Dyeing Eggs Naturally

Ingredients:

Hard Boiled Eggs (cooled in room temperature)

Blue or Dark Green  – 2 cups shredded purple cabbage

Purple – Beets – 2  cups sliced beets

Yellow – 4 tablespoon ground turmeric

vinegar – you will need 1 tablespoon for each  cup of water

baking soda – 1 tbsp. (optional for blue )

Instructions:

  1. Add 1 cup of water for each cup of natural dye , bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until the colour has reached the shades/ hue that you prefer. Please note that you will need to adjust the recipe depending on how many eggs you need to dye.
  2. Cool the liquid mixture to room temperature.
  3. Pour the cooled dye through a fine-mesh strainer into another saucepan or bowl.
  4. Add 1 tbsp vinegar to the strained liquid natural dye. (Add baking soda if you are making the blue dye.)
  5. Put the hard boiled eggs in a jar.
  6. Pour the liquid natural dye into the jar , ensuring all the eggs are submerged totally.
  7. Leave in the refrigerator overnight .
  8. Remove the eggs from the jar, dry it and leave it in the fridge until ready to use (use it within 2 days) . I usually do this on a Saturday if using for Sunday.
  9. They look awesome and the good thing is , they are all natural and non-toxic!

 

 

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Ecoways, Recycling Broken Crayons in a Creative Way

Don’t you hate it when you see your kids’ crayon box and see how many broken crayons are there inside? New year, I pledge to myself to find ways to reuse items we have at home.

This is the before and after pictures I took. I am happy with the results and my youngest son is really enjoying the new recycled crayons 🙂 It is super easy and super fun to make, just be careful with the high temperature when melting the crayons.

Recycled Broken Crayons

Recycled Broken Crayons

What you need:

  • 1 big stainless container for boiling the water
  • 1 smaller pyrex container  than can fit inside the stainless container (ensure that this container will not be used as food container later)
  • broken crayons
  • some cardboard as a mold or a small silicone soap mold
  • rubber bands
  • a small piece of wax paper or small muffin paper
  • optional (beeswax – to make the crayons harder and it will smell better!)

Make sure that all the paper or packaging of the broken crayons were removed before melting the crayons.

As a mold I use a cardboard from a food container or a marketing cardboard flyer :). Roll it to form a cylinder and use rubber bands to keep the shape. For the bottom, I use wax paper with rubber bands to hold the melted crayons.

Rolled Cardboard Mold

Rolled Cardboard Mold

WARNING: Melted crayons are hot, be careful! I prefer to work without the kids around when doing this. Properly disposed left over crayons, do not pour in your sink!

  • Put the crayons inside you smaller container
  • Put the smaller container inside the bigger container
  • Add some water inside the bigger container
  • Under medium heat, bring the water to boil or steam to melt the crayons
  • As soon as all the crayons are melted, carefully pour the liquid to your mold.
  • Weight a few minutes for the crayons to cool down and solidify
  • Remove the crayons from the mold and  enjoy!
End results of my recycled crayons :)

End results of my recycled crayons 🙂

Enjoying the crayons!

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Ecoways’ Eco-friendly Way of Fixing Pants

Boys will be boys! Several times, my kids have come home from school with ripped pants.   These pants are not even 1 year old! It is a waste to throw them away. We can’t even donate this for someone else to use.

Ripped Pants for Mending

Ripped Pants #1 – Before Mending

Ripped Pants

Ripped Pants  # 2 – Before Mending

But wait! There is an easy to fix this by using iron-on patches. You can buy these patches at a textile store or online stores. They come in different colours or prints. I bought a couple of gray and camo iron-on patches. All you need is an iron, a few minutes and voila! It is fixed in stylish way. You save money, plus it is good for the environment! It is always good to use any thing until the end of its life!

Below are the pictures of how it looks like after the fixed. I decided to put it on both knees to make it looks like some sort of design 🙂

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Pants with the iron-on ptaches

Pants with the iron-on ptaches

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Organic Coconut Macaroons

This organic coconut macaroons are easy to make and so yummy! My little monsters love this as a snack or as a dessert.
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Valentines Day – eco-friendly activity with kids

Natural Glycerin Soap

Natural Glycerin Soap

This project is a quick one. Unlike cold process soap, melt and pour is easier to make. I love the different shapes, colours and fragrance that you can make. You can make this using as much as natural ingredients as you wish. This is a fun activity that you can easily do with the kids. Just be careful when handling hot melted soap, it still can hurt those little sensitive hands.

