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No-Sugar Easter Basket Ideas

Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 11:13 am
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Easter basketEaster is such a wonderful holiday full of family, friends, traditions and great food. Typically though, there are also quite a few of sweets around the house. Some treats here and there are fine on this special holiday, but it’s easy for kids to assume that Easter means baskets full of sugary treats that no little body needs. Teach the kids that natural living doesn’t mean you can’t still have special goodies in Easter Baskets. Simply fill the baskets with gifts that aren’t full of sugar or overly processed. We’ve put together a list of no-sugar Easter Basket ideas for you to try this year:

 

Babies & Toddlers

  • Bubbles
  • Balls
  • Bunny Ears
  • Plastic eggs with snack inside
  • Sand toys
  • Kites
  • Hair accessories
  • Books
  • Stuffed animals
  • Bath Toys
  • DVDs/Blu-rays
  • Playdoh
  • Summer hat
  • Teething toys
  • Sippy cups
  • Organic snacks
  • Pacifiers/teethers

 

Elementary Age

  • Spring Clothes
  • Shoes
  •  Hats
  • Movies
  • Plastic eggs with coins, tattoos, figurines, erasers, jewelry, stamps, etc inside
  • Books
  • Coloring books
  • Crafts/Activities Books
  • Crayons/markers/pencils
  • Organic snacks
  • Fruit
  • Chapstick or lip gloss
  • Small games/card games
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Trading Cards
  • Hair accessories
  • Flip flops/shoes
  • Legos
  • Video Games

 

Over 12 Years

  • Tickets to a game, concert, event, etc.
  • Pampering items: bubble bath, sponges, loofas, poufs, shower gel, body wash, etc.
  • DVDs/Blu-ray
  • Video Games
  • Candles
  • Makeup
  • Lotions
  • Gift Cards
  • Stationary/Notecards
  • T-shirts
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Headphones
  • Games
  • Gag gifts
  • Manicure/Pedicure Set
  • Journal/Diary

 

What no-sugar goodies did you put in Easter baskets this year?

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How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 at 11:26 am
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easter eggs naturally dyedWhat’s the first object you think of when you think of Easter? For me, it is certainly the Easter Egg. Easter eggs make Easter so much fun for the kids and I’ve got to admit… I love the post-Easter egg salad sandwiches that I get to enjoy! Unfortunately, dying Easter eggs has become a experience full of chemicals and artificial colors. Sometimes these unnatural ingredients can even seep into the hard-boiled egg. There’s nothing more unappetizing than artificial coloring all over the inside of my hard boiled egg. Luckily there are some wonderful, natural ways to dye eggs. And in my opinion, they are so much prettier too!

Ingredients Needed:

Hard Boiled Eggs
1 tablespoon white vinegar per cup of dye liquid
Colorful Vegetables, Spices and Teas (See Below for a list)
Oil

Instructions:

Choose the dye color you want to make and chop or shred  the appropriate vegetable and add them to a pot of water. Boil the item for 15-20 minutes or until the color of the water is a few shades darker than you’d like your eggs to be. Strain the vegetables from the water and then stir in 1 tablespoon of vinegar per cup of strained liquid. Let the liquid cool and then add your cooked, room temperature eggs to the dye. Let them soak in the refrigerator until the eggs become the color you desire. Remove them from the dye, dry them and then polish with oil if you’d like to give them a shine!

Use these vegetables, spices and teas to create fun colors:

Purple Cabbage (makes blue on white eggs, green on brown eggs)
Red Onion Skins (makes lavender or red)
Yellow Onion Skins (makes orange on white eggs, rusty red on brown eggs)
Ground Turmeric (makes yellow)
Red Zinger Tea Bags (makes lavender)
Beets (makes pink on white eggs, maroon on brown eggs)
Blueberries (makes a bluish-gray color)
Yellow Apples & Fennel (makes faint green-yellow)
Paprika (makes faint red-orange)
Carrots (makes rich yellow)
Orange Peels (makes faint yellow)
Dill seed (makes brown-gold)
Strong Brewed Coffee (makes brown)
Grape Juice (makes lavender)

Let us know what fun combinations of foods you used to make your Easter eggs!

