DIY: Great Smelling All Natural Cleaners

Spring Cleaning is here! What better way to clean your home that with an all natural cleaner. You have two routes to go: buy a chemical-free cleaner or make it yourself. I have 2 simple recipes for DIY homemade cleaners that actually smells great! Yes, it's true. You can clean you house with vinegar, without making it smell like vinegar. There are two problems with purchasing natural cleaners.  First, they are expensive.  Second, their packaging creates an environmental

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8 is Great! Birthday Letter



Dearest Max, You are 8 years old today and you are over the moon! Happy birthday, Sweet Prince!! I too am excited for your birthday, although 8 sounds too much like 18 for my taste. Do I really only have you for 10 more years? That seems impossible for my heart to handle. I wonder if

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There’s a Fungus Among Us: Preschool Mushroom Lessons



Here is a wonderful preschool lesson all about mushrooms and fungus. These activities will teach children about the parts of a fungus and the many different kinds of mushrooms. There are art projects based on mushrooms and a Montessori-inspired mushroom felt puzzle you can make on your own.

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Making Groceries: Coconut Milk



Coconut milk is all the rage these days. Here is a guide to make your own homemade coconut milk. These instructions will give you three different coconut foods: coconut milk, fresh coconut water and shredded coconut. Use them in your favorite coconut recipes. It's the new superfood in the

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Chocolate Covered Frozen Coconut Bar Recipe



  Here is a fabulous copycat recipe for Chocolate Covered Frozen Coconut Bars. It's a great homemade ice cream treat made with coconut milk, coconut oil and shredded coconut. Not to mention, chocolate. It's a vegan recipe to boot! The perfect frozen dessert recipe for summer! I

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9 Years of Marriage



Dearest Andres, Do you remember our last dance at our wedding? It was Norah Jones, Come Away With Me. Nobody knew we had a first and a last dance planned. When the song was over, we grabbed hands and dashed away. The guests didn't know what to think. There was no rice to throw or bubbles

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Recipe for a Perfect Mother’s Day (for Dads)



Almost every mother I know has pretty low expectations for Mother's Day. There is no need to stress. The main thing we want is for our families to take a little time to do something (anything) nice for us. It really isn't about the dollars you spend (homemade cards and breakfast in bed

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Birdseed Cookie Ornaments (for the birds)



It's spring and the birds have come home. Here's a charming little craft you can make as a treat for our fine feathered friends: Birdseed Cookie Ornaments.  They are easy, inexpensive, and great for kids to make.  It would also be gorgeous to make these to decorate a tree outside for

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Watermelon Chillers (cocktails or kid-friendly)



Mama needs a cocktail. In the dog days of summer it is nice to have something to cool and refreshing in the afternoon.  Nothing is more refreshing than watermelon, unless you turn it into a watermelon chiller.  These are so easy and yummy.  Omit the alcohol for kiddos, but they are still just

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Nuts and Bolts Board: Montessori DIY



Here is a great Montessori-inspired activity to help children develop their fine motor skill as well as practice sorting: a Nuts and Bolts Board. We made ours a few years ago and our kids still love playing with it.  This is particularly fun for little ones who like tools, building, and

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