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A Pea with a Purpose Book Review and Giveaway

For children and their families, A Pea with a Purpose sets the important example of eating healthy, chemical-free organic foods and respecting our environment. What a wonderful way to share this message with the world!

My girls have had so much fun in the garden this year! They’ve been by my side helping ever since we put in our 9 raised garden beds. They helped plant seed potatoes and garlic, and then helped plant seeds when we started them inside last winter. It was so much fun watching their excitement when the seeds sprouted, and when we planted the seedlings outdoors. Of course, the absolute most fun they’ve had thus far is harvesting! They love to dig right into the dirt, and squeal when they pull up a potato or a carrot. It was priceless to see them jumping up and down with pure joy when they saw the first tomatoes turning orange.

My girls helped plant seed potatoes and garlic, and then helped plant seeds when we started them inside last winter. It was so much fun watching their excitement when the seeds sprouted, and when we planted the seedlings outdoors.

As a mama, I am so proud to see my young daughters learning the value of nurturing the environment, growing healthy food, and developing healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime for them. It melts my heart to hear my oldest say, “Mama, what are we going to pick from the garden to eat for dinner today?”

I was so happy when I was given the chance to review the book A Pea with a Purpose by Michelle Voizin. I knew that it would be a perfect addition to our family book collection, especially since my girls have been loving their books about gardens so much lately. This book particularly stands out, with its beautiful, detailed, vibrant illustrations. It is an adorable story about an organic pea named Perry, who is on a journey to inspire children to be excited about their own gifts and purposes in life. It’s a story that celebrates family values and the organic farm to table movement. My daughters, ages 2 and 4, are drawn in by the animated expressions on the peas in the book. They now make up their own stories about the veggies we pick in our garden.

For children and their families, A Pea with a Purpose sets the important example of eating healthy, chemical-free organic foods and respecting our environment. What a wonderful way to share this message with the world!

For children and their families, A Pea with a Purpose sets the important example of eating healthy, chemical-free organic foods and respecting our environment. What a wonderful way to share this message with the children of the world!

Enter below to win a copy of A Pea with a Purpose for your family or someone you love! You will receive one softcover book, along with a downloadable Ebook.

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DIY Upcycled Glass Bottle Garden Markers

Here are my DIY upcycled glass bottle garden markers, and here's how quick and easy they are to make!

Before you toss your glass bottles into the recycling bin, check out how pretty and functional they are in the garden! I’ve been looking for the perfect garden markers for a while. I have a set of beautiful metal markers, but they are expensive if I want to buy enough for my large garden. Painted stones are a wonderful idea for garden markers, but my little girls love to play with stones at the moment…they don’t leave them in the garden for long! I’ve been scrolling through Pinterest and nothing has really caught my eye that would stand up to the weather elements that we have here. The perfect solution has been sitting there in our recycling bin. Here are my DIY upcycled glass bottle garden markers, and here’s how quick and easy they are to make!

Here are my DIY upcycled glass bottle garden markers, and here's how quick and easy they are to make!

Here are my DIY upcycled glass bottle garden markers, and here's how quick and easy they are to make!

Here are my DIY upcycled glass bottle garden markers, and here's how quick and easy they are to make!

  • The mini glass bottles (such as half-sized wine bottles or beer bottles) work well because they don’t take up as much room in the garden as full-sized wine bottles do. They also work great in pots.
  • I like the chalkboard paint label look, so I chose black and white. I used this kind of non-toxic glass paint. I used “Beetle Black” and “Wedding Cake White.”
  • Using small craft brushes, paint the labels onto the clean glass, first painting the black label and letting it dry, then painting the white details.

Here are my DIY upcycled glass bottle garden markers, and here's how quick and easy they are to make!

  • Bake the paint on by placing the bottles in a non-preheated oven, then setting the temperature to 350 degrees F. Bake them for 30 minutes at 350 and leave them in the oven to completely cool to room temperature.
  • Place corks in the ends of the bottles to prevent soil and moisture from getting in.
  • Tuck the bottles neck-down tightly into the soil. They’re easy to take out when they need to be moved around the garden.

I love it when DIY projects turn out well and trash truly becomes treasure. My painting isn’t perfect, but imperfection is beautiful in a rustic garden scene!

