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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Autumn centrepieces decor ideas

September 28, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


A week ago, I posted some ideas for ways to bring autumn (fall) into your home. I love the colours of autumn and the idea of bringing them indoors through seasonal decor. Today I prepared a few simple ideas; I want to give you a little inspiration by sharing some beautiful autumn centrepieces. Each one is easy to recreate and will bring cosy autumn vibes to your dining table, coffee table or sideboard.


autumn decor


Leaves

A centrepiece that showcases autumn leaves is a perfect way to bring the season's colours indoors. Cut some leaf-filled branches to create a simple and stunning autumn centrepiece. 


autumn centrepiece


autumn leaves vase

Sunflowers

Sunflowers usually bloom in the summer but are often used in autumn arrangements because of their rich golden colour.


autumn sunflowers


Chrysanthemums (Mums)

In some European countries, including Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Malta and Spain, mums symbolise death and grief. Mums are only given in time of mourning. But, on the other hand, in the UK and US chrysanthemums symbolise cheerfulness, joy, optimism, and longevity


If you live in a country that does not associate this beautiful autumn flower with death, you should use it in your centrepiece. Mixing chrysanthemums with herbs and twigs will give the arrangement a more rustic charm.


chrysanthemums


Pumpkin vase

Use a real or fake pumpkin to create a pumpkin vase centrepiece. Add the flowers and leaves of your choice. 


pumpkin vase


Dried foliage

If you're looking for a clean and trendy autumn-inspired arrangement, you will love dried leaves, flowers and wheat arrangements.


dried flowers in vase


autumn wheat arrangements

autumn wheat arrangements

autumn wheat arrangements


Amber vases

Amber glass is the perfect finish to use in fall centrepieces. Try arranging several amber glass vases together, then add fall foliage to each one. You could also bring out the rich orangey gold glow of the glass by adding fairy lights.


amber glass vase with flowers

amber glass vase

Seasonal fruits and nuts

If you don't want to use flowers or foliage, you could assemble a centrepiece of seasonal fruits and nuts. 


pumpkin autumn decor

pumpkin autumn decor


Nut-filled glass vases 

Glass vases filled with nuts such as acorns, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc. You could add a candle in the middle to make a low-maintenance, long-lasting centrepiece.


walnut filled glass vase with candle


I tried to include a few different centrepieces that though being autumn-inspired, do not necessarily look like Halloween or Thanksgiving decor. I believe these decorations would look good in any home, even in countries that do not celebrate Thanksgiving! 



If you enjoy this type of content, let me know in the comments section below. 


Talk to you soon!




Monday, September 26, 2022

DIY: Head lice prevention

September 26, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!


It's back to school time again! Back to school can be an exciting time for both children and parents. Starting a new school year requires plenty of preparations, such as shopping for stationery, a new bag, shoes and clothes/uniform. One thing most parents do not prepare for when sending their little ones back to school is head lice.


As any reader of this blog will know, I believe in the power of natural ingredients, particularly essential oils. When you do a simple Google search, you quickly find out what essential oils are good at repelling lice, but the question is, what to do with that information? How can you use essential oils to repel head lice?


The following essential oils have been shown to effectively repel lice:

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Clove oil
  • Rosemary oil
  • Geranium oil
  • Lemongrass oil


These are other essential oils that can repel head lice but are not recommended for children under six (6) years:

  • Peppermint oil  
  • Anise seed oil
  • Eucalyptus oil 


You can use these essential oils to make a DIY lice prevention spray or shampoo. Just follow the recipe below!


For the spray, you will need:


mother taking care of child with head lices
Image by Freepik

For children under 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of lemongrass oil


For anyone over 6 years of age-

  • 1/2 cup of distilled water
  • 2 tsp of fractionated coconut oil
  • 10 drops of tea tree oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 5 drops of geranium oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil
  • 10 drops of lemongrass oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil


How to use:

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a glass spray bottle.
  2. Shake well before use. 
  3. Generously spray on scalp and hair. 
  4. Brush through and style as usual.


For the shampoo -


Add the essential oils directly to a shampoo bottle and shake well. This way, you will have a DIY lice prevention shampoo! You do not need to add the coconut oil and the distilled water. 


A few head lice prevention tips:

  1. Keep long hair tied up.
  2. Remind children not to share brushes, hats, scarves, etc.
  3. Use the prevention spray on brushes, combs and even backpacks!


I wish you and your kids a happy, productive and lice-free school year! 


Talk to you soon!


Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Ways to bring autumn (fall) into your home 🍂

September 21, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!


Today Malta celebrates 58 years of Independence from the United Kingdom. For many, this day marks the end of summer and the beginning of autumn (fall). This year, autumn officially begins at 3:03 on Friday, September 23rd, in Malta (autumn equinox). The following Monday, many Maltese pupils will return to school for another academic year.


Here, September and October are great months weather-wise, as warm days start to give way to cooler nights. After months of blasting the AC, the beginning of autumn often brings cooler breezes that allow us to finally keep the windows open; unless it's raining, that is!


Autumn is a beautiful time of year. Sure, some find it sad that summer is over, especially the youngsters. But that doesn't mean that autumn isn't deserving of our love. If you are a fan of Halloween and the holidays, you probably love this season as much as I do. 


A while back, I wrote a post titled Ways to bring spring into your home; similarly, today, I will share some tips to make your home feel cosier this autumn.


These are my tips:


Blankets and cushions

Adding a few cosy pieces like blankets and cushions in warmer neutral tones is the easiest way to instantly warm up a room. Soft furnishings can bring the element of warmth to any living space. 


autumn coloured throw blanket and cushion on sofa

Bedding

Make sure to change your bedding for fall. Add layers, change up the fabric, and adjust the colours. Add some cosy blankets and throw pillows too. Besides being warm and comfortable, you can use them as accent colours.


autumn coloured bedding


Carpets 

If you add an area rug, it will instantly give the space a relaxed and warm feeling. 


carpets and pillows


Doormat

Swap out your front door mat for an autumn-themed one.


Wreath

Hang a seasonal wreath on your front door.


autumn leaves wreath on  green front door

Decorations

Add autumn-coloured flowers and centrepieces. You can use pumpkins and acorns, fairy lights and lanterns.


autumn decor with pumpkins, walnuts, a candle and fairy lights

Candles

Candles are a natural way to add warmth to your home. Try some classic autumn scents like, pumpkin, apple, cinnamon and nutmeg.


Plants

Whatever the season, plants always add an element of cosiness to your home. Adding plants will make your home feel more lived-in.


There is no need to spend a fortune on redecorating for every season. If you make a few small, clever changes, it will still make a tremendous difference.


These are only a few ideas I came up with; if you have more, feel free to share them in the comments section below.



Happy Independence Day to all my compatriots!


Talk to you soon,







Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The many uses of hot water bottles

January 25, 2022 2 Comments

Hello everyone!


I'm a big fan of old-school hot water bottles. A hot water bottle can save you energy and money without sacrificing thermal comfort. That is only one of the reasons why I believe that a hot water bottle is a must-have in every household. These days hot water bottles come in all shapes and sizes. 

 

Hot water bottles can be great for keeping you warm, in addition, hot water bottles can be great for helping you relax, relieve stress, ease aches and pains, and get a good night’s sleep. All of these can be great for both your short and long term health.


Here is the list of the top things you can do with a hot water bottle:


red hot water bottle on pillow and red blanket

Keep warm

There are two main ways to keep warm with a hot water bottle. The first is by resting it on or close to your body, and the second is to use it to heat the inside of your bed or sleeping bag before entering.


Improve sleep 

For help getting to sleep, place a hot water bottle under your blanket at least 5 to 10 minutes before you intend to enter. Once you are ready to get in, it is advisable to remove the hot water bottle first.


Reduce stress

Hot water bottles are great at aiding relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety. That is because the heat stimulates blood flow and improves circulation around your body. Also, heat has the effect of making you more comfortable in your surroundings.


Ease aches and pains 

If you are suffering from aches and pains, use a hot water bottle to:

soft toys in bed with a hot water bottle

Cold therapy works better for inflammation and helps to reduce swelling, while heat therapy is ideal for reducing cramping and muscle spasms. Many hot water bottles can provide both forms of treatment. Instead of filling your bottle with hot water, fill it with cold water from the fridge, immediately turning it into a cold pack.


Make your four-legged friends more comfortable - 

Hot water bottles are safe for dogs and can provide warmth when a dog is resting at night. They are also great for healing purposes and can help with inflammation. You can also put a hot water bottle in a puppy’s bed. They will enjoy cuddling up against it. 


Safety first!

  1. When using a hot water bottle, make sure you follow the safety instructions.
  2. When preparing a hot water bottle for your dog, do not use boiling water.
  3. To avoid burns and similar injuries, always use a hot water bottle with a cover or wrap your bottle with a towel or blanket. 

Have a great day!