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New Coupons for Burt’s Bees Products

Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2014 at 11:07 am
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Burt's Bees Lip ColorSave on some wonderful natural products from Burt’s Bees with two brand new coupons today.

$1.50 off any Burt’s Bees Lip Color Product

$3.00 off Burt’s Bees Brightening Face Care

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Organic Salad Only $1.50 at Safeway (Friday Only)

Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 at 8:00 am
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Head to Safeway today for this fantastic deal on organic salad! Thanks to Ibotta, you’ll get $1 back on your purchase!

O Organics Salad Blends, 5 – 7 oz clamshells – $2.50 ($5 Friday Price)
Use $1.00/1 O Organics Salad, 5 oz or Larger; Offer Only Redeemable at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls and Tom Thumb – (Ibotta)
Final Price: $1.50

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Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Spring

Posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 at 10:04 am
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natural scentsSpring is here and it’s time to feel refreshed. Spring makes us want to open our windows, and bring all the fresh scents of Spring into the house. Nothing smells better than a fresh rain or Spring flowers. Sometimes however, it’s still a bit too chilly still to be able to have all the doors and windows open. Skip the artificial sprays or scents that plug into your wall. We’ve come up with some natural, frugal ways to freshen your home and have it smelling like Spring in no time!

 

Natural Room Scents – You can create wonderful smelling rooms using natural scents such as citrus, herbs, pine, cedar, extracts or spices. Mixing the scents with water in a simmering pot spreads the most amazing smells throughout your home. See  The Yummy Life has some great recipes.

 

Olive Oil Candles with Essential Oil ScentsFollow these instructions, by Little House Living, for making creative Olive Oil Candles. Add your favorite essential oils to the olive oil and your house will smell amazing in no time!

 

Homemade Reed Diffuser Air Fresheners - Another easy homemade room freshener you can make are Reed Diffuser. These are just little jars of scented oil with reeds coming out the top of them to dispense the scent. Natures Nurture Blog explains how to make one. Finish your reed diffuser off with your favorite essential oil scent and let the wonderful scent fill your home.

 

Make an Herbal Wreath – Believe it or not, making a wreath is not as complicated as you may think. If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of any herbs in your garden than this is the perfect idea for you. All you need is a grapevine wreath, wire and the herbs of your choice. See Keeper of the Home to learn how to put your Herbal Wreath together.

 

Homemade Essential Oil Gel Air Fresheners – Make these allergy safe, great smelling, and toxin-free gel air fresheners right at home using items you likely already have on hand. Simply mix together gelatin, water, a bit of vodka, and essential oils and make beautiful air fresheners to put in any room of your home. See Tasty Kitchen for the recipes!

 

Make Your Own Potpourri – Making your own potpourri at home is simple and best of all, it will be made it all natural ingredients! Simply choose your favorite natural spices and fruits. Sliced the fruits thin and then bake them in a 250 degree oven for about an hour and half. Once they are dried, mix them with the spices and you’ll have a lovely smelling jar of potpourri without any artificial perfumes. See julieblanner.com for a great recipe!

 

Do you have any other natural ways that you love to freshen your home? Tell us about them!

 

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8 Natural Remedies for Spring Allergy Relief

Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 9:47 am
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Spring allergiesSpring has just started and no matter where you live, it’s just a matter of time before Spring allergies invade our lives. There are so many medications on the market claiming to relieve your allergy symptoms, and although they may do so temporarily, it seems like the side affects aren’t always worth the relief. This Spring, as we try to live a more natural life,  try some natural remedies for relieving Spring allergies and congestion. Here are some ideas that may help:

  1. Neti Pot: This is a little pot that you can buy at any drugstore which involves rinsing your nasal cavity with a saline solution, flushing out allergens and loosening mucus. It certainly looks a bit bizarre, but they are quickly growing in popularity.
  2. Use a Saline Spray: Visit your local drugstore and buy a cheap saline spray. Saline spray is a fine mist that you spray into your nose that will thin out the congestion. This allows your body to naturally drain your nose and sinus cavities more easily. This can be a bit easier than a Neti Pot if that technique intimidates you a bit.

