3 Unusual But Useful Things Lurking At Home

If you’ve lived in a house for a substantial amount of time, the minimal and initially inconsequential junk that you started with is bound to pile up like a mini mountain as the years go by. If you don’t do something about that, the mess will start taking over your house. The clutter monster is real, and it must be stopped at all costs.

The good news is that household items you thought have been taking up space for long, with no particular purpose, can now be repurposed. There are a couple of things that you can start picking up and gain benefits from.

Here’s a list of everyday household stuff that you can breathe new life and meaning to.

Breathe Better with Charcoal

They’re not just for your neighborly weekend barbecue. Charcoals are natural air humidifiers that don’t cost as much.

When you have a transparent vase decorated with your favorite flowers, you can plop a chunk of charcoal in and let it sit at the bottom. It will keep the water clean for a few days.

Charcoal has an alkaline component that provides nourishment for plants and other living matter. If you have a garden, you can spread a few bite-size pieces across the garden bed to use them as mulch and retain soil moisture. Also, charcoals are common in orchid pots as they allow flowers to thrive in small containers.

Get Rid of Squeaky Hinges with Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise is not just for sumptuous dishes or dressings; it’s for creaky doors too. It has more nonedible properties than any other condiment out there. When you have hinges that keep creaking louder and louder, rub a bit of mayo on the squeaky metal.

Try opening and closing the same door a few times, and see if you still hear the creaky sound. It works wonders to any metal-based items in your house, including doorknobs and even tools such as lockpicks that can use a bit of lube to avoid rust.

If you happen to have indoor plants, you can rub in some mayo on the leaves to bring out that natural luster. Because of its oily qualities, mayonnaise can wipe off any residual stains on glassy surfaces and give it a shiny finish.

Other than plants, you can also use mayo on price tags. Using a washcloth, dab a bit of mayo on it and put some on the price tag. Let the paper absorb the mayo for a few minutes. After a while, rub the same spot with the same cloth to slide it off. You won’t have to peel off sticky tags with your fingernails anymore. 


Wine Not?

Who needs a vase when you have wine bottles? When the good times have rolled, the empty bottles are useful in so many ways.

Give your flower arrangements a bit of rustic feel to them by placing them in half-filled wine bottles. If you have loads of boots lying around the house or in your walk-in closet, insert a bottle in those boots to keep them on an upright position at all times. Also, because of their weight, you can even place one at the end of your books on the table or on the shelf to keep them from toppling.

Wine bottles are also gaining momentum as decorative elements. DIY practitioners love putting tea lights inside the bottles. The bottle gives that extra faded-glow effect that can turn any night into a romantic one.



Finding Love Online in Today’s High-Tech World

When it comes to dating and finding a potential partner, there are some people who really struggle for one reason or another. In some cases, it is down to sheer lack of confidence when it comes to talking to new people face to face. In other cases, it is all about lack of time to go out and mix with new people in the hope of meeting someone special.

 Whatever the circumstances, advancements in digital technology have made it far easier for people to meet and connect with others. Internet technology in particular has made a big difference, with people going online for everything from purchasing a pussy pump through to booking romantic breaks with their partners. Online dating has really taken off over recent years, with many people turning to the internet to help them find and meet someone special.

 Why Online Dating Is a Great Idea

 So, why is online dating such a great idea? Well, as mentioned above, in today’s digital world we do all sorts of things online because it provides us with more choice, greater flexibility and more convenience. The same goes with using online dating sites – in fact, there are many benefits to trying this method of dating, which is why it has become so popular.

 One of the great things about this high-tech method of dating is that it is perfect for those who have very busy lifestyles and little time to go out to meet people. When you use online dating, you can relax after work, put your feet up, and simply use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to meet and connect with others. This saves you the time and hassle of getting ready, going out, travelling, and spending a whole night out on the town with no guarantee that you will meet someone you are interested in. With online dating, you can meet others from the comfort of your own home, and you will be able to connect with many people who are also looking for love.

 Another key benefits of this method of dating is that it is perfect for those who find it difficult to speak to new people in person due to confidence levels. It is much easier to chat with and get to know new people online than in person, and this means you have plenty of time to build up your confidence. You can really get to know the person you are interested in beforehand, as you can chat, make and take calls, and even video chat. When you both feel comfortable, you can then arrange to meet up for a date.

 Huge Choice with Many Users

 The huge number of users when it comes to online dating means you have plenty of choice, as you can check as many profiles as you want in order to find someone you feel you will be compatible with. This means that the chances of you finding the right person are increased significantly.


Boho Summer With Oeyes

It’s been a strange sort of Summer weather wise. At times its been gloriously hot, so hot in fact that train tracks have melted and people were advised to stay inside. But most days have been warm and dull, days when you need your wardrobe to add a little colour and brightness. That is why this boho style printed dress from Oeyes is so perfect.

This dress is continuing my love of boho, retro style dresses for Summer. It is definitely a style that Kate Moss and Sienna Miller would’ve loved in their boho heyday, and it is the epitome of a wear every day Summer dress. The print is beautiful and colourful, mixing florals and small dots, and the white background gives it a fresh look. It is cotton and comes with a removable tie belt, so you could either wear this belted like I am wearing for a more fitted look, or could remove the belt to wear it like a kaftan, perhaps over a bikini as a beach to bar cover up.

As the belt is removable, you can also choose how you tie it. I chose to tie it at the middle point, but this could be tied at the back or the side. The length is midi on me (I’m 5ft 7inches tall) but on a shorter girl this could make a lovely maxi style dress.

For me, this is a perfect day dress, easy to wear and very comfortable. I wore it with espadrilles and a straw bag, but I think you could dress it up with more strappy sandals and a woven clutch bag for a more evening friendly look.

I can’t find this dress on the Oeyes site at the moment, but they do have lots of gorgeous midi styles and boho style dresses online. The dress below is similar in print and also boho in style and is also on my current shopping list.

Deep V-neck printed sling beach midi dress Click to visit Oeyes

To view all Oeyes Midi dresses, click here.