5 Great Flowers for Brown Thumbs

Bella Breakdown Summer gardening can be difficult, especially when the heat sabotages your plants’ growth at every turn. If you’re an amateur gardener (or a great gardener in need of recommendations!), Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender suggests these five easy plants that do really well in the summer heat and humidity. #1 Dragon Wing Begonia This flower will bloom continuously all summer long as long as it has a little shade during the hottest part of the day. It does well in both a container and the garden. #2 Zinnia This beautiful flower will continue to bloom week after week....

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DIY Mini First Aid Kit

Bella Breakdown With this DIY Mini First Aid Kit, there’s no excuse not to be prepared. To make this kit, take an empty Altoids tin and add in latex-free Band Aids, alcohol wipes to clean cuts and scrapes or to sterilize your hands, individual packets of Pepto Bismol or antacids, anti-inflammatory pills, allergy pills, and tweezers for splinters. You can hold the tin closed with rubber bands. These are the recommended things, but you can tailor its contents to your...

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All-Natural Laundry Detergent

Bella Breakdown This easy and cost-effective laundry detergent requires just three ingredients: Borax, washing soda, and Castile soap. Use two tablespoons each time, or throw in an additional scoop for a large load. It’s safe for high efficiency washing machines. To make this all-natural laundry detergent, you will need: 1 box grater 1 cup Borax 1 bar of Castile soap 1 cup of washing soda. First grate the bar of Castile soap with the box grater. Put the Borax into a food processor, then add the washing soda and grated Castile soap. Pulse to mix well. Use 2 Tbsp....

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3 Southern Texas Toasts You’ve Gotta Try

Bella Breakdown These Texas toast upgrades are the quick and easy recipes that you’ve been looking for. Whether you’re craving a Tex-Mex spin on breakfast, an avocado-arugula spin on lunch or a salmon, tomato, and cream cheese snack, you have to try these toasts. Tex-Mex To make the Tex-Mex version, spread 1/4 cup of mashed pinto beans on a piece of toasted bread. Top with a fried egg, 1 teaspoon of chopped cilantro and 2 teaspoons of hot sauce. Light Lunch To make the lunch version, spread 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on a piece of toasted bread. Top...

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Modern Cottage Ideas to Try At Home

Bella Breakdown Need some charming home inspiration? Give your house a sweet, cozy facelift with these modern cottage ideas. Although a few are more large-scale renovations, touches like a rustic wooden table or a fresh coat of paint to provide easy cottage upgrades. Chic Cottage Inspired Renovations A white exterior pops against a lush, green garden. Green shutters are a classic way to complement a crystal cottage exterior. Choose a roof based on both durability and aesthetic appeal. Metal roofs are a farmhouse cottage classic. Symmetrical details give a quaint cottage touch without looking cluttered. Mix formal elements with...

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