THE ESSENTIALS FOR THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY

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Cedarwood is a soothing and grounding oil, which may help you to relax and overcome stress. It is a mood elevator and can help with focus and mental clarity. It has a sedative property and may help with insomnia. Inhaling Cedarwood can induce the release of seratonin which is converted into melatonin in the brain. Diffusing Cedarwood or applying it to the bottoms of your feet may help with your rest. Try adding it to the diffuser with either Lavender or Frankincense oil.
Cedarwood is wonderful for oily skin and can help relieve itchy skin and inflammations. Make your own facial toner with about 10 drops of Cedarwood added to 1 ounce of alcohol free witch hazel.
Cedarwood is also beneficial for hair loss and can be used to treat alopecia areata. You can see the research here http://sparknaturals.blogspot.com/2015/01/research-alopecia-areata.html
If you are experiencing thinning hair try adding some Cedarwood to your shampoo bottle.
Cedarwood is a must have during cold and flu season! It’s an expectorant and can eliminate coughs and removes phlegm from the respiratory tracts and lungs. By stimulating the loosening of phlegm, you also protect your respiratory tract and overall health from toxins and conditions that excess phlegm can cause.  Blend it in a roller bottle with your favorite carrier oil and apply it to your chest and throat. It also gives relief from headaches and  red and watery eyes.
Here are a few diffuser blends using Cedarwood, enjoy!
Cedarwood Positivity blend:
2 drops Cedarwood
1 drop White Fir
1 drop Cypress
2 drops Bergamot
Cedarwood “Let it go” Relaxing Blend
1 drop Clary Sage
3 drops Wild Orange
2 drops Cedarwood
Centering Cedarwood Blend
2 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Grapefruit
1 drop Frankincense
2 drops Geranium
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Essentials For Your Valentine

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Lavender and Rose oil are great oils for your skin.  Yes, Rose oil is very expensive but a little goes a long way.  You can make a very simple serum for your face with 1 drop each of lavender and rose oil added to an ounce of your favorite carrier oil.  Add a little of your homemade serum to your face and neck daily.
Here’s a guide to choosing a carrier oil for your skincare:
Dry or Mature Skin: Hemp Seed Oil or Fractioned Coconut Oil
Oily and Blemish-Prone Skin: Grapeseed Oil or Hemp Seed Oil
Normal Skin: Sweet Almond Oil or Hemp Seed Oil
You will love the calming aromatherapy from all three of these products. They can all be used in your diffuser and lavender and rose oil would be lovely added to your bath. Remember a little goes a long way with the rose oil, simply inhaling it from the bottle can be extremely calming.  Rose Water is a one of my favorite products from Spark Naturals and it can be used in so many ways. It’s a very calming so not only will skin irritations be calmed but it can relax your mood. Spritz your face before or after you apply your makeup and use it as a body spray. Rose Water also makes a great linen spray, spritz your bedding, linens and use it to freshen your closet.
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If you are a lover of essential oils you’ll know how very special these oils are and what a lovely collection this is.  These are four rare and expensive oils that Spark Naturals has taken great care in packaging. Each oil is a 5/8 dram (about 60 drops each) and the smaller size makes them more affordable for everyone. These oils are beautifully packaged in a glass jar with a ceramic lid which makes them great for gift giving.
Helichrysum, Melissa, Rose and Sandalwood are perfect oils to care for you skin.
HELICHRYSUM will help clear up marks from pox and heal scars. It’s a wonderful anti-inflammatory so it’s perfect for inflamed skin, eczema and dermatitis. It makes skin smooth, soft and helps it to retain moisture.
ROSE will also make scars, acne, stretch marks and surgery scars fade due to it’s antioxidant activity.
MELISSA is one of the best oils for cold sores, apply it to the area at the first sign of a cold sore by mixing 1 drop of Melissa to 4 drops of carrier oil. Reapply every couple hours.
SANDALWOOD is a good oil to blend with lotion or a carrier oil to help with eczema and re-moisturize the skin. It’s soothing to the skin relieving it from inflammation and irritation.
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Perhaps your Valentine loves massage. Who doesn’t?  Massage can be theraputic for the person giving the massage also. Spark Naturals has the Pure Touch Kit. The kit includes 8 essential oils and 2 oil blends specially selected for their value in massage,along with a 8 ounce massage oil. The oils in the kit are lavender, thyme, oregano, basil, geranium, eucalyptus, peppermint, grapefruit, pure touch and amend.
If you are looking for some specific massage blends here are five to try. Blend the oils with your choice of carrier oil and apply to the feet with the exception of the Muscle Tightness Blend. The muscle tightness blend should be massaged into the affected muscle.
Life Is Good: Zen, Cinnamon and Wild Orange (3 drops each)
Chest Congestion: Zen,Thyme and Lavender (3 drops each)
Digestion: Zen, Coriander and Lemongrass (3 drops each)
Muscle Tightness: Zen, Amend and Marjoram (3 drops each)
Flu Symptoms: Zen, Shield and Peppermint (3 drops each)
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and remember to use COUPON CODE: jeanne to save 10% on all your purchases at Spark Naturals www.sparknaturals.com/?id=525
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Becoming A Spark Naturals Affiliate

