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Best Organic Mattress Brands For Healthy Sleep

Non-Toxic And Sustainable Mattress Brands For Every Budget

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Whether you’re moving out on your own for the first time, or just need to replace the current mattress that you’ve been sleeping on for decades, one thing is certain:

You want organic and healthy sleep without all the chemicals!

Why Choose A Sustainable Mattress?

Adulting is hard enough, and at the end of the day, you want to fall asleep on a mattress that offers pressure relief and posture support, without compromising your health.

The typical [non-organic] mattress is constructed from material that has most likely been treated with pesticides, flame retardants and many other hormone disrupting chemicals.

According to WebMD, “Mattresses are known to release minute amounts of gaseous chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These VOCs come mainly from the polyurethane used in the mattress, but also from other chemicals used in flame retardants and plastics, the researchers said.”

A green mattress, on the other hand, is made from all-natural and certified organic material that doesn’t pollute your sleeping environment and still meets fire-retardant and other safety guidelines.

What Are The Benefits Of An Organic Mattress?

Fewer allergens: Unlike a conventional mattress, which is typically made from Polyurethane, a sustainable mattress is made with material(s) like organic cotton and organic wool—both of which are resistant to dust mites and great for allergy sufferers. Wool especially, is hypoallergenic, naturally antimicrobial, and flame resistant.

Comfort: Natural fibers are more breathable and do a better job at wicking away moisture which results in cooler sleep. It’s no wonder that those who own a sustainable mattress fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Durability: An organic mattress is far more sustainable than a conventional mattress because organic wool and natural latex, in particular, last an extremely long time (about 15-20 years).

What To Look For When Shopping For An Organic Mattress?

When shopping for an organic mattress, you should consider sustainable certifications and environmentally friendly material which ensure that ethical standards are being met.

Sustainable mattress brands should also be transparent and willing to list all material used to create each mattress.

A sustainable mattress should be made with natural fibers like natural latex, organic cotton, sustainably sourced wool and nontoxic glue (if any).

Reputable certifications include GREENGUARD, OEKO-TEX, GOTS, GOLS, CertiPUR-US, OTCO, Made Safe, and Green America.

Below is our list of top-rated organic and environmentally friendly mattress brands that offer a great sleep experience.

All of the organic mattress brands in this article also meet federal and state flammability requirements, without the use of harsh flame retardants and chemicals.

Naturepedic

Naturepedic

Made In | USA

Sizes | Twin | Twin XL | Full | Queen | King|
Cal King

Price Range | $1,199–$9,999

Material | Organic Fiber | Organic Wool | Organic Latex | Glueless Encased Coils

Warranty | 10–20 year limited warranty


If you’re looking for an organic mattress with customizable layers, then Naturepedic is worth exploring. This eco-friendly family-owned mattress company offers many mattress models to choose from, and they have an impressive list of environmental and safety certifications, as well as awards.

Naturepedic is an organic and customizable mattress brand that makes their products in a GOTS certified facility right here in the USA. This green mattress brand is GREENGUARD gold certified, and offers free shipping throughout the United States.

Eco Terra

Eco Terra

Made In | USA

Sizes | Twin | Twin XL | Full | Queen | King|
Cal King

Price Range | $1,609–$2,259

Material | Natural Latex | Organic Wool | Organic Cotton

Warranty | 15 year limited warranty

If you’re looking for a soft, supportive feel that eliminates pressure points and provides profoundly restful sleep, then an Eco Terra mattress might be right for you.

The Eco Terra mattress is a handcrafted hybrid mattress made with natural latex, organic wool, organic cotton, and encased coils; and each is calibrated with the precise support you need to reach deep levels of REM sleep.

Essentia

Essentia

Made In | Canada

Sizes | Twin | Twin XL | Full | Queen | King|
Cal King

Price Range | $2,225–$4,550

Material | Organic Latex | Organic Cotton

Warranty | 20 year warranty

Essentia is the world’s only organic memory foam mattress, and this green mattress brand has four different models to choose from. Essentia mattresses also tend to be on the firm side, which make them ideal for sleepers who need more support.

This eco-friendly mattress brand uses organic latex foam and GOTS certified organic cotton covers; as well as other organic material that are sourced from farms that follow all sustainable and ethical farming practices, including strict fair trade and labor standards. 

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How To Make A Child’s Bedroom Look Rustic

Fun Rustic Bedroom Decor Ideas To Turn A Kid’s Room Into A Cabin Oasis

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Rustic room decor is so homey and welcoming—no wonder many parents are choosing this route when decorating or making over their child’s bedroom!

