Houseplant Tour: Pothos, Medinilla, and Monstera

Hey guys!

I’m super excited to share some more of my houseplant tips and tricks with you! Today we’ll be diving into the world of some easier plants that I think would be great for beginners. All of these plants are very easy going and need the same kinds of basic care in order to thrive in your home.

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We’ll start with the Monstera deliciosa, or the Swiss Cheese Plant. These are hardy plants that have become super trendy over the past year.

When the leaves mature, they begin to split until the plant looks like this:

Monstera Deliciosa

Overall these are very easy-going plants. I usually water mine once a week, and fertilize it once a month with a basic liquid plant food.

These plants can tolerate medium light, but do best in an environment with bright, indirect light such as with a north or east facing window! They can also tolerate normal household humidity and are super fast growers. Mine seems to have three new leaves at all times!

The Medinilla magnifica is one of those plants that I had dreamed of owning. They are beautiful houseplants and they produce one of the prettiest flowers that I have ever seen. I knew I had to purchase one when I saw that my favorite online greenhouse, Hirt’s Gardens, had eight in stock.

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When the flowers bloom, the plant looks like this:

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These plants are also pretty laid back! I water mine once a week, and have not yet fertilized it for the year. These plants also need bright, indirect sunlight in the spring and summer months. During the winter, you’ll want to move this guy to a spot that gets direct sunlight!

Pothos are one of my favorite varieties of houseplants. They are probably the easiest plant to care for in my opinion, and they come in a ton of beautiful varieties!

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Silver Pothos or Scindapsus pictus argyraeus

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Marble Queen Pothos or Epipremnum aurem

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Devil’s Ivy or Epipremnum aurem

These plants are super easy to care for as they only need watering once a week, can handle almost any type of light, and can handle dry conditions caused by air conditioning or heating drafts.

One thing to keep in mind with these plants is that the brighter the light, the better the variegation on the leaves! Another cool thing about pothos is that they are clean air plants!

Will all three of these varieties of plants you want to make sure that you have a well draining soil. Overwatering, and root rot are one of the most common causes on death in any houseplant, but I’ve noticed this to be an issue with the Pothos varieties in particular!

These plants can typically be found at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, but are also very common online! If you’re looking into becoming an indoor gardener, I definitely recommend trying one of these first!

-S

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Suiting Up For Summer

Hey guys!

It seems like summer has hit all of a sudden. As the temperature heats up, and the pool at my apartment complex reopens today, I thought I would bring you all along on my quest for the perfect solid black, one-piece bathing suit.

Black bathing suits have always been my preferred type of swimwear, but instead of focusing on two-piece suits, this year I want to find the perfect one-piece.

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P.S. Yes, I know that Key Colony is perfection. I dream about this place every single day!

Purchasing swimwear can be daunting, but there are five suits that I’ve found online at Old Navy and Target that I think will be perfect for me. These are suits that I could wear to the pool, but I could also throw on a pair of denim shorts and a button up after a long day at the pool to go grab food with some friends!

#1: Halter Underwire Swimsuit for Women $44.99

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P.P.S. I went to Old Navy today and tried on this suit! I think it’s my favorite of all of these and I’ll most definitely purchase it soon!

#2: Women’s Crochet Off The Shoulder One Piece $39.99

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#3: Sea Angel Women’s Ruffle Sleeve Plunge One Piece $39.99

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#4 Balconette Swimsuit for Women $35.00 (On Sale)

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#5: Ruffled Square Neck Bandeau Swimsuit for Women $39.99

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These are some of my very favorites! And I hope that I’ll be able to purchase more than one of these for this summer. Be sure to let me know where you love to shop for your pool and beach wardrobe!

-S

My Garden Box: Box #4

Happy Wednesday friends!

Today I’m going to quickly share with you all what I got in my fourth box from My Garden Box!

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This month’s box was themed “A Sedge With Edge”. In my box I received:

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-Three plants

-One bag of soil and fertilizer

-One bag of black pebbles to use as a plant topper

-One stainless steel planter

-A magnetic name card and a piece of chalk

-An info card, sticker, and piece of candy

Once I had everything out, and I read through the information on these plants, I got to potting!

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This month’s box was super easy to pot, and I think that they will be pretty easy to care for. Here is the finished product:

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As usual I love this box and am amazed at the value of each one. These are highly recommended for anyone who loves plants, or wants to get more into indoor gardening. I also think that these boxes make great gifts! I’m always super excited when I get my shipping confirmation every month, and I know your special someone would as well!

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Prayer Plants and Peperomia

Hey guys!

Once again, we have finally made it to the weekend!

Today I am going to be sharing another portion of my houseplant tour with you all. Today’s plants are definitely the most colorful and exciting of all of the plants that I own!

We’ll start out today with my Peperomia, as they are much easier to explain than Prayer Plants.

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Peperomia obtusifolia

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Peperomia argyreia or Watermelon Peperomia

The great thing about Peperomia is that they are relatively small plants that are also pretty easy to take care of!

Peperomia need medium to bright, indirect light but are pretty forgiving if you don’t have the best light. They are also pretty laid back when it comes to watering. I usually water mine on Friday mornings!

When it comes to fertilizer and humidity these plants are still super laid back. They like a basic plant food between spring and fall, and they can handle normal household humidity!

The most difficult thing that I’ve had to deal with concerning my Peperomia is the lack of light that I got in my room during the winter months. However, this affected all of my houseplants, so I guess it wasn’t the Peperomia being picky!