What are your favorite ideas for labeling your garden?

Swanson Health Products $45 Shopping Spree Giveaway

To join Swanson Health Products in celebrating their 45th anniversary, I'm excited to host a $45 shopping spree giveaway for my readers!

Swanson Health Products is one of my go-to stores online where I find healthy, safe products for my family, at great prices. No matter where you are in your journey to live a healthier lifestyle, you’ll definitely find something at SwansonVitamins.com that fits your taste and budget. When you’re shopping for safer products for your body and home, I’ll say that it is convenient and economical to have a few good one-stop resources that carry many different brands. Swanson Health Products is definitely one of them! They have a large selection, from supplements to personal care products to healthy foods and more. They have been providing wellness to the world for 45 years. To join Swanson Health Products in celebrating their 45th anniversary, I’m excited to host a $45 shopping spree giveaway for my readers!

Enter below for your chance to win the $45 shopping spree, and when you’re finished, check out this chance to win 45 Healthy Foods and $500! Thanks so much for participating, and good luck!

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GlassDharma Straws Giveaway and Cherry Coconut Smoothie Recipe

GlassDharma Straws Giveaway and Cherry Coconut Smoothie Recipe @ DailyPea.com: Enter in the Rafflecopter widget below to win our GlassDharma Straws giveaway, and here is a cherry coconut smoothie recipe to enjoy with your new glass straws!

We have been taking steps towards using less plastic in our household for the past several years because it’s more healthy for our environment and our family. It’s been fun! We like using reusable bags (much cuter than plastic,) glass food storage containers (so many stylish options available for the kitchen,) and choosing toys made of natural materials. We haven’t tried glass drinking straws yet, so I was excited when GlassDharma contacted me! They sent 4 different types of their glass straws for me to review, and I’m hooked for life. The Shorty straw is perfect for my little girls to use, and I love the Beautiful Bends and Simple Elegance Smoothie straws. Perhaps my favorite is the Beautiful Dots Iced Tea straw; it’s so classic and pretty. Besides enjoying the beauty of GlassDharma straws and the satisfaction of not adding plastic straws to landfills, I love the peace of mind knowing that they’re 100% non-toxic. They’re economical, durable, and one more step towards a more eco-friendly household! Before you scroll down and enter the $25 gift card giveaway, here are some more reasons why GlassDharma straws are so awesome:

  • Made of borosilicate tubing which is the strongest glass commercially available.
    No expense has been spared in bringing you the strongest, most durable drinking straw possible.
  • Annealed to Corning, Inc. specifications (a process that strengthens the glass) so you can have confidence you are purchasing the highest quality glass straws available.
  • Made of glass which does not leach ANY TOXINS into your food, so you can use your non-toxic straws with confidence.
  • Created with the beauty and elegance that only glass can give. You’ll feel like royalty – with a touch of ‘glass’.
  • A great environmental addition to your kitchenware.
  • Great for hot or cold drinks, microwave and dishwasher safe!!
  • Fully backed by a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If they don’t meet your expectations, return for a full refund.
  • Covered with a Lifetime Guarantee Against Breakage.
  • Hand-made in the U.S.A. Buying from GlassDharma means that your dollar is not going off-shore – it stays right here in the U.S.A.

Since GlassDharma straws are incredibly durable, I feel comfortable with my young children using them (with supervision, of course.)

GlassDharma straws are incredibly durable, so I feel comfortable with my young children using them (with supervision, of course.)

As a busy mama, there are often times that I feel completely frazzled and far from stylish. You’re going to laugh, but when I use a pretty glass straw in my smoothie, I can feel almost elegant for a couple of minutes! That being said, if we ever have an adult get-together at our house, our beverages will be beautiful. Wouldn’t GlassDharma straws make a fun and eco-friendly wedding or shower gift? They’re gorgeous. They’re available in different lengths, diameters, and even with colorful accents.

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Here is a cherry coconut smoothie recipe to enjoy with your new glass straws. It is one of my family’s favorite treats that we make when sweet cherries are in season.

