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Re-use Old Pickle Juice, Make Refrigerator Pickles With Kale or Chard Ribs & Stems

Re-use Old Pickle Juice, Make Refrigerator Pickles With Kale or Chard Ribs & Stems

I love pickles and usually save old pickle juice to use in homemade salad dressings, marinades, or sauces, but I recently took minimizing food waste to the next level when I decided not to compost the ribs and stems of the kale leaves I'd just made a salad with and instead snapped them in half quickly and submerged them in the juice of two different leftover pickle juices I'd combined (one of them from beet pickles). I can't believe how [...] Continue reading

Swedish Door Harp, Door Chimes, Feng Shui for Home Entryway Front Doors

Swedish Door Harp, Door Chimes, Feng Shui for Home Entryway Front Doors

Said to be inspired by the Chinese feng shui tradition of hanging bells on doors and windows to act as simple, common sense safety alerts, wooden door harps are of Scandinavian origin going back about 700 years. Tunable if you've got that knack, they usually have 3 or 5 strings. Mounted on the inside of your front door, the instrument serves dually as art sculpture while gently chiming as you or guests enter and leave. The soothing song adds an [...] Continue reading

Eco-friendly Pet Care for Dogs and Cats ~ Green Lifestyle Tips

Eco-friendly Pet Care for Dogs and Cats ~ Green Lifestyle Tips

Many of you will scoff at these ideas, but for those interested there are simple changes we can make to lighten our pet's carbon footprints on the earth. Here, are just a few ideas. We'll likely explore this topic again in the future. Leave it to the birds - After brushing your pet, instead of pitching the collected fur in the trash, which ends up in the ocean, a landfill, or is incinerated (creating toxic pollution), simply leave it outside in [...] Continue reading

How To Make Natural Linen Spray, Room Freshener, Face Toner With Essential Oils & Witch Hazel ~ Eco- Green DIY

How To Make Natural Linen Spray, Room Freshener, Face Toner With Essential Oils & Witch Hazel ~ Eco- Green DIY

I was dazzled recently by a natural linen and room spray my mom and I bought at her local farmers market. Misting them on all her linens, fabric blinds and upholstered furniture I effortlessly turned her abode into an aromatic, mood-balanced confection of lavender, rosemary, sandalwood, and tangerine. Imagine my glee when I finally read the labels and learned the aromatherapy sprays do double duty as hydrating face mists. Intrigued by their [...] Continue reading

5 Ways to Better Enjoy your Backyard - Sponsored Post

Your backyard is as much of a living space as any other area of your home, but it is often the most neglected. People do not know how to properly enjoy their backyard, and so it is often left to decay, with muddy tracks to and from washing lines or sheds, limp grass, and very few plants. What most people don't realize is that it is possible to enjoy your backyard, to treat it as part of the house and to really live in it. There are a few ways in [...] Continue reading

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