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Recycled Halloween Crafts

These recycled Halloween crafts are adoreable and easy to make. Many are easy enough for kids to make.

Recycled Halloween Crafts, Upcycled Halloween Crafts, Halloween DIY

Looking for some easy Halloween craft projects? We have gathered some great ones that use materials from your recycling bin!

It’s a great way to save on craft supplies and be a bit greener this Hallowen. It’s amazing what you can make with things that were headed to the landfill.

These recycled Halloween crafts are perfect for different ages and skill levels. They would also be fun to do at a school Halloween party.

Recycled Halloween Crafts

Recycled Halloween Crafts, Upcycled Halloween Crafts, Halloween DIY

Additional Resource: How to Have an Eco-Friendly Halloween

Recycled Halloween Crafts, Upcycled Halloween Crafts, Halloween DIY

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Recycled Halloween Crafts, Upcycled Halloween Crafts, Halloween DIY

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Recycled Halloween Crafts, Upcycled Halloween Crafts, Halloween DIY

Start saving up your recycling to use in these great crafts. It’s a great way to upcycle your trash and help the planet.

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Have a Greener Halloween

Halloween is a fun time of the year but it can also come with a lot of waste. Have a greener Halloween this year with these great tips.

Have a greener Halloween, Eco-Friendly Halloween, Zero Waste Halloween

Halloween will be here before we know it and that means lots of candy with questionable ingredients and a lot of waste. So how can you stay green and still celebrate Halloween? All you have to do is rethink Halloween and we have tips to get you started.

Candy & Treats

Halloween Treats

Look for natural candy and when possible Fair Trade certified and/or organic candy to help avoid nasty ingredients and be a bit more gentle on the planet. A great place to look for these items is Natural Candy Store, just be sure to order in time.

You can also skip all of the sugary candy altogether and go with non-edible treats, like eco-friendly packs of crayons, little notepads made from recycled paper, and other fun things.

For Halloween parties and your own family consider making your own homemade Halloween treats using natural ingredients.

Costumes

Look for local costume swaps, borrow costumes from friends, make your own using tips from sites like Pinterest, and check out thrift stores, you will save money and avoid extra packaging. Be sure to also avoid costumes that contain PVC, which is toxic and often contains lead.

Carrying Your Treats

If you have brown paper bags around your kids can decorate them for their bags. They can also make one from a shoe box and magazines using this cute treat bucket tutorial. Or get a reflective reusable Halloween bag. It’s fun to use for trick or treating but also can be used as a reusable bag when not being used for candy.

Decorations

A lot of Halloween decorations are made of cheap plastic and don’t hold up long-term. They may also contain harmful chemicals. Instead, make your own decor, shop second hand, or shop the options below.

Have a greener Halloween, Eco-Friendly Halloween, Zero Waste Halloween

Don’t forget to place your Natural Candy Store Halloween candy order before the shipping deadline. 

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Shop Oklahoma for Christmas

Finishing up your Christmas shopping? Be sure to support local stores to help your community while you shop! There are so many great ideas for ways to shop locally this Christmas.

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  • Gift Certificates to Local Shops
  • Keep It Local OK Discount Card
  • Gift Certificates for Local Restaurants
  • Donate in Recipients Name to a Local Charity
  • Shop Locally Owned Stores for Unique Gifts
  • Local Food and Drinks for Host/Hostess Gifts
  • Check Out Local Craft Fairs
  • Oklahoma Food Cooperative Membership
  • Gift Certificates for Local Services

There are so many ways to support local businesses this Christmas. We will be sharing some of our favorite gift ideas on our Facebook page until Christmas. Be sure to like us so you don’t miss any ideas!

Oklahoma Food Coop Gift Guide

Oklahoma Food Coop Gift Guide

The Oklahoma Food Coop has many wonderful gift items currently available. There is a wide range of gifts, you are sure to find something for everyone on your list! When you Christmas shop through the coop you are helping to support local producers and artists, as well as the Oklahoma Food Coop. Here is just a small sample of the great gifts you can find at the Oklahoma Food Coop this year.

