Anyone else sick of purchasing Easter baskets that you can only use one Sunday a year?!
Follow this simple step by step guide to turn any EcoBasket (or SnapBasket) into a personalized Easter basket. Best part, once Easter is over remove the embellishments and continue to use your EcoBasket for shopping, picnics and overnight trips!
|– 2 EcoBaskets
– 4 Colorful Sheets of Felt
– Foam Sticker Letters
– Safety Pins
– Flower Stencils
– Needle and Thread
Place your names on the colorful side of the felt, once you find a layout you like stick them down. Cut out around the letters to create your nameplate.
To make the flower embellishments, cut out of the paper flower stencils. Flip over the felt and trace the flower stencil. Cut out a variety of sizes to decorate your EcoBasket with.
If you are lucky you might have felt with a floral pattern. Simply cut around the flowers and leaves you like for decorating your basket.
Arrange the nameplate and flower cutouts on your basket to your liking. Use the safety pins to secure the decorations in place while you tack or baste them to the basket.
Expert Tip: use the thread to create a pretty design in the middle of your flower rather than trying to hid the stitch!
Once the baskets are done fill them up with lots of Easter goodies!
We are always looking for creative and clever ways to personal gifts we give to family and friends. A great way to make a gift feel extra special is to add some personalized touches. I recently was invited to my friend’s baby shower and knew that I wanted to make her a gift basket with a few different baby essentials.
Follow this simple guide to create your own baby shower gift basket for a special friend and their little one!
| – 1 CleverCrate, I used the 16L size
– Packing Paper or Newspaper
– Colorful Ribbon, different widths
– Rubber Bands
– Set of Receiving Blankets
Grab a few diapers and equal number of rubber bands. Roll the diapers and secure with the rubber bands.
Once you have all the diapers rolled, pull out your ribbon. Cut the wider ribbon to fit around the diaper roll, leave a 1/2 inch of overlap. Cut the thinner ribbon long enough to wrap around the diaper and tie a bow.
Wrap the wider ribbon around the center of the diaper, covering the rubber band. Take your thinner ribbon and wrap that around the center of the wider ribbon, tie into a bow to secure. Once you are finished with your diaper rolls, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3 with the receiving blankets.
Once you have your diapers and blankets wrapped it's time to start building the gift basket.
Crinkle up some packing paper. Open the CleverCrate and place the paper in bottom of the crate. This will give you a good base to place your presents on.
Not only does the CleverCrate make a great base for this gift basket, it can be repurposed for many other needs of a new family! Storing extra diapers and wipes in your car, a quick shopping trip or a tiny baby hamper:)
As of today over 100 counties and municipalities from coast to coast have implemented laws banning plastic bags. Tomorrow the people of California have the power to enact a state wide bag ban by voting YES on Prop 67.
A Yes Vote on Prop 67 will help protect our oceans and wildlife, prevent litter and save California taxpayers money.
How, you may ask, is banning plastic bags going to prevent, protect and save? Check out the Surfrider Foundation and Heal the Bay's Top 10 Reasons to Vote Yes on Prop 67.
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Our SnapBasket product family is growing which means the ways in which to use them are growing as well. We all know that you can use the SnapBasket and SnapBasket Thermo for shopping and the SnapBasket Cooler for a beach day, but what else? Here are some clever ways to get the most out of our SnapBasket line!
THE GROCERY GETTER:
Your SnapBasket: SnapBasket
Besides being terrible for the environment, single use grocery bags easily rip, are just plain boring, and are even banned in many cities. Not your new SnapBasket though, it’s strong, vibrant, and accepted at grocery stores worldwide! Once you’re home, just collapse the basket and toss it in your trunk. Voila!
THE CRAFT COMPANION:
Your SnapBasket: SnapBasket XL
Whether you're crocheting the next family blanket, or just working on a small project, SnapBasket keeps you organized and on the go. Once your project is complete, collapse it down and tuck it away..or start a new one!
THE SNACK STATION:
Your SnapBasket: SnapBasket Cooler
Fresh orange slices and ice-cold drinks, a staple of almost any youth sports game. By the end of the game though that drink isn't ice cold, and room temperature oranges just won't do. SnapBasket Cooler to the rescue! Keep your snacks nice and cold throughout the game without the need for that bulky cooler.
THE POTLUCK PAL:
Your SnapBasket: SnapBasket Thermo
Nobody likes a cold queso dip… well, unless you’re Aunt Sue. SnapBasket Thermo keeps your favorite warm dishes warm, and cold food cold. Aunt Sue may like her queso dip cold, but not her famous casserole! After the festivities, just wipe clean and collapse flat for easy storage.
