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43 Simple Ways To Simplify Your Life. Post written by Sherri Kruger. Follow me on Twitter. Simplicity. How can we make things simpler, more streamlined, or more efficient? Is this all just hype or is there actually something to this simplicity thing? Reducing complexity in my life has reduced stress, increased free time, and top priorities are actually top priorities. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. There are countless ways to simplify your life, these are but a few. 25 Homemade Beauty Tips. 1. Old Buttons Repurpose spare buttons by using them to keep pairs of earrings together: Most buttons have at least two holes in them, so simply place an earring in each opening to neatly store when not wearing.

Photo: Jupiter Images 2. Eyebrow Brush Stuck without a lint-remover? Use this handy makeup tool to remove unwanted fuzz from your shirt. Photo: Courtesy of Sephora 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. How to Make a Bug Out Bag. Top 10 Most Dangerous Plants In the World. 1. Most likely to eat a rat Giant Pitcher Plant: Nepenthes attenboroughii Discovered more than 5000 feet above sea level on Mount Victoria in the Philippines, the giant, carnivorous pitcher plant secretes a nectar-like substance to lure unsuspecting prey into a pool of enzymes and acid. A series of sticky, downward ribs makes it nearly impossible for trapped prey to escape.

The plant's 30-centimeter diameter is large enough to trap unlucky rodents, but insects are its most common meal. Pitcher plants, of which there are about 600 different species, tend to grow in nitrogen-deficient environments, and therefore get their nutrients from decaying victims. 2. Castor Bean Plant: Ricinus communis Castor-bean plants can be purchased at just about any garden center, despite containing the deadly poison ricin. 3.

Western Water Hemlock: Cicuta douglasii 4. White snakeroot: Eupatorium rugosum 5. Monkshood: Aconitum napellus 6. Common Bladderwort: Utricularia macrorhiza 7. Venus flytrap: Dionaea muscipula. Wildflowers & Weeds: Learn To Identify Wildflowers With Botany In A Day. Identify That Plant: Master The Skill Of Plant Identification. Free Wild Plant Identification eCourse. You are out in the forest and looking at the glorious plant life surrounding you. Whether you are a beginner and have never identified one plant, or a Botany professor at a university, you might appreciate this refreshingly simple approach to plant identification. I remember lovingly (and sometimes screamingly) that my college classes in Systematic Botany required me to become acquainted with that local Washington Flora that we plant dorks call “Hitchcock and Cronquist”.

I always felt a contradiction of rapt fascination and obsession, alternated with profound burnout, when trying to navigate this enormous dichotomous key! In addition, my observation skills as an ethnobotanist were refined , foraging for wild foods, fibers and medicine. After many years of this love affair with plants, I learned a new way to proceed in my plant identification journey that added a much-needed holistic element. This journey begins with a single plant! What will I need? Meet a Plant. Educational Videos and Games for Kids about Science, Math, Social Studies and English. Kids Games - Play Educational and Fun Online Kids Games! Play Kids Games. A Quick Trick. Just a quick post today. I wanted to share a little trick I found from Marian at Miss Mustard Seed (careful if you go to her site you may be there all day).

This, in my view was a miracle worker on some old nightstands I found at a thrift shop. I scored two matching nightstands for $20. Solid wood with dovetail drawers...not particularly my style but they had potential! It was obvious that they needed refinishing. I thought for the time being I could just clean them up a bit and do a full on refinish later. Enter on Center Stage the Vinegar and Oil (not just for salads, people). Like Marian suggested, I did a mixture of 3/4 cup of oil and 1/4 cup vinegar and had some to spare.

Note: You can use cider vinegar and olive oil...really whatever you have on hand. Mix together and dip a rag in it and simply wipe.... Before After...amazing right?! Here is the finished project a few weeks later. Free download e books. 12 Great Ways To Use Castile Soap. Make sure you like Herbs & Oils World on Facebook to be updated every time we find a fantastic tutorial for exciting and innovative ways you can use herbs and essential oils. Castile soap is a fantastic natural product that can be used in so many different DIY beauty recipes and DIY cleaning products. Castile soap is a “true soap” and not merely a chemical detergent so it is biodegradable and earth friendly! Want to try castile soap? You can buy all sorts of different scents from this page on Amazon.

