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That does sound lovely, but I prefer to make it with coconut oil instead of the butters & aloe vera. I always have coconut oil around, so I don't have to buy extra things just to make deodorant. I use tea tree oil as it's a natural anti-bacterial and bacteria are what cause the stink. Peppermint is great too, but sparingly. Sometimes the peppermint stings on newly shaved underarms. But yeah! However you make deodorant and whatever works for you is great- the important thing is making something yourself without crazy ingredients.

Quick, Easy, Homemade Deodorant...that Actually Works Apartment Therapy Tutorial
5/3/13 05:34 PM

I also think that putting some hard work into a shared space is a great way to earn points with your neighbors. I am the only leaf raker/weed puller of a 6 unit shared yard (everyone else owns their condo, but we rent... but they are older/elderly) Because of my hard work in keeping it neat, I get some perks. Like planting whatever flowers I want & being on the receiving end of bottles of wine. This strategy may not work for every situation, but should be considered!

Living With Shared Outdoor Spaces
4/12/13 06:15 PM

With all the pallet hoopla going on around the internet (and I must say, some of the projects do look cool) it is surprising that not enough people are discussing the downsides of pallets.

5 Easy Garden DIYs with Pallets
3/26/13 05:45 AM

I've never seen such dark colors on a house like this- it looks great. Currently, we live in an old town-house with purple siding, teal trim & orange doors.... so the monochrome gets a big thumbs up from me.

Come to the Dark Side:
Houses with Dramatic Exteriors

10/18/12 06:53 PM

I've seen this on etsy and now am glad I've seen the video. I seriously doubted it's ability to stay on & keep the wine in one piece. Alternatively, one can just get a pannier so you can bring wine & snacks. But this is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Bicycle Wine Rack by Oopsmark
7/20/11 05:07 PM

I use them to store little things in the kitchen. Like the small bags of spices we get from the bulk aisle.

DIY Fruit Box Storage

5/28/11 08:37 AM

I'm not so sure that this will stay neat for long. I have some stuff labeled with chalkboard paint and it just gets smudged often.

Use Chalkboard Paint to Label Drawers
Home Life

5/23/11 08:44 PM

If you use 'Organic Choice' potting soil from Miracle Grow you run a high risk of fungus gnats. I learned that the hard way last year. They don't properly heat their soil to kill of the gnat eggs. I had to get rid of all of my plants. Be warned! Potting soil may be the only thing you shouldn't buy organic [or just buy it and bake it in the oven for a long time]

Help! I Got New Plants and Now I Have Black Flies!
Good Question

5/18/11 05:44 AM

I second the baking soda + peppermint oil. I'd say we've cut our consumable plastic down by 90% [from an already low amount] but we've bought a few permanent items containing plastic [like a backpacking pack for an upcoming trip] I don't think it will be too hard to keep this up- at least most of it.

No New Plastic Challenge: Week 3
3/15/11 08:30 PM

After reading your post on Taina's no plastic pledge I've been pairing down our plastic. We already buy most of our foods in bulk. And I know I can do with waaaay less. Guess I better get out the old yogurt maker! [does that count as unnecessary plastic? :( ]

Take the Challenge: No New Plastic for a Month
3/1/11 09:52 PM

does not look sturdy enough for me- but maybe could be used to secure panniers to your bike. Bike thieves aren't looking to take those, and would prevent crimes of opportunity (snatching your helmets and bags)

The Ivy Bike Lock
9/14/10 08:10 PM

plant biology is amazing, isn't it? I was thinking of buying a morning glory to snake up my fire-escape, but I'm worried my landlord might find some reason to disallow it.

A Closer Look at the Amazing Abilities of Vines PlantTherapy | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
6/12/10 01:50 PM

yeah, it's pretty dorky looking- and I don't think they should show it on the sidewalk or without a helmet- both seem unsafe. And I don't know about you, but my urban environment [boston] has potholes that would send the yike flying. i'll stick to my bike, thank you.

Yike Bike: Commuter Bike of The Future? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
4/5/10 08:49 PM

I agree with many commenters. Those 'fake meats' are highly processed and fake foods to be enjoyed sparingly. And I always avoid the fake meats that are made to taste like actual meat- that is just gross.

Except for tofu, tempeh and seitan in their purest forms- steer clear of those packaged 'meats'! I like to make my own 'veggie burgers' out of leftover rice and beans- they're super tasty and easy.

Eating Less Meat: Is Fake Meat the Answer? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
2/7/10 06:49 PM

these are pretty cute and i love the colors, but how is this any different from a wash cloth?

Etsy Find: Organic Cotton Scrubbers | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
12/16/09 07:30 PM

I agree with EMNemastil. Baby roosters are killed en masse in modern chicken farming and not used at all. And if you can't tell the sex of your baby chick [which is hard, but something totally learnable] eat it later. I'm a vegetarian but would be willing to make a lovely homemade chicken soup for my meat eating friends.

Backyard Chicken Flocks Bad for ... Chickens? | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
12/16/09 07:28 PM

love the ruffle wreath!
I made a scrap fabric wreath last year and put it up again this year. you can see it here. its strips of fabric knotted around a cardboard circle cut from a cereal box.

4 More Handmade Holiday Wreaths Design*Sponge | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest
12/12/09 10:15 AM

i second lhc's comment. i too live in new england and only if its blizzardy or below 15 degrees do i not run outside. i think there are 2 important things. 1: don't overdress. you will get hot, get sweaty and then all that sweat trapped against you can start to get cold. 2: ear muffs. there are all sorts for runners. i don't like wearing a hat because it makes me too hot, but some sort of ear band, or the kind that go behind your head and just cover your ears is key.

winter is a great time to run, as long as your trails & paths are free of ice. its crisp, clear, beautiful and not crowded. and besides... you'll be a true runner-bada$$ if you keep it up all year long!

Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Simple Green: Jogging
9/28/08 01:36 PM