Category Archives: DIY

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February is No Buy Month at Savvy Brown

No Buy Month is an annual event here at Savvy Brown. It’s sort of a reset button for your finances, another chance to gain control and a truth serum for spending. What is No buy Month? In a nutshell, for the entire month of February you put yourself on a financial diet and only spend money on necessities. What constitutes a necessity? Check out the following list: Continue reading

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Why My Hot Water Bottle Is My New Favorite Thing

My absolute favorite new thing is actually rather old fashioned. It has to do with a hot water bottle that I forgot that I had that I found a few weeks ago when I was cleaning up. Basically, since the temperature has dropped, this is what I do every night: About an hour before bed, I boil a kettle of water, fill the bottle, wrap it up in my pyjamas and socks and put it in the middle of my bed with the comforter over it. Continue reading

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6 DIY Green Holiday Decorating Ideas

Aside from family heirlooms, I can’t justify spending a lot of money on decorations that you will only use for about 2 months out of the year. On top of that, our landfills are full of unnecessary non-biodegradable seasonal decorations. Check out these lovely DIY green holiday decorating ideas for tips and tricks on how to make your home look lovely this holiday season. (You can actually try this stuff year round!)

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DIY Hair Accessory Organization #1

I’ve used a bunch of things to organize my hair accessories in the past, but I’ve come up with a few tricks that I now consider my faves. I decided to post a few of my DIY Hair Accessory Organization tips as a series. Hopefully some of them will be helpful! This one uses upcycled shower curtain rings and Command Wire Hooks. Continue reading

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Henna and Indigo Treatment for Gray Hair

This post is about my attempt at covering my gray hair with an henna and indigo hair treatment. As you know, I’ve done henna before, but I was getting tired of the henna turning my grey copper. I just wanted them GONE. I had come across this video on Youtube and this tutorial from Hairscapades and so I thought I would give it a try. Apparently, when you apply indigo after you apply henna, the henna binds to the proteins in the hair and the indigo binds to the protein.

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My New Natural Skincare Regimen

If you get the newslettter, then you know I’ve been doing a bunch of research about the Korean Skincare Method and have been revamping my natural skincare regimen. Skincare is approached much differently in the east vs here in the west. In Asian culture the emphasis is on having beautiful skin through diet and skincare, even facial exercises and the emphasis here in the West is primarily spot treatments and covering up flaws with makeup. In many parts of Korea and Japan, girls and boys are taught how to take care of their skin from an early age. On the one hand, Asian women, like many women of African and Indian descent have genetics on their side, but the reality is that some Korean women use up to 20 different products on their faces and many have some seriously questionable ingredients. (Pig collagen or snail mucus anyone?)

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Quick tip: DIY Ice Packs

Make your own ice packs from sponges and ziploc bags. Just soak the sponges in water, squeeze out the excess place in bags and freeze over night. Then toss them in your lunch bag to keep snacks cool! This is also great if you don’t have enough ice trays and need to keep drinks cool or if you went too hard at the gym and need to ice your knee. 🙂

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Quick Tip: Simple Coffee Facial Scrub

This coffee facial scrub is full of antioxidants which help fight free radicals and aging. It also helps reduce puffiness, acting as a mild diuretic as the skin’s fluid is drawn away from fat cells. As I mentioned in the Savvy Brown FB Group, I love using leftover coffee grounds as a body scrub. I also have started using them as a facial scrub and it’s been working great! I like using espresso grounds because they’re smaller and because…well..espresso. It’s crazy simple: Continue reading