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I am very passionate about essential oils and thoroughly LOVE being an affiliate for Spark Naturals. I love sharing with others about how my EO journey began~  https://growshareinspire.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/essential-oils-7/ (read about it here).
I love the freedom of being able to work from home, the road, Starbucks and while I’m waiting at appointments. I share my passion on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and here at my blog. You don’t need to have a social media standing or blog but it’s helpful!  You can share the exciting life of essential oil use with your family, friends or the cashier at the grocery store :)  Perhaps you’d like to host a home event?  Make it your own, what you’d like it to be and what you’re comfortable with. How exciting will it be to have your own coupon code to offer to your family, friends and followers offering them a 10% discount at Spark Naturals and you can use your coupon code also!
I bet about now you’re wondering how it all works? How much I’m going to say that you need to sell each month? How much cash it’s going to take to get started? How much you will need to purchase monthly? All great questions and it’s really pretty simple.
1. Fill out your application online and pay a yearly fee of $25.
It’s such a bargain, right? For a little over $2 a month you will get support (facebook group) and graphics!
2. Have your application approved and receive your coupon code! (you will be able to choose your own code)
3. Share your experience with essential oils however you choose to do so.
4. Friends, Family or Facebook Followers purchase using your code (and or link).
5. Spark Naturals confirms the sale.
6. You earn a commission.
Now you can go back and read that again but it will still be blissfully simple. No gimmicks! No pressure to sell any certain amount of product. No scheduled purchases. Work when you want, as much as you’d like, work full-time or part-time.
Here’s the online application http://idevaffiliate.sparknaturals.com/signup.php  Would you please put my name (Jeanne Merkel) in the “who referred you spot”
Once you have your application approved please feel free to contact me at growshareinspire@gmail.com OR message me at my Facebook Page “Grow Share Inspire” https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grow-Share-Inspire/652880638081719 with any questions you may have. I’m here to help!
If you aren’t quite ready to sign up yet, still have questions? Please feel free to message me now! I’d love to help.

 

The essentials of the month for January

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January’s Essential of the Month is the Essential 4 Pack – Below are just a few uses for the Essential 4 Pack

 

Lavendar

Make your own linen spray by adding lavendar to a spray bottle filled with witch hazel

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Place a few drops on cotton balls and place inside smelly shoes

Make your own sanitizing wipes – 6 drops each of lemon and lavendar and alcohol free witch hazel

Add a few drops to a splinter, it will swell and fall out

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Great for insect stings and bites

Great for burns

Add a few drops to your child’s stuffed animal to help them sleep

Lavender EO is a great addition to homemade deodorant.

