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Eco Friendly Bubble Recipes
Children love bubbles. I love bubbles. They're fun to try and catch, a challenge to blow really large without popping and the shapes and colors are so beautiful to watch. I've learned over the years that bubbles make a great bath time activity, outdoor activity and yes even in the car on a long road trip (put wand up...
A 2017 Unilever study found that 33% of consumers, or one in three, prefer to choose brands that support social or environmental causes. This fundamental value transcends through purchases as well as coordination of events, even ones as big as weddings. Eco-friendly weddings are a great way to express your personal values while making memories that will last a...
9 Coffee Filter Hacks
Many of us have either updated our coffee maker or received a newer coffer maker over the years. In some cases, we are left with unused paper coffee filters that we either have to throw out or find other uses for them. Here are 9 Coffee Filter Hacks that you may find useful. Either use your unused coffee filters...
Healthy Crockpot Dinners
Weeknight dinners can be hectic. My husband is coming home from work, I’m finishing up emails, the kids are getting home from school and we’re heading off to our nightly activities of gymnastics, skiing, scouting and who knows what else. It’s busy. Most parents can probably relate to this. I've written about how to simplify the weeknight dinner chaos...
As the days get shorter and summer starts to slowly come to an end, it can feel like the school bus will be coming around the corner to pick your child up any minute now. Luckily, there are still a few weeks left until school begins, but with the beginning of school comes the beginning of other opportunities as...
Have you ever packed your child's lunch and wondered how much of it will get thrown away? No, we're not talking about excess food, but rather the food packaging that will just end up in the garbage once the food is scarfed down. Those cookie pouches, yogurt containers, sandwich baggies and plastic water bottles usually never get recycled, and most...
Essential oil recipes to keep away bugs
This might surprise you but I hate bugs. I do. I hate them flying in my face, landing on me, biting me, and crawling on me and just about everything about them. When we camp, I do not leave home without a few things because of my dislike for bugs. Which yes, I know, exist for a good reason....
A century-old medical technique could be successful in helping women get pregnant today. New Scientist reports that Ben Mol of the University of Adelaide in Australia worked with his team to investigate whether flushing women's fallopian tubes with poppyseed oil during x-ray scans led to higher conception rates. The results? It just might. This medical technique involves dissolving poppyseed oil in...
Nature is the newest trend in skin and hair care - it really has been for a few years now! For years, we've been putting toxic chemicals into our bodies that build up and make us feel tired and sick, regardless of whether we eat them or if they seep through our pores. And people are finally catching on...
Children love glue so why not make homemade glue and save yourself a ton of money?  When I was teaching preschool we’d go through gallons of the stuff! When the glue would come out the kids would flock to the project! So funny but very true! My own kids love the glue but the other day when my daughter...
Healthy Muffin Recipes
One of the things I love most is making my children a healthy breakfast before they head off to school. Day after day, this can be a challenge. They get bored of the same old toast, eggs, cereal, waffles, pancakes and bagels. I try to mix it up. I try to make sure that each day they have something...
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for cooking and various other home purposes. In recent years it’s become popular because of various health benefits. Let’s talk about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and how you can start using it at home. What Exactly Is Apple Cider Vinegar?  This is a vinegar made from apple cider. It has a pale amber color,...
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I love coconut oil. In fact there are many claims about health benefits that have been associated with coconut oil, including benefits for your hair, skin, metabolism/weight loss, and immunity and now studies with links reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s and studies showing benefits to the thyroid.  The research on coconut oil and the benefits exist– it’s a matter...
Ice pops are an all-time favorite summer treat for kids of all ages (my husband loves them)! If you’re like me you’re probably trying to get your kids to eat their vegetables but with these veggie ice pops that becomes a summertime breeze! These are perfect for teething babies too but beware they'll ask for more because they are...
Why not lay aside some of summer's bounty as dried fruit? It is simple, economical, and requires little in the way of special equipment. Because there is no long cooking involved, drying fruits preserves more nutrients than canning. And children often prefer this high-fiber snack to candy. You can dry fruit whole, sliced, chopped, or as fruit "leather." Here...
The end of the school year and the beginning of the school year mean crayons. Yes, crayons. My children always need new crayons at the beginning of the school year (shocker) but at the end of the school year, they are down to the nubs and bits. You know the ones without wrappers or stubs that are technically still useful...
Spring break is almost over and we stayed home. My husband and I were able to have date night and guess what we talked about, taking a vacation. I think we’re both in need of some family time and warmth. There is still snow where we live and we have another storm warning today. We’re headed to Nashville in...
Strawberry and Grapefruit Smoothie
I’ve professed my love for all things smoothies many times over. There are so many health benefits, especially if you’re eating clean. If you’re a smoothie fanatic like I am, you’ll love this new grapefruit and strawberry smoothie recipe. It is beyond delicious and very filling because it’s made with plain whole milk Greek yogurt. It’s also very...
21 Healthy Granola Bar Recipes #Health #Recipes
My kid's love granola bars. They make for great snacks, on-the-go treats and even a quick and healthy breakfast. Today I’m sharing with you 21 healthy granola bar recipes. Now mind you, each person has their own opinion on what is healthy or not healthy. I promise you, you’ll find at least one recipe in this bunch that will...
Healthy Fruit Dips Your Kids Will Love
My kids love fruit but I find that like most things fruit can get boring if I serve it the same way each time. I like to buy local if possible, Michigan farmed if possible and organic when economically feasible. I also enjoy and get a lot of inspiration from the Big Book of Recipes  or Cooking for Baby. Here...