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How to Recycle Crayons

If you have kids (or nieces and nephews) chances are you have an old box or two of crayons stashed somewhere in your home. Even if they are too worn down and broken to donate to a day care center or women’s shelter, you can still recycle them.


Keep reading to find out how to recycle your crayons.

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Easy to Recycle: Preserve Toothbrushes

You may or may not be familiar with the company Preserve, which makes everything  from toothbrushes and razors to picnic plates and food storage containers from recycled yogurt cups. In addition to making all of their products from recycled materials, you can also return their toothbrushes, razors, plates, and etc. to the company to be recycled.

And the process for the toothbrushes has just gotten even easier. Take a look at their packaging:


Keep reading to see the back, and what makes it so easy to recycle.

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Is That “Wild” Salmon Really Wild?

Last week I made the Real Simple Roasted Salmon and Potatoes With Dill for dinner. When I’m cooking salmon at home, I always buy wild salmon—I’m worried about the mercury, PCBs, and other toxins that are found in higher levels in farmed salmon. I took home my salmon, cooked it up, and ate it. It was delicious. Juicy, fatty, and full-bodied, with a lovely pink color. It was, I realized later, almost certainly not “wild” salmon.


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Kick-Start Your New Year: Ditch Your Junk Mail

One easy way to be more organized is to bring less clutter into your home. Take the first step today by getting off all those pesky junk mail lists.


Click through to find out how to do it.

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Is It Rude to Wear Fur?

My mother had a full-length mink with a big sable collar, which made her look like Anna Karenina, and it was her favorite coat.

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Candles That Crackle By DayNa Decker

If you are still looking for fab gift ideas, and you need something special for a friend who seems to have everything, I’m willing to bet that a DayNa Decker luxury candle will do the trick! I was gifted by one from my friend and “Travel Stylist” blog author Natalie who lives in NYC, she brought one with her to Marrakesh when I taught there…

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Amy Butler Shower Curtains

When it comes to shower curtains, I often have a hard time finding exactly what I like. As a result, I am forced to get creative and whip up one using bed linens and a plastic liner — something I learned from my mother since she always made them for our home. Thankfully though, over the years som great shower curtains have emerged and can be found at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond and Target but still… I think that there is still a gap when it comes to finding ones that feel feminine yet modern without either being contemporary or Shabby Chic. Perhaps Amy Butlers’ new line can fill the niche? Her new shower curtains are in her “midwest modern” style which is feminine, colorful, modern and even a bit country rolled into one.

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Daisy Janie Organic Fabrics

Eco fabrics keep getting better and better! Jan DiCintio, founder of Daisy Janie, is a surface and textiles designer who just launched an organic modern fabric collection called Geo Grand. Geo Grand is bright and bold in 6 fresh patterns and colorways like aqua, sky, espresso, chartreuse and white. Jan’s self-produced fabrics are 100% GOTS*certified organic cotton and are similar in feel/weight to quilters’ cottons so you can use them for home decorating and crafts in addition to creating your next quilt or throw pillow! My favorite of the bunch is ogee, shown directly below. It’s lovely and I can imagine it as throw pillows on a white sofa like mine!

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The Tinted Mint

The Tinted Mint was founded in 2009 and specializes in eco-friendly products and accessories for crafts, DIY and gift packaging. You can find handmade paper by fair trade paper artisans in India, 100% recycled tissue paper, Japanese rice paper washi tape, wood labels and more — like useful DIY projects that show you how to use some of the products sold in The Tinted Mint.

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The Search for the Perfect Ceiling Fans

It seems like the most consistent advice I’ve gotten when trying to figure out how to make my window air conditioners more effective is to invest in ceiling fans. It makes sense: they help cool in the summer, warm in the winter (with just a flip of a switch). And they help prevent stale air (one of my biggest pet peeves about not having a central heating/cooling system).

So, now the problem is finding the right fans for my apartment—and finding someone to install them. (I’m now accepting applications.)

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