  3. Eat Local Honey: Bees collect pollen from local plants in your area and then transfer it to their honey. When you consume the honey, you also consume the pollen which your body will begin to produce an immunity against the pollen.
  4. Use  HEPA Filters, Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers: The filters in these items can trap the allergens and take them out of the air in your home or office. Even portable systems can work to help improve the immediate environment that you may be in during your day or night. They can also help to remove moisture which will slow the growth of mold.
  5. Showering: Although often temporary, a hot shower can definitely relieve allergies. The steam can help to clear out your nasal passages. The hot water helps to remove allergens on your skin, hair and in your nose and prevent you from spreading them around your home.
  6. Inhaling Steam: When a shower multiple times a day just isn’t realistic, it can help to get a pot of boiling water and put your head over it with a towel draped over your head. Inhale the steam for 5-10 minutes until you feel some relief. Add a some eucalyptus oil to the water for even more relief.
  7. Spicy Foods: Eating spicy foods can make you feel like you’re getting some relief although it won’t likely last long. It’s worth a try and may work better for some people more than others.
  8. Drinking Tea: The steam from tea can certainly relieve allergies, just like we mentioned above. But certain types of tea have also been show to relieve symptoms. Peppermint teas can work as an expectorant to help clear your nose and throat. Green tea has been shown to have antioxidants that slow down allergic reactions.

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Natural Cleaning Products Made with Ingredients You Have at Home

Posted on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 9:51 am
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Subjects  for sanitary cleaning a houseDo you find yourself spending way too much money on cleaning supplies? Cleaning products can be very expensive, especially if you prefer to use natural cleaning products without all the toxic chemicals. Luckily, you don’t need to spend unnecessary money anymore! It’s simple and fun to make your cleaning products right at home and best of all, you probably have all the ingredients on hand already!

 

Here are some ingredients you’ll need to make some homemade cleaning products:

  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • lemons and/or lemon juice
  • salt
  • olive oil
  • Ivory bar soap
  • liquid dishwashing soap
  • washing soda
  • borax
  • essential oils

 

Look at all these wonderful, natural cleaning products we can make with the items above:

 

Degreaser
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup baking soda
5 to 10 drops citrus essential oils

 

Dusting Spray
1 cup distilled water
3 drops essential oils

 

Scrub
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup salt
10 drops citrus essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil

 

Shower Spray
1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
1 1/2 cups of filtered boiled water
10-15 drops of thieves essential oil or tea tree essential oil
1 tsp of salt

 

Drain Cleaner
Dissolve ½ cup salt in about 4 liters of hot water

 

Furniture Polish
Combine equal parts olive oil and lemon juice

 

Glass Cleaner
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 cups water
5-10 drops essential oil (optional)

 

All Purpose Cleaning Spray
1 tablespoon borax
1 tablespoon washing soda
1 teaspoon dishwashing soap
1 cup vinegar
4 cups hot water
25-30 drops essential oil (optional)

 

Floor Cleaner
1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
8-10 cups hot water
1 tablespoon borax
1 tablespoon washing soda
30 drops essential oil (optional)

 

Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
1 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
10 drops essential oil (optional)

 

Do you have any favorite homemade cleaning product recipes?? Please share them with us!

