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How to Keep Plants Healthy

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Even though the growing season is coming to an end, don’t give up yet on your garden!  Help it to stay healthy as long as possible. Find out how to determine what is wrong with plants and how to rectify the situation.

If the plant’s leaves have holes in them, it means an insect is eating them. Spray the plant with a mixture of insect killing soap. This item can be purchased at any major retailer or online at stores like Amazon.

Leaves that are turning yellow and looking wilted, typically meant the plant is being over watered. The drainage may not be great. This can be fixed by adding sand to the soil. If that doesn’t help, the plant may need be to be transplanted to a raised garden. You can tell if a plant is not getting enough water by feeling the leaves. If they feel crunchy or dry; chances are it needs more water.

If a plant’s leaves are looking wilted and faded, it may not be getting enough sun. Consider relocating the plant to a sunnier spot. It always helps to research the type of plant, to find out how much sun it requires.

White stripes running along the vein of the plant means that it needs magnesium. Add Epson salt to the soil around the base of the plant. If there is a color variation between the veins of the leaves the plant probably needs a zinc boost. Spray the plant with kelp extract to give them the vitamin it needs.

Yellowing occurring around the edges of the leaves and on the main vein, usually means that the plant is not getting enough nitrogen. Compost materials like coffee grounds and organic matter will help get the plant back on track. If the edges of the leaves become yellow, but the veins look good, it generally means that the plant needs more potassium. Save your banana peels and citrus peels. Chop them up and add to the soil around the base of the plant.

When in doubt, research what your plant looks like to find out what is going on. Type in the appearance of the leaves and look for other web images that look similar to your plants. The internet is a great place to find easy remedies for unhealthy plants.

 

How to Sleep When Traveling

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Have you ever had trouble falling asleep while traveling?  It’s a shame not to use the quiet time in a vehicle to rest – as long as you aren’t the one behind the wheel!   Why not start the relaxation process while you are traveling to your destination? Find out tips to sleep in the car, on a plane or in a train.

Get an eye mask that blocks out light. An eye mask is an excellent way to get some shut eye as long as it completely blocks out the light. Pull one of these over your eyes and quickly fall asleep.

Make sure and have a neck pillow with you. If traveling by car, a real pillow can also be nice. For traveling purposes a smaller neck pillow works just great! This allows you to lean your head back or to the side and comfortably catch some Z’s.

Create a playlist of calming or meditation music. This will cancel out noise around you and help you instantly relax. This paired with the eye mask and neck pillow will have you sleeping in no time. You will not feel surrounded by others because you will not be able to hear or see other people. Noise cancelling headphones works the best for this type of need.

If traveling by a plane or train, order a cocktail. A nice red wine will instantly make you feel more relaxed. Order a drink on the first opportunity, enjoy the beverage and take your time drinking it. After you are done put on your eye masks, head phones and situate your neck pillow. Also if you are traveling by plane or train, try to choose a window seat so that you can rest your head up against the window.

Pack a light blanket. This will help you to get relaxed and feeling cozy. Pair this with wearing comfortable clothing. You may even want to dress in layers since you cannot anticipate if it will be hot or cold in the vessel you are traveling in.

What to Do Before Putting Your Home on the Market

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You’ve loved your home for years and taken care of the house as much as it has taken care of your family.  Sometimes we find ourselves needing to relocate or find a larger or smaller home.  If you’ve taken care of the larger details getting ready to sell your home, such as replacing worn floors and applying fresh paint, what are the best things to do first to make it look more presentable? Find out what those things are and find a buyer quickly!

Have a yard sale. This will help you get rid of the clutter that can bring a house down. Buyers do not like to see clutter. They more or less like to see a blank slate. Having a yard sale is a great way to get rid of things you no longer need, as well as bring in some extra cash!

Hire a professional to maintain the yard. Curb appeal is very important to buyers. Having a professional maintain the lawn and shrubbery will help your home’s exterior look it’s very best!

Put extra furniture that is not needed in storage. This helps to achieve the “blank canvas” look that buyers are drawn to. This doesn’t mean place the dining room table in storage; we mean extra end tables and cumbersome pieces can be relocated. This will make the house feel more spacious. The more items in a room, actually makes it look smaller.