The best thing about rustic bedroom decor is that for the most part, it’s gender neutral. Both boys and girls can enjoy a room where the great outdoors and cabin simplicity meet under one roof.

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Rustic room decor consists of many natural elements like wood and metal. To give a bedroom a cabin feel, you should incorporate a lot of wooden furniture that contain a warm brown tone, and metal wall decor to add some nice charm.

One trend that we see a lot of in rustic-themed kid’s rooms are woodland creature decorations. Bears, moose, pine trees and mountains give a room a special “feel” of being part of the outdoors—or in a lodge.

Below you’ll find furniture pieces, bedding and wall decor that give a room that cabin feel.

A Rustic Driftwood Bed

Donco Kids

A bed is the heart of the bedroom—it’s the first thing you see when you enter a room. That’s why wooden beds are an excellent option when creating a rustic theme in any bedroom, and we particularly love the Donco Kids driftwood bed frames that resemble front porches. Donco has many variations of these frames and they’re such fun pieces for kids rooms.

Rustic Lodge Pattern Rug

NiYoung

The right rug pattern can really help bring out a rustic theme to any room of the house, and looks great next to a rustic wooden bed! We love this lodge pattern rug by NiYoung. The woodsy colors, the pine trees, the forest animals—it alls ties together!

Rustic Toy Storage Cubby

Hoobro

Whether it’s book or toy storage you’re looking to incorporate into your child’s rustic themed bedroom, go for brown-toned wood which adds to a lodge look. We love this rustic wooden cubby by Hoobro. It has a warm and inviting look, plus plenty of storage space for both books and toys.

Rustic Lodge Quilt Set

Great Bay Home

Quilts make the perfect bedding when you’re designing a rustic style kid’s room—especially one with a forest theme which gives a cabin look to your bed. We love this gender neutral quilt by Great Home Bay. It’s light and airy yet works perfectly for a rustic theme.

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Rustic Floating Shelves

Sainthood

A couple of wooden floating book shelves add charm to a rustic themed bedroom. We love these rustic looking shelves by Sainthood—made from a combination of wood and iron combined with some forest theme images.

Indoor Teepee Tent

TreeBud

Kids love building forts and having their own little hideout for quiet time and imaginative play. That’s why we love this cotton canvas teepee style tent by TreeBud, which is perfect for an outdoor and rustic themed kid’s room!

Rustic Nightlight

Ebros

Every child’s room contains a nightlight, and this rustic themed lamp with a woodland creature by Ebros is too cute! The outer frame itself looks like a little tree stump and looks beautiful in both daylight and night time.

Mountain Range Coat Rack

Okuna Outpost

A wooden coat rack doesn’t just belong in the mudroom—they can be mounted onto the back of your child’s bedroom door as well! We love this wooden mountain range coat rack by Okuna Outpost because it’s perfect as a mask station and blends perfectly into an outdoor themed room.

Metal Wall Art

Adventure Awaits| Bear Head| Airplane Propeller

Lastly, add some rustic metal accent pieces to your walls which add unique charm to a rustic-themed bedroom. You can go for woodland creatures or anything that looks like a piece of the outdoors: mountains, cabins, trees, etc. Above are some of our favorite metal art designs that make fabulous wall decor!

How To Wash A Down Jacket In A Top Load Washer

How To Carefully Wash And Dry Your Down Jacket Without Causing Damage

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Yes! It CAN be done!


I know the feeling. You have this super expensive down jacket that cost you anywhere between $100 to $500, and you’re scared to death of damaging it in the wash. So you’ve been spot cleaning, baby wiping—anything to avoid throwing it into the washing machine.

But it’s time.

That prized down jacket of yours has been hanging out in the coat closet for most of the year, or has been tucked away in a ruck sack, and has most likely developed an odor.

There’s just one problem: you don’t own a front loading washing machine. And you want to know a secret? We don’t own one either.

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Everyone recommends washing a down jacket in a front load washer, and that’s fine. But, not every household owns a front load washing machine. And the reason that a front load washer is recommended in the first place is because it doesn’t have an agitator which can literally shred the outer layer of your down jacket.

However, when you set your top load washer on delicate/hand-wash cycle, you’re locking the agitator in place—stopping it from turning—and the only thing that moves around is the inner tub; slushing the water around and then transitioning into the spin cycle.

But, you still want to take precautionary measures, because your down jacket can still snag on the agitator, even though that part is locked in place. So below are instructions on how to carefully wash your down jacket in a top loader.

