DIY

  • Summer on the Road

    The road trip is a universal ideal that has become glorified by American pop culture. From literature to music to movies, the journey boasts feelings of freedom, spontaneity, and discovery.

    A guide to having entertaining and relaxing road trips
    By Erica Tasto
  • Be Cellulite-Free

    As spring becomes summer our sweaters become tanks and our rain boots become sandals. However, what else do you find hiding under those layers? If you look in the mirror and notice cellulite on your thighs, you’re not alone. Before you decide it’s time to shun your short-shorts, take a quick peak into your kitchen cabinets. They might have the answer you need.

    The key to being cellulite-free is in your pantry
    By Alexis Wolfer
  • Ginger Beer

    Weekly Recipe: 
    NonWeekly
    SERVES: 4

    ¾ cups brown sugar (packed, you can adjust to taste)

    1 ½ cups fresh ginger (peeled and minced)

    2 quarts filtered, cold water (divided)

    2/3 cup lime juice (freshly squeezed)

    1/4 teaspoon yeast (dried champagne)

    Mix sugar, ginger, and 4 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand 1 hour to steep. Strain syrup through strainer and funnel into 2-liter soda bottle. Add lime juice. Fill with cold water to within 2 inches of top. Cap and cool in refrigerator or ice bath until about 65 degrees. Add yeast. Cap bottle and let stand at room temperature for 2 days, checking bottle pressure intermittently by squeezing it or releasing the cap slightly and briefly. When ginger beer has achieved desired carbonation level, refrigerate. Source: yummly.com

  • A Purpose for Everything

    A creative mind sees every pile of junk as a jigsaw puzzle, and Nicole Curtis happens to like a brainteaser or two.

    You might recognize Curtis from Rehab Addict, her hit reality TV show on HGTV and the DIY Network. In the show she restores old homes to their former glory and tackles a variety of do-it-yourself projects by repurposing items others might consider useless.

    DIY rehab addict talks work and family with NS
  • DIY Green Cleaners

    You don’t have to be a mad scientist to make your own household cleaning products. Starre Vartan, author of The Eco Chick Guide to Life (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2008), and Kimberly Delaney, author of Clean Home, Green Home(Knack, 2009), share their simple cleaner recipes made from common ingredients.

    By Erin Quinn