Plant Care – Not My Forte

how to care for plants As you may know, I am terrible at keeping plants alive.  It is in no way intentional, but somehow they succumb to my not-green thumb.  I do have two succulents left – YAY! succulents

Proof!

During a conversation with AB, we started talking about the proper way to care for plants. Definitely check out her instructions below…I am going to try them for sure! by the fabulous Barbara Rothman (a.k.a AB) The big danger is in overwatering! “Don’t be a Jewish Mother to your plants!” an amazingly witty plant care book once said. It’s easy to see when a plant needs water. They droop! They slump! Thirsty, you can hear them sigh! A drink, please! But, when a plant is overwatered the roots beneath the soil begin to rot and until they’re dying and their leaves turn yellow (or even worse, they’re dead) you can’t see it.  Though SPRAYING the leaves with water can be done all the time…the more the better, many factors go into how often a plant needs watering. The type of plant actually doesn’t seem to matter much as all plants thrive on the same basic elements: light, oxygen and water. How often a plant needs water is based on: Location – Dry heat in winter, sun in summer. Type of pot – while a porous clay pot breathes and lets the moisture out and the air in, the soil will dry out more quickly than one in a plastic potted plant. The way to keep plants happy and healthy:

Don’t water when not needed. If unsure, you can stick your finger in the pot, if the soil is moist, do not water. If Top soil feels dry to the touch, watering ok.

Water thoroughly through and through to the roots! Use Room Temperature Water. Each time the plant is watered, WAIT for the water to dribble through the bottom dish of the plant. If no water in the dish, add more water. Continue this process until you see some water (not enough to overflow the dish). This will indicate the top soil and the roots have gotten the water they need.

That’s it! Pretty simple. Oh…look admiringly at the plant every so often. Believe it or not, it helps. Longer term care – snip off dead leaves so plant does not have to spend its energy on them. Turn plant occasionally, as they can’t do it themselves, so different parts of the plant get to face the light. Makes sense, right?  What are your tips to keeping your plants green, healthy, and most importantly – alive?

World Cup Final

I thought this day would never come…kidding ,BUT it was a lot of fun to watch the World Cup games leading up to today.  I never knew that there were so many soccer fans in the US – rooting for the US no less!  I even succumbed to the craze…all of the local bars by my office were beyond packed for one of the 12 pm games so I inadvertently hosted a soccer game viewing in my office.  It forced me to watch, in Spanish (due to ESPN buffering way too much), and even caught myself outwardly talking to the TV as if the players heard me.

Below is a cool infographic (you know I love them) illustrating interesting tidbits about the World Cup.  There’s some heavy money winnings here…

World Cup History

 

Five for Friday – July 11

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It’s Fridaayyyyyyyy – and of course – Five for Friday!  This week has gone by rather quickly considering last week was only a 3-day work week for me.  I have to admit that it was a bit hard to get up for work on Monday, but I actually love my job so once I stretched and got the blood flowing I was good to go!  On to the Five…

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This one is for the Orange is the New Black fans out there.  Please be warned that there are expletives in the video…

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Nine ways women can become better women – at first I thought it was just a ranting, which it kind of is – but the author Marissa Jayne said a lot of things that I nodded my head in agreement to.

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You know I have to add an article or cute images of dogs when I find them…here is a cute collection of dogs trying to play hide and seek but not really succeeding

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I apparently am a Merlot.  Don’t know what I am talking about?  Take the What Type of Wine Are You quiz and tell me your results in the comments section.

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I love this concept of the double ponytail making your ponytail look even fuller!

Fake a fuller ponytail by doing the double-ponytail trick.

Infographic via Makeup.com

40% off Tea Collection’s Semi Annual Sale!

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This is it, Tea Collection’s Semi-Annual Sale is going all out and marking sale items down an additional 40% off starting today (7/3) and ending Monday (7/7). Sweet dresses, tees, onesies and more all filled with the rich colors and intricate patterns of faraway Morocco. Simply use the promo code: MORE40 when you checkout. Don’t wait, styles will sell out as the sale is almost over. Have fun shopping! 

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Save 25% at Janie and Jack when you use the code SUNNY25 at checkout.

I found some super cute tees and shorts for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend!

Ends TODAY so check it out before its too late!

I’m Loving…Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses have to be one of the best fashion inventions of all time (aside from slippers) in terms of comfort.  At first I thought I couldn’t wear maxi dresses because I am a bit on the vertically challenged side, but I put my height aside and am glad I did!

Maxi dresses come in every color and pattern, as well many different styles (halter, t-shirt, strapless) to fit any occasion.  You can find them in just about any store in the mall and of course, online!  Here are some of my faves:

I am a big Banana Republic fan, even more so since they introduced their petite line of maxi dresses.  It is sad that I get excited over the fact that I don’t have to first bring the dress to the tailor for shortening before wearing it.  It happens way too much, but not with Banana maxis!

banana republic multi stripe maxi dress

 

banana republic navy knit dress

While waiting for the Diva Duck tour bus/boat to come, I had some time to browse Macy’s and found this maxi.  I didn’t have time to try it on, and am glad I didn’t because I searched online that night and found the petite version…can’t wait for that package to come (and I got clearance from the husband for the purchase so there will be no back-talk when it arrives).

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Piperlime is one of my favorite websites to shop from.  Free shipping and returns, great brands, great sales…Here are some of the maxis I love (and own some of them)!

parker avalin maxi dress piperlime

August salt double layer maxi dress piperlime

 

collective concepts piperlime maxi dress

 

hive and honey banded maxi dress piperlime

 

I own the one above in black and mushroom…and the fact that it is on sale for under $45.00 now…that is a GREAT buy!

Loft is another one of the websites that I frequent that has some great maxi options, and sales!  I purchased this maxi to wear at my son’s birthday party.  It was a bit long, but once hemmed, fit so well…perfectly hiding some of those areas you want hidden with its empire waistline.

loft beach striped maxi dress I love that maxi dresses are super comfy and totally on trend.  Pair with a cardigan or blazer for work, on its own, with a pendant necklace, and heels or flats.

Which dress is your favorite?  Where do you shop for maxi dresses?

 

Five for Friday – June 13

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Yes, it is June…we are halfway through 2014.  My boys finished school yesterday so to me it is OFFICIALLY summertime!  When I told them that I don’t get a summer break like they do, they were up in arms, telling me that I need off more than two days a week.  My little guys – always looking out for their mama!

This Five for Friday was an easy one to collect for.  I found such cool and funny articles and videos.  I hope you like them as well!

1I am a Francophile, ever since my trip to Paris in 2011.  One of the blogs that I follow regularly, The Hip Paris Blog, just posted some amazing black and white images of Paris…LOVE!
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This horse is ridiculously talented…

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Another favorite blog of mine, Cupcakes and Cashmere, introduced a delicious recipe for a Mediterranean dish that is making my mouth water just thinking about it.

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Ever have trouble pairing your wine to your meal?  I usually go by the rule of red wine with red meat, red sauce…white wine with chicken, fish, pork…I came across this great app from VinePair that will help you pair wine to your takeout food!  Genius!

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Last but not least, I still have not decided on which pair of sunglasses to get…which ones do you like best?  I love all three…OY!

Have a great weekend!