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How To Wash Your Down Jacket

What You’ll Need

Step 1

Take a regular pillow case and loosely place your down jacket inside of it—no need to roll it up in any special shape. Then secure the opening of the pillow by either tying a knot, or utilizing a zip tie. If your jacket is a light shade, I recommend a solid white pillowcase to avoid any color stains.

Step 2

Choose cool/cold water temperature, and set your wash cycle on delicate/hand-wash—which ever option your washing machine happens to have. I happen to own a General Electric washing machine, and the most gentle cycle is ”delicate”.

Step 3

Put in a small amount of detergent or one laundry strip into the running water and let it dissolve. I HIGHLY recommend using laundry strips because they’re premeasured, non-toxic, don’t contain harsh chemicals that can damage fabric—oh, and they don’t leave what’s called “detergent stains”, which look like grease stains on dark fabric.

*Do Not Use Fabric Softener*

Step 4

Place the load into the washer, close the lid and let it wash. It will be fine. My husband owns an Arc’Teryx down jacket and it is extremely delicate—this is how we launder it each year.

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How To Dry Your Down Jacket

What You’ll Need

  • Wool Balls/Tennis Balls

*DO NOT USE SOFTENER SHEETS*

Step 1

When your down jacket has finished its journey in the washing machine, take it out of the pillow case and either hang it up to dry or place it in the dryer on the delicate/air fluff cycle. I recommend the air fluff cycle, but not all dryers will have this setting—so go with delicate.

If you start feeling nervous, just stop the cycle and take a peek.

Step 2

Should you choose to use the dryer, throw a couple of wool dryer balls (or a tennis ball) inside as well. The balls will help to evenly re-distribute the stuffing and fluff your jacket up good as new.

Still Scared To Wash Your Down Jacket?

Another way to safely wash your delicate down jacket is to hand-wash it, or use a small, non-electric washing machine like the one pictured below by The Laundry Alternative (which can wash up to a 5lb load in just a couple of minutes).

Non-electric washing machines are ideal for small delicate items that might otherwise risk damage in an electric washing machine.

These compact and portable washing machines are also great for RV trips, small apartment living and camping.

The only downside? It operates manually (hence, “non-electric”) and you must hand-crank your laundry for about 2 minutes.

I hope this article gave you the courage to wash your beloved down jacket.

Make sure that the agitator stays locked in place and if for some reason you can’t use a pillow case, a mesh bag is fine as well.

Stay warm!

Best Gifts For A Sustainable Kitchen

Unique Products For A Sustainable And Low Waste Kitchen Inspired From Around The World!

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If you’re on the search for an eco-friendly gift, you’re not alone! When it comes to gift giving, many people are opting for sustainable products that are nontoxic and earth-friendly, especially for the home.

Each year, more and more people are becoming conscious consumers who no longer want to fill their home with single-use plastic “junk”.

As a result, many areas of the home have been getting “green” makeovers—particularly bathrooms and kitchens, which tend to produce the most waste.

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That’s why when it comes to gifts, I love shopping for eco-friendly items that will help make a person’s home more sustainable—weather they live an eco-conscious lifestyle or not.

The kitchen in particular is one of my favorite areas of the home to shop for when it comes to sustainable kitchenware. Items made from ceramic, wood, silicone, stainless steel and recycled aluminum are just so much healthier and visually more appealing than stuff made from plastic. They’re more durable and last longer too.

Below you’ll find some pretty cool sustainable kitchen and cookware products! These eco-friendly and sustainable kitchenware items make perfect gifts for any occasion and some are inspired from cultures outside of the U.S.!

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Organic Cotton Plant Dyed Apron

Full Circle Home

The Kind collection apron from Full Circle Home is made from organic cotton and plant-based dyes. It’s durable, functional, and best of all, stylish and environmentally friendly.

Bamboo Dish Towels

Ecotiva

Bamboo towels are 4 times more absorbent than cotton, and much more durable. These bamboo dish clothes come in a pack of 8 and come in compostable cardboard packaging.

Glass Canisters With Bamboo Lids

Le’Raze

Glass canisters are a great zero waste alternative to plastic Tupperware and look very elegant when displayed on a counter top. Each of these canisters contain an airtight bamboo lid, and come in a pack of 5 in various sizes.

Ceramic Condiment Jars

Foride

This ceramic condiment bowl set is perfect for the kitchen table, kitchen countertop or coffee table—and especially perfect for occasions where you’re entertaining guests. Each ceramic bowl is suitable for spices, powdered creamer, sugar and more!

Bamboo Fiber Dinnerware Set

Earth’s Dreams

This minimalistic yet elegant 17 piece bamboo fiber dinnerware set is the perfect eco-friendly gift for the kitchen! It especially makes a wonderful housewarming and wedding gift for eco conscious couples who prefer simple and natural kitchenware.

Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer

Verve Culture

Popular in juice markets all over Mexico, the Handmade Artisan Citrus Juicer from Verve Culture is a countertop citrus juicer that’s hand-made from 100% recycled aluminum and provides a traditional citrus juicing experience!

Countertop Compost Bin

BelleMark

Every sustainable kitchen needs a small compost bin for food scraps! Compost isn’t just for gardens—it can be used as rich nutritious food for houseplants! This modern compost bin by BelleMark is perfect for kitchens of any size and looks great!

Chocolate Sink Bars

Apple Valley Natural Soap

These large hand-made sink bars by Apple Valley Natural Soap are hand-made with natural and organic ingredients and are excellent zero-waste alternatives to liquid soap! They’re made with moisturizing cocoa butter and look fabulous on your kitchen sink!

Bamboo Fiber Scrub Brush Set

TresStones

These bamboo dish brushes by TresStones are made from renewable bamboo and coconut fibers. They’re also more durable than sponges, safer, healthier and environmental friendly—they won’t take hundreds of years to biodegrade. This brush set makes a perfect sustainable gift for any kitchen!

Ceramic Utensil Croc Holder

Barnyard Designs

Decorate, organize, and beautifully display your cooking utensils in this ceramic kitchen utensil crock that adds a touch of French Country flare to any kitchen. The rustic look and porcelain-like finish on the ceramic container gives this stoneware utensil caddy a vintage charm that will look lovely on your countertop!

3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set

Pacific Merchants Trading Companies

Serve up a more sustainable meal with the eco-friendly 3-Sided Acacia Wood Salad Bowl Serving Set from Pacific Merchants Trading Company! Handcrafted from one solid piece of 100% naturally renewable acacia wood that is sustainably harvested with low-impact foresting practices and minimal chemicals or waste.

Beeswax Food Wrap Gift Set

Akeeko

Beeswax food wraps make wonderful eco-friendly gifts for the kitchen because they replace items like plastic lids and Saran Wrap. They’re even incredibly handy for keeping items fresh (like cheese) and make awesome lunchbox essentials for items like sandwiches.

Traditional Molinillo Whisk

Verve Culture

The molinillo is a Mexican wooden whisk that’s used to mix up and add froth to a batch of Mexican hot chocolate. You simply roll the shaft between your palms to churn, mix, and foam the chocolate. The molinillo is also great for muddling fruits and herbs in your cocktails!

Pakkawood Cooking Utensil Set

Island Bamboo

This gorgeous and exotic 6-piece Pakkawood cooking utensil set is nonstick and heat resistant.
Pakkawood is crafted from many layers of beautiful hardwoods, and infused with natural and chemical-free dyes. They’re biodegradable and add some fun to the kitchen!

Handmade Cooking Tagine

Verve Culture

This Moroccan style cooking vessel from Verve Culture is both a cooking tool, and a serving dish – and is handmade from clay formed from the rich, red Moroccan soil of Wadi Lan, and then decorated with a lead-free glaze. Use it to caramelize food, or keep food warmer longer when serving!

Vintage Ceramic Mason Jar Kitchenware Set

Comfify

This eco-friendly vintage themed ceramic cookware set is in the shape of mason jars. This set includes all of your most critical cooking tools, together and in one place: 4 measuring spoons, 4 measuring cups and a spoon holder.

Recycled Bamboo Chopsticks Charcuterie Board

ChopValue

Made from 450 chopsticks, this unique and versatile kitchen board will fulfill any of your food presentation needs. The recycled bamboo chopsticks that were used to make this charcuterie board create a sleek caramelized brown tone with a natural one-of-a-kind look.

Wooden Salt And Pepper Grinder Set

Fanatu

This wooden salt and pepper grinder set comes with 2 grinders, a box with swivel lid, spoon and cleaning brush. This set fits in with any decor and looks fabulous on any kitchen or dining room table!

Ceramic Pie Pans

Avla

Ceramic pie pans make beautiful eco-friendly bakeware gifts for those who love to bake! These nontoxic ceramic pie pans by Avla are made from glazed ceramic material and resist staining, odors and cracking. 

40 Amazing Fall Porch Decorating Ideas

Instagram Inspired Front Porch Decor Ideas For Autumn To Help Inspire Your Own!

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The changing leaves, the pumpkins, the cool crisp air, the pumpkin spice lattes—Fall is quite possibly the best season of the entire year.