 

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Fresh Cedar Wreath- Cedar Spirit

Lotion Bars

Organic Peppermint Lotion Bar- Soft and Tweet

Foaming Scrub
Lavender Foaming Body Scrub- Theraganics

Chalk Board Labels

Chalk Board Labels- Celtic SuperCenter

OU Pen

OU Pen- 42 Minutes Woodworking

Chocolate Truffles
Chocolate Truffles- Backyard Bounty

Oklahoma Food Coop Cookbook

Oklahoma Food Coop Cookbook

December orders close on Thursday, Decemeber 11th. So get your orders in now.

Small Business Saturday Deals

Today is Small Business Saturday. The weather is lovely and it’s a perfect day to get out and do some holiday shopping. Shopping locally helps your community in many ways and today you will find many great sales at local stores. Below are some we have found.

Shop Local in Oklahoma

Backyard Bounty (OKC)- Grab some food and coffee while getting your shopping done at Urban Agrarian. For one day only Backyard Bounty has a pop up cafe in the store.

Urban Agrarian (OKC)- Check out their build-your-own gift basket station to make a beautiful gift.

Green Bambino (OKC)- Get a scratch off card which is worth at least 10% off your entire purchase. There are even some cards that will make your purchases free.

Shop GOOD (OKC)- Buy one get one 1/2 off on all Shop Good tee shirts. 20% off all men’s & women’s clothing, shoes & bags. Buy one get one free clearance rack. Plus a free gift with your $50+ purchase (while supplies last) and complimentary hot coffee.

Collected Thread (OKC)- 3rd Annual Shop Garage Sale, Love Well Handmade sale as well as 10% off the entire shop.

The Changing Table (OKC)- Earn double Baby Buck Loyalty Rewards.

Ragsdale’s Conversation Emporium (Ada)- All books, vintage clothing and fabric, games, and selected art 50% off. Small business Saturday only.

The Woodland Emporium (Sulphur)- First 10 customers that spend $45 or more on Small Business Saturday will receive a free gift. Other deals going on as well.

SMITH’s Okie Twister Co. (Sulphur)- All fall items are 40% off.

Owl & Drum (Tulsa)- All fabric on sale. 20-50% off select gifts.

2nd Hand 3rd Eye (Tulsa)- 20% off of the whole store.

Okie Crowe (Tulsa)- Free Okie Crowe soap with $20 purchase in-store and online while supplies last. One per customer.

The Bookerie, the Favoring Brave store (Tulsa)-  Get a free mini print with a $30 purchase.

Theraganics (Tulsa)- Spend $25 and get a free canvas tote. Every purchase gets a free gift, a shower pouf, soap sack or face brush.

Old Pink Truck (Tulsa)-  20% OFF

Garden Deva Sculpture (Tulsa)- 40% off Holiday, 25% off all in-stock metal art.

This Land Press Store (Tulsa)- Grand opening! First 50 guests will receive a complimentary stocking stuffer, and purchases over $50 will come with a gift subscription. Cider and cookies, as well as new merchandise and special offers throughout the store

Grogg’s Green Barn (Tulsa)- Get cash back for the spring.

River City Trading Post (Jenks)- Drawings for $25 prepaid America Express gift cards. Spend $100 or more and your name goes in for the drawing. Free totes while supplies last.

The Vintage Phoenix Vendor Mall (Broken Arrow)- 5% – 60% off.

Bouncing Woolies (online)- Dryer balls as low as $5 in FUNK style. Free shipping on all USA orders of $100+


Have you seen other deals around your town? Share in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And share the graphic above on your social media to encourage your friends to shop local this holiday season.

Oklahoma Green Gift Guide

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It’s time to finish up your Christmas shopping and we have some great green gift ideas from local stores. Shopping locally will not only help cure your cabin fever from the winter storm but also help support your community.

Out of every $100 spent at a local store, $68 returns to the community. Out of the same $100 spent at a national chain only $43 returns to the community. We hope you enjoy these ideas and commit to shopping locally this year, even if you only with part of your budget.

