Easy DIY bohemian macrame plant hanger, for when you have no room in your house for plants but UP! Click through to read how!

Easy DIY bohemian macrame plant hanger, for when you have no room in your house for plants but UP! Click through to read how!(contains affiliate links, which keeps TGS running; please see disclosure for more info)

If you’re like me and have an affinity for anything that’ll grow, you know that you can never have too many plants. That said, you must also know that you can eventually run out of space for your green friends and have to get crafty. This is where the hanging plant comes in. There’s a lot of different methods for hanging your plants, but the most popular right now (especially in the boho-style that’s flourishing lately) seems to be the:

macrame plant hanger.

Seriously, take a peek on instagram. Or on Urban Outfitters* (the plant in their photo is definitely thirsty though oops). I know some of the designs look absolutely insane, but I’m gonna teach you how to make a really simple one of your own, so keep reading! View Post

aromatherapy

 

I feel like a lot of people have been turning to more holistic methods for health lately, and I’m no different. As I’ve been trying to heal my leaky gut (keep an eye here, I’ll definitely be sharing how!), I’ve been finding myself seeking out and trying all different sorts of alternative medicines. One thing I’ve for sure fallen in love with during my experimenting is essential oils.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are a volatile, concentrated liquid containing the oil of the plant they’re derived from. They have been around for ages (I’m talking almost a thousand years), and are used in many things to add taste or smell, ranging from perfumes to food, and even cleaning supplies. Their most popular use lately seems to be in aromatherapy, where the oils are used to alter one’s mental and physical mood and well-being positively. They can help with headaches, body aches, energy levels, and even anxiety, just by being smelled or absorbed through the skin.

Because they’re volatile (meaning they evaporate pretty quickly), they have to be combined with a carrier oil, which helps dilute and make the oils’ concentration levels easier to control. A little goes a long way with these!! Diluting essential oils also helps for those who have sensitive skin, because applying them directly may be a little harsh. Fractionated coconut oil (it’s liquid all the time, unlike regular coconut oil) is probably my first choice of carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil (just be careful if you have a nut allergy).

 

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Cleansing and refreshing turmeric and greek yogurt face mask, helps to brighten your skin while healing blemishes! Click through to read >>

Cleansing and refreshing turmeric and greek yogurt face mask, helps to brighten your skin while healing blemishes! Click through to read >>

The last time I shared a face mask post it ended up being a hit (and one of my most popular posts), so I figured why not do another? I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with different homemade masks, and this time was no different. This mask is super cleansing and gets deep down in your skin with moisturize so you glow (I swear, my skin looked so good). All the ingredients are natural too, so you know there’s no crazy chemicals messing with ya. Here’s some of the benefits these ingredients offer:

  • Greek yogurt has lactic acid, which dissolves dead skin cells and helps boost collagen in deep layers of your skin, helping you look young and fresh.
  • Turmeric is good for treating acne because of it’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties, helps regulate the amount of oil your face produces, AND helps stimulate cell growth.
  • Honey pulls moisture from the air and helps it get deep into the layers of your skin, while its enzymes help clarify your pores.

Basically, this mask is gonna help clear up your skin then keep you looking fresh and young. Honestly, if you don’t love it I think you made it wrong.

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bentonite clay mask

I don’t know about anyone else, but when I’m feeling crappy, pampering myself is my go to. Usually, I chill out and do my nails while face masking and hanging out with Netflix.

A few weeks ago I bought myself some bentonite clay off amazon and figured now was as good a time as ever to try to it out for a homemade mask!

Well what exactly is bentonite clay??

It’s a natural healing clay mostly composed of volcanic ash. The clay has been around for thousands of years, being utilized largely for is detoxifying health properties. I’d been reading a lot about using it internally because it can help settle your body’s pH level, as well as aid your digestive system, but bentonite clay also has a lot of benefits externally for your skin, including: View Post

starting your garden

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It’s finally starting to warm up outside, so it’s time to get ready for one of my favorite parts of Spring weather: gardening! It’s not warm enough in Philly yet to plant directly into the ground (well, pots) but it’s definitely about that time to start your garden indoors. I’m a plant nut, so I love getting my hands dirty and growing my plants myself rather than purchasing pre-grown starters elsewhere.

If you wanna take the simplest route, you can definitely just grab one of those table top greenhouse starter kits, but I’m not a huge fan. I’ve found that the few times I’ve used them, I ultimately had to start half my plants over because they got too leggy (aka really long and skinny) from one side not getting enough light. After failing that way, I’ve taken to starting my plants with an improvised “mini-greenhouse” method and have found a lot of success, partially because of the ability to control and move around the plants much more freely.

If you’re interested in trying, here’s what I do!

starting your garden

1. Pick your seeds! You can use this guide here to help you decide the best time to plant your crops. Because I started in March, the plants I picked included tomatoes, peas, cucumbers, and basil.

 

starting your garden

2. Grab the rest of your supplies. I bought two dozen small clear party cups like these from Walgreens, bulk peat pellets, and have collected probably 40 different types of seeds over the last 2 years (not kidding about the plant nut thing). (Any type of cup would probably work, as long as it’s clear to let light in!)

 

starting your garden

3. Soak those peat pellets in water until they’ve absorbed as much as they can, then pull back the covering so the top is fully exposed. Take a fork, toothpick, or whatever other tool, and soften up and separate the dirt.

 

starting your garden

4. Dig a tiny hole, drop in two or three seeds, then cover with dirt. Don’t sweat it if/when multiple plants sprout, you’ll just prune back the weakest ones later!

 

starting your garden

5. Now drop your newly seeded peat pellet into a plastic cup, and cover the top with plastic wrap, being careful to keep them covered tight! Repeat for however many plants you feel like starting! I did two for each type. Label the cups however you prefer (I used a white paint sharpie, but you can use stickers or tape) and place in a warm window where they’ll get a lot of light.

 

Because they’re covered and there’s no holes for moisture to get out, the cups will basically act as little self sustaining green houses now! You can shift the cups around for light purposes, but otherwise you can pretty much set them and forget them for a while. They don’t even need to be watered!

 

starting your garden

I like to leave my plants alone inside the cups until they’re pushing against the plastic wrap “roof”. At that point, I tend to pull the covering off and depending on the root situation, give them another couple weeks to grow or just transplant them into their final pot right then!

 

Let me know if you try out your starters this way! I’d love to hear success (and failure) stories, as well as hear any suggestions you might have! Happy planting!!

 

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