Cherry Coconut Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Cherry Coconut Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup organic sweet cherries, pits removed (we use this tool)
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded organic coconut
  • 1/2 of a medium-sized banana
  • 1 cup plus 2 scoops organic frozen yogurt (vanilla is delicious in this recipe)
  • 3 tablespoons organic coconut water
  • Sprig of mint

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor.
  2. Pulse until consistency is smooth.
  3. Pour into a large glass and add a couple more scoops of frozen yogurt if desired.
  4. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

Notes

Frozen cherries can be used in this recipe. Organic cherries can be expensive, so another option is to use 1/2 cherries and 1/2 blueberries or other berries of your choice.

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Homemade Natural & Calming Anti-Itch Cream

If you are a magnet for mosquitos and end up with itchy inflamed bites, this homemade calming anti-itch cream is for you! It also works well to relieve other common summertime skin ailments such as a mild poison ivy rash. Get the recipe at DailyPea.com.

If you are a magnet for mosquitoes and end up with itchy inflamed bites, this homemade calming anti-itch cream is for you! It also works well to relieve other common summertime skin ailments such as a mild poison ivy rash.

My Daughter’s Severe Reaction to Mosquito Bites

My 4 year old daughter is a magnet for mosquitoes, and even after all prevention measures are taken, they find her and she ends up with multiple bites. Her mosquito bites swell to golf-ball-size within 24 hours and become very hot and itchy. Sometimes she’ll even develop a mild fever. She loses sleep because her bites itch and she scratches through the night. I watch her very closely so that she doesn’t itch so much that the skin breaks, making the bites prone to infection.

My daughter’s allergic reaction to mosquito bites is truly miserable for her and it seems to get worse every year. It makes me cry to see her suffer like that, and it’s difficult because of course we can’t keep her inside when she loves to be outdoors. When mosquitoes sneak through our prevention efforts (long sleeved light colored clothing and a good natural insect repellent), I need to have an effective remedy that will comfort her. Trust me, I’ve tried everything, and I don’t want to give her over-the-counter remedies with harsh chemicals that can irritate her sensitive skin even more.

Natural Relief for Itchy, Sore Bites and Rashes

This homemade calming anti-itch cream has finally given my daughter relief from her mosquito bites. When we apply it to her bites a few times a day, the itching and soreness is calmed and the swelling diminishes. The other day I rubbed up against a pricker vine while working in the yard and ended up with a sore, itchy rash on my ankle. This cream worked wonders to soothe it. It’s so easy to whip up as long as you have the ingredients on hand. The amount that this recipe yields is perfect for a bout of itchy bites or a poison ivy rash, but will keep for a couple of weeks in a sealed jar.

The ingredients in this calming anti-itch cream are natural, soothing, and disinfecting:

  • Baking soda soothes the skin to reduce irritation.
  • Bentonite clay draws bacteria/toxins out of the body and reduces inflammation.
  • Sea salt helps reduce inflammation and soothes itchiness.
  • Fractionated coconut oil makes the cream silky smooth, and it also moisturizes irritated skin as it’s easily absorbed.
  • Lemon essential oil helps reduce heat and inflammation.
  • Peppermint essential oil cools, soothes, and calms itching, especially when mixed with lavender.
  • Lavender essential oil has disinfectant properties to help prevent infection, and helps the skin heal without scarring.
  • When you’re bitten by a mosquito, your body reacts to its saliva in the wound by producing histamine that causes the swelling and itching. Lemon, peppermint and lavender essential oils together create a natural antihistamine which helps reduce inflammation that results from the body’s response to the bite.

Make it!

If you are a magnet for mosquitos and end up with itchy inflamed bites, this homemade calming anti-itch cream is for you! It also works well to relieve other common summertime skin ailments such as a mild poison ivy rash. Get the recipe at DailyPea.com.

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
  • 1 teaspoon high quality sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
  • 3 drops therapeutic grade lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil
  • 3 drops therapeutic grade lemon essential oil
  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small glass bowl. Do not use a metal spoon or container for the bentonite clay because the clay can absorb metals and become less effective.
  2. Add the oils and stir well until lumps are gone and the cream is smooth and silky.

These ingredients can be found online or at your local natural health food store.

