August 14, 2013

If you’re a fan of salads or trying to love them, try out these yummy salad dressings that are far from the usual

Let’s face it: no matter how much you love salad, there will come a time when you’ll get tired of it if you’re using the same types of dressings time and again. We’ve got just the thing for you in our first ever post in our The Sassy and Savvy Kitchen series. In this article, we’re going to give you some recipes for salad dressings that are delicious and different from the ones you’re used to!


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August 13, 2013

Thinking of repainting your room? Treetopia lists down the popular colors used in the bedroom, how they stimulate your mood, and how you can incorporate these colors into the style you prefer for your room

We all go to our bedroom to get some much deserved R&R, but did you ever consider that the color of your room may have a hand at speeding up or slowing down your mood switches? Not only that, but with the right color, you can finally get the style you’ve always wanted for your bedroom. Keep reading to learn what the popular bedroom colors are, how they affect your mood, and how you can use them in your personal space:

White/Off-white

Visual effect: White creates a refreshing and clean look in a bedroom and works well with any style. Shades of white and off-white are particularly useful in a small bedroom because they create a sense of space. If you want to give a small room an illusion of greater height, the sensible thing to do is to paint your ceiling white.

Psychological effect: White imparts a feeling of serene calmness and helps reduce any nagging feelings of disappointment.  However, a white room can also feel cold, bland, and sterile. For a cozier bedroom, consider off-white shades like light gray, ivory, and cream instead of pure white, or try adding a few splashes of colors through your decor.

Perfect for: If you are aiming for a shabby chic room, shades of white are perfect to make your rugged or distressed furniture stand out. Whites also look great in modern minimalist homes.

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Shabby chic and minimalist bedrooms

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August 8, 2013

Give yourself and your girlfriends a meaningful visual treat by hosting a movie night about empowered women on Women’s Equality Day on August 26

Women’s Equality Day may be a celebration of when women were allowed to vote in America, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate women empowerment in other ways. Get your girlfriends together to celebrate girl power by having a women-themed movie night. Treetopia identifies the women of strength and character in these film selections you may want to screen at your viewing party:

Women of Strength and Integrity

With the rise of independent women in this century, it’s not hard to attest to the strength of women. However, in a world of oppression, will there still be women who will remain vigilant in their respect for life and moral beliefs? This is what Katniss Everdeen proves in the film, The Hunger Games. Watch how she defines and remains true to herself despite the odds (and look good while she’s at it!). May the odds be ever in your favor.

Women of the Work Force 

Are you a true, present-day empowered working woman or have been raised by one? Made in Dagenham depicts a time when women went home with a significantly lower amount of money in their pockets despite working just as much as their male counterparts. Witness the true story of how a group of women, who worked at the Ford Motor Company of Dagenham, England, paved the way for the Equal Pay Act for women in 1968.

Women of Color 

If you and your friends refuse to be classified into society’s narrow categories or go against what you deem unfair, then add The Help to your list of movies for your viewing party. Watch how different women from distinct backgrounds react to and challenge the prevailing system and tell their story.

Woman of Beauty and Suffering 

It is always said that the only person who can truly hinder you from succeeding is yourself. The amazing biopic of Frida, played by Salma Hayek, shows how renowned painter, Frida Kahlo, lived through chronic pain after being pierced with an iron handrail in a bus accident in 1925. While much of the film revolves around her and her relationship with her husband, Diego Rivera, Frida proved that you may break her bones but you cannot crush her spirit.

Gather the girls and celebrate the strength of women in spite of difficult trials that befall them, and remember: when women band together, anything can happen.

What other films can you add to this list? Post your suggestions below!


August 7, 2013

Get your creative juices pumping by transforming common thrift shop items into awesome Christmas decor

You don’t need expensive items to make your home gorgeous. Use thrift store-bought items to reinvent what you currently have in your storage. Check out some of these ideas:

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August 6, 2013

Simplify your life week is the perfect time to redecorate with simplicity in mind. Here are some tips to make your home simply amazing

With all the projects that redecorating a home usually involves, it may not seem like simplifying your life through your home decor would be the best idea. However, you might be surprised by just how big a difference taking out an extra side table or repainting a wall can make. The easiest way to do this is by adapting aspects of the minimalist lifestyle to interior decorating.

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August 1, 2013

Try out these easy ways to make your entryway more welcoming through personalized design

Whether you’re entertaining guests or just coming home after a long day’s work, your home’s entryway both creates a big impression and sets the mood for whoever steps into your home. Regardless if your foyer is a huge room, a closet-like space, or a section of a corridor, there are simple ways on how to infuse your style into this area and make your home welcoming from the time you open the door.  Check out these simple tips:

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July 30, 2013

Are you ready to discover great finds for your home? Check out some of the most popular yard sales happening in August

Like any savvy Treetopia reader knows, yard sales can be a treasure trove of home décor and fashion items waiting to be discovered… and at cheaper prices at that! If you’re on a treasure hunt right now, then you’re in for a treat because we have the treasure map to the biggest yard sales this season.

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July 25, 2013

Take a break this month to commune with some of this continent’s treasured and well-loved national parks

Did you know that July is National Recreation and Parks Month? Why don’t you take a break before the month ends and bond with nature by visiting the national park nearest you? If you’re willing to go the distance to visit some of the best, you’re in luck because we’ve listed down some of America’s favorite National Parks.


This National Park is the treasure at the end of the rainbow

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July 23, 2013

Find ways to turn old furniture into something fabulous and useful again

Do you find yourself wondering how to collect more fitting furniture and get rid of old ones that don’t seem to complement the style of your home? How about hitting two birds with one stone by repurposing old but usable items into new furniture instead? Check out these simple ways to repurpose items and integrate them into your home décor:

July 18, 2013

Treetopia shows you simple ideas on how to personalize the style of your kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most important parts of the home, whether you are a culinary genius or not. As you inject your personality into your home’s interior design, make sure you don’t neglect to make your kitchen more appealing as it is functional. Here are a few things you may want to consider when decorating your kitchen: