gifts for a 4 year old boy
Need gifts for a little boy in your life? If you are on the hunt for a great gift for your favorite four year old boy, I've got your back!

As the mom to two boys, these ideas have stood the test of time. They are durable, interesting and encourage active or imaginative play

What is a good toy for a 4 year old boy?

Gifts recommended by Creative Green Living inspire imaginative play, teach or meet a need in a fun way. 

Of course many of these gifts make great girl gifts as well (no gender discrimination here!). 

I have a good mix of toys you can buy on Amazon as well as DIY gift ideas that you can make yourself.
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Teacup succulent planter that looks like a swan - swan craft

A partridge in a pear tree? Four calling birds? Seven swans-a-swimming?

Have you ever wondered how much it would cost to give all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Goose applique on a blanket with a ruffle - easy farmhouse style upcycled blanket project

Have you ever wondered what the true cost of all the gifts from the 12 Days of Christmas would be?

Today I am partnering with PNC to bring you this post and the 2018 PNC Christmas Price Index® to help you find out!

This year, PNC is also partnering with bloggers to bring you modern takes on the classic 12 Days of Christmas gifts.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Stocking stuffers kids will love from Creative Green Living

Christmas gift hunting mode in in full effect and now you need killer stocking stuffer ideas for kids! Whether you are stuffing a stocking for a guy or gal, I've got more than 50 ideas they are sure to love!

These are the best stocking stuffers for kids. This entire list is 100% kiddo approved! 

Both my eight year old and four year old helped me find gifts to put in this guide that both they and their friends would love! There are lots of great stocking stuffer ideas for boys and girls.

If you want the absolute best stocking stuffer ideas for kids, I've got them right here! Tons of suggestions for her or for him. Whether your kids love cats, Minecraft, unicorns, of whatever! There is something for everyone you are shopping for!
This stocking stuffer gift guide is designed for elementary age kids from kindergarten, through tweens and into early teen years.
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Thursday, December 6, 2018

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Best gift ideas for creative tweens & teens

Have you been racking your brain trying to find tween gift ideas?

Your daughter, friend or niece is the creative type. She sews, doodles, makes friendship bracelets, knits, crochets, adores washi tape and glitter - or maybe she just aspires to those things. 

If you know a creative girl in her tweens or early teens, she will love all of these gift ideas!

Whether you need a crafty birthday gift idea or something to put under the Christmas tree, all of these creative gift ideas will have her making and creating instead of getting sucked into screen time.

Whatever her favorite crafting medium is, here are the best gift ideas that every crafty teen or tween is sure to love!

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(Need a gift for someone else? From four year old boys to dads, I've got a gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for anyone! 
Click here to see all the Creative Green Living gift guides)
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Monday, December 3, 2018

This gift guide contains both affiliate links and sponsored placements.
Best stocking stuffers for her. This list has lots of ideas for the adult ladies in your life that she will really love. Perfect for mom, your wife or girlfriend. Lots of great store bought ideas and some DIY ideas, too!

If you are trying to find worthwhile stocking stuffers for your wife, girlfriend or adult daughters, you are in the right place!

Finding stocking stuffers for the women in your life can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be!

I've put together a helpful guide to Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for her that she will:
  • Really love
  • Actually use
  • Not break in less than a week
She may even end up loving the stuff you put in her stocking more than what's under the tree!

If you have been scratching your head about what kind of stocking stuffers to get for your wife, girlfriend or daughter, here are some of my favorite suggestions.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Goodbye, elf! How to get rid of your elf on the shelf and break free! Mom hacks for an elf free Christmas brought to you by Creative Green Living

Do you totally regret getting your kids an Elf on the Shelf

Are you trying to figure out how to stop doing Elf on the Shelf shennanigans and send your elf packing? 

Need to reclaim your time? 

This is the post for you!

If you've been asking yourself when will this elf on a shelf leave??? pretty much as soon as you've gotten him or her out for the year, you may be experiencing Elf Regret.

It's a real thing.

Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. You heard of elf on a shelf. Maybe the kids' friends have one. You think why not.

You adopt the elf. Take it home. Name it. 

Everything is fine and dandy until you realize that now your elf needs to do things.

Which of course means you need to figure out what to make the elf do.

The next thing you know, you find yourself constructing elaborate scenes for your elf.
(which of course, now you also have to clean up)

You're up late in bed Googling 101 elf on the shelf ideas.

You get tired of messy elf mischief and move on to trying to find easy and quick elf on the shelf ideas.

But then you hit the point where you are totally over it and just start wondering when is this elf-ing elf going to leave???

Don't worry. I've got your back.

Mamas have to stick together.
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Thursday, November 22, 2018

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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 great 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 ideas to help you fill their 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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Friday, November 9, 2018

Starbucks knock off caramel apple cider hot seasonal beverage

What are your favorite seasonal Starbucks drinks? If you said the Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice (a yummy, hot apple cider drink with cinnamon and caramel!), you aren't alone!

If you want to learn how to make a Starbucks caramel apple spice inspired hot apple cider drink, this recipe is for you!

Starbucks calls their version of this recipe a Caramel Apple Spice.

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

How to make delicious gluten free stuffing recipe for Thanksgiving or Christmas

If you need a gluten free stuffing recipe, you're in the right place! This gluten free stuffing recipe with sausage is so good that nobody will know its gluten free unless you tell them!

This stuffing is perfect for turkey stuffing or just baking on the side as-is (but way tastier than the stuff from Stove Top!).

Whether you need GF stuffing for Thanksgiving, Christmas or just because this recipe will be a hit with everyone!

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

How to make a Unicorn Christmas ornament - an easy DIY craft project for kids

If you are obsessed with unicorn crafts like I am, it only makes sense to carry that obsession over into Christmas!

This easy unicorn DIY project lets you turn a humble wood slice into a unicorn Christmas ornament.

This unicorn craft is super easy and perfect for kids to make. You could even personalize the unicorns by painting the back and then writing the creator's name (or a gift recipient's name).

You can make your own wood cookies from trees that fall down during storms or buy them online.

Besides the wood cookies, If you are crafty at all, you likely have all the craft supplies you need to make these easy unicorn Christmas ornaments.

Ready to get started on this fun unicorn Christmas craft? 
Let's do it!
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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

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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Thursday, December 14, 2017

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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Sunday, December 3, 2017

How to make sugar scrub with peppermint essential oils
If you want to learn how to make 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.

To make a delightful peppermint scrub, start with an organic peppermint oil and combine it with sugar and coconut oil to make an awesome sugar scrub. I love using mine to exfoliate my whole body in the shower or to scrub dirt off my hands after I have been in the garden.

Update: This recipe was originally created by using Rocky Mountain Oils' "Blend of Vanilla" and "candy cane" oils. Due to shortages in the worldwide vanilla crop, vanilla essential oil is in short supply and RMO is no longer carrying it. This recipe was updated in 2018 to reflect oils that are currently available on the market.
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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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