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. Want some more good news? There are also air-purifying houseplants that can naturally clean out organic pollutants in your home. Check out these attractive plants that can make your home happier and healthier in the new year.
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? It's fantastic for headaches, and it's also a great solution for insomnia sufferers. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!
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.
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.
Note, however, that context is everything. There's a strong line of demarcation between very cute and vermin, and that line is coterminous with the four walls of my house.
Read on for the full Curbly guide on how to get rid of mice!
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!
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. While some products seem pricey, you also have to look at the quantity of what you're purchasing because a $50 bottle could last you an entire year!
More and more I find myself opting for greener products in my home.
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.
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! It's easier than you think to create...
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!
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!
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...
Carmel loved the look of Pottery Barn and West Elm's natural fiber head boards, but she did not love their prices. Much as all good DIYers, she decided to make her own out of an old door, manila rope (that she found at Home Depot) and a glue gun. The results are quite remarkable and at a total cost of
I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?). Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years. Fortunately, the Internet exists. And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done! Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?
So... let's say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around. If you're a resourceful Curblier, you know there's something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire. But what? We have the answer below!
Oh snap! Looks like we've got stumps on the brain. Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights! If you're ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your consideration.
We've seen stumps and branches turned into stools and side tables, as well as accessories like desk organizers, magnets, and napkin rings, but can a hunk o' tree stand it's own as a room-centering piece like a coffee table?
At about 35 cents each, what other natural non-toxic product can remove warts, bleach out pit stains, polish metal, kill germs, sanitize surfaces, lighten freckles, give your hair sun-kissed highlights and much more?
In my review yesterday of Sasha Duerr's new work, The Handbook of Natural Dyes, I mentioned that the publisher gave me permission to share one of the projects in the book. I found one perfect for those who are new to natural dyeing: dyeing beads with blackberries.
According to Sasha Duerr, the author of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes, if we can cook, we can dye. One of the chapters contained within is even entitled, "Kitchen Couture". And couture it is. Dozens of recipes tell us how to use such things as lavender, turmeric and red cabbage to dye plant and protein-based fibers the most luscious colors imaginable, all of which harmonize in ways 'only botanical colors can.'
Sasha begins at the beginning, outlining supplies we'll need, explaining in easy to understand terms the benefit
Whether we like it or not, oil-based products are everywhere. From the kitchen to the nursery and everyplace in between. If you'd like to curb your consumption of such things, you'll want to check out this eye-opening
Jeez, I barely got the idea out of my head and the creative and resourceful folks at The Brick House already built the snazziest wood slat screen for their porch. As you can see, it looks ultra sleek outside, but looking out from inside the porch is even better.