Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Household products you should avoid… And how to replace them naturally {Part I}


Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week!  
People ask me all the time if the traditional cleaning and household products are really dangerous. The answer is definitely: Yes!  There are some items we use at home and don't realized how bad they are for our health. So here we go with the first one:

Air Refreshener

Let me start with a story, this is what happened to me… Many years ago I went to my friend's house and her home smelled really nice so I asked her what she used. She showed me a plug-in air refresher, so I got one immediately. BIG mistake! After a couple of weeks I couldn't understand why my daughter was just fine outside, at school, at the park, even in allergy season. But as soon as we got home she would start sneezing and got congested. I was like "this is so weird". Then it clicked me that this symptoms started just when I got the plug-in refresher so I checked what was inside this product and got rid of it as soon as I could.

According the EPA (Evironmental Protection Agency) the main ingredients in air refreshers are: formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, p-dicholrobenzene and aerosol propellants.

Formaldehyde:  exposure to this chemical may cause respiratory symptoms and eye, nose and throat irritation. 

Petroleum distillates: The exposure to this chemical may also cause eye, nose, throat irritation and also dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, dry skin, 

p-Dicholrobenzene: Exposure to this chemical may cause irritation to the eyes, skin and throat. Chronic exposure may be more harmful as it may result in effects in the liver.

Aerosol propellants: This is a type of dispensing system. Basically the liquid is under pressure allowing to get out only in small amount or mist. If it's near fire or high temperature it could exploit.

Now the good news… You can replace it with an all natural air refresher using only TWO ingredients: Water and essential oil.

You will need:
Distill water
Essential oil
A spray bottle



1. Mix distill water with 15 to 20 drop of your favorite essential oil
2. Shake


3. You already have your Natural Air Refresher


Yes, it is that easy :)


Do you have an idea to make your own air refresher?  Please share it with us, we all would love to learn from you!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela



Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkins…

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week so far!


I can't believe the holidays are just around the corner! And even though I do not like the cold weather (I'm a summer kind of girl :)  I do love the holiday round during this time of the year. Starting with Halloween! It is my daughter's favorite and she starts planning on her custom the same day, Oct 31st… for the following year!!
She and I did a little project with pumpkins this week and we both love how it turned out!

First we washed them (I read on the internet it preserves the pumpkin life)

And a quick trip to Michaels to get some paint and decoration. Although, trips to Michaels are never 'quick' with her, ha!

We painted one of each color and decorated them with the studs making different patterns…




It was a very simple project and we had so much fun doing it together! I especially love the white and light gray… Which one is your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10 Plants that clean air…

Hello everyone!  Hope you all are having a great week!


Did you know that indoor air pollution might be three to five time higher than outdoor air?  Shocking, right?  The good news is that there are very simple ways to fix that.  According to NASA researche, plants can help purify indoor air.  It turns out, not only they add beauty to our homes but they also clean the air?!! I absolutely love that!

Below are 10 plants that will help purify the air you breath at home.
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Snake plant:  Removes benzene, found in glues, adhesives and also formaldehyde found in furniture

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Golden Pothos: Removes formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide which can be found in combustion fumes produced by cars. Ideal for entry ways and mudrooms.


White Ceramic Pot Complements Peace Lily
Peace lily: Reduces volatile organic compounds (VOC) found in paint and furniture wax

The 6 Best Plants for a Healthy Office: English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English Ivy:  Absorbs formaldehyde, VOCs and pollutants emitted by computers and office machines which causes headaches and nausea

7 Unique Non-Toxic Houseplants
Boston fern: Helps remove formaldehyde

Lady palm:  Targets ammonia found on cleaners, textiles and dyes

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Spider plant:  Removes formaldehyde and benzene (found in plastics, resins, synthetic fibers)


Dracaena
Red-edged Dracaena:  Removes formaldehyde, xylene (found in cleaners and paint thinner)

Chinese Evergreen:  Removes formaldehyde 

Aloe: Reduces formaldehyde

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What do you think?  Is there a plant that you like and helps you clean the air at your home?  I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How I organize my necklaces…

I have a confession to make… I LOVE necklaces. And a second confession: I have way too many, really. After looking many ways how to organize them, almost by accident I found something that works perfectly.  My daughter's old coat rack!
She got something like this a few years ago and she grew too big for it so when I had no idea what to do with it… a-ha moment!!

So I went from something like this…
Personalized Kids' Standing Coat Rack - White  (Picture 1/2)

To something like this






I love big necklaces and I think they look so pretty when you display them. A simple tray or even and empty flower vase are great alternatives, don't you agree?




I also have a few that are more delicate and for those I found this beautiful frame-organizer at Homegoods


How about you, do you love necklaces?  How do you organize them? I would love to hear your ideas!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Nate…

Hello everyone! Hope you all having a great week so far!  

This past weekend I went to my local Target store and I found a GREAT selection of Nate Berkus items.  He is just sooo good (in every way :)  His designs are so perfect and never disappoints. I really wanted to see in person this faux fur stool but they didn't have it.  Everything else I saw I wanted to take home. I had to make a huge effort to control myself and not make my bank account explode.  I ended up being reasonable and come home, see what I really need and make a final decision of my purchase.  To be honest with you I don't exactly need anything, but wanting is enough reason, wouldn't you agree? Below are some of my favorite items…

Nate Berkus™ Black and Gold Accent Table Nate Berkus™ Laurel Leaf Bowl Nate Berkus™ Painted Stripe Vase 12"
 Nate Berkus™ Gold Facet Vase 7.8" Nate Berkus™ Faux Fur Stool Nate Berkus™ Ivory Velvet Applique Pillow

Nate Berkus™ Black and Gold Facet Lamp Base - Includes CFL Bulb Nate Berkus™ Printed Woven Storage Bin Nate Berkus™ Studded Wall Mirror
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Having a hard decision here… Which one is your favorite?  

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

PS: This is NOT a paid post. I just love Target and love even more Nate Berkus :)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kitchen Open Shelves

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week!

I've seen a lot of kitchen open shelves lately. Around the web, at clients homes, magazines, etc.  Although it requires some work to maintain like dusting very often otherwise it gets sticky and also keep it simple and clutter free otherwise it a total mess! I have to say I'm loving the trend.  It looks really pretty and gives sophistication to a kitchen.  I will definitely consider this option when I have my own house (sigh!). Below are a few favorites that I found on where else, Pinterest!
Kitchen open shelving // smitten studio
Kitchen open shelves
Kitchen open shelving

Kitchen open shelves at Young House Love
Kitchen open shelves + gray bottom cabinets
{all images via pinterest}


Which one is your favorite?


Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela