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Coconut oil is the star of this recipe! Add in some blueberries, form into cute shapes with a silicone mold, and voila. You’ll have a bag full of one-a-day doggie deliciousness. (Obviously, check with your veterinarian before starting any health regimens or new foods with your own dogs.) Our little chihuahua-mix nibbles ever so delicately at these, while our 60 lb. vizsla chomps them up in one bite.  🙂

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Frozen blueberries (enough for 1 or 2 in each treat)
  • Coconut Oil, in solid form (I started with 1/2 c. and kept melting a little more at a time as I went, I probably used a little less than 2 c. altogether)
  • Silicone treat mold (I used a 24 bite-size flower mold)

WHAT YOU DO:

Place one or two frozen blueberries into each serving of the silicone mold. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, heat coconut oil over medium heat until it melts.

Pour liquified oil into the mold.

Place entire mold in fridge and let it solidify.

After treats are solid, remove from the mold.

Label a freezer-safe bag or container and store in the freezer.

recipe inspired by hellonatureblog.com

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Here’s a tradition we started a few years ago: Using fabric markers, we write what we are thankful for on a fabric tablecloth. Then the next Thanksgiving, we get out the same tablecloth and do it again. It’s fun each year to look over the previous years’ work, and add on. And it’s washable – we haven’t lost any artwork yet. 🙂

Awesome Thanksgiving tradition - write what you are thankful for each year. Use fabric markers so it stays year after year and add on every time.

Fabric markers - everyone writes what they are thankful for on a fabric tablecloth. Doesn't wash out and you can do this year after year and look back every time you get ready for the next Thanksgiving feast.

DIY greenhouses to protect your plants from rabbits and deer - I just used stuff from our recyle bins - awesome!

Spring is here! My tulips are sprouting, hurrah. Apparently, however, the rabbits think of them as an all you can eat salad bar. They have chewed a bunch of them down to nubs.

To try to keep the wasscaly wabbits from eating any more, I made some DIY mini greenhouses. I grabbed some empty containers from our recyle bin and cut them so the bottoms would be open, and poked some air holes in. I attached them to the ground with push-in gardening staples that I had leftover from a landscaping project.

I ended up reusing a strawberry clamshell container, a little milk bottle from a happy meal, a couple of soda bottles, a gallon milk jug, and an apple juice container. The white milk containers look “unique” in the flower bed (AKA not a lot of curb appeal), so I plan on replacing them with clear containers that blend in a little better and don’t look so obvious.

Sun, and air, and water can go in, and (fingers crossed!) rabbit teeth will stay out. Happy gardening!

DIY mini greenhouses - upcycle milk containers soda bottles and more

gardening tips and tricks - reuse containers and attach with lawn staples - awesome way to recycle AND keep rabbits away

DIY Garden Markers - laminated seed packets so you know what you planted, and where you planted it

DIY Laminated Seed Markers for gardens and containers!

Here’s a craft the kids and I worked on for Valentine’s Day: glass jar candle holders. You can customize these with any colors or patterns of tissue paper to match any holiday or décor. They would make perfect gifts for holidays or teacher appreciation. Many of the supplies can also be found at the dollar store – woo hoo!

DIY Upcycled Jar Candle Holders - just tissue paper and Mod Podge - customize for any theme, colors, or decor.

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Tear pieces of tissue paper to use as your first layer, and stick to the outside of the jar using Mod Podge.

Add a second layer with shapes (trace shapes onto tissue paper using cookie cutters then cut out – or freehand cut out your shapes).

After your candle holder has its final design, coat all tissue paper with a layer of Mod Podge and let dry.

Place a flameless tea light inside the jar, and enjoy!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft!

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge - easy kids craft - use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

 

DIY Jar Candle Holders - tissue paper and ModPodge -  use different colors and patterns of tissue paper for your theme.

 

Turn plain old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

Turn old jars into candle holders with just tissue paper and Mod Podge - DIY Tutorial

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Our little guy used the tissue paper shapes to make his own Valentine’s Day artwork by gluing hearts on paper…

Tissue Paper Valentines Day Craft - Toddler Art

 

 

Set up a station before Christmas or Birthday Parties - tools, box cutter, batteries, etc so you're not running all over the place once the kids start unwrapping

Every year on Christmas morning, from a giant pile of wrapping paper and tissue paper, we hear “Mom can you open this?” and “this needs batteries,” and “here’s some trash.” This year we’ll be ready. I set up a little station by the tree with trash bags, a box for recycle, tools like box openers, screwdrivers, and pliers, and mass quantities of batteries (separated into gallon ziplock bags by size). This would also work for birthday parties, or showers — add a pen and paper to record gifts for thank you notes later. Happy Holidays!

Here’s an easy tip to de-clutter holiday cards and photos: you need only a paper hole punch and book rings! 

If you’re like me, by the time Christmas arrives your fridge is covered in cards, photos, and holiday letters. Last year I started punching a hole in the corner of them, putting them on a book ring, and hanging the ring on the fridge. When I put away our holiday decorations, I stored the cards, and this year when I decorated for Christmas it was fun to flip through them again. So, an annual tradition has started, I suppose.

I plan on keeping each year on a smaller ring, and looping all the smaller rings on to one big ring. Everything will be together, but separated by year. OCD much?!? 🙂

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Punch a hole in the corner of each card/photo/letter, and loop on to a book ring. Hang, then add to it as the cards roll in.

