Every so often, we like to switch things up around here and share a home decor DIY.
Do you ever see a home decor item on Pinterest, or on your favourite Instagram home decor account and think, “oh, I can make that!”? Then, you do a quick Google search and realize that it’s been done. A lot.
Well, even though that happened, I liked this DIY for its simplicity and sustainable, eco-friendly and natural elements — unfinished wood beads and unbleached cotton string. Also, DIY’ing this Bohemian wood bead garland was definitely cheaper than buying it, and that’s the goal of a good DIY, right? Plus, it was incredibly easy to make.
This is not your typical DIY makeup setting spray recipe.
I’m not going to tell you to mix up some rosewater and glycerin and expect you to believe that it will set your makeup on a hot summer day. It won’t.
Don’t get me wrong — glycerin setting spray has its place. (I wrote a post about it, after all.) I love glycerin for its hydrating, dewy finish, and it works well when the temperature is cold or mild.
Who doesn’t love a soaking in a warm bath with a good book and a glass of something delicious? Added bonus if you add a fragrant, fizzy bath bomb to your bath water.
Unfortunately, far too often store-bought bath bombs smell like you overdid it in the perfume aisle. Not ideal for the scent sensitive folks, or for those who want to avoid synthetic fragrances. Store-bought bath bombs can also contain toxic dyes which have been linked to UTI’s and yeast infections. And at $8 or more a pop, they’re far from economical.
The majority of store-bought cleaning sprays contain endocrine disrupting chemicals that can be harmful to your health. As well, the synthetic fragrances used in these products can irritate those who are sensitive to scents. As someone who suffers from chronic migraines, it’s extremely important to avoid these chemical fragrances as they can trigger a headache.
Also, for those with little ones at home, avoiding harmful fragrances is equally as important. And while there are definitely a variety of fantastic green cleaning products on the market, we have yet to find a natural cleaning spray that not only works well, but is affordable.
Maybe it was a night of drinking. Maybe it was too much refined sugar, salt, or carbs — only to follow it up with a 2am bedtime.
Cue puffiness, bloat, and angry, inflamed skin the next morning. The kind of irritation that even the best face mist can’t quell. And the kind of carbohydrate-induced water retention that takes a day or two to resolve, sending your cheekbones on an extended vacation.
Store bought room sprays and deodorizers may smell good, but they can be very bad for your upper respiratory system as well as your overall health. Common ingredients in these products include formaldehyde, phthalates, and dangerous aerosol propellants such as butane and propane — not to mention the thousands of other endocrine-disprupting chemicals that are not required to be disclosed on the product’s label. Exposure to these ingredients has been linked to cancer, pulmonary damage, asthma, and skin issues, among other concerns.
I picked up this set of 3 small bud vases from IKEA recently. I liked the size and the shapes, but the colours (specifically the mint and pink) didn’t go with our decor. Since I still had some gold leaf and adhesive left over from the gold leaf jewelry trays project, I decided I’d use the same gold leaf technique on two of the three vases.
I’m not sure if this actually qualifies as an IKEA hack, but since it changes the style of the vases from a little bit country to a little more glam, let’s call it a hack.