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Eco-Friendly Gardening

Mother Nature doesn’t rely on pesticides, weed killers and chemical fertilizers for her gardening and neither should you. Check out the tips below to keep your garden thriving while remaining eco-friendly:


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Welcome Pest-Eating Bugs & Birds: Ladybugs and lacewings eat aphids that destroy crops and butterflies and bees are great pollinators, so be sure they feel welcome in your garden by planting plenty of bright flowers that they are drawn to such as candytuft, sunflowers and goldenrods. Rid your garden of even more plant-harming insects like slugs, snails, grubs and caterpillars by welcoming birds into your garden, too. Put up birdfeeders and nesting boxes to encourage them to visit.

Compost: Aside from stimulating healthy root development, the addition of rich and earthy compost also improves soil texture, aeration, and water retention. We recommend a mix of vegetable peeling, garden waste and fibrous woody brown material like paper or cardboard that provide the right conditions for encouraging compost-making bugs and in 6-9 months it will be ready to use.

Water with Care: Adding a rain barrel is an easy and inexpensive way to capture mineral and chlorine free water. Not only will you cut your water costs, but you will also reduce the storm water runoff that causes erosion and flooding. Also consider investing in a soaker hose or drip irrigation that use up to 50% less water than sprinklers.

Buy Eco-Friendly: Check out the abundance of environmentally friendly planters and garden kits now available – and admire your eco-genius handiwork while lounging on recycled lawn furniture.

Vans & Della Join Forces For a Collection of Sneakers That Give Back!

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Sneakers are having a major moment this season, and if you’ve been looking for a reason to jump on the bandwagon, Vans’ latest collaboration collection is here to offer up some killer kicks that won’t have you feeling buyer’s remorse. The classic American footwear brand has teamed up with Los Angeles-based brand Della to create a socially-responsible capsule line of sneakers and matching accessories. You see, Della does more than produce eye-catching prints and patterns; the brand is known for employing women in developing villages in Ghana and using sustainable textiles found in the West African region. Vans’ collaboration collection, which includes one-of-a-kind takes on each of the brand’s classic shoe silhouettes, donates a large portion of the proceeds to provide more jobs, as well as literacy training and healthcare benefits for women in need and their families.

Nails & Makeup Fit For Spring

Complete your Spring style with these nail and makeup trends we spotted on Cosmopolitan and Glamour:




-       Blush Pinks: A blush shade of pink is not too dark or light, making it perfect for the spring season – plus it looks great with all skin tones.

-       Baby Blues: Light blue shades give off a relaxed, resort vibe that anyone will be eager to wear after a long winter. The cool blue also helps minimize the appearance of redness on your skin that is more likely to occur in the warmer weather.

-       Coral-Peach Combos: This orange-tinted shade is nice because it works with most skin tones and is a subtle way to work orange into your wardrobe.

-       Bold Berries: For a dark shade that is still spring appropriate, go with a subtle berry polish like the Chanel Nail Vernis in Coup De Coeur. The color is the perfect dark shade for spring because it still has brightness to it.


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-       Soft Berry Lips: A light berry shade like the Michael Kors Lip lacquer in Dame provides a soft and neutral look – try it with minimal makeup for a natural, spring-appropriate appearance.

-       Blue Eyeshadow: Rich, solid blue from the lash to the crease creates a stunning appearance. To create the look, apply a shimmering cream eye color like the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Ice onto the lids, creating a crescent shape just above the creases and finish it off with a layer of vibrant blue.

-       Cat-Eyes: Chic cat-eyes are especially big for spring, so bust out the black liquid liner. To ensure a clean line, apply a thin cotton swab dipped in eye-makeup remover.

-       Ethereal White Eye-Shadow and Liner: A wash of iridescent whites and pinks gives your lids a dewy freshness ideal for spring. Complete the look with white eyeliner and rim the inner corner of your eyes with white eye shadow.

Epson LabelWorks Kit: Create Custom Ribbons For Gift Packaging & More!







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Whether your planning a wedding, a birthday party or just like to give personalized gifts, the Epson LabelWorks Kit is great tool.  Print personalized satin ribbons for party favors, decorations, crafts, gifts and more with the easy to use Printable Ribbon Kit. A wide variety of fonts, symbols and frames are available to match the style of your event or personal taste.  Up to 30 of your favorite designs can be stored for ease of use.  Bring any theme together easily and elegantly with personalized ribbons that add such a special touch to your projects and handmade goods.  The ideas for use are practically unlimited: kids birthday parties, holidays, baby showers, wedding showers and more can all be made special with personalized ribbons!  The Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit comes with 2 ribbon cartridges and retails for around $60.

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Easter-Inspired Gadgets

Easter baskets don’t have to be limited to being filled with chocolate eggs – we’ve collected some of the best egg-shaped gadgets perfect for celebrating Easter:


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Zyllion Hot Pod Egg Massager: These eggs will make for the most relaxing Easter ever – the portable, battery powered massagers melt away aches and pains with the flick of the switch for the ultimate de-stressing Easter treat.

PURE Sensia Digital Audio System: Music lovers will be thrilled to find this egg-shaped sound system in their basket. The clever device plays both DAB and Internet radio so you can have all the channels you could possibly want. The gadget also allows you to stream wirelessly from your tablet or smartphone.



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Inmod Egg Chair: These egg-shaped chairs are a modern addition to any bedroom or living room – and what better time to spruce up your home with some egg-inspired furniture than Easter?

Gro-Egg Color Changing Digital Room Thermometer: This Gro-Egg thermometer is an ideal Easter gift for anyone with young kids. The small egg conveniently lets moms know whether their baby’s room is too warm or cold by cycling through three different colors according to the temperature: yellow for the correct temperature, red for too warm and blue for too cold.

Cooperative Board Games Keep the Peace & Encourage Team Work

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Tired of board games that leave your little ones in tears?  Peaceable Kingdom has created a line of fun cooperative games where all of the players come together to achieve a common goal.  They work together instead of against each other so no one feels left out.  Playing together and sharing decision making experiences helps children build self-esteem, learn to share, practice cooperation and learn to work as a team.  The games are similar to traditional board games with spinners, cards, moving tokens and strategizing.  All Peaceable Kingdom board games are made using sustainable materials including recycled paper, soy-based inks and corn-based plastics. The current line up of cooperative games includes:

  • Hoot Owl Hoot
  • Sunny Day Pond
  • The Great Cheese Chase
  • Buzz!
  • What’s it?
  • Stack UP
  • Say the Word
  • Noodle Speedoodle

Say goodbye to difficult games that cause stress and hello to fun games that build great social skills!

Indoor Activities for Rainy Days

Don’t let rainy weather dampen your kiddo’s spirits – with ideas below, being cooped up indoors isn’t so bad.



Camp Inside: Who says camping has to be outdoors? Whether you want to set up a small tent or use sheets to build your own fort, kids will love having their own little space to play in. Deck it out with pillows, blankets and sleeping bags and your kids will have a blast playing board games, reading books or telling stories in their own private area.

Indoor Treasure Hunt: A hunt for treasure will most definitely keep your youngsters entertained. Make a set of clues for every player and try rhyming them for fun. Make each clue lead to the next one and, finally, to the treasure—it can be a stuffed animal, movie or chocolate coins. Seal the clues in envelopes and mark them with a clue number to help the treasure hunters keep track.

Rainy Day Tea Party: Have some fun dressing up with your little ones for a fancy “tea” party. Set the table with nice china, make tea for you and hot chocolate or apple cider for kids and egg or chicken salad sandwiches—use cookie cutters to make them fun shapes. Let your kids decide the guest list, which may include their favorite dolls and furry friends.


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Mini-Marshmallow Popping Contest: In this  homemade game, kids send marshmallows soaring with little balloon-catapults. To make them, knot the end of a balloon and snip off ½ inch from the top. Stretch the balloon over the cutoff end of a paper cup so that the knot is in the center (you’ll need to hold the balloon in place when you “pop” or secure it with a rubber band). Place a mini marshmallow into the cup so it fits snugly in the knotted center of the balloon and aim the cup, pull the knot back, release and send the marshmallow soaring. See who can pop marshmallows the farthest or get the most into a bowl.

Williams-Sonoma Glazed Spiral Ham: Easter Dinner The Easy Way

  • posted April 13th, 2014
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Whether you’re doing Sunday brunch or Easter dinner, the ham is the centerpiece of the meal.  That doesn’t mean you have to slave away over it though.  Williams-Sonoma offers a beautiful spiral-sliced whole ham from Vande Rose Farms.  These succulent hams are prized for their high level of marbling that helps create a moist and tender texture.  They’re basted with a salty sweet maple-bourbon glaze before going in the wood smoker where it is slow smoked over natural hickory and apple wood chips to enhance it’s natural flavor. These beautiful hams make for an impressive holiday meal you won’t soon forget.  Each ham weighs approximately 18 pounds and retails for around $180.

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Derek Lam’s Collection for Estee Lauder Has Finally Arrived!

  • posted April 12th, 2014
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The wait is over, beauty addicts! Derek Lam’s much-anticipated collaboration line with Estee Lauder has finally arrived, and you can have it all for $85. The collection actually isn’t a range, but rather consists of just one stylish set – a chic minaudiere clutch filled with midnight-inspired makeup hues like Kajal Crayon in Near Night, eyeshadow in Smoked Gold, and a universally flattering lip color in Smoked Blush. Derek Lam worked directly with Estee Lauder creative director Tom Pecheux to come up with a set of makeup must-haves inspired by the textures and tones of Lam’s Spring 2014 collection. Designed to be versatile enough to suit both the subtle and the statement-making beauty maven – and to create looks for both day or night – the collection consists of more wearable hues that can be used to create a stronger, sexier look when desired. It would have been a great addition to my Christmas wishlist, but hey – now I have something to spend one of my many gift cards on!

Tips for an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket

Easter is around the corner, which means it’s time to start preparing Easter baskets for your kiddos. Check out the tips below we spotted on Moms Going Green to make one that is eco-friendly:


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-       Reusing your Easter basket year after year is an easy way to reduce waste.

-       For ambitious earth-lovers, consider making your own basket from paper, wool or traditional basket-making materials, depending on how crafty you are.

-       If you’re not a very craft-savvy individual, you can still keep it earth-friendly by purchasing a fair trade basket.


-       Instead up wasting money and paper on Easter grass that will just be thrown away after the holiday, shred paper from old magazines. You can even reuse the shredded paper for shipping packages once Easter is over, for even less waste.

-       If you want more traditional Easter-looking grass for your basket, be sure to purchase natural or recyclable filler like raffia or Kraft shred.

-       Dedicated environmentalists should consider growing real grass inside their basket! Line your basket with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, fill it with soil and sprinkle a handful of wheat berries or rye grass. Keep it warm and moist and once it begins to sprout put it in the sunlight.


-       Make sure to purchase eggs that are local or organic.

-       Make your own dyes with ½ cup of water, 1 tbsp of vinegar and a few drops of food coloring and in just a few minutes your eggs will be their Easter appropriate shades.


-       For candy, go with fair trade chocolate, organic lollipops or organic fruit snacks.

-       A pocket magnifying glass for examining bugs or leaves for your little adventurers will encourage your little ones to explore outside.

-       Books like Counting in the Garden, Guess How Much I Love You, Little Quack Music: Animal Playground are all great choices for kids.