Saturday, May 31, 2014

Indoor Plants that require no sunlight

I'm pretty good at picking plants for my flower beds, but I'm hopeless with picking plants inside. Most of my house gets no sunlight. This post is sponsored by Gaddys Indoor Plant Hire, people who know about these things.
Maybe you don’t have a green thumb, or maybe you just don’t have the best setup in your home to provide the necessary light to keep some plants alive. Well, the days of living your life in fear of brown leaves is over. Here are some plants that are easy to care for and require very little sunlight.

The Boston fern, one of the most common types of ferns, owes its popularity to being very difficult to kill. While it needs to be watered often, a fern needs only indirect light. Moving the fern to a window every so often will give the plant more than enough sunlight to keep it healthy.

Beyond being an excellent filter to clean your air from common contaminants, pothos is an incredibly easy-to-care-for plant that will last for years with little or no effort from its owner, you can learn more here. (Some plants have survived for decades!) The long vines can grow several feet, making it excellent for hanging baskets.

The cast iron plant is named such because it’s so durable. It is an extremely forgiving plant for even the most neglectful people. It’s tolerant to low light, dry conditions, and needs water only once in a while. New leaves will grow from the base of the plant and may be separated along with their roots to be potted and grow as new plants.
The Chinese evergreen plant requires indirect light and needs only to be watered when the soil appears dry. It’s even tolerant to colder temperatures, so it may be placed in a room that doesn’t get much heat. Just make sure the pot drains well, and your Chinese evergreen should last for quite a while.

The peace lily does fine in indirect sunlight. In fact, the plant cannot tolerate direct sunlight, so keep it in a darker space. The peace lily is even kind enough to remind you when it needs water. When the leaves wilt, it’s time for the weekly watering.

One of the easiest plants to care for is the ZZ plant. It does just as well in low light conditions or more direct sunlight. It can tolerate infrequent watering or a regular watering schedule, as long as the pot is well drained. It is a slow-growing plant, but a trip to a sunny windowsill every once in a while will speed up the process. The plant has excellent air cleansing properties, as well.
African violets are a popular houseplant due to their low height and brilliant purple flowers, which allows you to decorate a small space with a beautiful bouquet. It is an extremely hardy plant that doesn’t need direct sunlight and needs to be watered only once a week.

The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, thrives in low light or bright light and pulls double duty by acting as a fantastic air purifier. Water the snake plant once a week during the summer and once a month during the winter and you’ll be enjoying its tall, broad leaves year-round. 

There you have it! Recommendations from the pros at Gaddy's. I'm inspired to move past my succulents only phase. What about you? Do you have success with indoor plants?

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Five: Indianapolis Style

My friends! Another Friday is upon us. Today I'm at the shore for Girls' Weekend and you can check out what I'm up to on instagram and facebook. My friend Marcie from On the Needles is here to do the Friday Five. I love when people share what they love about their cities, and she's doing just that with Indianapolis. We're also doing a kickass giveaway for a $50 Erin Condren gift certificate, so check that out below!

Hi, y'all! I'm Marcie, and I blog over at On the Needles. Steph's on vacation this week, so I'm taking over and subjecting you all to MY Friday 5 instead of hers. Deal with it :)

I know a lot of Steph's audience is from the Northeast, and if there's one thing I know about people from the Northeast, it's that you all think that New England/the East Coast is the best thing since Britney Spears'ssuper-public meltdown (let's face it, sliced bread should not be the bar). And while I love you and your cities, I want to share with you my 5 favorite parts about MY city-- Indianapolis.

1. The Central Canal Towpath -- I know that the Monon Trail gets all the love, but the Towpath is my new favorite. It's way more scenic and a lot calmer than the Monon could ever hope to be. Plus you get to see turtles. How can you go wrong with turtles? 
2. The Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium -- This is on the campus of Butler University, and offers free (yes free) telescope viewings on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting). You can also see the planetarium show beforehand for $2-3. It's an absolutely fabulous place to go on a date, especially if you're a nerd like I am. One night, I got to see the rings on Saturn. It was totally amazing!!! 
3. Low cost of living -- I know, this one isn't sexy, but I'm a grown-up and think about these grown-up things. When C and I can have a 3-bedroom, 2400 square feet house on an acre lot for 1/3 the monthly payment of my sister's 2 bedroom apartment in manhattan, it's a pretty good deal. 
4. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis -- The love that I feel for the Children's Museum cannot be put into words, but let me try. It has a planetarium (seriously, I love planetariums), a Dale Chihuly sculpture in the middle, an old carousel (that you can ride), and seriously awesome, ever-changing exhibits. Despite not having kids of my own, I go there every chance I get. You better believe that when I have kids I'm going to have a membership. 
5. Food -- Because no post is complete without food, and I cannot choose just one restaurant to love the most, here are a few of my favorites (no national chains allowed!): Harry and Izzy'sMama Carolla'sBub's,The Flying Cupcake, and Scotty's Brewhouse.
Come visit me sometime, won'tcha?

