How to Preserve Leaves: 6 Interesting Ways

Leaves come in vibrant colors and the need for preserving them stems from their varied uses in daily life. We have enlisted here a few easy recipes to maintain the color and texture of some of your favorite leaves in the best way possible.


How to Remove Crayon from Walls

Do your little kiddos love treating the walls as their canvas and draw doodles with crayons whenever you are not around? While it’s good to nurture their artistic talent, the walls (wallpapers in most cases) should be spared at least. If you think removing the vivid crayon markings is no less than a rocket science, then scroll below to see what’s in store for your walls.

Ways to Clean Crayon off Walls

Baking soda

  • Prepare a paste of baking soda and water and apply it over the marks with a sponge or rag.

You may even sprinkle some baking soda on a clean, moistened cloth or sponge and scrub off the markings. And once they come off, clean the wall with soap water to remove the baking soda residue.


  • Dab some regular toothpaste (not gel toothpaste) on the wall and start rubbing with a scrub brush or a rag. Rinse off the paste with water after the marks are removed.

The method works well for walls coated with a flat paint.


  • Apply some mayonnaise on the scribbled wall and allow it to sit for a while. Use a damp cloth to rub it off.

Blow dryer

  • Set the hair dryer on low heat and start heating the area where the crayon markings are till the wax begins to melt. Wipe it off with a cloth soaked in soapy water.

Alternative method: As heat is necessary to melt the wax, you can place some paper towels on the surface and move a clothes iron (set at low heat) over it. Clean it off in a similar manner.

Dishwasher Detergent

  • Rub the region gently with a paste of dishwasher detergent and water using a clean, dry cloth.

Note: Do a spot test as the bleaching agents in the detergent can ruin the walls.


  • Roll a piece of bread into a ball and rub the surface properly till the crayon marks get off the walls.


Rub the crayon-scribbled wall with an unpeeled cucumber for cleaning.

While pencil eraser, steel wool, and baby wipes are the other cleaning options, removing off the crayon markings with some baby oil, shaving cream, or hand lotion can make your walls spotless once again. Likewise, applying hair spray and cooking spray can do away with your little Picassos’ wall art.

Note: Although it is believed that cleaning the crayon-filled walls with a cloth soaked in turpentine, ammonia, vinegar, or rubbing alcohol can help in getting rid of the marks, the paints may peel off. So make sure you apply it over an inconspicuous area on the walls before use. Also, do not forget to wear gloves beforehand as applying these cleaning solutions with bare hands could be risky.

Try any one of the methods to bid adieu to the crayon drawings on your beautiful, stain-free walls. Next time, keep an eye on your children when they pull out crayon sticks from the box to avoid going through the same hassle again.



The Constraints of Living Small: Downsizing Your Home

There are basically two kinds of houses: big ones and small ones. Most people would naturally prefer the former with perhaps sprawling lawns, ample storage spaces, expansive areas to while about, indulge and make merry. Now hang on; what if owing to compelling circumstances, one has to rope in for a small dwelling? What if there is a big family to squeeze into the minimum available spaces of a small house?


Four Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Acne Scars

Get rid of the ugly scars left behind by acne with the help of simple coconut oil home remedies. For those who are wary of using oil on the acne-prone skin, check on the facts. Coconut oil boasts of lauric, capric and caprylic acids in its contents that not only assist in fading acne scars but also stop them from recurring. Add to that, Vitamins E and C that tighten your skin, preventing ageing and protecting against UV rays.

Avoid skin irritations by using coconut oil that is organic, cold-pressed, unrefined and extra-virgin.

Acne Scar Removal with Just Coconut Oil

  1. Apply a thin film of extra virgin coconut oil over cleaned skin.
  2. Gently massage in a circular motion for 5 minutes.
  3. Leave on for 30 minutes before wiping with a tissue.
  4. First, rinse with warm then cold water. Pat dry.

Repeat the above process 2-4 times daily for best results.

For additional toning, you can mix ½ tbsp rose water with each tbsp of coconut oil you use. Like coconut oil, rose water has excellent anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties that can quickly heal even old acne scars.

Coconut Oil and Turmeric to Get Rid of Red Acne Scars

Bank on the redness and inflammation reducing powers of turmeric along with the benefits of coconut oil in this easy remedy.

  1. Add 1 tsp turmeric powder to 1 tbsp coconut oil. Mix well.
  2. Apply all over the affected parts of the skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Make your fingers wet and massage for 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse first with warm then cold water. Pat dry.

Repeat daily for visible results within a fortnight (the time taken may vary from person to person).

Coconut Oil and Baking Soda Scrub

With a little help from the versatile baking soda, you can exfoliate to remove dead skin cells while lightening acne spots.

  1. Massage a mixture of 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tsp baking soda over the skin.
  2. Leave on for 5 minutes.
  3. Massage gently with wet fingers for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off with cold water. Pat dry.

