Plants

I love sleeping more than anything. ‘Sleeping is my drug. My bed is my dealer and my alarm clock is the police.’ Lol. Any kindred spirits out there who feel the same? Our bodies need sleep to process, restore, and strengthen. It’s not just an enjoyable pastime, it’s healthy! Lately I’ve been having a problem sleeping. Uggg. Maybe this roundup from Natural Living Ideas will help get me back on track!

This roundup features 12 plants that will help rid you of your insomnia. The relaxing and purifying benefits of these plants can’t be beat. I should get some Jasmine and Lavender. I love those scents and they are calming. I have two of the plants on this list already! The English Ivy and Snake Plant are great for air purification. The snake plant can remove up to 90% of harmful airborne chemicals and the ivy is just as impressive! Maybe I should move them to my room for a while.

How much sleep do you normally get? The National Sleep Foundation has broken it down by age group and charted out what is appropriate and what is excessive. Check it out here…I bet you’re not getting enough!

Here’s the link to all 12 ideas…

Natural Living Ideas: 12 Plants For Your Bedroom To Help You Sleep

Packing

Are you a frequent flyer? Sometimes overpacking can’t be helped. Flying out of the country, extended vacations, difficult climates, etc. But there are times when having a carry on is so nice and skipping the hassle that is baggage claim is the best! This video from Travel Noire has a packing method that you should check out. All of your stuff will end up wrinkle free and will fit nice and snug.

I think this would work best if your only have to pack and unpack once. When we went to NOLA (New Orleans) in the spring we had split reservations and had to switch hotels in the middle of our stay. It would be a hassle to do this more than once but I’m definitely trying it if my reservations don’t get screwed up!

Her carry on bag is sure nicer and bigger than mine! Where do I fine one of those! I like that the top half has a zippered compartment.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Fashion

Being a girl is hard work! Shave your legs, wax your brows, dye your hair, wear high heels. Ugggh. I love dressing up and putting in all the effort to be pretty but any tips and tricks to make life easier i’ll gladly take! Diply has exactly that! Check out this fun roundup with 15 fashion hacks that every girl needs to know! Seriously, they are great.

Suffering from smelly shoes? Deodorant stains got you down? Upset over unruly shirts? Worry no more! The answers to these and other frustrating fashion questions can all be found in this roundup! I especially love tip number 6! Number 10 would come in handy too. I’ll be using that one a lot. Have you tried any of these? Favorites? Fails? Let me know! Every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway. Glory! Take these tips and work it guurl!

Find all 15 tips and tricks here…

Diply: 15 Fashion Hacks That Every Girl Should Keep In Mind

Baking

Ok. I am in love with this roundup from Diply and am so so excited to share it with you today! It’s all about baking and saving you time, energy, and a trip to the store when you’re in the middle of making your next sweet concoction. This is something that I can use every day! Half way through a project I always discover that I don’t have all the needed ingredients. Lol. Not a problem anymore! It also has more fun tips and tricks than you can imagine!

The 16 baking charts featured here are amazing and there is one for everything. There are ones for substituting and converting, picking the perfect pan (and how to wash it when done), making the perfect pizza, and the who’s who’s guide to baking with apples. There is even a chart for making the perfect cookie. Which of these charts will be the most helpful for you? Here are two other extensive roundups on substitutions that I have found super helpful. Between Diply, this one, and this one you should never be stuck up a creek again! Happy baking!

Here’s the link to all 16 baking charts…

Diply: 16 Indispensable Baking Charts You Needed Yesterday

Record

True music lovers know it’s about quality. Sound quality that is. The debate rages as to whether vinyl is really better than digital or CDs. I am not enough of an expert to make a stand but vinyl is making a come back. In 2013 sales were up 31% to 6 million units year-over-year. Big numbers and rising! If you have/are thinking of getting records it’s important to know how to care for them. This video from Ghettofunk13 shows an interesting method for cleaning an old record.

This technique, used to deep clean and remove static causing scratches, uses wood glue. Interesting. Covering something you love in glue and letting it harden overnight isn’t the safest risk free method out there but this one seems to do the trick. It is mesmerizing to watch this happen.

