How to Make a Solar Night Light

Today I’m sharing the easiest little DIY project that you can do with your kids. I came up with this solar night light idea because my four-year old daughter is scared of the dark and we’ve tried so many things to help her sleep at night, but she still sleeps with her bedside light on. I don’t think this is good for her so we worked together to make a little solar night light that she could put on her nightstand instead. She had so much fun putting it together and of course my boys wanted one too. {read more}

Big & Bold Flowers for Your Yard

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I can feel spring! It’s right around the corner and one of my favorite things to do is get working in the yard. Today I’m going to share with you my five favorite big and bold flowers for your yard. These are like a statement necklace for your outdoor space! No matter how big or small your yard is, these are easy to grow and will give you stunning color and beauty to enjoy through spring and summer.

1. Clematis

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Clematis are a fast climbing vine with vibrant flowers in many colors – including pink, purple, white and red. They are easy to care for and generally bloom for a long period. I love them because they grow so fast, and are full of big, bright blooms. They require something to climb on, like a trellis or tree trunk. Different varieties include deciduous and evergreen vines, as well as perennials. {read more}

Easy Crock Pot Tomato Sauce

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Our garden has been exploding with tomatoes this year. Definitely a good problem to have. I really didn’t want a single one to go to waste but I don’t have time right now to make sauce and can it and all of that. So…I figured out a super easy way to make tomato sauce that is virtually no work. My favorite kind of solution!

Easy Crock Pot Tomato Sauce

  1. Prepare tomatoes by washing throughly and cutting off stems. Cut large tomatoes in half. (I used a couple of lbs but the amount isn’t precise.) Leave the peels on and don’t worry about removing the seeds.
  2. Drizzle olive oil around bottom of crock pot. Sprinkle a few pinches of salt over olive oil.
  3. Fill up crock with tomatoes. If you run out of room, use a potato masher to crush some down.
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours covered. I do this overnight.
  5. Once soft, use an immersion blender to get sauce to desired consistency. Add garlic or any herbs to taste.
  6. Cook another 4-6 hours on high uncovered to cook out excess water.

And that’s it! Easy right?

FACT: Tomato peels contain fiber and the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene fights the cell damage that causes degenerative diseases like heart disease, premature aging, cancer and cataracts. Keep the peel!

Put the sauce in large freezer bags and lay flat in your freezer. When you’re ready to use, just defrost under some water or leave in the refrigerator the night before. {read more}

DIY Terrarium

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Terrarium: a garden under glass

Well, mine aren’t technically under glass but I love this look. I want more plants in my house but I don’t trust the kids to not destroy them if they are at eye level, so I like this look because it is safe from little hands. So today, we are going to whip up a little DIY Terrarium!

What you need:
Some kind of glass vessel (try a bubble bowl or a large mason jar)
Rocks – look for contrasting colors for visual interest
Potting soil
Charcoal (look in the gardening section)
Sand
2-3 succulent plants {read more}