How to Use it

To use this cream, apply it liberally to the bites or rash whenever relief is needed. Once you feel the soothing relief, gently wipe the dried cream off with a soft clean cloth. I put it on my daughter’s bites a few times a day until they subside. When I put it on her at bedtime, she doesn’t wake up scratching.

Note: In rare cases, allergic reactions to peppermint essential oil, including respiratory distress, can occur in children. Because of this, peppermint essential oil is not recommended to be used for children under 5, or it must be used with caution. I use peppermint essential oil in this anti-itch cream for my daughter because it is extremely diluted, and she has never shown an adverse reaction to it. 

Do mosquitoes bite you no matter what you do? Have you found a natural remedy that works?

The Liebster Award

The Liebster Award

My blog was so kindly nominated by Catherine at Happily Ever Crafter for the Liebster Award. It was such a nice surprise to see her message saying that I was nominated! This award is extra-special because it’s a fun way for bloggers to interact and introduce each other to our readers. Check out the other wonderful blogs that Catherine nominated for the Liebster Award here!

After your blog is nominated, you share 11 facts about yourself, answer the 11 questions given to you by the blogger who nominated you, nominate 11 new bloggers (who have less than 200 followers in any given social platform (I chose Twitter), then come up with 11 new questions for your nominees.

11 Facts About Me

  • I was born and raised in Michigan, and moved to South Carolina last July.
  • I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University.
  • I worked as a graphic designer for AT&T for 12 years before I started blogging.
  • I love Kripalu yoga and dreamed of becoming an instructor someday, but my life has taken me in other directions after I started having kids. I also love scrapbooking and hope to make time to do it again sometime soon.
  • I have two precious baby girls, and I have been married to my husband for almost 8 years. We met 15 years ago at Michigan State.
  • I love gardening and landscaping. Digging in the dirt is therapeutic for me.
  • Even though I love being outdoors, I have a major fear of spiders and snakes.
  • I have always been a bit of a weather geek (in runs in the family – my brother is a professional storm chaser.) I also have an awesome rock collection that I made when I was a kid. Wherever we are, I still scan the ground for rocks that might catch my eye.
  • I get fired up about GMOs, chemicals in our food, and rules that say we can’t homestead on our own property.
  • I am fascinated with worms. I recently gave a workshop at GOFO’s Urban Farm Tour about how to start vermicomposting.
  • Having my baby girls has inspired me to start blogging about living a healthier, non-toxic, more sustainable lifestyle. Empowering my family, friends, and the readers of my blog with knowledge to be as healthy as possible is my passion.

11 Questions from Catherine at Happily Ever Crafter

  • What’s your favorite attribute about yourself? (Physical, personality, etc) My green thumb that I inherited from my mom.
  • Would you rather go camping in an RV or under the stars? Under the stars.
  • What is the worst meal you’ve ever made? Really nasty barbecue shrimp tacos that my husband and I made. Not quite sure what went wrong there, but it was years ago and we both still remember how gross they were.
  • If money was no object, where would you travel first? Fiji.
  • Did you have an embarrassing nickname as a kid? Bunya, thanks to my little sister.
  • Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.
  • What inspired you to start your blog? My little girls. Taking steps toward a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle with my family has inspired me to encourage others.
  • Do you have any kids? Pets? Two kids. Sadie just turned 4 and Hazel will turn 2 in July. No pets at the moment, unless you count composting worms and bees!
  • What is something that you do every single day? Kiss my babies.
  • What is your favorite season and why? Summer. Because I love gardening and thunderstorms.
  • What is your most favorite post you’ve ever written? Link it up too! One of my favorites is the first in a series of backyard beekeeping posts that I’m going to write. Increasing a healthy bee population is so incredibly important, and I want to spread the word about how beneficial and easy backyard beekeeping is.

11 Blogs I Nominated for the Liebster Award

11 Questions for My Nominees

  • What made you decide that you were going to start a blog?
  • What/who inspires you the most every day?
  • What would your dream home be like? Urban or rural?
  • What is one DIY project that you would love to learn how to do?
  • If you could travel to one part of the world and spend a month there, where would it be and what would you do there?
  • What is your all-time favorite family recipe?
  • Is there a hobby that you wish you had more time to do?
  • What is your favorite form of exercise?
  • What is your favorite thing to do to unwind?
  • I had to copy this question from Catherine because I think it’s a great one: What is your favorite blog post that you’ve ever written? Please share!

