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

New Air, New You: Purify Your Home with These 7 Houseplants

Air-purifying houseplants: Seven plants that can actually increase the quality of the air in your home

The month of January is usually all about improvement. You get a gym membership, you begin eating healthier, you buy a planner, and you start recycling. In this season of self-care, it’s good to reflect on how our home benefits us – specifically, the things within our home. Houseplants are a great addition to any dwelling, not only because they visually make spaces feel more “alive,” but because they are also good at improving health and productivity. Continue Reading

Chill Out: Easy DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillow

Just Relax: Easy DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillow
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I don't know about you, but I'm guilty of forgetting to take the time to chill out every now and then… I'm constantly trying to chip away at my to-do list, which doesn't leave much time for self-care. But lately I've been taking a few minutes every day to heat up and put on my new aromatherapy eye pillow, and it's been working wonders for my stress levels. Other eye pillow benefits?  Continue Reading

How to Get Rid of Mice

Want to know how to get rid of mice? Here's our best list of techniques, everything from natural home remedies to store-bought live and kill traps.

How to get rid of mice
Photo: DSD

In their proper context, I actually like mice. They're admirable for their resiliency, hardiness, and resourcefulness. As fuzzy little mammals with squished-together facial features, they're adorable to the point of absurdity. And heck, they even provided inspiration to a certain cartoonist named Walt for the main mascot of one my favorite places on the planet. Continue Reading

How To: Make Natural, Homemade Glass Cleaner

How to: Make orange-scented homemade window cleaner

I've been on a green-cleaning kick lately. By “green” I mean natural, but also “green” as in money-saving! While paying four or five dollars for a bottle of cleaner might not feel like a big deal, it is when you consider how easy it is to create a similarly effective cleanser for a few cents a bottle. In an effort to convert all my cleansing products to homemade, I've recently whipped up a batch of homemade window cleaner that works just as well as the store-bought variety, and without streaking!         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

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

DIY Decor Idea: A Spring Antler Centerpiece

created at: 05/03/2012

I’m in full support of the painted antler trend that’s been floating around for a while, especially if it combines pretty little bud vases and springtime blooms like this one!   

This particular white and gold version comes from A Subtle Revelry and would make a beautiful everyday centerpiece or would be perfect for a special event (like a wedding, maybe?).

created at: 05/03/2012

There’s not a whole lot in the tutorial department, but the main idea is to paint the antlers white, tape off the tips and paint them gold, and then tie tiny bud vases on with colorful string. Continue Reading

How To: Make an All-Natural Hanging Succulent Garden!

created at: 01/09/2012

Succulents are my favorite plants in all the world; I am in love and intrigued by their sculptural qualities and other-worldly shapes.  So when I saw this artful hanging succulent garden made from palm tree fragments, well, I had to know how it was done!   

 

Reuben Munoz of Rancho Reubidoux never ceases to bring a creative touch to the outdoor living space (remember his painted sofa and chair?), so it’s no surprise that he could make something so gorgeous from such simple materials.   Continue Reading

DIY Stocking Holders

created at: 12/20/2011

My friend Cami is trying to revamp her Christmas decorating this year to pay homage to Christmases past.  When it came time to switch up her stocking holders, nothing from the store was in her desired price range, nor did it have the aesthetic she was going for.  Solution?  A tree.   She says the conversation between her and her husband (the guy with the power tools) went something like this: “Honey, go get your saw, and that hunk of a tree, and get to work. Continue Reading