If you have ever attempted to put Ikea furniture together you are probably aware that the process can be tough enough to dissolve even the strongest of relationships. Ikea’s new REGISSÖR line is an attempt to address this pain point. The company promises that its new bookshelf, cabinets, and coffee table can be constructed in a mere five minutes. We are eagerly awaiting pricing and release dates!

 

If you can’t remember then it’s probably time to give them a good cleaning. Pillows collect dust, dirt and skin and we recommend that you wash them about once every two months. The Frugal Adventurer has some great tips on how to clean your pillows at home.

Tips to Clean Microfiber or Feather Pillows:

1. First check the pillow.  If it is yellowed or stained, you want to treat the pillow (see tip #4).  If your pillow seems pretty floppy and thin, it is probably time to just replace the pillow.  You should get fresh pillows about once a year or at least once every two years.

(Give your pillow a karate chop in the center and fold it over. If it stays in the folded position it is for sure time to replace.  If it bounces back to a flat position you have a nice pillow and no need to replace.)

2. Pillows should be washed in the washing machine every 3 months.  Check the care instructions first on your pillow but if you cut off that tag you should be able to just pop them in the washing machine.  You want to wash with hot or warm water and it is very important to get the moisture out from washing the pillow (or it can get moldy inside and seriously how gross is that?)   A second spin cycle on the washing machine is a great idea to really push out a lot of moisture.

If you feel fancy you can put a few drops of essential oils (lavender is nice or maybe rosemary or something calming) in the rinse cycle to give them a hint of fragrance.  Your face will be smooshed into the pillow so if fragrances bother you or you have any skin issues don’t do this.

3. When you are ready to put the pillow in the washing machine, try to push all the air out of your pillows first and add 2 pillows at a time to balance the load.   If you have a top load washing machine, try to fit the pillows in vertically instead of horizontally so they don’t get wrapped around the thing-y in the middle of the washing machine.    If you really smash the pillows down to get all the air out it will help to fit them in the washing machine.  (I have King size pillows on our bed so I have to go Crocodile Dundee style on my pillows to squish them enough to fit nicely inside our front load washer.)

4. If you have yellowed pillows or pillows that are a tiny bit smelly- you can try a few things.  First you can add 1/2 cup baking soda or 1/2 cup vinegar with your laundry soap to the machine.  The vinegar is for odor and the baking soda helps with both odor and stains.   If your pillows are really in need of TLC from staining and such I would use the hot water for sure on your load.

And once they are nice and clean it is time to dry the pillows:

1. As mentioned above it is super important to get all the moisture out.  It is best to dry the pillows on a low setting for a long time as opposed to a short time on a hot setting.

2. I like to add two tennis balls to my dryer and the bouncing motion of the tennis balls does two things- it helps fluff the pillows and it also helps to beat the heck out of the moisture inside the pillows. Depending on your tennis balls- if they have that yucky plastic-y smell to them or they are a bright color, you might want to pop the tennis balls inside a clean, white sock first.  That will protect your pillow against any odor and discoloration.

(Side note–I have tennis balls on hand because they are awesome for working out tight shoulder muscles or pain from exercise.  Just position your back against a wall and put the tennis ball where it hurts and push.  Almost like a mini massage.)

3. Once you think the pillows have dried long enough take them out and give them a giant hug.  You are feeling for any moisture and you might as well push your head into the pillow and smell.  (My family already thinks I am crazy so they wouldn’t bat an eye at this, but if you have yours fooled into thinking you are normal you might do this in a private place.)  You are smelling for any dampness and if it does still smell damp just toss back in the dryer.

All done!  You can hit the hay tonight knowing you have perfectly washed and clean pillows.  Yeah!

 

These crazy fluctuations in temperature can wreak havoc on your skin. A good gritty body scrub can really help offset the damage this weather can do for your skin. This is one of our favorite home made body scrubs. The coffee grinds help to tighten up pores and will leave your skin feeling incredibly soft and moisturized.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients together. Pour mixture into an air tight container (tupperware or mason jars work great). When you want to exfoliate just take a dollop into your hand and vigorously scrub down. Do not use on your face.

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We stumbled across this great DIY from Salvage Savy and just had to share it with you! Oversize mirrors are expensive but with this crafty DIY you can have one of your own for a 1/4 OF the price. This large antiqued mirror will not only add a feeling of French flare to your room but it will help to make a small room feel larger.