Check out all of these fabulous blogs and their social media pages. I know you’re going to love them as much as I do!

Another thank you to Catherine who nominated my blog. I’m so thankful to be able to connect with many amazing blogging friends on a daily basis!

Host a Family of Bluebirds in Your Yard!

Host a Family of Bluebirds in Your Yard

We have been loving watching bluebirds build a nest and raise their babies in our yard since early spring, so I wanted to write another post about them to inspire you to try a nesting box in your yard! Back in March I wrote a detailed post about How to Attract Bluebirds to Your Yard, which shows the certain type of nesting box to choose and where to put it. If you live in North America, you most likely have one of three kinds of bluebirds in your area: The Eastern BluebirdWestern Bluebird or Mountain Bluebird. If you add a box or two to your landscape, chances are good that you’ll see them every day during the spring and summer.

Host a Family of Bluebirds in Your Yard

Bluebirds are so interesting to watch, and there’s no need to be home and near the nesting box 24/7 to see them. They’re most active during the morning and early evening through dusk, so if you happen to look out the window around those times, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of them.

Host a Family of Bluebirds in Your Yard

Our bluebirds started to scope out the nesting box within 24 hours of us putting it up and then they hung around the area for a few weeks before they started to build a nest. They were active all day when the babies hatched. My little girls had a blast watching them fly up to the nest with bugs and grubs in their mouths to feed them. We know that the babies just recently left the nest, because they were hanging out of the box last week and now it’s really quiet. Bluebirds normally have more than one brood per year, so perhaps they’ll return! They are territorial so they most likely will.

Host a Family of Bluebirds in Your Yard

It’s a good idea to put a nesting box out soon for the bluebirds, since their breeding time is summer. Even if it is too late, they may check out the area now and return to it in the spring. It really is simple and easy to put up a bluebird house, even if you’re going to build your own! If you have an open area with scattered trees nearby which is a good distance from buildings, you have an ideal spot for these beautiful birds. Besides the enjoyment of watching them in your yard, they’re beneficial birds to have around because they keep pesky insects at bay. That’s especially helpful if you’re a gardener. We’re planning to add a couple more nesting boxes to our yard. If you’re going to put more than one out, spacing them 100 feet apart is ideal.

Do you see bluebirds where you live? Have you tried a nesting box? 

Using the Dirty Dozen List to Shop Organic

DirtyDozen

We do our best as a family to buy organic foods, but sometimes it’s not entirely possible for lots of different reasons. Budget is number one, followed by availability at stores in our area. Belonging to a CSA program at our local farm, growing our own vegetable garden and shopping at the farmer’s market are three major things we do that help make it possible for us to buy local, organic produce, dairy products and meat. Using the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen™ guide while shopping also makes it possible for us to incorporate clean eating into our everyday routines.

Avoiding chemical residues such as pesticides is one of the main reasons why many of us choose organic foods. The Dirty Dozen™ guide can help us distinguish which fruits and veggies are most important to choose organic based on amounts of pesticide residues. The guide is updated annually. I keep it on a special page located at the top navigation of my website so that it’s easy to reference.

The items on the Dirty Dozen™ list contain the most pesticide residues, while the Clean Fifteen™ items contain the least. The expanded “Plus” section of the list did not meet traditional Dirty Dozen™ criteria but were commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system (source.) It’s even important to reference these lists when buying cooked or packaged items because they can contain the same pesticide residues that the produce contained before it was processed.

Although corn is not on the Dirty Dozen™ list, EWG advises to choose organic because some corn sold for human consumption is produced with genetically modified (GMO) seeds. Field corn is almost always produced with genetically modified seeds, and is used to make tortillas, chips and corn syrup. Organic corn is non-GMO. Buying organic is a major way to avoid products containing GMO crops. Look for the label “USDA organic certified.” Other genetically modified crops that can be found in the produce section of the store are zucchini, papaya and sweet corn. Please see my blog post and infographic about avoiding GMOs in your food.

Don’t see a certain item that you’re looking for on these lists? The EWG has put together a list of 51 popular fruits and vegetables that have been tested for pesticide residues by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. The EWG ranked them from worst to best in terms of pesticides (lower numbers have more pesticides Source.)

