How Gardening help your Motor Skills [Infographic]

We often think of motor skills as being innate, or something weโ€™re born with. After all, every kid can run, jump, and do somersaults, right?

In reality, they are physical skills learned as children, and some types are fine-tuned throughout our lives. Gardening can play a big role in enhancing motor skills. Whether youโ€™re young or old, gardening can be a healthy addition to your lifestyle.

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Stain Removal Hacks [Infographic]

Abrasive and environmentally harsh chemicals are in most store brand carpet cleansers. However, there are just as effective ways to get your carpets looking like new with more friendly ingredients. These are safer for your pets, loved ones, and lungs, not to mention the fabric of your rugs.

It turns out that even the toughest looking stains, from oil splatter to permanent marker, can be removed simply and easily with items you probably have around the house. Your Best Digs lines up 10 nasty stains and pits them against these easy clean up methods that are environmentally friendly. Did you know you could get glue out of a carpet using an iron? Or stop crying over spilled wine with some baking soda?

Check out the infographic below for a number of sure-fire carpet stain removal methods that will keep your rugs in great shape, no matter what hits them.

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Greenspiration: Home Design for the Eco-Conscious

Concerns about climate changes and the general state of our planet are constantly growing. As a result, many industries have started introducing new, green approaches and methods into their business models, trying to contribute to environmental preservation. The same goes for the eco-conscious interior design which has gained popularity recently, and many owners are now implementing sustainable practices when decorating their home. In order to help you follow in their footsteps and do something good both for our environment and your family, weโ€™ve singled out a list of some awesome ideas and suggestion regarding this topic. Feel free to take a look.
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Furoshiki: The Art of Japanese Fabric Wrapping [Visual Guide]

Many of the most revered Japanese arts have emerged from something that was first intended for practical uses. Such is the case with Japanese calligraphy, the solution to a growing need for a uniform script in the administrative process, and Kintsugi, which originated as an elegant way to repair broken pottery. Furoshiki is no different. The term, which literally translates to โ€œbath (furo) spread (shiki),โ€ was first used in the Nara period (710โ€“794) as a means to protect valuable goods.

Since, the Japanese have mastered the art of doling fabric to transport and wrap items. This has evolved into a popular practice in cultures around the world as a versatile, environmentally-friendly way to carry bottles, food, and everyday necessities, and has also become a modern alternative to holiday gift-wrapping.

Below are some of the basic Furoshiki wrapping techniques that invaluable has visualized to help guide you.

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Easy Ways to Save on Energy Costs [Infographic]

When we think of things that pollute or harm the environment, what usually comes to mind are things like factories and cars. But did you know that your own home can be a cause for pollution?

The power that we use at home has to come from somewhere, and if you’re getting your power from a power plant, every unit of electricity you are using contributes to pollution and an increase in CO2 levels.

That’s not to say we shouldn’t use electricity at all! It’s a part of modern life. Indeed, there are ways we can use less electricity and get our electricity from more sustainable sources to help reduce our carbon footprint.

As far as reducing electricity is concerned, simple changes like making better use of existing power consumption – such as by improving insulation to make air conditioning and heating more effective – can have drastic results.

For alternative sources of power, solar panels are becoming cheaper and cheaper and many homes are able to get almost all of their power from solar alone.

The infographic below from Portable Energy Gurus lists 17 ways you can save energy and reduce both your power bill and carbon footprint.

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