5 Cheap And Easy Backyard Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

Can’t afford that dream deck or in-ground pool you’re dying for? There are still ways to get a beautiful backyard that’s perfect for entertaining.

1. The sedum sarmentosum plant makes a fast-growing ground cover.

In June, it grows tiny yellow flowers!

2. Having a party? Tie vases to the fence and fill with plants or flowers.
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3. Rinse your dirty feet off in a waterproof frame filled with flat stones.
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4. Grow a sunflower house for the kids to play in.
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5. Use rope lighting to line your garden.
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It’s waterproof, and you can put it on a timer.

5 Weird And Wonderful Houseplants You Never Knew Existed

1. Crassula Umbella
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The nickname for this unique plant is Wine Cup — for obvious reasons. It grows to be up to six inches tall when the flower is in bloom, which features yellowish green buds.

2. Haworthia Cooperi

Even though it might look like a bunch of bubbles settled on it, it's actually those clumps of small rosettes made out of fleshy green leaves that make it so unique.
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3. Euphorbia Tirucalli
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It'll come as no surprise that this plant is often referred to as Firesticks, thanks to the red colour on the ends of the branches. They can grow to be up to 25 feet tall.
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4.  Corkscrew Grass

Even though this grass looks like someone took scissors to it to give it that spiral shape, it grows that way naturally. Since it tends to spread easily when planted in the ground, a pot is the way to go with this stuff.
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5. Platycerium

If you want to grow greenery on the side of your wall, this is the way to do it. Known as a Staghorn Fern, this variety gets its name for its uniquely-shaped leaves that look like, well, animal horns.
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5 household items that make perfect seedling starters

Luckily, you likely already have the makings of a seedling starter at home. Plant your seeds in one of these easy DIY planters now, and then transport the resulting buds to your garden when the sun is out and shining.

1. Toilet paper rolls

Seedling starters can also prevent your garden from being overpopulated after planting too many viable seeds. These emptied toilet paper tubes with brown packing paper wrapped around them are sweet enough to gift to friends if too many sprouts start popping up.

Get the tutorial at Carolyn's Homework.

2. Ice cream cones

These biodegradable pots combine two of our favourite summer activities — eating ice cream and spending time in our gardens. Don't want to let good ice cream cones go to waste? Only use ones that have gone stale already.

Get the tutorial at Design Mom.

3. Ice cube trays

While you can't place this option right into your garden, it's a much cheaper solution to shop-bought seedling starters, plus you can reuse them year after year.

Get the tutorial at Mr Brown Thumb.

4. Newspaper

If you often let old newspapers gather dust in your foyer, this one's for you! Wrap your newspaper around a soup container to get the right shape, forming cups to hold seedlings.

Get the tutorial at Cottage Hill.

5. Herb pots

Before you turn any small, disposable pots into seedling starters, make sure they are clear of any of their original ingredients.

6 Practical Tips For More Kissable Lips

From wonderful kisses to fabulous expressions, it’s no wonder you want your lips soft and sensuous. Here are some practical tips to achieve all your lips can be:

1. Line Your Lips:

You should always apply a lip liner for a more defined appearance. You can choose a liner that matches your lip color or a natural color.
When applying a liner, start with the “V-shape” on the top of your lip and with short feathery strokes, apply the liner from the top to the corner of your mouth. Start in one corner of your bottom lip and sweep across to the other side.

2. Exfoliate:

For soft, kissable lips, you must remove old, dead skin cells that make your lips feel rough and dry.
Having said that, you should never use a body exfoliator on your lips! Purchase a lip scrub, specifically designed for your lips and use it a few times each week.
For a lower maintenance exfoliation tool, try brushing your lips lightly with a toothbrush before heading to bed.

3. Protect Your Lips From Damage:

Always keep a lip balm with SPF protection with you at all times.
Do not forget to always balm to your lips before heading outdoors, as the skin on your lips is very sensitive. Without proper protection from the sun, you could end up with burned, cracked and discolored lips.

4. Lip Primer:

You should always apply a lip primer before applying color to your lips. While this may seem unnecessary, but if you want your lip color to glide on perfectly and stay in place, then a lip primer is an absolute must.
Lip primers can help make your lips smooth, allowing an even color application and extend the life of your color.

5. Use Light-Colored Lipsticks:

Using light-colored lipsticks will maximize the size of your mouth. Stay away from darker colors as they tend to make your lips look smaller.
If you want your lips to look fuller, apply a lip gloss over your lipstick. Also, apply a small amount of highlighting power in the grove between your nose and your top lip, sometimes called “angel kiss”.

6. Daily Hydration:

Maintaining moisture is critical for smooth, soft lips. Just moisturizing the outside of your lips is not enough. You must drink plenty of water to hydrate your lips from the inside.
If you are dehydrated, your lips will appear deflated and wrinkled as well as a cracking/dry appearance. If you have age lines showing around your mouth, they will appear quite prominent.

