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Moana Easter Eggs

Who is obsessed with Moana? All of the children I suspect. I am as well, every single song is adorable and I could decorate my whole life in rich Polynesian style. I started with some Easter Eggs done up like little Palm Trees. These were so fun to make.. find how after the jump. by… Read more »

April, By Craft, Crafting With Kids, DIY, Easter, Paper

DIY Potted Easter Egg Cactus

Potted Easter Egg Cactus I love HI-CHEW candy from Japan and I’m thrilled to partner with them to share our fun new DIY Potted Easter Egg Cactus celebrating their Spring Mix Bag. This strawberry, mango, and green apple assortment of sensationally chewy gluten-free and nut-free candy is made with real fruit juices and purees. It’s the perfect candy for stuffing Easter eggs or as a sweet surprise  for anyone who enjoys chewy fruity treats… like me!Potted Easter Egg Cactus

Here’s how we made these adorable DIY Potted Cactus Easter Eggs, filled with HI-CHEW of course. (more…)

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10 Spring Cleaning Tips for Outdoor Living + FREE “Pool Rules” Printable

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Spring is upon us and it’s time to wash away the dust and grime of winter and get our favorite spaces ready for warm weather gatherings and summer fun. To celebrate the season, we’ve partnered with our friends at Clorox® to create a week’s worth of ideas for a Springvent calendar that is full of spring cleaning tips, tricks and inspiration.

To kick off the week, we’re sharing tips on how to clean all things outdoors, from patio furniture to pool toys. Who knew that good old, affordable, and readily available, Clorox® Regular-Bleach, was the go-to cleaner for getting everything sparkling clean for the lazy days ahead? Here are 10 great tips for cleaning up your porch, patio, grill, pool or even just a picnic table. You will have everything perfectly clean and ready to make amazing memories this year.

10 outdoor living spring cleaning tips

1. Clean decks and concrete with Clorox® Regular-Bleach. Outdoor flooring takes the brunt of winter dirt and grime. Getting them clean doesn’t have to be costly or time consuming. Visit Clorox.com for deck cleaning instructions and tips such as, “water your plants first.” If mold and mildew are a problem in your area, here are a few tips on how to clean outdoor mold and mildew.

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2. Clean patio furniture. Wash hard, nonporous patio furniture surfaces* such as plastic, painted or finished wood and glass (tabletops) with Clorox® Regular-Bleach, as described on the Clorox website.

*Helpful hint: When cleaning with Clorox® Regular-Bleach, don’t try to clean everything at once. You’ll need to start rinsing five minutes after you start, so it’s good to work a little at a time. That way, you don’t leave the bleach and water solution on too long.IMG_5191

3. Clean blow-up pool toys.  Fortunately, blow-up pool toys that are made of vinyl or plastic can be sanitized with a solution of one tablespoon Clorox® Regular-Bleach per gallon of water. Wipe the bleach solution on, let stand for two minutes and then allow items to air dry (you don’t have to rinse them, similar to sanitizing food contact surfaces). It will probably be easiest to do this when the toys are inflated.

4. Wipe down all outdoor kitchen surfaces such as appliances and counter tops. Clorox® Scentiva® comes in heavenly scents like Hawaiian Sunshine and Tuscan Lavender and Jasmine, which maybe makes cleaning a little more enjoyable?
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5. Clean the grill. Cooking on the grill is one of my favorite things about summer. It’s fun to get out of the house and cleanup is so much easier. Clorox has some great tips for cleaning your grill and keeping it in great shape all season long.

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6. Wash linens. Even if pool towels were clean at the end of the season, freshen them up by running them through the laundry so they are fluffy and smelling great. Did you know that you should skip the fabric softener to keep towels absorbent? Find more towel washing tips here.

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7. Wash windows and glass doors. You and your guests will notice that they are sparkling and fingerprint free…at least for the first five minutes of your party.

8. Wash outdoor plates, silverware and trays. They will be ready and dust-free for your next backyard get-together.

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9. Remove mold and mildew from plants and trees. Did you know that Clorox® Regular-Bleach can even help your plants and trees fight mold and mildew? Read how to treat your landscaping with bleach here.

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10. Sanitize your pool. Whether you have a kiddie pool or an Olympic-sized pool, you can keep it sparkling clean with Clorox® Regular-Bleach. The Clorox website has everything you need to know about how to use bleach to sanitize your pool.

