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Tie Dye Success in a Group

Tie Dye is a summertime activity as American as cookouts and burgers. Ask anyone you know–young old, conservative, liberal– if they want to tie dye something, and chances are they will be so very excited! There is something rewarding about the rubber bands, the vibrant dyes, and the happy surprises that result from tie dye that just brings out the awe and wonder of all who try it. Read on to learn more reasons why tie dye should be added...

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

I love a good slow cooker recipe. I especially love versatile ones where leftovers can be transformed into other meals. Now that summer is here, I try to avoid using my oven and stove so much. Often we make fresh salads and grill outside. Other times, I’m craving more of a comfort food, and this one is warm, hearty, yet full of fresh summer flavors like tomatoes and spinach.  The whole point of a slow cooker meal is to make...

DIY Natural Sunscreen Recipes

I was first introduced to homemade sunscreen shortly after having my first baby. Since I had a May baby, this all natural sunscreen was gifted to me by a friend. I tried is out and it worked wonderfully! DIY Natural sunscreen is all that I have used on my kids and myself since. Read on to learn why you should consider making and using a natural DIY sunscreen. Non-toxic Most sunscreens contain toxic chemicals that can cause hormone disruptions, skin...

DIY Cocoa Peppermint Whipped Body Butter

Whipped Body Butter is the first DIY body product I ever made and is still the one I make the most often. There are so many reasons I love this nourishing recipe. Before using homemade body butter, I had only ever used lotion. The first time I applied body butter to my skin, the results were soft and silky, with a healthy glow. I never went back to traditional lotions. Here are some of the reasons YOU should make your...

DIY Vegetable Garden Stone Markers

DIY Vegetable Garden Stone Markers

With spring finally settling in, visions of flourishing gardens dance in our heads. All this sunshine and rain has me plotting out my vegetable garden, amending the soil with compost, and tilling the dirt. Here in Pennsylvania, I have began sowing the first of the seeds. In past years, we have simply marked our rows of vegetables with Sharpie-labeled popsicle sticks. This year I decided to up my garden marker game by painting some colorful stones and adding cheerful looking...

Color Mixing Fish Art Lesson

This color mixing lesson is a perfect introduction to color theory for preschool and early elementary school children.  It teaches the primary colors and allows them to mix their very OWN secondary colors. Children also get to explore mixing a variety of blue tints for the water, which is something I find they really enjoy.   The cheerful fish are a very forgiving subject to draw, and templates can be used to make this even easier for learning artists. The textured,...

DIY Raw Honey-Orange Lip Balm Recipe

I recently experimented with some new lip balm recipes and this honey-orange lip balm has been getting rave reviews from my friends who have tried it. I combined a few unexpected ingredients to achieve results that are glossy and great tasting! Read on to learn about the key ingredients that make this lip balm mother and toddler approved.  Local Beeswax As with most lip balm recipes, this one contains beeswax. I like to use local beeswax whenever possible, as I...

Roasted Root Vegetable and Farro Kale Salad

Kale salads are one of my favorite dishes to make for so many healthy and convenient reasons. Kale is an earthy and nutritious green that can take on many flavor profiles to suit a variety of tastes. Keep reading for the many reasons why I love kale salads! Great Nutrition Kale is packed full of many nutrients, making it a super food. When you add other colorful vegetables, these salads are an easy and convenient way to add fiber and...

In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

March “comes in like a lion, out like a lamb, ” according to the popular proverb. The age old adage inspires this wonderful art activity for preschool and elementary children. This saying also provides a great opportunity for parents and teachers to integrate science into an art lesson.    We begin this art activity by discussing the meaning of, “March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb.” We talk about some characteristics of the weather in March and...

Naturally Dyed Eggs Tutorial

With springtime’s arrival, we welcome the season of rebirth and renewal by dying Easter eggs. There are so many ways to decorate, dye, and paint eggs online, but I prefer this more rustic approach. I try to avoid using artificial dyes in my home, particularly when food is involved.   Great Learning Moments I also think dying eggs with natural ingredients provides a valuable lesson to children and adults alike about how our ancestors discovered the earth-toned pigments in everyday...