Today’s link round-up has recipes, cleaning tips, crafts, and more.
Designed Décor shared her way of cleaning the microwave — the easy way.
Chocolate and Sunshine shared a recipe for chocolate lasagna.
Kenarry shared a cute Easter egg finger painting craft.
Crafts Unleashed shared some crafty ideas for using up those toilet paper rolls.
Chubby Hobby shared a tutorial for creating a plush ballet bunny.
Fishstick Designs taught us how to make homemade chocolate syrup.
Photo credit: Designed Décor and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up is all about spring—Easter crafts and foods, flowers in a birdcage, and more.
Mommypotamus shared 50 creative ways to use mason jars.
Cincy Shopper showed us how to make Easter chick deviled eggs.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make the cutest easy bunny buns with Pillsbury crescent rounds.
Crafts Unleashed shared 20 adorable Easter crafts you can enjoy.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us how to plant a birdcage to make a gorgeous spring display.
Melly Sews shared 10 upcycle tutorials.
Photo credit: Mommypotamus and Chocolate Covered Katie
Today’s link round-up has tons of DIYs, a book review, and ideas for a small space garden.
A Beautiful Mess showed us a cute project that will look good in a kid’s room—transparency sheet ice cream art.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us how to make a DIY coastal lamp.
Polka Dot Chair had a cute gift idea for little girls—DIY hair ties and headbands.
Mod Podge Rocks showed us how to use fabric to give a mirror a makeover.
Oh My Creative shared 10 small space garden ideas.
Happy Hour Projects shared an idea for a project the kids will love helping you with: a 10-minute paper bag nest.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Mommypotamus
Have you ever stopped to think about how much product packaging your family throws out on a weekly basis? If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, April is a great time to start buying bulk foods.
Bulk foods are the foods sold in clear plastic bins at your grocery store. You buy as little or as much as you need. You’re not paying for extra packaging, so you’re saving money and helping the environment at the same time.
Bulk bin products are generally the same name brand items you see on store shelves. However, they are often fresher than packaged alternatives because the bulk bin supply is constantly being replenished.
Little changes make a big difference when it comes to buying bulk foods. For example, if all Americans purchased their coffee from bulk bins instead of buying traditional packaged products, we’d keep 5,000,000 pounds of packaging out of the country’s landfills each week.
Bulk buying also reduces food waste, since you aren’t committing to a particular package size. More food goes into landfills across the United States than any other single material in municipal waste. Food you toss in the trash decomposes more quickly than product packaging, but this is still money you’ve wasted.
If you want to start buying in bulk, go to www.bulkisgreen.org to take the Love Bulk pledge. To encourage people to try bulk foods during Earth Month and beyond, the Bulk Is Green council is planning a special giveaway.
When you take the pledge, you’re entered to win a prize pack filled with everything you need to create a pantry stocked with foods from the bulk bins. The prize pack includes glass storage containers as well as food samples from popular bulk bin brands.
Photo credit: Bulk Is Green
Today’s link round-up has beauty and fragrance tips, Easter crafts, and more.
Cupcakes and Cashmere taught us the art of layering scents.
The Free People blog showed us how to make a refreshing face mist for spring.
A Subtle Revelry taught us how to make a rug from old t-shirts.
All Things Heart and Home showed us how to make a moss topiary.
U-Create Crafts gave us a tutorial on creating an interchangeable burlap wreath.
The Magic Onions planted mini pansies in egg shells as Easter decorations.
Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere and Craftaholics Anonymous
Today’s link round-up offers blush basics, spring crafts, the perfect self tanner, and more.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared blush basics to give your face a pretty glow.
Craftaholics Anonymous showed us how to make an easy monogram lampshade.
A Subtle Revelry showed us how to make cute paper bunny fruit bags.
Handmade Charlotte shared six spring crafts inspired by nature.
U-Create Crafts showed us how to make a clothespin picture frame.
The Magic Onions taught us how to make a hummingbird’s nest.
Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere and A Beautiful Mess
With Earth Week fast approaching, you might find yourself in search of activities you can do to help your children learn about protecting the environment.
One suggestion that I personally love is having your kids clean their rooms to make a donation to Second Chance Toys. Donations help keep plastic out of our country’s landfills while helping to ensure that all children have access to age-appropriate playthings.
Second Chance Toys is planning pick-ups all around the country throughout April and will be holding a large toy drive in Times Square in May. The group’s mission is to clean and redistribute gently used plastic toys to children in need. Many of the toys go to children in homeless shelters.
Second Chance Toys was founded by Sasha Lipton, a high school student who wanted to find a productive use for all the plastic toys she saw being disposed of throughout her neighborhood. She began collecting the toys, cleaning them up, and donating them to churches and other groups who served needy children.
Sasha is now a college graduate and Second Chance Toys continues to grow. The group partners with the Kohl’s employee volunteer program as well as 1-800-Got-Junk. To date, more than 150,000 toys have been collected for children in need.
Plastic toys donated to Second Chance Toys must be clean and in working order with no small parts that could be a possible choking hazard. Battery-operated toys are OK as long as you include batteries with your donation. The organization cannot accept books or stuffed animals.
Visit the Second Chance Toys website to learn more about how you can share “recycled love” with those in need.
Photo credit: Second Chance Toys
Today’s link round-up has fresh spring ideas, a healthy snack, tips for booking a cruise, and more.
Oh Happy Day showed us how to make conversation bunnies to use as a centerpiece.
The Handmade Home taught us how to create an indoor garden.
Oh My Creative shared some fresh spring ideas that will spruce up your home for the warmer months.
Dora Daily shared a simple, delicious snack: apple rings.
Bakewell Junction posted a recipe for some delicious-looking pecan pie muffins.
Love Food Will Share gave us an amazing cashew chicken stir fry recipe.
Photo credit: Oh Happy Day and Day 2 Day Supermom
Today’s link round-up has Easter treats, a spring wreath, painted jewelry, and more.
Oh Happy Day has printable mini Easter egg treat boxes to share.
The Handmade Home taught us how to make ragamuffin rabbits for Easter.
Oh My Creative made a gorgeous, unusual beaded spring wreath you might want to copy.
Family Ever After talked about a DIY cross-stitched iPhone 5 case.
Made in a Day spray painted her jewelry and shared why it might be a good idea.
Cute Kid Ugly House made a wood grain pillow to dress up her décor without spending a lot of cash.
Photo credit: Oh Happy Day and A Beautiful Mess