The Best Faux Candle

best faux candle

In my blog about how I use essential oils to scent our place instead of candles, I talked about my favorite faux candle I’ve been using instead of real ones that have chemicals in them. I’m a massive candle lover. There’s something about a flickering flame, the soft glow, and illumination they give to a room. It’s instant ambience. They create warmth to any interior space, and make it feel homey. They have the ability to completely alter the entire mood of a room. Side note: When people ask what the most important aspects of designing a space are, my first answer is always: lighting. This is a bit off the candle topic, however, many people don’t consider installing or investing in lighting, but no matter how amazing your color scheme, or your pillows, curtains, or rugs, you won’t actually see the effect without proper lighting. Light expresses color and after investing in your new décor, it will instantly fall short of expectation if your room isn’t lit properly.

Anywaysss, back to the faux candles. If you read my blog post on essential oils, you know why I’ve chosen to not burn candles as frequently. Maybe once a week for shorter periods of time, however, I didn’t want to give up the “look” of having candles lit around the room. So I spent a ridiculous amount of time looking up every fake candle imaginable, reading reviews, and watching videos. I had previously bought restoration hardware ones, but they didn’t look real at all. And when I’d take a picture, they’d give off terrible orange colors next to real candles. This is when I found the Luminara Real-Flame Effect Candles.

Below picture is from their website.

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Rewind: All throughout college, I was consistently getting in trouble and getting fines from my RA’s for having candles in my dorm room. I’d hide them. They’d smell them. Boom: fine. I wanted my dorm to look somewhat homey, so I started buying fake candles ever since. Therefore, the extensive list of fake candles I’ve tried is massive. I’ve tried almost every brand and can tell you, none compare to these Luminara ones.

I ordered a set of 3. One tall, one medium and one small. I put them throughout our living room when they came in the mail and fell in love. They flicker and sway like a real flame. We had people over for dinner, and when we were leaving to go somewhere after, someone suggested we blow the candles out before we go. THANK YOUUU, LUMINARA. Guests couldn’t even tell they were fake. Now, obviously, they don’t have a wick like a real candle, so in daylight you can tell they’re not real when they’re turned off and you’re looking at it up close, but this is the most realistic fake candle I’ve found. They’re a bit expensive, but if you think about it, you burn candles and run out of them then have to keep buying more. These last for 500+ hours, and you buy batteries. I’ve had them since last April and just switched out the batteries last week. They’ve been set on a timer to go on every night for 5 hours.

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I still love candles, and definitely use them here and there when I really want to, especially tea light candles, but these Luminara candles I use every day, and don’t have to worry about them melting anywhere, lighting anything on fire, sending out toxins and chemicals while they’re burning, or having our place smell like smoke when I put them out.

I’m always finding corners, nooks, shelves and so on that need to be illuminated in certain areas at night, and these candles are 100% safe, which is perfect if you have kids and don’t want to worry about real candles getting knocked over.

Some features: Made of real wax. Timer that turns on the same time everyday and shuts off automatically after 5 hours. Remote control if you choose to buy separately. Different colors and sizes. Flicker and sway like a real candle flame. No smoke smell. No toxins or chemicals while burning. Safe from lighting anything on fire.

Below picture is from the Luminara website.

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I bought mine through QVC (never thought I’d actually say that), and ordered the Luminara Flameless Vanilla Scented Candle with Timer in 3 different sizes. You can also buy them here, through the official Luminara website (which also shows videos on the homepage so you can see how they look when they’re on). You can’t buy through their website, but you can find a store near you that carries them and buy them there.

I know they’ll never be a “real candles”, but for the day in day out ambience of your space, these work great.

If you have any questions, or happen to buy them and love them, let me know in the comments below! Happy shopping. xo

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New Blankets Added to Shop!

I fiiinally (after a lot of ‘nope, not good enough’ and ‘nope, don’t like those colors together’) picked two new blankets for the shop, and I must admit: I. am. in. love. I only choose/make products for my shop that I myself would use in our own home, and these two blankets are my new favorites! They also arrived juuust in time for “Winter Storm Juno”. Perfect for a little cozy home decor online shopping :) xo

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Berry Pink Mexican Blanket

 

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Essential Oils: Scenting Your Home

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I know I’ve been giving off mad Phoebe Buffay vibes recently in my blog posts with the “all natural” aspects of our apartment and mention of essential oils, but it’s how I run things, it makes me happy, and I feel my absolute best, so why not share what I know with others and hopefully help you create an environment you love that also adds to your health!