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gift tag - book rings and holiday cards

 

Of course, you could also use this method to store birthday cards, trip mementos, wedding cards, photographs, gift cards, or coupons.

Here’s an all-natural way to clean drains: shower drains, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, and more. I tried this on our kitchen sink (after a disgusting “mystery” smell took over, which was coming from the drain – gross!) and it worked great. The kids loved watching so they could hear the “fizz” in the drain after the vinegar mixed with the baking soda.

DIY all natural drain cleaner - bathrooms - showers - kitchen sinks - just 2 ingredients you probably already have

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • equal parts baking soda and white vinegar (I used 1 cup each)
  • boiling water (a few cups worth or so, to rinse afterward)

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Sprinkle baking soda down drain.
  • Pour vinegar on top.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse by pouring boiling water down the drain (turn garbage disposal on to clean blades, if one is in the drain).

 

Here are some more ideas for easy DIY cleaning solutions:

baking soda deodorizing disks

3-ingredient granite cleaner

microwave cleaner

dishwasher rinse-aid

baking soda & vinegar carpet spot cleaner

baking soda and essential oil carpet sprinkling powder

Assemble the Minions!!! Here are a couple of DIY ideas for birthday parties: personalized water bottle labels, and healthy Minion bananas.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

DIY personalized water bottles

 

Our daughter celebrated the big #4 with a gymnastics party, and a Despicable Me theme: minions and unicorns. I made some personalized water bottle labels, with just printer paper and packaging tape. And banana minions with printed overalls and goggles. Here’s what I did….

In Microsoft Word I made some rectangles sized to the water bottle labels, and added some images to go with our theme. I printed them out, and attached them to the water bottles with packaging tape.

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DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for parties, picnics, or birthdays - just printer and packaging tape

 

DIY personalized water bottle labels - customize with your theme - birthday parties - picnics - graduation

DIY personalized water bottle labels - perfect for birthdays, graduation, parties, etc

I printed some Minion overalls and goggles, then taped them on to bananas. We ended up with a lot of leftover bananas after the party, so I made some chocolate chip banana bread AND dried some banana slices in our dehydrator.

DIY minion bananas and personalized water bottle labels

Did you know you can make adorable fridge magnets with those flat glass marbles and ModPodge (both from the dollar store)? It’s so easy and perfect for teacher gifts, Christmas presents, party favors, and more! Just use your favorite scrapbook paper, stickers, photos, or pretty much anything you want to display.

Here’s what I ended up with:

DIY Personalized Magnets -- ModPodge and your fave images, patterns, stickers, behind a clear glass stone

WHAT YOU NEED:

WHAT YOU DO:

Cut circles from scrapbook paper, photos, etc., to fit behind glass stones. I used a scalloped circle paper punch, but you could use scissors as well.

Using a paintbrush, brush Mod Podge on the front of your circle the attach to the back of the stone (like you are putting a photo in a frame, so the image you want shows through). The Mod Podge will eventually dry clear, FYI.

After the Mod Podge has dried, attach a magnet with hot glue to the backside of your paper, photo, etc., then let glue harden.

Voila!

DIY Personalized Magnets Tutorial

DIY personalized magnets -- cut photos, scrapbook paper, stickers and more and Mod Podge to craft stones

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - use Mod Podge to attach photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, to glass stones

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - flat glass stones and magnetic discs - use your fave photos, images, stickers, scrapbook paper

 

DIY Personalized Magnet Tutorial - flat glass stones and magnetic discs - I found the Mod Podge, glass stones, and stickers at the dollar store!

 

Personalized Magnets DIY tutorial -- use your fave photos, scrapbook paper, stickers, images and ModPodge

DIY personalized magnets - use your fave photos, scrapbook paper, images, stickers

Feeling crafty? Check out my other posts…

Spooky Spider Craft

 

 

 

 

DIY Jar Gifts. Switch up the fabric and twine for anytime of the year. Teacher gifts, etc!

 

 

 

 

DIY Felt Bird Ornaments - use nice wool felt and customize with your own colors.

 

 

 

 

Print a personalized class list and frame in a dollar store frame. Awesome personalized teacher gift for end of year or anytime!

 

 

 

 

 

weight loss jars

 

 

 

 

Recycle empty candy wrappers

 

 

 

 

 

Make a pom pom with yarn and a fork

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some gift jars I put together over Christmas, to give as teacher gifts. The kids and I filled them with trail mix and attached a gift card to the twine. Of course, you could switch up the fabric and string for an anytime of the year gift.

DIY Jar Gifts. Switch up the fabric and twine for anytime of the year. Teacher gifts, etc!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Jars with lids
  • Jar labels
  • Fabric
  • Coordinating twine or string
  • Contents for the jar (trail mix, baking mixes, little trinkets, office supplies, school supplies, etc).

WHAT YOU DO:

Place a lid/ring on the fabric and cut a circle around it so that enough sticks out over the jar.

Fill jar and label.

Attach fabric between the lid and the ring then put the lid on the jar.

Add string or twine.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.

Canning jars + fabric tied up with string. This is just one of my favorite things. For teacher gifts, holidays, etc. Fill with trail mix, office supplies, etc, and switch up the fabric/string.