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday Thoughts - your weekly dose of random

1. Imagine going to the dentist for a routine procedure and emerging permanently blind in one eye. Unfathomable, right? A year ago in July, my friend Jenn was at the dentist and the dentist dropped a needle in her eye, resulting in permanent blindness. I'm really proud of the way she's handled this life altering experience. It's hard, it's scary, it's your life totally changed in an instant. I really can't imagine it. Jenn has been strong and fierce in her reaction to it, and when she does get low, discouraged, upset, overwhelmed, frustrated, or afraid, she doesn't let herself stay down for long. She's also doing her best to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone else by mounting a campaign about the importance of wearing eye protection at the dentist. Please like her facebook page Jenn's Vision and wear your sunglasses on July 8 to raise awareness and show your support for Jenn, who basically wears sunglasses 24/7 now. I'll be reminding you as we get closer to July 8, but I wanted to get the word out to you now. Demand your dentists give you eye protection! Don't let them do a thing without it.
2. We're all guilty of wishing days away. I mean, wishing for Friday is ingrained in the brain of the worker. It's also great to look forward to stuff like vacations, weekends away, parties, what have you, but make sure you are present enough each day to live in and appreciate the now.

3. Happy birthday weekend to one of my best Kims. Enjoy your birthday on Sunday KVSR.
4. Rest in peace, wise/strong/beautiful soul. Thanks for lending the world your powerful voice.
5. My mom of all people sent this to me yesterday and it made me laugh. Like way a lot of laughing.
6. This is circulating on Facebook, and people actually believe FLOTUS was photographed holding up this sign.  I'm sorry...regardless of your politics, if you for a minute considered this to be real, you might as well move into a cave and commune with amoebas.
7. A few months ago the manager at the B&BW next to my office told me they were doing away with Eucalpytus Mint, my signature hand wash. I got hysterical and bought a zillion online. It turns out she is a lying liar who lies and they were just repackaging the entire hand soap line. So yesterday I had 20% off and I picked up two of my old faithfuls and tried two new ones.
8.  Guess who's leaving for the shore tonight? WE ARE. Girls' weekend is this weekend and Lori & I are heading to OCNJ tonight. The rest of the girls arrive tomorrow. Boom shaka laka.
9. Paper or digital planner? Check out this planner post on Not Entirely Perfect. Steph speaks my organizing and planner language and I love it. And stay tuned -  I'm giving away a $50 giftcard to Erin Condren starting tomorrow!

10. E-card of the week:

Tomorrow, Marcie from On the Needles will be here tomorrow to talk about five awesome things about Indianapolis. Check out her post on puppy siblings here.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May Recommendations

Skimmers, recommendations are in bold. Aside from me, this month you get recs from Marcie at On the Needles and my BFF Laura. If you see something in a different color type, you can click on it to be taken to a website with info on the product. Let's do this!

1. The Campaign for Female Education - I actually found this via a NY Times article  (side note, I love the NY Times and consider it worth the subscription) regarding the #bringbackourgirls campaign. This organization raises money to send girls in Africa to school, helping them lift their families (and their countries) out of the cycle of super-young motherhood and poverty. Learn more and donate at
2. Bowles Mattress - This is really only a recommendation for those of you who live in the midwest, but these mattresses are amazing. They're made in southern Indiana-- I'm not a "buy US at all costs" person, but it's nice when US-made is truly the superior product. They have many styles of mattresses, comparable to the big name brands, at less than half the price. This is the mattress that C and I have (comparable to the Simmons Beautyrest Recharge), and it's quite honestly the best thing I've ever slept on in my life. And for $1000+ less than we would have paid for the Beautyrest-- sign me up!
3. The Birth Partner - Anyone who knows me at all (or has read my blog), knows that I'm obsessed with all things pregnancy/birth/baby. I came across this book relatively recently, and seriously, every pregnant woman needs to read it. It's so informative about everything from the last month of pregnancy through birth and postpartum. I borrowed it from the library, but when the time comes, I'm going to shell out the $16 and buy a copy.