I believe your home should be a place where you find balance, a place to recharge, and a place you’re able to take care of yourself to be living at your fullest potential. Taking care of the environment in which you live plays a huge role in finding balance and staying healthy. What we breathe in and what goes onto our skin makes it’s way inside of our bodies- whether good or bad. If we’re buying cleaning products, candles and scented wall plug-ins full of chemicals and toxins, we are also internalizing what those are made of. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good candle, but after reading research on what’s in a lot of them, I’ve changed some of my ways.

Taking you back to where this all began: we were moving out of our old apartment. Boxes packed and I was cleaning when I noticed black soot all over the walls and on everything that was white in our place (which was a lot). Started doing some research and found out it was the candles we were burning. Soot from paraffin candles gives off the same soot as the exhaust of a diesel engine, and is considered just as dangerous as second hand smoke, causing problems from headaches to lung cancer. Paraffin fumes have been found to cause tumors of lab animals. On top of that research, I found that candles with a lead-core wick releases 5 times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children, which can lead to hormone disruption, behavior problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.

What the whaaaat. I was pretty shocked. I burned candles like it was my full-time job on the DAILY, so this information was devastating for a candle lover like myself. I know I want to live a long, healthy life, so I’d already been making changes with diet and exercise, but my beloved candles?! Whyyyy. I still have a candle here and there that I love to burn during different seasons, but I use it maybe once or twice a week, compared to everyday all day. After finding other options, but none that I really liked (soy, beeswax candles), I came across information on essential oils. I read research for about two days straight to make sure this wasn’t some kind of scam, because I’d never really heard of them before. Turns out they were exactly what I was looking for to scent our new place.

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Essential oils are fragrant, natural aromas found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. If you’ve smelled a rose, walked by a field of lavender, or smelled fresh cut mint, you’ve smelled that plant’s essential oil. They are what give the plant its fragrance and contain the healing power of the plant from which it was extracted. When used correctly, essential oils bring a wide range of health benefits. Unlike modern drugs, they have no side-effects. Essential oils have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. In the bible there are 200+ references to essential oils and aromatic plants (ex: frankincense, myrrh, etc.).

… And that was just the beginning of what I found. If you’re intrigued, there’s plenty of information out there to learn more about them. Each essential oil is known for it’s own unique healing properties. After doing lots of research on how to use them, I bought a starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils. I didn’t want to burn the essential oils in an oil burner because the heat decomposes the oil and it’s properties, so, with the starter kit, you’re given a diffuser where you pour in water and your favorite oil, or oil blends, close the top, turn it on, and voilà- your home smells amazing AND your breathing in the healing properties of the oil you used. Besides diffusing essential oils, they are also great for using on your skin to treat numerous problems (acne, wrinkles, cellulite, etc) along with putting them in food and drink, making cleaning products with them, and using them as perfume.

Recently I’ve been diffusing Orange, Pine and Cinnamon Bark. It smells so wintery and cozy.

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These are some of the benefits of diffusing and breathing in these essential oils:

Orange:

Aphrodisiac, Anti-inflammatory, Promotes menstruation, lactation, digestive juices, hormones & enzymes, Disinfect wounds, Anti-depressant, Relaxes muscular and nervous spasms to aid in continuous coughing, muscle cramps, Removes excess gas from intestines, Alleviates anxiety, anger, depression and certain bodily inflammations, Study suggests that aromatherapy using orange essential oil may aid in improving cognitive function, especially in Alzheimer’s patients.

Pine:

Dermatologists prescribe for psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, skin diseases, scabies, and sores. Gives balanced, smooth, renewed skin and is also an antioxidant for free radicals which have a negative impact on your skin. Free radicals attack healthy skin cells and cause them to mutate, resulting in premature aging, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Pine essential oil combats these negative effects. Increases the metabolism and boosts activity levels. Purifies the body due to its ability to treat intestinal problems. Good remedy for people suffering from joint pain, arthritis, and rheumatic conditions. Anti-inflammatory. Effective for removing mental stress. Used medicinally for removing adrenal fatigue. Removes anxiety and nervous tension. Useful for people suffering from weakened concentration and memory loss. Macular degeneration, cataracts, and a number of other vision-related conditions are due to the presence of free radicals in our system that cause degradation of our cells. Pine essential oil has been connected with improving eye health and protecting them from natural, age-related failure. Remedy for various infections, including Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Cures respiratory problems and used in making cough and cold preparations. Loosens phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tracts and makes it easier to eliminate them.

