Tonya Mickelson

Tonya Mickelson

Tonya writes about a variety of topics that interest her. Having earned a degree in Interior Design, she is knowledgeable in various aspects of the home improvement industry, including decorating and green living. Tonya also enjoys writing about her dog and cat, and what she has learned from living with pets. She is constantly learning, not only about animals, green living and design, but about anything and everything that seems interesting at the time.

Tonya writes for a variety of other sites, besides Associated Content and the Yahoo! Contributor Network. She currently writes for Bright Hub, Break Studios, and Constant-Content, among others. She also maintains several blogs. You can visit Tonya s professional blog at
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  • Three Invigorating Body Scrub Recipes
    An invigorating body scrub will help to get your circulation moving, remove dry skin, and to lift your spirits in the morning (or whenever you need a pick-me-up). Here's how to make three favorites: coffee, peppermint, and honey-lemon.
  • Five Must-Have Products for Green Spring Cleaning
    When it comes to green spring cleaning, less is usually more. These five things will prove useful as you make the switch from regular to green spring cleaning.
  • Six Green Ideas for an Indoor Recycling Collection Bin
    Look around your house; maybe you already have one of these six items that can be used when you get started recycling.
  • Color Scheme Tips for Your Toddler’s Bedroom
    Perhaps your child has a favorite character; maybe he’s into fire trucks or she’s a little princess. How can you incorporate these themes into the decor? Consider these color scheme tips for your toddler’s bedroom.
  • Homemade Body Lotion Ideas for Smooth Skin
    Commercial lotions contain chemicals that may provide hydration in the short term, but they can make the problem worse over time. Fortunately, there are various body lotion alternatives that can be used when they are needed.
  • Causes of Abdominal Swelling in Dogs
    If your dog has abdominal swelling and any other symptoms, such as lethargy, discomfort, and vomiting, it is important to call your veterinarian immediately. What could be causing the swelling?
  • Decorations That Stimulate Babies’ Imaginations
    You will likely spend a lot of time in the nursery bonding with your baby and soothing him or her to sleep. When choosing decorations for this room, consider decorations that stimulate babies’ imaginations rather than boring or overwhelming them.
  • How to Find Complementary Colors to Coordinate a Room
    Let’s talk about what consists of a complementary color scheme, and if you decide this is the way you want to go, we’ll discuss ways you can get started with choosing the right shades for your home.
  • Is Interior Design the Right Career Path for Me?
    Is Interior Design the right field for you? Consider these questions before you make your decision.
  • How to Deal With Your Loss After a Molar Pregnancy
    One day you are expecting a baby, and the next you are told that there is an abnormal growth in your uterus. How are you supposed to deal with your loss after a molar pregnancy?
  • Spring Cleaning Tips for Fresh Indoor Air
    As the air begins to warm up outside, we often get anxious to open up windows and let the breeze waft through, freshening the air inside the house. If you enjoy letting the cool breeze in your home after a long winter, consider these spring cleaning tips.
  • Spring Cleaning With Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
    Do you have a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap in the house? With this bottle of magic soap you will need nothing else but a bucket and some warm water to cover most of your spring cleaning needs.
  • Tips for Organizing Your Kitchen Desk Area
    For some of us, the desk is a catch-all for mail, bills that need to be paid, and papers to be filed. Consider these tips for organizing the kitchen desk area.
  • Five Ways to Exercise the Mind and Keep Your Memory Sharp
    How often do you exercise your brain? Ideally, we should be doing things to keep our minds sharp on a daily basis. There are many different ways to exercise the mind and keep your memory sharp; here are five ways to help you get started.
  • Why Make Homemade Green Cleaning Products?
    Who has the time to mix up a concoction before cleaning the house? Actually, it doesn’t take long, and you probably have the ingredients right in your kitchen. The following are three compelling reasons to make homemade green cleaning products.
  • Additional Ways to Use Cloth Grocery Bags
    I prefer to use cloth grocery bags rather than disposable paper and plastic ones. In addition to carrying groceries, cloth bags can be used in an unlimited number of ways. These are just a few of the ways I get the most out of my reusable bags.
