GMO Free Candy List for Easter

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Looking for Easter treats that you can feel good about giving this year? This GMO free candy list will leave both you and your kiddos happy this Easter!

Not only are these products GMO free, they all come with high ratings for taste!

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Unreal Chocolate

Unreal Chocolate is an attempt to “unjunk” our junk food. Unreal uses grass-fed dairy in it’s products and does not contain corn syrup or artificial ingredients. That includes no artificial colorings! On top of that, they average 40% less sugar than mainstream brands. If you read the reviews, these chocolate treats get high ratings!

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Enjoy Life

If you have kiddos with food allergies, Enjoy Life chocolate bars can be a lifesaver! These candy bars are not only GMO free, but they are free of gluten, wheat, dairy, casein, egg, peanut, tree nut, shellfish, fish, sesame, and soy!

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Surf Sweet

What is Easter without jelly beans? Surf Sweet jelly beans use only 100% natural ingredients. They also contain some fruit juice and 100% of your daily vitamin C.

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Glee Gum

I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love chewing gum! Glee Gum is GMO free and has no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It also uses fair trade sugar cane.

While these GMO free candies can all be found in your health food store, sometimes it is just easier to have them arrive right on your doorstep. All of these can be ordered from Vitacost. And when you shop through this link, you can save $10 off your $30 order!

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Eco Friendly Household Cleaning Products You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Eco Friendly Cleaning Products You Can Buy at the Dollar Store

Do you think it is expensive to purchase eco friendly household cleaning products?

I recently went to my local dollar store and found you can buy all sorts of eco friendly household cleaning products for just a dollar!

1. Vinegar- The dollar store sells 32 ounce bottles of vinegar. Vinegar is an awesome eco friendly cleaner. If you’ve never used it before, I recommend it for cleaning pots and pans, cleaning toilets, and for cleaning your outdoor living spaces.

2. Baking Soda – At my dollar store, boxes of baking soda were actually priced at only $0.59! Baking soda is another eco friendly cleaner that can be used in so many different ways. Make an all purpose scrub, or make a non-toxic carpet deodorizer.

3. Rags - Ditch the paper towel habit and pick up a stack of rags at the dollar store. My favorite rags are by Scotch Brite and are called Ultra Absorbent Shammy Towels. These suckers can sop up a spill in no time. Toss them in the wash, and they are ready for your next big spill. If you can find these at your dollar store, I highly recommend them.

4. Clothesline - Pick up a clothesline for just a buck and dry your clothes the eco friendly way. With spring here, a clothesline turns into a solar powered, inexpensive, ultra easy way to dry your clothes.

5. Wooden Clothes Pins -  If you invest in a clothesline, you’ll need clothes pins. The dollar store has a bag for just a dollar that will help you get started. Not to mention, clothes pins are handy to have around the house for organization.

6. Scrub Brushes - Replace your sponges with scrub brushes. The dollar store has a large assortment from which to pick. Scrub brushes are excellent for dish doing, tub scrubbing, grout cleaning, carpet stain removal, and patio stain removal.

What eco friendly household cleaning products have you found at your dollar store?

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DIY: How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

If you have dull hair that lacks shine, I have a one-step remedy to get shiny hair naturally.

With three females in this house, we do lots of girly stuff. Hair, nails, scrubs…girly stuff.

Hair is big in our house. Styling, braiding, curling, crimping…All of which take time and effort.

Luckily, shiny hair is easy. Keeping our hair healthy results in shiny hair with virtually no effort.

No need to buy expensive products. The ingredient you need is in your pantry right now.

Apple cider vinegar.

Did you know apple cider vinegar works as a natural hair detangler? It also works to seal the hair cuticle, which makes your hair healthy and shiny naturally.

If you aren’t using apple cider vinegar on your hair yet, I encourage you to give it a go. The results are well worth it!

I’ve got two different methods for getting shiny hair naturally. Each of them work, it’s really just a matter of how much time you have. Method 1 requires you to plan a chunk of time prior to showering so the apple cider vinegar can soak into the hair.

If you don’t have that kind of time, Method 2 works just as well. It’s up to you!

How to Get Shiny Hair Naturally

You need:

1 spray bottle
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup water

Mix the water and vinegar together in the spray bottle.

Method #1:
1. Spray onto dry hair focusing on the ends.

2. Allow to sit on the hair 10 to 15 minutes. Get in the shower and shower as usual.

Method #2:

1. Take the spray bottle with the water and apple cider vinegar and bring it into the shower with you.

2. Wash your hair in the shower as usual.

3. Use the spray instead of conditioner. Spray it all over your hair. Leave it several minutes before rinsing out.

Note: Do not condition. The apple cider vinegar acts as a natural conditioner.

That’s it! That is all you need to do to get shiny hair naturally.

Have you used apple cider vinegar on your hair before? What were the results for you?

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All Natural Makeup Brands List: Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Natural Beauty Must-Haves

Do you think all natural makeup brands are inferior? That they are more expensive? That they don’t work?

Allow me to introduce you to my favorite natural makeup brands – complete with recommends of what I have found actually work!

But before I lead you down the virtual makeup aisle, I’d like you to consider this: Your skin is the largest organ on your body. Most of what you apply to your skin gets absorbed into your body.

If you are using conventional products, you could be using as many as 500 chemicals on your body before breakfast.

As a mom of two daughters, I want to know the beauty products we are using don’t contain toxins or the chemicals that can disrupt hormones. Because this is important to me, I used the skin deep database to double check all products.

Here’s my natural makeup brands list and what I use:

1. Physicians Formula Organic Wear

Natural beauty products should leave you looking like a natural beauty.

Enter pressed powder. It goes on lightly and leaves your skin looking smooth.

What to try: Physicians Formula Organic Wear Pressed Powder

2. Tarte

I had to include two Tarte products in my recommendations. I love both the cheek and lip stains. The colors flatter everyone. They go on easily and look natural. They cost a bit more, but they last forever.

What to try: Cheek Stain
I also love: Natural Lip Stain

3. Burt’s Bees

While I love the whole Burt’s Bees line, the Burt’s Bees lip balms top my must-have list.

Chapped lips aren’t attractive. Not to mention they hurt, can split and can even bleed. Which is why a good lip balm is perhaps my favorite product in my beauty arsenal.

I keep Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in my nightstand drawer and the last thing I do at night is swipe it on. The grapefruit scent makes me happy. Truly.

What to try: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Pink Grapefruit

4. Juice Beauty

What do you want out of a cleanser? Something that cleans without making you breakout or dry out?

This cleansing milk delivers. It removes makeup and leaves your skin feeling silky.

What to try: Cleansing Milk

5. W3LL People

I have dark circles under my eyes. DARK circles.

I’m embarrassed by them.

In fact, I’m so embarrassed that I can run the kids to school in my pjs, without brushing my hair, but I HAVE to put concealer on under my eyes.

And I’m not going to bring up how my two girls get the occasional pimple they want to cover.

What to try: Narcissist Concealer + Foundation Stick

6. bareMinerals

If you aren’t using bareMinerals, it is affordable, works great, and gets high ratings in the skin deep database.

I’m recommending their eyeshadow. I don’t wear eyeshadow everyday. In fact, I only use it a few times a year.

But when I do go through the effort, I want it to go on smooth, to stay vivid and to stay put!

What to try: Eyeshadows 2.0 Duos

7. Vapour Organic Beauty

I feel naked with out eyeliner. This formula glides on plus it comes with a smudging tool in case you go for the smoky look.

What to try: Mesmerize Eyeliner with Smoky Eye Tool, Truffle

Isn’t it time you switched to all natural makeup?

If you have a natural makeup recommendation, I’d love to hear it! Please share your successes with us in the comments.

If you are ready to make the switch, you can get free shipping everyday on orders $35+ at Beauty.com plus earn 5% back!

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Letter of the Week Crafts for Preschoolers (Save Money on Curriculum)

When I set out to teach my four year old his alphabet, I looked into some of the curriculum options and they were just too pricy. While we could have signed him up for our local Mother’s Day Out (like his older brothers went to) we really needed to save money.

I had made the commitment to homeschool but felt a lot of pressure to teach my youngest his alphabet… all by myself.

I turned to the idea of creating letter of the week crafts for preschoolers. This would be affordable and would use many resources and items I already have at home.

Are you ready to see how we are doing this?

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Letter of the Week Crafts

We have created a collection of letter of the week crafts from A-Z.  You simply print the printable, gather the simple supplies that you likely already have on hand and follow the step by step tutorial.