Cinnamon Bark:

Boosts activity of the brain and helps to remove nervous tension and memory loss. Removes blood impurities. Great treatment for pimples. Improves circulation of blood due to the presence of a blood thinning compound. Anti-inflammatory so it helps remove stiffness of the muscles and joints. Recommended for arthritis. Helps in removing headaches that are caused by colds. Controls blood sugar, so diabetics find it very useful because cinnamon aids them in using less insulin. Due to its anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties, it is effective on treating external and internal infections. The calcium and fiber present in cinnamon provides protection against heart diseases. Effective for indigestion, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea and flatulence. Very helpful in eliminating excess gas from the stomach and intestines. Removes acidity, combats diarrhea and reduces the effects of morning sickness. A digestive tonic. Relieves the symptoms of colds, influenza, sore throat and congestion. Provides relief from menstrual discomfort and cramping.

Yeah. That’s a lot of information, but instead of breathing in toxins and chemicals from candles everyday, we’re breathing in all of these health benefits and our place smells amazing and wintery!

I missed the flickering of a candle flame, so I did some “research” into the best fake candles. Writing up another blog shortly to fill you in on what I found. They are my new favorites! I scent our home with essential oils, but still have the flickering flame of a candle (faux candle) without all of the toxins, chemicals and soot. Best of both worlds. And here’s my little disclaimer: I don’t believe essential oils are the cure-all, I simply love that they smell great and there are health benefits to them. I DO believe that God’s provided us with everything we need to live healthy and well by giving us things we are able to grow in and on the earth (fruits / vegetables / plants etc).

If you want to use essential oils at home but don’t know where to start, comment below and I can help you out with what I know! If you want to buy- I suggest starting with one of the starter kits through Young Living Essential Oils (Young Living is known to produce the purest essential oils and have been around for many years). From there, you can learn more about oils and buy more as time goes on. They last awhile, so the starter kit is a great. To buy through Young Living, you need a “sponsor”. If you want to buy, you can use my Member ID #: 2139450 (no this is not an ad for young living, and no I don’t plan on becoming a distributer- I just want us all to live in healthy, nice smelling environments!).

I’ll be posting here and there about essential oils I’ve been using around our place, and their benefits. Hope this helped some of you! And don’t worry, I’ll still be doing blogs on my favorite seasonal candle scents ;)

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Top 10: Wood Coffee Tables

If someone would’ve told me 5 years ago that I’d be more excited to buy a coffee table than clothes, I prooobably would’ve laughed in their face. Nevertheless, the time has come. I’ve been on the hunt for a new coffee table since I sold our old one and we moved to a new apartment in October. I’ve been loving bohemian decor and furnishings for awhile now (as you can tell from the shop), and after seeing all of the hand-carved wood furniture on D and I’s trip to Bali last year, I had an idea of what I wanted. Just so happens West Elm had exactly what I wanted AND they happened to mail us a 15% off “housewarming” gift. Loveeeely… I’ll take it. I’m a massive fan of wood or weaved coffee tables. It adds texture and a little rustic, natural feel to a space. Below are my top 10 coffee tables that I found while looking!

Top 10 Wood CoffeeTables

1. West Elm - this is the coffee table I bought for our place. Majority of things in our apartment are squared off, so I wanted a round coffee table to break it up a bit. I also love the moroccan/bohemian look of the carved wood and detail. Price: $349

2. Wisteria – I meannn… made of a vintage, weathered door and those nail heads? Love this one. Price: $599

3. One Kings Lane – So siiick. Branches for legs. Yup. Price: $449

4. Anthropologie – recently I’ve been into “whimsical” pieces like this one. The legs are a bit out there, (literally and figuratively) and that’s why I love it. It’s a bit fairytale like which is pretty rare to find in a coffee table piece. Price: $698

5. World Market - loving the chunky top shelf and how you can see through so it doesn’t visually take up a lot of space. Price: $231

