5 Ways to Use Bananas as a Beauty Treatment

People having a bad day may sometimes encounter that funny adage: “Have a banana!” The fruit has come to represent how you can have a bright and cheery disposition inspired by the most mundane things. And with the many health benefits the banana has to offer, everyone’s favorite pick-me-up has, for centuries, also become one of the world’s most delicious all-natural beauty secrets. Here are five ways you can use bananas to stay beautiful.

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Banana Anti-Aging Mask

Bananas are rich in potassium, Vitamin A, B, C, and E, as well as natural oils. All of which play a vital role in maintaining the health and elasticity of the skin. To prevent or reduce wrinkles and age spots, try this all-natural banana face mask. Just mash one-half of a ripe banana and mix it with half a teaspoon of natural honey for extra emollient properties. Apply the rich mixture gently on the face. After 25 to 30 minutes, wash off the mask with warm water. Use cold water for the final rinse to tighten pores. For best results, do it three times a week.

Banana + Brown Sugar Scrub

Bananas are loaded with anti-oxidants that help get rid of dead skin cells and leave skin feeling rejuvenated. Combined with sugar, which is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids, bananas make for a fantastic body scrub. To make a gently exfoliating banana mixture, mash one ripe banana and combine with one-fourth cup of sugar. Add vanilla or almond extract for an aromatic bath experience. Slather the banana and brown sugar mixture over your body and gently massage on your face. Wash the concoction off with lukewarm water.

Banana Hair Treatment

Bananas have minerals such as silica, which improves hair thickness, and vitamin B, which helps in the prevention of split ends. Aside from that, they have the ability to promote hair recovery and rehabilitation through other nutrients, making bananas the perfect ingredient for a homemade hair growth treatment. To promote healthy hair growth, combine three ripe bananas with three tablespoons of yogurt or milk in a blender. Apply the smooth paste on wet scalp and hair. Rinse thoroughly after 15 to 20 minutes. Use this treatment once a week for best results.

Banana Peel Teeth Whitener

Ripe banana peels contain high amounts of potassium, magnesium, and manganese, which work together to remove stains and whiten teeth. They are also rich in calcium and vitamin D, which help in the absorption of minerals for healthier and stronger teeth. To make your teeth whiter and stronger, rub the inner skin of the banana peel on your teeth for two to four minutes, and then brush with your regular toothpaste. Do this twice daily for best results.

Puffy Eye Banana Remedy

The potassium present in bananas helps to regulate the fluid levels under the eyes. In addition to that, the rich Vitamin A content of the fruit restores the lost moisture and repairs the damaged, dull, and dry skin around the eye area. To draw out excess fluid from under the eyes, mash half a banana and apply generously around the puffy eyes. You can also try putting banana peels on your eyes in place of cucumber slices. Wash off with cool water after leaving them on for 20 minutes. Just as eating bananas helps in keeping our bodies healthy, applying bananas on our skin can work wonders as well.

Still having a bad day? Forget about all your wrinkle-causing worries and have a banana!

DIY Classics: 3 Ways to Make Vintage Clothes Look New

Vintage clothes shopping is a fun way to look for unique items that can still be made fashionable today. But it’s not too often that an absolutely gorgeous, wearable-off-the-rack piece turns up. Fortunately, there are ways to make vintage clothes look new again while highlighting your love for classic elegance. Here are a few ideas:

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1. Make It Your Size

Make it all about you! So start off with the size. Vintage finds look fashionable only when the garment fits you to a T.  Among the areas that typically need adjustment are the hem, sleeves, bust, and bias.

Remember: Shop for vintage clothes that are at least two to three sizes larger than yours. When it’s time to snip off a few inches here or tuck in a few inches there, you would still have enough of the fabric to work on.

2. Repair the Damage

Sure, there are stains and rips. But these little flaws don’t always render vintage treasures useless. Instead, examine the extent and type of damage to figure out a creative way of repairing, strengthening, and even embellishing your piece.

Cover holes and tears with pockets of a different pattern to make the outfit snazzy. Is the collar wilted? Change up the fabric or cut it off altogether. Replace buttons and zippers to add a more modern touch. You’ll be surprised that a good repair is all you need to make an old garment look fab again.

3.  Revamp the Style

Of course, some vintage pieces are fine just as they are, but refashioning them gives you the benefit of creating a completely unique piece. Snip off dated sleeves, remove those puffy shoulder pads, and change up that droopy neckline to give the piece new life.

One trick we love at Tree Classics is to put a new spin on old things. You can update a dress by having the skirt end just above the knee – a modern style that matches any pattern or material. A short dress with a classy and classic appeal is perfect for the summer!

Vintage clothes are gaining more popularity, thanks to hit period dramas like Mad Men and Pan Am. While not all finds are wearable instantly, a lot of these are great candidates for upcycling.

Featured Tree Classics Product: Ontario Spruce with LED Lights

Cozy up to the Perfect Christmas with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics

treeThe crisp winter air, cozy holiday baking and rumors of chilly weather that offer the chance to wear your favorite winter sweaters. These are things that make you love the Christmas season. And at the center of it all is the classic silhouette of your Christmas tree. Make your holiday icon one to remember (and last) with an Ontario Spruce from Tree Classics.

