Archive for December, 2011

What a cute idea for your old Crocs!

Look at Garage Sales for old Crocs~!

Continue Reading December 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM Leave a comment

Lurie Garden Body Scrub

Lurie Garden Body Scrub
1 cup sweet almond, grapeseed, or sunflower oil
2 cups Epson, sea, or kosher salt or sugar for a gentler scrub
4-8 drops essenital oil
1. Place salt or sugar in a bowl.
2. Slowly add oil and mix with salt until desired consistency is reached.
3. Add 4-8 drops of essential oil to give scent to the scrub. Popular oils are
lemon, rosemary, and peppermint.
4. Gently rub scrub on skin once a week prior to bathing. Do not use on
sensitive areas like your face.
*The oil could make your bath or shower slippery- please use caution.
*You can use grated lemon rind or ginger root (processed until fine in a
food processor) to scent the scrub instead of using essential oils.
*You can adjust ratio of salt or sugar to oil to adjust the consistency of the
scrub to your personal preference.
*Sweet almond oil can be found at natural food stores such as Whole

December 29, 2011 at 10:05 AM Leave a comment

Sorry. Here is the recipe for the lip balm.

Lurie Garden Rooftop Honey Lip Balm
Every year, the plants of the Lurie Garden are visited by thousands of honeybees. They
come from the rooftop hives on several downtown buildings, including the Cultural
Center and City Hall. You can buy Chicago Honey Co-op’s Rooftop Honey at the
Downtown Farmstand – we use it to make this balm.
1 cup sweet almond oil
1/2 cup beeswax, grated or chopped
2 Tablespoons honey
Place almond oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1
minute or until mixture melts. (Alternatively you can heat the oil and beeswax in a
stainless steel pot on the stove set to low.) Whisk honey into beeswax mixture. Stir well
until completely mixed together. Carefully pour into small containers with lids. Set aside
to cool completely. Apply to lips as a moisturizer or on top of lipstick for extra shine.
Makes about 1-1/2 cups or 15 1-ounce tins..
*Sweet almond oil and beeswax can be found at natural food stores such as Whole Foods.
Local honey is preferred for this recipe. W

December 28, 2011 at 11:23 AM Leave a comment

Lurie Garden Honey Lip Balm

Place almond oil and beeswax in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1
minute or until mixture melts.

Continue Reading December 28, 2011 at 11:19 AM Leave a comment

What does a “vase shaped” tree really mean?

What’s the difference between a “vase shaped” tree and an “oval” shaped tree? These articles will explain basic tree shapes and give examples of each tree shape.

Continue Reading December 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM Leave a comment

Caring for your Amaryllis.

When amaryllis plants and bulbs start appearing on nursery and store shelves during the holiday season, they create a sense of wonder and wariness in shoppers: Wow, these are fantastic! What in the heck do I do with these giant flowers on a stem? Here are seven ways to get the most out of these tropical flowering bulbs.

Continue Reading December 26, 2011 at 10:09 AM Leave a comment

Merry Christmas Cactus to you!

Christmas cactus seem to thrive on neglect. They don’t even need you to manipulate their light exposure to set buds for Christmas blooms. They are especially long lived and propagate easily from cuttings.

Continue Reading December 25, 2011 at 10:06 AM Leave a comment

Think Spring! Best Crabapples for your yard.

Crabapple trees are famous for their colorful, fragrant springtime blooms. Use this guide to help you select one that’s right for your landscape.

Continue Reading December 23, 2011 at 10:12 AM Leave a comment

Don’t forget our feathered friends this winter!

Basic budget suet

Doesn’t get much cheaper than this. And the birds, who burn calories the way we wish we did, will gobble it pretty much the way we like to hit the holiday cookie tins.

Continue Reading December 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM Leave a comment

How To Make Your Own Christmas Tree or Floral Preservative

Keep your tree alive by adding a preservative to its water that you can make yourself using common household ingredients.

Continue Reading December 9, 2011 at 10:06 AM Leave a comment

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