The many lives of autumn leaves: A weekend project (with free high resolution pictures)

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How to keep enjoying all the breathtaking colors of the autumn foliage long after the season is gone? Here’s my suggestion for three fun and simple projects that you can embark on with your kids. It starts by going outside, finding and collecting different leaves (pretty, atypical, fulvous…) and pressing them between the pages an old book. Last weekend, for our extended fun time, Zoe and I decided to uncover our precious selection of leaves for the first time (although {Read More}

Sulfites in Wine? Don’t Worry it’s Still Organic (At Least in the EU)

sulfites in wine EU vs US

My friends who used to give me fragrances now give me organic wine and works of art instead. In that new spirit, I recently received two bottles of organic wine purchased in Germany, but I learned (from reading the label) that the red (Cabernet sauvignon) came from France and the white (Chardonnay) from Italy. If you care to read the labels, you can see that this organic/bio wine contains sulfites. However, that’s not what you’ll see on organic wine produced {Read More}

Lavender: Eat, Sleep, Love

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We know that Romans enjoyed to take baths in addition to their other epicurean habits. But only recently I learned that the name of one of my favorite plants—lavender, is associated with the Roman practice of taking a bath. Apparently, the word lavare (hence, Lavandula, the Latin name for lavender), means “to bathe”. Yes, you guessed it right—Romans loved taking a bath perfumed with lavender flowers. Ah, these Romans. Our family recently returned home from a trip and the first {Read More}

Rescue & Reinvent: DIY Eco-Friendly Envelopes

eco friendly envelope

To make envelopes that are eco-friendly and (hopefully) charming means simply diving into your creative wells, digging into storage boxes and visiting potentially dusty corners. Here are six ideas for do-it-yourself envelopes that can be brought to life by using your own supplies that are both simple and within reach. Card without envelope #1 If you make a card using heavy construction paper or light cardboard paper (like I did to make paper collage cards), you may skip the envelope! {Read More}

Don’t Go Out Without Your Umbrella and Other Timeless Tips on How to Reduce Your Waste

eco friendly shopping bags

When I was little, I found it fascinating to rummage through my grandma’s purse. Here are the items that inhabited her purse at all times: wallet, pen, notebook, make-up bag, hard candy in a tin box, cotton handkerchief, glasses, foldable cotton bag and umbrella. Naturally, I preferred to make use of the candy box, although my grandma found the handkerchief most useful for my occasionally sneezy nose. One particularly sunny day, I felt compelled to question the unchanging content of {Read More}

Fun, Creative and Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping

Eco Friendly Gift Wrapping

I always prefer to invest a little extra time to imagine and create a wrapping of that special gift by using only common supplies I already have at home. Here is how my daughter Zoe and I wrapped gifts last week, inspired by a recent invitation by our cousins. What I provided: book pages, wooden beads, brown paper bags and lavender (source: miscellaneous corners). What Zoe provided: everything else (source: her treasure chest). I frankly believe Zoe has enough “treasures” {Read More}

Simple, Stylish and Self-Indulgent Uses For Lemon

creative uses for lemon

  I am a bit embarrassed to say that for a long time I labeled lemon as a valuable medicinal, but otherwise, an unexciting plant. I strongly suspect that this is a consequence of the fact that during my early childhood, I drank gallons of lemonade for my frequent colds. Luckily, this childish attitude of mine has changed. Over the years I learned to rely on lemon as a wonderful and invigorating partner that boosts my daily rituals with style {Read More}