Inspired by the white spruce that grows in southern Ontario, this lush tree features Real-Feel needles on the outside and classic PVC needles on the inside. That combination creates a flowing, natural exterior with a sturdy frame that’s built to last.

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Tree Classics Favorite Seasonal Decorations

The Christmas season is over, but seasonal decorations are always in style. By incorporating the flair of your region (tropical Florida, the Midwest or sunny SoCal), the trends of the season, and your own personal style, you can keep your home fresh and welcoming all year long. Here are some tips on seasonal decorating for each season of the year.

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Everything is coming to life. Flowers are blooming, the birds seem to sing a little more and the sun shines a little bit brighter. Spring seems wrapped up in life, vibrance and new beginnings. You can capture that springtime glow by making a few little changes that make a big difference in the feel of your home.

Infuse drab or dark spaces with a shot of color and new life by using flowers and leaves. Play with color and create floral arrangements to put in vases or tie with pretty ribbon. Display your springtime masterpieces on shelves or end tables.

You can use an old umbrella and fresh flowers to start the springy-ness at your front door like the author of the Be Colorful blog. Then be creative in sprinkling that theme throughout your home!

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Featured Tree Classics Product: Arctic White Pine Tree

The Arctic White Pine Tree

arcticwhitepineChristmas isn’t Christmas until you have the perfect tree. From the top to the bottom branch, your holiday tree should be as magical as you imagined.

The Arctic White Pine Tree from Tree Classics manifests the holiday postcard in your head into a beautiful centerpiece for your home. Christmas perfection – realized.

Because it’s white, you get the full snowy forest effect. Added bonus: the faux snow hue adds even more luster to your Christmas tree lights.

In addition to being postcard pretty, the tree is sturdy enough to showcase your favorite ornaments. And you can put them front and center, thanks to the PVC needle tips and spacing that helps keep the décor in place. Continue reading

How to Recycle an Artificial Christmas Tree

Recycle Your Artificial Christmas Tree

Tree Classics: How to Recycle an Artificial Christmas Tree
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So the holidays are over, and you’re ready to retire your old artificial Christmas tree. What are your options? Here are a few alternatives to just throwing the whole thing in the dump.

1. Around Christmastime, most communities offer curbside pick-up of both real and artificial Christmas trees. These programs vary from city to city, so the best bet is to check with the waste management authority in your area to find out what options are available.

2. Take your tree to a drop-off recycling center. Almost every city or town has a recycling center where you can drop off your plastic, glass, aluminum, scrap metal, paper or artificial Christmas tree.

3. Sometimes, non-profit organizations conduct recycling campaigns to raise money or sustainability awareness. Often, Boy and Girl Scout troops organize these types of campaigns. You could do a quick Google search or call similar non-profits in your area to see what recycling efforts they have in progress–they might come pick up your tree for you.

No matter where your artificial Christmas tree ends up, there are a few general guidelines to follow before hauling it off or setting it out for recycling. Follow these steps to make sure your tree is as recyclable as possible:

  • Remove all lights. This could be trickier on a pre-lit Christmas tree, but if it’s at all possible, un-string the wires so the tree can be easily recycled.
  • Remove all decorations. Any non-organic decorations like garland, tinsel or ornaments should be removed, because they’ll interfere with the recycling process.

If you’re more interested in repurposing your artificial tree than recycling it, try cutting the limbs apart to create wreaths or garland you can use to ornament your front door, mantle or banisters in years to come. Depending on the shape of the limbs on your artificial tree, you should be able to use wire cutters to snip them to the length you want and re-use them around your home to add a touch of greenery and freshness.

Coupled with festive ribbons, lights and ornaments, last year’s Christmas tree could add a lovely, magical touch to the rest of your seasonal decorations. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

How to Decorate with Christmas Lights and Not Come Off Tacky

Christmas Lights All Year Round: Use these Chic Decorating Ideas to Light Up Your Home

christmaslightsYou and Christmas haven’t always gotten along. Your memories of the holiday include your mother’s gigantic yard ornaments and gaudy reindeer sweaters. You may be surprised to know that Christmas can be quite chic. Before you raise your eyebrows and flashback to a 10-foot inflatable Frosty, check out these innovative ideas for year-round decorating with Christmas lights.

Christmas Lights in the Bedroom
The soft glow of Christmas lights in the bedroom creates a mellow, romantic vibe. Use white lights for the best result. Festoon your bed canopy with Christmas lights by draping them on top of the canopy and over the sides. Another great bedroom lighting idea is to secure lights to the wall in heart shapes or trail lights from bottom corner to top corner for a light-vine effect.

Mirror Mirror

Festoon the frame of a hallway mirror with soft white Christmas lights. The lights reflected in the mirror creates a cozy glow.

Writing on the Wall

Use double-sided tape to create words on the wall. Then track the tape with Christmas lights for a truly captivating look.

