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6 incredible ice sculptures that will melt away when spring arrives

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HOW TO: Prepare healing teas from winter trees

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People have been using plants for both food and medicine for thousands of years, and most of us are probably quite familiar with several healing teas or infusions. Have you ever made peppermint tea to soothe an upset belly? Or steeped a cup of chamomile to calm jangled nerves and help you sleep? These are just a couple of plants that we have turned to for both help and mere enjoyment over the years, but many people don’t realize that certain trees can also be used to make beneficial drinks, especially over the colder months.

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6 stunning saunas that let steam lovers revel in nature

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7 Winter Home Improvement Tips to Save You Money and Energy In the Cold Season

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Just because we’ve had record high temperatures in the past several years and general worrisome warming trend doesn’t mean that winters are going to get any easier in the Northeast. Now that cold weather is upon us, get your home buttoned up and ready for it with our expert hands-on game plan, which will not only make your home more comfortable and energy efficient, but save you some money while you’re at it. From big changes that will knock hundreds of dollars off your energy bill to smaller ones that need just a bit of elbow grease and a few materials from your local hardware store, we’ll show you what you need to get the job done! So no matter if you rent or own your house, check out these 7 handy tips that we promise will make a real difference in keeping you warm and your energy bill manageable this winter.

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6 ways to reuse your Valentine's Day roses

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Valentine’s day has come and gone, and if you’re one of the millions of people who received roses as a gift for this holiday, chances are that your flowers will keep smelling and looking gorgeous for another few days. The good news is that those roses don’t need to end up in the compost heap just yet—there are a number of ways that you can reuse the petals so they’ll last far longer than your original bouquet. Read on to learn about some of the crafty ways you can reuse those blooms.

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DIY: 3 Cool Crafts to Make with Household Twine

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So, you’re trapped indoors because it’s -90 degrees outside, and you’re going a little stir crazy. How can you combat the cabin fever that drives so many people up the wall at this time of year? Make stuff. Getting crafty doesn’t mean that you have to go and spend all of your (meagre) left over X-mas cash on supplies: there are a bunch of crafty things that you can make with items that are probably hiding around your house right now. Do you have any household twine? Jute or hemp cord? Empty bottles? Brilliant! Hit the jump to see some of the cool things you can make with them right now.

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6 heart-shaped natural wonders from around the world

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New shipwrecked parklet is an urban oasis in San Francisco

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DIY: homemade pumpkin peanut butter dog cookies that'll make your pup drool

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7 creative Valentine's Day activities to do instead of buying more crap

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14 Green Gift Ideas For Valentine's Day

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Make these fun recycled Valentine's Day crafts out of trash

by , 02/10/15

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Did you know that between flowers, dinner, decorations, and gifts, Americans spend about $13 million a year on Valentine’s Day? That’s a lot of green to spend in one day – especially when a good chunk of it could easily be saved with a little creativity and upcycling. To muster up some crafty motivation and make your own Valentine’s Day decor out of recycled materials, check out these clever crafting ideas from HomeTalk. From toilet paper rolls to old glass bottles and aluminium cans, there are tons of materials for adorable V-day DIYs already sitting in your home.

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8 real life love nests built by romantic couples

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DIY: 7 Valentine's Day gifts you can make for your sweetheart

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Valentine’s Day is just a couple of weeks away, and if you’re planning to give any gifts to your loved ones, now’s the time to get creative! Handmade gifts are so much sweeter than purchased ones, as time and care are poured into each unique offering. Read on to check out seven different DIY gift ideas from handwarmers to massage bars. Whether you’re celebrating the day with a romantic partner, or sharing love and sweetness with friends, family, and kids, there’s something special to be made for cherished folks of all ages.

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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine's Day

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Although some consider Valentine’s Day to be a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one but for yourself as well. I would say that assistance with love is something many of my feng shui clients ask for. Whether it’s finding new love or supporting existing love—it’s true that love makes the world go round! Here are a few feng shui tips to facilitate love for Valentine’s Day.

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7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras

7 ways to revel in an eco-friendly Mardi Gras

Recycle your Beads Mardi Gras "throws", the trinkets thrown by Krewe members from floats to parade goers, have a pretty rich history. Modern throws however, are largely made up of…

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8 of the Worst Architectural Disasters of All Time - Infographic

8 of the Worst Architectural Disasters of All Time - Infographic

A lot of careful planning has to go into every architectural design, from choosing the right materials for the job to deciding how to orient a building. As this infographic below shows,…

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INFOGRAPHIC: The History of the Bauhaus Movement

INFOGRAPHIC: The History of the Bauhaus Movement

If you're a fan of modern art, design and architecture, you've probably seen the work of Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, and Paul Klee - but did you know these iconic figures…

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"Family cloths" reusable toilet wipes: gross or great?

Many of us who try to lead eco-conscious lifestyles are likely already using many reusable, washable fabric items for both household and personal use; cotton dish cloths, washable baby…

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Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Ice architecture: 6 incredible buildings made from ice and snow

Tron Ice Hotel Suits In anticipation of the release of 3D TRON: Legacy, Ben Rousseau and Ian Douglas–Jones created a suite at the famous IceHotel above the Arctic Circle in Sweden.…

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can parasites teach us about zombies?

Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl's fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the…

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9 simple tips to Feng Shui your home

9 simple tips to Feng Shui your home

Since January is organization month, it's the perfect time of year to start the new year off right with a Feng Shui de-clutter fest give the readers some simple feng shui tips to help…

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6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday

Vegan Soft Pretzels Nothing goes better with a cold beer than a salty pretzel and some spicy mustard dipping sauce. If you really want to impress your vegan guests, this recipe from La…

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DIY: How to brew kombucha at home

DIY: How to brew kombucha at home

The first time I heard about kombucha was when a friend of mine sent me a picture of a strange, somewhat bubbly liquid that had a slimy film on top of it. I asked if she was planning to…

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Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

Top 8 Amazing Eco Winter Wonderland Resorts Around the World

WHITEPOD ECO RESORT, SWITZERLAND HOTEL de GLACE, QUEBEC MONTE ROSA HUT, SWITZERLAND ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN IGLOO VILLAGE OF HOTEL KAKSLAUTTANEN, FINLAND MOUNTAIN HILL CABIN,…

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

LAST CHANCE: Enter to win a ZumZum balance bike from Inhabitots

The ZumZum all-terrain balance bike is the coolest bike around for kids with an ergonomic seat and natural suspension for safe and fun riding experience. We are offering you a chance to…

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DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Sweet plantable valentines made from recycled paper

DIY: Plantable Valentines Made From Recycled Paper 1. Gather Your Materials 2. Shred Paper – make sure you don’t use coated paper like magazines. Use a few pieces of colored…

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6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

6 big-name musicians and bands who are helping to protect the planet

Musicians have sung about environmental stewardship and preservation forever. Think about Woodstock back in the 70's and now the more recent Bonnaroo festival held in Tennessee every…

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6 designs that could save your life

6 designs that could save your life

Inhabitat readers know that good design can save the world - but did you know design could also save your life? Engineers, designers, and hackers around the world are harnessing…

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Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

Herbal Cold Care: DIY Throat Drops and Cough Syrup

If you have any interaction with the public at all, you've probably noticed that there are a lot of sickly people out there right now. Half my Facebook feed consists of folks who are…

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