6. Target - beachy viiiibes. I know it’s not wood but I’m all about the woven detail. Price: $191

7. West Elm – well isn’t this base lovely. also, the business that makes these pieces provides job opportunities for people transitioning out of homelessness in the Georgia community. pretty amazing. Price: $650

8. One Kings Lanelove the angles of the legs. Price: $459

9. Overstock - metal and wood together will always be a fav. Price: $264

10. Serena & Lily – simple, clean, with texture detail on the surface. ideal. Price: $1295

Happy shopping! xo

P.S. (this has nothing to do with coffee tables..) I’ve been reading “Letters to a Young Artist” by Julia Cameron. Thought I’d start sharing snippets of things that’ve caught my attention. Maybe it’ll help or inspire one of you!

“Art is an alchemical process. It transforms us just as much as it transforms the world. We cannot make art without changing ourselves. And some of what changes are our likes and dislikes. Which means we yearn for different things in our environment. Our color sense may shift. We might suddenly want an orange wall or a neutral gray one. We may decide we need to live in yellow. Our environment becomes a piece of art, shifting shape as we do. We may suddenly start collecting things – or throwing things away. We may abruptly go for Zen serene or antique-shop clutter. The point is, our tastes will change – and we may need to change our externals to match our internal world”.

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Aloe Vera Benefits & Uses

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Hi lovers! Happy New Year!! Dylan and I’ve been in Australia celebrating Christmas and taking a mini break from work. Dylan’s here for 2 months working, and I’m out here visiting for a bit. If I’m being entirely honest, it’s been so difficult to “shut off” from work! I really love working, but I’m learning it’s important to relax as well (even though I secretly stay up for hours after Dylan goes to sleep and write down every new idea and project I’m ready to start when I get back to the city).

Onto a little post about aloe vera benefits and uses at home! Not only does aloe vera have many healing properties, it adds a lot of character “looks-wise” to any space. If you’re here reading this, then, like me, you care about your environment and how it affects you, your health, and everyone living there. Keeping home environments healthy, inspiring, and peaceful are some of the many reasons I love doing interiors. 

There are ways to bring nature indoors that can add to the aesthetic of your home AND benefit you health wise. I do this by buying plants that are known to help purify the air, plants that I can use, and I use essential oils in a diffuser to naturally scent our place which helps build healthy immune systems, along with other health benefits.

When I’m not buying and making things for the shop or working on interior projects, I love researching raw foods, plants, their benefits, and ways to live more healthy. I believe when we’re taking care of ourselves and using the resources given to us through the earth, we are living at our fullest, healthiest potential, which will benefit us as we get older. Egyptians referred to the aloe vera plant as the “plant of immortality” due to its variety of healing properties. Below are just a few of the many uses for aloe vera plants at home.

1. Boil leaves in a pan of water and breathe in the vapor to alleviate asthma

2. Put in drinks to lower blood sugar levels—especially for diabetics

3. Put on skin for relief from sunburn, burns, bug bites, poison ivy

4. Use as lotion on skin and face to reverse signs of aging and wrinkles

5. Help eliminate eczema

6. Use an eye makeup remover

7. Replace conditioner with aloe for silkier, smoother hair

8. Aloe vera hydrates and soothes the skin, nourishes it and accelerates the regeneration of new skin tissue. By applying fresh aloe vera gel on your face, you can enjoy well moisturized, bright, glowing and flawless skin

9. Aloe vera stops blood cells from clumping together, which is one of the main causes of strokes

10. The anti-inflammatory properties present in aloe vera help get rid of acne and pimples when the gel is applied on the affected skin twice daily

11. Use as shaving cream. It’s antibacterial which helps heal nicks, and moisturizes skin.

12. Drink Aloe juice to relieve indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, bloating, flatulence, peptic ulcers and constipation

13. Drinking aloe vera juice regularly gives the body a regular supply of antioxidants, which can boost and enhance the immune system

14. Aloe is an immune stimulant that helps kill tumors and invading organisms

15. Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment. Aloe vera alkalizes the body, helping balance overly acidic diets (when internally you’re body is overly acidic, cancer and disease thrive there).

Aloe Vera Berry Smoothie Recipe

This is a smoothie recipe I use to put aloe vera in. You can’t taste the aloe and there are tons of health benefits!