Like many women, I have a slight obsession when it comes to seasonal home decor—especially autumn and decorating the front porch. There’s just something about Autumn-themed decorations that make your home look charming and inviting—plus, it adds great curb appeal.

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Fall Decor Essentials

When it comes to front porch decorating during the fall season, many people opt for a rustic farm inspired look—a lot of stacking pumpkins, hay bales, corn husks, scare crows, fall mums and black and white checkered rugs.

As you’ll see with the 40 fall porch decoration ideas below, you can be as minimalistic or as extravagant as you want.

The awesome thing about Autumn is that it contains two really big holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving—which are kind of back to back. So when you’re decorating, you lean more toward a Halloween theme, a Thanksgiving theme, or fuse the two together and aim for a neutral display.

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Below are my 40 favorite fall porch decoration ideas that I am absolutely in love with. These folks did an amazing job and these displays are sure to inspire others this season.

These images are also all connected to the Instagram accounts, so feel free to click on them and follow anyone who inspired you because these ladies have even more amazing photos on their accounts!

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20 Patriotic Dessert Ideas

The Perfect Homemade Red White And Blue Sweets To Satisfy Your Patriotic Sweet Tooth

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Whether it’s Independence Day, Veteran’s Day or Memorial Day, no cookout is complete without the perfect patriotic-themed dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth and impress your friends and family!

Patriotic-themed desserts are some of my favorite to create because a lot of fruit (like berries) are naturally red or blue colored—making these ingredients perfect for a red, white and blue theme. Strawberries, raspberries, cherries and blueberries for example, can be used as toppings to create an American flag on any cake!

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Below you’ll find 20 hand-picked delicious desserts that celebrate America while satisfying your belly after a savory meal. And kids will love these just as much as adults!

All of these images link back to Instagram and the content creator, so go ahead and follow these amazing home chefs! Some of the recipes are included within their post and some you can find directly on their blogs (I’ve included links to their websites).

Enjoy!

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Patriotic Cookie Cake

This adorable patriotic cookie cake is made by @fromscratchwithmaria and can be found on her website here.

Patriotic Star Spangled Brownies

If you’re a chocolate lover, then the recipe for these delectable Star Spangled Brownies by @bunsinmyoven are available right on their Instagram post!

Patriotic Trifles

You can find the recipe for these amazing patriotic trifles by @Adventuresinart on their Instagram post!

Patriotic Raspberry Topped Cake

Who doesn’t love fresh raspberries and blueberries on their cake? I sure do! This yummy patriotic berry topped cake by @onceuponachef is available on their website here!

Patriotic Cherry Blueberry Shortcakes

If you’re a fan of shortcakes, then this dessert is perfect for your next patriotic themed party! This recipe for patriotic cherry-blueberry shortcakes by @triedandtasty is available on their website here.

Patriotic Layered Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

This amazing patriotic ice cream sandwich by @rosebakes is an awesome treat after a savory meal! You can find it on their website here!

Patriotic Layered Jello

All kids love Jello-o! So this patriotic Jell-o recipe by @thebalancingmom is a must-have dessert at your next celebration! You can find it on their website here!

Patriotic Red Velvet Cake

This lovely patriotic red velvet cake recipe by @lois_walkingonsunshinerecipes can be found on their website here!

Patriotic Rice Krispy Treats

Rice Krispy treats are always a crowd favorite, and these patriotic treats by @lillunakristyn are available on their website here!

Patriotic Cake

For a simple and classic patriotic poke cake recipe by @365daysofbaking, check out their website here!

Patriotic Sugar Cookies

The recipe for these yummy patriotic sugar cookies by @CupCakeDiariesBlog is available on their Instagram post.

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Patriotic Red Velvet Flag Cake

The recipe for these patriotic red velvet cake squares by @kickinbackwithkathy is available on their Instagram post.

Patriotic Greek Yogurt Tart

If you’re watching your weight this summer, then this patriot Greek yogurt tart by @eatingbirdfood is perfect for you! You can find this amazing recipe on their website here!

Patriotic Cupcakes

Are you a cupcake lover? Then you can find this patriotic cupcake recipe by @tidymom on their website here!

Patriotic Mixed Berry Pie

This beautiful American flag style patriotic mixed berry pie by @kushigalu can bye found on their website here!

Red White & Blue Berry Tartlets

These “Red White & Blue Berry Tartlets” by @cupcakediariesblog are available on their Instagram post.

Patriotic Berry Crostata

This decadent patriotic berry crostata by @177MilkStreet will ‘wow’ your guests! Find it on their website here!

Patriotic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are delicious! And so is this patriotic version by @cookiesandcups! You can find this recipe on their website here!

