My Summer Home Decor Favorites

Happy Saturday everyone!

As summer has officially begun, I have been searching the internet for home decor pieces that could refresh my space for the warmer months. My style has evolved to be a mixture of Mid-Century Modern, Bohemian, and Traditional Glam. Usually I gravitate towards neutral colors, mixed metals, and wood tones.

Since summer is the time when we see brighter colors, patterns, and a variety of textures, this is what I love to add to a space for the season. All the items that I’ll be sharing today have those brighter colors, patterns, and textures that I love for summer!

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Pink Cream Tulip Wreath

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Llama Planter

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Throw Pillow

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Plant Stand

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Tapestry

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Throw Pillow #2

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Elephant Planter

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Floral Vase

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Gold Pots

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Grow Pizza Kit

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Hand Painted Vase

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Art Print

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Melon Planter

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Tropical Canvas

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Boca Vase

These are some awesome items that anyone could use in their space for the summer, and they’re all pretty affordable!

Let me know what you’re changing about your space for the season in the comments below.

Until next time,

-S

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Lazy Day Project: Spring Refresh

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing how I refreshed my outdoor space for spring! If you love Lowe’s, Homegoods, warm weather, and flowers be sure to keep reading!

This was a super easy project for me to complete! One day after class I convinced Zach to come with me to both Homegoods and Lowe’s. I knew that I wanted to find a floral wreath and that I wanted to get some flowers as well.

We started out at Lowe’s. I had been talking to my mom about which outdoor plants to get as she is the crazy perennial plant lady!

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Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, but since my mom didn’t have a ton of luck with these I had to pass on them!

As we were shopping I made sure to read the care instructions that are attached to each plant to make sure that they could handle the back and forth of Kentucky temperatures.

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I knew that I wanted to use two 12 inch pots and place a variety of plants in each. I ended up purchasing seven different perennials, and used another 10 inch pot for the seventh plant.

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I was super excited about what I found at Lowe’s! I tried to get one taller plant per pot, one medium sized plant, and then one shorter plant for each pot. I also focused on sticking to the same color palette for each of the two pots. I got one pink, one blue/purple, and one yellow for each pot.

I found a lovely floral wreath at Homegoods for only $24.99! It matches the color palette of the flowers perfectly and will be incredible for both the spring and the summer months.

Once I got home I began to strategically place and repot each of these plants.

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I filled up each pot about halfway with a basic potting soil before I places the plants in their spots. I wanted to add some height to these arrangements and knew that I could achieve that by putting more soil in first.

I even got Zach to join in on the fun!

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Once we had successfully made a huge mess in my kitchen, all of the flowers were in their new homes! As always after repotting, I made sure to give these plants a good watering before setting them outside.

Below I will insert a photo of all of the care instruction cards that I had for this project. I have put these in a drawer so that I can refer to them if I’m ever having an issue with one of these plants.

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Here is the finished product!

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I love each of the aspects of this spring refresh, but I think the wreath is my favorite!

It’s been about a week since I purchased these plants and I have had to bring them inside a couple of nights since Kentucky weather is totally unpredictable! I have also been watering these guys once a day to make sure that they are staying hydrated.

Be sure to let me know what you think of this spring refresh, and what you’re going to do to get your decor ready for spring!

-S

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My Garden Box: Box #3

We have made it halfway through this week friends, and I am halfway through my My Garden Box subscription!

Today I am going to show you all what I received in my third box from My Garden Box.

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This month’s theme was “Twas an Allusion”

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As usual I received a card with instructions for re-potting the plant, and with basic information about the plant that I received. This month’s plant was a Syngonium ‘Berry Allusion’.

Below is everything that I received in this month’s box!

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I received:

-One Plant

-One terra cotta pot and saucer

-One bag of soil, fertilizer, and natural moss

-One copper plant label

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This plant was super easy to re-pot, especially with the instructions that are provided!

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Once I had this new friend in its new home, I placed it on my new bookshelf!