Gizmodo has all the stats on vinyl. You might go out and buy a turntable after reading this article. Or you could download more music on your phone. You might want to run to Target to get a CD too.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is pretty cool stuff and in its pure and concentrated form it’s powerful stuff that can explode, set things on fire, and burn skin. Um… but don’t we all have some in our medicine cabinet? Yes, but it’s way diluted. The peroxide sold in stores is only 3-6%. Even though it’s diluted it’s still awesome and has many more uses than just cleaning cuts and scraps.

The Savings Experiment has some interesting ways that hydrogen peroxide can be used around the house as a cleaner. Check them out and let me know what you think! It can help with stubborn underarm stains (when mixed with dish soap). I’ve had a lot of success with this method. It can also be used to sanitize everything from toothbrushes to counters. It also can be used to treat mold. I’ve heard that you can pour it from the bottle directly onto blood stains and stain removing miracle will happen.

I’m not sure about the mold cleaning tip. Mold can be dangerous and needs to be seriously dealt with! Be sure to not patch a bullet hole with a band-aid. Here is some info on mold and mildew.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Wasps

Bees and wasps are the worst. I know they have their purpose in nature and are important to the balance of ecosystems but I am not a fan of them. I was once stung 12 times in one day! Thanks mom for the flower print bathing suit. Anything that promises to get rid of them I’m willing to try!

This video from Household Hacker has a simple trick that will keep the wasps at bay. What’s the trick? Make a wasps nest! Nope, not crazy at all. Brilliant. Watch the video to see for yourself. Lol.

Mother Earth News has 8 natural bee sting treatments. They will come in handy in case you don’t get rid of all the wasps or if a straggler at the park manages to catch you unaware. It’s been years since one got me and I hope that it’s many more before I suffer the horrible fate again. I’ll hold on to this roundup for when/if it does.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

summer hacks

There are about 1,464 hours of summer vacation left. That’s a lot of time left alone with the kiddos. Entertaining them while keeping myself from going insane can be quite a challenge. These fun life hacks from Buzzfeed are going to help save time and energy and make parenting a little easier this summer.

Numbers 6,7, 8, and 9 are great for reducing messes while eating tasty treats. The shoe rack organizer in the car is a brilliant idea ( #11) and the DIY travel games are my fav (#26). I like the ‘activity sticks’ a lot (#22) too! That would be a Godsend when boredom strikes! I like #5 for me and my honey. A stargazing date would be nice when we need a break!

When all else fails… have a staycation. That’s when you stay at home and have a vacation. Thus the word combo. My Kids Adventures has a guide to staycations that will save your summer!

Here’s the link to all 29 hacks…

Buzzfeed: 29 Summer Parenting Hacks That Are Borderline Genius

Sugar

Sugar? I love sugar! I always have a cookie/candy stash hidden away for those tough days…I’m trying to cut back. Who isn’t? Sugar is for eating, not DIYing. Really? Household Hacker doesn’t think so. He has six sugar life hacks that guarantee to make life a little ‘sweeter.’

Can plants get diabetes? Lol. Hope not because I want to try out the garden booster. Would it attract ants? Hope Not because those little guys are annoying. I’ve tried hack number one, making cut flowers last longer, and it might have worked but I don’t know how long they would have lived without it so the jury is still out on that one. Have you tried any of these? Does the grass stain removal work? That would be awesome!!!

These are some fun hacks to do with sugar and I can’t wait to give ‘em a go. The hacks from My Fitness Pal aren’t as fun but they are healthy. Check out these 15 hacks for eating less sugar. Good luck!

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Peppers

I don’t like bell peppers. I know that’s a strange food not to like but guilty as charged. Just because I don’t like them doesn’t mean they aren’t always in the fridge. Everyone else likes them. Lame. (They also all like tomatoes…which I can’t stand!) This video from Little Things has a technique for cutting peppers that everyone should be using. Maybe you’re a pro and knew about it already but for non-gourmet chefs and anti-bell pepper lovers like me, it was very helpful.

No special tools required for this hack. Grab your knife, cutting board, and peppers. I love how this method doesn’t waste the top or get seeds everywhere. I do that each and every time. This is a sure fire win!

Check out the kitchn for more helpful veggie and fruit cutting hacks. Us novices need all the help we can get! This site has everything you need to know about peeling, coring, cutting, dicing, seeding, and opening. Find them all here.

Here’s the video… Enjoy!