 

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All Natural Health Care Coupons from Hopster

Posted on Thursday, March 13th, 2014 at 11:02 am
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Tips for a Natural & Homemade St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 10:28 am
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Grass in the white backgroundCan you believe St Patrick’s Day is next week already? As you prepare for your St. Patrick’s Day meals and snacks for school parties or work, consider recipes and foods that are naturally green and homemade. We are all careful of what we feed our bodies and a holiday shouldn’t change that. Be kind to your health this year with these fun, natural ideas for St Patrick’s Day.

Enjoy Naturally Green Foods

Try to incorporate a variety of naturally green real foods. There’s no reason to use artificial dye with all the wonderful green foods available to us. Here are some ideas: Cucumbers, Zucchini, Green Apples, Green Grapes, Kiwi, Celery, Spinach, Green lettuces, Collard and other greens, Okra, Cabbage, Limes, Avocados, Honeydew melon, Green pears, Artichokes, Asparagus, Broccoli, Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe (rapini), Brussels Sprouts, Green Beans, Green Peas, snow peas and sugar snap peas, Endive, Green Onions, Green Bell Peppers, Green Chilies, Kale, Parsley, dill, basil and many other herbs, Pistachios, Pickles, Leeks, Tomatillos, Seaweed, Edamame or Green olives. Did you ever imagine there were so many real green foods available?? Comment below if you can think of any more!

Send Natural Green Snacks & Treats to School or Work

A holiday doesn’t have to include high-sugar, artificially flavored sweets and snacks! There are many of natural options too. Surprise your colleagues at work by bringing some fun green snacks to work with you like your favorite green veggies dipped in Spinach Hummus (from Fannetastic Food) or Avocado Deviled Eggs (from This Mama Cooks!). Make your kids smile at lunchtime with Avocado Mac-and-Cheese (from Two Peas and their Pod) or Apple Pie Spinach Smoothies (from Back to Her Roots). If you’re contributing to a school party, bring healthy treats like Pistachio Pudding (from Eat Your Heart Out) or Naturally Green Cupcakes (from Babble).

Cook a Homemade St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t complete without a traditional Irish Corned Beef & Cabbage with Irish Soda Bread dinner. This year, skip the pre-packaged corned beef that’s full of ingredients that you may not be able to pronounce and make it all from scratch – it really isn’t very hard. This easy Corned Beef Brisket recipe from Jun-blog uses spices that you likely already have at home in your pantry. Start now though so your meat has time to brine before next week! Once it’s time to cook the corned beef, simply add onions, carrots and cabbage (save 20% this week!) to your dish and you’ll have the perfect main dish. For your side dish, make homemade All-Natural Green Mashed Potatoes from Babble, colored with spinach, and still delicious as ever. Your St Patrick’s Day dinner won’t be complete without some delicious homemade Irish Soda bread. Try this Easy Irish Soda Bread recipe from The Midnight Baker. Simply mix all the ingredients together and bake – no rising required!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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Great All Natural Coupons from Hopster!

Posted on Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 11:35 am
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Have you heard of Hopster? They’ve got tons of great printable coupons for groceries, household goods and much more. They’ve also got a great selection of coupons for organic and all natural products. Check out some coupons for all-natural grocery brands:

$1.00 off any two (2) Brothers-All-Natural 1 OZ. Resealable Bags. 6 fruit servings per bag!

$1.00 off any one (1) box of Monkey Bars granola bars. 4 flavors to choose from.

$1.00 off any two (2) Brothers-All-Natural 6-Packs

50¢ off of any one (1) Little Duck Tiny Fruits

$1.00 off any two (2) Brothers-All-Natural Disney 5-Packs

$1.00 off any one (1) Hilary's Veggie Bites

$1.00 on two (2) 5oz Pasta Chips Bags

$1.00 off of any one (1) SunButter product

$1.00 on any one (1) American Flatbread product

55¢ on any one (1) Rustic Crust product

$1.00 off on any two (2) Beanitos 6oz. bags

$1.00 off of any one (1) cooksimple product (available at Target)

$1.50 off of one (1) Barbara's Snackimal Cereal

$1.00 off of one (1) Barbara's product 4.4oz. or larger

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