Patriotic Cherry Cobbler

This delicious cherry cobbler recipe by @thepreppyhostess is available on their website here!

Patriotic Mixed Berry Cobbler

Do you love a great cobbler? We sure do! This yummy patriotic mixed berry cobbler recipe by @giveitsomethyme is available on their website here!

Best Wooden Homework Desks For Kids

10 Most Durable Wooden Homework Desks For Young Children

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If you want to give your kids the best advantage when it comes to academic learning, a good quality homework desk is a great investment to help a child excel.

Homework desks aren’t just for homeschooled children who participate in remote learning, they’re also a wonderful workspace for children who go to school and return home with homework assignments.

What To Look For In A Desk

Finding an age appropriate desk is important because you want your child to be seated comfortably and have their supplies within arm’s reach. The recommended homework desks in this article are perfectly suited for children ages 5-12.

It’s up to you on whether you would like to purchase a desk made of wood, metal or hard plastic, but we recommend a homework desk made out of wood. Wooden desks are more sustainable, durable, less wobbly and more inviting.

All of the recommended homework desks in this article are made of different types of wood—from bamboo to engineered wood (which is eco-friendly because engineered wood utilizes less tree material per plank).

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Benefits of Homework Desks:

Promotes Concentration

Homework desks are a personal safe space that allow your child to concentrate and focus on their learning. Kids need a distraction free workspace that will help them retain what they’re learning.

Teaches Organization

Most homework desks come equipped with open and closed storage features which help your child learn to organize their learning material. It’s a great way to store writing material, books, and even a laptop while having it within arm’s reach yet out of the way to prevent clutter.

Provides Structure

Kids (and students) do best when they have structure, and a homework desk provides them with a familiar study space that belongs to them. Instead of bouncing around from doing written work at the kitchen table and reading a chapter book on the couch, a child can focus on those tasks in one area—their desk.

If a homework desk sounds good right about now and you’d like to get one for your child, then check out our 10 recommendations below!

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YoupWaven

YoupWaven

This wooden homework desk by YoupWaven is absolutely stunning. It’s warm and inviting and has a lot of storage space for books and writing essentials. The aesthetics are perfect for both genders and this brand has other colors available as well. Best part? It’s under $100!

KidKraft

KidKraft

KidKraft homework desks are especially great for children as young as 5 because they’re so low to the ground and have perfect sized chairs for little bodies. This particular homework desk is one of their best models and contains a nice amount of shelving and storage.

GuideCraft

GuideCraft

GuideCraft creates really lovely homework desks in multiple colors. And we really love the multiple storage compartments that this desk has to offer—perfect for separating homework assignments.

BLRYP

BLRYP

This eco-friendly desk by BLRYP is the ultimate space saving homework desk if you are limited on space. This desk is made of sustainable bamboo and is foldable (along with the chair). It’s perfect for the minimalist home and great for both genders.

Melissa And Doug

Melissa & Doug

Melissa and Doug is household name for many families who have purchased the brand’s wooden toys throughout the years. This homework desk contains storage space for all of your child’s homework essentials and is great for small spaces.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

The Martha Stewart brand creates really lovely and durable furniture—and this homework desk is no different. It contains nice shelving and storage space for your child’s supplies and still has plenty of room for a laptop.

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Lipper International

Lipper International

This homework desk by Lipper International is great for when you have more than one child. It has storage space all around and comes with two chairs. It’s also nice spacious up top which is perfect for puzzle building, arts and crafts and board games.

Unicoo

Unicoo

This sturdy homework desk by Unicoo is made from sustainable bamboo and contains a nice amount of shelving. It’s a great fit for any space in the home and perfect for either gender.

Wild Zoo Furniture

Wild Zoo Furniture

This wooden homework desk by Wild Zoo Furniture is perfect for online learning. It can hold a laptop as well as a desktop computer and comes with an attached bench seat. It’s especially great for homeschoolers who do a large majority of online learning.

PrePac

PrePac

If space is lacking, then consider this floating homework desk by PrePac. It has a good amount of storage shelving and looks functional in any room of the house. The only con to this floating desk is that it does not come with a chair like other homework desks do.

Best Solid Wood Bunk Beds For Children

Space Saving And Fun Bunk Bed Brands For Your Children’s Room!

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Many parents these days are opting for bunk beds for their children’s bedrooms—even if they only have one child! And that’s because bunk beds are incredibly versatile and useful for so much more than just sleep.

But shopping for one can sometimes be overwhelming because there are so many different types!