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I think that this is my favorite plant that I have received so far from My Garden Box! This plant is so beautiful. As usual it was super healthy when it arrived, and was not damaged in the shipping process at all!

I continue to be super impressed with My Garden Box and recommend them to anyone who wants to get into indoor gardening!

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As you all know, I am subscribed to the “My Monthly Plant” box! The cost of this box is:

Month to Month $21.50 per box

3 Month Prepay: $20.50 per box

6 Month Prepay: $19.50 per box

12 Month Prepay: $18.50 per box

I also continue to be amazed at how this company packs so much awesome stuff into these boxes every month for the price! These plants would be awesome as gifts, activities for kids, or perfect for anyone who is new to houseplants or wants to expand their collection.

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I already can’t wait for next month’s box!

-S

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Spring Fashion 2018

Raise your hand if you think winter has overstayed its welcome!

If you’re anything like me, once the middle of March hits, I am ready to put away the sweaters and boots and bring out the sandals and tank tops!

Today I am going to be sharing FIVE spring outfits that I have put together recently. All of the pieces are on trend for 2018, and even better, they are all affordable and under $50!

Outfit #1: Floral Tank Top (This one is sold out, but here is a similar one for $19.99!), Black Jeans $49.95, Metallic Sandals $19.99

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I love this outfit because florals are always in style for spring! Also, you could throw a cardigan over this top and be good to go on these colder spring days. As you all know I love my black jeans, and I think that they make the bright colors of this floral tank really stand out!

Outfit #2: Denim Jacket $29.99, Basic T-Shirt $5.99, Leggings $24.99, Black Nike Tanjuns $64.99

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I LOVE this outfit. I wear this at least once a week because it is so comfortable for my full days of classes, but still looks like you put in some effort. Denim is super trendy for spring this year, and this denim jacket has barely left my body since I purchased it!

Outfit #3: Chambray Flutter Top $24.99, Black Jeans $49.95, Braided Brown Sandals $15.99

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As I said above, denim is super popular this spring and this chambray shirt also has that denim look. I love the detail on this top and wanted to highlight it by wearing my black jeans, and basic brown sandals!

Outfit #4: Grey Cardigan $24.99, White T-Shirt $5.99, Leggings $24.99, Black Nike Tanjuns $64.99

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This is another one of my favorite outfits! I found the cardigan and t-shirt at TJ Maxx in Lexington earlier this year and I absolutely love them. This is another outfit that I usually wear once a week because it is perfect for my long days on campus! This cardigan is also one of the best transitional pieces I own, as it isn’t too heavy while still being warm!

Outfit #5: White Button Up $22.49, Light Wash Jeans $49.95, Braided Brown Sandals 15.99

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This is probably my favorite of all of these outfits because of its simplicity. These pieces could be worn to class, to grocery shop, to dinner, to the movies, or to any other place you could think of! I am loving button ups for spring and this one from Gap Factory is one of my favorites that I’ve found. I paired this shirt with light wash jeans to keep the look light and airy, and once again I’m wearing my favorite braided sandals from Target!

Most of these pieces came from either Gap Factory, TJ Maxx, or Target. As a college student on a budget, these stores are awesome places to get great pieces at even better prices!

I hope that you all enjoyed these spring outfits, and I’m praying that the warm weather will come soon!

Love,

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Sansevieria

Happy Saturday!

I hope that all of you are having a fantastic weekend! Today we are going to be starting a new series. This series will be a Houseplant Tour, but I am going to give you tips and tricks for all of the plants that I have!

I hope that this series encourages all of you to make your homes a little greener. As a college student in an apartment I don’t have a ton of time to be outside, or near nature at all! I didn’t even realize that I missed having my mom’s flowers and garden around me until I moved to a place with more concrete than grass.

This week we’re going to be discussing Sansevieria, or the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue.

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If you all have been reading for awhile, you know that Herman the Snake Plant was my very first houseplant!

Herman is a Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii. I found him at the Kroger Marketplace in Somerset for $12.99 back in August. He is still doing great, and he definitely changed me into the crazy plant lady that I am today!

