Mar
24

Tips&Tricks: Beauty

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I’m sort of a beauty product junky. I can’t pinpoint exactly when it happened, but it eventually got out of control and I had to put myself on a bit of a spending hiatus from the stuff. Thankfully I’ve learned to rein it all in, and one of the ways I’ve done so is by relying on a little DIY. I have all of the fantastic links below bookmarked for use in the near future! What’s your go-to home beauty remedy?

Yummy pumpkin pie lip balm and lip scrub.

Mix up dry shampoo for light hair and dark hair for about $2 a jar!

Homemade coconut vanilla body butter.

Homemade natural deodorant with baking soda coconut oil, and rosemary oil.

Tingly peppermint rose lip balm.

Or fresh lemon rosemary lip balm.

Make your own tinted lip gloss for a pretty pucker.

All-natural aftershave for the dude(s) in your life.

Edible ginger snap lip scrub to get rid of the flaky stuff.

Or coconut mint lip scrub.

Five bath scrubs you can make in your kitchen.

Feel smooth and smell amazing with this rose body scrub.

An all-natural beauty mask made from flowers.

Four easy ways to help your face overnight.

Get ready for sandal season with this strawberry salt foot scrub.

Gentle rose water toner.

A rose and chamomile facial scrub that will made washing your face incredible.

A bevy of DIYs to elevate your winter skin woes in a snap.

Feb
10

Tips&Tricks: Winter Remedies

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If you’ve made it past the halfway point this winter without a major cold or a case of the flu let me be the first to salute you. I was taken down for the first half of January with an upper respiratory infection, and I’m crossing everything that that will be all. Here’s a bevy of tips and tricks for everything winter has to throw at you!

Ten holistic remedies for everyday ailments.

Make your own all-natural herbal vapor rub.

Homemade Vicks Vapor shower disks.

DIY Kool-Aid lip balm.

A DIY lip peel for your flaky pucker.

DIY first-aid antiseptic ointment.

Make a homemade decongestant.

This home remedy cuts through a sore throat, hacking cough, and the croup.

Try this flu season ginger honey lemon tonic.

Another option is this lemon cold remedy.

Cocktail recipes that can help cure the common cold. Ahem.

Five things you must clean during flu season.

Ten natural cold remedies.

Let’s not forget wintery skin, the 10 best winter beauty recipes.

DIY orange coconut whipped body butter and 5 winter skin care tips.

DIY cuticle cream.

Luxurious eucalyptus mint whipped body butter.

Nov
19

Tips&Tricks: Entertaining

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Ready or not the holidays are just around the corner – that means digging out the good wine glasses, adding some festive decor to the house, and putting on your best hostess smile. Here are a few tips and tricks for entertaining that are sure to make any get together a little bit easier and a lot more impressive!

How much food and drink to serve at a party.

How to make a box cake taste homemade.

Great tips for throwing a shindig.

Secrets to making the best cocktail.

Five recipes for big batches of party cocktails.

Tips and tricks for hosting a cocktail party.

An entertaining guide for wine and cheese.

Choosing the best ice for cocktails.

How to stock a home bar.

How to make the perfect cheese plate.

Oct
17

Tips&Tricks: Being Green

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I don’t know about you, but I try to consistently add green ways of living to my day to day on a regular basis. Some things are easier than others, but it’s always worth it. Here are some tips&tricks (and a few products) that can go a long way.

 

10 easy secrets to greening your house.

30 items to avoid composting + recycling.

Make your own compost bin.

30 green beauty finds.

Using natural fabric dyes.

DIY cleaning products.

Natural homemade wood polish.

DIY living wall projects for your home.

 

Aug
26

Tips&Tricks: Kitchen

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The kitchen is probably, okay definitely, my favorite room in the house. I love nothing more than cranking up some music and baking the afternoon away (well, when it’s below 100-degrees that is!). It’s a great stress reliever and it always feels good to share the bounty that comes out of the oven. At least my pants feel that way.

 

The key to preventing moldy berries.

How to frost a professional looking cake with pourable faux fondant.

Six secrets to the perfect pie crust.

Ten dollar DIY countertop.

Every kind of glass bottles, glass jars, tin containers, etc you could want.

Top 12 baking tips.

The common cook’s how many guide to kitchen conversions.

Make your own compost bin.

The 15 tools every man needs to cook like a pro.

How to soften brown sugar.

What do wine experts recommend for cheap drinking?

How to store salad greens.

Freezing, drying, and storing herbs 101.

How to peel garlic.

Eleven secrets to properly freezing produce.

How to clean your dishwasher.

Jul
22

Tips&Tricks: House + Home

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Cleaning oil stains on your driveway.

Skip the bedframe, staple fabric to your box spring instead.

How to clean your dryer vents + prevent fires.

How to clean between the stove + countertop.

Favorite white paints of designers.

How to build floating shelves.

How to paint a door on its hinges.

Download these organizational binder inserts.

Get your makeup organized.

How to spring clean in ONE DAY.

Trim painting tips.

Make this floor grease cutter cleaner.

How to recaulk a bathtub.

How to wash and whiten yellowed pillows.

Top 10 household cleaning tips for the tough problems.

Ten resources for affordable decor.