Bunk beds can be made of metal or solid wood, and each variety has its pros and cons. But we’ll tell you why solid wood is better for your child. And just like single beds, bunk beds come in different sizes—typically twin and full.

Solid Wood Is Sturdier & Safer

When it comes to choosing a frame, you should definitely go for solid wood. That’s because solid wood bunk beds are sustainable and sturdy, won’t wobble like some metal frames can, and will withstand the test of time.

Wooden bunk beds are also aesthetically pleasing to the eye and make a room look more inviting as opposed to a bed with a metal frame. That’s why wooden bed frames are better suited for young children who naturally don’t care so much about “contemporary” aesthetics.

Perfect For Visiting Guests

Bunk beds are perfect for when you’re hosting a sleepover or need someplace for a visiting family member to sleep for a couple of days! That’s because most bunk beds have an extra ‘pull-out’ bed that you can store underneath the bottom bunk. It’s an incredibly convenient feature.

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No Need For A Box Spring Mattress

A bunk bed doesn’t require a box spring mattress because a box spring is far too bulky for a bunk bed frame and can actually be dangerous. So you’re actually saving money by not having to buy a box spring—which is way more expensive than a regular mattress. And if you’d like a recommendation for an organic mattress, check out our article on the best organic mattress brand!

Bunk Beds Save Space

You could have two separate beds in your children’s room, but that takes up a lot of space that could otherwise be useful for more activities! Some bunk beds even come with storage shelves which help keep a room clutter free.

Some bunk beds even come with additional features that younger children love—like a slide, a roof and a desk to write on. All of these features are practical, functional, and best all, fun! Your child can sleep at night and pretend play during the day.

Below are our recommendations for best solid wood bunk bed brands. If any of the bunk beds below catch your eye, feel free to click on the image and it’ll take you to straight to the source!

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Flieks
GemTron
Noran
Surgical Online Convertible Bunk Bed
Dorel Living
Merax
Discovery World
CJLMN
YDonc
Bellemave
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Harper & Bright
Giantex
Bellemave
Max & Lily
SoftSea
South Shore
Storm Craft
Merax
Bellemave
Shifei

How To Revive Dying House Plants With Fish Tank Water

The Simple Waste Water Cocktail That Perks Up Your Plants In No Time!

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If you’re a plant owner, then chances are you accidentally neglected your “potted” babies from time to time. It happens.

Life gets busy and before you know it, you realize that your plants aren’t looking so good. Their leaves have turned yellow, they’re wilting, and some leaves have even fallen off.

Don’t worry. Plants are resilient and can always be revived. And I’ve learned the best hack to perk them up: fish tank water!

Caution: We’re talking FRESH water and NOT SALT WATER! Your plants would shrivel up and die if you use salt water.

Why Fish Tank Water?

Fish tank water contains a ton of beneficial nutrients that plants crave like: nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus and ammonia—pretty much the same stuff you find in store-bought soil fertilizers anyway.

I own a 10 gallon fish tank whose water I change on a regular basis—about 20% gets switched out weekly because fish waste accumulates and the filter can only do so much.

So instead of throwing the dirty water down the drain, I give this rich nutrient filled water to my house plants instead. However, I take it one step extra—I add one tablespoon of instant coffee!

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Wait, Coffee?

That’s right, coffee! That’s because coffee also contains rich nutrients like magnesium and potassium, and it helps to raise the acidity level of the soil. That’s why many people add coffee grinds to their garden soil and compost bins!

So, whenever I take out around 20% of my fish tank water, I make sure to add a tablespoon of instant coffee (or old coffee grinds from the KCup) that I have on hand.

This combination seems to add new life to my plants, and even perks up their leaves.

If you don’t have a fish tank, you can always ask a neighbor who does own a fish tank if you can have their fish tank water whenever they clean their tank. You can also probably get a free batch from your local pet store, as they’re always cleaning their fish tanks.

So the next time you have to perform an emergency repair on your house plants, try this hack out! It may just save your plants!

20 Sustainable Toy Storage Furniture

Unique And Eco-Friendly Furniture For Storing Toys That Your Kids Will Love

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If you have kids, then you know the struggle of keeping a playroom (or living room) clean and clutter-free. And it’s incredibly stressful if you don’t have proper storage material(s) to keep everything under control.

Toy storage furniture is incredibly practical, functional, and can even blend right in with the rest of your interior design.

These days, toy organizers even come with unique added features like reading nooks, which give kids their own little personal space to unwind and enjoy some picture books. While others are shaped to fit corners in order to maximize space.

