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Jul 21, 2016 by

This week I am featuring some great decor ideas!

Easy DIY Striped Pillow

easy striped pillow

20 Painted Wall Art Ideas
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How to: Build your own rolling pantry!
Grandma’s House DIY


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Jul 14, 2016 by

This week I am featuring some very yummy summer treats! ~Enjoy!

Mango Lime Vinaigrette
Pancake Warriors


Kids in the Kitchen Making Veggie Snacks
Jodie Fitz

kids summer snacks

Chocolate Pudding Popsicle Recipe
Creatively Homemade


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Eco-Friendly Chic Decorating Tips

Jul 11, 2016 by

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When it is time for a change in your home and you are concerned about the earth, you want to find eco-friendly chic decorating tips you can follow. Luckily, numerous decorating companies understand your desire to protect the environment. Not only do they make products from recycled materials, they also offer sustainable goods. The following tips will make your home both eco-friendly and beautiful.

1. No matter which room in your home you are redecorating, chances are you will want a luxurious rug in which to sink your toes. Eco-friendly rug manufacturers make hypoallergenic rugs with materials that keep the environment in mind. Choose rugs that do not use formaldehyde and other toxins. Your family and the environment will thank you.

2. Re-use and re-purpose items you may already own. If you are trying to find ways to separate the living space in a large room, a screen divider is the perfect solution. Make a screen divider out of one or more screen doors. Add a panel of fabric over each door and hinge them together. The nice part of this idea is that you have reused something you have on hand and you can change out the fabric with the seasons.

3. Natural materials are also a part of eco-friendly decorating. If you must purchase a new piece of furniture, find one that is unfinished. This will keep harmful stains out of your home. Instead, rub mineral oil into the wood to protect it and create a warm glow.

4. Another option for a “new” furniture purchase is to look at places like Goodwill, Salvation Army or other consignment stores. Quite often, you can find just what you are looking for at a reduced price. This will keep items out of the overfull landfills and more of your money in your wallet.

5. Bring the outdoors into your home. You can place live plants around your home to make it more “green.” You can also bring in natural elements. For instance, if you have a large glass vase, put pine cones, dried seedpods or fruit into it. You can also place bowls of fruit on tables. Let your family enjoy the fruit to keep it from spoiling; you can always replace it.

6. Add a water element to your home. You can do this with a water fountain or by placing colorful jars on a windowsill with plenty of sunlight during the day. The water will absorb the heat as the sun shines on it and then release the heat at night to warm the room.

7. Use natural materials like wicker baskets or wooden crates to contain items instead of buying plastic containers. This will give you the storage you need and allow you to continue with your eco-friendly chic decorating.

Consider what you want your home to look like and then find eco-friendly options. By using these ideas, and thinking of other ways you can make your home “green,” you will be doing your part to help the environment.

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Jul 7, 2016 by

Goat Milk Soap: Why use it?
I love goat milk soap! Sugar & Succulents

goat milk soap

Veggie Sandwich Roll-up = Picnic Perfect Recipe
Perfect picnic food! Jodie Fitz

veggie sandwich roll up

Garden Theme Mantel
I really like this beautiful summer look! Penny’s Vintage Home

summer mantle

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16 Things You May Not Know Are Compostable

Jul 5, 2016 by

Cotton Balls

Composting is a great “green” thing to do for your garden. It provides organic nutrients for the soil, which could help it produce more. Obviously, you can compost leaves, grass clippings, fruits and vegetable peelings. But, these are not the only compostable items! The following are sixteen things you may not know are compostable.

1. Coffee grounds and filters – When you finish your last cup of coffee and clean out the filter to get your coffee maker ready for the next pot, keep your coffee grounds and filter. Toss them in a bowl or bucket to be taken to the compost pile the next time you go out there.

2. Tea bags – If you enjoy a cup or gallon of tea, you can also compost your tea bags.

3. Paper bags – Some grocery stores still give paper bags. Tear the bags up and add them to the compost pile.

4. Plain cooked pasta – Did you cook too much pasta but not enough for leftovers? Instead of tossing it out, add it to the bowl to be taken out and composted.

5. Stale bread – Let’s face it, stale bread does not taste good. You can break the bread up in smaller pieces and compost it instead.

6. Used paper napkins, paper towels and paper plates (non-waxed) – Used paper goods will easily decompose.

7. Stale pretzels, cereal and crackers – Like stale bread, these things simply are not appealing. Adding them to the compost pile, rather than tossing them, will at least be of benefit for the plants and you will not feel like you have totally wasted your money.

8. Pizza crusts – Some people simply do not like eating the pizza crust but throwing it away would be wasteful. Add this to the compost pile in the same way you do other bread or pasta.

9. Nutshells – Nutshells provide additional nutrients to the compost mixture. It is, however, important that you keep walnut shells out of the compost because the shells are toxic to plants.

10. Moldy cheese – Normally you would not compost meats and cheeses, but the fact this is moldy makes it all right.

11. Eggshells – Eggshells are a great addition to your compost pile if you wash them first. The reason you wash eggshells before adding them is that there may be salmonella on the outside of the egg, which would be transferred to your compost and could spread to your garden.

12. 100% cotton balls – ‘Cotton balls’ made of other content than cotton should not be added to the compost pile because they most likely will not decompose.

13. Old loofah sponges – Loofah sponges are organic matter and therefore can be added with other items.

14. Dryer lint – If you wash and dry your clothes, you will have dryer lint. Instead of throwing it away, add it to the compost pile.

15. Old cotton clothing – Clothing, as long as it is 100% cotton, can be composted. It will compost better if it is torn or cut up into smaller pieces before adding it to the pile.

16. Paper you have shredded – It is possible to add shredded paper for composting, which will keep your personal information out of the landfill.

When thinking about things you can compost, you may not have known about these. These are not the only items, either. In fact, any organic material can be composted. The things you will want to keep out of your compost pile include used cooking oil, diseased plant, treated wood shavings, milk products and any type of meat.

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Jun 30, 2016 by

Mid June Thrifted Finds
There are a lot of interesting treasures featured in this post! A Vintage Green

2 wheat stoneware small jugs

Berries, Berries, Berries!
Yum! 2 Dishing Divas


How To Get Happy and Stay Happy: Understand That Money Isn’t Everything
Here is a great post about money! A Vintage Green


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Jun 23, 2016 by

Celebrate Strawberry Season with a Strawberry Roll-Up
Yay for strawberry season! ~These look amazing! Jodie Fitz


Eleonora’s Rocking Chair: Before and Afters
What a gorgeous chair! Grandma’s House DIY

rocker diy

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