Trouble Sleeping? Here’s the Trick that Works for Me, Every Single Time

The one sleep trick I use to make myself fall asleep - it works every time!

I love sleep. My bed is without a doubt in the top ten list of my favorite places to be. I always thought I might grow out of it, but even as a twenty-something I require a solid 8 hours of sleep. Worse, if I get a late start going to bed, I always end up sleeping in. While I’m akin to a dead body all night, it’s that getting-to-sleep thing that I get tripped up on. Continue Reading

Do Any of These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Do These 10 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks Actually Work?

Cleaning hacks. They’re everywhere on Pinterest, and they all claim to be the answer to your toughest, messiest dilemmas. But are they really?  I tested 10 hacks in my own house and here’s what I found out.   

 

1. Vinegar Microwave Cleaner

I’m going to start on a positive note… this was my absolute favorite. It worked like a charm! All you have to do is combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass bowl and add a toothpick. Continue Reading

Make It: Printable Garden Planner

Printable garden planner

While I like to dream about becoming a skilled gardener someday, the reality is I have a terrible brown thumb and I kill most plants I touch. I think a lot of my garden woes have to do with inattentiveness though – I forget to water my leafy friends, fertilise them, or do anything that might come close to caring for them. Terrible right?

 

So I decided to make up a planner to track my plant care, watch seedling growth, monitor pests and plan out my garden beds. Continue Reading

How To: Make Natural, Chemical-Free Wood Cleaner

How to: Make lemon-scented chemical-free wood cleaner

More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home. Call me a hippie (you’re a hippie!), but I just don’t want all that toxic chemical junk around me. I’ve successfully transitioned all my cleaning products to eco-friendly versions, and I’m now dipping my toes in the realm of homemade cleaners. If you’ve made your own cleansing sprays before, you know the main ingredient is almost always vinegar. I love the cleaning power of vinegar, but hate the smell. Continue Reading

How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

In this post, you’ll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways …

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it’s still very strong and holding up wonderfully. Continue Reading

How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I’ve been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don’t need in my life anymore. I’m pretty good about recycling what I can – cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. Continue Reading

Make This!: Customized Vinyl Wall Decal

DIY This!: Vinyl wall decal

For some reason or another I’m obsessed with contact paper. Maybe it’s because it’s an easy way to transform objects, walls, anything really. It might be because shelf liner is cheap, or maybe it’s the renter in me that loves how temporary it is. Whatever the case, it’s a fact that I love vinyl. And it’s a fact that I love to DIY, which is how this customized vinyl wall decal came to be.        

 

There are lots of resources online and in stores where you can buy vinyl wall decals, but for the picky people out there (ahem, me) who like a challenge, it’s easy to make your own. Continue Reading

How to: Make Your Own DIY Spa-Inspired Pebble Bath Mat

Learn to make a pebble bath mat with simple materials and techniques.  

DIY Pebble Bath Mat | Bath rug with river stones
Photo: Lidy Dipert

 

For all those stay-at-home moms who have very busy lives, this DIY is for you! Or anyone who loves an excuse to be pampered just a bit every day. 

Unfortunately, going to the spa isn’t a realistic or practical option for many of us. Which is why something as simple as this DIY Pebble Bath Mat can make the world of difference, turning an everyday shower into a treat. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

If you've been following along on Curbly, you may have noticed that we're big fans of IKEA hacks. And this week we have another hack for you, something a little different… a handy under bed storage case that rolls right underneath your fram and out of the way. So keep reading to find out how you can make your own under bed storage!

 

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

The finished piece is simple, functional and well…. Continue Reading

DIY Moon Phase Wind Chime

DIY clay lunar wind chime

I think we can all agree that moon phases continue to be all the rage. Not wanting to pass up on this bohemian trend, I brought moon symbols into my home with a lunar wind chime – keep reading to see how!          

Materials

What you'll need to make a moon phase wind chime

 

Step

Lay down some parchment paper over your workspace. Continue Reading