Cottage Core | DIY Flower Shadowbox Room Decor

Try this easy wellness craft inspired by Pinterest’s cottage core trend. Gather foliage and arrange them in a shadowbox frame. Hang it on your bedroom wall for a simple wellness craft.

Hey friends,

I hope you are doing well !

Take care of your mental health by making this wellness craft: Cottage Core DIY Flower Shadowbox Room Decor.

Gather foliage from nature and arrange it in a shadowbox frame.

Materials for Cottage core | DIY Flower Shadowbox Room Decor

  • dried foliage and flowers (leaves, acorns, pinecones etc.)
  • shadowbox frame

How to make Cottage core | DIY Flower Shadowbox Room Decor

  1. Open shadowbox and arrange foliage inside.
  2. Close shadowbox and hang on your wall.

I hope you liked this Cottage Core wellness craft: DIY Flower Shadowbox Room Decor.

XOXO,

Bianca

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DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

Are you starting food photography on a budget? Try making this easy 3 step textured DIY food photography backdrop.

Hey friends,

As a beginner at food photography, I found a lot of the props and tools the pros recommended to be highly expensive.

That’s why I created my food photography backdrop with items I had around the house.

Materials for DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

  • wooden board
  • paint
  • texture agent (like non-toxic putty)
  • paint knife
  • paint brush

Directions for DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

  1. Apply texture agent on the board using paint knife.
  2. When texture agent dries, apply paint using the brush.
  3. Wait for paint to dry and your backdrop is ready to style.

I haven’t tried this but, if you are using two paints:

You can add a darker paint before you apply the texture agent to create depth.

But you can also add a darker paint after the texture agent and then the lighter paint.

Tips for creating a DIY Food Photography Backdrop On A Budget

Don’t skip on texture!

Create texture by adding a non-toxic texture agent like wall putty. Texture and detail improve your photos drastically.

Don’t know what color to pick?

I recommend an all white backdrop.

An all white backdrop allows you to increase your image’s saturation and exposure without having to worry about the background colors.

It can also highlight your food as the sole focus of the image.

From personal experience, clean white photos have more interactions and views on social media.

Here’s another photo with Cottage Core Craft | Easy Hanging Flower Bouquet.

A white backdrop allows one to increase the saturation of the flowers without compromising the background.

XOXO,

Bianca


Cottage Core Craft | Easy Hanging Flower Bouquet

Create this easy Pinterest inspired cottage core craft to de-stress today. Add lovely dried flowers and memorabilia to your room.

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Hey lovelies,

I hope you are all doing well. Life has been pretty insane these past few months. But, with spring break here, it’s time to relax, reflect, and take care of your mental health.

I like to create crafts to take my mind off things and de-stress. I created this easy, Pinterest inspired cottage core craft to help you relax and create something new during this break.

Materials for Easy Hanging Flower Bouquet | Cottage Core Craft

You will need:

  • Bouquet of dried flowers
  • Twine (or ribbons)
  • Scissors
  • optional extra jazz: tiny memorabilia, fuzzy wires, more ribbons, etc.

How to make Easy Hanging Flower Bouquet | Cottage Core Craft

How to make a hanging flower bouquet:

  1. Arrange bouquet by trimming excess stems or by rearranging flowers.
  2. Tie stems with twine or ribbons and cut the excess. Tie a second string with a loop.
  3. Hang bouquet onto a curtain rod (or wherever you want) through the loop.

You can add small cards attached to it, or even memorabilia. Put your bouquet in a jar or vase to display instead of hanging it.

I hope you like this Pinterest inspired cottage core craft. If you try it, let me know how it went.

I’m making more wellness crafts like these soon. Subscribe to my blog for the latest posts. I’ll see you next time.

XOXO,

Bianca

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Spine and Back Health and Nutrition


Have you ever wondered what types of foods and habits can protect your back from injury and disease?

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If you have back pain, eating these foods will not only maintain spine health but, lessen inflammation and pain.

Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor if back pain persists or if you have chronic back pain.

Back and Spine Nutrition

Dr. Barry Goldstein, A New York chiropractor and nutritionist, created the ultimate “Spinal Health Grocery List – The Best Food For Back Pain“:

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Additionally, some foods are anti-inflammatory including tomatoes, olive oil, leafy greens, nuts, salmon, and cherries. Source: National Spine Health Foundation

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Dr. Goldstein claims these 4 foods will hurt your spine health:

The No-Go List – Worst Food For Back Pain

  • Red meats
  • Potatoes
  • Processed, fast foods
  • Foods high in preservatives (crackers, chips)

7 Healthy Habits to Protect your Spine

source: Spinehealth.org

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  1. Exercise
  2. Strengthen your core
  3. Maintain a healthy weight
  4. Have good posture
  5. Use proper form when lifting
  6. Sleep properly
  7. Quit smoking

You can do core strengthening exercises as part of your workout routine to maintain your spine health.

