Category: For The Home

Link Round-up: Organizing, Ribbon Bracelets, Skin Care, and More

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up talks about skin-to-skin contact with babies, organizing, how to remove rust, and more.

Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make anything into a lamp.

Mommypotamus shared tips for skin-to-skin contact with baby.

Henry Happened showed us how to make whipped shea balm.

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Positively Splendid taught us how to make polka-dotted trinket dishes.

The Ribbon Retreat taught us how to make ruffled ribbon bracelets.

Tater Tots and Jello shared 20 spring organizing projects.

Little Green Notebook taught us how to easily remove rust.

Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and Positively Splendid

Easy Ways to Help Keep Plastic Out of Our Landfills

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by 1 Comment

Did you know that each year, Americans throw away enough shampoo bottles to fill 1,164 football fields? That’s 18,000 tons of plastic that ends up in already overcrowded landfills.

To encourage people to start recycling in the bathroom, Johnson & Johnson has launched the Care to Recycle initiative. The Care To Recycle Tumblr page includes helpful information and tips on what can and can’t be recycled as well as an infographic with additional statistics on bathroom-product recycling.

Aside from simply bringing your old bottles to a local recycling center, here are some of the company’s ideas for how to keep your bathroom products from clogging up our nation’s landfills:

  • Cut off the tops of your old shampoo bottles and use them as pencil or jewelry holders.
  • Repurpose bottles as eco-friendly flower vases. This is great when you’re giving flowers from your garden to a friend!
  • Use bottles as an inexpensive way to store make-up brushes or hair accessories.
  • Repurpose your old lotion bottles by turning them into holders for charging your cell phone
  • Use an old plastic bottle as a way to amplify the volume of your cell phone speakers. Simply cut off the top, wash it thoroughly, and place your phone inside.
  • Repurpose an empty plastic bottle for use as a tiny shovel for tending to plants around the house.

If you’re the type of person who likes to make sure her repurposed items are both eco-friendly and visually appealing, I suggest decorating your upcycled bottle vases or makeup brush holders with a bit of washi tape. This is a type of patterned masking tape that comes in many different designs. The Scotch Expressions brand is probably the most widely available. I’ve made a few shampoo bottle organizers in the past and never had trouble decorating them with washi tape.

Do you have any creative recycling ideas to share?

Photo credit: Care to Recycle

Link Round-up: Cleaning Tips, Recipes, DIYs, Springtime, and More

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cleaning tips, recipes, DIYs, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie gave us a recipe for cherry blossom cupcakes that celebrate spring.

Kenarry shared some tips for spring cleaning with small children.

Crafts Unleashed showed us how to make a bird feeder by recycling things you probably have around the house.

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Designed Décor shared an easy salmon dip recipe.

Purl Bee taught us how to make bunny hand puppets.

Sew 4 Home shared a tutorial for making stretchy headbands that are perfect for everything from errands to yoga.

Scary Mommy shared a funny post about feeling overwhelmed by chores around the house.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Designed Décor

Link Round-up: Recipes, Cleaning Tips, Crafts, Easter Decor, and More

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 by 4 Comments

Today’s link round-up has recipes, cleaning tips, crafts, and more.

Designed Décor shared her way of cleaning the microwave — the easy way.

Chocolate and Sunshine shared a recipe for chocolate lasagna.

Kenarry shared a cute Easter egg finger painting craft.

Crafts Unleashed shared some crafty ideas for using up those toilet paper rolls.

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A Beautiful Mess shared an adorable spring Easter egg display.

Chubby Hobby shared a tutorial for creating a plush ballet bunny.

Fishstick Designs taught us how to make homemade chocolate syrup.

Photo credit: Designed Décor and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Easter Crafts and Foods, Flowers, and Spring

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up is all about spring—Easter crafts and foods, flowers in a birdcage, and more.

Mommypotamus shared 50 creative ways to use mason jars.

Cincy Shopper showed us how to make Easter chick deviled eggs.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make the cutest easy bunny buns with Pillsbury crescent rounds.