Ingredients / Materials needed:

  • Melt and  pour glycerin soap
  • phthalate-free fragrance oil (optional) **please refer to canadian cancer society for definition (http://www.cancer.ca/en/prevention-and-screening/be-aware/harmful-substances-and-environmental-risks/phthalates/?region=on)
  • essential oil(s) of your choice
  • colour  (you can use natural ingredients like turmeric , annatto) or you can purchase micas or colours specifically created for soaps.
  • silicone soap mold
  1. Melt the soap in the oven top or microwave for a few minutes 1 minute at a time . Stir the soap every one minute to avoid clumps.
  2. Let the soap temperature cool down but not too thick.
  3. Add your colour to your desired shades.
  4. Add the frangrance.
  5. Pour in the silicone mold .
  6. Let it dry overnight.
  7. Remove from the mold and voila you have your soap!

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A Quick and Healthy Snack for Kids and Adults

 

Did you know that most fruit yogurt available in the store have at least 12 grams of sugar?  I decided to switch to a plain yogurt because of this. I am really desperate to cut the sugar in my kids’ diet. I have 2 boys and I am really concerned about how much sugar they get everyday because they are both hyperactive!  Here is a recipe that any kids will surely love. It will only take a few minutes to prepare!

organic yogurt snack

organic yogurt snack ingredients

Ingredients:

  • Organic plain yogurt
  • wild buckwheat honey with wild blueberry You can use maple syrup in place of honey if desired  (NOTE: do not feed infants, less than 1 year old, honey) 
  • organic granola cereal  ( I personally prefer nature’s path)

Measure 1/2 cup of yogurt , add about 1 tablespoon of organic granola cereal on top  and drizzle with honey or maple syrup. Do not put too much honey or maple syrup, otherwise it defeats the purpose of cutting back on sweets 🙂

My two kids (6 and 2 years old) devoured this in five minutes. 🙂

 

organic yogurt snack

Organic Yogurt Snack Ingredients


Organic yogurt with granola and honey

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The laundry Tarts Stain Remover Giveaway

Have you tried these great products from the Laundry Tarts?

Let me introduce you to each of this product.

Laundry Tarts Detergent I have tried a number of detergents in the market, both natural and conventional and this is the only one that works for us.
Here are the reasons why their laundry detergent is popular in our households:

  • It doesn’t leave a fake overpowering smell
  • It doesn’t leave residue (with proper rinsing of course).
  • I am aware of all the ingredients and I know what each one is. Conventional detergent contains  chemicals and  I don’t even know what they are. Most of these conventional brands of detergent don’t even bother to list all the ingredients.
  • They are made in Canada , I feel good  supporting a local business.

The Laundry Tarts Detergent and Stain Remover

Laundry Tarts Strip it Formula   I  used this first when I made the switch  because of stinky smell from using a conventional detergent for years. I also use this in cloth diapers when I see that there some odor buildup, usually no more than once a month.  The Strip It! Formula removes unwanted odors and residues left from previous detergent build-up or bacteria. Cloth Diapering can often become challenging and affected by different water types, materials and routines. The Strip It! Formula assists to bring cloth diapers and garments back to their original state removing residues and dingy colors.
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Stain Remover  The Sweet Spot Stain Removing Bar works wonders on every day stains. The Sweet Spot Stain Remover Bar is safe for cloth diapers and delicate fabrics. Made with all natural ingredients, safe for sensitive skin, the stain removing bar may also lightens pre-existing old stains. Based on the old fashion principle of washboard and basin, they took Nana’s recipe and brought it to your laundry room! For best results, treat stain as soon as possible. Set in stains with other products or dryer may require additional applications or soaking.

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AMP Diapers – Benny’s Farm and Paris

AMP diapers just recently released two new adorable prints called Benny’s farm and Paris!

AMP Diapers Later New Prints

Paris and Benny’s Farm

I love these two new print designs!