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The best kind of toy organizers are sustainable and made from wood. Pine, for example, is a great choice because it’s a soft wood and can regrow quickly. Manufactured wood is also ideal because it’s made from scraps and other recycled material.


To help you get your toys under control, we’ve hand-picked some very cool toy organizers made from sustainable wood that contain child friendly designs that motivate children to clean up, and can fit in just about any small space—which is important if space in limited.

If you’re worried about shipping cost, don’t! Most of these toy storage cubbies qualify for free shipping on Amazon, simply because they’re over $25. And the ones that don’t? You can simply sign up for a free Amazon Prime trial and get free shipping for 30 days on qualifying brands! (Then cancel anytime! It’s that simple!)

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Badger Basket

Badger Basket

This wooden corner cubby by Badger Basket is really unique and functional because it saves space and has a bunch of storage shelves. It can look amazing in the corner of your child’s playroom, nursery and living room!


Fantasy Fields

Fantasy Fields

This fun and whimsical wooden toy organizer with rolling storage box by Fantasy Fields is perfect for your child’s playroom or bedroom. It’s a toy box that not only looks fun, but motivates your child to clean up!

HomEcho

Homecho

This 5 cubby storage cabinet by HomEcho is made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) and in addition to being a storage shelf, makes a wonderful night stand in your child’s bedroom!

KidKraft

KidKraft

Kids will feel as cozy as a caterpillar in a cocoon in this reading/relaxing bench by KidKraft based on the books of children’s author, Eric Carle. Your child can recline back and enjoy a book or two while keeping their favorite stories and toys tucked underneath in the included storage bins!

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Sturdis

Sturdis

This multi cubby wooden toy organizer by Sturdis is made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) wood and comes with multiple storage bins that allow you to separate toys.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

This toy and book organizer by Martha Stewart doubles as a reading nook and is constructed from a combination of FSC-certified birch and engineered wood. It’s a great space saver, it’s stylish, and it’s a great place for your child to spend some quiet time, reading.

MuseHomeInc

MUSEHOMEINC

This charming toy box by Muse Home Inc. (which has excellent reviews, by the way), is made from a combination of sustainable pine and manufactured wood. It’s an excellent storage nook for books and stuffed animals.

Apicizon

Apicizon

This wooden toy storage cabinet by Apicizon is made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) wood and contains three removable cabinets (with hidden wheels) and a bookshelf space.

LaBebe

LaBebe

These Montessori-style stackable wooden storage bins by LaBebe are incredibly versatile and double as little stools. Stack them up or place them in a line—the choice is yours.

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Prepac

Prepac

This wooden six bin storage cubby by Prepac is made from durable CARB-compliant, laminated composite woods. It’s perfect for toys, books and pillows and blankets.

Timy

Timy

This wooden toy storage chest by Timy comes with comfortable bench seat and is made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) wood.

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Costzon

Costzon

This 4 cubby wooden toy storage cabinet by Costzon contains 4 spacious compartments. This toy box is made from medium density fiberboard (MDF) wood and is perfect for stowing books, toys and blankets.

GuideCraft

GuideCraft

This wooden toy organizer by GuideCraft is made from MDF wood and features eight differently sized compartments with three open storage areas, three cubby storage baskets, and two open compartment shelves perfect for books.

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

This unique toy and book organizer by Martha Stewart is shaped just like a dollhouse and made from a combination of FSC-certified birch and engineered wood. A removable staircase is also included, making this organizer a perfect addition to any girl’s room or playroom!

Melissa & Doug

Melissa & Doug

This simple yet sturdy wooden toy chest by Melissa and Doug contains 8.25-cubic feet of storage space to tuck away all those toys and stuffed animals!

Homfa

Homfa

This wooden three-tier toy shelf by Homfa is very unique because it contains a sliding bookshelf. This gives you more storage space for toys, while allowing you to organize books as well.

Kousi

Kousi

If you the majority of your child’s toys are in the living room due to lack of space (or small apartment), consider a closed-door shelving unit (like the one above by Kousi) that keeps toys and books hidden—yet are still easily accessible.

JoyBase

JoyBase

This cushioned reading nook and toy shelf combo by JoyBase is great for the playroom and living room. Your child can store both their books and toys—all while having their own little special place to sit and relax.

EMall Life

Emall Life

This toy storage cabinet by Emall Life is very unique because it comes with non-toxic sticker decals and allows your child to decorate this piece of furniture anyway they want! It’s a great shelf for organizing and displaying toys that looks fun in any playroom or bedroom!

KidKraft

KidKraft

This amazing toy storage cabinet and reading nook combo by KidKraft is a hit with all kids. It’s like having a fort and organizer in one.