You can do core workouts in your car or in the office. Squeeze your core successively 100 times per rep. Do 1- 5 reps daily.

Maintain a healthy weight especially in the abdomen. Reduce weight so the spine does not have to support extra pressure which may negatively affect your posture.

Practice correct posture especially when sitting and lifting heavy weights.

Remember to place your pillow in a way that supports your shoulders.

Keep your body healthy by protecting your back and spine!

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3 Ingredient Strawberry Smoothie Banana

Ingredients

  • 1 overripe banana (bananas with spots are sweeter)
  • ½ cup almond milk sweetened (or unsweetened)
  • ⅓  cup of strawberries

Put all ingredients in blender for healthy strawberry smoothie with banana

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The Most Outstanding Students’ Secret Weapon? Books.

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Why do successful people read books?

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Bruce Lee, arguably the greatest Marital Artist of the century. Whose success and mastery of his craft has won him countless awards, titles, and Hall of Fames.

Bruce owned about 2,500 books. Philosophy, American self help, and Martial Arts were his top three biggest genres.

How can books help you in college?

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In a study entitled, Beyond Books: The Extended Academic Benefits of Library Use for First-Year College Students researchers investigated whether “first-year college students’ use of academic libraries” affected four academic outcomes: academic engagement, engagement in scholarly activities, academic skills development, and grade point average.

Here are 3 of their conclusions:

  • Students who used academic sources, journals, and references (collection loans, e-books, and inter-library loans, and web-based services, database, journal, and library website logins) had the most positive and
    significant relationships with academic outcomes
    .
  • Enrollment in library courses was positively associated with grade point averages.
  • This study supports the ongoing importance of students’ use of academic libraries and the critical roles that libraries play in students’ academic development, engagement, skills, and achievement.

Biggest Benefits of storytelling

1. Mental Health

Books for stress relief?

Researchers including one from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, studied stress levels of students in demanding health science programs and concluded that “30 minutes” of reading “lowered blood pressureheart rate, and feelings of psychological distress just as effectively as yoga and humor did.”

Sources: Healthline and Research Gate

Books for depression and anxiety?

Anyone who has minor symptoms of Major depression can use Bibliotherapy (book therapy) to improve symptoms. Source: Good Therapy

Bibliotherapy can have positive effects on children and adolescents with anxiety and depression. Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine | National Institutes of Health

A study conducted by the Research Agency concluded that reading “increased self-esteem and reduced anxiety and stress” Source: Independent

2. Be a better human

Reading stories can increase empathy, character, and understanding

According to the South African College of Applied Psychology, storytelling can improve feelings of “connectedness and fellowship.”

Reading fiction can help us understand and empathize with the viewpoints of other people.

If books connect and not divide us, how would issues such as racism and discrimination change if we all picked up a book and learned about each others’ cultures and perspectives?

Wrestling with poetry may even foster creativeness.

According to Professor Philip Davis, Director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society at the University of Liverpool, through reading poetry people can better “adapt thoughts and behaviors” to novel circumstances. Source: South African College of Applied Psychology

People are also better led to look for different ways to fix problems rather than using a standard solution. Source: South African College of Applied Psychology

Confidence to express yourself

Reading great books allows you to see into the minds of master writers.

You unveil the greatest of writing. You see their methodology, how they describe things, and a peek into their inner world.

Great literary masterpieces are models to imitate for expressing your own writing.

Practical tips on reading

Schedule a designated reading time.

Reading is a lifestyle.

Read in the morning, afternoon, and in those small moments in between.

Read in the morning, before bedtime, and during breaks.

But, make sure you read daily.

Why you should read daily?

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The famous reading 20 mins a day study

It’s been drilled in my minds as a student that reading 20 mins per day can significantly increase “vocabulary for fluency and comprehension”. Source: Phoenix Academy

Students who scored 90% better than their peers on reading tests, read for more than 20 minutes a day – exposing them to 1.8 million words a year. Source: Phoenix Academy

see Britannica’s 12 Novels Considered the “Greatest Book Ever Written”

Art of Manliness’ 100 Books Every Man Should Read includes 1984, Plato, Roosevelt, Wealth of Nations, and Brave New World