  • Help Your Indoor Cat Exercise
    It’s not easy to get an indoor cat to exercise, as you likely know. Here are a few ideas to help your indoor cat get exercise.
  • Honey Cleansing: Ways to Wash Your Face With Honey
    If you are looking for a safe, effective way to go natural with your skincare, try these three ways to wash your face with honey.
  • Color Psychology of the Cool Palette: Blue, Green & Purple
    Cool colors consist of not only blue, green, and purple, but they can also include the tints and shades of these colors. What feelings do you associate with “cool" colors?
  • Eco-Friendly Ways to Set the Mood for Valentine’s Day
    Romantic dinners, flickering candles, and gorgeous bouquets: Going green doesn’t mean you have to skip these Valentine’s Day traditions. Consider these eco-friendly ideas to set the mood for Valentine’s Day.
  • Eco-Friendly Gifts for Valentine’s Day
    In your quest to go green, you might wonder what you can give your significant other as a token of your love without straining the earth’s resources. Consider these eco-friendly gifts for Valentine’s Day.
  • Creative Upcycled & Recycled Valentine’s Day Gifts
    Do you want to give your significant other something special, unique for Valentine’s Day this year? Consider one of these creative upcycled and recycled Valentine’s Day gifts.
  • Small Dog Exercise Ideas During a Snowstorm
    Ideas for providing your dog with indoor exercise during a winter snowstorm.
  • Ideas for Recycling Plastic Grocery Bags
    They may not be the greenest option, but there are a few ways you can get more use out of plastic grocery bags. Do you have used grocery bags lying around? Here are a few ways I reuse mine.
  • How I Save Money by Making Homemade Gifts
    Why I often try to make my own gifts, besides to save money, and a list of various types of gifts I have made.
  • Inexpensive Dollar Store Gift Ideas for All Ages
    Whether money is tight or you just need a cheap present for a holiday gift exchange, I have found the dollar store to be a wonderful place to buy inexpensive items. You may need to do a little creative thinking, but you will find gifts for all ages there.
  • Sophisticated Ways to Decorate With Purple, 2014 Color of the Year
    Are you looking for sophisticated ways to decorate your home with purple, 2014 color of the year?
  • 10 Green Resolutions for the New Year
    If you are looking for a way to make a difference in the coming year, why not take some baby steps to going green. Make a resolution to minimize your carbon footprint. Try one or more of these ten green resolutions for the new year.
  • Home Improvement Resolutions for the New Year
    Do you feel the need to make some positive changes in the home? There are many ways to do so; these are just a few home improvement resolutions for the new year.
  • Stay Warm on an Indoor Date During a Winter Snowstorm
    Stay indoors to keep warm on an indoor date this winter. Try one (or more) of these fun activities on date night.
  • Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Small Dogs
    Does your doggy love presents that he can eat, while turning up his nose at chew toys? Consider these stocking stuffer ideas for small dogs.
  • Relaxing Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress
    Do you often fall ill during the holidays? Stress can make a person susceptible to illness during a time when we need to be at our best. Consider various relaxing ways to reduce holiday stress this season.
  • Color Psychology of Warm Hues: Red, Orange & Yellow
    Warm colors consist of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. They also include warm and cool color blends, such as yellow-green and reddish-purple. When you think of “warm” colors, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The psychology of warm colors.
  • Stocking Stuffers Your Cat Will Love
    Three of Loki's favorite stocking stuffers that your cat will love, too.
  • Gift in a Jar Christmas Present Ideas
    Looking for a crafty, unique Christmas present idea? Give your friends and family members a gift in a jar this holiday season.
  • Ways Writers Can Increase Productivity with a Smartphone
    Most people today own a “smartphone” with Internet capabilities and thousands of helpful applications, or “apps”. So, how can writers increase productivity with a smartphone?
  • Ways to Make the Bathroom Smell Good Without Air Freshener Spray
    It’s easy to pick up a can of air freshener spray at the store, but did you know that these cans contain chemicals that are harmful for your family to inhale? Luckily, there are other ways to make the bathroom smell good without air freshener sprays.
  • Facial Treatment Recipes Using Leftover Pumpkin
    Did you pick up some pumpkins this fall? No matter your skin type, you might benefit from a facial treatment using leftover pumpkin.
