72 Uses For Simple Household Products To Save Money & Avoid Toxins Limiting the amount of products you bring into your home will not only cut down on costs at the grocery store but will keep you and your family healthier. Below is a list of some common uses for seven household products. Add some drops of essentials oils like lavender, rose, or sweet orange to any of them for extra pleasure! Here are a few more tips to help you go green and save money! Cut up old bath towels. Paper-Back Planters: Recycling Books to Pot Indoor Plants Have books finally met their match with the Apple iPad, or is it just another fad like the Amazon Kindle? Readers may find some poetry in these volumes regardless of whether they are willing to give up their favorite paperback companions: potted plants put into scooped-out sections of beautiful old hardback books. Gardenkultur (via Inhabitat) makes a simple recycling project out of even the most complex novels, but carving into the heart of a book, sealing off the resulting space and putting seeds of little trees or other plant life into the curved void. Of course, this would work just as well as a do-it-yourself gardening project for those green-thumbed enough to provide proper moisture barriers for their own plants. But if a picture is said to be worth one thousand, at how many words do we value a wee plant?
12 Ways to Stop Wasting Money and Take Control of Your Stuff In my work as a consumer psychologist and author, I’ve read countless studies about consumer behavior, and I’ve conducted plenty of research on my own, interviewing hundreds of shoppers about how, when, and why they shop. Here’s what I’ve learned about how to avoid piling up too much stuff and how to stop making unnecessary, excessive, and ultimately unsatisfying purchases. Do an inventory check. Jenna Suhl, who has worked as a wardrobe stylist in San Francisco for more than a decade, told me, “It’s not uncommon for people to buy new things because they have so much they can’t see what they already have.” Suhl recommends weeding out what’s worn, ill-fitting, unmatchable, or a style that no longer suits. Practical to Impossible: 50 DIY Projects, Designs & Ideas For a little summer fun, you could use IKEA-style plans to construct your own time-and-space-ship or turning your computer cables into wall art. Alternatively, you might turn your pursuits to something a tad more practical, like creating an instant laptop case from an old hooded sweatshirt or making old books into new planters. Click the image links below for more pictures of and information on each design or idea:
17 Life Lessons They Should Teach in College But Don't Now that I've been out of college for few years, there's a list of courses I wish they taught. An introduction to brevity: Student turns in an essay, professor deletes every other word and shows them how much better it sounds. What I wish I knew when I was your age: A group of octogenarians lecture students on their biggest regrets in life. An introduction to disagreeing with people without sounding like a jerk: Teaches students that equally smart people can disagree with each other. Emphasizes that most of what you think is a product of your upbringing, almost all of which was out of your control. Sometimes life isn't fair 101: Twenty percent of the class's homework is randomly deleted.
3 Lovely Ways to Upcycle Glass & Plastic Bottles into Vases Generic disposable containers take on new dimensions with a simple twist or touch of decoration. These three solutions show how a little extra time or material can go a long way. Take the essentially two-dimensional Pimavera Vase, for instance – simply drop in your old bottle and voila, you have a neat receptacle for a single perfect flower. 4 Habits That Will Make You Healthier and Wealthier in 2015 Depending on which study or urban myth you believe, the typical American gains two to 10 pounds during the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. And there is no question that December is the spendiest month of the year. Credit card issuers can document it, and retailers count on it. And January? That’s when we resolve to lose weight and save money.
Beat Body Odor Naturally: DIY Soothing Pit Scrub We already, as my pal Liz put it, “hopped on the TMI train” when I talked a bit about my hunt for handmade lingerie, so I thought why not just keep heading down the track and talk about another personal topic: body odor. All aboard! Let’s face it, you guys: natural deodorant is just not as effective as the toxic stuff. Spicy Storage Solution Frees Up Stacks of Cupboard Space People who do more than a casual amount of cooking are bound to have cupboards full of spice jars. There are plenty of store-bought solutions for organizing and arranging those jars, but it seems that a vertical storage method is the most space-saving of all. This DIY version was created using a sheet of stainless steel, some canning jars with one-piece caps, epoxy glue and super-strong magnets – all for a little over $100. The wall-mounted spice rack is perfect for holding the seemingly endless collection of spice bottles that build up so easily in the kitchen. The clear jars are stored on their sides so that you can easily see what’s stored inside each one. After you affix a simple label wherever you prefer, you have a reasonably well-organized spice storage system.
5 Easy Steps to Get Control of Your Finances If you’re living from paycheck to paycheck or your finances are feeling pinched, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to take control of your finances. One of the most important steps to doing that is to take a good hard look at the money you have coming in vs. the money you have going out, so that you can establish a solid budget — and stick to it. Here are 5 easy steps to get you started: 1. Evaluate Your Income
Natural Hair Dye, homemade hair color, for fashion sheep and trendsetters Making and using your own Natural Hair Dye is waaaaay more fun than anything you can buy out there. And we’re not even speaking of the safety aspect, those store bought chemical hair dyes are packed with?…yes, 1000 points for you: Chemicals!! This is for all who want to keep it natural, obviously. These homemade hair dye recipes contain pure natural ingredients.
DIY Stone Bathmat: Create a Luxurious Shower Experience It is a sensation we associate with luxury resorts and remote beaches – stepping out of the water and onto smooth pebbles. It is also remarkably easy to recreate this experience at home. Susan Wasinger from Natural Home (via LifeHacker) spells out the simple steps and materials, but essentially: (1) make the frame, (2) add a wire mesh screen, (3) add the stones. And voila, a free foot massage every day.
Worst money mistakes you can make at any age Jayme Burrows/Shutterstock Everyone makes mistakes with money. We don’t save enough, or we spend too much on something frivolous. We sell shares in a stock too soon or not soon enough. How Would You Like To Grow Into A Tree After You Die? Did you know that you can grow into a tree after you die? Bios Urn is a funerary urn made from biodegradable materials that will turn you into a tree after you die. Inside the urn there is a pine seed, which can be replaced by any other seed or plant, and will grow to remember your loved one. Bios Urn turns death into a transformation and a return to life through nature. When planted, the tree seed is nourished by and absorbs the nutrients from the ashes of your body which are contained inside. The urn itself is made from coconut shell and contains compacted peat and cellulose.