Backyard games are exactly what any outside event needs. Badminton and Whiffle ball are great, but they’re so much more fun when you’ve got a crowd. Instead, you need outdoor games that are fun for kids and adults. These DIY backyard games provide hours of entertainment for the whole family! Your house will be the cool place to come for cookouts, backyard fun, and making memories this summer! [Read more…]
Stuff. We’ve all got it – probably too much of it. Sometimes it seems to take over our living space. The KonMari Method will help you tidy up your space and keep it that way! No kidding! Before you reach a point of frustration and spend a weekend (or more) putting things back in order, give KonMari a try. Don’t get caught in the vicious cycle of tidying, cluttering, tidying, cluttering. You can break the cycle with the KonMari method!
Replacing floor tiles, wood, or carpets can be expensive. Renters and homeowners on a budget often want to change the floor and the look of their space, but they need an alternative way to do it. That’s where a floor cloth comes in. It’s easy to create your own floor cloth that matches your décor; but, first, let’s take a closer look at what they are. [Read more…]
No one likes being stuck inside on a rainy day, especially your kids. It doesn’t take long before their boundless energy has them bouncing off the walls, making you crazy and praying for the sun to come out. Instead of clinging to your sanity like it’s a life preserver, check out these great rainy day activities for kids. You’ll keep them entertained and give them acceptable ways to burn off their energy – without making you nuts.
There’s nothing quite like a relaxing soak in the tub. A DIY Bath Bomb will make it even better! A bath is a great way to unwind after a stressful day or steal a few moments of alone time to read, meditate, or focus on your goals without interruption. DIY Bath Bombs add to the pleasure of an already relaxing moment with scents and colors you choose to enhance the experience and leave you relaxed or invigorated. Buying them can be expensive. So we found out how to make our own. DIY bath bombs also make a great stocking stuffer at Christmas or part of a larger “pamper yourself” gift basket any time year. [Read more…]
Tootsie Pops are a favorite treat, especially on Halloween. I always loved them when I was a kid. I remember checking the wrappers for the “Indian” because that mattered for some reason. As an adult, I’ve realized that the colorful wrappers and sweet taste make the perfect trick or treat gift on Halloween. With this adorable Halloween lollipops project, you can dress up those Tootsie Pops to really make an impression. They’re perfect for Halloween decorations or for giving to the neighborhood kids who come knocking. And they’re super easy to make. [Read more…]
Now that summer is here, you want to capture the beauty of summer flowers both inside and outside. So Sisters Know Best came up with 5 ways to display flowers that you are going to love! They add color to your home and create a great background and conversation piece for BBQs and backyard events. These crafty and creative flower displays will certainly capture attention. Consignment shops are a great place to find old bottles, metal and glass containers or even clay pots. These beautiful containers can be “upcycled” to hold flowers in a variety of creative and ingenious ways. [Read more…]
Itchy, flaky dry skin. It makes me crazy! Eczema is a frustrating skin condition… and it’s tough to find good natural eczema treatments… I’m not a fan of chemical-based treatments. In general, eczema is a lack of oils and fats in your skin which causes it to become inflamed. The space between the skin cells becomes larger, which can allow bacteria and other irritants to enter more easily. Most soaps make this worse because they strip away the oils and lipids your skin normally produces. I normally use aloe vera to treat eczema that is out of control but the following are great ways to manage and try to avoid outbreaks.
Coconut, Jojoba and Shea Butter for Natural Eczema Treatments
This remedy is easy to make and store. Each of the ingredients on their own have been shown to help skin retain moisture. Combined, it makes a wonderful, powerful cream.
Here’s what you’ll need:
-2 tablespoons Shea butter
-2 tablespoons beeswax
-6 tablespoons of coconut oil
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-Lavender essential oil (optional)
-Airtight tins or glass jars
Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and jojoba until liquefied. Then coconut oil and stir until it is fully incorporated. Finally, lower the heat and add the Shea butter, stirring as it melts. Shea butter gets added last and at lower heat because a little more heat sensitive. It can also get grainy further along its shelf life. Pour the mixture into airtight glass jars and add a drop or two of lavender essential oil, if desired. Allow it to cool and cover for storage.
Apply liberally to affected areas as needed.
Oils don’t work for every eczema sufferer. Vegetable glycerin can be a great alternative in those cases. Food-grade vegetable glycerin is 99.7% pure. The remaining 0.3% is water. As you can imagine, this makes it ideal for restoring moisture to your skin and filling the gaps between skin cells. Start with a 1:1 ratio of water to vegetable glycerin. Blend them in a spray bottle and spritz on your skin as needed. Once you see how your skin reacts, you can play around with the ratios to find the right mix for your skin.
What other natural eczema treatments have helped you tame the itchy, inflamed skin? We’d love to pass them on to our readers!
Being cooped up with the snow is pretty tough, especially for kids. The more cabin fever they get, the crazier they start to act. Parents start to worry about their homes and belongings being safe. When all the usual indoor entertainment ideas have gotten boring, what’s a parent to do? Easy! Bring out the crafts! We love these fun craft ideas you can do with your kids to keep them from destroying your home out of boredom and a need to do something. [Read more…]
At some point, we can all use a little more inspiration in our lives – a little happier, a little more zen. As crafters, we have a unique opportunity to use our creativity and craftiness to add those necessary elements to our environment and give them to others. If you need a little inspiration for your inspirational craft project, here’s some of our favorites.
Fall DIY projects are some of my favorite to round up! I love this time of year. Not sure if it’s the changing leaves or the crisp air that invigorates, but I LOVE this time of year. How about you? Do you like Fall? If yes, you will love these cute and easy fall DIY projects for indoors and out. [Read more…]
Ok. It’s not really a homemade bug dope. It’s more like a DIY salve or DIY balm. It’s super easy to make, it’s natural, and it works! [Read more…]
This garden gate collection was created because my garden needs a gate. This past summer we used sawhorses to keep out deer and moose. Prior to that I did have a gate that we had made from branches. It was pretty cool and worked, but it rotted. I can’t do another summer with sawhorses for a gate. Ok. I can, but I don’t want to.I live in the woods and want a gate preferably that we make. I love the twig and branch gates.
Do you guys remember our giant DIY ice marbles that we made last winter? They are so easy to make and they add such a fun touch to our railing out front. I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to do it again. BUT THIS TIME I’m going to have more purpose for them and turn some of them in to bird feeders! What a great idea from Twig and Toadstool! [Read more…]
Chaga grows on birch trees near my home in northern Maine and is not very attractive, but the health benefits of chaga are extremely attractive. I have heard it said that we will find in nature what we need to maintain or heal our health. I’ve also heard that the things that heal us resemble what they’re curing. [Read more…]