Nikola Jenkins

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Transform Your Space

Prizes are pouring out already from our two most recent Great Giveaways. Read on to find out who won what – we also always like to add a bit about …

Candy Jar Terrarium | Brit + Co

When I last had my stall I had the pleasure of having a lady next to me who sold terrariums. All of them were so amazing that I just had to buy one. Then when I got home I immediately searched etsy for some little bits and pieces to add to my terrarium! Everyone loves it, and they make great presents for anyone really - young and old. They’re also good for black thumbs because it’s quite hard to kill succulents! You can get lots of supplies on etsy & ebay, and IKEA has some great jars to start …

What could a year of simplicity mean for YOUR life? - Stonesoup

Looking back the Summer holidays around Christmas 2008 were a huge turning point in my life.<p>I’d been blogging as a hobby for a few years and loving …

DIY: Eco-Friendly Fire Starters

I wouldn’t call myself a pyromaniac exactly, but I’ve never turned down an opportunity to sit around a campfire. In an effort to avoid dousing …

{it’s in the news}

Oooh, all the nifty and thrifty things you can create from old newspaper!<br>This time I decided to weave them into a little basket. It turned out to …

Bombs Away! 10 DIY Bath Bombs

If you’ve spent all holiday break mastering the art of homemade bath salts, then hold tight: there’s more fizz on the way with these 10 DIY bath bomb recipes. That’s right, you don’t just have to ogle them on the counters of Lush any longer, with just a handful of ingredients—baking soda and citric …

Beauty

How to Make Shower Steamers | Craft Tutorials & Recipes

Shower Steamers are a great way to add a variety of fragrances to your shower for a little aromatherapy. Place the steamer on the floor of the shower …

Pucker Up! 9 DIY Lipsticks, Stains, and Glosses to Try Before V-Day

If you’re planning on doing a fair share of puckering up exactly one month from now, then it’s time to start thinking about your Valentine’s Day lips. Going for a classic red? A super trendy berry stain? Or staying with a silky gloss? The possibilities are pretty endless—but you don’t have to run …

Makeup

9 British-ish Recipes to Make for 'Sherlock,' Season 3

Season 3 of Sherlock hits this weekend—and we've got 9 British (and British-ish) recipes perfect a premiere party<p>Got your DVR set for <i>Sherlock</i>? British tube-lovers are already enjoying Season Three (er, Series 3), but Americans don't get to dive in until January 19. But that just gives us more time …

South India

This Outrageously Flavorful Cake Will Make Teatime a Little Wilder

This moist little tea cake looks innocent enough, but inside is a wild child that'll surprise you with tangy pear, fragrant almonds, and a dollop of sweet tahini.<p>Here's a great way to unbutton an otherwise buttoned-up afternoon tea. After you've poured out your loose-leaf oolong, let your taste …

Teatime

Classic banana bread

This delicious banana cake with zesty orange and crunchy nuts and seeds is healthy too so makes a great breakfast or afternoon snack<p>This cake is healthy but fabulous. Doves Farm organic malthouse bread flour is available from Sainsbury's at £1.39 for 1kg. Waitrose sells organic malted-grain bread …

Sara's Cleanse Diary, Day 15: That's a Wrap!

After two weeks of the Food Lover's Cleanse, Sara Dickerman shares lessons she's learned—and hopes for the coming year<p></head><i>Sara Dickerman wasn't just the mastermind behind the Food Lover’s Cleanse—she also participated in it.</i><p>We've pruned acres of dark leafy greens, whisked up a bathtub's worth of …

Nutrition

Kale recipes: why now we're all eating our greens

It wasn’t long ago that kale was thought fit only for cattle. Now it is a health superfood loved by Gwyneth and Beyoncé<p>Like last year’s pink Marks & Spencer coat, kale is a determinedly anti-glam product that is having a bit of a moment. Both it and the coat have been feted in the press and become …

DIY: Crocheted and Knit Dishcloths and Washcloths to Help Kick Your Paper Towel Habit

Fun and easy to make, dishcloths and washcloths can be whipped together in a few hours from scrap yarn you may have lying around the house. We can …

Knitting

DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable "Swiffer" covers

Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods, diapers, and cutlery has …

Knitting

Clothing for Furniture: Sinje Ollen's Cozy Knits Give Old, Damaged Furnishings a Fresh New Life

New York-based textile artisan Sinje Ollen's Clothing for Furniture brings new life to dusty and damaged furnishings by covering up holes, stains and …

Stitch a Washcloth for a Quick Gift

Here’s another one of those quick gift ideas you still have time to knit: a special washcloth from purl3agony.<p>This one is kind of fun for the …

You Still Have Time to Knit: Simple Fingerless Gloves

I know it’s about time I need to stop talking about things you can knit for Christmas, since we’re about down to the wire here. But there really are …

10 Chic Oversized Sweaters That Are Big On Comfort

Sometimes, you just want to pull a giant, cozy sweatshirt over your go-to leggings and call it a day. But, when you're forced to brave those arctic …

The Pretty Skin Diet

When it comes to having a gorgeous complexion, you truly are what you eat.<p>Maintaining a consistent skincare routine that utilizes a powerful mix of anti-agers to reverse as well as prevent future damage is key to having youthful, radiant skin. However, it's not the only link in the quest for …

Fashion wish list: what we like this week - in pictures

The Weekend fashion team picks their five favourite high-street finds each week. So whatever you're looking for – be that a new coat, some swanky shoes or an on-trend top – check out their wish list. This week, their choice includes a sleeveless coat, dungarees and earrings

Grazia

How to dress: double-breasted jackets

'Think of the DB as a new, ultra-alpha version of the blazer'<p>I always felt that double-breasted jackets had the wrong body language for being cool. Something about them felt pigeon-breasted and flat-footed, like a nightclub bouncer. But something's changed, and the DB jacket – yes, that's what we …

From blingbacks to guru Gwyneth: what's hot and what's not this week

Going up: blingbacks, white tiles with black grouting, gauchos. Going down: supersized adjectives, guru Gwyneth, the fact that it's still January<p>Going up<p><b>White tiles with black grouting</b> The Balmain ad campaign look is our new bathroom makeover moodboard.<p><b>Gauchos</b> Fashion speak for longer-length …

How smartphones can cut heating bills by a quarter

<b>Have you ever thought about using a smartphone to control your central heating?</b><p>A number of systems are now on sale in the UK, and they promise big savings.<p>One being launched this month claims it can save you as much as £400 a year on your energy bill.<p>Certainly the internet giant Google seems to …

Personal Finance

The power of tears: Why Google has its eye on smart contact lenses

When the cronut craze swept across New York in early spring of last year, the only major inconvenience associated with Dominique Ansel's novel culinary confection was the pain of waiting in line to get it. For a responsible person living with Type 1 (or Type 2) diabetes, like my good friend Cara, …