Mini Pie

A mini pie from Backyard Bounty Bakery is great for the person on your list with a sweet tooth.
The pies would also be a fun dessert to take to a party.

bars of soap

Theraganics has many great bath and body products including a set of three bars of soap, which would make a great gift.

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The Oklahoma Food Cooperative has so many wonderful items that would make great gifts.
One great idea is to give a Oklahoma Food Cooperative membership.
Oklahoma Food Cooperative memberships are lifelong so it’s a gift that keeps giving.

bathsalts

With all the holiday stress some De-Stress bath salts from Love the Earth Products is a great gift for the bath lover on your list.

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Can’t forget the kids on your list. Green Bambino has many great eco-friendly toy options, including
this Green Toys airplane. Green Toys are made from recycled milk jugs and are free of the toxins that can be found in many toys.

lip balm

Lip balm from Love, Grapefruit makes a great stocking stuffer. With all of this cool weather who can’t use a little lip balm?

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For the book lovers and gardeners on your list Oklahoma permaculture expert, Bob Waldrop’s book iPermie is the perfect gift.

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Gadget lover on your list? Why not get them this ethically made iPad case.
You can get it from SHOP GOOD, along with many other great gifts.

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Soap for Goodness Sake makes and sales all kinds of great natural bath products.
This gift set is one wonderful gift idea that’s perfect for the ladies on your list.
It includes a soap, lip balm, lotion and a blank card and envelope.

wreathcake

This beautiful wreath cake from Two Bunny Bakery is a great gift and would also be perfect for your holiday parties.
It’s a chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream, decorated with Unreal natural chocolate candies.

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Need a hostess gift for a holiday party? Cellar Wine & Spirits has a huge selection of wine include organic wines and local wines.
They also have organic spirits and beer that also make great gifts.

coffee

Locally roasted coffee makes a wonderful gift. Mariposa coffee can be found at Native Roots Market
and is sure to please the coffee lovers on your list.

cheese

Forward Foods has an amazing selection of cheeses that are perfect for parties and gifts.

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 Can’t pick just one gift? Pick up several and put them in a Fair Trade basket from Native Roots Market for a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Wine and local cheese, bath products, coffee, a mug and a sweet treat, the options are endless.

Have more great local and eco-friendly gift ideas? Share in the comments below or join the conversation on our Facebook page

DIY Holiday Gift Guide

Handmade gifts can be fun and help you gift a truly unique gift. We found several great ideas for eco-friendly DIY gifts for everyone on your list.

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Magnetic Story Board
eReader & Tablet Case
Soap Pouch (Great with soap from Theraganics or Soap for Goodness Sake)
Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream
Lip Balm
Pancake Mix in a Jar
Framed Family Recipe
Body Polish
Rose Petal Lemon Balm Jam
Rosemary Napkin Rings
Gluten Free Lemon Poppy Seed Bread
Salt Scrub

If you have any DIY ideas share them in the comments below or share on our Facebook page

Real Food Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup

Looking for new recipes for this Thanksgiving? Try these delicious real food Thanksgiving recipes that all use natural ingredients. 

Natural Thanksgiving Recipes, Organic Thanksgiving Recipes, Real Food Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving food is delicious but it can use a lot of processed ingredients. This year why not try having a real food Thanksgiving. Not only is it likely better for you, it often tastes better as well.

When shopping for your Thanksgiving meal look for local ingredients when possible. If you are in Oklahoma consider shopping the Oklahoma Food Cooperative for some of your ingredients. Many natural food stores also offer local food. It’s a great way to support farmers.

These delicious recipes will help get you started building your real food Thanksgiving menu. There is everything from turkey to green bean casserole and of course pumpkin pie. And you won’t find any canned soup in any of these recipes.

