Travel With Me: Asheville, North Carolina

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I’m thinking about one of my favorite trips, and places that I have ever been! This past spring break Zach and I went to Asheville, North Carolina and it was an absolute blast. Today I want to share some of my favorite places in the city!

Favilla’s New York Pizza

I think the real reason why we decided to go to Asheville was for this pizza. It is truly the best that I have ever had. Of the four days we were in Asheville, two days worth of lunch and dinner came from this amazing restaurant!

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The Asheville Outlets

Zach and I spent an entire morning at these outlets. I love shopping at outlets because you truly can get some awesome deals at the stores. During this trip we went to stores like Gap Factory, Banana Republic Factory, The West Elm Outlet, Starbucks, and the Lindt Chocolate Store.

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Downtown Asheville

You could walk around downtown Asheville for hours. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and other activities to occupy an entire day. We went into a lot of shops like the Mast General Store, Voltage Records, and Old North.

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Biltmore Village

Biltmore village was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip! Once again we got to walk around and enjoy all of the shops and restaurants. Two of my favorites were The Gardener’s Cottage and The Well-Bred Bakery and Café.

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Hole Doughnuts

These doughnuts are absolutely insane, and are definitely worth the line you will have to stand in! We went back the morning that we left for Kentucky because they are just that good!

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Biltmore Estate

On our last day in Asheville we went to see everything that Biltmore had to offer. This was an awesome experience, and I definitely think that everyone should see this estate! We got to explore the house, grounds, and conservatory (My absolute favorite!!). We also ate at one of the cafés that are located on the grounds. If you go to Biltmore, make sure to get the ice cream. You’ll thank me later!

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Overall I think that Asheville is a great place to go for absolutely anyone! I already want to go back!

If you’ve been to Asheville, North Carolina before, be sure to let me know what was your favorite aspect of the city!

Until next time,

-S

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My Garden Box: Box #6

Happy Sunday everyone!

A few days ago I received another box from My Garden Box, and I can’t wait to share what was inside with all of you! This plant was definitely the strangest, and probably my favorite of all the plants that have come to me in this subscription box.

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This month’s theme was “Big Twister”. In this box we received:

  • 1 Plant
  • 1 Fiberglass Pot that looks like concrete (My favorite pot of all time)
  • 1 Package of Soil
  • 1 Packet of Small Pebbles
  • 1 Info Sheet
  • 1 Wooden Name Tag
  • 1 Pair of Small Pruning Shears
  • 1 Magnet

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This plant is super cool to me! I love any plant that is quirky and this one definitely doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen before!

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I think this plant is absolutely beautiful. I placed it on my windowsill so that it would get enough light. The combination of the plant, pot, and the pebble topper is definitely one of the prettiest in my collection!

As you all know, I’m obsessed with this subscription box and have loved receiving a new plant friend every month!

I still believe that this box is an amazing value and is perfect for any plant lover! As a reminder the subscription that I purchased was the 6 Month “My Monthly Plant” box. Since I prepaid for the six months, the price per box was $19.50 per box.

That is such as awesome price for how much you get in each box! I definitely recommend checking this subscription service out!

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Let me know what you think of this month’s box in the comments below!

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Fiddle Leaf Fig

Happy Saturday friends!

Today I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite houseplants with you! These are plants that have taken the interior design world by storm! You have definitely seen these trees on HGTV and have probably seen them all over Pinterest as well.

The plant that I’m talking about, is the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

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Photo By Hilton Carter

I think these plants have made such a splash because they have a perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy, and make such a great architectural piece in any space. They also add that warmth that any houseplant brings to a room!

I have been on a Fiddle Leaf Fig journey since August of last year, and it has not been easy learning what these figs enjoy!

In August, Zach purchased two Fiddle Leaf Figs, one from Etsy and one from Lowe’s. By December, both of these little trees had lost all of their leaves! We ended up throwing those two bare stems away, and decided that we would try again with these plants closer to springtime!

After doing a TON of research, I think I’ve figured out what these plants need in order to thrive indoors!

We currently have three Fiddle Leaf Figs, Humphrey was the first and arrived with some cold damage, so he is still be nursed back to health.

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One of the major issues with Fiddle Leaf Figs is that they do not like cold temperatures at all. Humphrey arrived in the mail on a 35 degree day here in Kentucky. This caused his leaves to turn brown as you can see above. Most of those leaves fell off, or if the entire leaf wasn’t brown, I cut off the part with cold damage.

The bottom pictures of Humphrey show the new growth since spring has come around. Bright light, consistent watering, and a special fiddle leaf fig food is what has brought him back to life!!

The next fiddle we purchased was Kevin. This was the story that I shared in Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness a couple of months ago! He resides right in front of our living room window!

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Most recently I purchased Fiona the Mini Fiddle at Lowe’s here in Lexington.

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The main things that I have learned with fiddles are:

Water: Consistent watering. I water all of my fiddles the exact same amount of water, on the same day of the week. For me, this is on Friday mornings.

Light: Bright, indirect light is what these plants are looking for. I think finding a spot in front of a north, or east facing window would be best for these guys!

Fertilizer: Helps the plants to grow during the spring and summer months. Don’t be scared if your fiddle produces lots of new leaves and then seems to stop for a couple of weeks. They usually produce new growth in spurts, and by the end of the growing season you should have around 2 feet of new height on your tree.

Repotting: This is where I think I went wrong with the first two fiddles. These plants like to feel snug in their pots. If you repot them too soon, they can easily get freaked out, and could start to drop their leaves.

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These plants are fantastic once you know exactly what they need in order to thrive. If you want to try your hand at being a plant parent to a fiddle I would check out your local Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any of your local greenhouses! These places can give you some additional advice on how to care for these guys.

Let me know if you have a Fiddle Leaf Fig, or if you’re interested in getting one in the comments below!

-S

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:

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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

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