The holiday season is here in full force.  Each year I like to add something new to my decorations.  For the sake of time and money I needed quick but merry DIY Christmas Decor.  So I made fast Christmas trees from old pieces of wood and recycled fall decorations in the process.  I ended up spending about $1 each - so in the season of spending, this was welcome project.  I made four different styles of trees, but you can customize these depending on your preference and color scheme.  These make super easy and inexpensive gifts or are a beautiful addition to your Christmas decor.     Materials: For this project you'll need 4 pieces of wood (or more depending on how many trees you'd like), paint, and sparkle.  I also made a tree and the wood was so gorgeous I didn't even paint it.  I forgot to do a…

The holiday season is in full swing.  I usually scratch my head thinking of gifts for everyone on my list.  I like to give unique gifts instead of the usual holiday fare.  When prAna reached out to me, boy was I relieved!  prAna is a company that creates what I call clothing with a conscience.  They're a sustainable apparel company that uses organic cottons, recycled polyesters and wools, hemp,  and sustainable business practices to make their products.  They are fair trade minded and focus on recycling and repurposing as a business model.  I LOVE that.  The clothing is hip and comfortable and most of all durable - for all those active minded men and women out there.  And.........they're offering a holiday gift code TMHF16TEG for all Effortless Girl readers - 15% off your entire order!  So get a jump on your shopping for everyone on your list! prAna actually has only one core…

The Christmas season smells yummy.  There is a comfort and coziness in the cinnamon and spice of the holiday season.  Everywhere from the local coffee shop to the corner store smells really good.  It is simple to make your home smell like Christmas with very little effort and without harmful chemical fragrances.  Let's get started.   Spices! The internet needs "smell-i-vision" - I know you can't smell this from the photo but it's amazing.  You'll need Cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and an orange.  The lime is optional.   Ingredients To an empty pot add two or three cinnamon sticks, a small handful of whole cloves, and the peel of an orange and lime.  You may also used dried orange peel - use whatever is available to you.  Use a pot that you don't use often.  This pot can stay on the stove for the entire month.   Add ingredients to pot…

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