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What you’ll need:

  • 3 boxes of plain edge 12”x12” mirrors
  • Paint stripper
  • Scraper
  • Chemical-grade gloves
  • Muriatic acid (in spray bottle)
  • Black spray paint (2 cans)
  • Glass Adhesive (& caulk gun)
  • 4’x8′ MDF board cut down to 36 ½“ x 72 ½” (most Hardware stores can do this for you)

Here’s what to do:

  • Place all mirrors (reflection side down) on a drop cloth out side (near a water hose).
  • Put on your gloves and spread paint stripper all over the backs of the mirrors (just spread with your hand so you don’t have to mess with a paint brush).
  • Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. Then, using the scraper, remove the paint from backs of the mirror [I’ve heard rumors that the paint can bubble up & simply be wiped away, but this NEVER happened for me. . . perhaps your luck will be better than mine].
  • Next, wash off your gloves w/ a hose [don’t take them off, though] and wash off the backs of your mirrors.
  • Spray the Muriatic Acid [this stuff is serious, so be careful] onto the backs of the mirrors. You will see it working. Wash it off after 10-20 sec. and take a look at the reflective side of the mirror- if you want more texture then spray the back again and let sit for another 20- 60 seconds. Every mirror will be different- examine each one!
  • Wash all mirrors thoroughly and then dry them.
  • Lay mirrors out on a [dry] drop cloth face down again & paint the backs with black spray paint.
  • Sand the sides of your MDF** and spray paint them and the front black [I only painted about a 3″ strip around the front edges of the MDF since the middle would be covered with mirrors].
  • Once all paint has dried, it’s time to apply the mirrors. You will have a ¼” boarder of black MDF around the entire piece, so center the first row of mirrors and apply them using the glass adhesive. .

With Paper Culture Photo Wall Decals, every modern design is personalizable, not just by adding your photo, but also in the way that you place each design on the wall. You can even change your mind since every decal is both removable and repositionable. These decals are perfect for adding a personal touch to your kids rooms or a great way to display family photos!

The room for creativity is endless.

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The easiest way to spruce up a room with out spending to much money is with COLOR. We absolutely love these color block towels from Khols. These towels contrast for an energetic accent that you’re sure to love. Mix and match or stick with one style and quickly give your bathroom a breath of fresh air. They are on sale right now for $9.99

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Spring is finally here and with that comes spring cleaning and the urge to spruce up your home. I find that I am always looking for a way to change up my bedroom for the season. Using unique headboards is one of the best ways to create dramatic change that wont break your bank.

Fabric:

A plain, pleated curtain hung behind your bed can give the room a feeling of opulence and coziness. For a dramatic effect you can use a geometric print or bold color. The best part is you can change out the curtains any time you want to make a change in the room.

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Screens:

Whether it’s custom-made, found at an antique market or bought at a well-known home store, a unique screen is one of the easiest ways to transform the look of your bed.

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Designers Kyuhyung Cho and Hironori Tsukue have created tables and chairs that clip together to form an assortment of shelving units. Benches, stacks of shelves or huge storage systems can be created using combinations of upright and flipped-over items in the Oneness collection. These pieces would be great in a small condo – storage for everyday living and seating for when you have guests over!

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Welcome spring into your home with these simple DIY bird feeders. Attract a flock to your backyard and wake up to sounds of spring each morning. Tweet Tweet! Here are a couple options that range from easypeasy to skilled crafters only!

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Here are the supplies you will need:

  • long fabric scraps and lace; twig spheres (found at our local craft store) or pine cones (you know, Girl Scout style); peanut butter; birdseed; scissors
Step 1: String the fabric scraps and lace through the spheres (we used small scissors to help push the fabric through). Tie a knot at the end of each piece of fabric.
Step 2: Spread peanut butter all over the spheres, but try not to get it on the fabric.
Step 3: Roll the peanut butter in bird seed.
Step 4: Hang your feeder and enjoy your bird watching!

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

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  • Using your glass cutting drill bit cut two or three holes at the bottom of the bottle.
  • Then, find a saucer that is bigger than the bottle bottom and, using epoxy, adhere the bottle to the saucer.
  • Use baling wire, or any other easy to bend wire, wrap the top of the bottle with wire and create a hanger.
  • Fill with bird feed of choice. That’s all.
  • Hang in nearest tree and enjoy bird watching all summer long.