- 1.5 cups frozen berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries)

- 2 bananas fully ripe (lots of brown spots) (the more bananas, the more filling the smoothie is)

- 1 tbsp chia seeds

- as much water (or fresh coconut water) needed to reach the top of the fruit in your blender

- 1 cup aloe vera gel (fresh cut from the plant, not the kind sold for your skin)

- 1/2 cup ice

- one spoonful of organic peanut butter

Directions: Blend + drink!

I hope you’ve all had a great, healthy start the new year! I love reading your comments on instagram and my blog. Let me know if you use aloe for any of the above at home, or other interesting uses for it that you’ve found! xoxo

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Christmas Tablescape Inspo

Christmas = 11 days. HOW.DID.THIS.HAPPEN?! We’ll be in summery Sydney this year with Dylan’s family for Christmas and I’m not gonna lie, I’m real excited to lay on the beach and do absolutely n o t h i n g besides work on my tan, eat burrito bowls, and go for sunset swims (… and maybe be a *tad* homesick for the white Christmases I’m used to). For those of you who might be hosting a holiday dinner or party, here’s a little rustic Christmas tablescape inspiration for decorating. Happiest Holidays! I’m off to start packing my cut-offs and swim suits. So. Strange. xo

 

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Get the Look : Beachy Boho Home Office

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Dylan and I just moved to a new apartment, so we’ve been unpacking and settling in, but I’m dyyyyying to finish our office! Looking at blank, bare walls does not spark any kind of creativity or inspiration for me. I’m 1000% not part of the minimalist movement. I need colors, patterns, textures, shapes. A beachy boho office. Thaaat’s what gets my mind working. Since I tend to visualize everything in my head then try to explain it to my husband and he has no idea what I’m talking about, I’ve been coming up with a few mood boards for the office so he can see. If you’ve seen my shop then you know I’ve been l o v i n g all things bohemian and beachy. SO, here’s a little inspiration for a beachy boho office if you’re renovating, making over, or just need to spruce up your work space! Happy shopping xo

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Best Holiday Candles & Incense

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Majority of you don’t know me personally, so here’s something upfront: I am THE world’s biggest “holiday” (specifically Christmas) fan. I’m like a 5 year old child this time of year. The holiday music and candle scents, fairy lights everywhere, snow fall, sitting by the fire (that I don’t have. one day..) giving presents (and getting. I’m only human) and having massive family and friend get togethers. If you happened to read my “about” page, then you know I grew up in, to me, a fairy tale house. Not referring to my actual family being perfect (I’m sure they beg to differ. Also, why am I using so many parenthesis in this post? Starting to annoy myself) what I mean was our HOME was amazing, along with the people in it. My parents designed and built our log cabin home, and every season, especially fall and winter, were the most magical times as a little girl. We would build igloos, sled down our huge hill, go for hikes in the woods, and ice skate on the creek down the street. I have only the best memories, and that’s where my love for this time of year comes from.

I have to have at least one candle on that makes our place smell welcoming and “homey” during the holidays. This year I chose the wood wick frasier fir candle mainly because I’m obsessed that it CRACKLES. Like a F I R E P L A C E. Bloody genius, these woodwick candle elves (Pretty sure they wouldn’t appreciate being called that but what the hell. It’s the holidays. Everyone’s an elf. And here I go again with the parenthesis). Below are my favorite candle scents (and incense if you’re into it) for the holidays. Let me know which ones are your favorite! I’m going for the incense right after this woodwick burns. Happy Holidays! xo

 

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Balsam Fir Incense

Balsam Fir Incense II

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Byredo Candle Fragrances

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Neom Organics Christmas Wish

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Thyme Frasier Fir Wood Wick Candle

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Voluspa Branche Vermeil

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Square Trade Goods Co. Balsam Fir

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DIY Wood Coffee Table Top

DIY wood coffee table top

So, I tend have this problem where I make furniture up in my head and actually think it exists. After daysss of research, I realize it 100% does not, which leaves me with custom making a lot of furniture. And by “me” I mean other people after I design what I want it to look like.

As for this DIY wood coffee table top, I was going for a minimal, earthy, black and white interior while designing this room (view full apartment tour here). Scandinavian feeling. I found this coffee table base at CB2 here. The black sofa was low, which meant the coffee table needed to be even lower. *TIP: buy a coffee table that is lower than the sofa seat, or at least the same height. If it’s too high it will cut off the view, feel disproportionate, and drown out the other furniture.* I also wanted to accentuate the height of the ceiling by getting a low coffee table.