  1. Apples
  2. Strawberries
  3. Grapes
  4. Celery
  5. Peaches
  6. Spinach
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Nectarines (Imported)
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry Tomatoes
  11. Snap Peas (Imported)
  12. Potatoes
  13. Hot Peppers
  14. Blueberries (Domestic)
  15. Lettuce
  16. Kale/Collard Greens
  17. Plums
  18. Cherries
  19. Nectarines (Domestic)
  20. Pears
  21. Tangerines
  22. Carrots
  23. Blueberries (Imported)
  24. Green Beans
  25. Winter Squash
  26. Summer Squash
  27. Raspberries
  28. Broccoli
  29. Snap Peas (Domestic)
  30. Green Onions
  31. Oranges
  32. Bananas
  33. Tomatoes
  34. Watermelon
  35. Honeydew Melon
  36. Mushrooms
  37. Sweet Potatoes
  38. Cauliflower
  39. Cantaloupe
  40. Grapefruit
  41. Eggplant
  42. Kiwi
  43. Papayas
  44. Mangoes
  45. Asparagus
  46. Onions
  47. Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  48. Cabbage
  49. Pineapples
  50. Sweet Corn
  51. Avocados

Does the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list help you while shopping for produce? What other ways do you avoid pesticides in your food?

 

Natural Earth Paint Wooden Eggs Kit Review & Giveaway

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Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our Natural Earth Paint giveaway! Congratulations to Dawn G., our winner. Please stay tuned for more healthy giveaways in the near future!

I was excited when Natural Earth Paint asked me to review their Wooden Eggs Craft Kit and Natural Egg Dye Kit because I love doing eco-friendly crafts with my daughters. I really wanted to try these paints and dyes since it’s tough to find truly non-toxic art supplies that also work well. Here’s why these natural egg kits turned out to be a huge success for us, and how you can enter to win a Wooden Eggs Craft Kit to try!

Natural Earth Paint Wooden Eggs Craft Kit

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In this kit we received 6 wooden eggs that are 2″ high, and 6 Children’s Earth Paint colors (blue, green, yellow, white, orange and red.) The high quality eggs are handmade in the Pacific Northwest with sustainable FSC certified wood. The powdered paints are made of natural earth pigments and organic milk protein.

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We mixed the paint in little ceramic bowls by adding a little bit of water to the powder to reach a creamy consistency. We just mixed a little of each color at a time so we could save them for future painting projects. Each color mixed together very smoothly and easily, unlike some other natural paints we have tried. You can make the paint a thinner consistency for a watercolor effect, but we liked the thicker consistency for the eggs. It covered very nicely and the hues are so vibrant and beautiful!

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After the paint dried, I used a homemade natural beeswax polish to seal the eggs and prevent the paint from smudging from moisture.

Success! My four year old daughter had so much fun spending hours carefully painting her eggs, and loved the bright colors. From a mama point of view, I love this kit because I have peace of mind knowing my kids are not ingesting anything toxic when they get the paint on their skin or even in their mouths. I LOVE how these eggs can be reused every year at Easter time, and also how we can paint some every year to create little keepsakes for the kids.

Natural Egg Dye Kit

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In the Natural Egg Dye Kit we received 4 colors of dye (green purple, orange and blue) made from pure fruit and vegetable extracts (spinach, purple carrots, turmeric, beets, red cabbage, and blueberries.)

We filled 4 glasses with a half cup of hot water each, poured in the powdered dye and mixed. We dropped a hard-boiled egg into each and let them sit for 15-20 minutes. We used brown eggs, so they turned out to have a vintage look to them. The earth colors are so beautiful and rich. We preferred these natural colors over the synthetic colors in conventional dye kits.

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Success! My daughters were excited to see the bright, pretty colors on the eggs when they lifted them out of the glasses. We put rubber bands on some eggs to make stripes, and painted some with the paint left over from the wooden eggs. From a mama point of view, I love that these dyes are 100% pure, natural and non-toxic. I know that most conventional egg dye kits contain some pretty toxic chemicals. Here is a New York Times article that Natural Earth Paint passed along to me, about synthetic dyes: F.D.A. Panel to Consider Warnings for Artificial Food Colorings. Natural Earth Paint also mentioned this:

“The “natural dye” currently used for red in most naturally dyed products (lipstick, cherry coke, some natural egg dyes, etc.) is the blood of the cochineal bug, also called carmine. These bugs are farmed and crushed in a very ecologically irresponsible way.”

