200 Ways to Begin the Journey to a Calm & Happy Home

I was once drowning in clutter. No matter how much I tidied up, scrubbing floors, wiping down light fixtures and windows, vacuuming, and cleaning baseboards I felt like my home was never really truly clean. I finally figured out that it didn’t have anything to do with dust, but everything to do with the amount of useless things I’d accumulated.

I’m a firm believer that being home should feel like a getaway. A place where you can relax and leave the stresses of the day outside the front door. To achieve this, we have to make certain lifestyle changes. Kickstart your journey to wellness at home with these nifty ideas.

To learn to love housekeeping…

To pare down your stuff…

To learn a few shortcuts…

To wrangle in your mess…

To stay on top of things…

To give yourself a break sometimes…

Source: Apartment Therapy

Super Simple No Churn Ricotta Ice Cream

There’s gonna be a low of 27°F in the City this weekend. You know what that means. I’m finally turning the heat on this season and I probably won’t be turning it off until April. You got me, National Grid. Well played, sir, well played. Anyway, there’s a bright side to this. You might not know this, but NYC radiators literally hiss and spit heat right out at you. It can get down right hot even when temperatures outside are plummeting. I can now, once again, after a brief Fall hiatus, settle into eating ice cream in shorts and a tank top like it’s the Fourth of July.

I probably should’ve shared this recipe over the summer because, well, it’s ice cream. I’m sharing it with you now though because, well, it’s amazing. I don’t own an ice cream maker, so if I try making homemade ice cream, it’s always no churn. I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of no churn ice cream because I can never get that perfectly smooth, creamy consistency I crave in an ice cream. But this…this recipe will make you a no churn believer. The secret…ricotta cheese! Think cannoli meets ice cream. You must try this!

No-Churn Ricotta Ice Cream

ingredients

  • 2c heavy cream
  • 1c whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2c wildflower honey
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon

Directions

  • Pour 1¾ cups heavy cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the remaining ¼ cup heavy cream with the ricotta cheese, honey, vanilla and cinnamon to combine. Whisk vigorously to help thin the texture of the ricotta so it’s less clumpy.
  • Whip the heavy cream on medium speed until it forms medium peaks.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the ricotta mixture, mixing just until fully combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a storage vessel (a casserole dish, cake pan or loaf pan would work) and cover with plastic wrap. Freeze until set, 3 to 4 hours. Soften for 15 minutes before scooping and serving.

Source: Pure Wow

Broken is Beautiful

Kintsugi— the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold lacquer. Yep. That is a thing, and it’s way more beautiful than you’re imagining. Much like Hygge, the definition of kintsugi encapsulates a concept rather than just a clear cut definition of something tangible. Kintsugi is like the antidote to the consumer driven, planned obsolescence of our present. By celebrating imperfections, kintsugi points to a more sustainable future. Mending everything from pottery, to floors, to fabrics, kintsugi really is quite cool. And while the urge to immediately start breaking your stuff will be strong, you must resist. Just check out these amazing photos that show how beautiful broken can be.

image via Fromental

 

You can buy a kintsugi repair kit and diy your own masterpiece like the pictures below.

DIY Holiday Eggnog Hair Mask

So I went to the grocery store yesterday and honestly I was more than a little excited to see that eggnog is back on the shelves. Of all the seasonal products, eggnog is probably  my favorite. I mean, nothing beats an eggnog cocktail. Amiright?!! I’ve even made eggnog french toast which is as close to divinity as we’re gonna get in this life. As with any food that I love, it’s only a matter of time before I use it in a diy beauty treatment.

My hair has been suffering a little bit lately. I’m going to just go ahead and blame it on the weather getting colder. Impending Winter blues, y’all. Anyway, my hair has been pretty dry lately, and I’m noticing a fair share of split ends. No bueno. So last night, I made this hair remedy that I’m sure you’re gonna go gaga for. Seriously, the protein benefits of egg and the sweet smell of the holidays all in one easy to make hair treatment. What’s not to love?!

Holiday Eggnog Hair Mask

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp eggnog
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional, be aware that cinnamon has a lightening effect on the hair)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 egg white

Directions

  • Add all ingredients into a glass jar
  • mix well
  • wash your hair normally, then work the mixture through damp hair
  • cover with a towel or shower cap
  • allow the mixture to penetrate your hair for about 20 minutes
  • rinse hair thoroughly with warm water

The egg in this hair mask provides a much needed boost of protein for dry hair, while the honey and coconut oil help to moisturize and add shine to dull hair. If youfind that the mixture is a little too thin, just add more honey or nutmeg to thicken it up a bit.

Source: BLDG25

13 Last Minute Halloween Party Ideas and Recipes

It’s not too late to throw an amazing Halloween party this year! These ideas are perfect for a low-key celebration.  Put on your favorite Halloween movie, and gather in the living room with these 13 simple ideas to ghoul up your menu and decor!

 

Dessert Buffet

Vampire Fang Cookies

Poison Apples

Butter Beer

Pumpkin Cake Pop

Graveyard Cupcakes

Eyeball Ice Cubes

Pumpkin S’mores Blondies

Black and Orange Halloween Bark

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream cheese frosting

Vampire Blood Tomato Soup With Muenster Sammies

Mummy Hot Dogs