The coffee table base came with a glass top. And I hated it. I LOATHEDDD it. It made the entire space feel very “luxe” and ritzy. Not my vibe. The room needed earth elements, and so began the DIY custom wood coffee table top. Materials listed below are to coordinate specifically with this coffee table base from CB2. If you have your own base or legs, you can still use these dimensions or your own.

MATERIALS (found at any hardware/lumber store)

1 1/2” wood screws (12)

2 pieces of 2×8 pine at 48”L sanded

1 piece of 2×6 pine at 48”L sanded

2 pieces of 3/4” plywood at 20”L x 4”W (or any timber as long as it is 3/4″ thick)

plastic drop cloth for floor or outdoor area

plastic gloves

old rag & paint brush

Minwax Wood Finish Stain in “Special Walnut #224”

DIY wood coffee table top

DIY wood coffee table top

Step 1

*Ideally this should be done outside because of fumes*

Apply one coat of stain to already sanded wood using paint brush . After one application of stain to the piece of wood, rub stain in with old rag to remove brush strokes or drips. For this coffee table, only one coat of stain was used.

Step 2

Let the stain on wood dry outside / in well ventilated area over night or for a few hours. No finish was used on this wood. If you want to finish/seal the wood, now is the time.

Step 3

When dry, lay the two 2×8’s down with the 2×6 in the middle (refer to diagram above). This is going to be the bottom of your coffee table, so choose the wood that you want to be the TOP of your coffee table to display. Lay those face down.

Step 4

As shown in the example above, place the two pieces of 4×20 ply on either end. Drill two wood screws through the ply into the pine wood. Two screws for each piece of pine, as shown above. You’re done! Flip wood over and place on top of coffee table base.

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Eucalyptus Benefits + Uses in the Home

Eucalyptus benefits + uses in the home

Let me start off by saying that I, by no means (thank God for humanities sake), am a doctor. However, I grew up in a home where health was important. My parents tried to make sure we ate real food, from the earth, and any medicine used was all natural. Again, not a doctor, but I believe many human ailments, sicknesses, etc. have a lot to do with what we eat, breathe and put on our skin. I also believe plants and foods found in the earth/growing on trees were meant to help and heal us. I sound like a massive hippie granola. You’ll thank me later.

I bought some Eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s (a few people on my @lindsaymarcella instagram were wondering where to find some) and, as I do, started researching Eucalyptus benefits and uses. Eucalyptus is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and is typically used in cough drops or inhalants to treat everything on the list below (and more).  Winter’s on it’s way in New York City and Eucalyptus is amazing to have around home these next few wintery months. Here are a few recipes and uses for any Eucalyptus you’ve bought for your home! xo

Winter Eucalyptus Medicinal Uses:

- Bronchitis

- Colds/Coughs

- Congestion

- Flu

- Fevers

- Sore throats

How to Use:

General Eucalyptus Tea:

Pour 1 cup of boiled water over 1/2 tsp of dried eucalyptus leaves (found at most health-food stores). Cover + steep for 10 min; strain. Sweeten with honey. You can drink up to 2 – 3 cups a day. Caution: Don’t use more than 1/2 teaspoon per cup of water.

Eucalyptus Tea for Asthma & Bronchitis:

- 1.5 ounce dried eucalyptus leaves

- 1 ounce dried coltsfoot leaves

- 1 ounce dried thyme leaves

Use one teaspoon of this mixture per cup of boiling water. Tea mixture helps open a tight respiratory tract + congested lungs.

Eucalyptus Tea for Colds:

- 1 ounce dried peppermint leaves

- 1/2 ounce dried eucalyptus leaves

- 1/2 ounce dried chamomile flowers

Use 1 tsp of this mixture per cup of boiling water. Sweeten with honey. These herbs are known for their decongestant + expectorant effects.

Steam Inhalation:

Fill kettle with water + place on high heat until boiling. In the meantime, fill a bowl with 2-3 fresh or dried eucalyptus leaves. Pour boiling water in bowl. Place head over bowl, and towel over your head (creates a tent), and inhale the steam slowly. Helps with congestion + bronchitis

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