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Use in the shower, your skin will feel and smell great

Add a few drops to your mattress when you change your sheets

Add lavendar and melaleuca to a small glass spray bottle, fill with alcohol free witch hazel, spray on face to treat acne

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Lavender is one of the oils used to make homemade mosquito spray

Mosquito Spray: 2oz spray bottle, 30 drops lemongrass, 30 drops lavender top off with witch hazel

Spray bottle: http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/2oz-blue-glass-bottle-w-black-fine-sprayer.html/?id=525

Lemongrass: http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/eo-lemongrass.html/?id=525

Lavender: http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/eo-lavender.html/?id=525

Witch Hazel: http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/es-witchhazel.html/?id=525

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Peppermint

Feeling gassy? Add a few drops to your water and drink up

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Improves alertness and concentration

A drop under your tongue is a great breath freshener

Acts as a natural pain killer for a toothache

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Replace store bought extract with essential oil – Use 1/4 of what the recipe calls for when using pure EO

Add a drop to your coffee

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For headaches – dab a few drops on your temples, neck & sinuses

For ant bites – one drop peppermint then one drop lavendar

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Can be rubbed on the back of your ears to treat vertigo

Mice and spiders hate it! Fill a spray bottle with water and 10-15 drops of peppermint and spray cracks and gaps where mice and spiders can enter

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Lemon

Add 8 drops and 1/2 cup each vinegar and baking soda to toilet, Scrub when its done fizzing

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Add it to your guacamole

Added to soap, it makes a great hand degreaser

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Add it to a water filled spray bottle to clean surfaces

Add a drop to a cotton ball and place in your vacuum bag or dirt cup. You’ll have a fresh smell every time you vacuum

Put down the scissors! Use lemon EO to remove gum from your childs’ hair

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Diffuse after cooking fish to rid home of lingering smells

Add a couple drops of lemon EO to warm water and honey to soothe a sore throat.

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Add a couple drops to dish washer detergent for sparkly clean dishes.

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Wipe down the side of your nose to stop it from running

Use to scrub away permanent marker

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Melaleuca

Add one drop each peppermint and melaleuca to purified water, use as mouthwash for gum disease

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Dab on cold sores and fever blisters

Take orally to help the body fight throat infections (1-2 drops in a shot glass of water)

Add one drop each of melaleuca and lavendar to a cotton ball. Wipe inside ear, back of ear and jawline for treatment of swimmers ear.

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Mix 2 drops with a carrier oil, rub around the rim and behind ear for treatment of an earache. Apply several times a day

Melaleuca is one of the three oils needed to make the cold and flu bomb.

Dilute with coconut oil and apply after getting a tattoo to avoid infection

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Dab a small amount onto acne breakouts

Add a drop when shampooing your hair to get rid of dandruff

Dab on toenails to treat toe nail fungus

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Add a drop of melaleuca and lavendar to a small spray bottle filled with water, spray down gym bag and shoes

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How do I use my essential oils?

So you’ve purchased your oils and are ready to enter into a new wellness for yourself and family. Essential oils can be used for preventative care and also used for illness. I’m a person who doesn’t care to go to the doctor at all. I love using essential oils to care for myself at home.
What are Essential Oils?
 
Essential oils are the volatile liquids of the plant. They are obtained when any part of the plant is properly distilled. This may include the seeds,roots,bark,stems,leaves,fruit,branches and flowers!
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Essential oils have been used for thousands of years are are mentioned in the bible hundreds of times. God gave Adam and Eve a Garden for them to live in, I believe that it was God’s intention for them to use the plants and herbs to heal and treat themselves. It is also my belief that without the healing plants and herbs that the time that they existed on the earth would of been short.
There are basically three ways to use Essential Oils
1.Topically- Oils that are used topically can be diluted with a carrier oil or applied NEAT (no carrier oil) Most of the oils that we use in our home are applied to the bottoms of our feet with roller bottles.
2.Inhaled- Oils can be diffused (follow manufacturers direction),placed on a cloth and inhaled or you can purchase inhalers here https://www.aromatools.com/SearchResults.asp?Search=inhalers&Submit=Search
We have a homemade inhaler that we use in our home and you can easily make yourself one. Take a clean jar, add 1-2 drops of oil to a piece of cotton and place in jar. We use the inhaler by slowly inhaling from the jar and blowing our breath back out into the jar. Your warm breath will actually “heat” the oil and create the aromatherapy.
Here’s a picture of our homemade inhaler. So easy a child can use it.
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3.Ingested-Essential oils can be added to water, placed under the tongue, and added to gelcaps. Purchase your gelcaps here- http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/accessories/100-ct-veggie-capsules.html/?id=525
When purchasing your oils from http://sparknaturals.com/index.php/?id=525 you will see a description of each oil, possible uses, and application methods.  Some essential oils are not to be ingested.
I’d love to help and answer your questions that you may have about selecting and using essential oils for your needs. Please feel free to leave comments or follow me on FB , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Grow-Share-Inspire/652880638081719?ref=hl  and PM me there. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Have a blessed day!
-Jeanne
 