5 Beauty Products You Should Try In 2017

1. Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme, a matte lip cream that will outlast anything.

“The lip creme will stay on even when the apocalypse comes and even then my lips won’t feel dry and cakey.” —Claire Delahorne, Facebook
Get it from Amazon for $7.99. Available in 10 colors.

2. Physician’s Formula 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner, a Kat Von D dupe that’s also good for your lashes.

“The brush tip is a dupe for the Kat Von D Liquid Tattoo Liner. It makes doing a wing SOOO much easier, and saves me $10. Plus, the lash-boosting part of the eyeliner is actually no joke. I’ve been asked if I am wearing falsies when I am not.” —Rachel Broghammer, Facebook
“HOLY GRAIL! My friends are so skeptical when I tell them it’s better than the KVD and Stila but are so amazed when they finally cave and try it.” —Kristina Carle, Facebook
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3. Glossier Generation G Lip Stain, which gives the color payoff of a stain with the hydration and comfort of a lip balm.

“I had been looking for years for a nice natural-ish red lipstick/lip product that was comfortable to wear and easy to apply for work. I found my answer in Glossier’s Generation G sheer matte lipstick. Some days I want to rock a super-bold lip in the office, but most days I don’t. I think I might buy all the other colors.” —Brittany Morgan, Facebook
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4. Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, a super-matte liquid lipstick that won’t dry out your pout.

“They stay on all day and are not drying like other liquid lipstick. And only $6 each!”
Get them from Colourpop for $6 each. Available in 56 colors.

5. Glam Glow Mud Mask, a clearing treatment that’ll zap all the gunk out of your pores.

“It’s not cheap, but the minute you see all those blackheads being sucked out of your nose, you realize it’s worth the price!”
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5 Clever Tips For Creating A Vegetable Garden That Will Last

1. Soak your seeds in warm water overnight before sowing them.

This will give your seeds an added boost so that they have a better chance of sprouting.

2. And add eggshells!

Eggshells will add minerals (especially calcium) to the soil for a stronger, healthier plant.

3. Plant herbs using leftover trimmings.

Here is a great tutorial to help ya.

4. Set up a drip irrigation if you don’t have time to water for a weekend.

Click here for an easy and inexpensive drip irrigation method.

5. And test old seeds before planting them.

You should test older seeds before you plant them so you don’t lose precious warm weather waiting on vegetation that isn’t going to sprout.


10 Hacks To Really Up Your Gardening Game This Spring

1. Germinate seedlings indoors in a citrus rind.

Functional and adorable!

2. Make a portable, upcycled watering can.

Create multiple lids for finer or heavier sprays and swap at will.

3. DIY a hanging garden with a bath caddy and some felt.

It’s beautiful and space effective.

4. Use wine corks on bamboo skewers to label your beautiful plants.

Easy, beautiful, and biodegradable.

5. Use an upside-down bottle to water plants when you’re absent.

Just make sure that the water isn’t leaking out too quickly. If it is, just refill and try again.

6. Poke holes in a plastic bottle and plant it mostly underground to create an in-soil drip waterer.

This helps get water to the deepest roots without leaching nutrients from the soil.

7. Soak a sponge in sugar water for a DIY butterfly feeder.

Hang it outside your kitchen window for a beautiful view.

8. Use muffin tins and newspaper to make seed bombs.

Perfect for your garden or for giving the gift of garden to a friend.

9. Or use a cardboard egg carton for multiple seedlings.

You can plant it in the ground as is when they’re ready for the outside.

10. Repurpose rotisserie chicken containers into mini greenhouses.

Anything for the love of the garden.

10 Ways To Build A Miniature Garden With Items Found In Your House

1. Make a herb garden with jars.

Learn how to make the jars’ drainage system here.

2. Build mirrored planters.

Learn how to make these beauties here.

3. Turn old cans into planters.

Use either old coffee cans or paint cans. Poke holes in the bottom for drainage and then paint the cans. For more details go here.

4. Construct hanging terrariums out of bait bags.

Get the full instructions for these beautiful hanging pots here.

5. Put together a crate garden.

This idea is great for people who don’t have a lot of outdoor space to start a garden. Get the details on how to make a wine box garden here or a crate garden here.

6. Fashion a hanging garden.

All you need is three baskets, rope, soil, seeds, and two screws. Directions here.

7. Make a vertical garden out of a shoe caddy.

Learn how here.

8. Create a string garden.

The “Kokedama” is a Japanese form of gardening that is basically a bonsai grown in ball form, covered in moss and living outside of a pot. This is perfect for people who have too many mosquitos. Directions here.

9. Create magnetic wall terrariums.

With magnetic backs, these terrariums can be placed on any metal surface. Directions here.

10. Start seedlings in an egg carton.

Pretty much the same as the citrus peels. If you don’t want to clean out the eggs, seeds can be placed directly in the egg carton.