  • Unique Ways to Use Photo Frames
    Picture frames aren’t just for photos. They can be used to display a number of different things, from drawings to your favorite quote. Consider these unique ways to use photo frames.
  • Tips for Cleaning Tear Stains Around Your Morkie's Eyes
    Certain dog breeds, such as Morkies (Maltese-Yorkies), are prone to getting red tear stains under their eyes. My Morkie, Mila, is no exception. Follow these tips for cleaning tear stains around your dog’s eyes.
  • Why Aren’t My Dishes Getting Clean in the Dishwasher?
    Questions to ask yourself, and tips to consider when your dishes aren't getting clean in the dishwasher.
  • Natural Ways to Smooth Dry Skin
    As winter approaches, your skin will likely need a little extra care to keep from becoming rough and dry. Naturally smooth dry skin with these three tips.
  • 3 Morkie Teeth Cleaning Tips
    Dental care is just as important for your Morkie’s health as it is for your own. Small dogs are notorious for bad oral health, and it seems that the Maltese-Yorkie is not an exception.
  • How to Teach Yourself to Crochet
    I taught myself to crochet. It has taken many years, but I have worked up to an intermediate level. Here are some pointers to help you teach yourself to crochet.
  • Tips to Relieve Chest Congestion Naturally
    Do you have congestion that will not clear up with any amount of coughing? Try these tips to induce a more productive cough and relieve chest congestion naturally.
  • Ways to Soothe a Cough Naturally with Honey
    Honey is a natural remedy that can aid in cough relief. Try the following ways to soothe a cough naturally with honey.
  • Natural Skincare Regimen for Oily Skin
    Do you struggle with trying to keep your oily skin under control? If your face looks shinier than ever, maybe you are overdoing your skincare regimen in an attempt to dry up the grease. Switching to a gentle, natural routine might be more beneficial.
  • Top 10 Homemade Christmas Gifts
    Don’t know what to get someone special for Christmas this year? Homemade Christmas gifts can be meaningful to both the giver and the recipient.
  • Holiday Gift Exchange Game Ideas
    Most holiday parties feature a gift exchange of some kind. Often, the gift exchange involves a holiday game of some kind. What are some fun holiday gift exchange games can you plan for your party?
  • Useful Christmas Gift Ideas for the New Homeowner
    There are numerous household items that would be useful to nearly anyone who owns a home. Are you having a hard time thinking of a Christmas gift idea to give a new homeowner you know?
  • Gift Exchange Ideas for Holiday Party Games
    If you are planning a holiday party with gift exchange games, you might want to consider the type of gifts you would like guests to bring. There are numerous “types” of exchange gift options, or theme ideas.
  • Christmas Gift Ideas to Crochet
    Who wouldn’t appreciate a thoughtful, homemade Christmas gift from a loved one? There is a number of crochet projects that are easy and quick to work up.
  • Best Chemical-Free Shampoo for Sensitive Skin
    In my quest to find a chemical-free shampoo, I have done a lot of research on the subject. To my surprise, there are few products for sensitive skin that are truly free of all harsh chemicals.
  • Morkie Puppy Behavior Training Tips
    It is important to instill good behavior in your Morkie puppy the day you take her home. This is a very intelligent, albeit hyperactive, dog breed. Here are some Morkie puppy behavior training tips that I found helpful with training my puppy, Mila.
  • Best Natural Cleansers for Dry Skin
    Do you want to steer away from commercial skincare products, but aren’t sure what will help cleanse your face without stripping it of its natural oils? Look no further than your own kitchen. Try these three natural facial cleansers for dry skin.
  • Easy Afghan Pattern to Crochet for Winter
    This afghan crochet pattern is perfect for winter, especially if you choose a thick, fuzzy yarn to go with it.
  • How to Green Clean the Bathroom Quickly & Efficiently
    Cleaning the bathroom is never fun, so why make it last any longer than it needs to? Follow these tips for green cleaning the bathroom quickly and efficiently.
  • Ways to Give to Those in Need Over the Holidays
    Give the valuable gift of your time, necessities for those who cannot get them or toys for children who will get nothing else this Christmas. How else can you give to those in need over the holidays?
