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5 DIY Ideas To Consider This Spring

5 DIY Ideas To Consider This Spring

Why do we love DIY projects? Because it’s an awesome feeling to make something yourself. Not only will you save money by tackling DIY projects, but you’ll get much more satisfaction from putting together a project your family will use than simply going out and buying it. If you can’t wait for winter to be over, you’re not alone. It’s the perfect time to start thinking about DIY projects you can tackle this spring. Here are 5 ideas to inspire you as we move toward warmer weather and longer days.

1. Kids’ Sandbox

A sandbox is a classic for little ones, but prefab boxes can be expensive. The good news? It’s a simple project you can easily complete on your own this spring. Getting outside is great for the whole family, and kids will love celebrating the warmer weather with a handmade sandbox, full of toys and imagination. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be ready to with a new toy your kids will love.

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You can make a sandbox out of salvaged lumber (like wooden pallets) and a few other simple tools. You will need a power saw and power drill, but the construction of the box is fairly simple—and the finished product looks great. Just be sure you have enough room in your yard for the box—it’s 8’ by 4’ when open! The cover slides over the top to keep the sand nice and clean when it’s not in use.

2. Bird Feeder

Got some old dinnerware you’re not using much anymore? Let the birds have some new dishes! This DIY project is just what you need to bring the prettiest birds of spring to your backyard. Plates make up a tray for birds to perch on while they eat, and a roof for covering the food. A bowl is suspended between them to hold the bird seed.

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During the spring, you’ll likely get some colorful visitors if you string up this easy DIY project in your yard (and it looks great too!). All you’ll need are the dishes, some rope, and a drill to feed your local cardinals and sparrows.

3. Fireplace Renovation

Right now, you might not feel like you’ll ever stop using your fireplace. But spring will come, and the gorgeous weather might make you forget the chill of winter. Don’t forget it too much, however, or you’ll miss out on an opportunity to renovate your fireplace for next winter. Take your fireplace to the next level by giving it a DIY makeover.

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These DIY stacked stone panels will add a beautiful finish to your fireplace and give your home a nice modern touch. By getting started this spring, you’ll ensure you have plenty of time to complete the renovation when the chill comes around once again.

4. Small Gardens

Admit it—you’ve sometimes felt sad recycling a pretty wine bottle. Most of us don’t want a collection of old bottles in the house, but they can have a very practical purpose if you don’t mind rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands a little dirty this spring.

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Gardening can be a fun and fulfilling pastime, but getting started can seem daunting. You don’t have to spring for a full size garden, however, when you make these DIY wine bottle planters. These mini wine bottle planters are colorful and elegant, perfect for indoor plants. Even city dwellers can explore gardening by making small gardens with wine bottles! This is a great project for spring, because it brightens up the house by adding some life and color to your countertops. All you’ll need are wine bottles, a few tools, and some small plants for imaginative decorations!

5. Colorful Window Boxes

Have some space to express your creativity in your windows? Try making some colorful window boxes to celebrate spring! The warmer weather is perfect for showcasing delicate spring flowers and lifting your spirits.

You won’t need more than some boards, some paint, and a few tools to bring your beautiful window boxes to life! Spend a weekend on this project in early spring and enjoy the beauty of your windows all season.

The Power of DIY

For most people, the idea of making something or decorating the house can seem time-consuming or not worthwhile. But building something yourself and adding a little decoration to your home this spring can make you appreciate the changing of the seasons a little more—and give you the satisfaction of creating something. Plus, it’s fun! So get out there as the weather gets warmer, and see what you can do with a few tools and salvaged materials.

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Last Updated on September 17, 2018

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

10 Reasons Why You Should Get Naked More Often

Getting naked is often thought of as an act that should only be reserved for intimacy—and even then some get squirmy! Many people are more comfortable believing that the more clothes you are wearing the better. However, getting naked more often can have great benefits for you. Here are 10 great reasons to get naked more often:

1. It burns more fat.

Your body’s main supply of brown adipose tissue (BAT), or good fat cells, are located around your shoulder blades and neck. When your body is exposed to the elements and is cooler, the BAT proliferates and essentially kills the white adipose tissue, aka bad fat cells. So, not wearing any clothes helps promote this and makes you healthier.

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2. You’ll become comfortable with who you are.

Self-acceptance is hard to come by today. Ask anyone you know and see if they are happy with themselves. Chances are they will say they are too fat, not pretty, and find all of the flaws that they can. In reality, others do not see this. They see that you are beautiful. When you begin to get naked, you learn to appreciate your body and realize how beautiful you really are.

3. It saves you money.

Being naked more often saves on buying new clothing since you are wearing nothing a lot of the time. Be careful when you are in public, though—you may have to put on some clothes!

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4. It increases your immune system.

Being naked and getting exposure to the sun’s rays actually increases your body’s vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is directly related to your immune system. When you have optimal levels of vitamin D, your body’s immune system is impeccable, and you will be better equipped to ward off viruses, including the common cold and flu. So go lay outside naked on your private balcony or in your yard.

5. It makes you face your fears head on.

People cringe today when you mention the words “get naked.” They are so afraid of it—and today’s children are so ingrained with this—that they must wear layer upon layer to deal with their body image. However, when you are naked, you face your fears of body image and self-acceptance, experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

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6. You will feel better in your clothes.

When you do wear clothes (because not everyone has yet accepted being naked in public), you will start to choose clothing that accentuates the parts of your body that you love. You will begin to notice that maybe that muumuu does not flatter your beautiful curves and start wearing clothes that you love.

7. You will embrace vulnerability.

When you put yourself out there, it is a natural reaction to have fear and worry. However, this is an opportunity to embrace being vulnerable. It allows you to think and get down to the core of what really matters and what is of importance to you. When you strip away all of the excess, you are 100% you and willing to take on anything that comes your way.

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8. You will show the world the real you.

Today, we have many ways of altering our appearance from our true body image when we wear clothing. Some people alter their image so much that they fear getting naked with the person they love. It seems crazy that this could even happen; however, the rise in use of breast-enhancing bras and Spanx products has put this idea into people’s minds. This all goes back to being comfortable with your true body image. If a person really does love you, then they should not love you based upon your image. If they do, then you may even decide that the ever-so-uncomfortable leggings that go up above your waist to hold in all of the imperfections may not be worth it after all.

9. You will have fun.

Well, this could go in all sorts of directions. But when you are comfortable with your naked body and see it as being flattering, then life is more fun. You start realizing that you are beautiful and are willing to do more things that you probably would not have done otherwise—with and without your clothes on.

10. You can have intercourse with the lights on.

Many people are self-conscious about the way they look and decide that the less lighting the better when they are intimate with their partner. It’s nothing new. If you survey your best friends, you will probably come to this conclusion too. They may say that it even gets awkward, because they are more concerned with what their partner thinks of their body than just having and enjoying amazing intercourse. When you love the way you look naked, you will also want to have your partner see you at your best.

What are you waiting for? Start spending more time in the buff today and begin to change the way you think about your body.

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