Repeat every day.

Coconut Oil, Honey and Lemon Face Mask

Fight deep acne marks with the lightening properties of honey and coconut oil and cure them with lemon juice, all packed together in a healthy mask.

  1. Combine 1 tbsp coconut oil with 2 tsp raw honey and ½ tsp lemon juice thoroughly.
  2. Apply a thick coat of the mix on a clean face.
  3. Allow mask to soak in for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off with cool water. Pat dry.

Repeat twice a week.

Forget the agonies of public appearances and the hours spent in concealing acne scars, by reviving clear, youthful skin.



How to Remove Blackheads from Nose Naturally at Home

Blackheads are a real pain on the nose, and removing them with an extractor only adds to the pain. But, there are other, equally effective home remedies to get rid of those little black spots – almost instantly! Find out how.

Baking soda to remove deep blackheads

What you’ll need

  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup mineral water

What to do

  1. Wash your face with a mild soap or face wash to remove oil and dirt.
  2. Now massage a good scrub gently on the wet skin of your nose in small circular motions for around five minutes. This exfoliates dead skin cells and makes it simpler to remove deep blackheads.
  3. Steam your face for 10 minutes, paying special attention to the area around the nose.
  4. Now mix the baking soda and water to make a pack.
  5. Apply the paste to your nose, as a thick layer. Let it dry for 10 minutes.
  6. Rinse well with warm water, pat dry and apply a moisturizer.

Using the baking soda pack regularly, at least 2-3 times a week, can help to keep blackheads away permanently. It works equally well on your entire face, including your lips.

Homemade clay mask for removing blackheads on your nose

What you’ll need

  • 1 tbsp bentonite clay
  • Apple cider vinegar or water

What to do

  1. Blend the bentonite clay with vinegar or water to make a dough, resembling the consistency of putty.
  2. Use your clean fingertips to cover the area around your nose with a thin layer.
  3. Let it sit until it dries. It should take around 10-25 minutes.
  4. Rinse off with lukewarm water and moisturize well with a cream or lotion.

Blackhead removal strips with egg white

What you’ll need

  • White of an egg
  • Facial tissue

What to do

  1. Rinse your face well and pat it dry.
  2. Apply a thin layer of egg white on the nose.
  3. Place a strip of tissue paper over the egg white on your nose. Press it gently, allowing the whole thing to dry well.
  4. Apply another layer of egg white over the tissue paper. Let it dry.
  5. Apply a third coat of egg white.
  6. When the mask is completely dry, you will find the skin on your face feel tight.
  7. Peel off the tissue. Gently wash off your face to get rid of any residue.
  8. Pat dry and moisturize.

Keep a few things in your mind before trying any of these natural remedies; never try to pick at the blackheads with your nails to remove it and always make sure to wash your hands with soap before using the above methods as touching them with dirty hands may worsen the problem. Hope these ways work for you.

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It’s garage sale season! Yay! I love garage sales more than I love peanut butter, and that my friend is saying a lot. I am an absolute fiend when it comes to finding garage sales & snapping up awesome things. Meanwhile, I am not a fan of the sales that aren’t organized and that don’t have prices. C’mon, ‘Murica! To help you get on track, I’ve put together some free garage sale printables as my Momcaster gift to you.

You can print them at home, or places like The UPS Store can print your signs for you. Easy peasy. To get started, just click the image below you’d like to print! Each will open in Google Drive.

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New on Netflix – Fresh Netflix Shows & Movies

I’m a Netflix fan like no other. I LOVE Netflix. I can honestly say there is rarely a day out of the 365 I get a year that we don’t use it at least once a day. I’m always on the prowl for what’s new on Netflix, and so I decided to create some space on Momcaster to keep track of – and share with you – the latest (and always up to date) list for new movies on Netflix.

An up to date list of what's new on Netflix today!

If you haven’t yet tried Netflix, you really should. They typically offer a FREE 30 day trial. No strings attached. If you’re worried they might charge your card and you’ll forget to let them know you don’t want to keep using Netflix after your trial (but, you totally WILL want to keep using it), do what I do when I take advantage of free trials … just set a reminder in your phone’s calendar to alert you one day before the trial expires. That way you’re in control and you don’t wind up accidentally paying for something you aren’t sure you want.

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I Want a {Beachy} Turquoise Kitchen

Maybe it’s the FREEZING cold Kansas weather. Or maybe it’s because I’m always convinced I should be living at the beach. Whatever the reason, I’ve decided I want a very beachy, turquoise kitchen. I mean a seriously turquoise kitchen.

Turquoise is such a lovely color and something about it seems so inviting and pleasant. I want oodles of beautiful turquoise in my kitchen – everything from a turquoise Keurig to turquoise cookware.

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Gotta LOVE a turquoise kitchen. So yummy!

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