  • Interior Design Tips: Decorating After Moving into a New House
    It can be tricky to move into a new house and try to decorate with items from the previous one.
  • Fall Crochet Project Ideas for Beginners
    Cooler weather often means more evenings spent inside working on indoor projects. Are you a beginner who can’t wait to get started on fall crochet projects?
  • Adorable Baby Girl Shower Theme Ideas
    Consider these adorable baby girl shower theme ideas, but make sure to take into consideration what baby’s mom and dad like, too.
  • Free Pattern: Easy Baby Blanket to Crochet
    It is simple to come up with an original pattern of your own, but if you don’t quite feel up to it, I have come up with an easy baby blanket crochet pattern to follow.
  • Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget
    Here are a few things I have learned about planning a baby shower on a budget, from food to games and decorations.
  • 10 (Free) Fall Outdoor Date Ideas
    Enjoy the beautiful outdoors this season by going on an outdoor date with your sweetie. Don’t have much money to spend? These ten fall outdoor dates won’t cost you a penny.
  • Do You Need to Take Dietary Supplements?
    Most healthy adults don’t need supplements, as long as they eat a balanced diet. Are you wondering if you need to take dietary supplements?
  • Ways to Cook with Coconut Oil
    Coconut oil is a fat that was once thought to be unhealthy, because it is high in saturated fat. Lately, it has become more popular as a cooking fat, due to its many health benefits.
  • Non-toxic Ways to Get Summer Feet
    Many people slather their feet with toxic lotions and foot scrubs, and paint their toenails with toxic polish to make them look pretty during these barefoot times. Would you prefer to get summer feet without all the chemicals? Try these tips.
  • Types of Healthy Fats for Your Cooking
    Which fats should you use for cooking, and which should be avoided?
  • Tips to Control Hypoglycemia (low Blood Sugar) with Diet
    Do you ever feel weak and shaky for no apparent reason? You might have hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Here are some tips to control hypoglycemia with your diet.
  • How to Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Remedy
    How can you use coconut oil as a natural remedy?
  • Unique Coffee Table Decorating Ideas
    Step outside the box and consider these unique coffee table decorating ideas.
  • 5 Simple, Natural Detoxification Methods
    Toxins constantly surround us, and some of them eventually enter our bodies. We can naturally flush out these toxins through urine and waste, but sometimes we need a little extra boost to get back to our optimal health.
  • 10 Great Household Uses for Coconut Oil
    Although there are more than ten ways to use coconut oil around the house, I have chosen to list ten of its greatest household applications.
  • Review of BomaSense Natural Skin and Hair Care Products
    Did you know your skin and hair care products could be irritating you, even if you’re not aware that it’s happening? If you suffer from chronic pain, it could help to switch to natural body products. Learn about my experience with BomaSense.
  • Top 10 Ways to Use Coconut Oil as a Beauty Product
    You might already use coconut oil as a healthy fat in your cooking--but did you know it also has many uses as a natural beauty product?
  • Green Dusting Tips for the Home
    You have likely noticed how quickly dust collects on furniture, even though you could swear you just cleaned it yesterday. What do you use to dust your home? I have several different non-toxic, green methods of removing the dust from my furniture.
  • Tips for Trimming Up Your Small Dog at Home
    Plan on spending a few hours on each haircut and grooming session. Here are a few things I’ve learned to make this time a little easier.
  • Health Benefits of Coconut Oil
    Coconut oil has become popular as a healthier alternative in cooking, cleaning and even as part of a natural beauty regimen. How can you use coconut oil, and why?
  • Easy “Going Green” Tips for Beginners
    Do you want to change to a greener lifestyle? Aren’t sure where to start? Take it slow. There are several different ways you can get started “going green”.
  • Personal Care Products that Contain Fragrances
    In today’s world, it can be tricky to avoid artificial fragrances; they are in nearly every commercial personal product on the market. Learn where to look for scent-free personal care products.
  • Contemporary Table Runner Crochet Pattern for Beginners
    I have been looking for a table runner for my coffee table for a really long time, and just haven't been able to find the right one. Finally, I gave up and decided to crochet a table runner. Here's my own pattern, easy enough for any beginner.
