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

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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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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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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, the wrong decisions can have devastating results: roofs can collapse, entire floors can cave in, or a shiny facade placed on the wrong side of a building can refract the sun and deep-fry visitors. Read on to learn about some of the biggest gaffes in architectural design history—hopefully we can avoid revisiting them in the future!

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INFOGRAPHIC: The History of the Bauhaus Movement

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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 share something in common? They all trace back to Germany’s Bauhaus art school, which kicked off a revolutionary movement focused on simplicity and the unification of art and craft with mass production techniques. This new infographic from ARAM tracks the history of the Bauhaus movement from its foundation in 1919 to its ongoing impact on the design world today. Check it out after the break!

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

 

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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 diapers, handkerchiefs, and Glad Rags-type menstrual cloths are growing in popularity, but there’s one area in which we may all be eco-offenders: the ‘loo. Enter “family cloths”, also known as reusable toilet paper. These are washable strips of cotton flannel that folks can use to wipe with, but are they just too gross for most people to consider?

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Near Halloween each year, this young girl’s fancies turn to, what else? Zombies! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse, though not enough to assemble the disaster-preparedness kits that we are actually supposed to have. But zombies aren’t real, right? Aside from The Joker’s laughing gas, mass hypnotism, or watching too much Fox TV, there’s no scientific mechanism for turning people into puppets. Or is there? Let’s find out in today’s entry of The Biomimicry Manual.

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9 simple tips to Feng Shui your home

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Since January is organization month, it’s the perfect time to start the new year off right with a little Feng Shui revitalization at home. Here are 9 simple tips for bringing positivity into your home with Feng Shui. Nine is the most auspicious number in Feng Shui, so if you can manage to do all nine of these, you will attract even more good energy!

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DIY: How to brew kombucha at home

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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 put any of that in her mouth, and she reassured me that it wasn’t just delicious, it was loaded with health benefits. It took months before I was prepared to try it, but it turns out that it really is quite fabulous, and it’s also easy to make at home—you need just a few simple ingredients, and enough patience to let things ferment for a couple of weeks.

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