 

Spark Naturals Rose Water and Witch Hazel

 
Our rose water is sold in 4oz and 8oz bottles and has a fine misting spray top. The rose water is an herbal distillate, which is an important co-product produced in the process of making Spark Naturals Rose essential oil. Rose water can be used in food and skin and haircare products. It can be used with all skin types but is especially great for dry skin. How wonderful will your skin feel with each spritz. You can also keep it in the refrigerator for an extra refreshing luxurious moisturizer for your skin. Perfect during the warm summer months and rose water is also great for removing makeup.
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How about making a rose water elixir for a special occasion-
Ingredients
2 cups water
1/2-1 cup of organic cane sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
3T of rose water
1 cup of mint leaves
1 sliced lime
Soda water
Ice cubes
Rose petals for garnish
 
Directions
Mix 2 cups of water and the desired amount of organic cane sugar; stir over low heat for 3-4 minutes until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil and then simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Cool to room temperature then chill until cold.
In a large pitcher, add the sugar syrup with the rosewater, lime slices, and mint. Add the soda water, stir, and enjoy.
Cheers!
 
Now let’s learn about Spark Naturals alcohol free Witch Hazel-
It’s alcohol free and perfect for all natural skin care. It’s antibacterial,anti-inflammatory and a natural astringent. It works beautifully with all skin types. Some of the uses for witch hazel are acne, bug stings, hemorrhoids, sunburn, varicose veins, among others.
 
You can make your own homemade linen spray by combining rose water and witch hazel, pick up your spray bottle here:
 
 
In our home we love it for making All Natural Alcohol Free Hand Sanitizer!
It is so easy with 2 ingredients, you can purchase all your supplies from Spark Naturals and when using COUPON CODE: jeanne you’ll save 10%
 
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Fill remainder of the bottle with SN alcohol free witch hazel
Make several and put one in each kiddos backpack for back to school germ patrol.
 
This week Spark Naturals has both rose water and witch hazel sold together for a special price. It just makes sense they work so well together!
 
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Paleo *Ice Cream* Fat Bomb!

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Here is a great recipe for a Paleo *Ice Cream* Fat bomb!
The chocolate part of this is very dark chocolate..The three Grow Share Inspire ladies LOVE dark chocolate!
For the chocolate part of the fat bomb I combine 3/4 cup of coconut oil & 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.
I recommend adding honey to this mix 1-3tbsp depending on how sweet you like your chocolate!
For the *Ice Cream* part I combine 1 can of coconut cream, 1tbsp honey (again if you want it really sweet just add more to meet your preference!),
and 5 drops of Spark Naturals Wild Orange essential oil!
Pour a small amount of the chocolate mix into a cupcake liner, just enough to cover the bottom,
then put 1tbsp of the coconut mix on top of that, and cover with more chocolate mix!
If you want to make it look prettier you can sprinkle come shredded coconut on top!
Be sure to have the coconut near by because the chocolate sets up pretty quickly!
Place in the freezer until all is set up (about 2hrs) and ENJOY!
Wild Orange essential oil is only $5.99 and you can save 10% when you purchase at SparkNaturals.com when you use coupon code: jeanne
HAVE A BLESSED DAY!
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Building Memories

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A Story of Charlottes First Fort..in pictures!