I’m very happy that there are 100% safe and non-toxic options available! Making your own dyes out of fruit and vegetable pigments at home is also an option, which is a bit more time consuming and messy. I love the Natural Egg Dye kit because it’s so convenient.

GIVEAWAY!

Enter below to win a Wooden Eggs Craft Kit just in time for Easter! Thank you to Natural Earth Paint for sponsoring this giveaway.

About the Natural Earth Paint Company

Leah Fanning Mebane, a professional visual artist, founded Natural Earth Paint with her husband in 2011 with the goal of providing non-toxic paints to artists and health-conscious parents. This quickly growing family business focuses on an eco-friendly business model and holds the Gold Certification from Green America. They currently have about a dozen products sold on their website including Natural Face Paint and Earth Oil Paint, and they’re always working on the development of future products. They use recycled and biodegradable packaging, and use vegetable-based inks for printing.

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A Few of My Favorite Things from March 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things from March 2014 - DailyPea.com

My favorite part of March is always my oldest baby girl’s birthday on the 29th. She turned 4 this year! Where does the time go?? Speaking of time flying, it seems like we just planted our veggie seeds indoors, and we’re already in the process of transplanting them into bigger pots. In the next month we’ll be planting them in the garden beds…we can’t wait to watch them grow. Another exciting highlight from March: the beehive in our backyard. I will definitely be blogging about this, so stay tuned for our adventures in beekeeping!

I’m so thankful to be inspired daily by some pretty amazing bloggers, and I love sharing their wonderful content with you. Here’s a roundup of some my favorite natural living posts that I came across in March:

Recipes:

  • You seriously can’t beat homemade soft pretzels! Here is a healthy recipe for Homemade Sourdough Pretzels, by Five Little Homesteaders.
  • I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate more veggies for my little ones! I can’t wait to make this beautiful Chicken Pasta Primavera by Real Food Girl Unmodified.
  • Another wonderful recipe by Real Food Girl: Balsamic-Strawberry Black Pepper Jam. YUM.
  • Here is a roundup of 65+ seafood recipes from some of your favorite real food bloggers, presented by Oh, the Things We’ll Make.
  • Real Food Outlaws is one of my favorite blogs to go to for new recipes to try. I can’t wait to try this Grain Free Lemon Medeira Cake, which sounds so refreshing and perfect for spring.
  • Do you get sick of the same old salad every day? Homegrown and Healthy posted a roundup of 30 delicious salads from real food bloggers. I promise you’ll never get sick of salads again!

Natural Remedies:

  • I can’t wait to try this recipe by Growing Up Herbal for Relaxing Bath Salts that will help my little ones relax and fall asleep at night.
  • Before tossing those weeds from your garden aside, think about the teas you can make! Oh, the Things We Can Make shows how to forage for teas in your own yard.
  • I placed this in the “Natural Remedies” section because sprouts have so many powerful health benefits. In this post, The Skinny Pear shows how to grow and eat sprouts.

Healthy Living Tips:

  • Are you thinking about backyard chickens? Live Simply shares 3 questions about chickens to consider before making the decision to bring those adorable chicks home.
  • Thinking about planting a veggie garden, but not sure where to start? Attainable Sustainable lists 12 of the easiest vegetables to grow.
  • Did you know that you can eat sweet potato leaves? Yes! It’s a beautiful houseplant that you can eat. Attainable Sustainable shows how to plant them, and also shares some delicious recipes.
  • If you would like to try homemade cleaners in your home, you’re not going to want to miss this post by We Got Real. There are some great homemade cleaner recipes AND a spring cleaning checklist.
  • Homemade Reed Diffusers are a much healthier alternative to store-bought air fresheners which can be very toxic. Health Starts in the Kitchen Shows how to make them!

Natural Beauty Tips:

What are some of your favorite highlights from March?