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balcony makeover before and after

$150 Apartment Balcony Makeover

In the summer, we spend most evenings relaxing outside.  We needed a cute, comfortable balcony space that was also simple, inexpensive and apartment friendly.  Also, the weather here is only warm 4-5 months out of the year, so there is not much reason to go overboard on outdoor décor.


citronella clove soy candle

Citronella & Clove Anti-Mosquito Candle 2

Everyone has bought citronella candles before, but how well do they really work? I hate bugs. If they’d just leave me alone, I would have much less problem with their existence in my backyard. I am one of those ‘lucky’ people, often the sole, single victim in a crowd of […]


homemade laundry detergent

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

I’ve been in the habit of buying the most natural, unscented laundry detergent for years, because chemical fragrances can set off people’s allergies and asthma. However, those are the least worrisome of the chemicals found in commercial laundry detergents. The long list of side effects ranges from irritants to carcinogens. […]


garden white and green

Today is White

I dunno. If I went to someone’s house and it looked like this, I might secretly wonder what they’re hiding. Does it remind them of home, back at the sanitarium? If I had to choose something from this living room to incorporate into my home, I’d take the secret garden through […]