These next few photos are some of my favorites of Snake Plants that I’ve seen on Pinterest. You can find these and other photos in my Plant Lady board!

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There are many different varieties of Sansevieria. Here is a photo that highlights the differences in some of these varieties:

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Snake plants are considered to be nearly impossible to kill. They can handle a variety of light conditions, but as most plants, they do best with medium to bright, indirect light. These plants can also handle erratic watering schedules! I usually water my snake plants once a week, until the soil is moist.

I have three of these plants, and they are all different varieties. As I said earlier, Herman is a Sansevieria laurentii. I also have a Sansevieria ‘Moonshine’ACS_0063ACS_0062 and a Sansevieria ‘robusta’. 

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These last two are new additions to the family, so I haven’t had the chance to name them yet! If you have any name ideas, make sure to leave those in the comments below!

With light and water needs out of the way, we can focus on fertilizing, humidity, and re-potting.

I have not started fertilizing these plants yet as spring has just sprung. When it gets a little warmer I will start fertilizing these once a month with a diluted cactus/succulent fertilizer. My favorite is the Miracle-Gro Liquid Succulent Food.

Sansevieria is a succulent type plant, so it does very well in normal household humidity. However, they can tolerate dry conditions caused by drafts or air conditioning vents!

While these plants are super easy-going, they do not love to be re-potted. I usually re-pot my plants as soon as I bring them home, but then I will wait until they are completely root bound before I move them to a larger pot. This could take one to two years, so be patient!

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Sansevieria are one of the top ten air purifying plants based on a study done by NASA! They remove Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene.

These plants are poisonous to dogs and cats, so make sure to keep your furry friends from eating your green friend!

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I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about Sansevierias! These plants are gorgeous, and are perfect for anyone who is new to plant care, busy, or someone who wants more of a decoration than a living thing to care for!

These plants also go with any decor! They can be found at your local Lowe’s, Walmart, or Home Depot. If you’re brave enough to order a plant online, Hirt’s Gardens has a ton of varieties of these lovely plants!

Please let me know if you have any other questions about these plants. I would love to talk everything green with you all!

-S

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness

Hello friends!

Today I am bringing you a post that has been super exciting for me to write! As you all know, I am a plant lady. I love anything green and have been obsessing over almost every genus and species since January of this year.

One of my favorite plants is the Ficus lyrata or as it is more commonly known, the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

You’ve probably seen these plants in design magazines, on Pinterest, or on Fixer Upper as this seems to be one of Joanna’s favorite plants!

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Even Kourtney Kardashian has jumped on the Fiddle Leaf Fig bandwagon!

While we were in Asheville I dragged Zach to a local Home Depot because I had been looking for another plant, a Calathea orbifolia. However, when I walked into the garden center I nearly screamed as I saw Fiddle Leaf Figs in the back corner.

This is also Zach’s favorite plant so we both ran to see what kind of trees we were dealing with!

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Once we got to this section, we couldn’t believe our eyes. These were some of the largest Fiddles that we had seen anywhere, and look at that price! Other trees of this size and health can normally go for $600-$700.

We decided then and there that we had to bring one of these guys home with us. This was on Friday night, and we checked this specific Home Depot Saturday night and Sunday night until we were able to purchase one on Monday morning when we were heading back to Kentucky.

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Luckily, when we came back to the store on Monday, there were still two trees left. We grabbed our favorite, paid, and ran back to the car as fast as we could. There was a chance of snow all day on Monday, and we knew that Fiddles don’t like the cold at all!

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We had a tentative plan of how to get this thing back to Lexington. After doing some research, we decided that we needed to use some clear plastic wrap to secure the soil and roots throughout the trip. Once the pot was secure, then came the hard part of actually getting a 6 foot tree into a Ford Fusion.

After doing some maneuvering, and having four different people stop and tell us “good luck”, we got our tree into the car! The best way to do this was to put the backseat down, and slide the tree in, pot first, through the backseat and into the trunk.

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As you can see from the photos, we used one of Zach’s jackets, and some of our shopping bags to support the trunk.

