Have you ever had one of those mornings where you get up, look in the mirror, and you look like you didn't sleep a wink. It only takes one person saying, "You look exhausted," or "Are you sick?" before you realize you probably look like Taylor Momsen. Well those unsightly dark under eye circles can say a lot about your health. Too much caffeine, stress, lack of sleep, and vitamin deficiency can be just a few culprits.  Here are some natural remedies to remove under eye circles.

Chamomile Tea Bags- Steep some chamomile tea bags in hot water, then rinse in cool water to create an eye-pack. Just putting these on your eyes for about 20 minutes will help reduce puffiness and can help diminish dark circles quickly.

As Cool as a Cucumber- Sliced cucumber on your eyes isn't just for the movies, it is a trick used by many  spas in luxury facial treatments. Just a couple of ice cold slices on your eyes will help reduce puffiness and tighten and tone the under eye area. (If you are in a rush and don't have a cucumber lying around the back of a cold spoon can have the same effect, in a pinch.)

Drink up, and Go Salt-Free- Too much salt usually leads to fluid-retention, which  can lead to puffiness under your eyes. Remember to drink plenty of water and reduce your salt intake, it will help you flush out toxins. You'll notice a visible change in just a day.

Dark circles under the eyes are more prominent because that area is so delicate and thin. You can improve your overall skin tone and appearance with a healthy diet and exercise, but when those stressful times and sleepless nights start to take their toll, just take care of the problem with a natural remedy for long-term benefits.


The first day of spring was yesterday, how did you welcome it? Here I laced up my snow boots to walk to work in the 2 inches Jack Frost left. I have some serious unfinished business with a certain Groundhog. I'm not going to let that get me down though. I did a bit of online shopping to cast away the snows, and I am excited about some of these fun eco-friendly finds. Bring on Spring!



It was 60 degrees here last week, and I was loving it. But, we live in Idaho where one day you are walking around in shorts, and the next day you are shoveling a foot of snow out of your driveway. There is still hope for us though, Easter is right around the corner. Remember this post from last year on using natural materials to dye eggs?  This year I wanted to share a few fun things help you build the perfect basket.


I made a little discovery last month that I am nerdishly excited about. My last strawberry plant from the summer just bit the dust, and I had an empty pot in my kitchen. We were making soup and I had chopped an entire stalk of celery and I just thought- it has leaves what if I could regrow this. So I stuck it in the ground and gave it some water watching it everyday, thinking it would never work. I wasn't too invested in it, I mean celery is so cheap even when organic that if it failed I wasn't out my time or emotional attachment to the plant-- see what I mean by nerdy. To my surprise it worked! See below, and as soon as one worked I started a mini celery garden. Like I said last week, I have Spring Fever so get ready for a billion garden posts the next few weeks. And the cottage kitchen from this post, is getting installed next week- can't wait to share!