Clean out closets. Buyers love storage and actually want to see what storage options your house has to offer. If closets are jam packed, it is hard to take note of shelving and other storage organization the space has. A tidy closet is a benefit to any buyer.

Before showing your home, leave the doors open, lights on and have the place smelling nice. If the doors are closed the home will feel closed off. Having the doors open from room to room, makes the flow feel more open and natural. People want to be able to easily see that they are looking on; so keep the lights on and drapery pulled back. Make sure to have a subtle fresh scent throughout the home. You can use air fresheners or room spray. Just make sure the scent you choose is not a strong, overpowering scent. 

How to Grow Pineapple from a Pineapple Top

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Growing a pineapple plant is easy to do just by using the top of a pineapple that you cut off. This is a great way to grow your own food without having to purchase seedlings from the store. Find out how to plant pineapple from the top of another pineapple!

Cut off the leafy top about a half an inch below the leaves. Remove the lowest leaves. You want to be able to see the little root buds, that look like little dark dots. You may need to trim the base with a knife or scissors until you can see the buds.

Dry out the top in a sunny place for several days. By drying the top out thoroughly the plant will not begin to rot. It may take up to a week to fully dry the top out. Place the top in a place with good air ventilation.

Next you are going to plant the top into a small pot. Use a potting soil and mix in a little bit of sand. This helps add proper drainage for the young plant. Plant the top in the soil up to the base of the leaves. Water the soil and place in a spot that gets a good amount of indirect light.

Normally it takes the roots about 6-8 weeks to mature. Check and make sure the roots have grown before giving the plant direct sunlight. You can plant the pineapple outside in a partially shaded location. This should be done in the late spring or early summer. The plant will need to be moved inside once the weather becomes cold. Frost will kill the plant so you may want to keep it in a planter. Select a planter that can provide ample room for the plant to grow but allow you to bring it indoors when the chance of frost occurs.

It will probably take one whole year for the plant to begin to bear fruit. Be patient and tend to the plant year round. You will be glad you did once summer rolls around again and you can eat fresh, home grown pineapple!

Repurpose a Shed Part 2: Just for You

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In our last post we gave you a few ideas of ways to repurpose a shed into fun creative spaces for your kids. This week, let’s focus on you! Here are a couple great ways to carve out some space for only your interests.

 

Potting Shed

If you love gardening and don’t already have a place to store pots, tools, extra potting soil and everything else that goes along with your gardening interests, make yourself a potting shed! Add windows for natural lighting to provide a nurturing environment for baby plants. Even better if they provide a view out to the garden. Consider adding a cold frame on the outside of the shed to grow seedlings during the off-season. Add a potting table at standing height and large enough to have room for easy access to hand tools so you can work comfortably. Create space on a wall to hang larger tools so you can easily grab and go to work. Spend some time reading gardening blogs for more ideas on creating the perfect potting shed that will surely make your gardening pursuits more complete!

 

She Shed

This one might be our favorite idea. Everyone’s heard of “Man-Caves”, but now a new trend has emerged in a similar vein for women, called “She Sheds”. It’s about time, right? Maybe it was the tiny house movement that inspired women to begin creating their very own tiny home away from home. This space could be as simple or as involved as you like, perhaps you want it simple and serene for meditation or even a small yoga studio. 

Or maybe you want your space comfortable and homey, complete with snug furniture, house plants, books, coffee, all the comforts you enjoy. Chose wood-look tile for the floor to create an instant rustic space or an intricate mosaic for a one-of-a-kind get-away.

Don’t skimp on the outside either. Create a cute front porch, landscaping and a tile path back to the house. Again, a quick search on Pinterest will provide you with tons of inspiration!

 

Enjoy taking some time to dream about creating a new interesting space to nurture your interests and creativity. Let us know in the comments if you decide to repurpose a shed and feel free to ask us if you have any questions!