4. Trader Joe's Fruit Floes - I'm so late to the Trader Joe's party. Seriously, it's kind of embarrassing. HOWEVER! In case anyone is as late as I am, I must wax poetic about these popsicles (yes, they're just popsicles). Fruit juice and chunks of fruit on a stick, and they're SO delicious. I realize that I'm describing them terribly, but just go and buy some. You will not be sorry. The strawberry flavor is my fave. 
5. Flor - C introduced me to the wonder that is Flor. I will admit, at first I thought it was sort of a cheesy concept. I mean, carpet tiles are for restaurants and office buildings. But not all of the styles are obviously tiles (if you're interested in wall-to-wall carpet), and it's actually really awesome for custom-made rugs! They sell rug kits, but you can also work with their designers to create your own. This is the one that I ordered for Baby B's room, and I'm in love. Best part? They're perfect for houses with kids and pets (or messy grown-ups), because each tile is removable. So if you get a stain on one or two pieces, you can just pick them out and clean them in the sink (or replace them) and put them back. No more dragging out the carpet cleaner or replacing the entire room's worth of carpet. Easy peasy!

1. Organize your photos in photobooks  for vacations, special events and a “Year in Review” for all of the random photos you took over the year. I used Shuterfly.
2. Pure Beech MicoModal sheets – It’s like a nightly hug. The most comfortable sheets ever. 
3. Bumble and Bumble Gentle Shampoo & Super RichConditioner .  Love!
4. The People’s Couch on Bravo - I want to be friends with everyone on the show…especially Julie and Brandy
5. Everything at The Container Store - but specifically the Linus Medicine Cabinet organizers here and here
6. Keep a first aid kit in your car in a plastic bin or re-usable shopping bag and buy the supplies individually. This was passed down from my dad Mike. Make sure you have tampons and maxi pads in your kit…yes tampons and maxi pads – the maxi pads work better than gauze in stopping bleeding and tampons can be used to stop a nosebleed.  “Besides their obvious uses, tampons and maxi pads are very helpful for wound management and are an essential part of any first aid kit.  Did you know that the modern tampon was invented in the 1800s for management of bullet wounds?  An OB-style tampon can very effectively treat a persistent nosebleed.  The smallest OB tampons fit nicely in the nose.  Bleeding wounds can be easily controlled with a maxipad held in place with an ace wrap.”-

Other things you may want to include in your kit:
an assortment of adhesive bandages, gauze pads, water bottle, Benadryl, Alcohol wipes, safety pins, adhesive tape, antibiotic ointment, cotton balls, cotton swabs, pain relievers, tweezers, scissors, a needle, hand sanitizer, hot and cold packs, disposable gloves, sunblock, clean towel,plastic/Ziploc  bags for disposing unhygienic items, flashlight and blanket, First aid manual.
And now I will share a photo of a tampon on my blog. - source 

1. Orly Bonder Base Coat - I am passionate about base coat. I will argue to the death about why you should use it. My nails are super strong and healthy and one of the things I attribute that to is using a base coat. I've been using Orly Bonder for about three years with great success. Polish stays on longer too.

2. Sanuk yoga spree flip flops - I started wearing these over two years ago after buying them at Girls' Weekend. I've been obsessed ever since and have grown my collection yearly. If you like flip flops, you need these.
3. Water babies sunblock - for your dogs. They get sunburn too. 

4. These cookies from Sam's  They last five seconds in this house so do yourself a favor and buy them for a function where more than two of you will be eating them.
5. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler - I've been in a reading slump for three weeks and this book kicked me out if it. The writing is beautiful and I like the story too. Then again, I always love the book that gets me out of a slump.

What are you recommending this month?

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

TWTW - Memorial Day Weekend consisted of...

Finishing my flowers. After four trips to Home Depot in six days, it's finished for real this time.
Hausfrauing top to bottom inside, and outside - cleaning off outdoor furniture and reorganizing the shed
Parkwood Farmer's Market
Visiting baby Eva
Lunch, a trip to The Christmas Tree Shoppe, pedicures, and getting the only thing I like at Panera with Debbie. I also dropped in on my parents on Saturday afternoon.
An awesome Sunday outside from 8 am - 8 pm
Including dinner with MFD and his parents - grilled chicken and veggies, hotdogs, macaroni salad, grilled pineapple, angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream
Making power breakfast muffins with strawberries instead of bananas, two sets of macaroni salad, and my first batch of iced coffee of the season.
Taking 498 pictures of my dogs
A covered bridge adventure in Bucks County - we saw the Frankenfield Covered Bridge and the Erwinna Covered Bridge, both in Tinicum. We took the long way home all along the river and it was a really nice afternoon in bucolic surroundings.
Not pictured: two glorious days in my house alone, lots of reading and laziness, ice cream sandwiches for dinner, and the wonder that is Petals on the Wind on Lifetime on Monday night, which I've been looking forward to for weeks. Did you watch?

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What you missed this weekend: Sunscreen - you need it, My dog can tell time, and In observance: Memorial Day.

Tomorrow: monthly recommendations from Marcie at On the Needles, my BFF Laura, and me.

I hope you all had a glorious weekend. This week is busy for me, but only a three day-er work-wise. I'm heading to the shore for Girls' Weekend on Thursday night!
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