DIY Your Way to a Bug-Free Summer

Adult- and Kid-Friendly Natural Bug Repellents from A Beautiful Mess Photos and Article by A Beautiful Mess Adult Blend What you need + 10 drops lemon essential oil + 10 drops lemongrass essential oil + 8 drops lavender essential oil + 8 drops eucalyptus essential oil + 1 ½ ounces distilled water (minus 1 teaspoon to … Continued

Going Green

Living Sustainably in Style Article Nicolette Martin Did you know that in 2016, world plastic production totaled around 335 million metric tons, according to the Earth Day Network? Although you probably can’t singlehandedly change the environmental toll of the amount of plastic pollution that comes from that kind of number, we’ve rounded up a few … Continued

Welcome Basket Essentials

 The Essentials:  1. Snacks. Your guests will no doubt be hungry after a day of driving or flying (or both). Even if you're planning a special meal soon after they arrive, providing them with a small nibble to keep in their room and munch on at their own discretion is a nice touch. And who wouldn't love a bag of buttery indulgence from midvalley popcorn…

Talk of the Table

    Cut a round hole at the top of the pumpkin, trimming the insides away and discarding all seeds.  Place your pre-soaked and trimmed foam into the pumpkin; it should rise about one inch above the hole. A small square of plastic wrap beneath it will help retain moisture.

Flowers

Full of beautiful colors and bright blooms, spring is a flower lover's dream come true. Follow these simple steps to create a beautiful centerpiece everyone can enjoy this season.

Backyard Goodness

There is nothing better than fresh food you grow yourself. Our daughters were raised picking peas and digging carrots and potatoes. Teaching children how to grow and harvest vegetables can be fun, really; you reap the benefits of time spent together outdoors, being productive. Below are some suggested practices my family uses for growing organic produce at home.