Speaking of pools, we created this for you to post in your own backyard. You may have your own rules, but these four seem to be universally accepted.

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This post was sponsored by Clorox®, but it is our personal opinion that bleach is awesome.

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SING Blu-Ray + DVD Easter Basket and Printable!

IMG_5346Do your kiddos love to take the stage as much as the characters from SING? In partnership with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we’ve put together a basket of goodies sure to inspire the Easter bunny to bring your singing cuties a few fun surprises for their next gig. We are so excited that the Special Edition SING Blu-Ray + DVD is now in stores that we also created a page of watercolor printables that are perfect for gift tags, greeting cards or even framed as artwork. Read on for the SING inspired Easter basket and free printable.

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When Buster Moon, a romantic dreamer of a koala played by Matthew McConaughey, schemes to save his theater with a singing contest, hilarity and heartbreak and high-notes ensue. I loved all of the characters in SING, from punk rock porcupine Ash, voiced by Scarlett Johansson, to Rosita, an overworked mom of 25 piglets who dreams of stardom, played by Reese Witherspoon. The kids and I found ourselves rooting for this band of animal misfits and singing right along.

I think we could all relate to the characters’ desire to belt out a tune, even if it’s just from the comfort of our own living room (or shower.) It inspired me to pull together the perfect Easter basket inspired by SING.

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Instant Pot Garlic Pork & Kale Recipe

Instapot Garlic Pork & Kale Recipe 4This recipe will blow your dang mind. For real. Even if you aren’t that into pork (like me), or kale (also like me), there’s something about the way the pressure cooker disintegrates the garlic into the sauce that makes it all add up to some serious magic for your mouth. Bonus, my 8-year-old daughter LOVES this dinner (did I mention it has kale? yeah, she still gobbles it up) and it easily freezes for leftovers, which can be repurposed deliciously in a way I will explain later in this post.

So, let’s talk about the Instant Pot. I’m obsessed, as I am sure many of you or your friends are. I got mine about a year ago, and didn’t start sharing recipes because I didn’t feel they would be useful, because most people didn’t have one. Well, it seems Instant Pot has now reached some sort of critical mass, and people want recipes! So, I have been experimenting over the last year with making some of my favorite recipes faster and easier in the Instant Pot, and now I think it is time to share. You can benefit from my year of early-adopter learnings, or if you don’t have an Instant Pot (or whatever pressure cooker), you can make this in a crock pot.Instapot Garlic Pork & Kale Recipe 6

Read on to get my recipe for Instant Pot Garlic Pork & Kale(more…)

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Watercolor Shamrock Printable for St. Patrick’s Day

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Turn St. Patrick’s Day into a rainbow of fun with these watercolor shamrock tags. Use them as gift tags, cupcake toppers, or drink tags as we did here on our rainbow of sugary soda goodness. Hey, it’s only St. Patrick’s Day once a year, might as well go a little crazy.

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Read on for the FREE St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock printable. (more…)

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Lucky Charms Ice Cream Recipe

Lucky Charms Ice CreamScarlet and I have been making ice cream, which is rather complicated when you use a custard base and an 8-year-old helper, but also acts a science project with a – in this case – magically delicious result. We’ve done the standards (vanilla, mint) and have been coming up with interesting flavors to try. So when she suggested we make Lucky Charms ice cream for St. Patrick’s Day, I was like DEFINITELY.
Lucky Charms Ice Cream Recipe The easy version of this would just be to buy some vanilla ice cream, let it soften, and mix in some cereal marshmallows, but we wanted to infuse the ice cream with cereal flavor. Find out how we did it with our Lucky Charms Ice Cream Recipe after the jump… (more…)

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Snappy Toddler Top: FREE Printable Pattern!

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One of our most popular sewing tutorials, the Snappy Toddler Top is now available as a FREE Downloadable Pattern featuring size 6-12 Month through 5/6 years. Print out the Snappy Toddler Top Pattern Here and then click here to find the original Snappy Toddler Top instructions.

To print the pattern, download the file and in the print dialog box, select “Poster.” This will automatically print the pattern as displayed below, ready for you to tile together.

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The Snappy Top that Clare is wearing in the photo above features my own fabric designs, Wildflower Field and Gold Herring which are available in my Spoonflower shop.

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