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Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make Nutella granola bars.

Crafts Unleashed shared 20 adorable Easter crafts you can enjoy.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us how to plant a birdcage to make a gorgeous spring display.

Melly Sews shared 10 upcycle tutorials.

Photo credit: Mommypotamus and Chocolate Covered Katie

Link Roundup: DIYs, a Book Review, Gardens, and More

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has tons of DIYs, a book review, and ideas for a small space garden.

A Beautiful Mess showed us a cute project that will look good in a kid’s room—transparency sheet ice cream art.

I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us how to make a DIY coastal lamp.

Polka Dot Chair had a cute gift idea for little girls—DIY hair ties and headbands.

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Mommypotamus shares her thoughts on the book, Vaccine Illusion.

Mod Podge Rocks showed us how to use fabric to give a mirror a makeover.

Oh My Creative shared 10 small space garden ideas.

Happy Hour Projects shared an idea for a project the kids will love helping you with: a 10-minute paper bag nest.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Mommypotamus

Celebrate Earth Month with Bulk Foods

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 by 2 Comments

Have you ever stopped to think about how much product packaging your family throws out on a weekly basis? If you’re trying to be more eco-friendly, April is a great time to start buying bulk foods.

Bulk foods are the foods sold in clear plastic bins at your grocery store. You buy as little or as much as you need. You’re not paying for extra packaging, so you’re saving money and helping the environment at the same time.

lovebulkbuttonCommon items to purchase in bulk include:

  • Spices
  • Coffee
  • Nuts
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Dried beans
  • Dried fruit
  • Trail mix

Bulk bin products are generally the same name brand items you see on store shelves. However, they are often fresher than packaged alternatives because the bulk bin supply is constantly being replenished.

Little changes make a big difference when it comes to buying bulk foods. For example, if all Americans purchased their coffee from bulk bins instead of buying traditional packaged products, we’d keep 5,000,000 pounds of packaging out of the country’s landfills each week.

Bulk buying also reduces food waste, since you aren’t committing to a particular package size. More food goes into landfills across the United States than any other single material in municipal waste. Food you toss in the trash decomposes more quickly than product packaging, but this is still money you’ve wasted.

If you want to start buying in bulk, go to www.bulkisgreen.org to take the Love Bulk pledge. To encourage people to try bulk foods during Earth Month and beyond, the Bulk Is Green council is planning a special giveaway.

When you take the pledge, you’re entered to win a prize pack filled with everything you need to create a pantry stocked with foods from the bulk bins. The prize pack includes glass storage containers as well as food samples from popular bulk bin brands.

Photo credit: Bulk Is Green

Link Round-up: Beauty Tips, Easter Crafts, and More

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has beauty and fragrance tips, Easter crafts, and more.

Cupcakes and Cashmere taught us the art of layering scents.

The Free People blog showed us how to make a refreshing face mist for spring.

A Subtle Revelry taught us how to make a rug from old t-shirts.

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Craftaholics Anonymous showed us how to make a crochet bunny basket.

All Things Heart and Home showed us how to make a moss topiary.

U-Create Crafts gave us a tutorial on creating an interchangeable burlap wreath.

The Magic Onions planted mini pansies in egg shells as Easter decorations.

Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere and Craftaholics Anonymous

Link Round-up: Blush Basics, Sunless Tanner, Spring Crafts, and More

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up offers blush basics, spring crafts, the perfect self tanner, and more.

Cupcakes and Cashmere shared blush basics to give your face a pretty glow.

Craftaholics Anonymous showed us how to make an easy monogram lampshade.

A Subtle Revelry showed us how to make cute paper bunny fruit bags.

Handmade Charlotte shared six spring crafts inspired by nature.

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A Beautiful Mess tested several self-tanners and shared their thoughts.

U-Create Crafts showed us how to make a clothespin picture frame.

The Magic Onions taught us how to make a hummingbird’s nest.

Photo credit: Cupcakes and Cashmere and A Beautiful Mess

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