Step #1 Get the Fiddle into the car without damaging it: Check!

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The next step was the easiest, we just had to make the four hour drive home!

Once we got back to Lexington, we pulled Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig out of the trunk in the same direction that we put him in. We got lucky at this stage as well because we didn’t lose any leaves during the transporting process!

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Once we got inside we proceeded to take some photos with our giant friend.

The next step for us was to clean off the leaves. An important care instruction for Fiddle Leaf Figs is to dust their leaves every month. This not only helps to keep them clean, but dust can hinder their photosynthesizing!

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Once his leaves were nice and clean, we went to Home Depot to get a plastic drainage tray, and to Homegoods to find a basket to cover the plastic nursery pot that Kevin was in. Another important care instruction for these plants is to not re-pot them until they are completely root bound. Fiddles get “freaked out” very easily and repotting too soon is one of the easiest ways to do that!

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We found this awesome white basket at Homegoods for only $29.99! It fit the pot perfectly and looks pretty great as well!

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We hope that Kevin likes his new home, and that you all enjoyed hearing about one of my crazy plant lady moments!

Let me know what you think of Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the comments below!

-S

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How I Stay Organized

Hi friends!

This weekend I am going to be giving all of you my tips and tricks on how I stay organized as a busy college student. Between 15 hours of classes, my part time tutoring job, homework, exams, the blog, and every other thing that I have going on, it’s extremely easy for me to get stressed out!

Organization has always been one of my strengths. Whether it be my closet or my workspace, I find joy in knowing that everything has a place, and that there is a system for keeping my life in check.

My biggest tip for everyone, especially college students is to invest in a planner. I have personally used the Lilly Pulitzer large planner for every year that I’ve been at UK, and I truly would be lost without it.

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As the 2018 agendas are no longer available, I am going to link some of my other favorite planner options below!

I love the Lilly planner and these other three options because they all have monthly overviews, weekly spreads, and spaces to write down your daily to do lists.

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As you can see on my monthly overview for March 2018, I only write down big events, my editorial calendar for the blog, and when I need to water my plants. All of these things are important for me to keep organized, and it’s nice to be able to open my planner and see what all I have to do for the month.

For the month of March I only had two big “events”. They were spring break, and mine and Zach’s Asheville Trip. Having these times of the month blocked off help me to manage my time when it came to getting homework finished before break, and reminding me not to take on an extra shift at the tutoring center since I would be leaving Lexington on Thursday night.

My editorial calendar is probably the biggest help in organizing the blog! I have at least one post per week planned throughout the month of May, and this calendar helps me to organize my posts so that there is a variety of content throughout the month.

Also, as a crazy plant lady I needed to make a schedule for watering all of my little green friends! Each of them needs a different amount of moisture, so this monthly overview helps me to keep track of which plants need care on each day of the week.

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The part of my planner that I look at most frequently are these weekly/daily spreads. This is where I keep track of all of my assignments, exams, tutoring schedule, and when each blog post needs to be posted.

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As you can see, I also use highlighters to help keep me organized. Once I have finished an assignment, or shared a blog post on all social media, I highlight that specific task that way I know that it has been completed!

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My planner also has a large section for notes, which I use to write down any blog ideas that I have. I also use this section for keeping track of yearly doctors appointments, and any project ideas!

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As you can see, once I have scheduled an idea on my editorial calendar, I will highlight it that way I know that I have already planned for each specific post!

I also use the drafts section of my blog to help keep me organized online.

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As you can see in this screenshot, I have the next five posts already in my drafts. This helps me to know which posts I need to be focusing on at the current moment. This helps me to keep track of when I will take and edit photos, and helps me to focus when I sit down to write!

When it comes to organizing my daily life, my best friends are my planner, a highlighter, and Bic wite-out. This is the system that works for me, but it has constantly evolved over the past three years.

Using this system every day, including the weekends, helps me to stay one or two days ahead on my assignments and a week or more ahead on the blog. Without organization and this system I would be a ball of stress!

I would love to know what systems you all use to stay organized! Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

-S

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