A Tree Grows…On Your Wall

For this one you’ll needs lights and discarded branches. To find the branches, take a walk in your local park or check for sticks in your backyard. Use a handsaw or other tool to stagger the size of the branches. Drill a hole in the middle of each branch, string them together with twine and then hang the “tree” on your wall. Once it’s up, simple weave white Christmas lights in and out of the branches. Check out Turtles and Tails for detailed instructions.

Light Balls

This one is super easy. Simply wrap white lights around grapevine balls. You can find the materials at your local craft store.

Check Christmas tree clearance after the holiday season to find lights at a great price. The rest of the materials you need for these fun decorating ideas are probably sitting around your house. Who knew that those twinkling lights could lend charm way beyond your artificial Christmas tree? Now, block those memories of your Mom’s yard ornaments out of your mind and start creating completely chic Christmas light images of your own.

Joy to the Tree: Meet the Winners of our Photo Contest

Tree Classics Joy to the Tree Photo Contest

Celebrate once more the joy of decorating your Christmas tree and take inspiration from the winners of our Tree Classics Joy to the Tree Photo Contest.

Before you put away your Christmas décor and store your beloved tree back into the box this spring, take one more look back at the holiday’s most memorable trees from the winners of our Tree Classics Joy to the Tree Photo Contest.

On our Facebook page, Tree Classics proudly shared with everyone the Christmas tree masterpieces that showcased family tradition as well as cherished memories of the past season. The winners of the contest captured on camera the delight that only a Tree Classics Christmas tree can bring.

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“The tree surpassed my expectations,” says Christine Young, this year’s top winner. The photo of her 12-foot fir garnered 39 votes from Facebook fans.

Christine was amazed at how her holiday centerpiece turned out. “I absolutely love our new tree this year.” The stunner was “the fullest, [most] beautiful, most lifelike tree” she had ever seen.

But Christine wasn’t the only one expressing love for her evergreen. Mindy Johnston, whose entry garnered 20 votes, shared her passion for decorating this classic work of art.

Mindy dedicated her Michigan Pine masterpiece to “Marine” who was home for Christmas for the first time in three years. A classic example of how a Tree Classics Christmas tree brings the family together.

A Different Kind of Ornament

Tree Classics Christmas trees have sturdy branches that can easily hold your Christmas tree decorations firmly in place. Diane Auger, whose entry bagged 13 votes, says her Scarlet Fir was “just the right size.”

Diane needed an evergreen that could house about 340 of her ornaments. Each detail added to the uniqueness of her Christmas tree, thus every ornament had to be tucked safely between the branches in order to bring out the vibrancy of the evergreen. Diane’s Tree Classics stunner delivered on its promise.

While traditional holiday trimmings may add character to a tree, a different kind of ornament took center stage in Lori Magelky’s entry.

“Just lights, no ornaments,” Lori says of Our Christmas tree, whose photo garnered eight votes. “We learned last year, after our cat climbed the tree, that we shouldn’t put ornaments,” Lori adds.

What makes this winning entry extra special?

The only ornament it did have: “The cat who likes to sleep in the branches.”

Each winner will receive a Sedona Fir Christmas Wreath. Tree Classics thanks everyone who participated in the Joy to the Tree Photo Contest.

Featured Tree Classics Product: Tree Storage Bag

Tree Classics Tree Storage Bag

Looking for the perfect way to store your pre-lit artificial Christmas tree? The Tree Classics rolling storage bag makes it easy to store the most important part of your seasonal holiday decorations. It offers a practical, workable solution that’ll keep your tree in top shape for years to come.

Your artificial Christmas tree is an investment worth protecting, and sometimes a closet just won’t cut it. Cardboard boxes fall apart and allow dust to collect in all the tree’s crevices and branches–not what you want to find when you pull it out next holiday season. A quality tree bag will keep your tree dust-free. When you get ready to decorate next year, you won’t have to worry about shaking out the dust, so your family will be able to focus on what really matters-the ornaments, garland and lights.

storagebag1The Large TreeKeeper Pro Tree Storage Bag measures 65 inches in diameter and is tall enough to accommodate a 7.5- to 9-foot tall tree. Secure straps make it easy to adjust the bag to fit a variety of different sizes. And because it’s on wheels, you’ll be able to transport it without trouble, so getting it out at the beginning of next season won’t be a hassle. It’s also easy to transport in case of a move.

Extra reinforced storage space at the bottom of the TreeKeeper Pro Storage bag allows room for decorations, accessories or lights–no more tangled wires next season! And the reinforced polyester fabric is weather-resistant, made to last for years to come without getting musty or moldy. Whether you have a white Christmas tree or a pre-lit artificial tree, this storage bag is a worthwhile investment for your home and can make decorating next year exponentially simpler.

If you’re not unbending your tree from a poor storage situation, dusting or trying to find the parts of a tree stand lost in the back of a closet, you can instead enjoy the real meaning of the season: spending time with your family and friends as you decorate your home. That makes all the difference!

Changing Your Home Décor for the Seasons

ID-100143333Decorating your home in a way that works comfortably for you and your family is one thing. Keeping it fresh and updated from season to season, though, can seem overwhelming! Just when do you bring out the cornucopias and pumpkins? How do you plan the best styles for spring? What about storing seasonal decorations for the rest of the year? Continue reading