World Oceans Day started in 2002 with the help of The Ocean Project. In 2008, the United Nations officially named June 8th World Oceans Day.
Our oceans generate most of the air we breath, they feed us, regulate our climate and clean the water we drink. As a global community we need to promote prevention of plastic pollution in our oceans.
While some great steps have been taken to reduce the worlds plastic use there is still more that needs to be done.
How can you help:
1. Sign up for a local beach or park cleanup.
3. Invest in an eco-friendly stainless steel water bottle, like Klean Kanteen
Let's work together to make Healthy Oceans and a Healthy Planet.
All mom really wants is quality time with you. Actually, if we're being real here, she probably wants lunch with Hugh Jackman or maybe a foot massage from George Clooney. But that's not happening. So let's fall back on the idea that all she really wants is time with you.
Here are 5 ideas for packing a SnapBasket and sharing time you'll remember for a lot longer than that time she got a foot massage from a creepy old guy with thick stubble and a gravelly voice.
1. Cook your mom's favorite childhood meal together
2. Start a fresh and floral spring garden
3. Drive-up movie or backyard movie viewing
4. Do moms like picnics? Heck yes.
5. Make like locavores and visit the Farmer's Market
Okay now go! Go create some memories.
We use the term "neat freak" lovingly. They are the kings of organization and who doesn't want to be organized? But at the same time, they're hard to shop for because they don't like clutter. That's why we suggest fueling their organizing obsession with these awesome gifts.
As a new mom whose day never goes as planned, ever, I have been learning the hard way that good planning and preparedness eases the pains of a day going off-course.
In fact, I’d go so far as to say that good planning and preparedness has not only eased the pains of my unpredictable baby life, but it has enhanced my family’s ability to be spontaneous and enjoy more of what’s in front of us.
Part of the preparedness equation is keeping 2 Clever Crates in my car at all times. One Clever Crate is full, and one is empty and collapsed. Let me elaborate.
Crate 1, the full crate, contains baby essentials, hot day essentials, cold day essentials. I recommend the 16L shopping basket as your full crate because it holds a lot (everything you see in this photo), but it doesn't take up a lot of room in your car.
Here's the complete list of items I keep packed and ready:
Whenever we use items from our essentials crate, we replenish as soon as we get home. This is key!
This crate is what my family needs to be able to say YES to an unplanned opportunity for fun or adventure, and what we need to avoid uncomfortable baby-related "situations" (moms, you know what I'm talking about).
Crate 2, the collapsed crate, tucks neatly underneath crate 1 and remains that way…. Until we need it. We’ve loaded it up with all kinds of spoils, from farmers market plants, to groceries, to a hand-me-down disassembled train set. It comes in handy all the time.
After transporting the goods, the crate simply folds back down.
For the empty crate, I recommend the larger 32L grated wall crate. 32 liters is surprisingly big, but it's also manageable to carry when it's all loaded up. I've specified the grated wall version of the crate because when we use it to transport messy things, the plants for example, we can just hose it off and set it in the sun to dry.
While my full crate has mostly baby goods, your full crate should hold whatever supports your active lifestyle and allows you to go anywhere on a whim. And your collapsed crate, like mine, is a symbol of possibility. Imagine what it might hold now that you're prepared for anything.
This post contributed by Kelsey Olanoff, CleverMade's digital gal, and an active San Diego mom.
There’s a special time of year that falls between summer and all-things-pumpkin. It’s the glorious start to the football season and, perhaps more importantly, tailgating! And we couldn’t be more ready. This year, we’re doing it right. We’re dialing down the hassle so we can turn up the fun, food, family and overall enjoyment. Read on for our 6 tips for hassle-free tailgating so you too can get the most out of the season.
Tip inspired by twitter user @ redmansports: Tailgating grill up running tested #RMCFOOTBALL #TAILGATING
CleverMade proudly sponsored the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CFF) annual giving event, “The 26th Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters,” which raised $1.65 million for vital Cystic Fibrosis (CF) research and care programs.
CleverMade donated 16 liter CleverCrates, which became bold centerpieces on each table, overflowing with snacks and fruits. Each centerpiece went home with important members of CFF’s community including those who have Cystic Fibrosis or whose lives have been impacted by CF, advocates, volunteers and donors.
In 26 years, this event alone has raised $28 million dollars that have gone toward finding a cure. Thank you to CFF for allowing us to be a part of this event.
More important facts about the disease:
Follow these quick links to get involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:
Raise awareness about the disease.
Donate to CFF.
Shop the Rosie G kids clothing line.
Grace Rose, the 12-year-old founder of Rosie G who spoke at the event