There are a ton of awesome varieties of these plants, so I would definitely recommend them to someone who is just getting started with indoor gardening!

While Peperomia are easy to care for, Prayer Plants are on the opposite end of the spectrum. These are delicate, but beautiful plants that need a lot of attention on a daily basis.

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Some basic Prayer Plant care tips and information are:

Water Needs: High. These plants like moisture and humidity. I usually water all of these twice  week. Also, they need to be watered with distilled or filtered water as fluoride can be harmful to their leaves.

Light Needs: These plants prefer low to medium light. If they get more light than this, their leaves could burn. A super cool thing about these plants is that they take in light from the day, and conserve it at night by moving their leaves depending on whether it is day or night!

Fertilizer: They need to be fertilized from early spring to late autumn.

Humidity: These plants LOVE their humidity. I usually spray these with distilled water two or three times a day. If there isn’t enough humidity the leaves on these will start to turn brown on the edges as you will see below on my Calathea ‘Fusion White’.

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Calathea ‘Freddie’

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Calathea lancifolia

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Calathea ‘Fusion White’

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Stromanthe Triostar

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Calathea veitchiana

These plants are the most colorful, and the most exciting plants that I own. There is something so magical about the intricacies of the foliage on each of these!

I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about some of my favorite plants!

P.S. I have another prayer plant on the way, my dream plant, a Calathea orbifolia! I can’t wait to share that one with you all once it arrives!

-S

My Spring Cleaning To-Do List

Hey guys!

Today marks the middle of Dead Week here at the University of Kentucky. That means that my stress level is through the roof, and I will be working nonstop between now and May 4th at 12:30 pm!

One of the things that helps me to relax is to clean. I know, I know, I’m completely crazy. Cleaning is one of the things that makes me feel the most productive, and the most put together. I have a daily and weekly routine for cleaning and organizing, but today we’re going to be talking about some things that I either haven’t done since I moved in, or that I haven’t done in a long time.

These tasks are not something that I do often, maybe once or twice a year at most. So I thought that while everyone is in a spring cleaning mood, I would share with you all some of the tasks that I want to tackle soon!

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2. Dust Baseboards

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3. Steam Clean Carpets

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4. Wash Comforter and Pillow Shams

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5. Deep Clean Microwave and Refrigerator

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These are the five tasks that I am most excited about tackling. Hopefully I’ll get most of it finished this weekend while I’m taking breaks from studying!

What are your favorite tasks to do when you get in the mood for spring cleaning? I would love to know so be sure to leave those in the comments below!

-S

15 Quotes For When You Need To Be Inspired

Hey guys!

Today I am sharing with you some of my favorite quotes that help me to stay inspired and determined to be the best version of myself! Whether you’re having a bad day, or if you just need a great Instagram caption, these quotes are for everyone and I think they can each teach us some awesome lessons!

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I hope that you all found some sort of inspiration in these quotes. I know that I do every time I see these.

Stay wonderful!

-S

What’s On and In My Desk

Happy Saturday friends!

I hope that you all are having a fabulous weekend so far, and that you’re ready to do some more organization with me!

A few weeks ago I shared with you all how I keep my life as a whole organized using my planner and my blog calendar here on WordPress. This week, I wanted to focus on my desk/vanity.

As you all know if you’ve seen my post Welcome to Apt. 3315, I created a desk and vanity combo that I use every single day.

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My vanity, chair (no longer available), and mirror are all from Target!

Since I use this space all the time, I felt that it was very important to give every piece it’s own space within the desk.

I have essentially split the storage in this writing desk in half. One side is for makeup and beauty products, and the other side is for my office supplies.

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I try to keep the top of my desk as clutter free as possible! I don’t know about you all, but clutter makes me anxious and it doesn’t promote a stress free life for me. I need for things to be organized in order to think clearly, and that’s exactly what I have tried to accomplish in this desk.

I keep my pencil/makeup brush holder on the left side of this desk with my other makeup products such as lipsticks, foundations, and eyeliner. Other than the lipsticks, I use all of these products on a daily basis. This makes it super easy and speeds up the process of getting ready in the morning!

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The left side of my desk is very simple. Here we only have a lamp, my favorite candle, and one of my Peperomia! I like having this side of the desk nearly empty. As this isn’t a huge tabletop, I felt that it was necessary to keep this section as minimal as possible!

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In the beauty drawer of my vanity I keep all of my face products, except for my foundations, my eyeshadow palettes, and some samples that I recently received from ULTA and Sephora. I also keep some backups of my favorite products such as my mascara, setting spray, and foundation.

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On the office side of my desk I keep my stapler, a spare calculator, a flash drive, and various other office supplies. I also keep my dry shampoo, hair clips, and deodorant in this drawer because as you can see, my beauty drawer is nearly full!

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I usually sit at this vanity to get ready in the morning, and then again to do any homework I have, or to write any of my blog posts!

Since I have made this space organized and clutter-free, I am able to focus in this area and be productive. As a college student it seems that my workload never actually gets any lighter. Because of this, I felt that it was necessary to create a space that felt like home, but that still inspired me to keep going and get the job done on a daily basis.

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Having specific spaces for everything in my home, including my desk/vanity, has helped to keep my stress at a pretty low level throughout this school year. Even when it seems like I have a million things to do, it’s super helpful to know that I have my own area where my success is the focus.

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I hope that you all enjoyed seeing what was on and inside of my desk!

I also encourage you to get organized during all of your spring cleaning endeavors! I truly believe that organization is one of the keys to becoming the best you, and I hope that you take on that challenge.

-S