 Searching the house for the perfect things to build the fort..

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Kitchen chairs..step stool..lamp..

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She was so excited!

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Yes, a lamp..we needed some height to hold up one end of the sheet

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Blankets..sheets..

Finally we have it figured it out!

We set up the fort and a memory comes back into my mind and heart..

The big red tent that Aunt Barb had set up for John, Tiffany and I.

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It was something so simple but so unforgettable!

Charlotte has quite the set up in her fort..she has her big red wagon full of books

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Fort flag

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all of her DVDs

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her favorite dolls

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easel for drawing

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her garden

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(really just a lei but she had to have a garden in her tent)

her birdies..in their nest of course

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her portable DVD player

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firefly jar

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starry night

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one of her Grandma Alice bells for decoration

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mailbox

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bed

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and an art gallery OF COURSE!

She is an artist!

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She spends most of her day in there in fact if she had a mini fridge I don’t think we’d ever see her!

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If you want to build some fun memories with your kids this summer build a fort!

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Meatloaf for Dad

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I’m a carnivore, through and through!  In my home I’m surely outnumbered when it comes to meatloaf lovers. I LOVE meatloaf and well my daughter doesn’t. She never has!  My granddaughter would eat it BUT she would prefer a “plain” meatloaf. I don’t want a plain meatloaf, I want to add bell peppers, onion, garlic… I want it to taste good!
I recently had a conversation with my dad and he was telling me about what proteins that he eats on his diet, he’s following the blood type diet and only eats turkey and chicken…sad…
He then started saying how much he loves MEATLOAF and would “stray” from his diet to eat a piece of meatloaf. DONE! Another meatloaf eater, I didn’t need any more encouragement. I was making a meatloaf and I finally had someone to share it with… meatloaf for dad!
2lbs ground beef (I used angus)
2 eggs
2 T tomato paste
3 T milk (I used almond milk)
1 large red bell pepper (diced)
1 large shallot (diced)
1 1/2 t salt
3/4 t black pepper
1 t garlic powder
Add all your ingredients to a large bowl, with the exception of the bell pepper and shallot.
I add my red pepper and shallot to a bowl with a little salt and EVOO and microwave for a few minutes. I just like the meatloaf when the veggies are pre-cooked a little bit. You don’t have to do this you can add the veggies in raw.
If you are pre-cooking the veggies just let them cool a little before adding them to the remaining ingredients for your meatloaf.
I don’t use a loaf pan, after my ingredients are mixed up I just form my meatloaf on a foil lined cookie sheet.
I baked mine at 400 degrees for an hour. Everyone’s ovens are different, you want the temperature of the meatloaf to be 165 degrees.
This meatloaf is tasty and my daughter actually liked it!  Feel free to make it your own by adding more or different spices. Here’s a little tip when making meatloaves or burgers. Once you have your ingredients all put together, cook up a small amount of the meat and TASTE it. If you like it put it in the oven, if you don’t adjust the spices!
Enjoy!

 

4th of July Craft for your Paleo Kid

Its no secret that just about every Paleo recipe has 4+ eggs!

Recently we decided that it was a good idea to buy the 2 1/2 dozen eggs..It comes in a case like this..

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When I saw it I immediately saw its crafting potential!

This craft is super simple you need one egg carton like this..

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                                                                                     I painted the carton like this..so my daughter would know what colors went where

Make sure your Paleo Kid has on something that will cover their clothes!!!!

  I had my PK put on her paint shirt AFTER she painted her shirt.. ugh

Red acrylic paint

Blue acrylic paint

White acrylic paint

3 Paint brushes

A piece of cord/ribbon to hang it

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Something to put the paint on..we used a paint palette but you could use a paper plate

She did a great job it turned out beautiful!

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Paint white dots on the blue part of the flag to represent the stars

Punch two holes and string your cord/ribbon through it, tie a knot at the top and hang!

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Enjoy having your PK egg carton flag displayed!

I would love to see how it turned out!

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Please feel free to post a picture of it on my Grow Share Inspire Facebook page

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Have a blessed week!

-LINDSIE