Mother’s Day coupon book template



Just print this off on different colored paper. Punch a hole in the ends with a hole puncher. Let the kids color away and then decide what each coupon will be for. Super cute. Will melt Mom’s heart. I made up a different template that I like better than the one in the picture above. Feel free to print this post off and use my template.


This coupon is much better that the one I originally made 🙂



Mother’s Day craft idea


This couldn’t be easier…

What you need:

Pour some paint onto a plate, dip your child’s hand in it. Make a print on the paper. Let dry. The fingers become the “stems”. After its completely dried then add the stickers. Glue on the pot. Tada! A super cute and easy Mother’s Day craft

A remedy for bedtime fears in toddlers

keeps the bad guys away


So my daughter recently developed a fear of Witches. Why not? I remember being intensely afraid of the Witch of the West when I was a kid! Every night at bedtime it’s a battle though. So, I came up with an idea: “Anti-Witch spray”.


Add water and a few drops of lavender essential oil to a spray bottle. Spray wherever the witches might be right before bed time. Use liberally as lavender promotes relaxation (it makes your little one fall asleep faster). We use it every night before bed and when she has the occasional nightmare. Works every time! Smells great too!!!

You can also make this to scare off monsters, ghosts, Swiper (the sneaky fox), or whatever the current fear is…

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How to dye eggs with onion skins


We are having an Easter egg decorating extravaganza in our house lately. We have blown out eggs and drawn on them, hardboiled eggs and dyed them, and now we are trying out a method that takes a bit more time but is well worth the effort. Using onion skins creates the most beautiful patterns on the eggs. I have dyed hard-boiled eggs with onion skins before and absolutely hated cracking them and destroying the beautiful marbelized eggshell. So this year I blew out the contents of the eggs and dyed the shells. This way I can enjoy my eggs for years to come. Yes, I am an Easter nerd! Here is how to make them:


  • white eggs (you can either blow out the eggs out or boil them as is and get hard-boiled eggs out of the process)
  • red onion skins (try to keep them as big as possible)
  • rubber-bands
  • cheesecloth (or you can use cloth napkins, but cheesecloth works best)
  • 1 quart water
  • 2 Tbsp vinegar


  • Peel onion and place the skins in a pile
  • Wrap each egg in an onion skin, covering the entire egg
  • Wrap egg and onion skin with cheesecloth and secure it with a rubber-band
  • Bring water to a boil and lower the wrapped egg into the water. Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to the water
  • Boil for 20 minutes
  • Remove eggs and let cool completely
  • Unwrap and enjoy

Put them on display on your Easter egg tree or make cute stands for them.

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.



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.


  • 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



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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