Inspirations From SHG Living

Get inspired to make your home and garden the best it can be. The smart, healthy, green way.

  • Green

    Mylar Balloons – Bad For Environment & Your Conscience

    Mylar balloons have marked celebrations from birthdays, weddings, graduations, and more for decades.  But they are not degradable and therefore bad for the environment and present a fire hazard. Mylar balloons are one item to do without. Why? Did you know that                …

  • Sustainability

    Fall Gardening in Climate Change Conditions

    For gardeners fall gardening has become one moment when climate change becomes local and personal. The chilly fall air is a call to plant bulb-planting for gardeners. Why? You need cold air so that the bulbs stay dormant until warmer spring temperatures the following year. Every gardener knows this.  However,…

  • Gardening

    3 Organic Gardening Projects – Happy Fall

    When the morning air is cool, it’s time to get into the happy fall garden experience.  Here are the three most important organic gardening tasks to create a happy fall gardening experience on your property. 1. Leaf Removal – The Organic Way Throughout New England and Midwestern states, you have…

  • Gardening

    5 Top Dark Folliage Plants For Gorgeous Gardens

    It might just be the next cool thing in landscaping much like black is the rage in windows. Check out the way Austin Flipsters,   one of the hosts on SHG Living, incorporate black in their home transformations. It’s likely the one color you never thought of for your garden is…

  • Sustainability

    Navigate Home Sustainability – Does it Matter?

    Does it matter if weather patterns show never before seen floods, hotter wildfires, and higher temperatures? The answer is, of course, it matters to all human beings. What would happen when you make changes right around you, or, when you navigate home changes? We all know climate changes are happening…

  • Gardening

    Nurturing The Body With Store Bought Veggies?

    A recent study presented in the National Geographic magazine finds that fruits and vegetables are no longer as nurturing as they once were. ‘Mounting evidence from multiple scientific studies shows that many fruits, vegetables, and grains grown today carry less protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin, and vitamin C than those…

  • Living

    Harmony Reigns In Your Home When…

    …You are in sync with your being, your home, and your environment.  This is the moment when things are both perfectly still, flowing but without friction.  This is the moment harmony reigns. You feel the movement and the balance at the same time.  You feel connected to the people and…

  • Getting Started

    It’s Personal – Do You Value Your World?

    Value World – this term describes a fundamental concept – the foundation for valuing our planet. Everyone who desires personal wellbeing, good food, and economic sustenance for our families, pets, and ourselves needs a friendly and nourishing environment called Mother Earth. Not doing so creates a future without a future.…

  • Inspirations

    Gift Guide 2021 – Nurturing Body And Planet

    The Holiday Season is upon us.  What should we give our friends and loved ones? Here are (10) of my favorite non-toxic, natural, and health-focused gifts – all nurturing the body AND  the planet… perfect two-for-one gifts! (1) Nurturing the Body With Healthy Food  Price Range: $30-50 Have you ever…

  • DIY

    What Inspires You For Your Next DIY Project?

    Watching the creatives on SHGLiving. For sure, these makers know their subjects. They convey their installations with lots of spirit and wit to make the whole experience entertaining. UnliWatching the variety of styles and projects will reveal to you just what inspires you. So let’s dive in. Popcorn Ceilings Over…

  • Design

    Life is Beautiful 2021

    Can you say life is beautiful in 2021? If not, try an act of service.  Give something to someone.  Give a gift to a stranger. Better yet, combine it with your expertise. Offer your expertise to make someone’s life better in 2021. It is guaranteed to make you feel happy…

  • Living

    Rethinking House Cleaning

    Many people feel house cleaning is a “chore”.  Let’s shift this into a satisfying experience. After all, keeping your “nest”, a.k.a. home clean and beautiful is natural. Every animal cleans his nest, burrow, or home. Here are three fun and inspirational suggestions from SHG Living hosts to  get you launched…

  • Design

    Backyard Chilling and Grilling in 2021

    The 2021 extreme weather patterns throughout the United States and all of Europe bring home the well-established saying of “keep your friends and family close”. What’s better than chilling and grilling with everybody in your backyard.  Barbecuing always attracts people. You could start with a plain grill.  But let’s check…

  • Healthy Home

    Votive Candles – Toxic And Healthy Choices

    The bouquet of scented votive candles creates a beautiful Holiday aroma and atmosphere in a home. But watch out – there are important health considerations to be mindful of. Scientists and medical professionals understand the serious air pollution dimension in most votive candles.  But sadly consumers still do not know…

  • Gardening

    5 Organic Gardening Projects For A Happy Fall

    Gardeners will tell you that warm, happy fall days draw them out into the garden every time.  There is much to do in the garden during the fall. It’s a time to plant new shrubs and gardens for next year, prepare gardens for colder temperatures, and set up shrubs to…