Repurpose a Shed Part 1: For the Kids

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Imagine a scenario where you have freed up storage space because you just did a big reorganization and parted ways with stuff you no longer need. How fun would it be to have an entire shed cleared and free to repurpose into something more fun than storage? We spent some time imagining a few ways and wanted to share with you. In Part 1, we offer you three ideas specific to children. Part 2 will talk about creating spaces just for you.


Playhouse

What child wouldn’t want their own miniature house behind the house? The ways to convert a shed into a playhouse are seemingly endless. Just a quick search on Pinterest will make you want to get started right away!

 

Arts & Crafts Studio

If you and your family love arts and crafts but dislike a constant mess in your home, a crafting shed would be a great fit and a joy to create.


Photography Studio

Create a place for your budding miniature photographer to take their creativity to the next level and make a child’s photography studio! Go shopping together and pick out different backdrops at the fabric store. Pick wall papers and mount them on boards as another option for backdrops. You can teach them about lighting by buying some used-professional lighting and even get creative and make your own lighting diffusers and reflectors. They can photograph their friends and family, take still-life shots of their toys and their collections from nature. Provide labeled bins for their props and help them get set up with a way to order prints of their favorite shots.

 

Other things to consider for all options: Remember to include climate control so you and your children can comfortably play in all temperatures. Add windows for natural lighting. Add a tile floor for comfort that is also easy to clean and maintain.  Install window boxes for flowers — a great way to keep the outside of the shed looking as good as your home.

Stay tuned for Part 2 for some ways to convert this space into something just for you.

 

We’d love to hear from you in the comments if you’ve ever repurposed a shed, or plan on doing this someday!

Exciting Book Shelves

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Book shelves do not have to be boring by any means. They are great for decorating and providing storage. Spice them up by hanging decorative book case boxes!

Installing boxes to be used as book shelves is a great way to customize your home. The shelves can be placed where ever you need. They can be arranged to take up an entire wall, or spread sporadically throughout. This is a good idea for large walls or a room with little space for an actual book case.

When using this type of application make sure to keep in mind that the book shelf boxes should contrast with the wall color. This kind of shelving adds a special architectural detail that should be noticed. Do not make the mistake of hanging these boxes that have a finish that blends in with the wall color.

Also remember that you don’t have to limit yourself to placing only books in your shelves. Use the added space to display accessories like photos, small plants and little pops of color. Unexpected item like this add interest to your space, taking the eye by surprise by showing the unconventional. The eye is drawn to this design because of it’s unexpectedness and pleasing look.

This type of design is not just for contemporary spaces. This look can be recreated for any style home. Simply keep in mind what kind of interior style you are working with and select the style of box that complements your interior design. Although these are a relatively new look, more of these hanging boxes are being made to the public.  

Let us know how you have incorporated this design into your home.  Feel free to leave pictures below!

What to Do With All Those Tomatoes

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If you are gardening in the summer, chances are you have at least one tomato plant. They seem to yield more tomatoes than you can eat before they go bad. Here is an idea for what to do when you have too many tomatoes.

Below is a recipe for an easy meatballs entrée. The sauce can also be made separately and frozen for use during the winter! The good news is that this recipe is cooked using a slow cooker, therefore your house will not heat up from using the stove.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time:  3 hours in a  slow cooker!

What You Will Need:

Slow Cooker

Ripe Tomatoes (10-15 can fit into most crock pots)

A bag of frozen meatballs

5 Leaves Fresh Basil

¼-1/2 Stalk Fresh Rosemary

2 Tbsp. Butter

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Black Pepper

1 Clove Garlic

½ Tsp. Lemon Juice

What to Do:

Chop or dice the tomatoes up. We prefer to cut them up into chunks, instead of dicing them. Peel and dice the garlic clove. Chop the basil.

Turn the crock pot on low. Add the olive oil and butter to the crock pot first.

Next add the basil and rosemary. Stir mixture. Then add the diced tomatoes and garlic.

Add the salt and pepper and stir well.

*Let the sauce cook for two hours on low.

Once the sauce has reduced down, it is a good time to add the frozen meat balls. Let the meatballs cook for an hour and then serve! Don’t forget to remove the rosemary before serving.