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Free Mother’s Day Card and Printables

How many of us have wonderful mothers and grandmothers who live far away?  I have a few who live close and a few who live far away.  It’s tough to find wonderful things to give these ladies on Mother’s Day, especially if you’re not going to...
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How to Dry Shave without Hurting Yourself

I hate shaving. Every time I do it I’m thinking how little time I have to be doing it. I’m a mom… so I frequently feel like I don’t have enough time to get things done. Can you relate? Sometimes I don’t have time to get into the shower just so...
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How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot broke down. My first instinct was to...
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DIY Easter Egg Crayons

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Do You Ever Feel Like That Mom?

I’m that mom… Last night I put one of the kids’ bathroom foot stools in the dishwasher. Let me back up a bit in case you don’t know me. I’m Dorothy. We’re that family… My husband and I live with our three children (ages 12, 6, and 2) and our dog in a 970...
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DIY Vintage Tray Magnet Boards

I have a major organization issue in my home.  I get gifts and freebies from people, the items come in, I have no place for them and they never leave. Meanwhile, I boxes and bags of things that I have to sort through, many of which have sentimental value. ...
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Easy Rustic Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Holders

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Keep a Jack O’ Lantern Lit Even in Strong Wind

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DIY Glam Glitter Shoes

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The Best Gluten-Free Pancakes Ever

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My Favorite Fast, Simple, Gluten-Free Breakfast

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Christmas Jello Cake

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Gluten-Free Solidarity: Burger Wraps

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It’s the Best Time of Year to Find Wild Blackberries

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How to Plan Your Own Seed Exchange

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What is a Locavore?

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How to Organize Your Seed Storage

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7 Reasons You Need to be Foraging

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Compost Cab

  We all know about Cash Cab… … the cab that goes around New York and Chicago and picks folks up and has them answer questions for cash. Well, meet Compost Cab! If you live in the Washington DC metro area meet your new best friend to sustainable...
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Simply Natural Saturday {Link Up}

Welcome to this week’s edition of Simply Natural Saturday! Simply Natural Saturday {or SNS for short} is a weekly link-up where bloggers share their natural living, simple life, and real food posts so you can check them out! Meet the Hosts TJ | Measuring Flower...
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Simply Natural Saturday Link-Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Simply Natural Saturday! Simply Natural Saturday {or SNS for short} is a weekly link-up where bloggers share their natural living, simple life, and real food posts so you can check them out! Meet the Hosts TJ | Measuring Flower...
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How to Dry Shave without Hurting Yourself

I hate shaving. Every time I do it I’m thinking how little time I have to be doing it. I’m a mom… so I frequently feel like I don’t have enough time to get things done. Can you relate? Sometimes I don’t have time to get into the shower just so...
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Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

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A Unique, Sustainable Father’s Day Gift {and giveaway}

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Unsolicited Review: Coco Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

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What is a Locavore?

A locavore is someone who eats locally. Why should you eat locally more often? Fruit and veg you buy (or pick) locally is more nutritious because it’s been picked closer to ripening. Produce picked closer to ripeness has more time to soak up and produce nutrients....
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Organization has always been a struggle for me. If I can just toss something in a container haphazardly and put it away, then that’s what I do. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing with my seeds for the past few years.  All of my leftovers stay in their...
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DIY Love

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot broke down.

My first instinct was to throw it out because I was so angry and I had no idea what I wanted to do with a broken coffee pot. Because y’all know I wasn’t about to throw it out because I am The Creative Recycler!

After going through the 5 stages of grief (and after purchasing a new coffee maker), I got over myself and started brainstorming what I could do with my former love.

This is how my thought process went down…

  • Spray paint it, fill it with something heavy and make a book end
  • Fill it with dirt and make a planter
  • Turn it into a chicken waterer
  • Incorporate it into some modern art
  • Let my teenager take it apart for his collection of electric parts
  • Turn it into a water fountain
  • Give up and recycle the parts

Then it came to me… I had recently turned my son’s old fish bowl into a terrarium for my succulents. And we are an animal-loving household. So I decided that our kitchen needed its very own fish bowl in the shape of a coffee pot.

A coffee pot dwelling pet?!

coffee maker into fish bowl

YES! I named him Latte.

latte the betta

Here’s how I made a new home for my beautiful betta fish, Latte:

  • I cut the cord off the coffee maker and stuck the entire coffee maker into the dishwasher.
  • After it came out I painted over all the dull off-white with an eye popping blue acrylic craft paint. (I love, love, love bright blues!)
  • Next I coated the acrylic paint with some good old ModPodge Hard Coat.
  • Once that had dried, I rinsed some aquarium gravel and little plants and arranged them just so in the carafe part of the coffee maker.
  • I filled the carafe with filtered water and added our little red guy, Latte.
  • I keep Latte’s food and supplies in the water reservoir of the coffee maker.
  • I feed him once daily.

He seems pretty happy in there swimming around. And I’m happy watching him.

Tell me what you think… would you keep a fish in a coffee maker?

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