Earlier in the week, we learned all about how to create a backyard vegetable garden. I'm totally inspired to start one of my own, and as I started poking around for tools and accessories I found a slew of cute, functional supplies online-pretty much all of which, come to think of it, would also make
- Emily Hsieh, Shine staff | Haven – Thu, Apr 29, 2010 7:17 PM EDT
Being enveloped in a soft, plush bath towel after a hot shower is one of life's little luxuries. The problem, though, is that even the softest, plushest among them tend to stiffen after multiple washings-which is actually a function of the chemical detergents most of us use, which coat fabrics and build up on towels in particular (they're designed to absorb, after all), and over time, you wind up with that icky scratchy feeling. There are some tricks you can employ, however, to stave off hitting the rough patch. Here's how, courtesy of howtodothings.com and ehow.com:
Add a bit of white vinegar to your rinse cycle, which strips away past detergent build-up. Vinegar also gets rid of any lingering odors clinging to the fabric.
Wash new towels in hot water with baking soda to remove any lingering residue from the manufacturer.
This is counterintuitive, but don't use fabric softener.
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Growing your own vegetable patch is the perfect family activity. It's fun, healthy and a delicious way to get the kids to pitch in with dinner. With the help of garden guru Annie Farrell, of Millstone Farm, here's your essential guide to growing backyard vegetables.
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A peek at Candy Spelling's colossal 17,000-square-foot atticâ€”plus, how she conquers all that clutterBy Candy Spelling, Shine contributor | Haven – Tue, Apr 27, 2010 4:02 PM EDT
My attic, like most things in my life, is oversized. At 17,000 square feet, it's larger than the condominium where I plan to move. But, I'll write about downsizing another time (just the word causes me great anxiety), and, instead, invite you in to this special part of my haven. I know that, when people think "attic," they usually visualize stuffing things away and going back "someday" to sort them out. Not me; I'm not only a chronic sorter, but I think more of the attic as "my special storage space" than "out of sight, out of mind."
Candy's 17,000 square foot attic
One friend said, "You treat Randy and Tori's school awards as importantly as Aaron's big TV statues." I liked that. Each item is a piece of our lives, and they deserve better than to be poorly packed away until the dreaded clean-out-the-attic day finally arrives. I actually look forward to going to the attic and climb up there at least four or five times a week, and sometimes every day. There's too much of our lives up there to be stuffed, piled andRead More »from A peek at Candy Spelling's colossal 17,000-square-foot atticâ€”plus, how she conquers all that clutter
- Emily Hsieh, Shine staff | Haven – Mon, Apr 26, 2010 3:29 PM EDT
Last night, a guest spilled red wine on our carpet. Another hurriedly suggested pouring salt over the stain, which is supposed to act to lift the wine off the rug. Not knowing a better alternative off the top of my head, I tried this, using the big box of kosher salt I had in my kitchen to pile on a mound of salt over the spot. We waited, figuring it was best to give time for the salt and wine to react. And 20 minutes or so later, some of the wine had been absorbed though the spill is still visible on the carpet. Now what? Anyone who knows some genius, tried-and-true red wine stain removal techniques and/or products please speak up now!
Post-it notes are among the simplest but most genius of inventions-it seems like there are infinite ways to use these little sticky-backed papers (which, incidentally, now come in a 100% recycled paper version, so you don't have to feel as guilty going through pad after pad). One of my all-time favorite tricks involves using the adhesive side to clean between the keys on my computer keyboard, though there are plenty more ways to maximize their utility (some of the wackiest, most creative Post-it note innovations I've ever seen are featured here on the site purpleslinky.com-wallpaper, anyone?). Here, a round-up of 10 unexpected ways use a Post-it. If you have anything else to add to this list, don't be shy!
Hang art without making marks. Why muck up your walls with pencil lines to designate spots for nails when you can use one of these guys instead?
To navigate in the car. For fewer distractions on the road, write down directions on a Post-it to stick on yourRead More »from 10 unexpected ways to use a Post-it Note
National TV Turnoff Week kicked off a couple days ago, where we're all supposed to unplug our tubes for seven days, and despite the many, many great reasons why I should be participating, truth be told I've done nothing thus far to abstain. I just buried our remote control however and am going to attempt to round out the rest of the week sans television. Here's how I'm going to get through the next few days:Read More »from 6 things to do during TV turnoff week
1. Walks. I love the idea of multitasking with this one: a neighborhood stroll is a great family, couples, or solo activity, counts as exercise, and makes you feel infinitely better after a big meal. It's an especially good time of year for this, with all the gorgeous flowers and trees that have blossomed over the last few weeks.
2. Games. Time to dust off the old Scrabble board. My husband and I have been known to pack our travel set when we're on holiday, but for some reason we haven't played in years at home-something I plan to rectify shortly.
3. Periodicals. It has been
- Emily Hsieh, Shine staff | Haven – Thu, Apr 22, 2010 6:16 PM EDT
As Carolina pointed out earlier this week, nurseries nowadays are looking more creative and one-of-a-kind than ever. Some of the coolest, most inspiring baby and kids rooms I've seen have one thing in common: decals. The market for adhesive vinyl wall stickers has exploded over the last few years, a
Here's an alarming stat: According to the Home Safety Council, home accidents cause 20,000 deaths in the United States annually (by comparison, 742 are from planes and just 70 from lightning). But don't shop for a hard hat or an indoor sprinkler system just yet-there are easy ways to stay safe in every room.
In the kitchen have:
An idiotproof extinguisher: The how-to's on the First Alert Heavy-Duty Fire Extinguisher ($30; amazon.com) are clearly illustrated so you know exactly what to do in an emergency.
An oven mitt that'll take the heat: The Ove Glove ($15; Target) has a nonslip grip and can withstand temperatures up to 540˚F, thanks to its combo of Kevlar and Nomex--the same flame-resistant materials found in firefighters' gear.
A stocked first-aid kit: You could buy a ready-made version, but it likely won't include everything you need (The FEMA website has a comprehensive list).
In the bathroom have:
You've come a long way baby! A nursery nowadays is artistic, eco-friendly, and personality driven. For starters, furniture designers are thinking outside the rectangle. In the hands of these innovators, the mainstay wooden crib is transformed into a statement piece. Cribs are the focal point of a nursery, now thanks to designers like David Harris of The new traditionalists, cribs can be customized with modern color panels and wood treatments (think distressed wood, silver-painted). This episode features beautiful examples of these contemporary styles. We also show off some of our other favorite cribs, like the award winning Stokke's round crib. This flexible crib is great for tight spaces and it grows as your child grows.Read More »from Nursery trends and mommy must haves
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