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Dirty water? Clean it up by building a water filter!

Posted on August 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Water is one of the most important things for life. More than seventy percent of our planet’s surface is covered in water and more than 55 percent of our bodies are made of water. We drink it, use it to clean ourselves, cook with it, travel on it, hunt in it, and so much more! But… what happens when we don’t have clean water to use? What if it has been polluted or poorly managed? What if a natural occurrence makes our water unusable? Even fresh spring water may not be entire...

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Learn about landfills by building your own desktop model!

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

If you’ve ever taken the garbage out (which, who hasn’t?), you have a good idea of how nasty our trash can get. It smells gross, it looks disgusting, and tends to have all manner of horrifying fluid leaking from it. Most of us are just happy when the garbage truck comes and takes it away, because all of that nastiness is gone… right? Have you ever thought about where that truck takes our garbage though?

Most cities have some form of a waste disposal site. Some places c...

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Learn how to build your own land or water terrarium!

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

We all love having plants around the home. Whether they add that special touch to a décor scheme, or act as a beautiful centerpiece on the dining room table, so many homes have found a reason to keep a plant or two around. But did you know that keeping plants in the house comes with a whole host of psychological and physical benefits?

It’s true! Per a study by the University of Michigan, being around a natural setting can increase your memory and concentration by up to twent...

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DIY Puppy Paw Balm

Posted on February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Ohio winters are harsh. Even lately, with our “Spring-is-here-no-it’s-not” weather, every time the cold weather moves in, the driest and coldest of conditions come with it. As most of us know, this kind of weather wreaks havoc on our skin. Personally, I have a lot of issue with dry facial skin, dry scalp, and cracking skin on my hands during the winter. While many of us keep some sort of moisturizing product around for ourselves, how many of us are thinking about the dermal ...

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DIY Layered Coffee Soap

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes after a long, hard day we need to bathe and find our pick-me-up of choice. Many people turn to coffee for the afternoon or evening perk, but who’s going to drink coffee in the shower? Few people would, of course. So why not just cut out the middle man and bathe with your coffee?

That’s right… bathe with your coffee. It has a wide host of health and beauty benefits for your skin! By dehydrating fatty cells, coffee can reduce the appearance of cellulite. The c...

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DIY Honey and Spiced Oatmeal Soap

Posted on October 8, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

With National Oatmeal day right around the corner (October 29th), it seems like a good time to talk about these incredible grains! Did you know that oats were some of the earliest cereals farmed by humans? Evidence shows oats as a known crop in China since around 7000 B.C... Did you also know that oatmeal is so popular that around 70% of Americans have oatmeal in their pantry? It’s even launched a food cart craze! It’s easy to understand why, given all of the good health benefits ...

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DIY Calming Body Butter

Posted on September 26, 2016 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Throughout my life, I have always loved the smell of mint. It has always connected to memories of running through the woods in the late summer and early fall, and my grandfather’s greenhouse, though for many it connects to wintertime holidays. While mint, or more specifically peppermint, may smell amazing, it has a host of uses as a natural remedy. Many of us already make peppermint tea of our stomachs aren’t very happy with us, or chew on a leaf when we want a snack or to freshen...

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DIY Lemon Salt Scrubs

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you know that lemons are technically berries? Or that the British Navy has been using lemon juice in the pervention of scurvy for centuries? That’ because lemons contain vitamin C, along with other vitamins and acids essential to our health. And speaking of essential, did you know that the essential oil of a lemon is good for the health of your skin? Lemon oil is known for its “detoxifying” effects, as may help smooth and soften rough or calloused patches of skin. Lemon ...

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Green Seed Starting Alternatives

Posted on August 4, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I don’t know about you, but one of my most favorite things is the smell of fresh dirt and the feeling of seeds slipping between my fingers. I’m talking of course about starting plants from seed. While it may be long past seed sowing season here in Ohio, many southern parts of the country are just starting some of their fall crops, and many indoor hobbyist gardeners are planting seeds year ‘round.

According to the National Gardening Association, around 42 million Americ...

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Living Green... In an apartment!

Posted on June 7, 2016 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Be green! We hear that a lot, but what exactly does it mean? It means being eco-friendly, doing good for the environment, and making life choices that reflect that. In a house, you can install solar panels or a wind turbine, use rain barrels to conserve water, grow your own fruits and vegetables, and the list goes on and on. I don’t live in a house, though. I, like millions of other Americans, live in an apartment. Whether you live in an apartment due to affordability, preference, locat...

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