  • 5 Nutritional Myths Debunked: New Wisdom for a Healthier Diet
    Are you on a diet that forbids carbs? Have you tried to prevent a cold with extra Vitamin C? There are many misconceptions regarding diet and healthy eating. These are just five myths that have been debunked.
  • Tips for Newlyweds to Avoid the Post-Wedding Blues
    The craziness and excitement of planning a wedding is over, and it’s back to reality for you and your new spouse. Post-wedding letdown is common in the first few weeks of marriage. By keeping busy, newlyweds might be able to avoid the post-wedding blues.
  • How to Make a Gatefold Wedding Invitation
    A gatefold card is a sleek, sophisticated style for your wedding invitation. By making your own invitations, you can add a personal touch and get the exact look you want. You can also potentially save money by making your own cards.
  • Simple Shelf Decorating Ideas for the Home
    Shelves are handy for storing smaller items, but it can be difficult to keep them from looking cluttered. Here are some ideas for simple shelf decorating--straight from my home.
  • What to Expect During a Cystoscopy
    Although a cystoscopy is not a serious procedure, it can be nerve-wracking if you don’t know what is going to happen. By learning about what to expect during a cystoscopy, you can be more relaxed and feel prepared when you enter the doctor’s office.
  • Quick and Easy Drawstring Crochet Soap Saver Pattern
    When I wasn’t able to find a soap saver crochet pattern that I liked, I played around with some kitchen cotton yarn and a hook, and came up with my own pattern. It is very quick and easy to work up, and when paired with a bar of soap, makes a great gift.
  • Useful Ideas to Organize Your Crochet Supplies
    It can be easy to let your crocheting supplies take over the house as you work on several projects at once. You will find that your life is much more relaxed when everything has its own place.
  • Clever Ideas for Home Organization
    Many household items can be re-purposed into new, clever ways to organize areas of the home. Try these clever ideas for home organization.
  • Ideas for Newlyweds to Achieve a Sophisticated Home Interior Design
    Now that you’re a newlywed, you might feel that you need a little help with decorating a more grown-up home interior. Consider these ideas to achieve a sophisticated interior design in your first home as a married couple.
  • Preventing UTIs Naturally: Artificially-fragranced Products to Avoid
    Sufferers of urinary tract infections understand how they can negatively impact your life. The symptoms can be unbearable at times. If you routinely suffer from bladder infections, you might have noticed that certain things can trigger an infection.
  • Inspirational Places to Look for Home Remodel Ideas
    Are you thinking about remodeling your home, but don’t know where to start? Here are a few inspirational places to start looking for home remodel ideas.
  • Storage and Organization Ideas for the Home Office
    If you’re anything like me, the home office is quick to become a collect-all for piles of papers yet to be gone through, books and bills that need to be paid. By creating storage places for all these things, you'll always have an organized office.
  • Fun Decorating Ideas for a Small-But-Stylish Home
    Does your small home seem like it’s too cramped to be stylish? The more space there is to fill, the more difficult it becomes to decorate with a cohesive style. Try these tips for decorating a small-but-stylish home.
  • Top 10 Reasons to Go Green with Home Cleaning Today
    Why go green with home cleaning? I have found that there are a number of ways you and your family will benefit from cutting out the commercial cleaners and going green today.
  • How to Successfully Use Color in Your Home Decor
    A successful color scheme reflects the personalities of a home’s inhabitants. It works well with the style of the rest of a home’s decor. It can even have an impact on the moods of the people in a room.
  • Choosing Wall Decor for the Home
    It’s easy to hang a picture on the wall, but it takes a keen eye to find the perfect piece for each spot in the home. When choosing wall decor for the home, consider the size and shape of the wall, your budget and the overall style you have chosen.
  • Kid-friendly Kitchen Design Ideas
    Consider these design ideas for a kid-friendly kitchen.
  • When to add color to white-on-white decor
    A white-on-white color scheme can be sophisticated, or it can give off a sterile, hospital room vibe. Are you trying to pull off a white-on-white decorating scheme, but just can’t quite get it right?
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  • 2012 winter decorating trends
    Save yourself the work of decorating twice in the space of a month or two. Decorate for the entire winter season with these 2012 winter decorating trends.
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