Toilet paper roll egg holders for Easter

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Today we decided that all of the eggs that we have been decorating needed some stands to put them on display. Also, because our Easter egg tree has reached maximum egg capacity and cannot hold even one more egg before it falls over. So, we looked around the house and found a few supplies and this is what we came up with.

Materials:

  • toilet paper rolls with 1 sheet toilet paper left on (or you could cut and paste paper onto them)
  • craft supplies for eyes, ears, noses
  • tape and glue
  • scissors

Directions:

See image below (please excuse my goofy drawings)

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It is a well known fact that eating these “magical fermented carrot sticks” makes the Easter Bunny come to our house with Easter gifts. Then we leave a few out for him to eat too.

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The house is decorated for Easter and we have already dyed eggs three times! Teaching the kids about healthy eating is a challenge when the holidays seem to revolve around candy. So, we decided to make some fermented carrot sticks for the Easter Bunny because someone has to look after his health. We don’t want him to lose his only two teeth to the devastating effects of candy. This recipe is easy and fun to do because anything that requires a fermentation period feels a bit like a science project, and I love food science! We usually make our fermented foods with sea salt but today we are using Caldwell’s Cultured Vegetable Starter. We followed this recipe, and tweaked it a bit.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
  • 3 cups non-chlorinated, filtered water
  • Spices that you might want to add: cumin, dill, cilantro, garlic, etc…

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This is a great healthy food option to have on hand when the kids want dessert

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I am IN LOVE with coconut butter. It was my crutch when I was dying for sweets during the “21 Day Sugar Detox” (see sidebar for more information). Well, recently I stumbled upon a new product and I think I am in LOVE! Nikki’s Coconut Butter comes in a variety of flavors and I don’t even know where to begin. Just read the labels and you will see that this company has created something amazing! Vanilla.Cake.Batter….’nuff said!

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How to clean baby teeth safetly

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I am not a fan of fluoride and even the dentist doesn’t recommend brushing baby’s teeth with fluoridated toothpaste when they are very little. We don’t use fluoride at all in our house and we even make our own toothpaste. My 18 month old swallows everything so we decided that he needs his own toothpaste that is completely safe if swallowed, and yet effective against bacteria in his mouth. Coconut oil prevents tooth decay and is totally safe for baby. Tada, Andrew’s new “toothpaste” was born. We upcycled an old gum container to store his toothpaste in so it would fit nicely in our medicine cabinet. HERE is the brush we use.

Repurpose junk into toys

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We try to recycle, reduce and reuse as much as we can. Our latest repurpose was actually discovered by my 18 month old. He found Daddy’s “5 gum” container and quickly tried to eat every piece inside. After throwing all the gum away we let him play with the container because he was OBSESSED. He’s been carrying it around and putting his little toy animals into it all day. After watching him, I realized that it was very similar to those “bug boxes” that I had when I was a kid. Where you catch a bug, put it into the container, and basically watch it die over the course of a few days. I bought one on a field trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota and I’m pretty sure I spent all of my spending money on it (hello markup). Well, now we have a new “bug box” or “animal box”. Whatever you want to call it, its pretty cool and he has been entertained for the past few hours! Give this one a try.

There are so many fun ideas for repurposing or upcycling your junk into toys, here are a few more ideas:

Anyone have any particularly clever creations? I would love to hear about them in the comments below!

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