33 meticulous cleaning tricks for the OCD person inside you.

The magic way to clean your windows.

A great grout cleaning trick.

Painting ideas and projects full of how-tios and inspiration.

DIY gunk remover, a non-toxic recipe to remove sticky adhesive.

Simmer this on your stove to make your house smell amazing.

Refresh and reorganize your home.

Super simple homemade air freshener.

How to paint your garage floor.

Brilliant moving tips.

Seven ways to perfect a colourful bathtub.

Renovations with the best resale value.

Tips for selling a home.

Tips for furnishing with floor models.

Print this cleaning schedule and stay on track.

The only spot remover you’ll ever need.

How to paint concrete.

How to take on painting kitchen cabinets.

How to redecorate after being dumped.

Jun
24

Tips&Tricks: Photography

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Photography is the everyman’s art form, anyone can pick up a camera (or a smartphone) and start snapping away. It remains to be seen whether you’ll be any good at capturing beauty through the viewfinder, but man is it fun to try! Here are some tips&tricks for everything from your phone to manual mode.

 

Basic photo tips for bloggers.

How to take better photos with your phone.

Understanding ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

10 tips for food photography and styling.

20 things I wish I knew about photographing in manual mode.

How to make a photo light box.

13 popular photography tips.

100 photography tutorials for beginners and professionals.

How to manage your personal photo collection like a professional photographer.

Essential photography gear.

Your guide to manual mode magic.

An introduction to digital photography.

A shutter speed chart.

How to create a home photography studio.

May
28

Tips&Tricks: Beauty + Fashion

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There are tips and tricks aplenty out there when it comes to appearance, they’re everywhere. Pinterest, magazines, blogs, everywhere! I’ve combed through more than my share and come out the other side with my favorites. Do you have any tried and true tips for beauty and fashion??

 

How to backcomb your hair without looking like a…

Homemade whipped coconut body oil.

All about false lashes.

Beauty secrets from backstage at New York Fashion Week.

Master the cat eye with this tutorial.

Bronzing 101.

Repair those split ends with these tips.

Big booty bouffant hair tutorial right here, ladies.

A year of sugar scrubs.

DIY surf spray for wavy locks.

Learn to blow dry your bangs perfectly.

Get your feet ready for summer.

Homemade natural bronzer recipe.

Refreshing homemade cucumber aloe mist.

Makeup tips to make you look more awake.

How to apply eyeshadow in ten easy steps.

How to easily remove glitter nail polish.

How to un-shrink clothes.

Make your own Kate Spade-inspired skirt.

How to wear a t-shirt and look stylish.

Breaking in tight shoes.

Apr
22

Tips&Tricks: Gardening + Landscaping

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I can be described as having a brown thumb at best. I have an odd talent for growing African violets that thrive, and not much else. Succulents hate me and I even once killed a cactus. I’m That Girl. So with all of that out in the open – whew! – you can see why I’m always on the look out for tips & tricks that might help me out a bit.

 

Square Foot Gardening: How to Get Started for $50. (Infographic)

Propogating succulents from leaves.

Build a $10 cedar raised garden bed.

Get your kids’ involved in gardening.

Paint rocks like strawberries to protect the real thing.

Growing citrus indoors.

How to plan your vegetable and herb garden.

DIY Glowing outdoor orbs for your patio.

Nine ways to bring nature indoors for brown thumbs.

Make an easy shoe and foot washing station.

How to fix dents in wooden floors and furniture.

Build your own pergola.

Take advantage of this printable garden planner.

Learn how to garden in gutters.

Gardening in raised beds.

Ten secrets for extending the life of cut flowers.

Homesteading: How Much Land Do You Need to Go Off the Grid.

Use vinegar to kill weeds.

Ten indoor plants you can’t kill.

Ten spring window gardening tips.

Make a planter’s yardstick.

Fifteen must-haves for the herb gardener.

Mar
25

Tips&Tricks: Blogging

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This month I’m sharing tips & tricks on one of the things I know best, blogging. Whether you’re new to the game or a veteran there’s always something to learn. And we’ve got it all – design, coding, social media and more. Have something you rely on that’s missing? Leave it in the comments, we’re hungry for knowledge!

 

01/ Tips for building a bright + successful blogging brand.
02/ 50 online tools to better your blog.
03/ Blog design resources for 2013.
04/ The how of effective homepages.
05/ A social media size cheat sheet.
06/ An HTML cheat sheet list of HTML tags.
07/ The top 9 social networks for business.
08/ Your blog post promotion checklist.
09/ Do you know the best way to engage your users?
10/ Why brands with consistent messaging are worth more.
11/ How to write the perfect blog post.
12/ Tax tips for bloggers and small businesses.
13/ 10 blog layout tips.
14/ How to work with a designer.
15/ Social media dos and don’ts.
16/ 7 Google Analytics metrics you should monitor.
17/ 5 legal concerns for small creative businesses.
18/ 15 minutes to a better blog: Free Resources.
19/ Beautiful minimalist WordPress themes.
20/ Top 10 tips for food blogging.
21/ 99 ways to increase blog traffic.
22/ A free printable blog planner to get organized.
23/ Get to know your readers.
24/ 18 blogging tips.
25/ Editing and saving blog photos for the web.