  • Architecture

    Immediate Effect To Enlarge Rooms

    Is there such a thing as an immediate effect of making your home feel larger without adding to the footprint? The answer is YES!: Here is one powerful design strategy to visually and effectively raise the feeling of your home: lift the ceilings. Psychology of Lifting Ceilings For Immediate Effect The…

  • Inspirations

    Quickly Changing Holiday Gift Giving

    The 2021 Holiday season is pretty much upon us. Temperatures are quickly changing to cooler making our homes feel cozier. Holiday decor brings in even snugglier feelings at home. Businesses do better during the Holidays since our hearts and pocketbooks are a bit more open. In light of the devastating…

  • Gardening

    Supertunia – A Great Planter Refresh

    The weather in 2021 has been anything but “normal”.  In the United States Northeast, we have seen extreme heat mixed with long periods of intense rain and thunderstorm.  Both are stressful for container plantings. My container plantings are not making it to fall planting this year.  They are in need…

  • Green

    Earth Clinic Check Up On Mother Earth

    Our planet needs a thorough check-up at an earth clinic.  Or, should I say the people living on planet earth need a check-up at the earth clinic.  Given the status of Mother Earth, this summer 2021, such a check cannot come soon enough. Why? Question: What have Germany, Belgian, The…

  • Healthy Home
    endless pools, saltwater pools, healthy pools

    Endless Pool, Saltwater Pool = Fun And Healthy Pools

    It’s hot – it’s summer. Do you know what kind of pool you are diving into? What exactly is in the water? Do you dream of a refreshing dip into your backyard pool? Let’s take a fresh look at a pool fit for a smart, healthy, and green lifestyle. What’s…

  • DIY

    Living Close As Neighbors

    In many urban and suburban communities, lot sizes are small.  People are living close as neighbors. At the same time, outdoor spaces, backyards are used more than ever.  What used to be a grill is now often a full outdoor kitchen.  Naturally, you want to have privacy to enjoy your…

  • Gardening

    Organic Pest Control Made Easy

    People with gardens love to stroll around in them. But they rarely just walk around.  They check to see what needs organic pest control. They pick up weeds. They turn over leaves to inspect their plants. Some may poke a finger into the soil to check for moisture. It may…

  • Gardening

    Good Garden Design for Better Health And More

    The land is already there – use it. Good garden design equals better health and increased home value.  Good garden design connects your house to the surrounding landscape. The right garden design refreshes you and your health. It nurtures the soul. What’s good for you is good for your home, and…

  • Green

    LEAD vs LED Lights – Choose Health

    Allow me to be frank: Lead is in the minds of those consumers who still have not yet replaced incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. LED lighting is one of the well-established, mainstream, and inexpensive green home improvement products that represent a huge step toward energy efficiency and healthy living. This…

  • Gardening
    the right sprinkler repair can create fun

    Sprinkler Repair – Time to Upgrade

    Running through running sprinklers in hot summer days is fun for young and old alike. It’s even more fun for your lawn and gardens to get the right amount of water.  You install a sprinkler system to have peace of mind that your lawn and gardens receive just the right…

  • Healthy Home

    Bathroom Decor – 5 Impactful, Healthy Choices

    Bathroom Decor is rapidly changing. Post pandemic consumers list increased awareness around wellbeing, better health, and more aligned living-on-the-planet as priorities. Since bathrooms are the spaces in which we take care of our bodies, the design and fit-out of bathrooms with these aspirations in mind, are more important than ever.…

  • Gardening
    French Lavender

    English Lavender vs French Lavender

    Does the photo show English lavender or French lavender? Are there differences between the two types of lavender? Which one or both are right for your garden? Lavender is a beautiful, fragrant, healthy, and easy to grow plant. It is the perfect plant for every garden and every gardener. Differences…

  • Gardening

    Organic Pest Control Works

    People with gardens love to stroll around in them. But they rarely just walk around.  They check to see which plants are affected by various pests and therefore need organic pest control. They pick up weeds. They turn over leaves to inspect their plants. Some may poke a finger into…

  • Design

    The Best Is Yet To Come In Eco Friendly Building Design

    Today, design and building materials can easily be eco-friendly. There are many exciting building products available that are eco-friendly, sustainable, and healthy. And, at the same time, the best is yet to come in eco-friendly building products. For a closer look into what’s available right now and where the building…

  • Gardening

    Plumeria Flower – Love, Hope, And Welcome

    Plumeria Flower- what is it? Even the name sounds exotic – and it is.  Think of tropical flowers, think of Hawaii. Think of the Hawaiian “leis”, the welcome garland. They are native to Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean. But no matter your climate zone, there are ways you can have…

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