Category: Housekeeping

soap

Making Your Own Soap

Soap is probably one of the most taken-for-granted items, because you can’t remember a time when it wasn’t around. However, this under-appreciated grooming accessory has a rich history dating back to ancient Babylon. The earliest recorded soap-making recipe, consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil, was found on a Babylonian clay tablet that dates back to...

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Layering Window Treatments Means Style and Warmth

Layering is a technique that fashionistas have long used to stretch a wardrobe, make basics transcend the seasons, and create a signature style. Well, as we all know, home decorating often borrows from fashion, so it was inevitable that such a useful tool as layering would eventually make its way into interior design. The first criteria...

gardening

Is There Really Such a Thing as a Sustainable Backyard Garden?

The issue of sustainable agricultural practices is something most commercial growers find themselves grappling with. Preserving the land while preserving the bottom line is becoming increasingly important as more and more consumers are making purchasing choices based on the soundness of a company’s environmental practices. But minimizing environmental impact when growing plants isn’t just a concern...

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How To Refinish That Garage Sale Furniture Find

Furnishing a new home can be a costly undertaking if you only shop at furniture stores, whether they’re the quaint specialty shop or the the big-box furniture outlet. If you choose to go this route, and you don’t have your own trust fund, it may take you several months, maybe even a year before you can...

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How to Get Stuff Done When You Really Don’t Feel Like It

We all have those days when our to-do list seems long and overwhelming, while our motivation seems nonexistent. Whether it’s not knowing where to start, thinking of a few things we’d rather be doing, or just wanting to toss the list and take a nap, we know that at some point we will have to start somewhere. So,...

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How to Get Rid of Flies Naturally

Flies tends to come out in droves during the warmer months, and they can be a real pain once they’re inside your house. If you aren’t too keen on the idea of using harmful chemical repellents, try out these natural methods to get rid of flies and get on with your summer. Homemade Fly Paper If...

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Get More Plants Out of What You Have: Dividing Perennials

You can create brand new “baby” plants by dividing perennials. It’s easier than you think. This is also a great way to swap plants with a friend and expand each other’s gardens with more variation. And let’s not forget, it saves money! Why buy new plants when you can expand your own garden for free? First...

gardening

Gardening: Why Do It and How to Get a Head Start for Spring

My husband and I garden. We call it our “therapy”. There is nothing like working the soil, planting your plants, pulling weeds, and watching your garden yield fresh, colorful produce all summer long! It truly is therapeutic to grow your own food. And oh, what a feeling of comfort and satisfaction when the first flakes start...