Here is my review for the AMP diaper:

This diaper is one of my favorites especially for night time. I never encountered any leaks yet using it, with the bamboo insert and microfiber booster inside.

I also love the colours available! I love that you can use it as a cover with insert outside without staffing it in (whenever I don’t have time) . Using it as a pocket cover is great as well. The stay dry microfleece fabric is so soft on my baby’s skin.

The fit is perfect for my little one. The gentle elastics keep the messes in. Speaking of messes, the design of the pocket is very well thought! I haven’t seen any pocket diaper with the pocket opening in front! Guess what? This prevents the poop of your little one  from going inside. I hate the other design of the diapers where they put the pocket opening in the middle . For me it doesn’t make any sense at all!

I highly recommend this diaper and for me it is worth the price for a Canadian Made diaper.

* NOTE: I purchase this diaper on my own and I have tried this for my little one. I was not paid to review this product. All opinions expressed are my own and 100% honest , although your opinion may be different than mine.

 

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The best way to clean your washroom!

Have you ever wonder what’s in your household cleaning products? Now-a-days marketing is so powerful that consumers are lured to purchase products “known” to work well at a cheaper price. Adverting is so attractive that it makes us believe that the products they are selling to us are the best, through brand marketing.

What consumers don’t know, there are a lot of ingredients in our cleaning products , as well personal care products that are not necessary and often bad for your health and the environment. Watch out for those signs like; warning, poison, danger etc. Think about it, is it really necessary for a nail polish and cleaning products to contain formaldelhyde? Formadelhyde is a carcinogen!

Cleaning our own house is supposed to be better for us, but not if we use the conventional cleaning products available in the market. They can  contain solvents which results VOC emissions. I will never allow my children to inhale all of this, especially in my own house!

According to Environment Canada, “The VOC Controls section at Environment Canada is addressing VOC emissions resulting from the use of solvents in consumer and commercial products which are the second largest contributors at 28% of overall emissions of VOC. Consumer and commercial products are individually small sources of VOC emissions but contribute significantly to the overall atmospheric loadings of VOC and associated air quality problems. Consumer and commercial products include a wide array of products such as household cleaning products, personal care products, paints, and printing inks.”

There is a very good posting from David Suzuki’s website, “The dirt on toxic chemicals in household cleaning product“, which I suggest you read. For me it’s very enlightening and I hope that each of you will take this issue seriously and start changing the way you purchase cleaning products (and other personal products as well) ….

Some of my friends have been asking me, what is a great natural alternative to clean your house? There are only few things you need, vinegar, water, baking soda and optional essential oil , if you got use to always spraying those stinky  air freshener 🙂  (I personally hate artificial fragrance!).

To clean the washroom I just spray plain vinegar and baking soda on bathtub and toilet. For cleaning the mirror I use a solution: water , with a drop of mild dishwashing soap and vinegar; and ofcourse cloth!  After my cleaning is done , I just spray our bathroom with water , with few drops of  essential oil like eucalyptus essential oil or lavender essential oil. When mixing essential oil , just make sure you are following the recommended amount and avoid it during pregnancy or if you have a baby of less than 3 months old.

Here’s how our bathroom looks like before and after cleaning it with  natural cleaning ingredients that are available in our own kitchen!  I am always happy with it especially  thinking that my children will not inhale all  those  harmful chemicals contained in the conventional cleaning products!

BEFORE:

AFTER:

The mirror cleaned with the solution I made

The cleaned bathtub

Our baby friendly bathtub:) , I know we need an upgrade:)

Isn’t this cleaned? 🙂 Start using vinegar and baking soda now! Just don’t spray vinegar to your faucets, as you know what will happen right? 🙂

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Hanging clothes and cloth diapers outside…

Summer is here at last. One thing I love about summer is that we get more day time than night time. I love hanging our clothes outside to dry. The sun can naturally whitens and removes stubborn stains and best of all, we  can lower our energy consumption.

For the cloth diapers for my son, this is also a way of sanitising them.  You can see the photo of our backyard with our outdoor clothes lines bought from a  Canadian Loyalty/ Reward company. I got this in exchange of my reward miles. You can also bought this online. This is a great way of reducing your electricity consumption.

Cloth Diapers Drying in a Clothes lines

cloth diapers in our clothes lines

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