Lifestyle

How to Shop for Sheets and Bedding for the Best Night’s Sleep

Mother and son under sheets

The right amount of sleep has been linked to lower obesity rates and improved memory, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, lower incidence of depression, and improved immune function. In other words, sleep is perhaps one of the single best things we can do for our overall health. One great way to ensure you get enough Z’s? Create a soothing, comfortable sleep environment. And that begins with good sheets and bedding.

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How to Make a DIY Wall Garden for Under $20

Indoor Wall Herb Garden

For apartment dwellers or homeowners without reasonable yard space, an indoor garden is an easy way to get your green-thumb fix. Even better, there are a number of plants that can be grown inside year-round, regardless of the temperature outside.

Whether you fill the containers with herbs, an assortment of indoor plants, or drought-friendly succulents, this modern hanging garden will add a beautiful, fresh touch of green to any wall. Best of all, it costs less than $20 to make. Read Story

3 Easy Ways to Make an Ice Cream Sundae

Ah, ice cream. It’s one of summer’s most delicious treats. The only way to improve it? Make it into a sundae!

Whether you prefer the decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter or the refreshing taste of fruit sherbet, we have three easy recipes for making this family-friendly treat.

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Father’s Day Gift Idea: Hand-Painted Coffee Mug

Father's Day DIY Mug

Want to make Dad a Father’s Day present? How about one he can use all the time? Then try your hand at painting a mug for him. It costs less than $10 to make, it’s customizable, and it will leave an impression long after that final sip of morning coffee.

Whether you’re painting a mug for a dad celebrating his first Father’s Day, or you’re looking for a craft your kids can get excited about, this easy DIY project is the one.

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Easy Mother’s Day DIY: Air-Dry Clay Vase

Mothers Day Clay Vase

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and we have just the DIY gift to make Mom’s day: a handmade, personalized vase. With air-dry clay and the basic pinch-pot method, it’s easy to make. After you’re done, just fill with flowers, and you’re good to go. We don’t know what’s better — the thoughtfulness of the gift, or the joy it will bring Mom.

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Energy-Saving Tips to Help the Environment — and Your Wallet

Green piggy bank

Each year, Earth Day reminds us of ways we can be better stewards of the planet we call home. The day, which always falls on April 22, is one of active participation — millions of people gather to march for awareness, plant trees, clean up roads, and more. And while these activities are important, daily, ongoing efforts are what have the biggest impact.

One of the easiest things you can do is decrease your energy consumption. Our homes and residential buildings account for 21 percent of total U.S. energy use. By using less energy, you can reduce power plant emissions, conserve the earth’s natural resources, and protect ecosystems.

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How Important Are Expiration Dates on Food and Common Household Items?

Woman checking an expiration date on food in the refrigerator

From wiping down cabinets and walls to vacuuming, dusting, and mopping, there’s something therapeutic about spring cleaning. While you’re throwing open the windows, cranking the tunes, and banishing those dust bunnies, you should also take stock of any food or common household products that may be past their prime. Now is the perfect time to check the expiration dates on condiments, pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and beauty products such as makeup.

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4 Adorable DIY Holiday Card Ideas

Holiday cards

Holiday cards can be expensive, and they usually fall on just one family member to handle. From choosing the design to selecting the photo and adding the greeting, often it adds stress to an already busy time of year. Instead of going with something typical this time around, try making your own with these ideas for fun, hand-painted holiday cards.

Most of the materials can be found around your house. Best of all, every member of the family can help make the cards — turning what’s typically a holiday chore for the adults into a fun activity for everyone.

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