Tried and Tested: Do These 10 Pinterest Beauty Hacks Actually Work?

Pinterest beauty hacks, tested

Pinterest is a great source of information and inspiration. It’s also home to slew of life hacks, some more questionable than others. In the past, we’ve tested organization hacks and cleaning hacks we’ve found on Pinterest to see if they actually work as well as they claim they will. Today, I’m here to test out another arena: beauty and health. Will these Pinterest beauty hacks actually work? Or did I just put a bottle of mayonnaise in my hair for nothing? Continue Reading

Going on a Road Trip? Don’t Forget to Grab This from the Drug Store

Going on a road trip? Don't forget to grab this from the drug store

There's a (younger) part of me that loves going on long road trips. I get excited about seeing new places, listening to hours of podcasts, drinking Red Bull – it's a freeing experience like none other. Then there's the (older) side of me that can only handle the open road for so long. Sore back, moody in traffic, yells at slower drivers, and seriously bummed out about how sticky everything feels after being in the car all day. Continue Reading

12 Affordable All Natural Beauty Products You Should Try This Month

It kind of feels like natural beauty products are “trendy” right now, but they can be really beneficial for your skin and body if you're willing to put in a little time (and money) to try something new. While it may be convenient to pick up the usual drug store beauty products, some things are worth more research, and natural beauty products don't always have to be expensive. I've been researching all natural beauty products a lot the past six months, and I've learned what I like and don't like, but I've also learned what's affordable and what's not. Continue Reading

How to Create a Home that Won’t Hurt Your Back

Back Pain Relief At Home

Have you ever dealt with an achy-breaky back? If you haven't had the misfortune yet, I hate to say it, but you probably will. Not-so-fun fact: About 80% of Americans will deal with back pain at some point in their lives. For some, it's just a pulled muscle, but for others, it's much worse. As you age, it's the little movements and activities that lead to spinal disc deterioration. But it's not all bad news! From furniture placement to purchasing the right kind of tools, you can structure the layout and function of your home to keep your spine healthy. Continue Reading

How to Craft the Perfect Smoothie Bowl

Photo by Holly Wade

You've seen these smoothie bowl recipes (or acai bowls) all over Pinterest, but have you tried to make one of your own yet? A smoothie bowl isn't hard to make it home, but remember, it's just as much about the smoothie as it is about the toppings! Blend your favorite ingredients together to make a tasty smoothie bowl recipe that will ensure your morning is off to a great start.

This strawberry banana smoothie bowl recipe is my favorite go-to flavor combo, but I can mix it up with different toppings based on what I have in the house, mixing chia seeds, nuts, fruits and coconut shavings. Continue Reading

5 Things to do Every Night to Make Working Out in the Morning a Breeze

5 Things to do Every Night to Make Working Out in the Morning a Breeze

Getting back into healthy eating and exercise can be HARD…but not impossible. The reality is: these need to be habits and lifestyle changes if you’re going to make progress. Setting goals is never a bad thing, but you want to make sure they become routines so you don’t lose steam. So! Here are 5 simple tips that can make getting out of bed and working out less daunting, plus a free printable to help make goal-setting simple. Continue Reading

Four Natural Skin Care Items You Can Make from Super Simple Ingredients

Before the new year, I made a resolution to try not to blow my money on needless skin care items. I have an abundance of lotions, lip glosses, and more, and felt that I really needed to take stock of what I am putting on and in my body.

Simple DIY skincare recipes

After spending an afternoon gutting my bathroom, I saved a few skin care items from each category, and even added in a DIY or two for something a little more natural! Continue Reading

Thinking of a DIY Wood Pallet Bed? Why We SHOULD NOT Be Using Pallets in Our Interiors

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Okay, here's the deal, I came across a blogger rant a few months back about why we should absolutely NOT be using rescued pallets in our interiors for things like a DIY wood pallet bed or flooring. The arguments are compelling indeed and have made me re-think all those 'pallet projects' I've promoted over the years. 

Consider the history of recycled wood pallets

  • They are “exposed to water, all manner of vermin and insects” and bird droppings.
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How To: Make an All-Natural Citrus Scrub at Home!

created at: 01/16/2012

Nothing like a little skin pampering mid-winter, I say!  At least in these parts–surely I’m not the only one whose hands appear a bit, um, “mummy-like” this time of year, right?  Best treat those puppies right with a nice homemade, all-natural citrus scrub!   

Allison Czarnecki from the utterly and completely fabulous lifestyle blog Petit Elefant created this scrub recipe for us ailing masses.  Keep it by the kitchen sink as a post-dish washing moisturizing hand scrub, or in the shower for exfoliating all over.   Continue Reading

Surprise! Over 80 Snacks Under 100 Calories!

created at: 01/05/2012

I’m not a calorie counter… AT ALL.  But I do think it’s beneficial to have an idea of some healthy snack choices, especially since I work from home and, well, have a pantry practically within arms reach.  If you’re curious what sort of snacks ring in at under 100 calories, read on!  You might be surprised.   

Laura Schwecherl from the site Greatist rounded up 88 unexpected snacks that are under 100 calories.  A few surprises from the list?   Continue Reading