Real Food Thanksgiving Recipes

Natural Thanksgiving Recipes, Organic Thanksgiving Recipes, Real Food Thanksgiving

Additional Resource: How to Host an All Organic Holiday Meal for $8 Per Person

Natural Thanksgiving Recipes, Organic Thanksgiving Recipes, Real Food Thanksgiving

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Oklahoma Food Cooperative

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and it’s time to be planning your menu and doing your shopping. This year you can support Oklahoma farmers and make Thanksgiving grocery shopping easier by doing your shopping with the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. Orders opened for the Oklahoma Food Cooperative today and will be delivered on November 21st, in plenty of time for Thanksgiving.

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We went through what is for sale this month and found many great items. Here are some of the items we found.

  • Free Range Turkeys
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cranberry Pear Jam
  • Pumpkin Butter
  • Yeast Rolls
  • Mushroom Gravy
  • Bacon Wrapped Dates
  • Pear & Sausage Stuffing
  • Smoked Gouda Mac
  • Cinnamon Apples
  • Pumpkin Muffins
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Crumb Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Pie Crusts
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Rolls
  • and so much more!

With so many great options, including prepared dishes, the Oklahoma Food Cooperate can help make Thanksgiving easy this year. This is the perfect way to thank our farmers and ranches this Thanksgiving! Be sure to hurry and place your order, many items may run out and orders close on November 14th at midnight.

The Oklahoma Food Cooperate is also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary and to celebrate they are giving out a lot of great door prizes. It’s a great month to order from the Oklahoma Food Cooperate.

Photo Credit:  Ruocaled

Naturally Dyeing Easter Eggs

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Naturally dyeing Easter eggs is a fun and simple project to do with children.  We searched our home for fruits, vegetables, and spices that would produce color.  We also took a trip to the produce section at the grocery store and talked about the various plants that dye our fingers when we eat them.  We skipped the bananas and looked at raspberries and blackberries.

There are two ways to naturally dye Easter eggs.  You can dye them after the eggs are hard boiled or dye them while the eggs are cooking.  Because my children are young, we chose to dye the eggs after they were hard boiled.  It was more fun for them, and it kept them away from the hot stove.  However, using a hot method does tend to provide a deeper color.

For the cold method:

  1. Boil eggs and let them cool
  2. Cover the boiled eggs with water
  3. Add the dyeing material
  4. Add one tablespoon of vinegar
  5. Let the eggs soak for a couple hours or even overnight in the refrigerator

For the hot method:

  1. Place the uncooked eggs in a pan and cover with water
  2. Add one tablespoon of vinegar
  3. Add the dyeing material.  Use more dye material for more eggs or to darken the color
  4. Bring water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Strain water and let eggs soak longer if a deeper color is desired

For our dyeing material, we used fresh raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, steamed spinach (blended), coffee, turmeric, steamed carrots (blended), and grape juice.

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The coffee, turmeric, and grape juice worked well and produced even color.  The berries (smashed and placed in glasses) and the steamed carrots did not produce color.  However, my three-year-old was able to paint an egg with smashed berries and a paint brush.  That was fun for her.

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We left our eggs to soak overnight.  Because we did not strain our material, we made speckled eggs.  The kids thought these were fantastic.  I was disappointed none of our eggs turned bright pink, so the next day I tried the hot method with dried blackberries and cherries.  The eggs turned a peachy brown color which was not the effect I was hoping for.  Next time, we will try cooking beets.

Experiment with the following to see what colors you can create:

Red / Pink BeetsBoiled red onion skinsCanned cherries CranberriesPomegranate juiceRaspberries
Orange Boiled yellow onion skinsCooked carrots Chili PowderPaprika
Yellow Boiled carrot topsBoiled orange peelsGround cumin  Ground turmericVarious teas (chamomile, green tea)
Green Boiled spinach leaves
Blue Boiled red cabbage leavesCanned blueberries Grape juice
Purple / Lavender Grape juice (smaller quantities) Red wine
Brown CoffeeBlack Tea Boiled freeze-dried cherries

 

Have you tried dyeing Easter eggs naturally? Share your thoughts below or join the conversation on our Facebook page.