It can be used to make all sorts of products, including: shampoo, laundry detergent, tub scrub, body wash, dog shampoo and much more. To see recipes for 12 homemade products using castile soap, read the full blog post… 12 Tips to Use It Up, Wear It Out and Make It Do. By Gaye Levy Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without! During the Great Depression, frugality was considered a virtue and the phrase “Use it up, Wear it out and Make it do” was the guiding principal in most households. Times were tough which meant that everything from bits of strings to worn out clothing was saved and re-purposed in some other manner. Not only that but every last bit of food from a can or bottle was swished out with a bit of water and used to flavor a soup or stew.

Printed chicken feed sacks became skirts and flour sacks became underwear. Nothing was wasted. These days, most of us are too young to have lived through the Great Depression and yet, because we know that a second Great Depression could happen at any time, we strive to learn from the old ways and to embrace the time-honored frugal ways that were a way of life for our parents and grandparents. Money Matters But back to money matters. Frugal is Not a Dirty Word 1. 2. 3. Homemade Drain Cleaner – Green and Non-Toxic. You can make your own drain cleaner using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, with no worries about the toxic and even fatal chemicals found in drain cleaners. You just need vinegar, baking soda, and citrus fruit peels. Drain cleaners are one of the most toxic chemicals there are, in fact, they are on the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Hall of Shame because they can cause blindness, burns, and be fatal if swallowed.

I got rid of our drain cleaner about a year ago so the children could never get a hold of it – way too risky for me. I used to work in Internal Communications for a large company and a lady in our office nearly died after accidentally drinking Drano that a janitor had left at the soda machine. She mistook the janitor’s cup for her’s, and had such severe burns in her esophagus that it required many surgeries and several months in the hospital before she could even function normally. Garbage Disposal and Drain Cleaning – Baking Soda and Vinegar. Easy, Non-Toxic Shower Spray | TheDabblist.

A Natural Bleach AlternativeOne Good Thing by Jillee. 26 Tips and Tricks To Simplify Life. I have been collecting all kinds of clever tips to make life just a little bit more simple. Here are some of my favs! 1. Cord organization tips. I am SO doing this. {link} 2. Marshmallows in brown sugar to keep it soft. {link} 3. 10. 19. Simple Lemon water. Want to be eco-friendly but not have to mess with cloth diapers? More From New Nostalgia: 10 Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient & 10 Ways to Get There.

By Michael Edwards and Jeffrey Green Activist Post We are now three to five generations removed from the rural backbone that strengthened America. The world at large has undergone a similar transformation as the promise of easier work has created a migration to big cities. These mega-cities could be seen as an experiment gone awry, as general well-being has declined, with suicide rates increasing across the world. Crowded conditions and economic strife have led to rampant crime, pollution, corporate malfeasance, and a dog-eat-dog type of competition that can be described as a temporary insanity. The economic crisis we are living through has been the final straw for many people, as promises of a better, easier, and more creative life seem to have been sold to us by carnival-style tricksters who are laughing all the way to (their) bank.

Click the below picture for a Wake Up World Only Exclusive Special Offer 10 Reasons to Become Self-Sufficient As the cliche goes: Freedom is never free. 6 Insect Repellent Plants To Grow – repel: mosquitoes, gnats, ticks, fleas & more… | Six insect repellent plants to grow – includes plants that repel biting insects such as: mosquitoes, gnats, ticks & fleas; and plants that protect other plants from aphids & mites etc. Planting and growing insect repellent plants provide a great opportunity to get out in the garden and plant some plants which are a perfect mix of beauty and functionality.

Some people are sceptical about using plants to repel insects, whilst others are 100% convinced of the insect repelling properties of many garden plants. The thing is – if you take natural plant based insect repellents out of the equation; the only really option is DEET based products. There are serious health concerns about the toxic effects of DEET as it is absorbed into the body through your skin. Children are thought to be most at risk from side effects, as children’s skin absorbs more DEET than an adult’s. Feverfew is great for repelling mosquitoes and other flying biting insects.

