Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas with pine cones and needles

Eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas

A walk on the beach can inspire in numerous ways and one is to collect beautiful, fragrant pine cones and pine needles and use them to wrap a gift. Idea: Collect fallen pine cones and branches of pine trees on the beach. Design nature-inspired gift wraps. Have fun. Gift: A book Wrapping supplies: Pine cones, pine needles and raffia. Tools: Scissors While I think it’s clever to add to a gift “mystique” by wrapping it in paper, sometimes there are {Read More}

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}

A Natural Remedy for Sinus Infection

natural remedy for sinus infection

I have great news for chronic sinus sufferers: There’s a natural and simple remedy you can make to help you get rid of your sinus infection forever. This remedy is completely natural and comes to life through a merge (hack) of two products: bee propolis and saline nasal spray. The particular propolis I had in mind is propolis with herbs made by Twinlab –a  concentrated source of propolis in glycerin with added herbs. How to make your propolis sinus spray? {Read More}

Let This Soup Cure Thy Cold and Congestion

healing congestion and cold soup

When Hippocrates came up with “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, I am sure that it involved a bad case of cold and a soup. Cold? We’ve all been there. But, when it comes to soup, I’d like to suggest one with immediate and apparent healing properties. This truly magical broth is what I rely on when I happen to succumb to cold and flu. Not meant for kids or those that can’t take the heat, {Read More}

Sew an Eco-Friendly Bag From Your Old Strappy Shirt

make your own eco friendly bag

Here’s a little guide on how to repurpose your old shirt with straps. Being washed countless times your shirt has probably lost a great deal of color and shape. Instead of using it to mop your floor and throwing it away afterwards, it’s much better to give it a new life by turning into something else – your own hand sewn bag. This is an easy project, great for beginners. To sew your eco-friendly bag you will need: Spaghetti straps {Read More}

DIY Paper Collage Cards: Say Yes to Creative Mess

paper collage pieces

What’s the best word to describe a process of making paper collage cards? a. Messiness b. Creativeness c. Eco-friendliness The correct answer is a. Messiness. The ability to create simple shapes of paper, watch them fly all over the place and concentrate on putting them together can be a challenge for adults, and non-artists (basically, me). Kids are much more confident in the process. For one, they never think about the cleanup! Making your own paper collage cards is a {Read More}