Do you know what a “life hack” is?  Wikipedia says “it refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life “   So then, how does that apply to the process of something simple and classic like coloring Easter Eggs with your kids?  Well it starts when you skip the store-bought kits and you scrounge around for a more organic and inexpensive method. offers up some non-toxic alternatives for coloring eggs with things you probably already have laying around like an onion, some beets and kitchen gear.

--To make red, add two cups of grated raw beets and a tablespoon of vinegar to two cups of water. Boil for 15 minutes. After the water cools, add the eggs. The longer they soak, the deeper the shade of red.

--To make yellow, boil three tablespoons of turmeric or cumin in two to three cups of water. You can adjust the amount of water or spice to change the shade. Add one tablespoon of vinegar to the dye. Allow it to cool before adding eggs.

--To make orange, mix one cup of yellow onion skin with one teaspoon of vinegar and three cups of water. Boil for 30 minutes. Let it cool. Strain the onion skins and soak the hard-boiled eggs in the dye for 30 minutes.

--To make blue, dice one-fourth of a head of purple or red cabbage. Add it to four cups of boiling water and stir in two tablespoons of vinegar. Let it cool to room temperature and strain before dying eggs.

--To make green, add parsley or spinach to boiling water. You can change the shade by adding both. Add a tablespoon of vinegar and allow to cool before adding in the eggs.

--To make lavender, boil hibiscus tea bags and add eggs to the tea.

This exercise might just help your kids realize there are options to many of life’s challenges and opportunities!