Each craft also includes songs and rhymes that you can do together to help the letter of the week resonate with your preschooler.

Alphabet Flip Book

I wanted an alphabet flip book to use with our crafts, but they were pricy both online and at the local teacher supply store. So, I made one. This alphabet flip book was so affordable to make and we use it all week long as we discuss the letter of the week.

Preschool Letter Worksheets

We have also created some preschool letter worksheets that you just print out and use them along with your craft. My four year old loves doing these. He hunts for the letter of the week in both upper case and lower case and then marks them with do-a-dot markers. Don’t have these markers? No worries, just use stickers instead. Great fine motor skill building!

Best Children’s Books

While you’re learning your letter of the week, why not check out some awesome books from the library, for free, to expand on your learning? We have pulled together a great collection of the best children’s books that make learning fun!

This totally works for me and our homeschool day. We spend very little and learn a lot!

 More Learning Resources:

Swing by and check out Crystal, a Dallas Mom Blogger, who runs the mommy resource and solution site Crystal & Co.!  She loves to share activities for kids, teach busy families how to meal plan and share real easy recipes. She is a fast-paced mom of all boys, five to be exact (including twins), who is in the trenches of homeschooling. Are you tired yet?

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10 Christmas Card Display Ideas

10 Christmas Card Display Ideas

Pretty soon, mailboxes will be stuffed with cards and letters from friends wishing them a very, Merry Christmas.

I love to look on the photos and well wishes from friends throughout the season. I’ve gathered up 10 Christmas Card display ideas that not only dress up your home, but give you a chance to enjoy those cards all holiday season long.

Chic Coastal Living shows how to string them

Pearls Handcuffs and Happy Hour shows how to display them on shutters

Kellys Corner Blog displays her cards on a Christmas Tree

Delia Creates made a darling clothes pin wreath for her Christmas cards

Centsational Girl always has the cutest ideas such as this corkboard turned card display

Home Life shows how to simply arrange cards in the shape of a tree

Budgetwise Home has another incredibly easy suggestion using ribbon and your kitchen cabinets

Holly Mathis upcycles old frames into darling Christmas card displays

Clover Lane’s photo garland is one of my favorites

Just Jilly uses a doorway to display her cards

What creative ideas do you have for Christmas card displays?

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12 Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Kids crafts are some of the greenest activities around because they use things that you have around the house.  It is the ultimate recycling!  I truly believe that there is no reason to go buy something when you can transform something.

It is more fun anyway!

12 Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Here are some simple ideas for Thanksgiving activities for kids that won’t send you to the store for supplies.  At my house we would substitute anyway – if we don’t have a paper plate, maybe a coffee filter will do!  Get creative if these simple supplies aren’t in the recycling bin.

Green Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

Tin Can Turkey – Grab an empty tin can, print off the free printable and transform these items into a cute Thankful Turkey pencil holder.  It is perfect to keep your journaling supplies.

Gratitude Tree – A twig from the backyard is the perfect canvas to place written blessings using paper and string.

Twig Picture Frame – I think these would make really sweet placecards for Thanksgiving dinner.  Each family member could have a keepsake to take home created from upcycled cardboard and found twigs.

Warhol-Inspired Leaf Art – A lovely family activity which requires a leaf, some left-over paint and a piece of paper.

Coffee Filter Turkey - Grab the scraps of paper and a coffee filter for a fun and easy Thanksgiving craft for all ages.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Send the kids on a leaf scavenger hunt and then use what they find for a simple dinner centerpiece.

Pilgrim Mice - Don’t serve boring potatoes for Thanksgiving dinner!  Have your kids help you transform them into pilgrim mice.

Thanksgiving Coloring Pages – These coloring pages double as placemats and activity sheets to keep the Thanksgiving table decorated and little hands buy.

Soap Carving Arrowheads – Older kids can carve soap and then it can be used as guest soap for holiday visitors.

Found Object Art – Fall is the perfect time to create art from the nature around us.

Making Butter with Kids – I love this activity because it gets the wiggles out of kids and creates fresh butter for dinner!

Family Outing Ideas – Autumn is the perfect time to explore outside as a family.  Here are lots of ideas for keeping kids engaged outdoors.

For more family fun inspiration, please visit one of my favorite sites: Kids Activities Blog.

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