(Photo from: Wikimedia Commons) * Maria's Self *: DIY Toilet Bombs - Deodorize & Kill Bacteria! Just Drop One in the Bowl;-))) Remember I told you in my previous post that the next product in my store will be an "outside the box" one? Well, you've been warned;-))) I came up with the idea of Toilet Bombs a few months ago. At first I thought it would be embarrassing to make a post about them but I fell so much in love with these toilet bombs that I just HAD to share the idea with you - I'm seriously addicted! When I drop them in the toilet bowl they start fizzing (= exploding;-) and not only do they smell amazing they also deodorize, kill the bacteria (including the odor-causing ones!)

And keep the bowl clean. WHAT I USE: (for approx. 24 bombs) --1 1/3 cup Baking Soda - amazing for all-natural cleaning AND deodorizing! --1/2 cup Citric Acid - (low-strength acid that exists naturally in fruits like lemons & oranges) - used in many kitchen & bathroom cleaners for its cleaning, whitening & deodorizing properties About me: Find this post helpful? Homemade Dishwasher Detergent. Its Frugal Friday! This recipe is so stinking frugal, so easy its crazy, and you have to try it!

It takes about 2 minutes, costs about $0.65 to make, and should last about 100 loads. That’s not even a penny a load! Talk about saving money! Also, I think it works better that the brand name stuff. This is a great beginners project for someone who wants to make more items homemade and purchase less consumer products. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent 2 cups Borax 2 cups washing soda 4 packets of sugar free lemonade Kool-aid (or you can use citric acid) Mix all ingredients together and keep in some kind of container. Or just an empty detergent box you have.To use: Place 1 Tbs in the pre-wash (open cup) and 1 Tbs in the main wash (closed cup).

The original recipe says to use white vinegar for the rinse aid, but when I did this it made all my dishes smell like vinegar which isn’t too pleasant. Since the holidays are coming up around the corner I will share my frugal Christmas ideas on Fridays. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent. Making Glow Jars | The Gold Jellybean. Yesterday Sydney and I had a major art and craft day, and also experimented with making glow jars. They have been floating around Pinterest for awhile now and look like so much fun! However, there is one tutorial that frustrates me. The image is clearly Photoshopped, and I think it’s very misleading. So, I decided to make a couple of our own jars so we can share our experience and method with you. I must admit, frustration aside, I was intrigued with the photoshopped glow jar image, it’s actually called fairies in a jar, and I wanted to try and replicate the glowing ‘fairies’ that appear to be suspended in mid-air. You will need a glass jar, glow sticks (I picked some up from the dollar store), rubber gloves to protect your hands, scissors, I recommend protective eyewear, and a piece of tulle (optional).

If you are using the tulle, cut a piece slightly larger than the jar, and place inside. Now, put on those rubber gloves. Next, stir and shake the cut glow stick around inside your jar. DIY Natural Room Scents. Don't miss my follow-up post to this one withNATURAL ROOM SCENTS FOR DIY GIFTS & CENTERPIECESCLICK HERE This post was featured in the April 2013 issue of Woman's Day magazine. Here's the thing. I'm married to a man who hates artificial scents of any kind. That goes for air fresheners, candles, perfume, soaps and anything else that is scented.

We buy unscented everything. I could probably buy a car with the money I've saved on perfume throughout the years of our marriage. Turns out that King-Man may just be ahead of his time. But, the air in my house gets stale sometimes. There is a simple, all natural, truly lovely solution. Keeping the supply list simple. How to Make Natural Room Scents Fragrant items for naturally scenting your home: citrus -- I've tried other fruits. View whole spices on Amazon: cinnamon sticks, anise stars, allspice, cloves, vanilla beans Five Natural Room Scent RecipesThese are all scents that my nose likes. View on Amazon: ♦pint jars ♦plastic lids for jars Gift them! DIY Natural Room Scents. How to Make Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner and Spray Bottles That Won’t Leach | The Mommypotamus | organic SAHM sharing her family stories and recipes. 15 Surprising Uses For Eggshells.

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